Magellan eXplorist 610
Price Paid: $269
I have owned the Magellan Explorist 610 since August of this year. I must say the pros are many and the cons few.
The user interface is excellent, intuitive and easy to use. Touch screen sensitivity is just right. The three inch screen is bright and easy to read in sunlight. The ergonomic shape feels great in the hand. The build quality is very good with no squeaks, flex, or rattles.
There are only three external buttons: power button, camera button, and way point button. The camera and waypoint button can be configured for other functions if desired. The 4 gig internal memory and expandable micro SD port allow for huge data storage. The 610 comes with Magellan's Summit Series Topo and World series road maps. The topo map is detailed to 24K, and based on my experience is accurate, and even contains trail details. I have compared the map trails with my tracks and they correspond closely in most cases.
The user interface is the best thing about Magellan's Explorist series GPS units. The "4 corners" configuration will take you to every menu with just a few taps. Screen changes, map panning, and map data are all handled seamlessly.
I am impressed with how well this unit can handle massive data files, including satellite imagery with ease. The camera,video, and sound recording fucntions are basic but effective enough for most situations, however do not expect professional quality results.
Finally the once maligned VP software that Magellan supplies is much improved and it is free. I have used this software for years and it has improved by leaps and bounds.
It would also not be fair if I did not mention that Magellan has an excellent trade-in program if you have an old unit.
Battery life is not the best. The advertised 15 hours is more like 8 on alkalines. The only bug on the unit I have seen is the compass loses calibration when navigating to a point and stopping navigation. According to the Magellan Explorist forum this is being addressed.
The same round shape that feels so comfortable in your hand is down right awkward on the desk, and compound this with the wierdly angled USB port, you have a little aggravation to deal with, all in all still a minor annoyance (nitpicking a little here).
The sound quality of the voice recorder is usable but is way too sensitive to wind noise. Lastly, the topo maps are beautiful, but in some cases, the contour lines are difficult to see. There is not enough contrast.
I did a lot of research, I have owned two Garmins, and three Magellan handheld GPS units. I love my Garmin Vista HCx, and would have probably purchased another Garmin, but they could not match the Magellan Trade in program.
After I have used the Magellan, I do not regret my decision, and feel that I can trust this unit on my remote solo hikes just as much as I trust my Garmin and that is no small matter.
If you are in the market for extensive features, and capability with a very pleasant user interface, then Magellan is an excellent choice. IF all you need is a basic navigation tool, then save some money and go with lower end unit.
I highly recomend this handheld GPS.
Still using this gps receiver and it has proven to be tough, accurate and reliable. Recently used it on a new Uwharrie Trail section. I particulary enjoyed the camera and video feature on this trip. It also helped me find the trail head using the excellent maps provided.
The unit has no issues with crashing, consistently maintains satellite signal and accuracy. I have used this unit in all kinds of conditions, from freezing cold to heavy rain and it has always worked.
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (trailspace.com)
I love this GPS. The touch screen makes manuvering around easy, plus a built in camara for those quick photos while your geocaching. Nice size bright screen.
- easy to use
- bright display
- built in camara, quick signal aquire time
- standard batteries don't last too long
I won this in the contest on Trailspace. As soon as it arrived I plugged it into my laptop and loaded the local geocaches, and was off. The eXplorist 610 has a nice bright display. The touch screen is very responsive and easy to maneuver.
For those cachers out there that find cool containers the camara takes great photos. This GPS is quick at aquiring a signal when you power it on.
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The eXplorist 610 is an advanced, rugged, and waterproof outdoor GPS with core outdoor navigation and experience recording built-in. Includes camera, sensors, pre-loaded Summit Series map, paperless geocaching, and expandable memory.
* Summit Series USA Topographic Mapping
* 3-Axis Electronic Compass
* Barometric Altimeter
* 3.2 mega-pixel Camera with Auto Focus
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The Magellan eXplorist 610 United States GPS features touchscreen operation, highly detailed topographic maps, a built-in camera, and one seriously rugged and waterproof construction. Backpackers, geocachers, rescue personnel, and dedicated outdoor enthusiasts will find this unit accurate down to an impressive ten feet, and the 2D and 3D topographic maps allow for terrain navigation like none other. Mark your progress, reach the peak you were shooting for, snap a couple photos for posterity, and then follow the breadcrumb trail back home. Easy as pie, right'
An advanced, rugged, and waterproof outdoor GPS with pre-loaded hi-res topo maps, paperless geocaching, and expandable memory. Features include: 3" sunlight readable touch screen with user programmable buttons, Summit Series USA Topographic Mapping (1:24k Resolution), 3-Axis Electronic Compass & Barometric Altimeter Sensors, and a 3.2 mega-pixel camera with auto focus. 15 hours battery life on two AA. MicroSD expandable memory & 500MB internal storage capacity for user data. Wt: 14.2 oz.
- Altrec Outdoors
Premium, rugged, handheld GPS receiver, the Magellan eXplorist 610 features a camera, compass, and barometer to record your actions and navigate the outdoors with precision.
The Magellan eXplorist 610 GPS offers powerful navigational performance, advanced features and built-in experience recording in a rugged and waterproof design. High-sensitivity SiRFstarIII GPS reception, detailed topographic and road mapping and accurate core navigation help you find your way with ease. User-friendly, 3.0-in. touch screen and 2 customizable hard buttons let you easily find your way through various functions. World Edition map offers 2D or 3D viewing angles; it includes complete roads in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia with major roads throughout the world. U.S. Topo mapping covers the U.S. with topographic detail based on 1:24,000 maps; it includes contour lines, land use areas, trails, waterways and points of interest. Compatable with Navionics(R) Gold Chart, HotMaps(R) Premium and FishN' Chip Region maps (sold separately) via microSD card slot. 3-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter enhance your ability to navigate with savvy. Built-in 3.2 mega-pixel camera, microphone and speaker let you geotag your images and add voice notes to record and relive your adventures. MicroSD slot offers expandable memory (microSD card sold separately). Paperless geocaching lets you download, view, search and filter geocache information such as name, location, description, size, difficulty, terrain and recent notes. IPX-7 waterproofness protects the Magellan eXplorist 610 GPS down to 1m under water for up to 30 minutes. 2 AA batteries (included) provide power for up to 15 hours. Comes with standard mini USB cable, quick start guide, 2 AA batteries and 30-day premium membership to Geocaching.com.