Category: reviews

Hema HX-1 and HN7 Navigator Comparison Chart

HX1 vs HN7

Loads of people ask what the differences between the Hema HX-1 and HN7 are. In the interests of brevity, here’s a chart that outlines all the key differences. Which model is right for you depends a little bit on your needs. To be honest, there are only really two key things that, if you need, would lean you towards the old model – the ability to connect a reversing camera and the option to load your own maps on to it. If neither of those things are important to you, the new model is better in pretty much every other way.


The Top 10: Sailing Resources

The Top 10: Sailing ResourcesWhether you are just starting out or you’re an experienced sailor, there are plenty of materials to expand your knowledge about travelling on the high seas. You will find the perfect book, map or guide to learn how to rig, chart, read symbols, race, teach your kids sailing and even speak like a true sailor.


The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Under $40


Whether you are looking for something educational for the stocking or a gift for the relative who has everything, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of Christmas goodies available right now at The Chart & Map Shop. For more suggestions, check out our online Gift Guide with its handy search categories. If you still find yourself aimlessly wandering around the virtual store or shop, just ask one of the friendly staff, we’re full of good gift ideas!


Hema HX-1 Navigator Review

Hema HX-1 Navigator

Ok ok ok… I admit it… I love tech stuff. It’s so fun! New gadgets just make my day! And when you combine tech and off-road exploring… SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!! So when the Chart and Map shop contacted me offering a Hema HX-1 Naviagtor to play with… well… the conversation went something like this:

Them on the phone to me sitting at home: “Hi! Just wondering if you’d like to grab a Hema HX-1 off us to review.”

Me moments later running through their front door: “GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!”

Having had experience with the previous version, the Hema HN7, getting the opportunity to get my paws on Hema’s latest and greatest was an offer I couldn’t refuse!

So let’s take a look at it shall we?


Hema Navigator HN7 Review

If you take a look at the HEMA website, then you’ll find that HEMA say that the HN7 is Australia’s most powerful touring machine. I thought it’d be a good idea to find out what all the fuss is about. Luckily for me the Chart & Map Shop were kind enough to provide a brand new HN7 for me to play with for a weekend away down in WA’s south west.

It’s always fun when a new toy arrives. And I was soooo looking forward to this one. I love playing with stuff. Stuff is fun.

I’ve previously played with HEMA’s HN6 and also for the no-longer-available Mud Maps M7 so I was looking forward to seeing how the HN7 compared.

And then it arrived. The box is quality. I mean really, it’s just a box right? But when the box is well thought out it does give you some kind of indication that the rest of the product will follow suit.


Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

Transferring data from your old GPS to your Hema Navigator

A customer recently came in asking how to get the waypoints he got from a friend’s Garmin into his new Hema HN7. I actually didn’t know how, or even if, it could be done, so I took upon myself to find out. Turns out it’s pretty easy! And not just for Garmin to Hema, this will work for pretty much any GPS or software package to any other GPS or software package.


4WD Days\Weekends out of Perth Review

 The Chart and Map Shop asked me if I would take a look at a couple of 4wd books and write up a review for them. “Sure!” I said. I love this kind of thing. I’m always looking for the next adventure, the next track. Anything 4wd is a good thing if you ask me!

The two books they sent were the 4wd Days Out of Perth (4th Edition), and the 4wd Weekends Out of Perth (3rd Edition). The books are written and published by Ian Elliot and Nick Underwood, two of WA’s best known 4wd enthusiasts. Their passion for showing fellow adventurers our great state is demonstrated throughout these books. They have obviously invested some significant time in not only discovering interesting 4wd adventure tracks, but also in finding out the history and little-known facts of the areas that the tracks run though.


How to update (or install new) iGo maps on your HEMA HN5i or HN6 in 87 easy steps

Yeah, so it’s not really 87 steps, 86 at the most.  Actually, I think we should be able to get it all done in less than 20.  Now, in case you weren’t aware, with the purchase of your Navigator, you get 2 years worth of free updates to the iGo street mapping and you can update as often as you like in that time.  Another lesser known feature of the iGo mapping is that you can purchase maps of loads of other countries for it.  If you’re driving around somewhere in Europe, why not load up your Navigator and take a device over with you that you’re familiar with.

The problem with all this is that, while not difficult, the process is not the easiest and we’ve had quite a few people bring back their Navigators for help and I can totally understand why.  So I thought I’d write a quick guide to try and help you! Read on for a (hopefully easy) step by step guide on how it’s all done.


Top 10 travel apps, as voted by me

Got an iPhone?  Yeah, me too.  Hopelessly addicted to aimlessly flipping through its stupid, beautiful screens?  Yeah, me too.  They’re everywhere, and whether you like it or not, these things have changed our lives.  They’ve also changed the way we travel, for the better in the most part. Read on for a list of, in no particular order, the 10 best travel apps, as voted by a carefully selected panel of one. Me.



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