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Adventurer 3500 mapping handheld GPS unit - GB 1:50000

2.2 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Item model number: A3500LRGB-A
  • ASIN: B004999ANQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Oct. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,717 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The Memory Map Adventurer 3500 is a fully featured large screen GPS.  With a super fast touchscreen and superb detail for outdoor navigation. Waterproof and easy to use the GPS also comes bundled with everything you need for a wide range of uses.   Included in box : Bike mount, Car & mains chargers, Silicon case and Memory Map PC software.   This version also comes with OS Landranger mapping for the whole of the UK. Pre installed on the 4gb SD card, with approx 1gb spare for extra storage. Backup on CD supplied. It's also compatible with all V5 maps that you may already own, you can of course but more mapping as required. Easy to read bright screen, in all conditions, fully waterproof to IP7 standard. Overall a great outdoor tool for cycling, walking and you can even add turn by turn navigation for the car (extra cost) from Memory Map.   Features: Screen 3.5” large bright screen Full colour Able to view detailed maps and charts in all light conditions Touchscreen can be used with your finger or with a stylus making it ideal for use with gloves on those colder days   Mapping Compatible with any Memory-Map V5 maps Includes full PC software featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, enabling you to print maps, plan routes and transfer routes, tracks and waypoints to and from your PC Further mapping also available from the entire Memory-Map collection, including historical mapping, aviation and marine charts, European mapping and maps from further afield 4GB microSD card pre-loaded with Great Britain OS Landranger 1:50,000 Also includes FREE subscription to TrailZilla.com for route sharing   Avg Weight: 190g   Specifications: Size : 122mm x 75mm x 20mm Screen : 3.5 full colour outdoor viewable touchscreen Battery : Removable Lithium Ion Waterproof (IPx7) rating microSD card slot with 4GB microSD card with approx 1GB spare. Compatible with upto 16GB card.


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Owned the 3500 for a few weeks now. While the unit has the capability of being great, its let down by badly tested and badly executed software.

The 3500 has no screen lock so cannot track while pocketed and seems to lock up occasionally. Memory Map are promising an update, and its really needed. My advice would be let the buyer beware.....hunt through the internet forums for opinions before committing money to this one......

Update: Memory Map promised an update in January 2011 (nothing), then February 2011 (nothing). And have now taken any promise away of a date. They failed to deliver this promised software update that would correct only a few of the many issues discovered with this unit. BUYER BEWARE - Check the forums well.
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If you need a gps that interacts directly with OS 50 & 25k maps this is the one . . . .

BUT my advice is that when you take delivery test the device and test it again and again. Then access the support part of the memory map site and if you find anything wrong:

1. freezing
2. not locking to your location
3. the touch screen arbitrarily going mad
4. other annoyances

SEND IT BACK
(you may find it hard to locate this part of their website)

(...)
they hide it right at the bottom of the page.

Now - it doesn't get sent back to Memory Map - it goes to the importer who may replace the unit for a brand new one or 'fix' your original.

I speak from experience as I sent back 3 (yes three) units before I got one that worked well.

Now I have a problem with the L-ion battery completly discharging after less that 24 hours whether i use it or not. The support people want the whole unit back.

The Explorer 3500 does not belong to memory Map - they have a badged version of something called Snooper (it's some sort of golf course aid). My feeling is that Memory Map don't really care whether you like the 3500 or not because all the misfits get sent to a company called Performance Products who must be the importer (I guess it's Chinese). Their quality control must be appalling if 25% work properly.

Sorry about the rant - I could also tell you about the Memory Map digital download shop but that's just another story (great idea just poorly implemented with NO proper support)
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I believe this bit of kit was probably rushed out to meet Christmas. It has a serious flaw, often failing to wake from "sleep" mode. As at Feb 11 a "Fix" is promised, but no date given. The unit has no screen lock, so every touch can move the map or make a menu entry. This means it can't be kept in a pocket without risk of losing your place. Mine also had a dud car-charger. Another more minor point is that it only works with "top = North". If you are used to a GPS that orientates to your track this will be confusing. On the postive side the mapping is bright and clear with a much larger screen than most competitors. With a bit more work this could have been a great unit. As it stands I can't recommend it for serious walkers. I think it would probably work for bikers, mounted on the handlebars.
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Like other reviewers, I'm finding software problems on power saving (need to take a spare battery for a day's outing!) and the missing direction pointer. Sometimes it won't wake up from 'sleep'.
The accessories like bike mounts and batteries are expensive, but by biggest gripe is that the screen scratches SO easily - after a few days' gentle use it looks really bad.
UPDATE. Now the whole thing has packed up - the touchscreen hardly works; can't turn it on or off.........it' s going back! I can have no confidence in this unit, even if it gets repaired.
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The reason I have given this one star is because there was no option to give it zero.
What you get here is a rugged Pocket PC, running an existing version of Memory-Map and not very well.

Once you start the application you can not use the built-in backlight timer, the standby features or screen lock, so for hiking you can forget putting the device in a pocket. It's as if the hardware was designed as a stand-alone device and then the old MM software loaded without any user field trials.

Mine has locked up and refused to turn off on two occassions.
The touch screen is a nightmare to use, it's very hard to scroll smoothly and it scratches even when using the supplied stylus.

The supplied Memory-Map PC software can easily connect to most GPS units, such as Garmin, and most PDA units such as iPaqs. However, it fails to recognise the Adventurer 3500 as a PDA or a GPS and it's then that you realise that if you want to transfer data between the device and the PC you have to export the data to a file, transfer the file using Windows and then import it at the other end. So you are running the same software at both ends, but they can not talk to each other.

This is my sixth GPS and by far the most useless. There is a promised software update due in January (2011) and if that fails to sort out the multitude of issues, mine is going back. Do yourself a favour and check out the Memory-Map support forums before you buy this.
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