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May 16, 2012
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wow Phil that is impressive.

I too am impressed with the signal retention performance of my Ex610.

In fact I believe it to be slightly better than my Garmin Etrex Vista Hcx.

I routinely pick up strong satellite signal in my house, in dense tree cover, and in my office at work.

In fact I have not lost signal yet while in the woods using my Ex 610.

Has anyone seen the You Tube video ads where someone is driving tent pegs with a 710? crazy stuff.

May 16, 2012
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It is more than robust enough if it is solidly mounted & connected to the board.
Or do you think 'robust' means big?

Definition of ROBUST from Merriam-Webster;

a : having or exhibiting strength or vigorous health
b : having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness
c : strongly formed or constructed : sturdy
d : capable of performing without failure under a wide range of conditions

What matters is how well it works, and my 710 works very well indeed, under dense canopy, downtown Boston between skyscrapers, in steep ravines and even in my living room.
I have dropped my 710 in a river, down a 20 foot cliff, in a snowbank and left it on the tailgate of my truck & watched it bounce down a dirt road at 30 MPH and it still works perfectly!

I would say these units meet all four of those definitions of robust!

Unless you are repairing them what does it really matter what the antenna looks like inside the device?

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

May 16, 2012
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dwcarr1 wrote:

Sorceress,

I believe you are correct.

David

Well gee, that's not reassuring at all. I know GPS antenna design has come a long way in the last 20 years, but for a device so dependent on such low powered signals that are coming from all areas of the sky and may be coming through canopy cover and/or reflected off of buildings I'd think a more robust antenna design is in order.

I know these are consumer devices and the industry is on the march towards more 'iPhone-like' packaging, but engineering requirements and limitations are just that. There's a reason the iPhone is such a ho-hum GPS device - it's a handful of compromise. I buy GPS receivers specifically because I want better reception and GPS-focused performance than an iPhone. If that means there needs to be more real estate in the case for a better antenna than I'm all for it. [/rant]

All that said, I really don't have any gripes about my 610's performance (or for that matter my DeLorme PN-60 or my old Magellan 315). I just don't want the design engineers to start compromising potential performance for the sake of form factor. If it's a GPS receiver then let it be a GPS receiver. Be loud and proud!

May 15, 2012
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Sorceress,

I believe you are correct.

David


 

 

 

May 15, 2012
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I am assuming that the antennae is the purple block on the edge of the printed circuit board. Am I correct?

I do not see any connections between the circuit board and the outer case.

May 15, 2012
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David, thanks. Those are great pictures. Any shots available of the antenna? I'm just assuming that the antenna is positioned at the top of the device but these days who knows for sure.

April 9, 2012
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Wow, maybe next time they should use the back of the unit to drive teh tent pegs. Should have watched the You Tube video first!

Seriously, how much of a knock would it take to break a screen like that?

I put a tiny crack in my Garmin etrex once, but only the cover, and it was suprisingly easy.

April 8, 2012
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OUCH! I dread the day my screen looks like THAT!!! I've already got a small knick/bump mark in mine but still is just fine operational wise. Wonder what a new screen cost?

April 8, 2012
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badaboom wrote:

My old meridian did me just fine.
Until it wouldn't lock into satellites, a one time
software package buy and all was well and more accurate.

New GPS not as accurate and I have to make annual subscriptions
- They call this progress

Hope I don't need to send anything back to you, because as typical
these days it cheaper to buy new than repair.

Think Green

A couple of questions and one statement;

What new GPS is not as accurate as the Meridian?
What annual subscriptions are you talking about?

This forum is not a part of or run by Magellan.

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April 8, 2012
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someone forgot to add: "rant over" 🙂

April 8, 2012
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Purty
Just a $30.00 curcuit board and
a small display panel and a case.
Kinda like a cell phone for $600.00 but
hey you get two year service plan and
you can have it for $100.00.
Their investment with the having
the cell phone produced in quantity is like 20.00 a phone.

My old meridian did me just fine.
Until it wouldn't lock into satellites, a one time
software package buy and all was well and more accurate.

New GPS not as accurate and I have to make annual subscriptions
- They call this progress

Hope I don't need to send anything back to you, because as typical
these days it cheaper to buy new than repair.

Think Green

April 7, 2012
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Ever wonder what the inside of one of these units looks like? Well, here are some pictures...

Pictures

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