Handheld GPS advice

Handheld GPS advice

<HTML>I am considering purchasing either a Garman 196 or 295.  Does anyone have experience with both or either one?  My present GPS is very difficlult to read in bright light.
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<HTML>Don't know the 196, but the 295 is tops!!</HTML>

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<HTML>the 196 does everything, and is not big and clunky.</HTML>

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<HTML>Take a look at <www.anywheremap.com>. They have a great forum (discussion board) with lots of opinions and experiences.</HTML>

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<HTML> That web site should be www.anywheremap.com</HTML>

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<HTML>I recently purchased a 196 and love it.  I looked at the 295, the color is nice.  But I wanted a bigger and a higher resolution display so I went with the 196..</HTML>

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<HTML>almost all magazines tested the 196 , in recent months .flying ,plane and pilot ,aviation consumer in september ,all agreed the 196 is the best on the market .
as example,aviation consumer "with its hsi page ,12 levelsgray screen refined operating system,the 196 is easily the portable gps on the market.you can actualy fly partial panel with this navigator and survive the experience.its also a first rate ground navigator.it is yoke friendly."  etc etc .</HTML>

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<HTML>meant to say the BEST handhed gps on the market</HTML>

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<HTML>There is an article at the following site on the 196.

<http://www.avionicswest.com/avionics.html#ARTICLES></HTML>

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<HTML>Have you tried changing the "screen contrast" setting on your current handheld to make it readable?  They all have this setting--or maybe you just think "bigger must be better".  Well, you might want to bolt one of those bigger units to your yoke and determine how much of your panel it obscures, and how the mass (i.e. weight) of it affects the feel of the yoke when deflecting it suddenly (as in sudden control inputs when fighting a crosswind on flare).  I am completely sold on small and light--I have a Lowrance Airmap 100--small screen, small unit--great contrast in bright light (see first sentence above).   Several hundreds $$ less than the "bigger" units.  And I hope I never have to use ANY  handheld for partial panel!  My $.02 worth--good luck!</HTML>

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<HTML> i curently own a lowrance 100 for back up in case main ifr approved panel mount unit fails in imc .
not a bad unit but too small to be use as a main and realy outdated compare to the 196 .
the 196 has a stand that you can put on the top of panel if you dont like it on the yoke .
again the tests from all magazines mentions that it is now yoke friendly compared to previous unit and  thats far the best handheld avalaible now

the link posted by dan is realy a great article on the 196 .people can see for themseves all the capacities of this great unit .</HTML>

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<HTML>The 295 is the best - The color makes it incredibly easy to read - you can go full page map or map and HSI, and..... - lots of easy things to get to with one button, and the special airspace is easy to see (along with varying amounts of ground reference info - good when you're in unfamilar areas).

Three levels of brightness for Night flying, The runways and numbers even show up different color ( green means turf - even if you haven't looked it up.

I like the looks of the 196 - looks interesting very good and it's "Garmin". 

My 295 is mounted center edge of the glare shield - just above the radios - easy to get to and see, day or night.

The 196 seems very good, The 295 is the BEST !

I have seen many posts for the anywhere moving map ( and many are mediocre at best - visibility especially in bright light seems to be an issue )  and originally condsidered one. Very happy I got the 295 instead.

Get the BEST - the 295

Ken Wanagas</HTML>

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<HTML>all article and tests that ive read on last 4 months comes to same conclusion ,
ie:garmin 196 is curently THE machine .
another example:flyiing magazineoct 2002 p 55 conclusion of their article
     
"despite the 295 excellent color display, the 196 is hands dowmnthe superior product.indeed its the bests handheld on the market "

my 3 cents (canadian ,that is)</HTML>

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<HTML>another article about the 196 is in AOPA pilot magazine oct 2002 p 85
excerps;
-the 196 features a display that updates 4 times faster than anything elase while    offering  twice the screen resolution
-the screen actualy becomes more readable in sunlight
- a color map would wash out in sunlight
-it hapens to be waterproof as it derives from the marine model  176
- i could make an entire first flight including simulated instrument approach without reading the manual</HTML>

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<HTML>This has obviously degenerated into my favorite debate of all time:  Less filling! vs. Tastes great!  However, I don't like any watered down light beers... Keep your airspeed up!  (I've got the trusty old Garmin 90 and I wish it would fail so I could shop for a new unit and participate in your debate!</HTML>

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<HTML>Dirk,

Sell that 90 on ebay before it fails.</HTML>

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<HTML>Haven't been a member long enough to know all the rules, but Pacific Coast Avionics in Aurora, Oregon has the best price on the 196 I have seen.  They are on
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<HTML>Well, going back to the original msg. from Lenny, from whom we have not heard since this great debate began, perhaps because he DID discover that his old GPS has a screen contrast control and thus he scrapped all plans to waste $1000+ of his money.....I'm wondering what he decided to do?  Hey Lenny--wassup--that WAS your only complaint you listed in message #1!</HTML>

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<HTML>right .we dont even know what model have lenny.

Dough mentioned  prices at pacific coast avionics .they ask  999. for the 196 wich is same as many discount places .     www.sportys.com   also ask 999.and they have on site an interactive demo video  for the 196 .

waste of money it can be. older models work and will bring you to destination .but its like comparing a cessna 150 1960 with  arc radios  versus a lancair 2003 double garmin 430 .both will bring you from one place to another .</HTML>

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<HTML>As much as I like the 295, If your old unit is doing what you need (or want ) then there is little reason to change it. Also there are several good GPS units available - as long as they have the waas capability they are pretty much up to date.

MY reasons for liking the 295 is that with the color its easy to see the Ground and Local info along with a mix of different airspace, and I always start out around Chicago so its usually intense right after takeoff. I also like the color because it seems easy to orient yourself in unfamilar territory. (You can declutter or add all the detail back in with one or two button pushes also.)
Initially I had reservations about the "small screen" and almost bought another B and W unit, but quickly found that the color made the "small" screen more visible and easier to process much detail, ground and airspace. 
I have not used the 196 so I can't offer much on that unit but if Garmin makes claims, usually they are well supported. I even thought about getting a 196 as backup, and keeping it on the instrument page - the thought that it updates faster seems good for that purpose especially.
Its not just That I have a Garmin Uint, but My backups usually have backups of any brand - just an old habit.

Offer us some advise on what you are deciding -

Good flying either way -

Ken Wanagas</HTML>

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<HTML>If you like to run on battery (I do), the 196 takes 4 and goes on them a very long time. Sure beats the couple hour life of the 295's set of batteries.</HTML>

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