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February 23, 2011
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Hi Andrew,
Well, you know I was probably the main complainer about the screen on the T2000. It wasn't the 2000, I had a astigmatism and my glasses weren't correcting for it. In the past they were corrected. Our insurance was changed so I went to a network doc and got just basic glasses. I went to a my previous optometrist and asked why I see the chart at different heights with one eye covered and have to watch the tv with my head cocked to one side to be comfortable. Now I go to a real doc and get real glasses. I went to the network doc about the time I got the T2000.
Now I can see the screen on the T2000 and Exp610 even with clip on sun glasses. Go for the 710.

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February 23, 2011
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Yeah, usually it doesn't need calibration. Sometimes I notice the red icon so I just wave it around for a few seconds and it's done.

Phil

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February 23, 2011
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phild31 wrote:

The compass really is easy to calibrate!
I was so frustrated by the Triton compass that I always had it shut off!

Phil,

Easy to calibrate, I think that is an understatement! I don't believe there is a unit out there that is any easier - but it really isn't an issue anyway, because I've only had to calibrate it about 4 times over that past several months, even with battery changes. Just turn it on and give it a couple of minutes and starting using it!!!

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February 23, 2011
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The screen can be read in the bright sun.
Like any screen in the sun you have to move it a bit to get the right angle but it's easier to read than any other unit I've used except for the exploristXL.
I have a Meridian Platinum, ExploristXL, Triton2000, ExploristGC, Explorist710, and a Garmin Etrex. I've had and/or used a Colorado, Oregon, DeLorme pn60 and a Lorance unit.
The 710 screen is the best in sunlight.

The compass really is easy to calibrate!
I was so frustrated by the Triton compass that I always had it shut off!

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February 23, 2011
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I live in the Mojave Desert and as a Beta Tester for Magellan I was using a 610, which has the same screen as the 710, most of last Summer and I find that screen to be 1000% better than both my Triton 400s and my 1500. I have a Meridian Gold and several Tritons as well as a GC and a 710 and I'll take the 710 over all the others... However, this is not to say that the GC isn't a nice little unit which also has a very nice screen!

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February 23, 2011
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The question regarding the display is that when you are out in the sun the glare tremendously affects the display and makes it unreadable. This was a complaint I had with the Triton 2000. It also happens with cameras and cell phones. What good is a GPS unit if you cannot read it in the sun. So how good is this unit in the sun?

I found it nearly impossible without being frustrated to calibrate the Triton 2000. It was easier on the old platinum. This is why this is a top of the list question for me.

February 23, 2011
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I can answer those. Not a review from me yet, but Magellan has a winner with the EX10 seriesandrewmchorney wrote:

Hello

I am considering trading in an old Magellan Platinum for the Explorist 710. I do have some questions before I make the trade.

1. How reliable is the unit? In other words are there many program crashes of the software?I've had no issues with reliability (no crashes or lock-ups)
2. How hard is to calibrate the compass? I found the Triton 2000 to be a real pain and hard to do?much easier than the Triton, but still an effort as with any unit out there (no simple button push)
3. How often does the compass have to be recalibrated?when batteries are changed
4. Besides the maps from Magellen where can you go to get maps?maps4me, make your own RMP's. This brings up a question??? has anyone tried Mapsend Topo (why would you when the more up to date imi's are available from Sockeye B)
5. How reliable is the unit?see #1 above
6. How long can the batteries last? This was an issue with the Triton 2000.about the same as the Triton, although the lithiums for me almost double the time
7. How good is the screen while in the sun?++ above the Triton

Andrew

February 23, 2011
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andrewmchorney wrote:

Hello

I am considering trading in an old Magellan Platinum for the Explorist 710. I do have some questions before I make the trade.

1. How reliable is the unit? In other words are there many program crashes of the software?
2. How hard is to calibrate the compass? I found the Triton 2000 to be a real pain and hard to do?
3. How often does the compass have to be recalibrated?
4. Besides the maps from Magellen where can you go to get maps?
5. How reliable is the unit?
6. How long can the batteries last? This was an issue with the Triton 2000.

Andrew

1. - So far this is the most reliable GPSr I have ever used. No program crashes!
2. - Very easy, just wave the unit in a figure 8.
3. - I calibrated the compass once, since then when the little compass icon indicates it needs calibration (battery change?) I just wave the unit in a figure 8 and, presto, it's calibrated! I have never gone back to the calibration page.
4. - Go to http://www.maps4me.net/usa/3/ and http://www.magicmaps.ca/ for great topo maps of most of the world.
5. - I've dropped it on rocks & cement, dropped it in a river (it floats), used it at 10 degrees F and it still works fine.
6. - Battery life depends on too many variables, cold temperature, backlight, picture/video/audio use, compass, barometer, driving directions all use up the batteries to some degree. Generally I get at least twice the battery life that I got with my Triton 2000.
7. - You can read the screen in sunlight pretty good.

This is the best GPSr on the market right now. The screen is bigger & brighter than the Triton 2000, it's easy to figure out, the controls are user friendly for the most part.

I guess you can see that I like it a lot. 😛
You won't be disappointed with it at full price, let alone with a trade-in! :cheer:

Surf around this forum for tips, tricks and instructions.
And don't be afraid to ask questions.

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February 23, 2011
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Hello

I am considering trading in an old Magellan Platinum for the Explorist 710. I do have some questions before I make the trade.

1. How reliable is the unit? In other words are there many program crashes of the software?
2. How hard is to calibrate the compass? I found the Triton 2000 to be a real pain and hard to do?
3. How often does the compass have to be recalibrated?
4. Besides the maps from Magellen where can you go to get maps?
5. How reliable is the unit?
6. How long can the batteries last? This was an issue with the Triton 2000.
7. How good is the screen while in the sun?

Andrew

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