I like the paper as well, have a GPS but rarely ever use it, will probably be donated to one of my sons. I use the delorme atlas & gazetteer map books, if a state has one that I visit I'll get it. The local state books I have are getting a bit dogeared. Also have specific topo's for several of the national parks we've visited. Never could get used to the small screens compared to the ample sized delorme books.This thread isn't doing much to bring me over to the dark side!
That, my friend, is one of the most despicable acts by Garmin of all. It is scandalous. I can see some 4-eyed, pointy-headed corporate guy announcing to his managers "Let's make people pay for a new subscription to Birdseye every time they upgrade to another GPS, regardless of whether they bought the subscription already that same year or not. We'll make a killing!" Frankly, the head offices mucky-mucks should be tarred and feathered and whipped out of town for that. In my mind, they went from a pretty good company to one that just wants to bleed us and empty our pockets.It is, however, locked to the original GPS for which it was purchased.
Just had a look on their website. The new Oregon and Montana models include free one year Birdseye subscriptions. The GPSMap66 includes a lifetime Birdseye subscription. But the eTrex and Rino do not include any BIrdseye subscription.And I think that Garmin now includes a free one-year BIrdseye subscription with all their new GPS units (or at least they do with most models).
I also have one. Buy another, either new or refurbished. They are still available at good prices.My Oregon 450 has died, on/off button doesn't work. What do I do now? I have relied on Basecamp for creating routs and archive my trips. I hike and travel in the car. I have OnStar and they consintly give really stupid directions. The 450 was small and easy to use, I will miss it.