April 12, 2011
Wow, thank you all for your quick replies. You've definitely made up my mind for the ex610 (and maybe for the 710 if I can squeeze a few more dollars out of the budget!!), for all the reasons you mentioned. I particularly like the fact that Magellan checks this forum for user feedback!! Wouldn't it be great if ALL companies did that!!
I know I'll be back here again with questions (as I said, I'm a total rookie) when I begin using my soon-to-be-purchased Magellan unit in the coming weeks. From what I've read so far it definitely seems like a great community you have here and I look forward to being in touch with you again.
Thanks once again.
March 17, 2010
I have owned only Magellan units, after seeing everyone else has Garmins. I'd not be in much of a hurry to buy a Garmin, just because everyone else has one. The 610 Canadian edition I purchased is by far the best functioning unit I've seen yet. My geocaching friend has a Oregon 400t, basically the same as a 450. Decent topo maps, functions well, but the screen is horrible. Very hard to see the map in daylight outside, almost to the point of needing the backlight on full to see it clearly. The Magellan beats it by far for screen clarity and ease of reading.
And I've found the Magellans are more accurate in the field, also a big plus.
Its your money, so if you aren't sure, find friends that have each, and just try them outside in the sun to see for yourselves. The difference is huge.
Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.
March 20, 2010
My caching buddy has a Garmin 60Csx and a Garmin 62st which are basically the not touch screen version of the Garmin Oregon. The 62st is the same unit as the Oregon 550t and it is a good unit, however, I wouldn't trade my eX710 for it for a couple of reasons. One is, when he purchased the 62st it only came with 1:100000K maps loaded on it and had to spent over $100 to upgrade the the 1:24000 maps like come preloaded on the eX610 & eX710. Also, I use a lot of custom Satellite maps on my eX710 and the resolution is great on it, but for some reason every we tried satellite maps on the 62st the display was horrible. Also, the paperless caching on the eX-series units blow the paperless caching on the Garmin away. (My Opinion after using both). Truth is, both are good units and both will most definetly get the job done, however, you'll pay more for the Garmin if you want the better maps and in my opinion you get more GPS for the money with the Magallen. Actually, my friend considered selling both his 60Csx and 62st to buy an eX710 - however, because he uses on his dirt bike he doesn't like the touch screen and he alreadys has several RAM mounts and other accessories for both units so he decided not to...
March 17, 2010
Welcome to this Forum. First at all, you're allowed to say "Garmin" here. In fact, the 610 is newer and the softwaredevelopement is right now in progress. Magellan is in fact listening to the user. They read right in this forum.
If you should run a issue, just ask here, here are several user, who can help you with (almost) all your questions.
So if this counts for your decision: We are a great community here.
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April 12, 2011
I am a total newbie to this - it's the first time I've posted on a forum and I've never owned a GPS!!! Next month is my 65th birthday so I figured I could treat myself with a new toy. I've done a lot of researching and narrowed my choice down to either a Garmin (am I allowed to say that name here?) 450t or Magellan 610, both with Canadian Topos, as my buddy and I (and wives) do a lot of outdoor recreation, and we may start to get into geocaching, as well. I haven't tried either of the units yet but I'm leaning towards the Magellan - can any of you folks give me any compelling arguments to finally make up my mind for the 610?
Thank you for your time and I hope I've done this right.