Summary: The basics are all good, but at this point it's interface is dated and the usb cable is bizarre. But it does the job of getting me an exact set of coordinates for geocaching which why I purchased it. I would recommend it for that purpose. I use the iPhone4 for my exploring though. If you were going to buy a GPS receiver other than a smart phone I'd buy a more current Magellan.
Summary: Overall a good little handheld. Screen is easy to read in bright sun or low light conditions. Its very rugged, which is a necessity in my book. Fairly accurate for entry-level model, although I believe my cell phone is probably more accurate. Screen scratches easily. Oh and be very careful with upgrades. Lose your basemap and the thing is useless. Re-installing is a pain!
Summary: I recently bought this unit and sort of expected to be able to use the MapSend Topo software (v 4.20) that I already had installed on my computer to load maps. Unfortunately the older versions of MapSend will not work with the Explorist 210. My correspondence to Magellan tech support about this issue was a waste of my time. If you're going to buy one of these, expect to have to buy the newest version of MapSend to load maps. Or maybe, better yet, look at Garmin.
Summary: I had bought my father a Garmin eTrex entry level GPS and wanted one for myself. I tried the eXplorist to compare them and see which one was better. Even though the differences are slim, I think if I had to buy a new one now, I'd go for Garmin's GPS. My main issue of concern has been the (apparently so far to me) impossibility of clearing the main trip and the fact that it seems to be impossible to measure speed in the different sections of my trips (NOTE: I use my GPS...
Summary: I purchased my 210 for use in both geocaching and for work. The first one I received had a dead screen. The second one just went down with a broken on/off switch. Either I am very unlucky or the quality of the unit leaves much to be desired. I am very, very careful with the electronic equipment I own, so it is not misuse. As far as the unit goes, ease of use, connectivity, geocaching features, all excellent.
I love this thing, but I have to share that Magellan's…
30 October 2006
Excerpt: I love this thing, but I have to share that Magellan's software is not very well developed. It mostly refuses to open on my pc and it's not easy to use at all (when it rarely does open). The maps aren't accurate for roads. I have the topo software and can only hope that their accuracy is better than their highway maps. I like the unit better than Garmin, but I would go with the Garmin because of the poor software.
Summary: I purchased the GPS two weeks ago, but very cautious of Magellan's map software from reading reviews. Conerns are mostly over the map's accuracy and currency. Yesterday, driving from west suburb Philadelphia to JFK airport and back, dark in the night and rain. The GPS unit works great, but the map is dubious. The NJ Turnpike is designated as S-700. The Belt Pkwy Way in NY is designated as R-904. If I weren't actually tracing the track, I would never have known.
Good value for the money and fun to play with. Base…
25 August 2006
Excerpt: Good value for the money and fun to play with. Base map is useless in Canada and contains serious errors. Some highways are numbered incorrectly. Would like to see a unit with a large screen and a preloaded 1Gig SD card full of maps for an all inclusive price.
Summary: It does not have the automatic routing function. You have to set the route manually or spend some money to buy softwares to do that offline. If you are off the predefined route by mistake, you have to figure out how to get back to the route by yourself. But anyway, for this price, you really can't expect that much.