Looking for New GPS

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I use to have a Megellan Colour GPS in my 80 series , now I am looking at getting one for my 100 series. Is there anything new out there that I shold know of ?
Or do I just stick to the Megellan colour ?

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Reply By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:33

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:33
Got a colour unit myself and find it great.You dont hear much about the Meridian range now,its all Explorist series now.Had nothing to do with them.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:33

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:33
G'day Eric,

Was impressed with the newer Garmin 60CS that Bonz has for a standalone GPS in preference to the screen of the Magellan colour. It can give turn by turn if you want it and good maps too if you get the software. Having said that I wouldn't mind a colour Magellan after having that Meridian I had. Just the screen wasn't all that clear in three tones of grey. Depends a bit on how much you want to spend on the toys as there are probably better ones like the 276C www.ja-gps.com.au/garmin_gpsmap276c.aspx at Johnny Appleseed. Sydney friends have one of those
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:45

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:45
the 276C is a pearler Eric
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:56

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 22:56
just had a look on ebay and found one for sale by Bonza imports . I had to laugh lol

its a sighn lol

Have you used the Megellan colour Bonz ???
Just looking for difrences ect.

I will also asume you have maps to share lol
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:00

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:00
hahaha it IS a sign hahaha other than tracks4australia the Garmin maps are locked to the unit you buy, there is no way around the locks that I have found

Havent used the Magellan colour, but they have the biggest handheld screen on one of them that I have seen, I found the Garmin to be more intuitive when I was looking. That said I muddled my way thru Al's Magellan up at the outback but it was a trial.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:09

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:09
Bonz, you got the Euro maps loaded yet? Eric needed your 60CS along the coast Sat'dy as his city assist couln't find tracks anywhere.

The 276C has a great size screen for when the eyes deteriorate Eric I believe. The Magellan earlier screens were crap in comparison to the newer ones of Garmins I have seen.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:10

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:10
I havn't seen those extra airbags in the Caddy, Eric by the way.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:11

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:11
Nope John they cost too much for a few weeks on the continent, even asked GArmin if I could rent them for 5 weeks, that seemed to hard an ask for them and they declined
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:12

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:12
had a great GPS in passenger seat so wasnt worried lol
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:20

Sunday, Jun 04, 2006 at 23:20
Eric, I hear those heifers won't be fed until Wednesday to draw some noise if you want to look.
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Reply By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 09:28

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 09:28
Hi, I have had a couple of different GPS's and now have a Garmin 276c. Incredible unit ! ! I have used it here in Australia in Canada and a couple of weeks ago in New Zealand. It was accurate in all countries and did not give us one bum steer. Great piece of gear.
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Reply By: pprass - Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 13:18

Monday, Jun 05, 2006 at 13:18
Rock Crawler - if you already have the Magellan maps (Discover Aus) and were connected to the lap top or PC, then it may be easier and cheaper to stick with Magellan. I went from Meridian Platinum to Colour to eXplorist 600 and found that I could load all of the DAST maps onto the 600 and the connection to the laptop was simple (although it got confused with the com port for a while). Also the 600 operates basically the same way as the Meridian so there wasn't as big a learning curve to actually operate the unit and I could then concentrate on working out the new features. The screen is a bit smaller than the Meridian, but way sharper and clearer. After about half an hour in the 4wd, I got used to the size and the smaller buttons. The back light also appears to be brighter. If you go geocaching it has a cool geocaching function to manage waypoints as well. It also has a magnetic compass which I find invaluable while others can take it or leave it as they may not be in situations where they are standing still and need to know immediately which way to go.
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 00:33

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 00:33
Hi Peter,

I always find the compass usefull when caching.

I haven't made the switch to the Explorist as I have a fair bit invested in mounting hardware for the Meridian between the boat and the 4wd.

I went to a PDA & OziCE for mapping on the move and would NEVER go back to a GPS again based on what is currently on offer or on the horizon.

The PDA is extremely versatile (tax deductable for some) and when combined with a bluetooth GPS and RAM mount is absolutely the ducks guts.

I still mount the Meridian in the car but it's been relegated to the centre console in a cup holder on a RAM mount. Mainly only to save batteries so I can leave it on and the only time I use it is out of the 4wd for caching.

If I was looking at Explorists I'd only consider the XL. The screens too small on the others.

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Reply By: pprass - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 06:58

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 06:58
"If I was looking at Explorists I'd only consider the XL. The screens too small on the others."

DJ - don't forget that the XL doesn't have a magnetic compass and also it seems that the arrow on the compass points north all the time even when there is a goto selected.

Regarding the PDA - I too have one running, but with TomTom on it. It is just getting out of hand at the moment. A GPSr, a PDA and also a Lillyput touch screen with moving map! Technology overload!
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