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Satmap Active 10 Handheld Monitor

by Satmap

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  • Easy to use, no computer needed, insert the map and go
  • Clear Navigation, intelligent computer system makes finding your way simple
  • Internet links, via USB cable, connect to the internet, download maps, share your favourite routes
  • Electronic compass, works like a standard hand-held compass
  • Guide book information, multi-media POI's bring your routes to life
  • personalise by adding your favourite places, and data, all easily shared via the internet
  • all-weather proof
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 998 g
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  • Manufacturer reference: ACT10-V1BXD
  • ASIN: B000W6YN82
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Nov 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,380 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Manufacturer's Description

Satmap Active 10 Logo

The Satmap Active 10 is designed with the user in mind. This easy-to-use, revolutionary GPS unit benchmarks a new level of navigational devices, without complication. Unique features, simple, yet effective design, and most important no computer needed! These all make it a must have for all levels of user. It has some of the most advanced navigation technology available.

Advanced Navigation Technology

Satmap Active 10
  • Electronic compass
  • Direction indicator
  • On board route planning
  • Map orientation

  • Product Features

  • Clear navigational controls
  • Full colour system
  • Robust product design
  • Automatic trip statistics
  • Long battery life
  • All-weather proof
  • High quality feature-rich maps on SD cards (not included)
  • Satmap Active 10


    About the maps

    Satmap Active 10 Maps The maps are available on map cards that simply plug straight into the Active 10. No other computer or equipment is needed: this is a stand alone system that will work straight out of the box. The following map ranges are available:

  • National Parks (1:25k AND 1:50k)
  • National Trails (1:25k AND 1:50k)
  • Regions (1:50k)
  • Counties (1:25k or 1:50k)
  • Which map scale is best for me?

    To gain the most from the great outdoors, make sure you get the right map for your activity.

  • Walking / Hiking: - 1:25,000 scale Explorer map. Especially when hiking it is important to know the terrain you are entering, a 1:25,000 scale allows you to plan your route as safely and accurately as possible.
  • Mountain Biking: - 1:25,000 scale Explorer map. Although a 1:50,000 should be accurate enough. If you are planning to go on particularly rough and potentially dangerous terrain, we would recommend you use the 1:25,000 for optimum safety and accuracy.
  • Family Cycle Riding: - 1:50,000 scale Landranger map would be sufficiently detailed for a family bike ride as it shows all the roads, country lanes and byways that are ideal for family days out.
  • Product Description

     - {Summary} -

    The Ultimate sports GPS. Complete navigation for the great outdoors. For all outdoor sport enthusiasts !
    A rugged GPS with a large colour screen that shows your exact position on a real map, in any weather, day or night.

    Mapping is now available for Holland, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Austria.
    Maps for France, Spain, Ireland and Northern Ireland will be released in 2009.


    - Easy to use : no computer needed, just insert a map and go
    - Real maps : select from a wide range of titles containing high quality Ordnance Survey maps
    - Clear navigation : The intelligence of the Active 10 makes finding your way simple
    - Internet links : A USB cable is all you need to connect to download maps or share favourite routes
    - International maps : A wide and growing range of international maps are available
    - Electronic compass : An internal electronic compass that works like a standard handheld compass
    - Trip statistics : Automatically records your route data so you always know where you have been
    - Guide-book information : Multi-media Points of Interest (POIs) bring your routes to life
    - Personal : Add favourite places, POIs etc you feel are important and then share with other users


    - {Features} -
    - up to 50hr battery life
    - robust shock proof case
    - Integrated GPS antenna
    - All light conditions
    - Digital maps on SD card
    - 3.5" hi-res colour screen
    - All weather capability
    - Rapid pan + zoom ability

    - {Full Details} -


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    153 of 155 people found the following review helpful By V. Wardle on 20 Mar 2008
    I had been reluctant to purchase one of these due to the poor reviews, especially on the time to get a GPS lock. I spoke to the company to see what was happening and an update addressing this was due on newer models.
    I bit the bullet and purchased one. Whilst the time to get a lock is slower than my old(er) Garmin, it still gets a lock by the time I have put my boots on and checked the contents of the rucksack. (2-3 minutes). The mapping is excellent and has already saved me from a couple of wrong turns. It is easy to use, durable and the idea of replaceable screen covers is a great idea.
    My only small gripe is that it appears you cannot use it directly with the popular mapping software. You can upload/download, via their Satsync software but it would be nice to have the direct connectivity. I also wish the maps would be a bit cheaper as £99 for a map is pricy
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    148 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 16 Sep 2008
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    I've had my SatMap for a few weeks now and think it's an incredibly good device, though it has a few flaws and quirks.

