Summary: Slow response times, drains batteries even when powered off. First one I received would not turn on. Second unit now drains batteries when turned off. Have to remove batteries during week to keep from losing power. Waste of money -- will be buying a new garmin.
Summary: I was very excited to receive this for my trip to Utah. I was going to use it in the canyons because it is supposed to have a very sensitive receiver able to work in the narrow walls of the canyons. Unfortunately when it arrived the touch screen would not work. I called tech support. They wanted me to update the software. They said this would fix it. I do not understand how software has anything to do with the touch screen not working.
Summary: This product does well enough in what it advertises to do. Compass is OK, preloaded maps are great, etc. My complaint is the poor battery life. I use lithiums in the unit and they are dead in 2 weeks with the unit off. No GPS, nothing on and it still kills the batteries in 2 weeks. I contacted Magellan's customer service and unless your unit dies in 4 days or less they won't touch it. Even then you are only eligible for a 'refurbrished' unit.
Summary: This feature packed GPS has all the promise of a great unit and occasionally even delivers on that promise. However, the cons seriously outweigh the pros: First, it eats batteries like a kid eating popcorn. It is obvious that the design engineer didn't take into account the current load versus the delivery capabilities of AA batteries. Second, the power switch is incredibly twitchy. Sometimes it works, often times it does not.
Summary: This was purchased for my wife for Christmas because she wanted one as she hikes with people who have them. She wanted the Track Summary with miles traveled and the altitude change. It has worked a ew times and that was nice. She learned to use it around the streets of town on walks. The problems with this unit is it will not stay in calibration on either the Compass or the Altimeter.
Summary: We geocache and wanted to upgrade so choose the Magellan explorist 610. It had everything we wanted in a GPS. The down side was it was so difficult to use the touch screen. Both of us tried to use the 'convient' touch screen but it needs a newborns finger or a stylus to work easily. We would touch the screen to navigate and it would jump around to what we didn't want because we touched a little of the wrong icon.
Summary: Out of the box was 15 miles off on our position, according to our old trusty Garmin 12. Was correct on the map, but coords were way off. Tech support was slow, and obviously not American. Offered to replace unit for free, but for $400, it really should work out of the box, shouldn't it? Didn't like the touch screen; was difficult to scroll without selecting an option.
I for one shall not be buying any more of the gps as I have just wasted nearly £300
graham leonard, Amazon
8 September 2014
Summary: I bought 3 weeks ago on the box was discounted o/s maps this was no longer available, I then found out you can't get o/s maps for the Magellan 610 or any others. I then found out Magellan don't have am office in the u.k as they closed it down so you can't get any backup for this machine, I for one shall not be buying any more of the gps as I have just wasted nearly £300.
Product doesn't work out of the box and Magellan's customer response has not helped
Paul m Buchanan-Barrow, Amazon
19 December 2013
Summary: The eXplorist 610 didn't work from the first time I tried to switch it on. I have contacted Magellan's customer service department who made a suggestion about how to make it work. That didn't help and now they aren't responding.