Garmin eTrex 10. My Review
Well, you have already learned that Garmin eTrex 10 is a full mapping device like other models from this product line, no matter what the manufacturer declared. By the way, this manufacturer has included an awesome choice in eTrex 10 menu, named "Marine Colors", necessary for proper display of Garmin Bluecharts! I have tested, the charts can be simply installed by Mapsource or Mapinstall - standard Garmin software.
But by mapping features eTrex 10 still loses in comparison with other modern GPS devices - a few megabytes of flash memory is an epic fail! Nevertheless, in my review I want to stress the advantages of eTrex 10 vs 20 and 30 models. It may seem strange that a simple device can be more attractive to a customer, except the lower price. But this paradox can be explained: all eTrex 10 advantages are stated on its imperfections!
Just look: CPU calculate displaying a map of a small size rather fast, without "freezes", as often happens with the higher models.
Moreover, it should be noted also that monochrome display is much sharper on sunlight than a full-color one. From these (and some else) factors is following a very important feature: battery life of Garmin eTrex 10 is much longer than even the manufacturer declares: as I have tested, this term is more than 33 hours! So, you can be sure: a single battery set will enough for a few days hike.
In my short review I have not illustrated Etrex 10 design or have not paid your attention on such features as improved waterproof - they are common to all GPS devices of this product line and widely described. I want to note only that Garmin eTrex 10 is not so simple, as manufacturer declares.