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H2O vs H2O C

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Looking at buying an H2O but can not decide if I need the Color version. Anyone have reasons why the color is worth the $100???

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Lots of people here will tell you different, but in my mind it is not worth $100. The gray scale will work just fine, is the color cool ya, necessary no. This is my 3'rd GPS, none have been color and I have been happy with them.

I wanted the H2O so I could use my LOW chip on the ice. A word of caution though. I just bought one last week, and it would not lock on. I did not try it till I got to LOW, and it would not find any satellites. I tried everythiing I could think of including reinitializing, nothing worked. It's going back for exchange this week. Apparently some units have a software problem or something. Try it in the parking lot before you leave the store, it may save you some headaches.

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I originally bought the H2OC and ran it alongside a friend's H2O. I returned the H2OC. In direct or indirect sunlight the H2OC is hard to see. The H2O is fine. I do most of my fishing in daylight so it was a no brainer. In low light or at night the H20C is better.

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I prefer the color version. I have no trouble viewing mine in sunny, bright conditions, and really never found where that was such an issue with some people, but apparantly it is. I like the fact that you can color your trails. It does go through batteries quicker, but I just use rechargeable's so it's a non-issue.

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Thanks for the info! since you have used both does the color provide easier veiwing/more distinguished contour lines?

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In my opinion if you don't get the color, you will be sorry. I don't know how anyone can say the black-and-white is easier to read, but there are some people that prefer it. The color is NOT hard to read in the sunlight and is much easier to read all-around. Land is brown, water is blue, and contours go from darker blue in shallow to ligher blue and eventually white as they get deeper.

I also think if you look around, you should be able to find the color for less than a $100 difference.

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Color makes it easier to read whats land or water and shows buoys in color. Depth contour is easier to read as well. I had a black and white and went to color and very glad I did.

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I've owned both, and I got rid of the greyscale. The color is far superior.

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I have had the chance to use both of the GPS units and settled on a color, having the contrast in color is nice and easier to read. I have had the issue in daylight but think it's a glare problem because of the screen. If you have the plug in for the GPS it would help with the screen going into power saving mode. Also has anyone tried the Lithium batteries in the GPS unit, I can't believe the mileage you get out of them next to regular batteries.

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If you are planning on using it ice fishing the H2Oc migh be worth the extra money. The TFT screen (color) works better in the cold in my experience. From the LCD gps's I have it seems like if you are using them in the cold they get "blacked out."

If you shop around on the internet you might be able to find a H2Oc for cheaper than you thought. Tiger GPS has them for $218.

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I chose to go with the color unit as well after comparing it with the black and white. I'll second caseymcq's suggestion of searching around for a deal on the internet. I was able to get the color unit along with the chip for just under $300. Good luck!

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Caseymcq,

Have you dealt with Tiger, are they reputable??

I'm close to pulling the trigger.

Thanks,

Mike

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I bought mine from Tiger and had no problems with the transaction.

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Also, the H2Oc has a higher resolution screen and 16 channel GPS versus 12 channel for the B&W model.

It's a personal choice. Both do well. I prefer the color.

And yes, the Energizer E2 Lithum batteries perform very well.

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Ordered my H2Oc, chip and some other goodies direct from Lakemaster at noon on Wednesday and it was on my desk at 11 am today (Thursday). 23 hours from submitting the order to having the product in my hand, hard to beat that. Got a package deal w/ very nice paper make of Mille Lacs and a free mug for 329.00 (i think?), free shipping. Was pretty happy with it. fired it up and it seems like a heck of a nice unit. cant wait to get out fishing with it.

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I didn't buy mine from Tiger but I have talked to several people who have and they haven't had any problems.

I was crusing(I was in a hurry and was just in there to pick up dog food) by the case at L&M Fleet in Virginia/Mt. Iron and I am almost certain that they had it for $219. If you are in Nashwauk you might want to check out the L&M in Hibbing or Grand Rapids (not to sure which is closer to you) or at least give them a call and see what they are selling it for.

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The H2OC also shows the state land in forest green color for you hunters out there!

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