Magellan Triton 1500/2000 Handheld GPS Review

I have used both devices. Therefore, I would like to start the review by stating that the differences between the Triton 1500 and Triton 2000 are the 2-megapixel camera, electronic compass and barometer found in the Triton 2000. I think I can wrap it up better by talking about the differences in the first place and separating the other parts of the article into common features.

The camera in the Triton 2000 does not promise a better result than the shooting quality of old Nokia phones. The camera has Geo-Tagging feature.

The electronic compass in Magellan Triton 2000 shows you which direction you are facing when you are stationary. I can’t help but mention the necessity of calibrating the compass every time the battery is changed. The barometer on the Triton 2000 makes altitude estimation less accurate. In the same way as the compass; It is necessary to calibrate the altimeter values ​​at every battery change. When the Compass and Barometer features are turned on, the “low battery time”, which I will talk about shortly, is even more negatively affected. I can say that I have never used the electronic compass and barometer features of the Triton 2000.

Let’s get to the common features…

Both devices have raster map support. To put it simply, you can upload Google satellite, road and topographic maps to the devices. You do not need to perform the map calibration process, which is essential in other devices with raster map support. When you buy the Triton 1500/2000 from authorized dealers in Turkey, it comes loaded with a topographic map of Turkey. If you are going to buy from abroad, a free topography map of Turkey is available. I can say that the free map is pretty accurate. You can download and try the free Turkey map for Magellan GPS.

Both devices have a 2.7-inch colour touch screen. You can use the touch feature of the screen, which can be easily read in sunny weather, only with the small pen that comes with the device. I can say that it gives a very bad experience when you try to touch it with your finger.

A photo taken with Triton 2000
A photo taken with Triton 2000

Both devices have 60 megabytes of internal memory. You can increase the capacity by adding an sd card (Fat32 limit 32 GB).

The case of the device is IPX-7, which means it’s splash and dustproof. Despite the constant sinking and coming out of the water at the canyon crossings, no water leaked in.

You can easily access the technical specifications other than the ones I wrote above on the Internet. Therefore, I do not want to go into unnecessary details. I will try to talk about user experiences here.

triton 2000

The only downside for me is the low battery life. Even the best alkaline batteries are not enough to run the device for more than 8-9 hours. With Varta’s 2700mAh rechargeable batteries, I’ve seen up to 12 hours. I had to carry at least ten 2700s and as many alkaline batteries with me on a few days’ walks. Considering the battery life, it is impossible not to miss the Garmin 60 CSX. Garmin runs 15-16 hours on the simplest alkaline battery. You can run the Garmin 60 CSX or the Etrex 30 for over 20 hours with 2700 batteries. I suggest you read the Garmin GPS review, the battery life is a great device.

triton 2000 battery compartment

Another disadvantage of the device is that it works on the Windows CE 5.0 platform. It was very strange that they did not write a unique operating system like Garmin, and that they used a Windows operating system that was very prone to crashes and freezes. Fortunately, with the latest updates, I can say that you will rarely experience freezes.

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