Sonocaddie V500 Touch Preloaded Color Golf GPS
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- Intuitive touch-screen, multi-function golf GPS--preloaded with thousands of USA golf courses
- Use out of the box with n annual fees and no downloading needed; upgraded membership offers high-resolution satellite images and fly-over videos
- Three-inch, sunlight viewable touch screen
- Digital scorecard and game analysis capabilities; measures shot distance; automatic game tracking
- Requires XP/ Vista/ Windows 7 (Apple Macintosh is not supported) and 12 MB or more hard disk space
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With the standard “Touch Point” feature, the golfer simply touches any point on the hole layout or the satellite photo, and immediately sees the yardage from their location to that point, and the yardage remaining from that point to the green, great for playing an unfamiliar hole or plotting a lay-up area. And the video flyover will prove very useful on long or unfamiliar holes.
The Sonocaddie V500 Golf GPS comes preloaded and ready to play with thousands of USA golf courses--showing course hazards, targets and their relative position on the hole. Featuring a three-inch, full-color touch screen, the V500 is designed for intuitive use and maximum targeting capabilities, even in direct sunlight. In addition to its free basic plan that provides precise distance information from any point on the course as well as your relative position, the V500 also provides a digital scorecard, game analysis capabilities, shot measurement, and automatic game tracking. With the addition of an optional membership, you can upgrade the data plan to a full color layout and acquire satellite imagery. This provides you with the "full picture" on each hole with a high resolution satellite images and fly over videos.
- Preloaded Color Course Layouts and Yardage Guide: Sonocaddie V500 eliminates the downloading process by preloading all available mapped courses in your country, providing golfers with precise distance information from any point on the course. Sonocaddie's user interface shows your position on the selected course. As you move to the next stroke location, your position is shown and the distances to each critical target are continually updated and shown in real time.
- Three-Inch Sunlight Viewable Touch Screen: The Sonocaddie V500's high-resolution, backlight screen is viewable even in bright sunlight. Touch screen technology allows you to touch any point on the color layout/satellite image of the hole and immediately see your distance from that point--and--from that point to the green.
- Digital Scorecard and Game Analysis: The Sonocaddie V500 eliminates the need for a paper scorecard by automatically calculating the total score with the touch of a button. At the end of eighteen, the Sonocaddie will present a summary of your round complete with statistics and the score.
- Personalized Course Information: Make changes or corrections to the reference points on the Sonocaddie V500 on the spot. You may change the given course information, and add or delete some of the reference points as the course may change over time.
- Track Your Game: Sonocaddie V500 can record locations for each shot right on the screen, and can automatically trace waypoints during the round. The information can be stored to the Sonocaddie V500 enabling you to review the round, shot by shot, at a later date.
- Satellite Imagery (Optional): The Sonocaddie V500 allows you to see the actual image with yardage information while you are playing using optional satellite imagery. The image will be adjusted to fit on one screen, so you will not need to scroll the screen to see the entire hole, for example if it is a long Par 5. Offered in the V500 membership plan.
- Video Flyover (Optional): The optional V500 Video Flyover provides you with a five-second overview of the entire hole from tee to green. This shows you the direction and description of the fairway in advance so that you can plan your strategy. Offered in the V500 membership plan.
- Free Basic Plan: In the Basic Plan, full color course layouts for one country are preloaded into your Sonocaddie V500 at no additional charge. If your course is not already preloaded, Sonocaddie can provide a mapping service for the courses not already mapped at no charge.
- Advanced Plans: In the Advanced Plan, worldwide full color course layouts, color satellite imagery and video flyovers are all available. V500 also provides optional plans if you would like to download the satellite imagery or video flyovers for the courses you play. If satellite images are not currently available for your course, you can request them.
- Dimensions: 4.6 by 2.3 by 0.8 inches
- Weight: 4.57 ounces / 129 grams
- Storage capacity: up to 30,000 golf courses, 100 scorecard
- Power: Rechargeable battery/ Up to 12 hours
- Display: Three-inch (240 x 400 pixel) High-Resolution Color LCD with Backlight
- Language Support: English, traditional and simplified Chinese, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese
- Distance Units: Yards, Meters, Miles, Kilometers
- Waterproof Rating: IPX3
- Regulation: CE, FCC, WEEE, RoHS Compliance, PSE
- Antenna: Built-in
- Internet: Required
- Membership: Required
- XP/ Vista/ Windows 7 (Apple Macintosh is not supported at this time.)
- 512 MB RAM (XP) 1 GB RAM (Vista) or higher
- 12 MB or more hard disk space
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Top Customer Reviews
I also downloaded two satellite images of the two local courses I play most. Absolutely horrible and useless. Washed out, hazy and generally lousy images, nothing like what you see on their website.
If you don't care about the course maps, but just use the basic yardage screens, I'm sure it's fine, but my XV2 does that now. At $400.00 a pop, Sonocaddie should have gotten this right before their release of teh V500. Perhaps sometime down the road I'll demo the V500 again and see what improvements they've made. Meantime, this one is being returned.
This time I looked for a pre-loaded unit, one with a big course list and no fees...this Sonocaddie comes preloaded with the actual layouts of most if not all US courses. The courses are in there already- you don't have to download and for me this is a BIG plus.
I took advantage of the free satellite images but I normally wouldn't pay for them. What I need is the full layouts and accurate distances, and the Sonocaddie yardages are always within 2-3 yards compared to the course markers. In fact I do not even look for the markers any more. I love it when they move the tee box but not the yardage plaque on Par 3's, the others in my group are suddenly my best friends!
This GPS is pricey, but I can't say enough good things about it, and as long as I have all my course layouts without downloading and the nice touch screen distances etc. it is worth every penny compared to the other $300-$400+ units. This Sonocaddie V500 is by far the best- my frustration level is down and so is my score.
Sonocaddie told me tough luck, but if I sent them the correct yardages they might update the maps. I was under the impression that the Sonocaddie was supposed to give me the correct yardages, not the other way around.
Amazon thankfully took the Sonocaddie off my hands even though it was outside the return policy window which allowed me to buy a Skycaddie SGX. The SGX is the same price as the Sonocaddie, but has yet to give me one bad yardage. I do have have to pay an annual fee for the courses, but this is an excellent example of you get what you pay for. On top of that the toggle button on the SGX is easier to use than trying to touch the exact right spot on the very small screen of the Sonocaddie. I cannot imagine anyone buying a Sonocaddie if they knew beforehand how bad their course mapping is.
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weeks and played several courses in the area and all were pre loaded.Read more