Garmin GPSMAP 640 Waterproof Car/Marine GPS and Chartplotter (With BlueChart g2 Marine Charts and City Navigator NT North America Maps) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Waterproof Land and Sea Navigator
- 5.2 in Diagonal WVGA Touchscreen Display at 800x480 Pixels
- Preloaded with BlueChart g2 Marine Cartography of the Coastal U.S./Including Alaska, Hawaii and the Bahamas
- Supports GXM 40, XM WX Satellite Weather, XM Satellite Radio, XM NavTraffic
- Turn by Turn Directions and Text to Speech
GARMIN GPSMAP-640 Car Marine GPS. Garmin International is pleased to announce the new GPSMAP 620 and GPSMAP 640. These two new Garmin products offer elements of the GPSMAP 5000 series marine chartplotters combined with elements of the popular nuvi series for use on the road all in one easy to use device. Portable and powerful, the GPSMAP 620 and GPSMAP 640 feature a high sensitivity GPS receiver and boast a large, super bright 5.2 in WVGA touchscreen display that reacts as users tap and drag through the intuitive user interface. Out of the box, the GPSMAP 640 comes complete with marine and automotive mounts. This true land and sea navigator features preloaded maps such as highly detailed BlueChart g2 marine cartography of the coastal United States /including Alaska, Hawaii and the Bahamas/ as well as highly detailed City Navigator NT road maps for North America.
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The unit meets my expectations at this point and I feel with more use, marine and auto, it will exceed my expectations.
I read all the negative reviews, and wondered what the reason could be. Should I purchase an older portable Garmin unit? After all, the 276c gets a lot of praise. After looking around, I realized that I could get a new or refurbished 640 for price comparable to what the old (and now unsupported units) now go for. Once I got the unit I realized that the fears were unfounded.
First of all, the screen is larger than the 176c/276c/376c/478. Because it's a touch screen, it's also quite easy to pan around. It's got the latest maps already built in. It's fast and accurate as well. I have no problems seeing the screen in bright daylight. It has the features you need from a gps.
I understand people's attachment to a unit that they already had, but why would you get an older, unsupported unit when you can get a newer unit that's about the same size, but has a larger viewable screen? I also picked up a set of g2 vision charts. I'm not sure they're really necessary, but they do give you point to point navigation.
At the end of the day, a gps just tells you where you are, and some units show your position on a map. If you want a transportable unit that has a decent size screen and updated software this is a good unit for a reasonable price. The built-in maps should be sufficient for most people's navigational needs.