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  1. I am glad to see that they added the picture to the black screen with the geotag info when you point to a pic on the map screen. However, Why not make it full screen. It is just a little bigger than a thumbnail and there is a lot of screen on the page that is still black. Why not use up all of the space and perhaps even give us the option of taking the geotag info off if we don't want or need it. Otherwise very happy with the update and the Montana 650T. I mean other than there not being an option to review the pic after taking it without having to point to the thumbnail. Give us the option to set how long it takes before the screen clears. And one last thing, Why not am option for a beep when we take a picture so that we have a way to know when we take a picture of ourselves. Night-Ranger, Kernersville, NC
  2. I wrote a "glowing" review on REI.com. I still love my Oregon. I have had nothing but good experiences with it. Let me see, as good as the 60CSX is, I still could not upload all my found caches to GS, get the full cache description with hint, show pics of my last trip, enter text extremely fast with the touch screen, or even play the Wherigo cartridge called Tour de Greensboro that is my favorite cache experience to date. And to top it all off, my OR even keeps up with my total # of caches found! I am not trying to flame anyone as we all have our own opinions, but from my personal experience with both units, the Oregon has everything else beat, hands down. I let my buddy-very close friend, borrow my OR for a weekend. He was a staunch supporter of the 60CSX. Notice I said was. He is now saving for the OR. It is not the ultimate GPS in all areas, I will agree it has shortcomings. You mentioned the lighting and the menu navigation. I honestly don't feel these are shortcomings that are deal breakers. I use mine in daylight and nighttime use without any problem-ever. I have gotten used to navigating the menus very quickly. If you will think back to when you 1st got your 60, you will remember how confusing the menus seemed until you got used to them. Then they seemed very intuitive. Same with the OR. I use rechargable eneloop batteries and don't "waste" $ with alkalines. I have no idea about what happened to your battery clip. If mine fell out, I would probably be returning for exchange. I also have no idea what you mean by the topo map being "latest", but mine does just fine for my caching experiences. The manual probably could include more input but I hAve not even needed to use the manual as the msg boards are giving me more than the manual ever could. GSAK is awesome for uploading caches to any gps and the OR with the macros is no exception. However, I am a staunch supporter of looking at the overall picture and hands down, the OR is awesome! Plus the accuracy of the unit seems to be better than the 60 at this point. Is that not what we really want from our GPSr? Who am I kidding, I want it all!
  3. In response to the person above, who said it was a problem if you have to turn the shading off, Have you actually compared the maps, screens and color of the Oregon versus the 60 CSX. I agree that it would be nicer to have it be full blown brightness like my Nuvi during the day. For whatever reason, at this point, that does not exist. The maps have SO MUCH more detail and the shading is like gravy on a Chicken Fried Steak. It is fun to have but not essential. Even without it, my buddies are envious of the map detail and size. If you compare the screen in any aspect except for the brightness in bright daylight, the Oregon wins. I don't "need" to turn of the background color off to see it. I choose to do that. Just like we have options on everything else, we have the option to turn off the color if we want. I can still use it just fine without turning it off. I would say it is really a non issue for me. I like it and yes, I used to own a 60CSX. I like this better in every aspect. I love the color of the screen and the ability to really use it as my primary GPS in my car driving so the wife can use the Nuvi The colors on the 60CSX seem muted and dull to me compared to the vibrant colors of the Oregon. On another note, After a day of caching and driving with the new software, I am realizing a 9-13'EPE most of the time. That is much better than seeing the 30' all the time! Plus the WAAS is locking for the first time without effort quickly and reliably. Thank you Garmin!
  4. I wanted to add my thoughts on the Oregon. I love it. It is extremely cool! I had the same reservations as others about #1 accuracy and #2 screen brightness. After owning for 3 weeks here are my observations. The accuracy is a non-issue. I geocache with 2 buddies who both have a 60CSX. Most of the time, my Oregon had a better GZ than either of The 60CSX. Another point about accuracy is the Oregon is pretty rock solid in its analysis. Not too much jumping around like on the 60CSX. I had the Sat screen up on both and the 60 constantly gave a new coordinate every second or so while the Oregon stayed locked on the same number for several minutes. This has been verified by others as well. I have even had a 1st for me last week, my GZ was dead on the cache (literally 0' off) even though my accuracy of the sats screen showed 26' EPE. I was really concerned about the EPE the Oregon showed because it gives confidence if you have a low number. On the previous software, I was averaging about a 20-30 RPR. (Quick test on the new software showed a 12-20' EPE like the 60CSX usually gave me. However, I am starting to really trust the Oregon to direct me to the cache regardless of EPE. On the WAAS issue, the new version seems to have helped mine get WAAS better. But honestly, WAAS has not shown me any better accuracy readings. I think it gives me again more confidence in the accuracy but not necessarily better accuracy. As far as finding caches, I have had no problem finding a cache since I had my Oregon. On to number 2. The screen could be brighter and better. That being said, I love it as is. I was prepared not to get the Oregon because of the screen. When I went to REI and actually looked at it, I decided on the spot to get it. It is better than I imagined and better than some have described in the Wiki. Honestly, I have not had any problems with the screen brightness. I even have to turn the back-light way down at night cause it is too bright. During the day, I have a profile set up to turn the color of the background off and call it "Day Drive" and Day Caching". Other great things are the profile button which changes your options for driving, caching or hiking, the geocache counter-which keeps a tally of caches found (either daily, weekly, monthly or however you decide), And finally the touch screen itself for text input is awesome-like no other GPS out there. Plus the ability to upload caches directly into geocaching.com for quick logging is a feature I never want to do without again. I just upload my field notes and it uploads all caches and notes into my account. No more writing down what caches I have done or trying to remember what that bug number was. I hope this helps answer your question as to whether or not to get it. I recommend it to my friends and would give it 4.5/5 stars.
