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  1. Can non-biased users pipe up and share what they feel these are worth?


    Anywhere from $40 to $80 depending on included acessories. If it doesn't have the data cable look to the $40 side if it has extra maps cradle's ect.. look twords the $80 side.

  2. My Nuvi 550 is Wherigo capable, never tried it as there are very few wherigos around my neck of the woods. mt understanding is that the colorado is actually better then the oregon at Wherigo.


    I stand corrected. The Wherigo website didn't mention the 500 or 550 on it.

  3. For Wherigo your choices are as follows:


    1) Garmin Colorado


    2) Garmin Oregon


    3) GPS enabled Pocket PC organizer


    that's it. So you need to find one of those devices in your price range. I know nothing of Pocket PC devices, but If you are patient enough you could probably find a Colorado 300 for $200 on ebay.

  4. I think these only come with one unlock code, so a used one would probably be of no use to you.


    The ones sold by Garmin on SD card have no unlock code. The unlock code is built into the card. It's tied to the SD cards serial number. So as long as you use that card you can put it in any device that will take it.

  5. Hello...


    Im new to geocaching and have been surfing the internet for some good gps devices (price range: 200-270euros) that wont loose reception in woods.I have found the Magellan triton 500 and the Megallan triton 400 ..........

    Which one should I buy??

    if anybody has any experiencis with these devices then please post some pros or cons...


    P.S.: If anybody recommends a different device then plz post it.


    Unless the price is super cheap I wouldn't go with either device. You'd be better off with an Garmin Oregon or Dakota. If you were stateside I might recommend the Delorme, but they have very limited maps outside of north america.


    I've had the triton 500, Triton 2000, and Garmin Oregon 300. And the Oregon is easily 3X as good a unit.


    The Triton has bad user interface on the device, You can only use Vantagepoint to put caches on the device. Vantagepoint is a very slow and buggy program. The Triton also doesn't allow for street routing.


    The oregon has it's downsides as well. Cost is high and the screen is not optimal, but is very usable.

  6. Call Garmin again. It sounds to me like you got a new or incompetant employee the first time around. Any company with more that 100 employees has at least one of these.


    On a side note, I thought the unlock codes were also stored on the device itself, that way you could pull it from the device to mapsource.

  7. Contacted Trimble and here is the email I got back:


    Thank you for contacting Trimble Outdoors,


    Currently we are unable to support the Blackberry-TOUR phones due to compatibility issues. Ideally we would like to support them, however we do not know if and when a fix will be available.


    If you would like to test the software, please point your BlackBerry browser to www.trimbleoutdoors.com/rim/get and install the software.


    The $19.99 price is a one-time charge and the application is valid for lifetime.


    We certainly appreciate your interest and please feel free to check back.


    I used the browser on my blackberry to go to the link. Downloaded on my tour and seems to work fine. Now I just need to try and find a cache with it.

  8. Good writeup. What version of firmware for Oreon? Compass jump has been very well addressed in (non-Beta) 3.2. I've used the OR300 for over 2500 caches, never seen it lose lock outside.



    I was more referencing the fact that sometimes I'd reach ground zero with the oregon and then instantly I'd be 14 feet from ground zero. Happens with all the units, just a little more with the oregon than the other two.

  9. Nice rundown, how are the units construction wise?


    All three seem to be solidly built. Of the three I would say the garmin seems the least rugged, just because the rear door is a little flimsy compared to the other two. The Delorme with the twin screws on the battery door and the heavy rubber probably "feels" the sturdiest. The Triton is in between. But Like I said the build quality on all are good, not something I would take into consideration when choosing.

  10. some of your info about the PN-40 is incorrect leading me to think maybe you didn't use it enough to get it set up right. Auto-routing will recalculate, simpe change in the routes options menu. Loading caches can be done simply and freely through T8, no added $10 needed. Also, GSAk is now supported. However, for a mere $10, that Cache Register is hard to beat for simplicity in loading PQs!


    Other than that, not a bad write-up!


