- This is my third Garmin handheld GPS. Everything about the 64s works faster and slicker than my previous 76csx. When using FIND on the compass page the arrow actually points at the waypoint. On my 76cxs it never did. The buttons work really well whatever the weather. The screen is more readable in sunlight than my phone and the menus are easy to navigate.
- Being an existing Garmin user I found the menu system very easy to navigate and customise. A new user would need to spend some time with the online manual which is rather cryptic in places. The previous 76csx allowed you to load multiple maps onto the card and you could select which one you wanted to display. The 64s only allows one map per card so you need to take the card out and exchange it if you wanted to switch between say a purchased Bluechart and GB discoverer. You can load opensource maps to the internal memory and switch between those and a map on the card but it is not possible to do this with premium bought maps. None of my purchased maps for the 76csx (which failed) were transferrable to the 64s. Although easy to use in the field, I have marked ease of use down because the process by which you download purchased maps from the Garmin website is completely unacceptable. They are obsessed by security and have a variety of different programs such as Garmin Express and Garmin communicator and it is never clear which to use. The real disgrace is that Garmin Communicator only works with the now obsolete Internet Explorer browser. This is just wrong especially if you are using your credit card to purchase a map. Given the price that Anquet and Memorymap are now selling electronic mapping from the OS, Garmin are grossly overcharging for their OS maps and you cannot even print from them. Perhaps if Garmin priced their maps at a competitive level there would be less people selling and buying pirated maps and they could make things easier for honest purchasers. Lastly, it was easy to contact Garmin UK customer support by email. They responded within 24 hours. I had hoped they might be able to repair my 76csx as it was just the USB connector which had failed. However, at 8 years old they were not prepared to fix it.
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Published on: 13 November 2015