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Johannes 08-07-07 09:19 PM

goodbye garmin. welcome triton! (available in 3 weeks)
 
http://www.magellangps.com/products/....asp?segID=425

exactly what i was looking for is finally available.
  • 2.7" color touch screen control - The latest touch-screen technology is built in to the large brilliant color display. Control navigation and advanced features with a touch
  • Amazing ease-of-use - Reinventing handheld GPS™, simple menus, instant access buttons, intuitive scroll pad and crystal clear graphics let you navigate without the need for a PH.D.
  • 2 MP camera - Take clear beautiful pictures of your adventure as you navigate to attach them to waypoints so you can easily find your way back to the same spot or just to share with family and friends
  • Voice recorder - Microphone and speaker enable you to record audio notes for waypoints to share with friends and family or easily find your way back next time
  • Flashlight - Light your way with a powerful LED flashlight. Low power consumption helps maximize battery life.
  • 3-axis electronic compass - Get an accurate compass reading even while standing still and no matter how you hold the unit
  • Barometer - Sensitive barometric pressure readings offer advance notice of changing weather and assists in providing accurate elevation
  • SD-card expansion - Use your own SD memory cards to upload unlimited detailed maps and store routes, waypoints, geocaches and more
  • Built-in maps - Basemap of the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, and Canada (major highways, city centers, parks, lakes and more) plus worldwide geographic boundaries
  • Add detailed maps - Upload optional marine cartography, topographic maps, and more, including the highly-detailed and feature-packed National Geographic Mapsto the available memory or SD card
  • Points of interest - Preprogrammed points of interest include parks, city centers, airports, historical monuments and more
  • 3-meter accuracy - SiRFstar III chipset and integrated multidirectional antennae offer superior GPS accuracy using the Wide Area Augmentation System
  • Digital music player - Upload your digital music to the available memory or own SD card and enjoy a customized soundtrack as you explore. Plug in any standard headphones for clear private listening
  • External antenna connector - Simply plug in an external antenna in your boat or off-road vehicle for enhanced GPS signal reception
  • Audio jack - Plug in any standard 1/8" headphones to enjoy clear private listening of your digital music, voice notes and other recordings



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HauntedMyst 08-07-07 10:44 PM

Nice! What does is sell for?

dlew308 08-07-07 11:05 PM

http://crunchgear.com/2007/08/07/mag...it-up-a-notch/

Jacobi 08-07-07 11:46 PM

I have the eXplorist 600 but would be willing to sell it on ebay for this one! I'll have to start the research!

-Barry-

kleng 08-08-07 01:19 AM

Where's the speed, cadence, HR and elevation

gear 08-08-07 06:24 AM

Same size screen and bigger body, I'm keeping my etrex.

akatsuki 08-08-07 12:19 PM

Cadence and HR please... or they could omit those just for power.

gpsblake 08-08-07 11:17 PM

Here is a quote from a Google news site
Quote:

Triton 2000

The Triton 2000, available in North America in September and in Europe in October, was designed by Magellan’s product development team of outdoor enthusiasts to be the ultimate handheld device for any adventurer, from hiker to outdoorsman. Ready to use out of the box with built-in base maps, the Triton 2000 features a newly redesigned user interface with color, 2.7-inch QVGA touch screen that enables the easy selection of routes, waypoints and other features. It also includes a built-in 2MP camera, SD card slot, electronic compass and barometer, speaker/microphone and flashlight.

Additionally, the Triton 2000 features uploadable maps using VantagePoint software, pointer and compass screen, and is waterproof to IPX-7 standards. The unit will retail for $499.

Triton 1500

Similar to the 2000, the Triton 1500 is features a 2.7-inch QVGA color touch screen featuring built-in base maps, uploadable maps using VantagePoint software, SD card slot, speaker and microphone, flashlight, and is waterproof to IPX-7 standards. Ideal for sportsmen, the unit will retail for $399.

Triton 500

The more compact-sized Triton 500 features a 2.2-inch QVGA color screen, SD card slot to enable users to install and save maps and data onto a flash card, uploadable maps using VantagePoint software, built-in base maps, an electronic compass and barometer, and is waterproof to IPX-7 standards. The backcountry backpacker will appreciate the Triton 500, which will retail for $249.

Triton 400

Similar to the 500, the Triton 400 includes 2.2-inch QVGA color screen, SD card slot, built-in base maps, pointer and compass screen, and is waterproof to IPX-7 standards. The Triton 400 also features uploadable maps using VantagePoint software. The unit will retail for $199.

Triton 300

In addition to a 2.2-inch QVGA color screen, built-in base maps, waterproof to IPX-7 design, pointer and compass screen, the Triton 300 features uploadable maps using VantagePoint software and 10 MB of memory for map storage. The unit will retail for $149.

Triton 200

The Triton 200 is the base model in the series, and includes a 2.2-inch QVGA color screen, built-in base maps, waterproof to IPX-7 design, pointer and compass screen, and runs on two AA batteries. An ideal companion for the weekend hiker, the unit will retail for $129.

The Triton series is expected to ship to all major U.S. retailers in September and in Europe in October. Available accessories for Triton products will include bicycle and swivel mounts, vehicle mounts, and carrying cases.

