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I've done a few using my Android but really enjoyed using a GPSr. Maybe the ruggedness of the device? At any rate I dug out my Meridian color and thought I'd see if it was possible to update the maps...etc. Didn't have any luck calling Magallen direct and in fact was given another number which played a recording that and hangs up after giving you a web address for technical support...which also doesn't list my device. SO...I need to find it a home and start looking into what else is new and available or get into the habit of using my phone. It does have a bigger screen which is nice.  Any other Pros or cons?

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Unless you live in Australia, Magellan has closed shop on its recreational handhelds. There's nothing wrong with using an Android phone. Some phones even connect to the GLONASS satellites in addition to GPS. 

 

I've been a fan of Geooh and GCDroid as alternative apps to the official app. Geooh even has a built in Wherigo player. 

 

But if you do find yourself pining for a standalone GPS receiver, you're nearly limited to a Garmin.

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What a great series.....I have at least two of every model and several of the Platinum, many new in the box. I still think the Platinum had the best three axis compass ever. I used to cache with a friend who was cripple and couldn't walk much but with the Platinum he didn't have to.

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I still have three Magellan Meridian Platinum GPS's (not color) and still use them on our Polaris RZR for navigation. We also still have Magellan's old MapSend software that has TOPO maps for the entire country and we use it to put the necessary maps into the GPS. It's definitely old-tech, and takes seemingly forever to find the sats, but once it does it works fine. I've been thinking of upgrading to something new (I'm not a big fan of the phone app, but that's just me). I see that Magellan has bailed out of the hand-held market so that pretty much leaves Garmin the only choice. I like to get 'wordy' when I log finds, but the phone limits that, and also limits the number of pics you can upload.

 

Upwards of $400 for the top of the line Garmin is a bit much. I can afford it, I just can't get past the price!

 

We've been down here in Quartzsite, AZ for the past week (dodging the virus!) and doing lots of Geocaching with our phone(s). The distance jumping around that we get sometimes when zeroing in on a cache is what makes me think we should get a new dedicated GPS that might be a bit more accurate. Is this a logical assumption?

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You can use the phone to save draft logs and finish then on the computer later.

 

You also don't need the lastest or most expensive Garmin to get a significant update from the Magellan you are currently using.

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On 3/25/2020 at 12:59 PM, T & G's Adventures said:

Upwards of $400 for the top of the line Garmin is a bit much. I can afford it, I just can't get past the price!

 

We've been down here in Quartzsite, AZ for the past week (dodging the virus!) and doing lots of Geocaching with our phone(s). The distance jumping around that we get sometimes when zeroing in on a cache is what makes me think we should get a new dedicated GPS that might be a bit more accurate. Is this a logical assumption?

 

You're gonna get a few replies that insist phones are just as good if not better than dedicated GPSr, and you will get a few replies that say the opposite.

 

I personally like to use a dedicated GPSr, especially on my side by side.

 

Garmin is the only game in town now.

 

I know you are having some trouble swallowing the $$ you are seeing for some of them, but they do so much more than the devices you are replacing, and, adjusting for inflation, the pricing on top end units has actually dropped over the years.

 

If you do not have to have a new GPSr now, I strongly suggest waiting a few months to see what (if any) new equipment Garmin may announce later this summer.

 

 

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8 hours ago, T & G's Adventures said:

 

 

Upwards of $400 for the top of the line Garmin is a bit much. I can afford it, I just can't get past the price!

 

Etrex 30x is about $130 and just as accurate as a $400+ GPS unit. 

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11 hours ago, gpsblake said:

 

Etrex 30x is about $130 and just as accurate as a $400+ GPS unit. 

 

Indeed.

 

However, the screen is especially small even for handheld use, much less trying to use the device for navigation on an off-road vehicle.

 

There are (and will be) much better options with larger screens for this purpose.

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20 hours ago, T & G's Adventures said:

We've been down here in Quartzsite, AZ for the past week (dodging the virus!) and doing lots of Geocaching with our phone(s).

The distance jumping around that we get sometimes when zeroing in on a cache is what makes me think we should get a new dedicated GPS that might be a bit more accurate. Is this a logical assumption?

 

Well...maybe, but signal bounce is a handheld GPSr thing as well.   Civilian GPS is only "accurate" to around ten feet too. 

If "zeroing in" means 25 feet or so, we already have our GPSrs put away and looking by then.    :)

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