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Magellan eXplorist GC

Menus:

The main menu consists of five icons (Geocaches, Map, Tools, Dashboard, and Waypoints). The menu is navigated via a small joystick at the bottom of the GPS. Though with present day cell phones becoming more touchscreen than joysticks, at times such as recording your own log entry or comments about a geocache, I had wished for a touch screen keyboard.

The main menu is very simple to navigate and understand. There are no complicated extras here to make navigation difficult.

Geocache Menus:

Magellan eXplorist GC Geocache Menu

Magellan eXplorist GC Geocache List

Magellan eXplorist GC GeoCache Menu

Once you have downloaded a few Geocaches from http://www.geocaching.com/ they are listed under the GeoCaches main menu. You select a Geocache from the list by clicking on it and are presented with the Geocache menu. This resembles the webpage about the geocache.

The Geocache menus have a lot more than what we cover here, but a lot of what is downloaded to the eXplorist GC is only possible via a premium membership to http://www.geocaching.com/. It is possible to download the GPS coordinants to your eXplorist GC with the free membership, but that is all you get. The membership price at the time of this review is $30/yr and is not auto renewed. I did opt for the membership for the first year, if I get good enough at finding the geocaches, I’m  may not renew the premium membership and just stick with the free membership.

Maps:

Magellan eXplorist GC Tools Map

The Maps menu is available via the main menu is also accessable from the Geocache screen as well. The main thing to note here is the map screen of the eXplorist GC  displays only a present location and the Geocache location. The path to the Geocache is not listed as a turn by turn instructions on how to get to the Geocache. There are waypoints that can be loaded into the eXplorist GC to assist you with getting back to where you parked your car etc. This can be handy if you find yourself searching for a geocache that is off the beaten track.

Magellan eXplorist GC Geocache Map 2

Magellan eXplorist GC Geocache Map 3

Though not all Geocaches are hidden in the woods of your local park, but as you can see here the eXplorist GC does not tell you to take trail 1 to trail 4 etc. to get to the GeoCache. Shown here the blue triangle is your and the Geocache (smile face) just has a simple line to it.

Even though the eXplorist GC doesn’t tell you turn by turn how to get to a Geocache, it is possible to store waypoints in the GPS in order to assist you on your return trip as we mentioned above. Also with other options like find local Geocache feature you are able to go from a found Geocache on to the next and use your waypoints to get you back.

Tools:

Magellan eXplorist GC Tools

Magellan eXplorist GC Tools Menu

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Tools Menu is one of a few options to allow you to customize your eXplorist in assisting you with finding your Geocache The Tools menu allows you to adjust such things as brightness for those bright sunny days and other options like power usage and more.

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