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wifireman
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Joined: 2004-07-11
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Location: Tomah, WI

PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2005 7:41 pm Reply with quote Back to top

FYI... For here is a link for the battery for the Explorist series.
http://www.tigergps.com/marebapafore.html

smokey

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Plitch
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Joined: 2005-05-04
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Location: Tupper Lake NY USA

PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 5:57 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by smokey & the teacher:
Yes. The info was excellent. If I may. When the gps comes in, can I email you for further help on this item. This will be my first with a card. never used one before. I just ordered the 600 from thegpsstore.com


Email me if you have some further hints for this item
thanks again.
Smokey



I'd be happy to help out or answer further questions (all the way from upstate NY - Adirondack Mountains). See my web site at www.plitch.com for more info on how I use GPS.

 
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Plitch
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 6:21 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by smokey & the teacher:
FYI... For here is a link for the battery for the Explorist series.
http://www.tigergps.com/marebapafore.html

smokey




 
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Plitch
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 6:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by smokey & the teacher:
FYI... For here is a link for the battery for the Explorist series.
http://www.tigergps.com/marebapafore.html

smokey




By the way - for those who do get an Explorist 400,500,or 600 and look in vain for a description in the owner's manual for attaching the data/recharge cable, the cable should be oriented DOWN the back, not up.

Thanks for the tip on a battery source!

 
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jimbu
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I originally purchased an explorist 300. I exchanged and upgraded it for the 600. I have 2 weeks to use or exchange it for another unit. I also like the Garmon 60cs, that has more options, but I don't think the screen is as good as resolution and clearity as the 600. Has anyone any other comments about the screens and clearity on both these units?
quote:
Originally posted by smokey & the teacher:
Well I am looking hard, I mean very hard at the Magellan Explorist 600.They as supose to come out this week sometime. I was wundering if anyone out there has any of the explorit series or heard anything good or bad opinions about them. It just looks like a great gps! Right now got a Garmin V and am just not too happy with it. Might have to change over to the Dark side of the GPS Moon.!

smokey




 
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jimbu
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:02 pm Reply with quote Back to top

If you have used both, I'm interested in your comments on the units, you didn't post any? Please do.
quote:
Originally posted by MajorBrat:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Cathunter:
[b]Have you spent time using both? I have both, and a couple of others.


Yes, I have and still...
...personal choice.[/B][/QUOTE]

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Jimbu, that tidbit was about Garmin Mapsource's superiority over Magellan's sorry Mapsend software, not the GPS units. Image
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Sorry Cathunter, I misread. I haven't tried the map software yet, if I open the package, I will need to pay a restock charge, incase I decide to exchange the unit. In reference to both units screens (600 vs 60cs) on side by side comparing, the 600 seems to have more vivid, crisp clean fonts for easy reading (letters and arrow). The compas and map screens clearly reveal this. The 60cs has some nicer options in summary of time, distance, average speed, etc. I'm still deciding on which unit. Can one change the font and resolution of the screen on the 60cs?
quote:
Originally posted by Cathunter:
Jimbu, that tidbit was about Garmin Mapsource's superiority over Magellan's sorry Mapsend software, not the GPS units. Image


 
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jimbu
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

smokey & the teacher, just wondering if you purchased the 600 and how you like it!
quote:
Originally posted by smokey & the teacher:
FYI... For here is a link for the battery for the Explorist series.
http://www.tigergps.com/marebapafore.html

smokey




 
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wifireman
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Joined: 2004-07-11
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Location: Tomah, WI

PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:30 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by jimbu:
smokey & the teacher, just wondering if you purchased the 600 and how you like it!



I did buy it and so far I like it. It did have a learning curve since it was such a new unit and magellan had alot of questions piled on them at once. I dont think they were prepared. Only thing I dont like is that Magellans mapping program that I also purchased, you have to save it to your computer hard drive, then load it to the GPS with a conversion program provided. So basically the mapping program isnt compatible with USB so the conversion is neccessory. So other then that, the screen is great, Nice and crisp. Rechargable battery is also nice. Just charge when neccessory. I got about 12 hours on a full charge one day. Just got to conserve the backlight and use when neccessory. Hope that helps, but if you use yahoo, go to the site, then click on Groups, then type in Explorist 600. This will send you to the group that has alot of FAQ questions and answers about the explorist.

smokey


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jimbu
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:08 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by smokey & the teacher:
I did buy it and so far I like it. It did have a learning curve since it was such a new unit and magellan had alot of questions piled on them at once. I dont think they were prepared. Only thing I dont like is that Magellans mapping program that I also purchased, you have to save it to your computer hard drive, then load it to the GPS with a conversion program provided. So basically the mapping program isnt compatible with USB so the conversion is neccessory. So other then that, the screen is great, Nice and crisp. Rechargable battery is also nice. Just charge when neccessory. I got about 12 hours on a full charge one day. Just got to conserve the backlight and use when neccessory. Hope that helps, but if you use yahoo, go to the site, then click on Groups, then type in Explorist 600. This will send you to the group that has alot of FAQ questions and answers about the explorist.

smokey





 
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jimbu
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks Smokey. Glad you like the unit. If you would like to share information on the unit, please feel free to e-mail me/likewise.
jimbu@shaw.ca
thanks,

Jim

quote:
Originally posted by jimbu:



 
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media601
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Joined: 2005-07-21
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by smokey & the teacher:

I too like the gpsmap 60cs with the electric compass. but want to know how you have to hold the unit to get the compass to work properly. Some units you have to be level horizontal for the compass to work.




Minnesota lurker here. Yes, you must hold the Garmin 60CS GPS level to get the compass to work. I might add this also applies to geocaching mode, in which a red arrow is superimposed over the compass and points to the destination waypoint. I'm new to GPS-ing, and geocaching. I have been using a Garmin 60cs. It is the only GPS I've ever used and I've never used the mapping software, so I can't compare it to anything else. There was a brief review of several units (including 60cs and 600) in a recent issue of Money magazine. FWIW the author of the review, who was also a neophyte, had a slight preference for the 600, based mainly on the lower MSRP. He didn't use or review any optional mapping software.

Looking forward to doing some caching in the great state of WI. Take care all.

 
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hogrod
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Joined: 2005-07-24
Posts: 639
Location: New glarus, WI

PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:24 pm Reply with quote Back to top

seen this review today and thought i would share. some pretty good pictures on here. http://www.todayscacher.com/2005/jul/reviews.asp
also seen this one http://www.gpsinformation.net/waas/Mag3-D/eXplorist.html


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