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I haven't disagreed with any of your suppositions in this thread. I just stated my preferences and made a postulation or two.
I've got no issue with them getting caught by the spam filter and having to wait for approval. The fact that I missed the very brief message telling what was going on is the only real issue. As Boyd mentioned, having the message wait for the click an "okay" button would ensure that it was seen.
But in the grand scheme, it is not as bad as some of the annoying glitches I've experienced on other forums using high dollar software.
If safety is so paramount that we need a chime to tell us we are getting in a school zone, then we probably should add sensors to chime every time a vehicle or pedestrian is near us. <<sarcasm>>
The other day I was going around a 3 lane wide interchange that joins another three lanes in a high traffic are. All of a sudden I hear an electronic chime going off and it was very loud, annoying and distracting. I'm looking around trying to figure out whether it's my phone, gps or other device making it. All the time my attention should have been devoted fully to the outside. But it wasn't, and that's not SAFE driving.
It turned out the sound was coming from the semi tractor/trailer next to me. Apparently it has a warning device that sounds when it's turn signal is on and someone (me) is in the lane next to it. Of that I'd say it's "safety" gone awry. Instead of the audible alert. The truck should have had more visual alerts. as it was the only way I know if wanted to change lanes was the light behind the wheels of it's tractor. More indicator arrow lights on the tractor and the trailer is a better solution IMO.
By thinking of increasing the visual clues to increase safety, we include the deaf drivers in our solution. And there are likely more deaf drivers than blind drivers <<grin>>
Most of Garmin's devices are only ipx7, which is good, but not great, IMO. I have several of their Marine chartplotters and an GPSmap76csx. One of the chartplotters regularly gets a little moisture inside and fogs up the inside of the glass over the display. When it gets to be too much of an annoyance, I just remove the screws holding the case together and set it in front of a fan at home. If I'm in a hurry I'll use a hair dryer on low heat.
Though the rice in a bag does work to some extent, rice really isn't that great a desiccant and if you don't expose the inside air of the device to the outside air, then it's a slow process that will give plenty of time for things inside to corrode from the water.
There really isn't anything special about the seal on any of the Garmin's I've opened. Just a rubber o-ring that fits in a groove that goes around the inside edge of the case. If your Garmin is regularly taking on water and you are out of warranty, then opening it, cleaning the seal and reassembling it might help it.
So if I may ask, what are you wanting to do with it? Chart your polars for performance? Or just basic navigation?
I do find a GPS chart plotter almost indispensable for quick navigation and reassurance of my position while sailing. If you have a small boat with no electrical system, then one of the Garmin marine handheld chart plotters is a good choice.
I still use a ten plus year old GPSmap 76csx for a backup/emergency use. If I were in the market for a new handheld though, I'd probably take a good look at the Garmin On the Trail handhelds. I think they have the same water resistance that the marine handhelds have, typically IPx7. But much larger screens and more versatile use. Whether you loose any specific marine trip planning or not, I've not looked into. (tide tables, celestial, anchor drag alarm, man-overboard quick mark button and such)