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Satmap Active 10 review | Navigation test

Published on: Tuesday, November 24th 2009                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Satmap Active 10 GPS receiver

Satmap Active 10 GPS receiver

Using GPS navigation bike mount

For the bike, an optional two-piece cycle support is available. One part is a replacement of the back. The standard battery cover has to be removed to make room for one with a "knob". This lump is one half of the quick mount, while the other half is attached to a nylon strap. This allows it to be mounted on a bike tube.

Satmap bike navigation

Satmap bike navigation

GPS receive bike mount

Using wrenches allows you to firmly tighten the mount. Thanks to the strap, the quick mount can be attached to various sized tubes. By rotating the mount a quarter turn, all bike tubes can be used. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to test the bike support mount myself, however, it all appears to be very solid and reliable.

 

GPS navigation menu

T he buttons on the side and bottom of the Satmap Active 10 GPS system seem nameless at first glance. The moment a button is pressed, an indication of all the functions linked to the button at that moment will appear. These functions differ within each menu. For example, the button located bottom right can be used for zooming, calling up the Settings menu, switch between compass and direction indicator, reset trip log and a several more things. The space for text inside the menu options is obviously designed to fit English texts, since not all words in other languages fit on the monitor. The menus are clear and leave no room to get confused.

Satmap Active 10 review

 

Satmap Active GPS maps

Satmap Active GPS maps

Satmap GPS navigation maps

From the offer of maps, it may be clear that the Active 10 has its roots in Great Britain. There are various maps available for different regions of the world. All maps come on an SD card and have a price tag starting from around 100 Euros. The maps are topographical, and in fact, digitized ordnance maps. There are lots of details visible, however, the included 1:50k does not render street names. Due to the fact the maps are not vector-drawn, the image sharpness differs while zooming. Maximum zoom therefore delivers blurry images. The SD cards are placed behind a tightly fitting cover on the right side.

Satmap GPS navigation

Satmap GPS navigation

Route planning

When it comes to this device, the term navigation raises false expectations. This kind of equipment makes us believe it features the option to have a route set out to a certain location by the device. However, the Active 10 does not do this. The cards simply do not offer route information. The only lead is a straight line to the point we want to reach. Route Planning however, is an option. In this case, it means that the user places several way points, whereupon the system combines these with direct lines. The advantage is that we don't need a PC. If the distances are not too large, this can be done relatively quickly by using the joystick. Navigating means we then follow the way-pointed line.

 

Satmap GPS operation

Satmap GPS operation

Satmap GPS memory

Satmap GPS memory

 
 
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