Is this a cheaper option?
I am thinking about upgrading my GPS device. I have a Garmin Geko. Pretty basic. Only really used it for grid ref and elevation when walking.
I have Memory Map on my PC, and lots of 1:50k and 1:25k maps. Find the Geko not much use at putting my routes on to.... so, I want something that can do that.
Have looked at the Adventurer 2800 and SatMap devices. Both look good, but too much money.
What I am hoping to find is an inexpensive GPS PDA device, so I can install Memory Map (v5) and all my maps. I know the device won't be as dedicated as the 2800 or SatMap (waterproof, shockproof etc), but I am prepared to live with that. Just want a device that I can put my routes on, and track my progress, not get lost and will last all day.
I bought an XDA Trion, from a well known auction site, last year.
It runs Windows. I haven't installed Memory Map, I believe others have, though.
It's a quite superb device. There are variants of it, the model is a HTC Hermes, branded with alternative names for each network, e.g 02 Trion. Long discontinued, so, available at a very good price, I found.
I've used HTC Blue Angle (xda IIs) + bluetooth GPS out of production for a few years now and HTC Touch Pro both these are mobile phone PDAs and run Memory Map 5 fine ans probably MapYX. The Touch Pro is so packed full of tech and at the high end it is expensive, but you can check Internet mountain weather forecast where you have a phone signal and packed up on me in the Lakes last year for a week I think it got damp.
The thing is that the screen saps the battery, so you either need to turn on only when needed or like me get extra batteries so you can run for ages with out having to plug-in. Unfortunately so many devices need you to use a screwdriver to change the battery only outdoor GPSs will be optimised for prolonged use. You can pick up car sat-navs running on Windows CE5 that will run Memory map fine for less than £50, eBuyer.com have some look into the user review and see if Tom Tom can be installed. But Car sat-navs don't tend to have much battery as you are expected to keep them plugged in. Maplin have this one for £34.99 but I don't know if you can get extra batteries and charger.
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