|10-10-2012, 01:18 PM||#76|
on an endless build
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: NYC & PDX
The last time was the last time. I'm sooooooo with you. They took their advantage and used it to bend people over and squeeze out every nickel they could and I can't tell you how bitter it made me toward them and I've used Garmin's from as far back as the late 90's.
For me it's now all about the iphone as my single device. I am having my new iphone 5 coated with Liquipel so it will be waterproof sans case and then I'll get a Taktik case for riding off road. The Garmin can't do 5% of what the iphone can. Maybe not even 1%. And it will only get better.
The iphone (or other smart phone) is the way to go. You can simply choose what GPS and maps you want - Navigon, TomTom, Motion-X etc. Now that I've had time to play with the iphones iOS 6 maps I'm actually far more impressed than the whole freakout about them not being any good. The 3d vector technology is simply stunning for looking at roads and canyons and understanding the topography. It's amazing. About the only way I'd ever own another Garmin product is if Apple bought them. Which might be smart.
Garmin right now is to personal devices what pagers are to phones - a limited idea just waiting to die a quiet death.
|10-10-2012, 11:08 PM||#77|
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Epsom, NH
After all my complaints about how G has almost gotten away from the great, round, 4 pin power cord and the fact that I have hard-wired several of my vehicles with them, I got in the truck, tried to plug in my 60CSx and broke the power+ pin. It was weakened from getting corroded several years ago during boat use, I should have checked and cleaned it more often rather than assume that gold didn't corrode. I spent two hours yesterday between my files and "My Garmin" trying to find out if I could get it repaired (well more likely replaced, I have never gotten the same unit back from repair) before giving up for the day. I had to send the unit back many years ago because the 'mounting' button came off the back, of course the unit I got back had different serial and unit numbers (there is a reason to have two numbers?) and despite having to call and get new codes to use my existing software (at least I could do that!) with the replacement, they don't seem to have any record of me owning the 'new' unit that they sent to me.
I have been b%^&*ing about having to rewire everything to USB to be able to use my DeLorme, now the only way to power the 60 will require the same, guess I better get working on that.
I really have liked every one of my Garmins (7 so far) but nearly every one has needed to be sent back at least once. They really do cost too much to be considered disposable (IMHO) but trying to have them repaired can be a maddening process.
No one calls the Fire Department because they did something smart!
06 DR 650, Moose RS Holder, Handguards and Skidplate, ProTaper bars, Garmin 60CSx, Motech racks w/ 20mm Ammo cans, Renazco, TKCs summer/17" SM wheels winter 08 Scrambler, Conti Trail Attacks and BlackTiger Fork mod, 05 FSE 450, 03 KLR 250, 02 FXDX, 72 WR 250 (again), 72 SL 350 K2 (again), 72 TR6R, 06 XT 225
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