    It looks great, is of excellent quality and the buttons and joystick are easy to use. The screen is large and gives a clear image, though this can be negated by reflections from the screen cover. In bright sunlight you may need to press the backlight boost button for 100% brightness. For power saving you can configure the percentage brightness for when its not boosted.

    One thing everyone comments on is the time taken to acquire satellites when it's switched on for the first time at a new location. It takes a few minutes but if you switch it on upon arrival it'll be ready by the time you're prepared to start your walk/cycle ride. It finds more satellites than my Garmin Etrex and hangs onto the signal much better than it when amongst trees (though the latest Extrex is said to better than the older ones).

    I leave the SatMap's GPS switched on while I'm walking but set it so the screen switches off after 30sec. This saves on batteries and the display comes alive again at the press of any button. Leaving the GPS switched on means a continuous snail trail of your location is recorded, which you don't get otherwise.

    The device is switched off (and on) with a single press of a button, which can be pressed by accident when you mean to press another one. If you switch it off by accident, the device will acquire the satellites quickly when switched on again and resume recording the trail. However, if the trail is later converted to a track and exported in GPX format to MemoryMap, the latter won't understand the way the track has been recorded in two sections.
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    59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By KJW on 27 Mar 2008
    First impressions are that it is a brilliant piece of kit. The packaging is superb and the built quality appears excellent. However, having now used it for a bit some of the problems are now coming to light - in true Microsoft fashion it crashes far too often; it can take ages to get a satellite fix; re-configuring some of the user options causes it to freeze; programming needs finishing as some menu options lead to dead ends; the screen cover scratches very easily, even by just putting it in and out of the carrying case; the electronic compass seems to have a mind of its own and does not instill any confidence that it knows where it is going; it does seem very good at keeping track of where you are though, but not so easy to get it to actually guide you along a waymarked route; the instruction book is incomplete and too focussed on technical attributes rather than a user manual ie: how do you actually use it? / how do you follow a waymarked route? / how do you change the screen cover? When it does work properly it is very impressive to see it show your position in sufficient detail from one side of a road to the other, but for kit costing £300 plus £100 per map it has far too many tantrums causing it to fail by freezing which necessitates a 15 minute restart, just when you need it most. This will in due course be a brilliant, if rather overpriced, piece of kit - but I wish I had waited another 6 months by when hopefully all the glitches will have been resolved.
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    142 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Gadget Boy on 8 Feb 2008
    I purchased a Satmap as the concept sounded great, and I'm sure that once a few teething problems are sorted out, it will be a fantastic piece of kit.
    My dissapointment comes from a a few different areas.
    1. The time taken to get a GPS 'Lock On'. This has been rather embarassing when going for a hike with a friend recently and having to wait several minutes before we could set off.
    2. The 'Battery Level' indicator is innacurate. It showed good battery life whilst out on the above hike and then died completely within a few minutes. I'm sure my friend was thinking, "How much did you pay for that thing" ?. Thankfully we had a good old fashioned map with us.
    3. I rang the staff at Satmap to see why I couldn't connect my Satmap to my PC as indicated in the 'Quick Guide', (No in depth user manual yet available so much of the information displayed is not understood). They sent me via email the software I would need but even when loaded I couldn't get it to do anything. I contacted Satmap again but on this occasion no-one got back to me with assistance.

    This is all a bit of a shame as it has spoiled a piece of equipment that has the potential to be so good. I would agree that the unit may have been rushed out too soon, possibly the desire to get it in the marketplace in time for Christmas was a bit of a rash decision.

    I will perservere for now in the hope that the updated software is released soon. Oh, and don't expect much assisitance from local outlets. I found that all the suppliers I asked didn't really know how to work the unit themselves.

    Tues 12th Feb
    Since posting the above review I have been on another walk.
    This time, on arrival at the start point the Satmap got a GPS lock within 60 seconds which was very impressive.
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