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Garmin GPSMAP 5212

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and design. The build quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the performance, while many are critical about the value for money.

usability, build quality, design, screen

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin GPSMAP 5212 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Garmin GPSMAP 5212

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Garmin GPSMAP 5212 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Amazon.com.

usability

performance, value for money

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin GPSMAP 78sc Marine GPSGarmin GPSMAP 5212 - GPS receiver - marine

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A great all around mariner's tool!

 

I've read, "the only thing missing on the 5212 is buttons!" This isn't entirely true as their were some serious oversights when writing the firmware for this unit. After speaking with Garmin tech support several times (confirming the story I got across...

Better than Ovaltine

Price, slowness, rushed to market and some basic functionality left out

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A great all around mariner's tool!

 

I've read, "the only thing missing on the 5212 is buttons!" This isn't entirely true as their were some serious oversights when writing the firmware for this unit. After speaking with Garmin tech support several times (confirming the story I got...

Better than Ovaltine

Price, slowness, rushed to market and some basic functionality left out

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A great all around mariner's tool!

 

I've read, "the only thing missing on the 5212 is buttons!" This isn't entirely true as their were some serious oversights when writing the firmware for this unit. After speaking with Garmin tech support several times (confirming the story I got...

Better than Ovaltine

Price, slowness, rushed to market and some basic functionality left out

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Garmin GPSMAP 431 4.0" Marine GPS Navigation

 

Rugged, waterproof, bright screen. Must have when on big water

Too expesive

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Great Unit - [...]

 

Great product - I have 2 of these units on 2 different boats. Excellent once set up though you need a tech if you are not competent w/ electronics.Also advise to get the Digital Sonar Unit. [...]

Accurate Fish Finder,Easy To Read,Easy To Use,Intuitive Menu,Quick Signal,Reliable Reception,Reliable Sonar

Energy hog

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TEST GPSMAP 62S

 

Un super produit. Bonne ergonomie, bonne autonomie.Très bonne acquisition et une lisibilité plein soleil sans problème.Menus remaniés, prise en main facile. Possibilité de rentrer des cartes géo-référencées.Compas trois axes précis.Le TOP.

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Amazing Performance and Function

 

I had been wanting to replace my, very, very old Delorme GPS for a long time but was very picky about making the change since I wanted a unit that would cover all my needs both for work and outdoor recreation. I am an environmental consultant for the...

Satelite imagery is great- Battery life is amazing- Very accurate

Battery life indicator needs fixed

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The Best

 

To expensive, but the same time to much professional and perfect, With this gps you will never have any problem,

Compact, Quality Construction, Great Design

Difficult to Use

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Excellent

 

I'm evaluating this chartplotter and I can't think of any reason not to buy one except one thing- price, ouch!

"Easy To Set Up","Simple Controls","one finger operation","Strong Construction","Reliable Performance","Easy To Read"

"Not Portable"

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"All it's missing is buttons!" ?????

 

I've read, "the only thing missing on the 5212 is buttons!" This isn't entirely true as their were some serious oversights when writing the firmware for this unit. After speaking with Garmin tech support several times (confirming the story I got...

Product Specifications

This flagship marine navigator is missing just one thing - buttons. The GPSMAP 5212 features an unprecedented touchscreen interface, along with preloaded BlueChart g2 maps of the U.S. coast and a whopping 12.1" screen that makes navigation as easy as pointing your finger. By connecting to the Garmin Marine Network, you can add sonar, radar and weather. The GPSMAP 5212 features highly-detailed BlueChart g2 marine cartography of the costal United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and the Bahamas. For other areas, the 5212 has a worldwide basemap with high-quality satellite images in place of more traditional maps. With the SD card slot, you can add additional maps without having to connect to a computer. The 5212's huge XGA screen displays graphics with crisp, video-quality resolution. To keep tabs on your engine room or other area of your boat, you can also connect a live video feed with the 5212's video input/output options. The 5212 connects easily to the high-speed Garmin Marine Network, so you can interface with additional MFDs and add remote sensors. Once connected, you can share information between the 5212 and other chartplotters on your boat. You can also add high-powered radar, sonar, and XM satellite weather and radio to your system. This product is bundled with GPS 17 with pole mount adapter.
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