It was only a natural progression before bass fisherman had touchscreen electronics. Lowrance announced that they will be releasing the HDS Gen2 touchscreen over the next few months. The new touchscreen HDS units will come in three sizes; HDS 7, HDS 9 and the new larger model the HDS 12. All three models are Gen2 units which feature sonar overlay on your map of the lake (you can read more about Gen2 units).
Like I stated before it’s the natural progression of things. Bigger bass= larger baits. Heavier baits= bigger badder rods. Touchscreen everything we use= touchscreen graphs. It makes sense to me to be honest. I don’t know how many times I have sat at the drivers console looking at my HDS and gone to track back or zoom out of the map screen and tried doing it by touching the screen. I must have thought that the same functions from my phone would translate on to my graph, it didn’t but now it will.
I think it is a cool idea; my issue with it is that Lowrance just released the HDS Gen2 units this year. Now they are releasing an even newer version of the Gen2 units with touchscreen. This is a problem for me, it seems like Lowrance has just pulled the bait and switch on its customers. I would be even more annoyed if I had run out and gotten the Gen2 units only now to see that the touchscreen versions are coming to market.
Wouldn’t it have looked better if Lowrance had just introduced the Gen2 units with the touchscreen option all at once? Sure this way all the diehard Lowrance guys out there bought the Gen2 units and spent the cash. Now they will spend more money and get the touchscreens. Lowrance wins, they get sales twice. It’s a business I understand that, but it just feels dirty. I can honestly say I am glad I didn’t have the cash to run out and buy the Gen2 units when they came out.
I am not saying they are not cool. I love the idea. I like the fact that you can navigate the functions and screens with the touch of your finger. The units are not cheap they range from $1549 to $3249. I just hope if you buy these new touch screen units Lowrance does not come out with something better a few months later.