Is this the (almost) ideal GPS for Australia?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by K1W1, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. PBee

    PBee ?

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    OK Time for me to eat crow.

    My VMS 430 is rubbish!![​IMG] IMHO.

    Every morning it locks 2 or 3 times before it's happy (needs a reboot each time)
    When I power down and it goes to sleep it has to be nudged 2 or 3 times to wake it up. It powers up then immediately goes back to sleep.

    Trying to connect to my PC to download waypoints and tracks (something I've done many times with OZiexplorer to my Garmin) is an exercise in futility. :cry

    No, I say, save your money untill they get it right. (It aint right now)

    I called in to my retailer to let him know my displeasure and he told me I'm not the only one to have problems (as described) as one was sent back to VMS that day.

    No,I can't live with it so it's off to return it tomorrow!
    I Will report on what happens if anybody is interested.

    Cheers
    PB
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  2. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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    This is not a problem I have seen before.

    Early versions had problems with the software on the card corrupting but this was fixed with a replacement card with updated software.

    You can also buy the Tourings with IGO (street mapping only) and then add on OziCE and your own maps. Make sure you get one with at least a 4GB card. You cannot copy the IGO software to a bigger card as it is locked to the card it came on.
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  3. PBee

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    This I would be interested in as I am very familiar with OZiex, I just have to work out how to unstitch my 1:50's!

    My 430 came with a loaded 4G card.
    Although I still feel there is a problem with my unit.

    Thanks for your input Burnie.

    PB
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  4. PBee

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    Just swapped the VMS 430 for a HEMA Navigator a few days ago,
    Oh Yeah, what a difference.
    Easy intuitive interface & uploading maps is a breeze.
    It comes fully loaded with HEMA maps & Navteq route 66.
    I've put on a few 1:50 topo's, too easy!!
    Everything I've ever wanted is on this thing.

    Recomended :D
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  5. pete40

    pete40 Life Behind Bars

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    Give us an update as you discover more.
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  6. undersea4x2

    undersea4x2 Big Bore wanna' be

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    So , how much for the Hema and where from and is it still OK???

    Unlike the VMS:topes

    Cheers

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  7. PBee

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    Well I've had the Hema for almost 2 weeks now and I'm still impressed.
    Faultless? Well no, I've had some problems with it locking up, I sometimes wonder if I'm expecting too much from this type of GPS.

    I don't want to knock the VMS as a brand, a lot of people are happy with them but the one I had was just rubbish.

    HEMA's support is faultless. I sent them an e-mail outlining my problems and received an instant personal reply from Troy at HEMA.
    He suspected a corrupt SD card. The next day I had a new card in the post.

    Damn good support!!:clap

    I've installed the new card and all seems well so far.
    Overall performance is better.
    I'll use it all week in my work ute and see how it goes.

    How much? Well I paid full tote $990 from Electric Bug in Adelaide.
    I have seen them for $880 on FleaBay
    Personally I prefer a Face to Face Dealer for this type of product!

    Sill don't like the blue though.

    I'll post next week on how it's going.

    PB
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  8. PBee

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    I Couldn't resolve the problems whith my HEMA Navigator.
    With some sadness I returned it yesterday for an in store credit.:cry

    I looked at the Garmin 620, as a GPS it looks great but it's too heavily biased towards marine aps

    I am now at a loss as to what GPS to get????:dog?
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  9. undersea4x2

    undersea4x2 Big Bore wanna' be

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    Might be a bit of a tough call but........

    In a word BurnieM, a GPS for beginners that can do general metro work, 4wd tracks and ADV riding........................

    Im interested in Geocasching as well.....


    Oh, and make a decient latte as well:thumb

    Cheers

    Under
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  10. Patrick_

    Patrick_ Adventurer

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    Look into the Garmin 60csx. Im still only a few days into reseaching GPS units, but so far this is cropping up to be one of the more popular Off road GPS's.

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  11. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Had my 60CSx for nearly a year now, and used a mates for a year prior.

    Folks seem to want larger touch screens, fair call and I understand why, and I thought I needed a larger screen too. I really did think I needed a larger screen, ageing eyes and all. But after using the 60CSx it is bullshit. The smaller screen is just fine, no problems for me, and because it is not a touch screen it won't delaminate on me either.
    The 60 series does those nifty 3D displays, autoroutes (with autorouting software like any other GPS) and has basically all the functions of the other units as far as GPS goes, and maybe more.
    The unit however doesn't do bluetooth, photos,. mp3's, or any of that other bling stuff, which I suspect is part of the reason it is such a damn fine GPS. They are more of a technical unit than the consumer grade ones, but in my limited experience it does everything you'd ever want of a GPS, and the little buggers are TOUGH. Size is perfect for a bike too, and it will just drop into your pocket when not in use.
    There's a good reason why lots of riders skip the "bike" GPS's and get the 60CSx.:D
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  12. Tagati

    Tagati tEAM iDIOT

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    Amen to that. There is not one thing I would change about my Garmen 60
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  13. PBee

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    Bought a ZUMO.........

    Happy :D
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  14. ekka

    ekka n00b

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    The best solution I can see is the android Sony Xperia (waterproof) ($499 or $6 per month on a Telstra plan) loaded with MemoryMap ($200 for 1:25,000 topos and 1:250,000 aviation charts).
    All that is cheaper than a Garmin Zumo with unreadable topo maps.
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  15. freewheeler

    freewheeler Been here awhile

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    Did you know you are responding to a five year old thread ...???
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  16. ekka

    ekka n00b

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    where are there any other threads?
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