    I made the adjustment and will be taking it out tonight. I'll miss a few turns on purpose to see how well it autoroutes. I'm just surprised it's not default. I know T8 will load them, but it's not as simple as on the oregon. And you would have to have T8 on a computer. As long as I have a usb cable I can load a PQ from any computer. The $10 isn't that big a deal it just strikes me as odd to charge for it. I may move that up to an 8 after I use it some more. But anything higher would be devaluing the ease of the garmin implementation.

  11. Following is a list of the GPS units I have had in the 2 years I’ve been doing this. 60cx, 60csx, Magellan meridian, Magellan Crossover, Magellan Explorist 500 and 600, Garmin Oregon 300, Magellan Triton 2000, and Delorme PN-40. Since I’ve had at one point or another the three newest GPS units (Lowrance excluded, for now) I thought I would write something up on them.


    I do 95% urban caches. So some of my findings won’t be applicable to you. And that really is the best way to take anybody’s advice on the “best” GPS, they are always talking about the “best” GPS for them. Sometimes the “best” GPS has to do with map features, sometimes form factor, other times it’s chuckleheaded fanboy I hate “fill in the GPS manufacturer here”. With that said here we go.


    Uploading caches at home:

    Oregon (10) - Best implementation drag and drop GPX files into a folder, easy and quick

    PN-40 (7) - Difficult using Topo 7. Cons included needing an extra piece of software and charging $10 for cache register.

    Triton 2000 (5) – Cons are having to use vantagepoint and because it takes way to long to upload the caches to the unit.


    Paperless features:

    Oregon (10) - Just barely beats out the PN-40 because of the larger screen being able to show more info at once.

    PN-40 (9) – Just about as good as the Oregon screen size is downfall here

    Triton 2000 (6) – No logs included without using 3rd party software and the hint being the very first thing you see in the description.


    In the field Interface:

    Oregon (10) – The touch-screen user interface of the Oregon is quick and easy to use and customize.

    PN-40 (8)- User interface is good, useful and simple. Just not as easy and quick as the Oregon. No backlight keys make it a little tougher at night, but I imagine the more I use the less this will be a factor.

    Triton 2000 (6)- Slow and Clunky


    Street Navigation:

    Oregon (9) – Needs voice prompts to get a 10 otherwise really good

    PN-40 (7) – Slow to calculate routes, doesn’t recalculate if you miss a turn, and small screen are the downsides. Upside “FREE”.

    Triton 2000 (0) – Doesn’t do it.


    Finding “Ground Zero”:

    PN-40 (9) – Very stable and not “jumpy” very often. Puts me near the cache most times.

    Triton 2000 (9) - Very stable and not “jumpy” very often. Puts me near the cache most times.

    Oregon (8) Little jumpy sometimes and doesn’t keep the satellite lock as well as the others.



    PN-40 (10 North America) (0 Everywhere else). The maps you can get for this unit are awesome and the $29.95 yearly subscription is a great price. Just wonder how long it would take me to suck down every map they have?

    Oregon (8) Lack of aerial imagery and cost for maps reason for this score

    Triton 2000 (7) Cost of some of the maps, and the complete lack of routable street maps hurt it here.


    Customer Service: (Just my personal experience, and yes I’ve called and talked to all 3 for different issues)

    Delorme (10) – Free upgrade to topo 8 enough said.

    Garmin (10) – Very easy and knowledgeable to deal with.

    Magellan (3) - Head meet brick wall



    PN-40 (10) With the included maps the PN-40 is the best bang for the buck

    Oregon (8) Cost of unit and maps hurt it a little here.

    Triton 2000 (5) Just not worth buying.


    Score Tabulation:

    Oregon (73)

    PN-40 (70)

    Triton (41)




    You can’t really go wrong with either the PN-40 or the Oregon. The Oregon has a better interface and is easier to use in general. If you plan on using it a lot for turn-by-turn the Oregon would be the better choice. The PN-40 with it’s included maps and optional aerial imagery makes it a solid choice as well. If you live outside of North America of course you would want to stay away from the PN-40. The Triton is not worth buying.

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