Summary: I have had two other explorists for three or four years now and decided to pick one of these up as a birthday present to myself. As always, my biggest advice is to download the big manual from the website. It amazes me how many people complain about these, but can't answer the simplest questions. Out of the box, these are good, but the customizing you can do make them great. The quick start manual in the box will not tell you how to do these things.
Best value for the $ and unbelieveably easy to use! ... ignore the unfair reviews
28 March 2014
Summary: PROs: Absolutely a breeze, super simple to use and very intuitive. Rugged. Best bang for the buck hands down. Easy to customize the screen with the data you want to see (elevation, distance to destination, etc., up to 5) Works way better than your phone app for tracking or geocaching in adverse conditions (cold, hot, wet) and has longer battery life than the phone when using the app.
Summary: The Magellan Explorist 710 is a nice GPS with camera/camcorder. Its much better than the old Explorist 500 series. It starts up faster & pinpoints your location. Its also much less expensive & better value for my money, but has a slightly smaller display 3" vs. 4" than the Montana 650.
Summary: My husband is a big geocacher. So when our gps got stolen it put a bit of a cramp in his activities. The last one had been a gift and though it was one of the base model my husband loved it. So he decided that with more features it would be even better and started researching and found this one. It works just like he hoped it would and we are definitely impressed with all the bells and whistles so far. Though all that extra stuff is not necessary it sure is nice.
Summary: I am very pleased with the proformance and easy to use as long as you take the time to read the manual. the camera i have set it on the highest setting and it takes a great pic. I use it for some geocaching and its right on the dime. I am so happy I bought this one.
Summary: been stuck on a gold for a while.. just could not do a garmin product with all the problems my bud's have with them.. decided to try this one because of the loaded maps... this product is great and I have no idea what some of the other reviewers are saying when talk about the 4 corners feature.. the way this works is perfect, quick and could not be better.. would have been nice to get a screen protector with the box..
Best Full Function Outdoor GPS on the Market Today!
Glenn Pollock, Amazon
30 April 2012
Summary: I have used top-of-the-line hiking gps units from Magellan, Garmin, Delorme, and Lowrance and this Explorist 710 gets the highest grade! It simply does everything and does it well. Not only is it superb for hiking and geocaching, but it also will deliver door-to-door spoken directions turn-by-turn. The built in camera does a great job at grabbing those "I wish I had a camera right now" shots.