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Magellan Launches Rugged Handheld GPS

Outdoor enthusiasts can navigate, geotag photos, and record and share trip info with the waterproof global positioning system device.

Global positioning system maker Magellan is introducing a new line of rugged handheld devices geared at the outdoor recreation market. Outdoor enthusiasts will be able to navigate destinations worldwide, capture geotagged photos, and relate their experiences online with the eXplorist 510, 610, and 710 GPS devices, Magellan said.

All three of the waterproof, handheld GPS models have an intuitive user interface, easy-to-read mapping, and accurate navigation features, the company said. The models are also equipped with a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, microphone, and speaker for voice recording.

"With the popularity of social networks, the GPS industry is shifting towards more online experience sharing," said Justin Doucette, director, outdoor product marketing, Magellan, in a statement. "The eXplorist series allows users to bring their adventures home with them, catalog for future reference and share online with family and friends."

The models all come preloaded with Magellan's World Edition map, which includes a complete network of roads in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia. The high-end eXplorist 710 also has Magellan's Summit Series topographic map and City Series map, which details turns for vehicle navigation through city streets. Both the 610 and 710 models come with a three-axis electronic compass and a barometer altimeter that gives exact orientation and accurate elevation information, along with the ability to track weather patterns, the company said.

All three models in the series have a favorites menu so users can access bookmarked locations, searches, and functions. The devices have a 3-inch touchscreen and other outdoor features like expandable memory, paperless geocaching, GPX compatibility, a battery life of 16-hours, a sensitive GPS providing 3-5 meters of accuracy, vertical profiling, a digital almanac, track summary statistics, and area calculation, Magellan said.

Two customizable buttons on the devices can be used to take a photo, mark a waypoint, or provide access to other features, the company said.

Pricing for the eXplorist 510 will be $349.99; the 610 model will retail for $449.99, and the 710 is priced at $549.99. A standard mini-USB cable and two disposable lithium AA batteries will also ship with the devices.

The eXplorist series will be available in North America, Europe and other countries later this year.

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