Any of you have any history/firsthand use with the Onix GPS devices made by Bushnell? Hadn't heard of these before.
They are pretty advanced little gadgets, pulling in XM radio and realtime weather reports.
"NEXRAD weather data downlinked via XM NavWeather, layered over a georeferenced satellite map of your location keeps you prepared."
They use actual satellite images too...
"Now you can navigate and plan your adventure using actual satellite images and aerial photography. Log on to our Web site, download an image to your GPS unit and it's instantly calibrated (georeferenced) to the satellites for navigation."
Uses a SiRF Star III 20-channel GPS receiver (WAAS enabled).
The downsides to this are: (1) the $$$ after purchasing the unit. The XM NavWeather alone (without the radio) runs $10/month. You have to purchase the satellite images, and they can only come from the Bushnell maps pay site. I know you pay for National Geographic TOPO or Garmin TOPO ($100+), but then you have the whole US. I can't get into the site far enough without owning a unit to determine how much theirs will cost. (2) Looks like they probably won't be too Mac friendly, either, and I'm doubting there's any way to get Garmin files on it(?).
One of the biggest reasons Magellan's so appealing is the ability to use National Geographic TOPO software on them, which seems to me to be much nicer than the Garmin TOPO software...I'm not sure if anyone would disagree with that assessment?
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