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Satmap Active 10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 172 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the memory and size. The performance and screen are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the value for money.

usability, screen, performance, size, memory

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Satmap Active 10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 172 reviews)

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Not what I expected

 

I was really looking forward to this device as it seamed the best of the GPS units available,after reading many reviews and phoning up the company I bought the limited edition version from Amazon for a good price,it's good to have every Land Ranger map with you at all times while out walking or cycling,but this gadget doesn't perform as expected,firstly the battery doesn't last nowhere near what the company says it does,even in advanced power mode with the lithium battery and the brightness turned down to 20% this unit only lasts 8 hours fully charged,not the 120 stated,however the conventional lithium batteries last much longer,I have got 16 hours out of them with still plenty of life left,however fitting the battery caddy is rather fiddly,my other gripe with this device is it's supposed water resistance,it has an IP rating of 65,how it got that I don't know,because if used in the rain on my bicycle water gets in behind the screen,not just the cover the actual screen,my IP rated mobile phone survives far worse than this,so if used in bad weather it needs covering with plastic,so the two reasons that appealed to me turned out to be false,the device it's self looks and feels pretty well made,although the cover clips can break easily and the back cover doesn't fit very flush.the planning of routes needs seriously tweaking,because it assumes you are an aeroplane and only plots straight-lines,you can move the route around the bends of country roads,but it's a tedious affair,why they couldn't have included a mode for cyclists wanting to use quite roads I don't know,google maps does this,so why can't they,also compatibility with my computer is a problem with the online route planning as I use a mac with a Power Pc processor and Tiger,it needs Leopard or above on an intel machine,so while I am happy to upgrade to Leopard I am not buying a new mac just for this,lastly the screen is nigh on impossible to read in sunlight even with the sun filter on and the screen brightness turned right up,so a coloured snap on cover would be a good idea,finishing off this device is good in that it's an electronic map,but bad for the fact the power doesn't last,so I think in this respect it fails,but for a GPS used with a conventional map for walkers,it's probably ideal,but noway is it worth the money,particularly as additional maps cost so much money on top of what you have already spent,but with some R&D this product could be much better in the future.

Large screen, Compact, Easy to read

Short battery life, Acquires satellites slowly, Difficult menus, Flimsy mounting, Inaccurate, Complicated controls

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Satmap Active 10 TREK review

 

The Satmap Active 10 TREK has finally come to the US, four years after its introduction in the UK. And what a difference four years makes. We didn't have touch screen Oregons then, and super-thin iPhones and GPS receivers with raster imagery were just...

The Satmap has some great innovative features, like the backlight boost button and availability of six data fields; and I love the big screen raster imagery. Unfortunately though, the Satmap is a rather clunky device, both in terms of form factor and...

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Satmap Active 10 Handheld GPS Map System

 

If you're fed up with carrying OS maps, then Satmap's Active 10 navigation device is certainly worth a look.

, but it does mean you can use the device in a downpour or carry it in a soaking wet pocket without worrying whether it'll work or not when you need it most.

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SatMap Active 10 Plus

 

The Active 10 Plus is a one stop GPS solution giving outdoor sports enthusiasts the hardware, software and route planning tools they need to get out and explore. It's preloaded with UK maps and has a SiRF Star III GPS antenna, a 3.5-inch LCD TFT screen...

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SatMap Active 10 Plus

 

The Active 10 Plus is a one stop GPS solution giving outdoor sports enthusiasts the hardware, software and route planning tools they need to get out and explore. It's preloaded with UK maps and has a SiRF Star III GPS antenna, a 3.5-inch LCD TFT screen...

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Satmap Active 10

 

What's It For? We first tested the Satmap Active 10 GPS almost a year ago, this is a follow-up to our original test, since Satmap has upg...

OS mapping on screen, outdoors-friendly hardware, stand-alone option plus intuitive interface

Still waiting for Mac compatibility

The series of rolling updates to the Active 10 have improved it significantly. Battery life is now much better, some irritating glitches in the interface have gone and touches like the direction arrow on the GPS position icon simply make routes easier...

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Satmap Active 10

 

The Satmap Active 10 can make your outdoor adventures even more amazing. Your sense of discovery will surely be enhanced with this stand alone GPS unit that could tell you where you are and where to go with its electronic compass, direction indicator,...

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Satmap Active 10

 

The Satmap Active 10 can make your outdoor adventures even more amazing. Your sense of discovery will surely be enhanced with this stand alone GPS unit that could tell you where you are and where to go with its electronic compass, direction indicator,...

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Review: Satmap Active 10 satellite navigation

 

Ordnance Survey maps in the palm of your hand

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Amazon review summary for Satmap Active 10

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 433 user reviews of Satmap Active 10 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other GPS on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, performance, screen, build quality, design

value for money

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Satmap Active 10 Plus with GB Outdoor GPS MapSatmap Active 10 Plus with Ordnance Survey Full GB 1:50k mappingSatmap Active 10 Bike GPS

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A nice piece of equipment ruined by poor manufacturer's mapping policy

 

I bought my Active 10 few days ago. My first impressions of the device are very positive. However, my impressions about the flexibility of the mapping system are strongly negative. The reason:

Rigid, accurate, intuitive, versatile, computer-independent

Only manufacturer's maps can be used ; No possibility to create your own tracks using your Satmap's maps on a PC/Mac ; No possibility to view your maps on a PC/Mac ; No possibility to backup your maps in case the SD card is damaged

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