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Old 10-27-2010, 10:45 AM   #46
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62s = Better antenna, works better vertically (how it would be mounted on bike)
Cons= RAM mount not yet available, Only USB power plug,

78 = RAM mount available, 4-pin power plug, No compass but still has card slot unlike the plain "62" (no S), I know the 78's float but it's not going to if hooked to my 275 lb bike,
Cons= Patch antenna, I've read it works better horizontally because of this, is this true? Would it become a factor mounted on a bike?

Is there anything I'm forgetting/not considering? I ride in primarily flat / wooded areas and just want to get what I want the first time around. Thanks.
I have a 78 (standard version). I use it for motorcycle offroad and mountainbike - mostly in the forrest. I actually have it mounted horizontally or slightly tilted so I can look down on the GPS (usually standup when I ride offroad) - also I prefer to have the unit mounted low so its not damaged when I crash. I have not experienced any accuracy issues and i'm very happy with the unit.

edit: the deciding factor for me was the powerplug
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:29 AM   #47
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Your 78 standard version does have a micro sd slot right? The Garmin site says it does but I've read places that it doesn't.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:57 AM   #48
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62s = Better antenna, works better vertically (how it would be mounted on bike)
Cons= RAM mount not yet available, Only USB power plug,

78 = RAM mount available, 4-pin power plug, No compass but still has card slot unlike the plain "62" (no S), I know the 78's float but it's not going to if hooked to my 275 lb bike,
Cons= Patch antenna, I've read it works better horizontally because of this, is this true? Would it become a factor mounted on a bike?
I think most when mounted on a bike are closer to being horizontal then vertical and the antenna in the 78 may be canted slightly so that when held in the hand (similar angle as on bike) the antenna is facing straight up. If you have a chance go to a store that has both and do a side by side test for signal strength, I bet they are very close (I did this with the 60/76 once).

Virtually all GPS units can give a heading while moving but only units equipped with an electronic compass can indicate direction while stationary. Both the 62s and 78s have the electronic compass.

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Old 10-27-2010, 12:15 PM   #49
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The antenna in my GPS12 was at a 30 angle or so. Mounted on bike/sled, it was flat to the sky. Even with the old receiver it'd still hold a lock in teh trees/snow. (Have a lot more miles with that GPS on the snow than I did on teh bike.)
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:25 PM   #50
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Your 78 standard version does have a micro sd slot right? The Garmin site says it does but I've read places that it doesn't.
Yeah. Using a 4gb card.
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:17 PM   #51
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Well, I'll probably go with a 78 over a 62s since I'm not worried about the compass but I do want a MicroSD card slot. Any 62 owners out there feel there is anything significantly better with theirs?
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:25 PM   #52
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I just wanted to throw in my ongoing experience with my two week old 62st. I started a trip last Tuesday with it mounted on my handlebars (using a lowrance mount and zip ties). Went through one rainstorm, a couple hours long though it didn't get very wet due to the windshield/wind. The next day I turned it on and it just hung up in the GARMIN loading profiles screen for about two hours. I finally noticed it had started working again and seemed to do ok the rest of the day. It fired up ok this morning, but I'm a little concerned that either the vibration or the water is doing some damage in there for that to happen on a new unit a week into a trip. I'm glad I bought the service plan.
My out of the box 62s hangs and sometimes just turns off all by itself! I contacted support and they were not their usual Garmin: After making me do a master rest and not resolving the problem they said I should return it to Amazon!
I wonder if the unit will be reliable enough given the updates, but now I have two reasons to be disappointed: Garmin tech support and the unit itself. Never happened to me with a Garmin.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:16 PM   #53
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The antenna in my GPS12 was at a 30 angle or so. Mounted on bike/sled, it was flat to the sky. Even with the old receiver it'd still hold a lock in teh trees/snow. (Have a lot more miles with that GPS on the snow than I did on teh bike.)
I only rememeber losing lock twice with either my e-map or map 76C. Once in a narrow canyon and once near fort Bragg in very dense Red Woods. It was never an issue with me just that 76Cx is better.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:23 PM   #54
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Well, now this doesn't have anything to do with a 78 or 62 anymore. I decided to go all out on an Oregon 550 because the thought of the waypoints & location saved photos started to grow on me. Sometimes I see a cool climb or something along the way & I figured that would be a killer way to remember where it was. I also printed out actual size pictures of each (550,62 & 78) & I didn't realize that the Oregon was much more compact while still having a slightly bigger screen. The "frills" of the whole package won me over. Oh well, Thanks for the advice anyways and back to the 62/78 info. They still look damn nice and if the Oregon doesn't work out, one of these will be my next pick.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:49 PM   #55
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They still look damn nice and if the Oregon doesn't work out, one of these will be my next pick.
Must admit, now that my Oregon 550 is back I like it a lot more than the 62. The display is more than "just a little bigger" - it's bigger and higher resolution. Looking at the 62, then the Oregon - you're blown away at how much better the screen is on the Oregon.

I like my 62, but I love my Oregon!
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #56
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I like my 62, but I love my Oregon!
That's good to know. I'm hoping to love it as well.
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Must admit, now that my Oregon 550 is back I like it a lot more than the 62. The display is more than "just a little bigger" - it's bigger and higher resolution. Looking at the 62, then the Oregon - you're blown away at how much better the screen is on the Oregon.

I like my 62, but I love my Oregon!
Any word on what exactly fried it?
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:23 PM   #58
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Any word on what exactly fried it?
Certainly the damp power cable. If I have to ride in the rain, I'll run on batteries. If I'm navigating, I can leave the unit in Power Save mode and it'll wake itself up when it needs to.

The 62 really does have the edge in terms of screen visibility, but that's not enough to get me to give up the higher res screen.

And I missed the Oregon's camera a lot.
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At the end of the day I just couldn't tolerate the Oregons screen visibility. All the resolution in the world doesn't do me any good if I can't even see it. I gave up on it after a week. The touchscreens are great for UI but they just aren't visible enough in a lot of light conditions.
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:50 AM   #60
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I'm in the cover of woods most of the time so I'm hoping with the backlight on I'll be OK with the Oregon. I may try to hardwire a power supply but I'm usually not out for super long so I should be OK just with batteries. If the screen is alot brighter plugged in, I may have to do so anyway.
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