Garmin just doesn't deliver a great package
First, let me say this will track your dog and help you find where it is. If that's all you're looking for, you'll like this just fine, and only need to figure out if it's worth the money to you. But I expect a lot more from such an expensive item. And I want less, too. Garmin has never been able to produce intuitive software for any device. This is no exception. The menus are not well organized or laid out, nor do they resemble those on other Garmin products. The path you must take is often 2 or 3 layers deep, and not where you'd expect to find it. There are simply too many choices and the labels don't have a natural flow to them. Garmin has their own way of looking at things, and it's not consistent with Windows or Mac systems we're all used to. The specs tempt you with an impressive list of features, but good luck getting them all to work. The manual is very sparse, and leaves a lot of details for you to figure out. Want to navigate by automobile? It'll do it but you'll have to figure out where to go to change modes to 'auto' from 'walking'. That country road you're on? Well the stripped-down map included just may not have it, so keep your OTHER GPS handy. Want to hook up to the lame Base Camp software so you can download all that great data and view it on a real screen? If you can figure out how to do it you're better than me. It doesn't even recognize my unit when it's connected to the computer, even after fumbling through the menus to what looks like the way to turn it on. The unit itself appears to be well made, with a sturdy plastic body and rubber all around. The package comes with a well made, tough nylon bag, wall, car and USB chargers, short and long antennae, and a few other items. The collar is well made too, with plenty of extra length should you want to put it on a horse. The achilles heal to all this is born of the idea that you don't want a fragile USB port on the collar where it can get dinged up or wet. Garmin's idea was to have a clip-on USB port that interfaces with the collar through connectors that don't mind the elements. This part, which is about Â½ the size of a book of matches, is integral to the system. Lose that, and you've got a really expensive dog collar and a sub-par GPS unit. I appreciate the idea, but that's gonna be the source of a lot of frustrated hunters when that little bugger goes missing when you're in the middle of nowhere. I could go on and on about the little things, but you probably get the point by now. There's lots of room for improvement, and for competitors, there's lots of room for competition at cheaper price points.