I purchased the Garmin eTrex Legend Cx GPS a few weeks ago for some trips I have planned this summer. It has everything I wanted in a GPS; it has a color screen, small footprint, light, easy to use, and most importantly, it tells me where I need to go. I planned on using this device specifically for hiking and bicycle touring but it works really well for navigation in the car too. Here is a rundown on some of the main features:
- 256-color, sunlight-readable TFT display (176 x 220 resolution) with adjustable brightness level.
- MicroSD card slot for storing MapSource data. Mine came with a 64mb card.
- 36-hour battery life (I use Energizer Rechargeable AA Batteries).
- Mini-USB port for map uploads and downloads.
- Turn-by-turn directions with alert tones (when navigating on streets).
- Preloaded Americas autoroute base map includes highways, exits, and tide data. This is a base-map, not a detailed street map.
- Water-resistant to IPX7 standards; measures 2.2 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches (W x H x D)
Keep in mind a GPS navigator is only as good as the maps it employs. With this GPS you get the base map of the Americas but be prepared to fork out another $110 for the Garmin 010-10474-00 Mapsource City Navigator, which provides fully routable maps of U.S., Canadian, and Puerto Rican metropolitan areas.