Magellan eXplorist 510 vs. Garmin Oregon 450
Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:45 PM
I'm torn, as I've been told that the eXplorist line is new and perhaps still has some issues. $300 is roughly my budget, but I may be willing to go a bit higher depending on features offered.
I'm fairly new to geocaching, having been active for about 1 1/2 years, but think a GPSr will be good for me as I want to do more and the smartphone just doesn't last long during a day of caching.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!! Hoping to purchase in mid-September but starting the research now! Thank you!
Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:18 PM
- I know nothing about Magellan, have 5 Garmins
- I got my OR 450 from REI for $250, last Labor Day, REI has a fall sale every year
- The 450 is no battery champ, but it should last all day, I get 2-days backpacking
- For best battery life, get a color eTrex
Posted 13 August 2011 - 11:15 AM
Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:40 PM
Also, with the latest version of VantagePoint Magellan has digital raster images available for the newer units (similar to Birdseye from Garmin).
Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:43 PM
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This post has been edited by cliptwings: 29 August 2011 - 08:47 AM
Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:48 PM
Verdad. Mobac is still useable. Go back to 1.8
Posted 01 September 2011 - 11:21 AM
Thoughts? Any suggestions, or feedback from 610 users?
Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:13 PM
I sent my 4 year old Triton in to have the software re-loaded as it wouldn't boot up. When it came back it had turned into a eXplorist 510 as a Warranty Swap-Out, no idea why and not asking any questions.
Living in Australia we generally get crap maps loaded on the GPS that are made for the Nth American market, but the World Edition Premium Base Maps that come loaded on the 510 are excellent. They have all the street names in town as well as Rural roads in out of the way places. I have topo maps that I ran on the Triton, but these are better. You can also buy route-able turn by turn maps if you desire.
I was put off Geo-caching when I was doing it with the old Triton and a fist full of printed notes, but with the 510 you can download all the notes, hints, images and attributes to the GPS and away you go. I just got back from an interstate trip and if we felt like we needed to stretch our legs, then a quick check of which was the closest cache and away we would go. We also searched for all the caches on a 200km detour on a whim, again preloaded info from GC.com made it possible. The cache menu lets you enter field notes about the cache that can be uploaded to GC.com when you get home, as well as a time taken to find if you want to brag about how clever you are.
Now I have had a play with it, I would recommend the eXplorist 510 to a prospective Geocacher.