Joined: Aug. 2003
||Posted: Nov. 25 2003,2:37 pm
I recently upgraded my GPS after my trusty old GPS315 finally died on me. I had narrowed it down to the SporTak Map, SporTrak Pro and the Garmin ETrex Legend. The ST Pro finally got the nod due to a few things:
1. More memory and a larger basemap.
2. I was, of course, more familiar with Magellan's screen layouts, although that was a minor issue.
3. Magellan's "Northfinder" feature, which none of the Garmins have. This allows you to orient the compass dial easily even when standing still by using the sun/moon icon shown on the dial. BTW, the ST Map also has this feature.
4. Looks. I know that this is a purely subjective issue, but was in fact the final deciding factor for me. The Pro's black/silver case just looks better to me. Initially, in pictures, I liked the Legend's blue transparent case, but when I actually held one in my hand...it just looked "cheesy" to me.
Might I suggest upping your price range a bit and spring for the ST Pro rather than the ST Map? You gain a larger basemap (9MB vs 2MB), more memory (23MB vs 6MB), and it will work with the new "Directroute" software (the ST Map won't). Check around a bit, I was able to find the ST Pro for just over $200 after rebate. www.offroute.com has the Pro right now for $235
Edited by 4x4van on Nov. 25 2003,2:46 pm
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