I thought that I would post a brief review of my recent experience on my first two dives using a brand new Galileo Sol dive computer from Uwatec.Apparently, for the time being, these new dive computers have been released only in Asia Pacific.And I did come in for some "ribbing" when I unzipped the back of my wetsuit after the dive.
So, I quickly slammed down a credit card and became the first owner of a Galileo Sol in Thailand. I used the included Smart Trak software to adjust some of the settings and to personalise it. The initial pairing with the tank transmitter was painless. During the dive I was very happy with the display of data.
It now displays my name at startup and contains several text messages that I entered (more about these below). The screen is large and easy-to-read, even for my 50 year-old eyes.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was wondering around the Thai Dive Expo in Bangkok and the local Uwatec distributor had a Galileo Sol on display.
Expecting a negative response, I asked if it was for sale.
Via the Smart Trak software, you can download the new firmware version over the internet and upload it to the Galileo Sol, in the comfort of your own home, as they say. Dive computer manufacturers need to make the strap long enough for the largest wrist and the thickest wetsuit.
This usually means a lot of excess strap flapping all over the place. Its excess strap slots neatly under the unit out of the way.Because the screen can be read at almost any angle, you can keep your hand steady on the housing's arm while glancing over to read the computer.As mentioned above, I have also found that the "text input" feature under personalization has an extra benefit for underwater videographers. "wait here for 20 seconds then follow me", "do not look at the camera", etc).The backlight is bright, although I rarely needed it because the big characters on the screen are always easy to see, even from an angle.The Galileo Sol features a heart rate monitor and uses this in its tissue gas take-up formula.The only warning message I received during these two dives was when my tank reached 100 bar.