GPS handhelds, which to purchase?

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 17:47
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My Etrex died. Now I'm confused as to what to purchase. The Emap sounds similar to what I had but with some additional outlay can have its' maps significantly improved. The Meridian also sounds suitable with a map upgrade. Does anyone have recent purchasing experience. Does anyone have suggestions as to purchasing of external aerials, cigarette lighter power cables and/or connections to personal computers?
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Reply By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 18:03

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 18:03
Accessories are cheaper in the USA, its actually cheaper to buy the lot there and import it... around 40-50% cheaper on a magellan meridian platinum with all the accessories.
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Follow Up By: Ross Malcolm Ireland - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 18:23

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 18:23
Thank you for your information, are you able to provide details of retail outlets etc. in North America? Are you able to give your impression of your preferred unit?
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 18:38

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 18:38
www.mall24-7.com

got one from there already and know around 10 others that have dealt with them.

Good service great prices.

basemaps can be changed FREE from the Yahoogroup Magellan Meridian

Platinum is the prime model but has more features than most will ever want!
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Follow Up By: Drew - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 19:57

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 19:57
I bought one new from eBay for US $130 last Thursday New in box, no Australian maps but have SD card to load all detailed Aussie maps. It arrived from New Jersey on Tuesday
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Reply By: Ross Malcolm Ireland - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 21:16

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 21:16
Thank you for your assistance. Are you able to be more explicit as to how to access Yahoogroup and subsequently made upgrades for kpurchases emanating from North America?
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 23:17

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 23:17
Magellan Meridian Yahoogroup

Go here, then JOIN...

you can then ask the people on that list what to do.
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Reply By: Member - Alan- Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 21:55

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 21:55
If you wish to try the US then a reputable electronics in California with good prices is FRYs. They have an online purchase called outpost.
See http://www.outpost.com . They have abig list and the Etrac is about $US 119. before tax and shipping.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 23:16

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2003 at 23:16
Problem with the Garmin is you cant change the Basemaps.
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Reply By: Member - Des - Thursday, Mar 06, 2003 at 14:38

Thursday, Mar 06, 2003 at 14:38
If you get a mapping GPS, the basemap won't be a big help in the bush - you need a street level map.

The only street level maps you can load on a Magellan mapping GPS (e.g. Meridian Gold, SporTrak Pro) are Magellan's own Mapsend. They sell each State on a separate CD - about $135. Look on eBay for second hand ones - they go for about $90-$100.

Magellan are going to publish new Hema Great Desert Treks maps for their GPSs soon.

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