September 2005 Issue

Letters: 09/05

Garmin 296
As a long-time Garmin groupie and stockholder of the company, I phoned in my order for a GPSmap 296 the day they were offered and took advantage of Aircraft Spruceís trade-in-your-old-295 deal. After a week of using the 296, I began a frustrating six months trying to get a refund, with both Garmin and Spruce stalling at every turn.

I found the 296 disappointing and even dangerous due to its daylight-fading screen. Itís perfect in a dark closet, excellent at night and passable on a dull day. But in bright sun? Virtually useless. Iím back to my 295 with its bright, primary colors and continue to find it a marvelous piece of gear.

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