Talked to several guys yesterday...
The basic opinion was this: chirp is worthless for most of us around here ... Unless it's 100foot or deeper than its not worth having...
However I see people trying to decide what units to get every day and chirp is always a huge issue to them...
The new gen 3 Lowrance units have wifi... Not bringing my laptop out on the water
They have chirp ... Is it anything to use in Texas lakes
And a little better clarity?
Anything i am missing?
Is chirp anything to get excited about...
If that's all the gen 3 has over gen 2 I'm for sure not getting one...
What say y'all?
The CHIRP technology is really cool. I can say this because I have my HDS 12 right next to my older Lowrance at the helm (older HDS 8) and I can tell you the amount of bottom clarity is substantially different. There's no clutter on the bottom like the unit can't tell what it is like my dash installed older unit.
Also.... I think you're missing the point on the WiFi capability. When I go home, the unit jumps online and does the software updates that used to be such a beating with the Gen 2 units. You had to copy the file off of the net onto the SD card and try to get the right ones copied, unzipped, and installed into the unit by going through the various menus. Now you just answer the prompt when it asks if you want the newest software update. Easy, peasy. Any problem that arises in the future are always greeted with the same question from Lowrance..... "Do you have the latest software installed?"
The buttons are now back on the Gen 3 and when I'm zipping across the lake on pad and hitting waves, the last thing I want to do is operate the touch screen. The buttons are way better in that regard.
Pinch in and pinch out (multi-touch) is also on the Gen 3 models which is cool, but still not as fast as it needs to be. Don't expect the speed of your phone or tablet screen but it's useful.
Yes, some gloves work, some don't.
Now the big question we all need to answer is what is all of that worth? I think it's only a question you can answer. I like the Gen 3 and once I see someone successfully implementing the 3D technology I might consider it but I don't see the value in that currently.
Hope this helps,