Summary: It's a nice GPS but I should have studied the mapping characteristics better. The GPS came without detailed maps-- I bought topo maps for it that should work but after spending about 10 hours trying, I'm still stumped. Information on the Internet and the Magellan website (210 is unsupported) suggests the problem is with the serial number not being recognized by the map-- at any rate, putting a topo map on this thing is ruined what might otherwise be a good deal.
Summary: I purchased this for bicycle use, running use and small boat use. My only functional desires are to have an odometer, a speedometer, be able to mark points, and to see a map of where I am. This meets these needs, but it does not excel in any of my intended uses. The biggest flaw I've found is the distance accuracy when running. I'm training for a marathon race, and I am running increasingly long distances. I often plan my routes using [...
Summary: This receiver would be acceptable except for the following: the interface connector is awkward to use, as well as the battery compartment access. The unit eats batteries like Popeye eats spinach. Even when the unit is turned off the batteries are rapidly consumed. The software is incredibly slow. Accessing track information, for example, typically requires about one minute (I've timed it several times), whereas other receivers retrieve this information almost instantly.
Summary: I bought this thing and tried it, it's a really nice GPS for the price, a bit frail it seemed, otherwise OK.Good reception outside and in the car, no signal indoors however. My main beef with it: I installed the software on my computer and it kept giving me a warning that it is highly recommended I should not install this software because it could do permanent damage to my computer. I installed it anyway.
Summary: Big dissapointment. No power plug for a car cigarette lighter is available. Advertisement said it included software, the software was a teaser that had to be purchased by Christmas (the ad didn't say this). I am used to hand held electronics having a built in rechargeable battery. This one uses AA batteries. I could buy rechargeables, but would rather just get a new GPS. Pick a differnt modle.
Decent Product/Horrible Customer Service from Magellan
Jon S, Amazon
9 January 2007
Summary: We purchased the Explorist 210 after researching and talking to family. The purchase and shipping experience from Amazon was excellent. The actual unit itself was working well and the design is good. We mainly use it for "Geocaching." However, after 33 days of use the unit's display screen went blank. The entire customer service process with Magellan has been horrible since first contacting them.
Summary: I've had the eXplorist 210 for a couple of weeks now... purchased for the sole purpose of Geocaching. Initially I was very impressed with this unit, but that didn't last long. It would just randomly go into various error and test modes, as well as just plain freezing from time to time. Each instance would force me to remove the batteries to reset it. It wasn't that bad at first, but frequency increased with each trip it seemed.
Summary: The GPS works fine, but I bought this unit because of the software available that it was supposedly compatible with. Do NOT purchase this unit if you think it will work with any of the mapsend programs. It will NOT work. I have spent 3 days of sending emails and making phone calls, and cannot get any support from this company whatsoever. I still have yet to load topo map one into this gps. With no releif in site.