The menu presents a wealth of features, all readily accessible via the 3in touchscreen. A simple tap onscreen calls up four icons in the corners of the display, which lead to different sections. The bottom right icon, most easily reached with your thumb (assuming you are right handed), is where you can access the most frequently used functions like adding waypoints and searching nearby for waypoints, Geocaches, POIs, tracks and routes. You can search all of these at once, or just one category.
The POI section includes roads, so you can navigate to any that are nearby – handy if you just need to get out of the woods. The 710 also comes preloaded with popular Geocaches, and a month’s trial of the premium subscription at Geocaching.com. So it’s ready to go with this increasingly popular outdoor hobby. This is also where you can pause the tracking function, save the current track, or backtrack. By default the 710’s tracking function is always enabled. You can also access routing options, cancel your route, and view various parameters about your route or track.
Almost as easy to reach is the top right icon, which leads to the favourites. There are 12 of these, nine of which are generic. But the top three are earmarked for Home, Campsite and Car, with appropriate icons depicting each. Press any of these when they haven’t been defined, and you will be prompted to use the current location, which is nicely streamlined, and editing the slots afterwards is not difficult either.
The other nine slots are more general purpose, and can actually be assigned duties other than just calling up a preset location. You can configure these to enact a search for waypints, geocaches or POIs, or a number of useful functions, such as trip stats or hunting and fishing information, although our particular favourite is the fullscreen compass. All of these functions can be found via the full menu, but having your favourites just three screen taps away is massively useful.
If you do need the main menu, the button at the bottom left will take you there. This gives you access to all the functions associated with waypoints, tracks, Geocaches, POIs and routes. You can also search for an address either by drilling down from city to street, or you can enter a postcode, although not the full set of digits, just the first group and the number from the second group. So you can’t pinpoint an address location very accurately, just a general area. It’s also rather a painful experience to enter alphanumeric information, as the keyboard is split across four screens. If you want to navigate to map coordinates, though, you don’t use the Address system, instead adding a waypoint. This system is a little unintuitive, as you have to click through the statistics for the current location before you’re given the option to enter numeric map coordinates.