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Buying a 710.
June 1, 2012
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I received it yesterday, so far it's pretty decent but I am disappointed that there is nothing that can be added to the dashboard about the next nearest cache. I,ll add that to the suggestion box.

May 28, 2012
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Jake81499 wrote:

...Does it have a dashboard where I can see my speed, time of day and a nearby cache?

There is a great Geocaching dashboard that can be set up to show lots of information eg Heading, Current Speed, Elevation, Depth(?), Primary Co-ords, Secondary co-ords, Accuracy, Bearing, Course, Destination, Distance to Next, Time to Next, Distance to end ETA and so on. However there is no function that tells you if there is a nearby cache like the Garmin Montana does.

May 27, 2012
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The 710 is ordered. I'm hoping it will be here Tuesday.

Thanks everyone and I'm sure I'll have more questions later.

May 25, 2012
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Yes, I was in my living room.
I made the geocache in my driveway a few days ago to do some tests.
Outdoors the accuracy usually shows 16 feet, which is about as close as any handheld unit can get.

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May 25, 2012
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I'm assuming the screen shot was taken from inside a building. The 23ft accuracy gives it away. The 10ft zoom will be great.

Yes on the RAM mount. I've got it in my Cart and ready to buy tonight at midnight.

Can't wait.

May 24, 2012
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Spend the money and buy that RAM mount. These are the only mounts I use on my dirt bikes, ATVs and 4x4 and you'll be more than glad that you did. A while back I took a good spill on my dirt bike and cracked 3 ribs, but my GPS stayed securely in its RAM Mount. So, I say that it will hold the GPS in the cradle at 60+ MPH on the roughest of terrain and it will take a spill.

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May 24, 2012
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The Explorist zooms in to 10 feet.

Magellan has fixed the early firmware problems so there's not much to complain about now.
Here's a screenshot in my driveway;

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May 24, 2012
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In the 710, when zooming in on the maps, how close to the ground does it go?

The Garmins go down to 20'.

I also found that there are a number of mounts that will work with motorcycle's and I especially like that RAM band mount with the big wide band.

After I buy I'm going to mount them side by side for a while (Garmin and Megellan) just to compare.

Thanks for the good information so far. I've noticed there seem to be very few firmware complaints as compared to the Garmin. That's a good sign.....

May 23, 2012
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Sorceress wrote:

Mr. Carr,

My idea is that it would be a lot safer if the 710 and 610 could be outfitted with a microphone extension and some voice actuation software.

The point being that your attention would not be diverted to push the screen while driving.

What do you think?

A good idea in principle but the 710/610 screen is too small to read while driving whether you push the screen or talk to it.

After using my 710 for a while now I can assure you it is unsafe at any speed to read text or tap menus while driving.
I stop when I need to change my destination.

Are there automotive GPS devices that are voice activated?
And what do they cost?
The 710 is meant to be a handheld outdoor unit that can also do driving directions, it is not designed to be a high end automotive GPS.
Magellan makes automotive GPS with large screens that can be read while driving.

Just my two cents worth.

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May 23, 2012
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Mr. Carr,

My idea is that it would be a lot safer if the 710 and 610 could be outfitted with a microphone extension and some voice actuation software.

The point being that your attention would not be diverted to push the screen while driving.

What do you think?

May 23, 2012
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Jake81499 wrote:

Hello all, I'm new and I may be buying a 710 this week.

I currenly have an Oregon 450 and I NEED to change. (Nuff said)

What should I expect with the new GPS?

I want to use the 10,000 cache ability and my main mode of travel is a motorcycle. I travel anywhere and everywhere on me four days off every week.

What are the caching menues like?

The caching menus are extremely easy to access. You can use the default menu in the lower left of the screen to get you to the main menu and then select the caching list; or you can define one of the two hard buttons on the side of the unit to go directly to the caching info.

Is it difficult to navigate?

I could be a bit biased; however, I have never liked the interface (UI) on the Garmin Oregon or the 60 or 62s; but I find the UI to be simple and straight forward on the eXplorist Units.

Id there anything special I need to do to see the caches?

No, just download and go...

Does it have a dashboard where I can see my speed, time of day and a nearby cache?

Yes, there are multiple dashboards that can be selected and brought up with a single click on the top left side of the screen.

Will it work OK with GSAK?

Yes, Clyde as written support for these units into GSAK and it works great with them.

Are ther any vibrations issues with the 710 on a motorcycle?

I've used mine on the handlebars of my Honda CRF dirt bike as my ATV, as well has having them mounted to the dash of my 4x4 and on RAM Windowshielf mounts in my Jeep and car and have never had any problem with them. Actually, my 710 is starting to look rather worn, but I've logged over 4,000 cache finds with this it and it is holding up just fine.

Will a power cord stay plugged in while the GPS is mounted on the bike?

Ok, this is a bit of an issue! I use my eX710 in a RAM Mount cradle and I have had the cable off out of the unit on occasion, especally after hitting some hard terrain on the ATV or in the 4x4.

I could go on but I have to go to work. It's my Friday. YIPPEE....

I hope this helps. If you read the boards you will see that these units are NOT perfect; however, I can tell you that Magellan is listening and is working to fix any and all issue that we report to them and I believe you will be very happy with the eX710 if you choose to purchase one. Also, if you're into custom maps - especally satellite maps, you'll be very pleased with the way they display on these units.

David

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May 22, 2012
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Hello all, I'm new and I may be buying a 710 this week.

I currenly have an Oregon 450 and I NEED to change. (Nuff said)

What should I expect with the new GPS?

I want to use the 10,000 cache ability and my main mode of travel is a motorcycle. I travel anywhere and everywhere on me four days off every week.

What are the caching menues like?

Is it difficult to navigate?

Id there anything special I need to do to see the caches?

Does it have a dashboard where I can see my speed, time of day and a nearby cache?

Will it work OK with GSAK?

Are ther any vibrations issues with the 710 on a motorcycle?

Will a power cord stay plugged in while the GPS is mounted on the bike?

I could go on but I have to go to work. It's my Friday. YIPPEE....

Thanks in advance

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