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What are your opinions on the new Lowrance XOG? I know there has been some talk on previous forums but the unit is new. What are the pros or cons to the XOG compared to the H2O?

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I'm buying one when I get some extra money, they are so cool, because you can use them in your truck, sled, wheeler, or anything. Plus it is chip-compatible, and fair priced for all the options you get.

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I looked at one before I bought an H2O. They have a touchscreen which is nice, but if you plan on moving it from truck to boat to field, I have a hard time believing it will stand up to any amount of abuse.

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I was on a snowmobile trip with guy that had a XOG on his sled. I was really impressed with its capabilities and the touch screen. Very easy to read screen, much clearer than the H2O C's I've seen. My thought was why would anyone consider the H20 after seeing these. The only advantage I can think of would be if your primary use was going to be internal battery based with no 12v plug in available. With the built in battery, once it goes dead, you can't just throw in a new set of batteries.

Not only does it take the chips but he had areas of satelite images downloaded. Very nice feature for hunting. Does the H2O have this capability? He said he paid around $5 for an area of satelite imagery downloaded.

Plus, MP3 player and picture viewer. Not as important to me but still a nice feature.

ccarlson

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Wow, I just read up on this......I might be selling my H2OC this spring and getting this instead. I thought I would use the H20 for grouse hunting so I don't get lost, but we had our third child this december so that took care of that. I only use my H2O in the boat now.....I would love a bigger screen and the opportunity to use it in my truck.

Actually when my wife asked me about gps, she asked if it did turn by turn directions, she wasn't impressed when I told her it didn't.......

So much for not getting a new electronic gadget for the boat this year

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I have a H2O with map create my son is using but today he is going to buy a XOG to use on a trip from iowa to north carollina next week wen he gets back I am planning on trying it with one of my lake map chips to see how it works.

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moparmarv, make sure you post here your results. After looking at the website today, is the xog screen bigger than the h20>?

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I picked up an XOG about 2 months ago. Very cool. I then got the 2008 navionics card yesterday. Everything seems to work well but in the navionics mode it takes some messing around to find the right zone for the lake you are looking for. The contour maps of Mille Lacs, Clearwater and Vermilion are great. I did get it primarily due to its ability to go from car to boat. I will still use my etrex for hunting though.

Only 2 complaints. 1)Battery life is little more than 2 hours so you will need a 12 volt outlet in your boat. 2) I am concerned how visible it will be in bright sun. In the car with sunglasses on it can be a little hard to see at times.

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what about screen sizes. how does it compare to the h2o

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my son picked it up yesterday I have not seen it but asked him a few questions and he said the screan on the XOG and the H2O are a bought the same size

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I played with one in the store for a moment. I know the screen is slightly bigger on the XOG and it seemed to update/redraw slightly faster. I'm a little concerned with the touch screen, however. Will it work well with wet fingers ? I'm looking for more detailed info on the XOG, as well.

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I was just looking at one and I was all ready to buy it and sell my H2O. Then I downloaded the manual to make sure I understood everything before buying. I found it does not have WAAS. That makes the GPS quite a bit less accurate. I think I will stick with the H2O.

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XOG is larger, look at Lowrance web page and specs. 2.8" for H2O vs 3.5" for XOG

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A friend of mine bought one and got rid of his H20. After seeing it in use I will keep my H20.

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I looked at one at the Cabela's in Rogers and had the sales guy put in the Lakemaster Chip. He ran through the XOG with me and I was really impressed. He said he has owned one now for quiet some time and really liked his. One thing he mentioned though was if you run it in your boat that the XOG is ONLY SOMEWHAT WATER REPELLANT, NOT 100% WATERPROOF. Just keep that in mind he said, if you take on lot's of rain all day or high wave rollers quite a bit the XOG could fry. Just a point is all. With that said, I'm not quite ready to get rid of my H2O which is 100% waterproof. I'll wait a bit for this years open water reports on how the XOG handles the water.

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Just bought the XOG on Saturday and had a chance to use it for the last 3 days. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Very easy to use, and very accurate. I did add the Lakemaster chip.

It is probably geared more towards being in a vehicle or plugged into an ATV or snowmobile as it does have a short battery life as reported. I've had several handheld units, and this is head and shoulders better than anything I've used, but I don't know if it could replace a handheld for deer or grouse hunting purposes.

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Go to pro shop in Mankato and get your hands on one. Those guys ther can run you threw one step by step. You will buy one before you leave Great little unit for road and lakes. S.A.S.

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