The "nest" GPS

Submitted: Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 22:45
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Hi
I see you guys use Magellan GPSs alot whereas Garmin have the market cornered in the UK. Which brand (and model) gives you the most bang for your bucks? Looking at an entry level machine but it still must be usable.

Many thanks
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Reply By: enzo - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 22:46

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 22:46
...that was meant to be "best"...
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 22:49

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 22:49
how long is a piece of string enzo?

I have a Garmin GPS76 does what I want and lots that I don't, got it on special, banged my bucks

Its all a personal and fiscal preferenceLaterally Literal
Seriously Cerebral
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 07:00

Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 07:00
Enzo on our trip out western NSW if you wish you can read the threads about 6 or 7 pages back called weres the track gone .We were trying to find a track we had 2 gps and one was a garmin etrx about $ 300 and another was a cant think what it was called cost about 2.5 times more and they both told you the same things . I was pretty impressed with the etrex value for money and have just bought one on ebay now I have to learn how to use it.
All the best
EricCape York Connections
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Reply By: Member- Rox - Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 17:07

Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 17:07
Enzo try hireing one first as i did on my last trip. I think its the Nokia / Errickson thing (diferent menu systems)Have 4WD will Explore
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Reply By: Luke - Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 17:46

Saturday, Oct 18, 2003 at 17:46
I've got a Magellan Meridian, and seriously love it!

Very very useable indeed - scalable too with the addition of SD cards, and maps.

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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 09:49

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 09:49
Does the wife/girlfreind know . I wonder if it thinks of you the same .
All the best
EricCape York Connections
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Follow Up By: Member - Errol (WA) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 14:00

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 14:00
Hi Luke . Im thinking of getting an SD card and maps for my meridian also . Can you tell what you have got for yours ? Its a bit hard to know what to get as there is so many combernations . Errol Why go overseas when you can ExplorOz
ERROL
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Follow Up By: Luke - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 16:09

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 16:09
I'm using a 64MB SD card with Mapsend Victoria on it.

Works extremely well, and doesn't suffer from the lag problem known to bug Discover Aus.

Get some maps and an SD card, and you won't know your GPS. It makes a great thing fantastic!

Be careful when shopping for SD cards though, many people have found that SANDISK SD card have not worked in their Meridian.

I bought a 128MB Sandisk SD card for mine, and it didn't work at all in the Meridian, despite functioning OK in all my PC's and Mac's.

I returned the 128MB Sandisk SD card, and have since had no troubles with different brands in various sizes.

The 64MB card I'm currently using is a generic Dick Smith brand SD card, and it works fine.

Cheers,

Luke.
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Follow Up By: BurnieM - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:23

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:23
???
I have had no problems with 64MB and 256MB Sandisk SD cards in several different Meridans.

Yours is the first problem that I have heard of with Sandisk cards
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Follow Up By: Luke - Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 01:12

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 01:12
I can assure you Burnie there is a problem.

I'm not saying it affects ALL Sandisk cards, but it does affect a large number of batches.

The problem is well documented at the Magellan Meridian Yahoo! Group by the users there, and a number of dealers.

Magellan have also admitted the problem, and have announced that it has something to do with date coding in certain batches of SD cards from Sandisk (something like that at least :-) )

Cheers,

Luke.
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Reply By: BurnieM - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 12:04

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 12:04
I recommend a GPSR with built in maps and these will probably cost you about AU$1000 (including maps).

Both Garmins Mapsource Metroguide Australia and Magellans DiscoverAus mapping CDs have excellent metropolitain area and good rural area mapping.

When looking at units, also look at the size of the mapping products and how much memory the unit has.
With small handheld screens also compare the pixel count, as the higher pixel counts mean sharper screens which are easier to read.

I use a Garmin GPS V with Mapsource Metroguide Australia map.
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Follow Up By: Kaos - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 20:55

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 20:55
Burnie Hi!
I see you use a gps V im looking to buy one can you recommend this model?
Cheers.
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Follow Up By: BurnieM - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:12

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:12
I orignally bought the GPS V for my motorcycle because it was robust and the shape is excellent for this use (some people think it is not too pretty).
The GPS V has a very sharp screen and the size was not a problem on the bike as it was 12-15 inches from my eyes.
I am currently using in my Grand Vitara on a RAM mount with a suction base on the windscreen. It is about 24 inches away which is okay but a little far at night.
The GPS V has a screen that is the same size as the Magellan Meridans but noticably sharper.
The GPS V has a really variable backlight which can be set high if the sun is on the screen or very low for night use. Many units do not have this variability.

The GPS V does auto-routing but the Metroguide mapset does not. I selected Metroguide as it has much better rural coverage than Garmins auto-routing mapset (City Navigator Australia).

I am looking at a GPSmap 176 monochrome ($1040) with 64MB memory card ($220) and I already have Metroguide Australia maps ($239).
This unit has a bigger screen and re-_Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx maps faster.

A GPS V is $891 on its own.
C H Smith (a Melbourne marine chandler) have the GPS V with Metroguide maps and a data cable for $1100.
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Follow Up By: BurnieM - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:16

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 21:16
Forgot about memory;

the GPS V has 19 MB of internal memory for loading maps.
Metroguide Australia is 48MB for all of Australia. NSW is 16MB.
Most of the data is close to the major cities.

I have 90% of NSW (including Sydney), 50% of Victoria (eastern section) excluding Melbourne and 50% of Queensland (southern section) excluding Brisbane loaded into my 19 MB of memory.

You can load other maps from your PC at any time. It takes about 40 minutes to load 19 MB via the serial data cable.
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Follow Up By: Kaos - Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 19:32

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2003 at 19:32
Wow thanks for the info on the gps v i sill cant decide between garmin or the magellan i hope to go shopping soon so i will cheak then both out. It does make it hard reading all the forum on gps everyone is different.

so thanks again for the info...

cheers....
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Reply By: Chris (W.A.) - Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 13:48

Sunday, Oct 19, 2003 at 13:48
Garmin Emap, probably about 7-800 bucks now. Just completed a tour of the Kimberley and back to south of W.A. and still had memory left - no need for a Laptop. Has built in maps including major land features, moon phases, satellite positions, sunset/sunrise times to name a few. You can get the usual memory card thingies to put in it if need be and can be connected to your puter to download map stuff. Also has an excellent light feature at night (like indiglow) which the brightness can be adjusted.
Very good unit.
RegardsNice southerly coastal fishing trip someday.
Chris
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