10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Product for First Timers,
This review is from: Magellan eXplorist 510 Waterproof Hiking GPS (Electronics)
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My wife and I had little experience with GPS devices other than using google maps on my android phone, so needless to say, I was impressed with this product. The first objection to this model, though, has to be the price. Why is it at least twice the price of other, units? Probably the built in camera, which takes surprisingly good photos. If you don't care about this feature, then you can probably do with a less expensive model.
My wife belongs to a mommy and me group that goes geocaching and this product was the talk of the group when she showed it to everyone. In addition to being easy to use for just about anyone, it comes with the above-mentioned 3.2 megapixel camera for geotagging (I remember not too long ago when a regular camera with 3.2 megapixels would have cost $200), memo recorder, etc. to help capture your experiences and "adventures" --even if they do involve toddlers! In fact, just about the only things that this model doesn't have that might be found in more expensive units are altimeter, turn by turn directions, and FRS type radio (which would have been nice). But you're not using this to get around town, so turn by turn directions are probably irrelevant. For much less money just get a Tom Tom, or whatever. No, this GPS is for the entry level, serious adventurer.
The body itself feels very rugged and durable and is water resistant. You get the feeling that this thing can take some abuse and keep on going. And that's good, 'cause when you're venturing across the icy wastes of Patagonia, you don't want your GPS breaking down. Or, if you have a two year old who likes to throw things...
One problem that we had was that the batteries shipped with the unit were dead on arrival. When we installed new batteries, the device still did not work. We really thought that we'd rec'd a defective unit until we tried yet a third set of batteries and it worked fine. I really don't know what happened or if these things just need VERY strong batteries to start up successfully. Time will tell.
The bottom line is this: If you want a full featured GPS unit for serious use, I don't think you can do much better than this. Yes, it's a bit pricey and, as such, probably targeted to the semi-serious trekker, not someone who wants to see where they are in the mall.
Good product. I like it, one star deduction for the lack of a radio and the fact that it didn't work right away out of the box.