Forum: Other Brands
Topic: Cobra GPS's
started by: PC Medic

Posted by PC Medic on June 27 2003,5:33 pm
Anyone tried out the new Cobra 100, 500 or 1000 Handheld GPSr's yet?
Posted by welch on June 27 2003,10:19 pm
Quote (PC Medic @ June 27 2003,6:33 pm)

No. To me the 100 looks like an etrex. Not that it means anything, just my opinion. :D
Posted by PC Medic on June 27 2003,11:27 pm
Hardly the features of an Etrex though.
Posted by haggaeus on Aug. 24 2003,3:33 pm
I have bought Cobra GPS100 last week. The design looks robust, all buttons hidden under rubber, user interface is very simple, customizable in a limited way. The two extra features are WAAS and ASAP (Cobra's technology for fast satellite lock acquisition). However my unit was probably defective one - I didn't notice any fast lock acquisition but big problems with getting lock at all - after I eventually got it, I walked a few steps away and it was gone, looking for satellites again like an uninitialized unit, losing position and time. I decided it was enough experimenting and sent the GPSr to be exchanged for Garmin Geko 201.
If the reception was ok, it could be a minimal unit for Geocaching.

Posted by PC Medic on Aug. 24 2003,3:55 pm
This is too bad and sorry to hear you had such troubles with your. They looked like promising units. I wonder if perhaps yours was a bad one, or if this is what is to be expected from the Cobra's current line ??
Perhaps it is time to try to evaluate one here ourselves.



Posted by MOCache on Dec. 05 2003,3:11 pm
I just read a review on the Cobra 100 and apparently reception seems to be a problem.. this other guy could never get a WAAS lock ever.

They're priced right but apparently can't pass muster.

Posted by nl1ede on Aug. 24 2005,1:41 pm
Hi, I have had two of the cobra's gps 100. the first one has broken after use for 6 month, the system software keep hanging, and has a bad recyfing. (sorry for my english :D ). the second one i have recieft of the supplier has the same problem so i dumpt them in the seller, and i use now a new garmin legend. What i like off the cobra was the simple use and functions. now cobra has stopt the cobra gps in europe :( . (cobra must make them better, and try again in europe)
Posted by 1208ZUNI on Aug. 25 2005,3:11 pm
I HAVE A GPS1000 AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH IT EXCEPT THAT IT HAS SO MANY BELLS AND WHISTLES THAT I STILL HAVE TO GO TO THE BOOK TO USE SOME OF THEM.  FOR CACHEING THOUGH IT IS FINE. THIS AREA IS GENERALLY A THICK OVERHEAD CANOPY BUT I HAVEN'T EVER BEEN OFF BY MORE THAN 10' AND IT IS EASY TO USE.  I GOT THIS AS A GIFT ALTHOUGH I HAD ASKED FOR A CHEAPER ONE  AND HAVE NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT IT.  WOULD BE INTERESTED IF ANYBODY ELSE HAS A 1000 AND WHAT THEY THINK.
Posted by Imnotlost on Nov. 21 2007,10:23 am
I have a Cobra GPS 500 that I purchased three years ago.  It was slow to acquire satellites, did not work with trees overhead, and the joystick quit working correctly after 6 months.  It was not a mapping unit, and had poor battery life.  Compared to my brothers Magellan Explorist it was a dinosaur.

I replaced it with a Garmin Vista Hcx.  It's like night and day.

I'm not knocking anyone's equipment, that was just my experience with their mid range unit at the time.



Posted by whiteurkel on Nov. 26 2007,7:19 pm
Quote (Imnotlost @ Nov. 21 2007,12:23 pm)
I have a Cobra GPS 500 that I purchased three years ago.  It was slow to acquire satellites, did not work with trees overhead, and the joystick quit working correctly after 6 months.  It was not a mapping unit, and had poor battery life.  Compared to my brothers Magellan Explorist it was a dinosaur.

I replaced it with a Garmin Vista Hcx.  It's like night and day.

I'm not knocking anyone's equipment, that was just my experience with their mid range unit at the time.

I have still yet to meet anyone with a Cobra GPS!! Lowrance, yes, (I know two people). Of course I see now that just about everyone and their brother are making GPS units, although mostly for vehicular use. These are a big item I see all over the ads for the Christmas 2007 season.  :laugh:
Posted by chaynesgang on Jan. 19 2009,12:52 pm
I bought a 500 off ebay for 30 bucks.  So far it seems ok  New to the world of geocaching but so far it does what my garmin etrex camo does.   For the money Im happy...........so far anyway
Posted by Quinn on Feb. 02 2009,5:29 pm
Quote (chaynesgang @ Jan. 19 2009,2:52 pm)
I bought a 500 off ebay for 30 bucks.  So far it seems ok  New to the world of geocaching but so far it does what my garmin etrex camo does.   For the money Im happy...........so far anyway

Keep us updated on what you think of the unit after you have used it for a few caches. i have been wondering how the Cobra's are when it comes to quality.  :)
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