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Caching => Caching Gear/ Tech Talk => Topic started by: Swan-of-Avon on November 04, 2014, 08:14:15 pm

Title: New gps for xmas
Post by: Swan-of-Avon on November 04, 2014, 08:14:15 pm
Hi Folks
My xmas pressie is going to be a new GPSr.
I have used a Garmin HCX since starting over 4 yrs ago but now too old and limiting.
Seeking advice on new garmin perhaps oregon 550,600 or 650.
Views,reviews advice and suggestions welcome.
Glyn ( Swan-of-Avon)
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: tarmacjohn on November 04, 2014, 11:27:15 pm
650 looks to be the one to go for. It's got a camera, a bigger memory and a rechargeable battery pack.

http://www.handtec.co.uk/garmin-oregon-650.html (http://www.handtec.co.uk/garmin-oregon-650.html)

But don't take my word for it as I have merely looked on the inter web.

Edited to add.

On 2nd thoughts, may be not as there appears to be no maps. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GARMIN-TOPO-MAP-ALL-GREAT-BRITAIN-V2-DATA-CARD-for-Astro-eTrex-Colorado-Oregon-/191399067510?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Test_Measurement_Equipment_ET&hash=item2c9045ff76 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GARMIN-TOPO-MAP-ALL-GREAT-BRITAIN-V2-DATA-CARD-for-Astro-eTrex-Colorado-Oregon-/191399067510?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Test_Measurement_Equipment_ET&hash=item2c9045ff76)
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Bear and Ragged on November 05, 2014, 12:04:01 am
Or TalkyToaster's OpenStreetMaps...
http://talkytoaster.co.uk/
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: gaz_zippy on November 05, 2014, 02:08:28 pm
On the Oregon 650 the NiMH Rechargeable Battery 'pack' is in effect two 2.4v 2000mAh batteries with a bit of plastic to hold them together, this bit of plastic presses down a switch in the battery compartment that allows the unit to be used as a charger when plugged into external power, other than that I'm sure that you can get better batteries far cheaper.

EDIT: You may wish to wait for 'Black Friday' to get a good deal online, also last year Garmin themselves issued a 30% discount code purchasing via their own website, maybe they could do this again?
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Swan-of-Avon on November 05, 2014, 08:56:27 pm
Thanks folks. Very helpful.650 it will be as good price on Handtec without TOPO and Santa hs already let me have OS maps.Nudge Wink etc.!!!
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Gackt on November 06, 2014, 11:32:47 pm
Throw a spanner in the works by suggesting a look a the Runbo range of phones. Going by the specs: dedicated GPSr durability, very long battery life, run android OS so you can use c:geo app and load offline maps, fairly decent cameras, and are also walkie talkies.

http://en.runbo.net/productview.php?id=226 (http://en.runbo.net/productview.php?id=226)

Not cheap, but I am still have an eye on.
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: walktall on November 12, 2014, 12:19:37 am
Throw a spanner in the works by suggesting a look a the Runbo range of phones. Going by the specs: dedicated GPSr durability, very long battery life, run android OS so you can use c:geo app and load offline maps, fairly decent cameras, and are also walkie talkies.

http://en.runbo.net/productview.php?id=226 (http://en.runbo.net/productview.php?id=226)

