Which hand held GPS to buy

My much loved Magellan Explorist XL has given up and they tell me can't be repaired?

They offered their range of new models and would offer a trade in.

I was happy with my XL and the maps it came with, but would appreciate any advice as to what I should buy as a replacement.

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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 21:00

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 21:00
I needed to replace my old Magellan Gold and after much research I decided on the Garmin Dakota 20 which I can highly recommend.It has great features and very easy to use with a built in topo map.
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Follow Up By: Dingojim - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 07:21

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 07:21
Yep those Garmins are the go. See The Rambler's got one in WA that works there and mine is the same and works in FNQ. Yep they're good.
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Reply By: BEAR74 - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 09:07

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 09:07
garmin GPS is the way to go mate, if they fail and cant be repaired garmin now offer a service which you only pay around $100 and you'll recieve a new "refurbished unit" i got a refurbished gps map 60 csx because the on/off button was playinbg up and the new unit certainly looks new. I have 5 different garmins and they all have been excellent units.
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Reply By: pprass - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 13:08

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 13:08
If you are happy with the Magellan maps on the XL (which are DiscoverAus) then have a look at the maps on the new eXplorist 610 or 710. They include the Raster 250k maps for the whole of Australia and the updated DiscoverAus Topo maps which show just about every track in Australia!
In addition the 710 has turn by turn voice commands for navigation and has a camera and voice recorder built into the one unit.
If they offer you a trade-in, then it will be even more economical.

Regarding service/repairs, there is a hotline and a service department in Sydney with a turnaround of approximately 15 days.
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Reply By: evaredy - Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 15:50

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 15:50
I also have a Garmin it's the Oregon 550, have had it for quite a few years and have never had any issues with it.
I originally bought it for Geocaching but it gets used all the time when cycling, bush walking and camping.

You can get maps like OSM, Shonky etc that are free but I use OzToppo which you pay for, but you can't beat it.
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