Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Port Moody, BC, Canada.
Garmin Montana all the way. Great UI, easy to use, big touchscreen, accurate, fast, etc, etc. It also doubles as an excellent car GPS. Because the screen is so big, it's easy to navigate while driving. It even has voice directions with the Garmin windshield suction cup (although I have it usually turned off). Battery life depends on how much screen you use and how bright it is. 2 full days is possible if you don't use the screen much (battery saving mode turned off). It has lots of internal storage that you don't even need an external SD card. I have a 2gb card in it, and never had to use it. And I have lots of map data loaded too. Maps are also easy to load and it won't overwrite your existing maps if you load a new one, unlike the 60csx. You just need to rename your existing map file on the GPS prior to loading new maps.
There are a few bad things about it, which I can live with:
- The screen will turn on if you leave the GPS in your pocket, and that will drain the battery. To combat this I set the brightness to lowest and lock the screen (so that it doesn't jump from one UI screen to another, and won't change my settings).
- When you upload tracks to it, they're not shown on the map by default, and the only way I found to show them, is to individually set them to visible. A bit annoying.
- Crashes at times.
- Touchscreen is vulnerable. Make sure you don't drop it or drop something on the screen. Replacement is $200.
The first 3 points can be easily fixed with a firmware update, so hopefully Garmin smartens up and rolls the update out to fix these issues.
If you get the version with the camera, it is complete garbage. It is about 100 times worse than a phone camera. So don't think about ditching your real camera (or even phone camera) for the GPS camera. The nice thing about having GPS camera though (and where you might actually use it) is visually memorizing your route. When you take a photo, it puts that photo on your traveled track on the map. Later on you can come back to it to review it.
I had the 60csx, and would never use it again. Old, small screen, entering text into it is a nightmare (you have to scroll through the keyboard), and super-super-super sloooooooooooow. Also, I find it can be uncomfortable to carry in your pants pocket - too much stuff to poke you with. The only thing that goes for it, it's lighter, smaller, and the screen is stronger since it's not a touchscreen. Overall, comparing a Montana to the 60csx is like comparing a brand new car to a car from the 90's.