Summary: I have tried to use & like this unit for several years. I have given up and relegated this item to paperweight status. I also Have an eXplorist 600, which I like much better. This eXplorist 710 unit IS NOT user friendly and is a major pain to operate. The touch screen does not work a lot of the time & when it does, you mostly get unintended consequences. It absolutely eats batteries when in use and even when it is turned off.
Summary: This unit deserves 0 stars. What junk. It worked roughly for 1 year then a firmware update came out. After updating it I had major touch screen issues. A second update came out and the screen stopped working all together. It was out of warranty after 1 year so I was out of luck. This unit is complete junk. Good luck if you buy it. It really angers me that I paid big bucks for this junk.
Unit says batteries are dead when they work in other devices
James Powers, Amazon
21 January 2013
Summary: I've tried every type of battery in this unit -- regular, heavy duty, lithium and rechargeable. In each case, the two AA batteries are 90% drained within an hour or two. I cannot recommend this unit for anyone for this reason. This is an update. My wife came home from a day hike early after this unit went dead on her after only 15 minutes (it was using recently charged rechargable batteries that she had previously used in other devices just fine).
Summary: This is a DEFECTIVE product. Do NOT BUY or you will be sorry. The touch screen is maddening to use and even after several software updates the problem remains. It is a HARDWARE defect with the touch screen, not a software defect. When you press on a certain icon or letter the screen registers your 'press' elsewhere on the screen and you get the wrong selection. It will drive you mad, MAD I TELL YOU!!
Summary: I have had this GPS for 1 week and it is failing miserably. Every time you touch the touch screen it selects what ever option it feels like selecting. The GPS will not let you select what you are trying to select. The actual GPS tracking is off by about a 20 to 30 foot circumference. I know this because it states I an far off of trails when I know I am on them.
Summary: Your product is only as good as you are able to stand behind it! I am a company owner and i believe that it is my job to do anything i can to make a customer happy, Well Magellan doesn't think the same way. I bought my first Explorist 710 and had it 2 months when it got stolen out of my truck. heck i hadn't even figured the thing out yet. So i bought another one and was really starting to enjoy using it when the screen cracked.
Summary: Date stamp on track log did not match the correct date and time displayed on the unit. This made it imposssible to link my pictures to the track. Megellan couldn't resolve the situation and the unit was returned. Customer sevice was not good, they expected me to may for shipping the bad unit back. Rediculous!
Summary: I BOUGHT Magellan eXplorist 710 Waterproof Hiking GPS ON AUGUST/2011, AND THE LCD TOUCH SCREEN HAS SHATTERED DAMAGE. THE DAMAGE IS NOT FROM HITTING, OR DROPPING. BUT, THE COMPANY DOES NOT WANT TO REPLACE IT, BECAUSE THERE IS NO WARRANTY ON LCD TOUCH SCREEN. THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TRADE-IN. HOWEVER, YOU NEED TO PAY $329 TO GET A NEW ONE.
Frustrating and extremely bad touchscreen / UI issues.
Thomas A. Oehser "Technologist Extraordinaire", Amazon
3 September 2011
Summary: I had owned a Magellan SportTrak Pro for many years, when it finally died, I went with Magellan as I was very happy with the my previous Magellan. On receiving the unit and working through its features, the most glaring and un-fixable defect was immediately apparent: The basic touch-screen does not work very well at all, which is compounded by a UI that is trying too hard to be good and ending up just mediocre.