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  1. Don't know if you were kidding or not, but I was wondering myself why someone couldn't put a small hard drive into a GPS.


    The Apple iPod is the size of a deck of cards. Includes a display screen, a firewire data port, control pad, and a 5 to 10 gigabyte hard drive. And it's priced comparably to the high-end range of consumer GPS models.


    Just shows how much electronics you could cram in that amount of space. Something the size of the Meridian could easily hold a hard drive.


    Imagine having all of your detail maps on the GPS all the time, unlimited space for waypoints and tracks -- and being able to transfer data between your GPS and computer at firewire speeds!

  2. Please see:



    This Lowrance iFinder is slightly used, bought for a product evaluation. But it has less than 20 hours on it, and is in like new condition. Will ship with all original packaging plus some extra goodies thrown in. So call it "tested" rather than used.


    A versatile pocket-sized mapping GPS with a good built-in base map. It can also can accept downloaded high-detail maps from optional software. Includes water-proof, see-thru "Aqua-Bag" case.


    Added Value Extra #1: I am also including a 64 megabyte MMC card , approximately $40 retail added-value. Lowrance calls this an "optional" item, but I found it essential with the iFinder. Not only do you use the memory card for loading/saving detailed maps, routes, and waypoints -- you also NEED it to load software updates. This unit has firmware version 1.30, the latest release.


    Added Value Extra #2: A fresh set of AA batteries. Don't laugh, these are even more important than the extra memory, but for some reason Lowrance didn't include them. I do!

  3. First looking at the price point on the Magellan SporTrak, I couldn't figure out how Thales expected to sell many of them.


    Then I learned there are THREE different SporTrak models. All anyone talks about was the "high-end" SporTrak Pro, which overlaps in features and price with the Meridian Line.


    There's also the basic SporTrak, low end at around $160, with no map whatsoever, is a cheap entry level GPS. And the SporTrak Map, midrange (~200), with limited memory, adds some mapping capabilities.


    That product differentiation makes sense. Sure there's some overlap between the high end SporTrak and the low-end Meridian - but accross the board it's a product line with something for everyone.


    [This message was edited by lee_rimar on May 20, 2002 at 02:57 AM.]

  4. I know Joe Mehaffey is working on a review but hasn't posted it yet -- so I'm turning to this group for information.


    I'm thinking if getting a Lowrance iFinder and the MapCreate software. Does any one have first hand experience with this unit yet?


    I'm especially interested in this because this unit takes MMC and SD cards. I have quite a few of these memory cards because I have other gadgets that use them.


    How's the reception? Is the internal antenna quadrifilar or patch? Anyone tried it yet with an external antenna?


    How's the mapping software? Easy to use? Good street level detail?

  5. Extracted from an email I just sent to Magellan/Thales support; maybe someone else has some helpful insights:


    I have a Magellan Meridian base model, and am generally happy with it. But there seems to be something wrong with the power switch. It may be more than one problem but these symptoms seem related:


    1) Sometimes the unit will powers itself off, even though the auto-power off time is disabled and nothing has touched the power switch. The timing seems random--sometimes the unit can be on for a long time, sometimes just minutes. I use the GPS for a few hours each day and this seems to happen a few times a week.


    2) Sometimes pressing the PWR button will not turn the unit on. Removing and replacing the batteries doesn't seem to help. If it won't power on, I just set it aside for several minutes and try again and it usually works. This happens every couple of days.


    I've been tolerating this problem for several weeks, trying various things to see if I could figure out what was happening. No luck, there doesn't seem to be a pattern to the failures and nothing I have tried has made any difference.


    Any suggestions?

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