Garmin nüvi 500 & GPSMap 640, yipe!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

7 Responses

  1. John D says:

    I really wish these new units had a switch to go to a very classic theme look. For many of us, the 3D pop-out icon on a 3-D button is just overkill. All those dark and bright edges could be smoothed out and we could get some focus on the actual information being displayed.
    So here’s the request, either include a clean functional theme, or let folks build their own.

  2. Mike P says:

    Maybe Garmin isn’t right for you. If you want old school, classic stick with the bulky square edged furuno’s, that you need to give up closet space to house the enormous black box you need to power the beast. I think you can still get Raytheon on ebay, that’s pretty classic, lol.

  3. norse says:

    I’d take elegant over trendy myself, but you know what they say about beauty…
    Display of content on the other hand is more than just taste. The top photo above shows the boat going 35 knots over a reef. It’s times like this you want a really nice simple, easy-to-use, quick-responding user interface.

  4. Pete Willy says:

    Thanks Ben.. u have made my decision easy… I will make the leap of faith to the 640.. thats what I was looking for.. I have managed to run over the edge of a reef at 35 knots with a multi thousand dollar Raymarine set-up under my nose… not blaming equipement at all .. i should have taken a more conservative route but a quicker response time could have saved me from my most embarrassing boating moment. Shame navimatics dont have a blackberry version… that would be my back-up

  5. Dan says:

    The Nexrad Radar does not work in automotive mode 🙁

  6. steven says:

    looking to purchase the 640
    more important as a marine navigation to be and like the auto option.
    I am a newbie when it comes to marine setups.
    Anyone have/own/use the 640 and have reviews- good and bad?
    happy boating
    Thank you

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Steven, I have a beta unit and have written about it once so far:
    I’ll write more eventually. Note, though, that I lend the beta unit to a fairly experienced local sailor for a few days, and he bought one.

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