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I am thinking of buying my husband a GPS unit. Can somebody give me advice on which brand to buy, what accessories I would want, what's a good price, etc...

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Others may disagree but I believe you get what you pay for with a GPS. I have the Garmin Map 76 and I am very happy with that unit. It does everything a serious fisherman needs. There are other models without all the features of the 76 and they are much cheaper. I think I payed $349 for the Map 76 and I am glad I did. I know a lot of the guys on this site have the Garmin 12 and are happy with what it offers. It is cheaper and doesn't offer all the features of the 76 but if you do not want to pay the $350 for a 76, there are lots of cheaper models that will do the job.

If you really want to spend some money there is a new Map 76S that just came out. It offers even more features such as a baromertic altimeter and 24MB of memory.ScottS

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I have a garmen etrex venture.holds 2 AA's and fits in the plam of you're hand. It's more the sportsmen model. Tell's the bests times to hunt and fish. Took mine to the BWCA and works great. you can get a power cord. That's my choice.

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Mine does about the same as the 76, but cheaper. I use mine almost all the time.:cool

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What ever unit you purchase, make sure it can connect to your computer. Just incase you decide to get map software for the lucky guy too.I own a garmin etrex and love the simplicity.

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GARMIN V, is the model I have, EXCELLENT=good choice, can down load of computer cities ,roads,intersections, places to eat ,everything I asked for, oh and most important , Its ACCURATE!! and easy to use. never read the instructions, just started using it and had no problems

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The Garmin Etrex line gives you alot of flexibility on price and features. They all interface with mapping software and have very good menu driven functions. I have the Vista model which comes with the road maps of the U.S. pre-loaded. Comes with 32 meg of memory and even with the road maps, a few lake maps and a bunch of waypoints, I've only used up about 18% of the memory. The draw back to the Etrex line is the small display screen because of the unit's small size, and - One big advantage is the unit's small size. It'll fit in your pocket when you're not using it. I bought mine for hunting too because it's so easy to carry. Anyway, DON'T PAY RETAIL FOR WHATEVER YOU GET!! Mine retails for $349 everywhere, but I got it for $285 on HSOList. If you use www.mysimon.com, you can search for web retailers and their prices on just about any model.
Oh, and the Etrex line will give you more than a full day on 2 AA batteries. (Can you tell I kinda like mine?!)

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