Innovative, intuitive interface
The Magellan eXplorist 710 returns Magellan to the top tier of handheld GPS manufacturers (along with Garmin and DeLorme). The four corners interface is very well thought out, intuitive and reduces the number of steps that plague some other touchscreen models, such as the Garmin Oregon series. The list of significant negatives is short. I don't know if the contour line issue can be fixed with a firmware update or not.
Unique multimedia features
Apart from its 3.2Mpixel camera, video and voice recording abilities, the Magellan eXplorist 710 is a fairly standard premium hiking GPS. It's waterproof and ruggedised, has a three-axis compass and barometric altimeter, and offers the usual tracking, waypoint, Geocaching and routing functionality. However, the menu system puts most common functions within easy reach, and you can customise it to provide rapid access to your favourites.
Strong, long-lasting and adaptable
The eXplorist 710 is a rugged GPS device, coming in a rounded, heavy, solid case, with the screen deeply recessed in the body for extra protection. Magellan claims it's waterproof enough to survive rain and occasional puddle immersion, but it also offers turn-by-turn navigation for those who want to leave it attached to a warm, dry car dashboard.
Robust and versatile
There's no doubt the Explorist 710 does everything it says on the box and does it pretty well. On the hill, its ability to give you a pinpoint location is useful if you have OS maps loaded, but the 3in screen is an inherent limitation, although it helps keep it compact. If you travel a lot, are into geocaching and want a GPS tracker, it could be a just the job. Considering its price, you'll need to weigh up whether your needs will take full advantage of the Magellan Explorist 710's features set.
Perfect for those wanting to use it for fishing, hunting or camping
The color screen on this Magellan is vibrant. I'm shocked how much easier it is to use this GPS with the bright color screen versus my Garmin's black and white screen. Both GPS's are waterproof and have rubber buttons and a rugged design. I have to admit, at first glance, I expected more from my Garmin than this Magellan, but I was so wrong. While the Garmin's sporty yellow design is eye-catching, that's all it has going for it compared to this Magellan.
A well-priced, well-made geocaching device for neophytes and those on a budget
For those who have had issues with the eXplorist's lack of "pinpoint" accuracy, please keep in mind that this is an issue with most, if not all, of GPS geocaching devices, regardless of make or cost, due to various types of cover and terrain, which will interfere with GPS tracking. In all, considering its terrific price point and what you get right out of the box, the Magellan
We were unsuccessful in our hunt, but--despite its initial satellite reception issues--the eXplorist had proven itself a worthy geocaching tool.
Not a bad device for entry level geocachers but the system could use some improvements. Unlike other GPS units, the eXplorist GC built for one use and is limited in terms of customization. It is a bit small as well and could really use a touch screen display and more customizable options.
Relatively cheap for a hiking GPS
The Magellan eXplorist GC is focused almost exclusively on the hobby of geocaching, but this focus and limitation are mostly its strengths. The geocaching interface makes all the information about each cache readily available, and the lack of many other features will make the device easy to get to grips with, even for kids. With a price of around £170, this is relatively cheap for a hiking GPS too.
This device is compatible with multiple specifications, but other features include a picture viewer, trip odometer, digital record book to keep track of your expedition, and more.
In summary, if you are looking specifically for a geocaching GPS- one that is designed only for hunting out geocaches-then you would probably be best off considering the Magellan eXplorist GC Waterproof Geocaching GPS, which is the world's first GPS to be 100% dedicated to geocaching. If you are new to the modern day treasure hunting experience, you can visit the geocache website and learn all about this fascinating and fun adventure.
As it is a GPS device that will be used outdoors, its sunlight legibility is a very good feature.
It uses a SIRFstarlll GPS receiver which is accurate for up to 3 meters. The device does not include any internal compass. It is a drawback as it can infer only in the direction in which the user is moving. The user will have to move in circular paths to go to the direction that is pointed. This is highly frustrating in the later stages of the search. It is little tough to read the names of the streets and to scroll through the map using the joystick. But on the whole it is impressive.
Includes access to AAA TourBook and AAA Roadside Assistance
Despite the negative thoughts, the Magellan RoadMate 3055 does have its positive aspects, such as the included traffic updates and Bluetooth capabilities. The AAA TourBook and Roadside Assistance features are also great for vacationers. The screen is large and vivid, making it an easy read for new GPS users.
The menus are very intuitive and navigation is a snap.
If you're concerned about keeping both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, the Magellan Maestro 4700 makes an excellent choice in a portable GPS navigation device. Magellan has done their homework in allowing for true hands-free operation, and the excellent menu system and large, bright display require little distraction from driving to use the unit in hands-on mode. All in all a very good offering from Magellan.
The Magellan Maestro 4700 GPS features a big 4.7-inch color wide touch screen and 6 million points of interest so users can find whatever service they need.
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