Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hands on with the Magellan Triton 2000

UPDATE: Read my Magellan Triton 1500 review.

GpsPasSion got some quality time with the upcoming Magellan Triton 2000 and has posted pictures for all to see. They are reporting exceptionally fast map scrolling and zooming, which may help account for the short (AA) battery life being reported. From the images, we can tell that the Tritons will use a Windows CE platform, opening the door to all sorts of user hacks. It also appears that the device may use an old style Magellan to USB connector, rather than a mini-USB.

My sources tell me we are now looking at an early to mid-November release date.

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Comments

  1. While the promise of the feature set on this product had me ready to switch from my Garmin, the implementation is horrible. I have been testing it for about a week now. Do not buy this unit until Magellan re-releases it correctly.
    Areas of problem so far:
    * Random crashes. Reminds me of WIN 98. It crashes often.
    * SLOW!!! It is especially slow when you switch to the map screen, the main one you use.
    * No street maps
    * “Nearest cache/waypoint” feature does not work. For some reason, it consistently points me to waypoints/caches at a park about 5 miles away as the closest even if I move around to different locations within the range. Can see waypoints nearby (across the street in one test), but it ignores them.
    * Interface with PC is slow. Loaded my Garmin side by side with the Magellan. Garmin took about 10-15 seconds to load 900+ waypoints. Same load on the Magellan took ~2 minutes.
    * Magellan on-line help SUCKS! There support page does not even list the Tritons yet in many of the drop down lists. FAQ’s are more marketing material then help.
    I got a reply back on my post to their support email. It took them three days to respond.
    * Issue: Triton is not listed on their support drop downs. Response: It is a new unit and they have not updated the web page. “Wait for some time until this unit gets updated” (Last I checked, that would be a one day job for a competent programmer.)
    * Issue: “nearest” function not working on geocaches. Response: please call tech support regarding this issue. (Call to tech support number refers you back to the web page.)
    * Message from tech support was obviously from someone who stuggles with writing English. Grammar errors and typos.

  2. Cass,
    Yes, I’m struggling with the 1500 myself. I hope to get a full review posted within a week. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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