Summary: I have been using handheld GPS for the outdoors and fieldwork for over 10 years and most of them has been Magellan. I consulted a lot of different reviews about this unit (as well as comparable ones from GARMIN) before deciding on purchasing this particular model. Yes, it does indeed take a little bit to get used to the menu system and the touch screen interface but once you do it becomes second nature.
I have 3 Meridian GPS Units, Triton is by far the best
12 January 2010
Summary: It's design and ease of use. Love the fact that NATGEO Maps interface well with it. You will need to update the version of National Geographic Maps to make it recognize the Triton, but once that is done, it works great. Buttons a little stiff, but the touch screen is very well designed and makes navigating around the screen much easier. Battery life is good to very good and the background light makes reading the unit very easy in low light situations.
Summary: I got the Magellan Triton 1500 several months ago. I chose this product because it was the only one I could find that would allow you to download detailed maps. I was expecting to have a lot of trouble trying to set it up because of all the reviews I had read about it. However, I didn't seem to have any trouble. I installed the software on my computer and updated everything.
Summary: Magellan has worked out all the bugs (finally) and the Triton is now a rock solid unit. Its almost fully paperless (no logs) but that’s not a big deal for me since I use Cacheberry on my Blackberry, which can hold an unlimited about of caches BTW, very cool. The Tritons are very easy to use since they don’t have a lot of extra screens that some other GPS’r have. Pretty basic, no non-sense units.
Summary: A good product. But buy this item new in the store not used if you want to use the free maps it comes with. My husband bought this from a guy who only used 2 of the free maps but we couldn't get the other free maps because the company wouldn't transfer the software from the first owner. So we ended up spending more on the maps from another company. But it works and we got the maps. Good deal if you buy it new and get the maps.
Summary: We like our Magellan 1500 and use it here in Alaska for trekking through the wilderness on snow machines. We need to bring extra batteries though. When setting it up and updating the files it is not very user friendly, same with National Geo maps. We had to figure out how to download and display maps on our own. We are still trying to figure out how to erase unwanted treks and use many other features.
Summary: This unit looks very good on paper but it took me about one day to realize that it was a disappointment. I found the screen to be very difficult to read and the availability of maps to load were dismal for my needs. They must have an agreement with National Geographic, because unless you wanted to load on marine maps, your only options seem to be National Geographic maps purchased one state at a time ($$). Beautiful but limited for travelling around and extra expense.