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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Unit Despite a Fall, 13 Nov 2009
This review is from: Satmap Active 10 Plus GPS (Sports)
Despite some of the previous reviews, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a Satmap GPS.
Two reasons made me take this decision.
1) I was keen on using GPS with a built in OS map as it somewhat removes the need for route planning in advance
2) I am not keen on touch screen especially outdoors and with gloves.
So following the purchase and some initial handling and getting used to the menu structure etc the unit was put to the test in severe weather conditions and in mountainous terrain. What were the result ?
Battery life from the rechargeable pack was excellent, despite a day in the mountains there was only a slight drop in the power indicator. Satellite fix was quick and maintained throughout. Display was clear with good back light, and the tracking was positive to the OS paths. The compass was checked and was accurate as was the built in way point direction indicator. The trip data was clear and accurate when matched data from pre trip planning data. The ability to plan a route whilst out was a real bonus as worsening weather conditions lead to a route change half way.
It is a real confidence builder to see exactly where you are on the OS map
Lastly I managed to drop the unit 80ft down a crag and to my amazement, on recovery, the thing fired up again, fixed on satellites within seconds and promptly showed the route forward. I and others were well impressed.
Apart from this one instance the unit did not crash during the trip and you could hardly blame it for turning itself off after a fall like that.
All in all a great "button operated", OS mapping, GPS.

UPDATE

Over one year on and I am still delighted with this unit. Several software upgrades have taken place during the year, with a result that many additional features now exist. UK Company with UK Support is refreshing. Highly recommended
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2009 02:16:32 GMT
Other reviews say satellite fixes take minutes but this review says it only takes seconds. Perhaps all buyers should drop their units down an 80 fott crag to improve performance ?

Posted on 21 Dec 2009 12:53:06 GMT
This is hard to believe.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2009 14:00:31 GMT
john says:
Used a new plus Unit yesterday, same fix problems, you had better look after that unit.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2010 16:24:14 BDT
There's just no pleasing some people

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013 18:40:42 GMT
Thats because its made up!
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