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kayakman
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 4:04 pm    Post subject: Choice of two? have you had a good or bad experience?? Reply with quote

Hi Guys
Decision time is almost upon me. :|

Is it going to be the Magellan Platinum?
or the
Garmin Map76s?

Your advice would be most welcome good or bad but constructive Laughing

Regards


Brian Happy

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Dave
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I must say that the fonts and text on the Garmin are much nicer, but I like the design of the Meridian range, fonts are a lot more blockier.

The Garmin does make you feel as though you are getting more for your money, but I really do like the ability to use SD cards in the Meridian. Garmin's MapSource is pretty good, but I haven't tried Magellan's MapSend yet on the Meridian.

One thing I will say is that Garmin are consistently and continuously updating their firmware and fixing bugs and making better firmware, but Magellan are very slack on this front, so if you like tweaking with new versions of firmware, then the Garmin may be better.

Garmin Vista is nice, but the screen is A LOT smaller than that of the GPSMap76S and Meridian, but resolution is higher. Personally although it's nice to have a higher resolution, I found the screens on the eTrex range a little too small for a "quick glance". I found myself having to study the screen a few seconds more to read what was on there.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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