D0UNE, on 11 September 2012 - 09:29 AM, said:
do you know wich maps are better? the Worldwide Map or the World Edition??
Also I guess in the Explorist series, they all have the same qualityy of gps? I Think the 310 has a better one, its an electronic compas that the other dont have?
Are they using the same UI software?
I am unable to find the difference between the worldwide map and the World edition. The 110 and 310 come with the world edition though. I can see the the 110 and 310 having a slightly better map than the GC, with the GC being "dedicated to Geocaching", as it is. I assume they expect to sell some of the 110's and 310's to hikers and hunters that don't necessarily use them for Geocaching.
The quality of GPS looks the same to me on your comparison link, and the GC, 110, and 310 have the same "body" if you will. The Touch screen units, 510 and above are physically larger. No, the 310 does not have an electronic compass. Even the 510 doesn't. You have to go up to the 610. Personally, I think electronic compasses are overated. I've been using lower end units with the differential compass (you have to be moving for it to point to the cache) my entire career. I have seen a few smartphone users upgrading to lower end handhelds complaining that they "lost" the electronic compass feature though.
Gee, they don't show a picture of the menu on the 310, but it's the same body with the same joystick menu navigation/data entry. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the user interface is the same as the 110, save maybe for a few minor features on the more expensive 310. The GC has a different menu than the 110, again with the whole "dedicated to Geocaching" thing.
There are some extremely knowledgeable people at www.exploristforum.com
but there's two problems there. It takes a day or two to get approved to post (anti-spam measure), and it's been reported to me as an attack site on both Firefox and Chrome for about 2 weeks now!! I assume they know this, and are trying to get off the blacklist. It's run by Geocachers, and Magellan monitors it.