This website is dedicated to one of the coolest consumer gadgets of recent times – the personal GPS device. The site has information about the devices that I have purchased along with some tips and tricks, usage suggestions amongst other things.
Why you need at least two GPS devices
I have two GPS devices that I use.
|A Magellan Explorist 600||and a TomTom Go 720|
Why do I need two I hear your ask? Well they are both quite different and are used for different purposes. The Explorist is a “go anywhere” device that is rugged, waterproof, it tracks your path to help you find your way home, and the data can be used later for trip analysis and mapping. The TomTom on the other hand is a tool for driving (and limited walking) that plots a recommended route for your journey from A to B, then gives you step by step driving instructions on how to get there. So when your spouse asks you why you need both types, well that’s why.
Cool things you can (and should) do with your GPS
- Create some 2D maps of your journeys
- Create some vertical profile graphs of your journeys
- Create some 3D topographical maps using DG Terrain Viewer
- View your track history in Google Earth.
- View your track history in Google Maps.
- Go Geocaching and find treasures in your own neighbourhood
All of these things are best tackled with a GPS like the Explorist 600, although with a bit of compromise, you could go Geocaching with an in-car navigator. If you are interested in seeing some of the tracking capability of the Explorist, have a look at my Mountain Bike (MTB) website by clicking here to see how I map mountain bike rides around Sydney Australia.