Hema HN7 or VMS Touring 700HDX

Submitted: Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 09:51
ThreadID: 129636 Views:14997 Replies:9 FollowUps:5
This Thread has been Archived
Hey everyone,

Im looking a getting a GPS that does on and offroad maps. Im looking at the Hema HN7 and the VMS Touring 700HDX. I know that you can get all this on tablets but would like just your feedback on the two listed above please.

I would like to know which is easiest to use?
Which works the best?
Which people prefer and why?

And any other information that you can give on the two units.

Much appreciated
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Member - evaredy - Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 19:30

Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 19:30
I too am looking at buying a new GPS, Hema rule in the 4x4 scene as far as I am concerned.
There have been a few bad stories about VMS products and customer service.

I will be buying the Hema.
AnswerID: 588819

Follow Up By: Jackolux - Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 08:13

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 08:13
I had a VMS , you can believe the bad stories , I eventually got a refund .
1
FollowupID: 856625

Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Aug 08, 2015 at 22:53

Saturday, Aug 08, 2015 at 22:53
We, and our sons, have VMS in dash units and can't thank VMS enough. 6 years trouble free. Customer service has been excellent.

Q: Does the HN7 have all the bells and whistles that the VMS has?

Phil
1
FollowupID: 856831

Reply By: Member - KeithB - Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 20:38

Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 20:38
I have the Hema and don't like it at all for street navigation. It often calls turns after you have passed them and arrival times are ridiculously out of whack. I still use my old Garmin for street nav.
Maybe I haven't got the Hema set up right.
Keith
AnswerID: 588821

Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 21:05

Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 21:05
Hi Keith

What type of Hema do you have?

HN4
HN5
HN6
or the new

HN7

Route 66 was hopeless and both the HN6 and HN7 now have iGo which is great.


Cheers


Stephen
Simpson Desert Colours

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  My Position  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 856616

Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 07:35

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 07:35
The Hema is a brilliant device for off road, Country wide travel.
There is nothing better than OziExplorer and a good set of maps.

As for street navigation, I use a separate device.
You cannot run both apps at the same time and as I record our entire trips for future reference, I don't shut Ozi down while traveling.

A Garmin or TomTom device is good for use in towns and cities.
In fact my Garmin also has off road map references so I run both at the same time.

The only negative with the Hema Navigator and OziExplorer is that you can't run two applications concurrently and Ozi doesn't give you a point to point calculator displaying ETA, etc.


Bill


I'm diagonally parked in a parallel Universe!

Member
My Profile  My Blog  My Position  Send Message

1
FollowupID: 856624

Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 15:45

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 15:45
So much for new technology. I have an old (at least 8 years) HP iPaq running Windows CE with very old versions of OziExplorer and Tom-Tom on it, and it will run both concurrently. The only reason I have an HN6 is the screen on the iPaq is a bit small, otherwise it still runs like a trooper...
0
FollowupID: 856638

Reply By: Member - KeithB - Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 23:00

Monday, Aug 03, 2015 at 23:00
I have the HN7 with (I think) IGo.
AnswerID: 588827

Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 00:15

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 00:15
From ease of use for off-road maps, buy the HEMA - almost idiot proof and comes installed with all the ones you need.

For city navigation, you're better off buying one of the purpose made jobbies, they're cheap as chips now....
AnswerID: 588828

Reply By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 12:02

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 12:02
We have a Hema HN7 too and use it for our 'offroad' and tracks travels. We use a Tom Tom for general street navigation as we've had these forever.

Di
AnswerID: 588838

Reply By: Member - evaredy - Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 15:42

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 15:42
I currently have a MudMap M7 it uses Oziexplorer and I can load Hema maps onto it. For street nav it uses Igo Primo.

The only reason I am looking at getting the Hema is because Mudmap stopped supporting the M7 shortly after they released it, they are putting all their effort into the app.

I found the Igo is very good when it comes to street nav and have never had any issues with it. It even does some off road stuff as well, but it can sometimes send you down a dead end gravel road.
AnswerID: 588845

Reply By: mountainman - Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 16:40

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2015 at 16:40
Its just a she you need to spend 700 on a hema system and still it wont do on road very well..
always wanted a hema GPS but I want best of both worlds. .
not requiring to buy 2 units.
they would have the market if they could get the on road set up sorted by the sounds of it....on here, anyway
AnswerID: 588846

Reply By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015 at 17:29

Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015 at 17:29
When I first bought my HN7 and tried it out I thought it was a pile of rubbish. I liked the oziexplorer but not the navigator. After 12 months of use I find I quite like it. It does tend to want to send me down dirt roads even though I have not selected dirt roads and you have to be careful setting waypoints but it has a lot of facilities I really like. It shows Camps8 locations, caravan parks, petrol stations, supermarkets etc. which are very handy on the road. The Oziexplorer is great off road and on outback roads. The maps have a lot of extra information like mountain names, rivers, lakes etc.

I haven't had the VMS so can't comment on it.

Regards,
Bob
AnswerID: 588887

Reply By: Member - Judy and Laurie - Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015 at 22:12

Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015 at 22:12
Hi we have the hema HN6 and love it , it has been great off road and on, has camps7 and too much info to list , has never let us down .
AnswerID: 588900

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)