The question is, will this line have the features that bicyclist need? Like giving us a moving average speed, a seperate trip odometer, etc. I'd like to know more about how much the mapping software is going to cost. But it does look good, for years I thought Magellan had been DOA on handheld units.

alloutdoors 08-08-07 11:41 PM

Just as a general point (not saying this is definitive and other people may have had different experiences), but in my experience (not with cycling computers) Magellan GPS units do not hold up nearly as well as Garmin products do. The buttons and what not tend to wear out faster with Magellan's units.

gps_dr 08-09-07 12:05 AM

Based on past experience with press release hype I'm skeptical.
However, I do have National Geographic TOPO! and would like to see how
it stacks up against DeLorme TOPO USA & 3DQuad & Sat 10 data on my DeLorme PN-20
  • Bushnell Onix sounded nice, but screen is terrible on a handlebar.
  • DeLorme PN-20 has great screen & maps, screen map update slow.
  • Magellan Explorists claimed 5 saved tracks, but only one is vieawable at a time.
  • National Geographic software currently does NOT support downloading tracks to GPS.
  • New products tend to be buggy, be prepared for big zits!
We'll have to wait till September (or later) to see how bad the hype to performance ratio really is.

gpsblake 08-09-07 11:00 AM

There probably will be bugs in the unit, the new H series units from Garmin appear to have two of them, including a real major one with the odometer being inaccurate and the units turning off WAAS enabled after it has been powered down. I really hope these new Magellan units have the features that bicyclist need and use. We'll see.

dlew308 08-09-07 11:26 AM

does geoman know anything more? :)

gps_dr 08-09-07 10:27 PM

I am looking foward to using one.
As a programmer by prior occupation, always optimistic.
Always anxious to try out new technologies and solutions.
Just hope they are responsive to the issues that are sure to arise.

Magellan really needs to prove that the new management wants our business.
Hopefully the new units and their actions will do this.

gpsblake 08-09-07 11:13 PM

GPS DR, I hear ya. I'll buy the 400 when it comes to walmart.com because I know I can return it within 90 days for any reason at any Walmart and get a full refund. I did this with both the Explorist series and the Meridian series and found both lacking what I want for bicycling. The Meridian was too big and the Explorist lacked a trip computer screen with 8 data fields to watch at the same time.

I do wish Magellan luck, competition is always good for the consumer and I hope they have cleaned up their customer service which had a horrible rep.

littlewaywelt 08-10-07 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alloutdoors (Post 5032324)
Just as a general point (not saying this is definitive and other people may have had different experiences), but in my experience (not with cycling computers) Magellan GPS units do not hold up nearly as well as Garmin products do. The buttons and what not tend to wear out faster with Magellan's units.

Not my experience.
I have two Magellan products that are 10 years old, have seen a lot of work and still work fine. I hope my Garmin unit lasts 1/2 as long, but I doubt it. Already had two replacements for bad contacts and a line of dead pixels.

Dahon.Steve 08-10-07 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gpsblake (Post 5032213)
Here is a quote from a Google news site



The question is, will this line have the features that bicyclist need? Like giving us a moving average speed, a seperate trip odometer, etc. I'd like to know more about how much the mapping software is going to cost. But it does look good, for years I thought Magellan had been DOA on handheld units.

All Magellan had to do was create a GPS that avoids major highways like the plague and I would buy one tomorrow. I love subdivision riding and not highway riding but there is yet a GPS that has this feature. I know such a feature would be more an art than a science but I could live with it to a degree. I hate having to spend an hour to create a 25 mile route through subdivisons avoiding restricted highways.

gpsblake 08-10-07 08:26 PM

Garmin handhelds offer a feature for routing that caters if you riding a bicycle, a car, a bus, taxi, ambulance, or even walking. It's hidden deep in the menu It's not perfect as no routing software is but it does a fairly good job. It can be a tad slow at time though. You can also set up the Garmin to avoid Toll Roads/ Highways / and even unpaved roads.

For most Garmin's......
Main Menu / Set Up / Routing / Follow Road Options / Calcuate Routes For / Bicycle (or anything else)

I don't know if Magellans have these options or not or if the new Triton will. I hope they do.

donrhummy 08-15-07 12:09 AM

I'll bet the battery lasts for 3 hours. Anything less than 20 hours is gonna be a major pain with a bike.

gps_dr 08-15-07 08:57 PM

According to the site, more info is supposed to be available today. 8/15
Not there yet.
Heard they use AA batteries instead of the lithium Ion packs or AAA of the Explorist series (except XL).

Skidurts 08-16-07 09:14 AM

can you make phone calls with it?

gpsblake 08-16-07 09:20 PM

No phone calls on it...... Surprised they didn't put wifi on those things so you can download geocaches at a hot spot...... :D

Dahon.Steve 08-17-07 05:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gpsblake (Post 5046017)
Garmin handhelds offer a feature for routing that caters if you riding a bicycle, a car, a bus, taxi, ambulance, or even walking. It's hidden deep in the menu It's not perfect as no routing software is but it does a fairly good job. It can be a tad slow at time though. You can also set up the Garmin to avoid Toll Roads/ Highways / and even unpaved roads.

For most Garmin's......
Main Menu / Set Up / Routing / Follow Road Options / Calcuate Routes For / Bicycle (or anything else)

I don't know if Magellans have these options or not or if the new Triton will. I hope they do.

I know the feature and it's too weak. It puts you on the highway and won't even look at subdivision riding. In fact, I could not even tell the difference between walking or riding a car! Both routes ended up taking the highway.

gpsblake 08-17-07 09:19 PM

Steve, looks like you are correct. I just did some experimenting around with different settings and the only difference is it will avoid is the interstate on bicycle settings. It also will use local roads on very short routes but anything long distance, it will use the red highways first and foremost.

ETM13 08-18-07 07:59 AM

I don't see how this can replace a Garmin. It's a nice device, but is not a cyclocomputer. No speed, distance, HR, cadence, avgs, maxs, and other info to make it an ideal bike computer. It's huge and the battery must last one hour. I'll just wait for next generation of Garmin cyclocomputers. I have a Forerunner 305 and I love it.


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