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Great GPS for caching - if it doesn't die after a few years,
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I just started geocaching recently with my kids. I looked at various reviews and was thinking of getting the GP-40 based on various information, but decided against that. I wanted a GPS that was purely for caching. I tried the jr Explorer, but the device was really lacking (did work however). I ordered the Magellen, loaded the batteries, powered it on and was ready to go. No need to plug it in to the PC or anything. Activated my trial membership and was able to send caches directly to the GPS without any issues. I have used it for about a week in different terrain. It is very accurate, has a lot of useful information about the cache, and feels very durable. As for logging your notes on this device, no way. I just use a notebook and log them when I return (as well as upload photos).
I didn't have any problems with the software, was able to update the firmware with ease, and really have nothing to complain about. Going from cache to cache is simple on this device and I recommend it to anyone interested in caching.
Hadn't used this device for a while, it was stored in the same place that I last had left it. I went to power it on and the screen was scrambled. I emailed their support and they told me to flash it, but of course the thing was dead. When I was googling around for this issue, it seems several of these had that problem. So, save your money, get a smart phone and use some kind of app on that.
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Initial post: Oct 3, 2014 11:42:30 PM PDT
Robert A Bruce says:
I have been using and older Garmin for several uses including geocaching. I liked the idea of paperless geocaching so purchased the Magellan GC. Though the box says it is for Windows XP or higher, it does not work with my brand new laptop and Windows 8. Two separate computer services have told me that there may be a way, but it would involve several steps and quite a bit of time. I preferred Windows 7, and this device may work with that system.
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