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#10763670 - 04/13/15 10:07 AM lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3
snickers Offline
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Registered: 05/08/09
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What is the difference ? I know the price is but is t worth the extra coin.

Edited by snickers (04/13/15 10:13 AM)

#10764050 - 04/13/15 11:30 AM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: snickers]
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GEN 3 has touch screen as well as the buttons on the side. Also the chart updates faster when you zoom and are idling around. I believe you can zoom like on an iphone (pinch to zoom)
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#10764094 - 04/13/15 11:41 AM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: snickers]
Danny L. Weems Offline
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The Gen 3 also has the wifi module built in. Which allows viewing on an Ipad or smart phone.
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#10764156 - 04/13/15 11:59 AM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: snickers]
Chuck N. Wind Offline

Registered: 06/12/08
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Loc: Celina, TX
Gen 3 also has the structure scan built into the unit itself. No need for an additional LSS-2 unit. All you need is the structure scan transducer.
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#10765543 - 04/13/15 07:11 PM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: snickers]
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Aren't there dual high speed processors in them as well?

#10765554 - 04/13/15 07:14 PM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: snickers]
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Love my gen 3! Everything said so far is right.

Edited by James Biggs (04/13/15 07:15 PM)

#10766013 - 04/13/15 09:22 PM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: snickers]
Andy W Offline
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Registered: 01/13/11
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Gen2 also has built in structure scan. Wifi, touch/pinch to zoom- rather than using the zoom buttons, and extra buttons are the real only diffence. You can upgrade the gen2 software to make the layout the same as gen3
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#10766088 - 04/13/15 09:42 PM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: Andy W]
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Gen3 has chirp technology and the Micro mini SD

#10767082 - 04/14/15 10:37 AM Re: lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 Gen 3 [Re: snickers]
Palestino Offline

Registered: 07/09/13
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Loc: Texas
Have had the new Gen3 12 for a couple months now. Installed TM150 Chirp transducer last weekend and WOW. It really picks up the fish. Fish I can't even see on structure is being picked up by Chirp sonar. I installed the update on Gen 3 unit and Gen 2 unit. It is causing some problems. Screen sticking and xing out of a screen problems. I would definitely buy the Gen 3 though. Maybe don't do the update. Spend the extra money and get the Airmar Chirp transducer. Have read all the comments about not much difference in shallow water. I am going to disagree. I though it was much better resolution and I was in 12 - 17'. Only downside to Chirp is it needs to be mounted on transom. I lost high speed pick up. Pretty much loose it before getting on plane.
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