Is there a better option than this model in the $1200.00 price point?
The HDS 7 gen 3 is what I have and it is $1200 plus $300 for the transducer if you want side scan capability. From the little time that I have had mine it has been great. Granted a 9" or 12" screen would be nice but I can't justify the extra $700 to $1300 for a little more screen.
It has the latest processing power from Lowrance and also has wifi capability to load updates, maps, etc.... one thing I can do is use wifi to link to a ipad or droid notebook if I want a bigger pic. It starts up fast and has 2 micro sd slots.
It's a option if you're in that price range.