Summary: I trusted the jis 7 certficate and thought i could roll my kayak with the gps inside my pfd's front pocket. Big mistake. That was the end of my brand new magellan 500 very short life. Contacting Magellan support was a complete waist of time.
Disappointed with the software problems and additional costs of maps.
AmazonDiva "Keep Calm and Carry On.", Amazon
14 September 2010
Summary: Having been a Garmin customer, this was my first brush with Magellan and I haven't been too pleased. At the outset the GPS was fine, the maps locked on. Although the build of the GPS seems very plasticky and toy like it performed fine and had a screen that was ok in bring sunlight. However, you have to purchase maps for each state and the unit tends to lock up when you do software updates and will not budge.
Summary: I love the maps and the software... WHEN IT WORKS! Had to return to Magellan for freezing screen on start up got a replacement that would not connect to satelites and another replacement finally works!! ...
Summary: The Triton 500 that I purchased was absolute junk. It lasted about 2 days before the software issues began. I read about some software glitches back in 2007 which cause the screen to freeze. Well guess what? The software has not been fixed yet. The only way to correct the issue was to pull the batteries every time before starting the unit.
Summary: The Magellan Triton 500 GPS performs the most rudimentary of functions well, but fails to offer much in the way of advantages over the competition. As a very basic GPS, the Triton 500 does its job adequately. It has good battery life (about 10 hours) and gets a clean signal even through dense coverage. It has the everyday features like recording places you've been for points of reference and let's you punch in new destinations you might have read about online.
Summary: The Magellan Triton 500 has the potential to meet all of your hiking and geocaching GPS needs. However, it falls severely short in several areas, making it a very tough recommendation. Design: The screen is clear, large and bright. That is important given that it needs to be viewed in a wide variety of lighting situations. The unit is sturdy and lives up to the promised waterproof and shock-resistant claims.
Pros: Compact design, seems to have a strong internal antenna, fast start up
Cons: used the unit for 30 minutes before deciding to return it. Buttons are tiny. I wore a hole in my thumb using the buttons and because of the shape and how hard u have to push the buttons i almost dropped it several times. text on screen is small
Summary: I bought the Magellan Trition 500 because it provides many features for a comparable low price. Due to this, I considered it initially a good deal. However, my main purpose for this GPS device was to use it for geotagging. My summary for this is: If you need a GPS device for geotagging, then don't buy the Magellan Trition!! It has a very small logging memory.
Summary: I bought the Magellan Triton 500 because everything I read said it was easy for a beginner to use. After I bought it, I discovered it doesn't yet have maps that will give auto routing AND living in MI, I would have to spend $80 for a southern Michigan National Geographic map(where I live) and another $80 for the Upper Penninsula map (where I hunt). It's now for sale at a discount without ever using it!