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If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: El
Date: July 10, 2013 10:12AM
Garmin Dakota 20
Garmin Oregon 450T
Magellan Explorist 515

If you would care to explain why you made your choice it would help my decision. I plan on using it for metal detecting.

Also, can third party maps like National Geo be loaded into the 3 listed units?

Thanks, El

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Re: If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: Andrew Kalinowski
Date: July 13, 2013 08:15AM
To be honest, I don't keep up any more with all the new receivers so, I don't know all the features of all of them. I could not find any info about the Explorist 515. Only 510 is shown on Magellan's website.
510's upside is a decent size screen and a built in camera which may be nice for recording geotagged finds.
Downside is; it does not seem to have a built in magnetic compass. I'm not sure about adding custom maps to it.
For years now, I've been using mostly Garmin receivers and developed personal preference for them.
Between the Oregon and Dakota, I'd go for Oregon because when using maps, screen size is VERY important.
There is a slew of ready, good maps that can be used on Garmin plus, virtually any map (including any historical scanned paper maps) can be added using Custom Map feature. http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail/custommaps
It can also double for car navigation so, even that I don't have all the info on Magellan,
my personal choice (from the three) would be Oregon 450T

YMMV
HTH



Andrew Kalinowski

Re: If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: El
Date: July 13, 2013 08:36AM
Thank you Andrew. That's is the direction I was leaning

El

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Re: If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: Jonnny
Date: April 27, 2014 09:57PM
Garmin Dakota 20
Garmin Oregon 450T
Magellan Explorist 515


what are the ballpark costs on these GPS units

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Re: If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: Andrew Kalinowski
Date: April 28, 2014 11:07AM
Oregon would be my pick.



Andrew Kalinowski

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Re: If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: Jonnny
Date: April 28, 2014 12:38PM
Garmin Oregon 450T
what are the costs for this, roughly

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Re: If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: Andrew Kalinowski
Date: April 28, 2014 01:11PM
450T is discontinued so, you should be able to pick it for half (or less) of the list price.
Remember that "discontinued does NOT mean useless. It does today exactly the same things as it did the day they released it.



Andrew Kalinowski

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Re: If you had your choice of these three GPS which would you chose?
Posted by: Jonnny
Date: April 28, 2014 01:16PM
Hey great thank you

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