Callaway uPro MX+

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Aimee
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Callaway uPro MX+

Picked up a "like new" Callaway GPS on Ebay for $40.99. Comes pre-loaded with 25,000 courses. In "pro" mode it gives a color fly-over view of the hole. Callaway is discontinuing these, they were licensing it from somebody. They are supporting updates via the web site until end of this year.
I got it to use on my upcoming Florida vacation, since I only pay for a NJ subscription on my SkyCaddy and frankly for the price, this is good to have as a back up and to use for any rounds out of state. Next time I play I may turn both units on to compare accuracy side by side, but the uPro generally got decent reviews aside from some software bugs they had in the past.
The unit is small and will fit in my pocket, which I like. Some of the functions work via touch screen, which I don't like because I think that is cumbersome while playing, but chances are I won't be using it for much beside the basic yardage functions (although the ability to pick a layup spot and have it tell you the yardage to that spot, and the yardage to the green from that 2nd spot, is pretty handy).
Will report back after a field test. Won't be this weekend, looks like rain.

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Yeah, Callaway's first GPS

Yeah, Callaway's first GPS foray was to buy uPro and it's devices and rebranded them as Callaway. They generally were nice units and one of the first to have the fly over graphics of the hole. Sold for about $400 when new I think. I thought about buying one but I did not want to invest that much $$.

but sounds like a good deal especially for the out of state stuff.

I downloaded another smart phone GPS called Golf Pad but I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Free downloadable courses, etc. Some interesting stat tracking and scorecard features. Maybe this weekend or next week I'll get a chance to try it.

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Aimee
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GPS

I have had SkyDroid on my cell phone for a couple of years and it works well. At the time I downloaded it, I think it was a promo deal for 99 cents. It's pretty basic.
The problem with the golf apps on the phone is that they totally drain the phone's battery. It's pretty rare that I have my cell phone 100% charged, so if I plan on using it as a GPS, I have to charge it and shut off some of the other functions to both save battery power and keep the phone "awake". The GPS units generally hold enough charge for 2 rounds. Don't have to think too hard about them, I do prefer having the dedicated unit.

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Aimee
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uPro test

Last round, I started up my trusty Skycaddie along with the new UPro GPS to test them side by side. I know the Skycaddie has accurate yardages because I compare to on the course markers (sprinkler heads, etc). The UPro was usually 1 yard shorter, but in a couple of instances I found discrepancies of as much as 10 yards (on a long par 3, where you really do need accurate yardage). The UPro, since I am not paying extra to load "Pro Mode" courses only shows yardages for the front/ctr/back of the green and any bunkers surrounding the green. I'm going to run it again next round so I can see if it lasts for 2 rounds like the Skycaddie does, it probably won't because the display is color, which I suspect uses more juice (but it does go into sleep mode pretty fast to conserve it).
So in summary, it's fine as a "back up" unit and for the purpose I bought it for, to have a GPS which has preloaded courses for the whole country so I have something to use out of my home state. But it definitely won't usurp the old Skycaddie for regular use.

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Aimee
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uPro

Well, confirmed that this GPS will not last for 2 full rounds like the Skycaddie does. It conked out somewhere on the back 9, so it probably only lasts about 5-6 hours, enough for a reaaally long round.

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DON
Screen size

One of the things I really like about the used SkyCaddie SGXw is the 3 inch screen. My SonoCaddie only has a 2 inch screen, so the extra inch is really nice. Everything is 50% bigger with this unit, and it's also a color display, so that's nice. I'll let you know how it performs when my eyes are a little better and I can get out to play a round with it.

Don

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