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Should I buy a Satmap or Similar Device?
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TheMidnightRambler
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks. You've all ben really helpful. I'll post back the final outcome soon.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LostMike wrote:
Not sure what you have finally decided to do MidnightRambler but I thought I would add a postscript based on a walk I went on today. The lady who led it encountered a locked gate and a stalwart landowner who declined to open it. This meant she had to re-plan the walk on the fly. It then turned out that some nearby footpaths were not in good order. She was quite lost (literally) but with the A10 hanging on my shoulder I could advise her exactly where she was and where the nearest legal path was. After a few false starts we got back on track and all was well. However without the A10 to show her where she really was on a map that showed the legal footpaths (I think this only applies to OS maps) we would have had a far more difficult time.

I thought that this was a pretty good example of why I think the A10 is so good. I acknowledge that ViewRanger on a smartphone or similar has similar attributes but I don't find this as rugged or quite as well designed for use in the field.


Not a very good leader to be totally 'Lost'....amazing, was this a formally organised walk by Ramblers....if so, a complaint would be the order of the day.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it is or the unit I saw, but the display looks *incredibly* washed out on the Active 10 unit. For example, I could not really see the contour lines clearly at all once at the 1:25K level.

Very very weird.

Kind of makes me think it is not such a useful tool as I had hoped.

Anyone else think that ?
cheers
Mike

Have deleted duplicate post from other thread to keep both neat. GerryC (mod)
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikeiow wrote:

Maybe it is or the unit I saw, but the display looks *incredibly* washed out on the Active 10 unit. For example, I could not really see the contour lines clearly at all once at the 1:25K level.

Sounds like you had the sun filter turned on (which removes fine detail to make major features more readable in strong sunlight).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks, yes, that does make things less of a problem: however, it is still not as bright/clear (even if I set to 100% brightness) as I would expect. Perhaps spoiled by more modern style phones/iPad displays :-(

Wonder if they are planning to refresh the screen tech....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe ... the Etrex 20/30 screen is a delight to use, readable through bright sunlight to dull light Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... and hopefully in the dark too! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never had a problem viewing the screen and its details. Ref: Etrex 20/30 - had a look at these once and the screen may be clear to see but it's only the size of a postage stamp and far too small to be of much use despite what others may say. Even though I have had a Satmap for a couple of years and it may be due an update if I was buying today it would still be a Satmap, especially with some of the deals available that include maps.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy_P wrote:
... and hopefully in the dark too! Laughing


Laughing Laughing

Oh yes ... at least with the backlight on Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WalkerDan wrote:
Ref: Etrex 20/30 - had a look at these once and the screen may be clear to see but it's only the size of a postage stamp and far too small to be of much use despite what others may say.


Quite a bit bigger than a postage stamp, although I accept not as large as some, including Satmap. Not sure what you mean though by 'too small to be of much use'. I use mine for caching and hiking and it's ample big enough, so much so that my map stays in my rucksack these days, only there in case I lose my GPS Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone asked about route planning for Satmap.
Xpedition is very good.
I also like www.bikehike.co.uk This is free and the elevation data is retained on route exports to your Satmap using SatSYNC software from Satmap.
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