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presently have a Lowrance 7x which is a piece of junk. Have sent it in twice in the last year and when can get it to work it is slow and hard to use. I am older and looking for the simplest finder to use. Use it mostly for depth and to locate fish. dont need or want the fancy stuff. would like 7 inch or larger. Any suggestions??

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If you don’t need GPS check out the Garmin Striker units. They’re cheap and Garmin is very user friendly. 

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Garmin are much more user friendly.  My dad is older and he loves then for this reason.  Striker or echomap models depending on what you need from it

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Well in my opinion, Lowrance IS more user friendly. I purchased a Lowrance 7x back in 2017 and the only issue I had with it was with the GPS maps but that was no problem for me back then seeing how I fish mostly the same body of water and know where to travel when traveling at higher speeds. I suggest you spend the big bucks on what you LUHHH.

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Best suggestion would be to stop in at a big sports store like Gander or BPS/Cabelas and play around with the ones they have on display. They display units from all 3 big manufacturers and generally have enough on display to represent all features and sizes available. 

 

I am partial to my Humminbird

units because they are super simple to use, but I wouldn’t be able

to compare them to Garmin as I haven’t used any of the newer Garmin units. I had an Elite 9 and Hook 7 on my boat when I bought it and had to switch because the Lowrance units were so clumsy and difficult to navigate. 

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Easiest to use is Garmin....The 9's can be had relatively cheap.

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Another vote for Garmin. I own the Striker 7cv. No maps. 

Very simple.

I Use a very small battery that’ll run the whole day. 

 

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I agree with the other replies for Garmin being the simplest to use. I recently switched from the Garmin Striker to a Lowrance Elite 7ti. With the Garmin all I had to do was turn it on and go fishing  with the Lowrance I have to adjust the settings just about every time I go out. 

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I can't compare, because I have only ever used Lowrance.  But I just wanted to comment that I sympathize with @cookieman.  I am really still blown away at how bad Lowrance (and H-bird) sites, settings, features and manuals are. 

  A novice can spend hours trying to understand and compare features and come away more confused than when they started. 

It is sad...and unnecessary. 

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