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Old 06-14-2011, 05:01 PM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

I've had the 130, now ive got the 530. The 530 is way better in every aspect other than the size was getting a little to big. I've also got some cheap midland 5w radios and they always outperform the 530 in back to back test. I hope this new model is smaller and the radio is a little better. I will say this. Two years ago I got stuck real bad out on the Wyoming priarrie. My winch was 80' short. To make a long story short i picked up my dad on top of a mountain glassing 16 miles away! His map showed exactly where I was at, and in 45 min in was out. I was pretty sure I was Gona be spending the night.
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Old 07-22-2011, 01:49 PM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

I have a couple of the 530's a 120 and a 130 and I will agree that the radio is not great. They work wll enough most of the time for our group since you can usually see where the other person is on the screen. They are a God send when we have kids out hunting with us at least for piece of mind.

If I were going to spend $600 I have to say I would probably buy a seperate GPS and very small radio that works well. However, I almost always have others with me so I can't get away from the Rino since it is nice to just take off and then be able to find each other later on or when you find game.

I do like the addition of a camera in the high end models and wish mine had that. That feature is valuable since you can leave one more piece of equipment back at camp.
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:58 PM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

Does anyone have experience with the Nuvi 550? My wife wants a vehicle GPS for long trips, and I want one I can plug chips into for BLM and other land info. This looks like a decent unit that can do both and is "waterproof". Also price is right at $230 shipped online.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:08 PM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

I looked at the same one and have an old Nuvi. they are very convenient and the 550 can do topo maps which is why I was going to get it. You should be able to download and use the different maps such as "land owner" and such on this unit just like the hand held.

The only reason I didn't upgrade and buy this was because I started using my iPad instead.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:17 PM
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Re: New Garmin Rinos released

I relized my old 350Nuvi would take a chip last fall so I ordered a chip. I like the Nuvi better than the 530Rino I have since bought as it is touch screen and is a lot easier to use. The 350 Nuvi is not waterproof and the internal battery will only last a couple hours but for the $$$ it works as long as you work within its peramiters.
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:48 PM
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MachV if you have had it for a long time buy a new battery and replace the original. I did this on an old Nuvi and it stays charged most of the day and aftermarket batteries are cheap.
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