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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent at Best, September 2, 2011
This review is from: Magellan eXplorist GC Waterproof Geocaching GPS (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I'm experienced in the outdoors and have owned and operated GPS units for recreational backpacking and mountain biking, as well as in the military during wartime as a Marine infantryman. I purchased the Explorist because it is dedicated to geocaching, and seemed kid-friendly for my children to use. The best thing I can say about the Explorist is that it easily transfers all geocaching data seamlessly from Geocaching.com. But geocaching isn't about sitting at home with the GPS and my computer, it's about finding caches. And to find caches you will need a GPS device that can connect and remain connected to satellites. The bottom line is that, after a week of troubleshooting on my own and with Magellan support, my Explorist failed to hold a satellite connection for more than 2 minutes in the open, and for even less time on a wooded path. It got nothing under dense tree cover. Think it's just my unit? Check the reviews on the major retail websites. Then talk with knowledgable reps at stores like REI that sell the Explorist and other competitors. I did. Many people find the Explorist to be inconsistent with satellite connections, and still more describe a frequent "freezing" problem. The local REI GPS expert shared that many Explorists have been returned to his store for these reasons. Magellan offered me a replacement, citing that I probably have a faulty unit. I'm not interested. There are just too many people reporting the same types of problems that I experienced. If you want to find points in wide open fields, and have the patience to wait for the Explorist to reconnect to satellites every 2-3 minutes after each disconnect, then you'll be OK with this purchase. If not, steer clear and go with the better reviewed units. I settled on a Garmin GPSMap62S. The extra money was worth the consistent connection under all conditions.
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Initial post: Sep 20, 2011 11:53:23 AM PDT
Michael King says:
SO your complaint is that this $135 GPS isn't as good as a $390 one from Garmin? Would you honestly expect it to be?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 10:20:26 PM PST
S Schroeder says:
It's your unit. Mine works fine, like any other GPSr
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