Jun 30, 2016
It’s all about mobility in cars it seems, and with good reason, when one comes to realize how keyed in to our mobile devices society has become. Smartdevices are becoming more of a central processing unit that interfaces with every facet of life: at home, work and everything in-between.
As it goes, GPS solutions are obviously on the table, and the Magellan name is synonymous with this sector. Getting to formally checkout its eXplorist TRX Offroad Navigator, we didn’t pretend not to be too eager.
The review package Magellan sent us highlights the whole solution in its retail glory; one gets the navigation display, cabling/charging accessories, mounting pieces and documentation. The display piece is similar in looks to a mid-sized tablet, but with a relatively wide frame and telltale rugged construction, with a rubberized cornerings and sealed off ports. It’s fairly hefty in hand, larger in profile than a traditionally-sized standalone GPS unit, and looks somewhat refined in the all-black presentation. Yep, one gets a 7″ HD touchscreen which is protected by a rugged IP67 casing: made for tough business, as it were. The screen isn’t the most vivid, but it gets the job done.
If the aforementioned similarity to a tablet is intriguing, it’ll be cool to know that the tablet is actually an Android tablet with Android OS 4.2.2 under the hood. As such, navigation should be easy for anyone that has used a tablet, and especially intuitive for Android users.
Setting up is fairly easy. To use effectively, one must acquire the companion Magellan TRX application via Google Play, create and sign in with a www.myTRXjournal.com account. Signing in with the same credentials on the hardware unit allows the unit and the app to sync.
So, this thing is built for the outdoors, so it got the treatment by way of the trusty 4×4 jeep (which admittedly has been begging for some 4×4 action). The big usability features are the ability to use crowdsourced maps, and to add/share tracks of one’s own. The crowdsourcing aspect is well done, allowing one to vet courses and what equipment one uses.
Frankly, at the end of the review, my biggest regret was not being able to go to more exotic locations; the unit does help enhance such travel that much. It is a bit of an investment, but for true off-roading enthusiasts, is is sure to be a hit.