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don't waste your hard earned money on this item
on November 28, 2010
I read all the reviews, some bad, some good. I went ahead and bought one anyway. Yeah, it's the hardhead syndrome. Big mistake. If you have 5 minutes of time to calibrate the device every time you leave your car and have another 5 minutes to stand at the exit of the store to calibrate the unit, then by all means, this item is for you. And don't forget the stares you will get from other people while flying your "airplane" or walking in a big circle.
However, if you don't want to look foolish standing next to your car, flying the unit in great looping figure eights (just like a child pretending to fly his toy airplane) and flipping in over and over, then walking in a big circle to calibrate it, then pass on this thing. Oh yeah, and there is no guarantee that your calibration worked. You may have to repeat all the tips again and again (straight from the video from their website).
It takes a long time to find the satelites, then needs calibrated every time you turn it on. And did I mention that it turns itself off after 5 minutes. So guess what? That's right, another calibration cycle.
I have a Magellan Meridian Color GPS handheld and I have never had to calibrate the compass. It knows what is North and South every time. I also have 2 boat sonars and a Navigation unit for my truck with built in GPS and I have never had to calibrate them.
So, I guess what I'm telling you is: The Bushnell company really fell flat on their face with this one.
Save your money for something worth while. I sent mine back for a refund.