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14 years 2 months ago - 14 years 2 months ago #127656 by Patrick
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The recent discussions about Geocaching have really got me thinking about getting a GPS. I don't think I'd use it too much for getting places while driving; probably more for in-the-field fun stuff. Low price would be good. Any recommendations for models I should look at? Any reason to try and combine it with a Palm Pilot-type device, or is the GPS portion of those cruddy?

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14 years 2 months ago - 14 years 2 months ago #127657 by jimw
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Magellan currently has a very good deal going on with their "eXplorist" models 210 and its bigger brother, the 400. Rebates are $30 for the 210 and $50 for the 400.

But wait! There's more!

You can buy just the GPSr (GPS receiver), or, for not much more, buy the "Wilderness Bundle," which includes some quite nice 3D map software, a case, cables, and, for the 400, additional memory (the 210 does not accept additional memory).

Speaking about memory, many of the GPSrs up until recently had only about 8MB of memory, and this allowed one to get by fairly well. The 210 has 32MB, 22 of which is available for the user to load detailed maps, etc. The 400 accepts SD cards, and some users report they have installed 2GB!

I could pitch these a lot more, but do some web searching. Check around for best prices. Also, before deciding to buy accessories from the vendor selling the GPSr, shop around for better prices on cables, memory, batteries, whatever.

Batteries: The 210 takes two AA cells; the 400 has a proprietary Li-Ion battery.

I have a 400 and the lady of the house has a 210. We both are pleased and we do love the geocaching experience! I truly wish I hadn't held off so long before getting started.

Finally, caveat emptor, and "one man's meat is another man's poison."

Geocaching has a very serious downside: less time to climb.

Peace.

Jim

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2 months 4 weeks ago #139641 by carterter
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Patrick wrote: The recent discussions about Geocaching have really got me thinking about getting a miniature GPS . I don't think I'd use it too much for getting places while driving; probably more for in-the-field fun stuff. Low price would be good. Any recommendations for models I should look at? Any reason to try and combine it with a Palm Pilot-type device, or is the GPS portion of those cruddy?


Thanks,
Patrick


The GPS I have is a small thing, and I have n’t used it with a Palm Pilot-type device. If your budget is low, I will recommend to you the type of GPS I am using. They are called small GPS and are waterproof with the help of a waterproof case. It can also be used as a personal tracker. spytec and AMERICALOC are the most popular things.

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