The Magellan Switch and Switch Up are two new devices that have brought the company into the fitness market.
Looks like Magellan is trying to carve out a new niche with boaters. Following Monday’s announcement of two Angler editions of the eXplorist line, they’ve now announced the Magellan eXplorist 510 Marine Edition, which includes U.S. coastal coverage up to two miles offshore, with data on 5-foot contours, tides, currents, wrecks, port plans, marsh areas, and marine services. And just in case you spend time both offshore and on inland waters, 12,000 US lakes are charted for you too.
It’s a busy Monday for Magellan, which has several bits of news for you fishermen and fitness types:
UPDATE: Here’s my hands on review of National Geographic topo maps for Magellan receivers.
Magellan has extended their ongoing partnership with National Geographic, bringing USGS raster topo imagery to the eXplorist line. Just like Garmin’s BirdsEye Topo, this will be a subscription option running $29.99 per year. read more
Late last week I received an email from National Geographic Maps, informing me that their Topo.com website would be discontinued in 30 days, as they transtion to a new partnership with AllTrails.com. The National Geographic Topo desktop software will continue to work, although it is unclear if new updates will be forthcoming or not. This appears to primarily affect Magellan Triton users who have purchased Topo SuperQuads. If that’s you, you should read the info below and save those files to your hard drive over the next few weeks. read more
Magellan has quietly rolled out a new entry level handheld, the eXplorist 110. The 110 appears very similar to the eXplorist 310 we reviewed last year, except that the new model doesn’t allow you to load additional maps and has no expandable memory. Still, with that great preloaded world map found on the new Magellan handhelds, that’s not a huge drawback.
UPDATE: Here is my Magellan Switch series review.
If you’ve been paying much attention to GPS market segments, you already know that fitness is the hottest and fastest growing category. That’s why TomTom, Motorola and today Magellan, have jumped in with both feet, smack into a market dominated by Garmin, which has a huge lead. As we surmised way back in October, Magellan is introducing their own sportswatch – actually two of them – the Magellan Switch and Switch Up.
Magellan has rolled out a new aerial imagery subscription program for their eXplorist and Triton lines. Like the DeLorme and Garmin services, this one will utilize DigitalGlobe imagery and runs $29.99 per year.
Magellan has announced a new partnership with Navionics, allowing Magellan eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 owners to load marine, lake and fishing charts to their devices.
The Magellan eXplorist 310 is an entry-level handheld GPS and the newest member of the eXplorist family. The 310 is based on the same hardware platform as the popular eXplorist GC and like that model, includes paperless geocaching functionality. Unlike the GC though, the 310 also offers the features of a backcountry GPS, including the ability to load and navigate tracks and routes.