Magellan Triton 2000 Hiking GPS Review
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The Magellan Triton 2000 has made a great attempt to produce an all in one solution for all your outdoor needs. Although we say it was a great attempt, we have not found this product to be a great addition to our outdoor gear collection. There are many features that make the Triton 2000 stand out from the rest, which we must give Magellan credit for. This GPS comes with a 2.0 megapixel camera with basic zoom features and geotagging. We found the geotagging and pictures to be a really cool feature for a GPS until we used the VantagePoint map software. This software crashed our system about 90% of the time and really frustrated us. If you are planning on purchasing this model, we suggest buying the National Geographic Topo! software. Although there was a large learning curve for figuring out how to use the software with the Triton 2000, it ended up coming in handy while out on the trails. The on screen navigation of the Triton 2000 was very useful and we wished this was the functionality for the whole GPS. Unfortunately, this GPS has a number of buttons that make your fingers sore after a minute or two of using the GPS, especially for our testers that had smaller fingers. As with most electronics today, we suggest using a lithium or rechargeable batteries, for we initially tested the Triton 2000 out with regular brand name alkaline batteries and they were drained after 3 hours, not much good if you are out backpacking or out for a long day hike.
Overall, we suggest consumers to wait until all the bugs are worked out with the Magellan Triton 2000 or take a look at some of the new smartphones as most of them do everything a GPS unit can do and then some (as long as it has coverage). For more info on the Triton 2000 and other Magellan products, visit www.amazon.com/magellan.