4.5 / 5.04 ReviewsDurability5.0 / 5Reliability5.0 / 5Performance4.2 / 5Ease Of Use3.8 / 5Value4.0 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (3)No (1)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?NoGreat potential, but still lackingThis watch has a great potential. It looks nice, built well, lasts for almost a week with a single charge and a color display, and it has so many other functions. It can give you much more than what other watches can give even at this price. I was concerned with the weight and size, but these didn’t actually bother me, and I'm not a big person. And it does get attention, as several people asked me about it in the few days I wore it.
During flight GPS reception was good and the nearest airport function worked just as expected.
However, it is the little things that eventually led me to return it. The biggest turn-off was the need for Garmin Pilot subscription to enter a flight route from the computer (or your phone). Yes, you can enter a flight route on the watch, but it is a very tedious process. After I planned my flight, checked the weather, submitted my flight plan on 1800wxbrief.com, and preflighted my plane, I just want to take off and not spend more time setting up the watch. This is a simple feature to add to the free Garmin Connect app, and requiring additional subscription for it just seems as greedy on behalf of Garmin.
The next issue is international support. Before buying it, Garmin assured me that all its functions work worldwide. Theoretically it is true, but in practice it really depends on the maps provided. As far as I could tell, the aviation database is worldwide. The maps for land-based navigation, however, have the necessary details in the US, but not necessarily in other countries where only major highways are displayed. So while you can get turn-by-turn navigation in the US, this feature is not available in every other country. As far as I can tell Garmin does not make these detailed maps available for all countries, even not for purchase. Which details or features are available for each country should be clearly presented on the Garmin website, but unfortunately this is not the case.
Another annoying issue is that the calendar widget displays all the meetings from all your calendars. This means an all-day event from your personal calendar will always appear first, and you’ll have to scroll down to see those meetings that are really of interest. Again, this would be something simple to fix by adding filters, but the Garmin’s people didn’t think it was necessary.
Other issues that could be solved very easily, but really take away from the usability of the watch:
-When on the HSI screen en route to a waypoint, the distance to that waypoint is not displayed.
-The options to enter a new waypoint for land-based navigation are to select from preloaded points of interest (nonexistent in at least some countries), to select it from the map, or by entering its longitude and latitude on the watch (good luck with that). I couldn’t find a way to enter and send a new waypoint from the phone.
-The ability to search around a waypoint is there, but it doesn’t work.
-METAR information was not available during the flight, despite seeing it on the ground just half an hour ago.
Feature that will be really nice to have:
-Ability to quickly respond to text messages with simple replies (“yes”, “no”, “will call you later”, etc.)
-Ability to change which radial to track TO or FROM a waypoint, making the watch function as a second VOR.
If Garmin had put just a little more thought into it, it would have been a great watch. I guess I’ll have to wait for D2 Delta.
I must add that Sporty’s provided excellent service, shipping it quickly, and processing a full refund (less return shipping cost) when I returned it.April 24, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGarmin D2 Charlie TitaniumOnly complaint really is the backlighting. Obviously it's done to keep the battery lasting longer but i'd rather have it be brighter and charge more often personally. It does require some reading to get comfortable with all of the functions. All in all I highly recommend the watch, even if you don't use alot of the features. It's very lightweight despite its larger size. You hardly realize it is on your wrist.November 30, 2017Purchased
6 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNice upgrade from the Bravo! Layout is much nicer and the clarity is outstanding in bright sunlight!September 13, 2017Purchased
8 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGarmin D2 Charlie reviewThis is an awesome watch that encompasses all the gadgets and widgets that Pilots love. However, the instruction book is 39 pages long and there have been times I just want to know what time it was and had to press many buttons just to get back to the time.September 7, 2017Purchased
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Browse 15 questions Browse 15 questions and 19 answersI have the D2 BRAVO Titanium.... In what ways is the Charlie model improved over the Bravo model? What are the differences? Just the Color mapping? Anything else?BEST ANSWER: The Charlie has other features as well. Color map is really nice, map has the contour lines showing you the different parts of the map. Nexrad is really nice also you can create a flight plan on the watch(you could not do that on the bravo) plus other minor changes as well. Overall I really like it. I think they still have some more improvements they can do.I have a large hand and 8” wrist will the titanium bracelet fit?BEST ANSWER: The links are removalble, on the other hand, you could add links. Also, the closing clip is adjustable to expand as well. 8 inched is big thoughIs the screen brighter and clearer than the D2 Bravo?Can you upload birdseye imagery to the watch and use it also for hiking or running a la the Epix?Can I use the watch when swimming? D2 Charlie.BEST ANSWER: Ive had the watch for a few months and it is great. Ive gotten it wet and have had no problems. Just read the instructions...I have fat wrists, how long is the bracelet?BEST ANSWER: This way watch comes with 2 bands that are easy to change out. The Sport band (black plastic) is a total of 30.5mm long including the watch. The titanium band is only 22.9mm including the watch but I wouldn’t be surprised if you could purchase extra metal watch segments. They are easy to install or remove.What is the difference between the versions of the watch?Garmin D2 Charlie Watch Titanium Metal BraceletBEST ANSWER: The Band and case are different.Does this work with android phones and is the garmin app free or subscription based?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it works with Android phones using the Garmin connect app. The Garmin Pilot app is subscription based.As the watch only works with the Garmin App. During flight, how does the watch get weather información and radar? Through an ADS-B receiver?BEST ANSWER: It is transmitted from the app to the watch.Will this watch connect with ForeFlight? Or will it only work with the Garmin App? I have an iPad with ForeFlight where I do ALL my planning, I do not want to have duplicate entry of data just to use watch. Please help. Thanks!BEST ANSWER: This watch works with Garmin Pilot app.Do you need a smartphone to use this watch and all of the features?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the watch uses the smartphone to obtain data.What's the return policy for the watch? I'd hate to spend a lot of money and receive questions about a return. Is there a trial period?BEST ANSWER: Our return policy is to return the item within 30 days in the same condition and we will refund or exchange the item.Does this watch work with iPhones?BEST ANSWER: Yes it will work with the iPhone.Do all the features and information work when flying in Mexico or only in the USA ?BEST ANSWER: The features are available world wide.When you cross multiple time zones does the watch automatically detect and update the time zone change? ThanksBEST ANSWER: When paired to a smart phone it will use the time zone from the network that the phone is connected to.
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