Garmin eTrex Vista or Garmin GPSMAP 76S advice/comments

Discussion in 'General GPS' started by Bob Landess, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Bob Landess

    Bob Landess Guest

    I am trying to choose between two Garmin units.
    eTrex Vista GPSMAP 76S

    Does anyone have experience with either or both units?
    If so what if any comments do you have?
    Bob Landess, Sep 23, 2003
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  2. What do you intend to use it for? The Vista is a lot smaller/lighter
    (good for hiking) the 76S has a larger screen and can accept an
    external antenna (good for car/boat use).

    I owned an Etrex Legend but recently purchased a 76S to replace it. My
    two main reasons were:

    1) The Legend only had 8Mb for map memory (the Vista has 24Mb like
    the 76S).

    2) The 76S has an external antenna connection (which I use in my car).
    Stuart Middleton-White, Sep 23, 2003
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    Tony Clark Guest

    I have no experience in using either of these units but I did just so happen
    to get a look at both of them today at a local dealer. Unit and screen size
    are the obvious differences. Since I seem to be coming down with OMES (Old
    Man Eye Syndrome...LOL) I happen to like the larger screen of the GPSMAP. I
    noticed that the eTrex was also devoid of very many buttons on the front
    cover. I am not sure how this may inhibit the user interface, if at all, but
    I personally like to have buttons for dedicated tasks as opposed to
    scrolling though a list of options.

    You can go to the Garmin site and do a side by side comparison. Generally
    speaking they look very similar in feature sets. The GPSMAP 76S is rated for
    less battery life, 10 hrs versus 12.

    I couldn't tell from the web site but it appears that neither of them have
    memory expansion slots like CF or SD.

    Tony Clark, Sep 23, 2003
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    Wayne R. Guest

    Between these two, the primary differences are:

    1. 76S has external antenna port.
    2. While both are waterproof, 76S floats.
    3. Similar weight to both, but Vista is smaller.
    4. Vista antenna allows flat operation while 76S is vertical.
    5. 76S can accept BlueChart marine data.
    6. 76S button arrangement is "simpler" and may be less difficult to
    operate by gloved hands or infrequent users.

    These two units are peers in performance & features; unless one of the
    features above is a must-have for you then it's pretty much a
    Wayne R., Sep 24, 2003
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    Bob Landess Guest

    Thanks for the response. Good info. Would you happen to know if the
    76s would work in horizontal mode if the external antenna is attached?

    Bob Landess, Sep 24, 2003
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    Holger Issle Guest

    Hi Bob,
    The 76S works both in horizontal and vertical positions, but it works
    better vertical. Important in the woods, for example. This is due to
    the type of antenna inside the unit. With the external antenna, the
    position of that is important, the GPS then can be held upside down if
    wanted ;-)

    Holger (GUS-KOTAL, GUS#1100)

    90-92 Honda CB400 10 Mm | 93-95 Yamaha TDM 850 26 Mm
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    cu @
    Holger Issle, Sep 24, 2003
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    Tony Clark Guest

    Does that mean that the display rotates for a horizonal persective or did
    you just mean that you can hold the device horizontal or vertical and still
    recieve satt data?

    Tony Clark, Sep 24, 2003
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    Jan Guest

    Wed, 24 Sep 2003 18:24:38 GMT, "Tony Clark"
    If you use an external antenna, the 76 itself can be under signal-tight
    shelter, because the satellite signals obviously will use the external
    antenna - that's why you have it (and the signals will go through the
    antenna cable into the GPS76 and get processed there). The GPSMAP76 will
    behave as if it were where the antenna is placed. As the 76S has got an
    internal compass, it might show the true direction - but I don't have a
    76S, so I haven't tried how that works.
    Jan, Sep 24, 2003
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