Seems like they came out just as smartphones were taking over the world. My phone can do everything that I would have bought the aera for...so I didn't ever get one. Might be nice to have a dedicated product though, so I would also be interested to hear what others say about them.
Have one in each plane. Love them. Flush panel mounted both. I don't look inside all that much tho so admittedly I use 1% of a gps functions. I like that u can tap on the screen any point and GOTO. That and groundspeed is most of my use. They are sweet set ups. Get ak topo card. It's sweet
Yes u can use gloves. Yes works in cold. No known problems. My first one was one of n light av first they got in so 3? Years old ???
I have one in a panel dock. It works great and has more features than I need or know how to use. I'd probably rather have a 795 (larger screen, synthetic vision capable) but don't have space in the panel without lots of work. My iPhone is too small to be useful but an iPad Mini with The Garmin Pilot and/or Foreflight app is a good option if you're disciplined enough to remember to bring it. I like a panel mount as a primary GPS myself.