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Yorci

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Handheld OS Aventura GPS device
« on: 18:14:26, 12/02/20 »
This is my initial review of my new boys toy/outdoor gym assistant.  This was a risk buy as not much feedback around on the web, nonetheless I went ahead anyway and purchased the OS Aventura to replace my Satmap Active 12 device. This was in part due to the large reduction in price during the 2020 January sale. My Aventura arrived very promptly along with some very clear and easy to follow instructions. However, upon trying to download some 1:25,000 tiles, I encountered an error, and was unable to download them whether using Firefox or Internet Explorer the fault was the same. This took a couple of days to resolve, the customer service team kept me up to date with the delay, so I can say their customer service is good, the fault was then resolved quickly. :)


The process of downloading multiple map tiles is a time consuming exercise and could do with some improvement. >:(


The initial impression of the device has a feel that it is well built and indeed rugged - time will tell. It is not too heavy with the battery fitted, it has a fairly good balance and sits well in my hand.

The locking screw for the battery compartment could do with a quarter or half turn screw as it is a bit finicky without gloves, I can't imagine trying it with gloves. That said, the battery does have a long usage life, so I cant imagine having the need to change the battery out in the field, providing I set out with a reasonable amount of charge in the battery. I have bought a spare battery, but with the long usage of the battery, I doubt I will need to use it. However, the dust cover for the USB socket is very small and not attached. It is very easy to lose which I have done a couple of times when loading the maps! - Improvement to these in future versions would be helpful, in the case of the latter this would be very helpful. :o


It would also be helpful if there was a means to fit a lanyard or some sort of securing clip direct to the device for ease of access and carrying securely - it is a lot of money to accidentally lose by dropping whilst scrambling or on a ridge walk.

Maybe OS will build/make available an accessory attachment that can be securely fitted to the device to support either a lanyard or a clip to reduce the risk of losing it, such as falling from your hand when on a windy wet mountain scramble/ridge climb with freezing cold wet hands. It would be saddening to accidentally drop it down a crevice or on a steep hillside and then not being able to retrieve it.

There is no 'breadcrumb' feature, if there is I haven't found it. This was a nice feature on my old Garmin and on my Suunto watch,  :( though there was only one occasion where I needed to use it (when visibility fell due to cloud cover descending), it was a nice piece of mind feature which alarmed if I went off track. Maybe OS can consider this in future updates/versions. That said the route displays well on the screen with good accuracy, and it is easy to follow back to a previous point or start.

Navigating the various menus either using the buttons or touch screen is very simple and easy to use. Each menu page is easy to read with a good size font. The screen brightness and display sleep time is easy to change and the wake up is very responsive with no delay, another plus over my previous Garmin and SatMap devices.

Carrying the device in my pocket, bearing in mind the touch screen is still active when the device is asleep, this was not a problem. I took the device out of my pocket with gloves on a couple of occasions to check my position, there was no accidental rubbing of the screen that interfered with the recording of my journey. This feature I am very happy with. :)


Two clicks of the menu button puts you on the compass screen which gives bearing and grid reference which is very easy to read. There does not appear to be a requirement to calibrate the compass, a big plus over my SatMap. Comparing the compass to my Silva compass, it is very accurate.

From the My Activities tab on the main menu, you can access your tracks, which gives you a very good range of different data, distance, altitude, speed, map analysis, stop times, movement times, etc. From the General tab, you can name and add descriptions, which is very easy to do via the qwerty keyboard, a very nice feature, and much easier than it was on my old Garmin and SatMap devices.

When switching on it takes about 40 seconds to boot up and load the maps ready for use, which is just a wee bit quicker than my Satmap 12. The touch screen compared when comparing it to that of a mobile phone or computer screen, has a very very slight jerky delay when reacting, it is not an issue. This feature is not surprising as it is a transflective screen, the payoff is that you can use a stick, pen or stylus or anything similar to move around the screen and access the menus, which in my opinion is a very good trade off, especially when cold and wearing gloves, something that you can't easily do with most mobile phones. The joystick is very responsive, and the buttons are easy to operate with gloves.
 