Do you know of anyone who has used one of these or reviews?
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: L8HNB on November 12, 2014, 07:10:02 am
Nice looking bit of kit, and spare batteries are available though, 360.00 is a lot to pay for a 2G phone though.
My old Motorola XT890 has gorilla glass, a pretty good battery life and the GPS is good.  There is a newer version out now, that L has, and the battery seems to last ages.  She bought hers with Tesco vouchers rather than go contract ;D
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: walktall on November 12, 2014, 10:16:07 am
As my mobile is getting a bit old and now & again have issues with it and my Oregon GPS is also past its best. I'm looking to see if there is a good mobile/GPS combo out there or has it not yet been invented ???
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Swan-of-Avon on November 12, 2014, 07:48:49 pm
i have done a lot of research on options including testing this forum but have not found any phone/gps hybrids  other than of course the ubiquitous ipads,Androids and mobile apps. which are not a patch on dedicated gps for serious caching.
Maybe,one day? Probably!
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Swan-of-Avon on November 12, 2014, 08:00:38 pm
Forgot to say I received my  New Garmin 650 yesterday from Handtec via Amazon within 24 hours of ordering it for 282.90 plus 5.95 post and package.
As this is my Christmas present from Mrs S-of-A, I cannot use it until the day but I have negotiated release of the quick start manual (first year level) but online info.much more helpful,but not from Garmin where the "proper" manual is currently unavailable.Don't you just love em?!!
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Bear and Ragged on November 12, 2014, 08:51:23 pm
Forgot to say I received my  New Garmin 650 yesterday from Handtec via Amazon within 24 hours of ordering it for 282.90 plus 5.95 post and package.
As this is my Christmas present from Mrs S-of-A, I cannot use it until the day but I have negotiated release of the quick start manual (first year level) but online info.much more helpful,but not from Garmin where the "proper" manual is currently unavailable.Don't you just love em?!!

Worth registering it via: http://www.geocaching.com/garmin/freetrial.aspx and getting/extending Premium Membership for 30 days...

(Does seem to be 'playing up' at the moment, but the lackeys are aware of the problem!)
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: walktall on November 12, 2014, 10:12:24 pm
i have done a lot of research on options including testing this forum but have not found any phone/gps hybrids  other than of course the ubiquitous ipads,Androids and mobile apps. which are not a patch on dedicated gps for serious caching.
Maybe,one day? Probably!

That is what I thought as well but like to keep looking.
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: tarmacjohn on November 12, 2014, 10:19:54 pm
Dragons Den?
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Swan-of-Avon on November 12, 2014, 10:32:19 pm
Maybe Dragons Den sometime, but not many clever electronics people (Cambridge?) realise the potential .
Maybe one or two are reading this.
Hint:- needs the gps and waterproof and tough screen which also encloses 3g or 4g phone access as internet not reliable out there,and about the size of a small Garmin.
Dream on.!
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Gackt on November 16, 2014, 07:43:18 am
@Swan-of-Avon, what a wonderful present. Are you going to try find a cache on the day? I would not be unhappy if Santa dropped one my way. Santa, do you read this forum? :D

To answer earlier question, I have not seen reviews for the rugged phone I have posted. To be more accurate I have not seen reviews for how well the GPSr part of it works. If you look on Amazon and other reseller sites there are user reviews for Runbo phones but not detailing a main part we are interested in.

I did see the Runbo X5 is 3G. Mixed reviews on that one:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rugged-Android-Phone-Runbo-X5/dp/B00B5FGO6S (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rugged-Android-Phone-Runbo-X5/dp/B00B5FGO6S)
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: walktall on November 16, 2014, 11:00:14 am
Thank you @Gackt I just wondered if you had any more info :)
Title: Re: New gps for xmas
Post by: Swan-of-Avon on November 21, 2014, 10:33:22 pm
Well Mrs S-o=A bought me my first little e-trex and then my present Garmin Hcx which has been just great but is now getting a little weird at times so she offered to buy the 650.
I really am facing a learning curve cus whatever they say the Hcx does not do downloads from the website and boy have I tried. If I have trouble with the 650 I will post as matters progress.
If anyone has words of one syllable to instruct on downloads to an Hcx I would be pleased to hear but please no convoluted Garmin speak with multiple updates which do not work.Sorry but been there.
Do not have any words re the alternatives mentioned but no one I have met out there has ever been using anything other than Garmins or smart phones,iphone and androids.I have the latter and though it's okish it is just not reliable enough to be of much use unlees cnnected to the net which don't really work out there.