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? Whistler Galileo Elite Gps200

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Hi,

 

I am new here and new to the world and thought of geocaching. I have spent a couple of hours reading and soaking it all in and find it wonderfully exciting! I just became interested in letterboxing and a friend told me about this on Sunday, and I am hooked.

 

So, now I need a GPS. I can't spend a bunch of money, and I did read the tips, but I wondered if anyone has or has heard of Whistler GALILEO ELITE GPS200 Handheld GPS System? I am thinking about getting one. I can get it for around $160 and to my novice eyes it looks good. I would like a color screen, but I don't think I can afford that!

 

I am in the process of convincing my dh that we need this, which shouldn't be too terribly difficult. He loves the outdoors--hiking and hunting--and has found the need for GPS more than once. :huh:

 

Thank you in advance for your help. All of this is just swimming in my mind.

 

Jenn

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I have never heard of it, but it seems to look like a driving GPS. You want a handheld one. The eTrex's are great starter units, as well as SporTraks. The Meridians are very cool also.

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For your $160 you could pick up a Garmin Legend. It is a great unit with 8 megabytes of memory to store maps. There are many, many, satisfied Legend users here. I am not knocking Whistler but the Legend or one of the comparable models from Magellin have been field tested many time over by geocachers. :huh:

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Stick with a Garmin Etrex Legend. I use one and I love it.

 

At the very least, go with a GPS from a trusted brand (Garmin or Magellan).

 

I got my Legend for $160.00 and I am not disappointed!

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By its landscape profile, this seems designed for dashboard use, rather than being handheld. Prices for this thing seem to be all over the map. I've seen $175 to $350, which is very odd. Usually there's the MSRP, which most major retailers stick close to. Then there's the mail order dealer price, and that usually doesn't vary by more than $10 among reputable dealers.

 

There's nothing on epinions.com about this, but there is a review of the GPS100. Unfortunately, it's by someone who obviously has no experience with GPSs and is probably easily distracted by shiny objects.

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By its landscape profile, this seems designed for dashboard use, rather than being handheld.

You can choose between horizontal and vertical display mode (see home page).

 

However a fellow geocacher wasn't able to switch the coordinate format from minutes/seconds to decimal minutes (read this thread). :D

 

Cornix

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Stick with one of the big two. Magellan, or Garmin. They're the big two for a good reason. They have a rep for well made units. You can get a Legend for around $150 if you really shop around. Great unit. I had one, until I upgraded to a Vista.

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