Am I sorry I bought it NO.
Value for money - I think so, a replacement of a basic SatMap Active 12 would be 270.00 (the map cards are expensive, but I already have them), or upgrade to SatMap Active 20 at 440.00 with full 1:25k UK coverage. Compare these to the Aventura RRP of 500.00 which was reduced to 370.00 hence I bought it at this more reasonable price. I did get 12 free map tiles, with further 1:25k tiles available at 5.00 each, though some are 3 and others 4. With my 12 free tiles, I bought 18 further tiles at a cost of 60 which gives me full coverage of the whole of the Peak District, North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire areas. This is a lot cheaper than buying map cards for my SatMap. Which means I only need to buy those tiles that I need, and I can spread the cost of buying map tiles. But I can still buy the whole of the UK if I need them, as and when I can afford it. This in my opinion is an excellent feature option a very big plus over my previous devices I like this a lot.

Would I recommend it to others, from initial impressions, YES definitely. I am yet to put the device through its paces and give it a full test. of all its features, as I have only used it the once on a short walk. But so far Im very impressed and very pleased I bought it. :smitten:
« Last Edit: 18:44:11, 12/02/20 by Yorci »
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sussamb

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Re: Handheld OS Aventura GPS device
« Reply #1 on: 18:43:54, 12/02/20 »
Must say at that price I wouldn't be tempted, my 120 Etrex 20 does all I need  O0
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Re: Handheld OS Aventura GPS device
« Reply #2 on: 19:51:36, 12/02/20 »
Must say at that price I wouldn't be tempted, my 120 Etrex 20 does all I need  O0

My thoughts exactly. Each to their own but I don't know where some of these companies dream up their hardware prices from and that's before you start adding the cost of any mapping you might want or need to buy.

Just as a comparison I managed to snaffle an almost brand new boxed Etrex 30x complete with instructions, mini USB data cable, 32GB SDHC memory card and Etrex carabiner clip for under 79 including delivery (condition suggests it had probably never even been out of the house) plus 4 x 2900 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries, 6 x screen protectors and a Garmin Etrex carry case with belt clip for under 10.

So for under 90 all in I now have all the features I could ever want or need, it's endlessly customisable and the best money saving feature by far is not one penny has needed to be spent on any extortionately priced maps.

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Re: Handheld OS Aventura GPS device
« Reply #3 on: 20:37:19, 12/02/20 »
As long as you like it and enjoy it and are satisfied your cash is well spent then good luck with your new gadget.
Me, I am a confirmed Garmin user , i started with the little yellow etrex in 2000 and have never been with out a gps since. I currently use an Oregon 650.
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Re: Handheld OS Aventura GPS device
« Reply #4 on: 21:44:49, 12/02/20 »
Just as a comparison I managed to snaffle an almost brand new boxed Etrex 30x complete with instructions, mini USB data cable, 32GB SDHC memory card and Etrex carabiner clip for under 79 including delivery ...

Wow, wish I'd seen that, I've have bought it too  :)

Where did you get such a bargain or is it a secret  ;D
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Re: Handheld OS Aventura GPS device
« Reply #5 on: 09:00:20, 13/02/20 »
Wow, wish I'd seen that, I've have bought it too  :)

Where did you get such a bargain or is it a secret  ;D

Not a secret. I bought if from eBay a few months ago as a bit of a project to keep me occupied during the winter months.

I set myself a price/offer limit and it then took lots of patience waiting for the right condition Etrex 30x's to be listed and probably 5 or 6 attempts/offers/failures on various listings before my offer was finally accepted by a seller.

As always when buying from eBay it's bit of a risk until the item is in your hand and you can see and fully test the item for yourself.

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Re: Handheld OS Aventura GPS device
« Reply #6 on: 10:19:56, 13/02/20 »
Very true, glad it worked out  O0
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