Android may be most prominent in smartphones and tablets, but there are a handful of other devices which either run Android or are based on the Android operating system while not running a full-blown version of the OS. This is the case with the new off-road GPS navigation system that Magellan just announced, a unit called the eXplorist TRX7. Since this is a dedicated GPS navigation unit those who have it in their possession during off-road exploits will be able to use it to its full potential, something which you can’t usually expect when using GPS off your smartphone due to the chances that you may have a lack of service coverage.
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The eXplorist TRX7 is built and designed to be taken off-road, which means it’s rugged enough to handle whatever you throw at it. It’s made for outdoor excursions. This also means users can rest easy that it can stand up to the elements as well, as the TRX7 features an IP67 casing to protect it, and you can interact with it via the weather proof 7-inch LCD touch display, which means it isn’t going to be an issue if it starts to rain or it gets a little wet. While you can’t cruise the Play Store on this thing and check your emails, it’s built on Android 4.2 Jelly bean, so the interface shouldn’t feel too unfamiliar to Android device users. It comes pre-loaded with 3D and 2D basemaps and a Trail database, allowing the capability to see the type of terrain you’re traversing. If there’s elevation in a set of hills the TRX7 will be able to show it to you. In addition to this it’s also pre-loaded with over 44,000 designated OHV routes including public land and forest area.
During use, the unit also has the capability to record the conditions of the trail you might be on. It also has some social features built-in, allowing users to link their accounts for both Twitter and LinkedIn, and share updates while out during an adventure and send tweets using the dedicated hashtag button. Those who enjoy interacting with others or seeing others’ adventures will love the off-road community database where they can search for and find trail expeditions of others, save them to a journal for future use, or review them immediately. At the moment the eXplorist TRX7 isn’t available purchase, but Magellan does state it will launch in October at some point with a $599 price tag.