More GPS confusion
Rick Weekley (jmar@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 19 Dec 1997 17:48:42 -0600
Someone mentioned an article in Backpacker Magazine that rated GPS units
(Feb 1998). I read that article and thought that I would throw my "two
cents worth" into the pot.
In general, I liked the article. I did have a moderately serious gripe.
The author, Mr. Steve George, rated a Garmin GPS 38, Lowrance Electronic
GlobalNav 200, Magellan 2000XL and a Trimble Scoutmaster. He stated that
his favorite was the Magellan and that it had just been upgraded at press
time. He really liked the new features and he included the newer Magellan
in his comparison chart instead of the one he was ostensibly rating.
In my opinion, comparing the new 2000XL with the Garmin 38 is like
comparing a 1997 Corvette with a 1970s vintage Porsche 911. Yes, the old
911 was pretty hot in it's day but it won't have all of the bells and
whistles that the latest technology provides.
I happen to own a Garmin GPS 12XL which I bought almost a year ago. It's
features make the "new" Magellan 2000XL seem somewhat simplistic in
comparison. It is also a 12 channel receiver and can acquire in 15 seconds
for a warm start and 45 seconds for a cold start. It only takes 5 minutes
for a complete "where in the universe am I ?" start.
It is lighter than the Magellan
It is nitrogen purged and has a welded case
It has 500 waypoints and 20 reversible routes compared to 200 waypoints and
5 reversible routes.
The posted costs of the units: Garmin GPS 38 - $129, Lowrance GlobalNav
200 - $199, Magellan 2000XL - $169, Trimble Scoutmaster - $499 and I
think I paid about $250 for my Garmin 12XL
I'm not trying to sell the Garmin, I am just familiar with the unit and
don't know that much about the Trimble and the Lowrance.
I guess my point is that I think the author did a disservice to us, the
readers, and to Garmin for not comparing similar units. I also have to ask
myself if Lowrance and Trimble got a fair shake in this review since I
don't know if they have "more comparable" units than those that were tested.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City