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While normal GPS devices help you navigate your way on land, a marine GPS performs pretty much the same stuff on the sea. Most marine GPS devices come with features beneficial for marine activities, like the "fish finder", tide prediction etc; and also marine cartography. So they hold information related to nearby coasts, shallow and deep waters; and are able to penetrate signals through fog and storm.

Marine GPS units are available as hand held models, mountable units that you can place on the stern of your boat; and fixed models. While looking for the best Garmin marine GPS, it is recommended that you purchase one that isn't fixed and can work as a car GPS too, with inland mapping features, as this would not limit its usage to boating activities and you could use it on a daily basis.

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Garmin Nuvi 1260

Garmin nuvi 1260 GPS Receiver


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Garmin Nuvi 1260
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Release Date
Mar 2009
Jul 2008
Jul 2001
Nov 2005
Mar 2010
Designation
Marine
Marine
Marine
Marine
Marine
Map capabilities
Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal
Internal, Download maps
Form Factor
Fixed
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Fixed
Input Method
Touch Screen
Keypad
Keypad
Touch Screen
Screen Size
3.5 inch
1.53 inch
2.4 inch
2.7 inch
12.1 inch

  • - The Garmin nuvi 1260's user interface is simple, yet effective, although the smaller screen does detract from the user experience overall.
    - Garmin's nuvi 1260 is ideal for anyone on a budget.

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    - The Oregon feels rugged and well made.
    - Oregon's Tracback function makes it easy to retrace the path you have taken, providing a large green button on the Current Track screen, shown above.
    - The touchscreen is responsive, and works well even when wearing light to medium thickness gloves.
    - A newly designed battery cover is easier to remove and replace than previous models, and the waterproof case doesn't scratch or pickup fingerprints easily.
    - Oregon is compatible with Whereigo gameplay.

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    - Geocaching is even easier with the Oregon, which quickly downloads online information for every cache, such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don't have to tote printouts with you.
    - The Oregon's vibrant screen is responsive to the touch of your finger, yet resistant to the forces of nature," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales.

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    - The transflective color TFT display is difficult to read in most lighting conditions.
    - It can be handy to view the compass while you are stopped to take a break, but keep in mind that the electronic compass in the Garmin Oregon does require you to hold the GPS level to get an accurate reading.


  • - We tested the software and were able to search for points of interest by name or proximity to our location, including hotels, restaurants, landmarks, and other attractions, as well as locate intersections and street addresses.

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    - The eTrex Summit can store up to 500 waypoints, including 29 different icons to mark coordinates, so handheld navigation is a snap.


  • - This unit is lightweight, weighing in at 5.4 oz.
    - The Garmin GPSMAP 60CSX is a 12-channel, handheld global positioning device.
    - Compared to other portable GPS receivers on the market, it is expensive at around $370.
    - Serial computer interface makes it possible to add new programs and maps as well as store previous trips and data.
    - Has an external antenna which is preferable for situations where open sky is limited.
    - This unit is able to store up to 1000 waypoints.

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    - The user interface adopts a Palm-esque icon set that's easy on the eyes and easy to use.
    - The 60Cx's construction is so tough, a Lewis or a Clark couldn't help but love it.