The Magellan Explorist 210 was purchased for me as a gift. My primary use of this hand held GPS system was to go geocaching and for hiking in woods and fields. My first impressions of the unit were good: it has a compact size that fits easily in my hand. The screen is large and protected slightly by a raised lip around the edge. The buttons, though small, are easy to press with a fingernail or edge of the finger. The power button, which is on the edge of the GPS, is not so sensitive that it could accidentally turn on in a pocket or bag. This GPS also has a handy carry strap that hooks onto a metal D-ring on the back.
Getting started with the Magellan Explorist 210 was easy. The instruction book offered good instructions for initial set up and use. The GPS calibrated my location easily when first turned on outside. Once I got under way on a hike, I could set Go To coordinates with only a few button presses and simple menu directions. Then, it was simple to select the compass feature, the map screen, and the distance and speed I was travelling. The biggest problem I had with the Explorist 210 was the difficulty maintaining a signal in even light tree cover. When hiking, I often had to stop in a clearing to get the satellite signals again.