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8in the lowrance actually has more pixtels per inch than the 10 , I just sold my HDS10 and went with HDS9 Touch shorter that the 8 but wider. Lotsa new stuff coming from Lowrance and hummingbird , check out the BBC.com site re Lowrance and Hummingbird ,( they also have a for sale used units section on BBC.com guys upgrade and you can buy a slightly used or new unsed in the box at a substantial saving) those guys seem to be on top of what is new and coming down the pike. I spoke to Kirt Hedquist ( part of Dr Sonars,Bruce Sampson. staff ) re the camera features he said both manufacturers are coming out with innovation after innovation . Sonic hub , video cameras , wireless android control, bird has a touch feature coming etc. For new try pricing try, XtremeNavigation.com I bought my HDS10 and HDS 9 ( touch from them (last summer HDS9 and Lss2 transducer for less than anyone else no shipping no sales tax had it in two days). Also Try Reeds Sporting Goods , Reedssports.com they will match any price but you have to call and speak to Dru one of the owners . Brian, I am bringing the HDS9 touch with me next week you and Chris can play with it and see if it would benefit your style of fishing frankly the extra money for side scan is not for everybody. Down scan ,yes but remember you have to be moving to get a picture with down scan and side scan .Personally I have used both Bird and Lowrance ,I have Terrovas I pilots on both boats I pilot is priceless , I link just a gimmick ( I do not want the computer telling me where to fish ). The regular sonar 2d on the lowrance is far superior to the hummingbird and for me that is the most important feature. But before you guys buy at the big box stores check out on line (BBG. Three rivers , xtremenavigation, Reedssports , Scheels lotsa choices). One thing struck me about both companies they are bringing out new tech so fast it may not have been sufficiently tested (eg the software nightmare bird has had with 360 and the point 1 heading problems with lowrance )so tried and true units may be a better functional buy rather than something brand new being field tested with your dollars that may require you updating til they get it right. Hey guys have a great holiday season , for me just 9 more days til I get out of the Minnesota Icebox and back in AZ.
Good feedback, no closer to making a descision on brand versus model. Will the better electronics = more fish in the boat. Should I just keep what I have and buy lobster for the next 10 years instead? Will probably be cheaper.