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doug, April 24, 2013 Garmin thinks they can sell more gps's if they are programmed like cell phones. Hidden access to hardware features thru "cute" software interfaces. For example, try and find Tides. It's in the gps, but to use the tables one has to mess around on the maps, do some scrolling around and then quit and use the find key. It used to be on accessed tides via the tide menu and it was easy to look at tides someplace distant from where you are (like your destination) without screwing up your view of where you are now, which might be important to you. It used to be making a route active was an option under routes, no longer. Now one can "non-edit" (sel edit, do nothing and then quit) a route and it will become active or create the route and use find from the map and then finding it makes it active. How novel, how stupid, how child like. It's like garmin has decided these are trivial, fun devices and should have trival, fun interfaces. They apparently did away with the highway navigation page and decided 4 data fields in the compass page was all we needed. How far have you deviated from your route? Don't worry, when it decides you should know it will tell you. Too bad you just hit a break wall comming into port! Using it on a trail? Not even the Pacific Crest Trail is named, again, don't worry, if set to hiking route vs driving or other route, it will take care of you in the manner it sees fit. Hope that works for you, and, of course, routing type is not an option under routes, it's in setup, like your only going to use the gps for one thing (hiking, driving, marine) so set it once and forget it. I haven't used the stupid thing enough yet to know if, when you have set a marine nab route and then gone to harbor and taken a hike by setting it to hike routing, if, when you return to your boating trip the stupid thing now routes your boat across land, but on a unnamed trail.
Roy, April 6, 2013 Great portable GPS, meets or exceeds all my expectations. This device is used for hiking and kayaking, does not replace a mobile GPS that one would normally use in an automobile in a city unless it were the only one owned by a customer. As it does not have voice capability it would be too distracting as a vehicle navigator requiring you take your eyes off the road continuously, let your Nuvi mobile take care of that part. The map sets to fully load this device are a little pricy especially since they do not include lifetime updates but when fully integrated this thing takes you anywhere with great accuracy, even crossinga residential street shows up on the screen tracking or uploading to base camp computer software, very detailed. If you are real active I would recommend a good case that has a belt loop or allow for velcro. Will accept a standard 32 GB micro SD card which is highly recommend and more than sufficient in size if you want all your maps on one card, Garmin recommends and extra MicroSD and their DVD / CD maps otherwise you will have to switch cards if your maps are on other cards and you want to go from Topo to Street or Lakes and so forth. If not sure of your choices then contact Garmin as I did, they were very helpful in explaining the best configuration. I have loaded Lakes, US West Topo and the standard street navigator using only about 20% of the micro SD card. If you buy a 78SC or any GPS get it from GPSCity, they are great suppliers and very efficient with excellent follow-up to questions and comments. Like anything else it is a complex device that may be a little complicated at first but once you get the procedures down it is incredible what this 78SC does. If you use other Garmin products you will find similarity in accessing some of the functions. Lastly it does not make coffee but it sure can take you to where there is some.
ABIODUN, July 18, 2012 its very good when it comes to navigation system
Roger, May 18, 2012 Comme 2è gps, je suis très satisfait. Livraison rapide.