Magellan has new range of eXplorist handheld GPS devices
Magellan has just introduced a new range of eXplorist handheld GPS devices which will target the outdoor recreation market, where it will come in the eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 models which enable adventurers to navigate through various outdoor destinations throughout the world. Of course, these are also more than capable of capturing geotagged photos along the way, allowing you to share you experiences online when you return home. All of the new eXplorist models will merge high-sensitivity GPS, an intuitive user interface, easy-to-read mapping and accurate navigation to make sure you can find your way around, and they will roll out to consumers in North America, Europe, and many other countries worldwide sometime before the year is over, specifically in Q4 2010.
You will be able to find a 3″ color touchscreen display, a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus capability, a microphone and speaker to record ge-referenced images, videos and voice notes in all three new eXplorist handheld GPS units. Not only that, they’re rugged enough to be certified as waterproof (according to the IPX-7 standard), although this doesn’t mean you can bring it on your next diving trip. Not only that, they will be preloaded with the most detailed worldwide map in the industry, where Magellan’s World Edition map will comprise of a complete road network for the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia, not to mention water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background.
The big momma among the three would be the eXplorist 710 that merges the best of on-road and off-road navigation. You get integrated maps for adventurers as they head out from doorstep to trailhead to summit and back. It will also boast both Magellan’s highly detailed Summit Series topographic map and its City Series turn-by-turn map, letting you use it in busy city streets as well whenever you aren’t traversing the great outdoors. As for the eXplorist 610 and 710, both models will come with a 3-axis electronic compass and a barometric altimeter that offers precise orientation, accurate elevation information, and enables for weather pattern tracking.
Of course, many people out there would be interested to know about pricing so that they can save up enough dough before the release date. Well, the Magellan eXplorist 510 GPS device will retail for $349.99, while the eXplorist 610 is going for $449.99, with the high-end eXplorist 710 at costing another $100.