  5. I wanted to add my thoughts on the Oregon. I love it. It is extremely cool! I had the same reservations as others about #1 accuracy and #2 screen brightness. After owning for 3 weeks here are my observations. The accuracy is a non-issue. I geocache with 2 buddies who both have a 60CSX. Most of the time, my Oregon had a better GZ than either of The 60CSX. Another point about accuracy is the Oregon is pretty rock solid in its analysis. Not too much jumping around like on the 60CSX. I had the Sat screen up on both and the 60 constantly gave a new coordinate every second or so while the Oregon stayed locked on the same number for several minutes. This has been verified by others as well. I have even had a 1st for me last week, my GZ was dead on the cache (literally 0' off) even though my accuracy of the sats screen showed 26' EPE. I was really concerned about the EPE the Oregon showed because it gives confidence if you have a low number. On the previous software, I was averaging about a 20-30 RPR. (Quick test on the new software showed a 12-20' EPE like the 60CSX usually gave me. However, I am starting to really trust the Oregon to direct me to the cache regardless of EPE. On the WAAS issue, the new version seems to have helped mine get WAAS better. But honestly, WAAS has not shown me any better accuracy readings. I think it gives me again more confidence in the accuracy but not necessarily better accuracy. As far as finding caches, I have had no problem finding a cache since I had my Oregon. On to number 2. The screen could be brighter and better. That being said, I love it as is. I was prepared not to get the Oregon because of the screen. When I went to REI and actually looked at it, I decided on the spot to get it. It is better than I imagined and better than some have described in the Wiki. Honestly, I have not had any problems with the screen brightness. I even have to turn the back-light way down at night cause it is too bright. During the day, I have a profile set up to turn the color of the background off and call it "Day Drive" and Day Caching". Other great things are the profile button which changes your options for driving, caching or hiking, the geocache counter-which keeps a tally of caches found (either daily, weekly, monthly or however you decide), And finally the touch screen itself for text input is awesome-like no other GPS out there. Plus the ability to upload caches directly into geocaching.com for quick logging is a feature I never want to do without again. I just upload my field notes and it uploads all caches and notes into my account. No more writing down what caches I have done or trying to remember what that bug number was. I hope this helps answer your question as to whether or not to get it. I recommend it to my friends and would give it 4.5/5 stars.
  6. I can only think of three reasons why I would not buy an Oregon over Colorado 1) GPS/antenna performance is the biggest. To me the CO and OR are equally bad right now, although for different reasons. The big drift issue with the CO might be a software fix, and if so, the CO would have the edge over the OR unless Garmin releases improvements for the OR. Either way I'm not sure for backpacking it would make any difference, both hold lock well, acquire fast (OR is faster) and get you to within 50'. 2) Screen brightness. The CO is marginally better but I turn off relief shading and crank up the backlight on both if I'm using them during the day so it really doesn't matter to me. Minor advantage for the CO, but not enough to sway a buying decision. 3) Winter/cold screen performance. I still haven't heard any reports of use in extreme cold. Works fine in heavy rain and w/gloves on -- we'll have to see how it does in -20F. Aside from these three the OR is a clear winner over the CO. The user interface is easier to use, text entry is fast, the smaller is smaller and lighter, track management is superior, it has a lanyard attachment, battery life is better, boot time is about half the CO's, the case design feels more durable and waterproof, and many other small software improvements which may or may not make it to the CO. If I had $600 to spend on a backpacking unit the OR would be an easy choice. GO$Rs I actually did a non-scientific test with my Oregon that proved to be successful. I put it in the industrial freezer at work for 2 hours and got the temp down to around -10 degrees. It performed a little slower perhaps but it still was able to connect to the satellites and I was able to work through the menu keys just fine. I did have a problem of condensation forming on the screen when I took it outside in the 90 degree weather:)
  7. In answer to my above question, The Oregon has no port for an external antenna! Wow! Why would they leave that off other than to save a few pennies. Really not cool:(
  8. Pop quiz to all you Oregon users out there. What feature is missing from the Oregon that almost every Garmin GPSr has had all the way back to the eMap days. It is located on Nuvis and even the colorado had it but it is not and will not be on the Oregon. Any takers?
  9. I have a few ? about the Oregon 400t which I own. Has anyone figured out a way to reset odometer without having to go all the way back to settings? I wish there was just a way to reset it from the dashboard. Anyone have any idea when new software update will be? I talked to Garmin yesterday and the guy I talked to acted like it was already out and that the Waas problem "waas" to be fixed in the newest update. Anyone else hear of that? I asked about proximity circles and he said that he thought they were added to the latest release of the Colorado and should probably be added to the Oregon in a future update. The one feature this thing really needs is waypoint averaging. I don't understand why they neglected to put it on their latest and greatest gps's. I was told by one tech that the accuracy being better in the Colorado made it so that there was no need for an average tool. Ha! My temp fix for the waas is to toggle waas off then back on to activate the waas satallite. It seems to work for me. Also, I was trying to figure out how to project a waypoint. I called and the same tech from above was stumped. It is also not in the manual. He asked a supervisor and you project a waypoint by going to mark a waypoint, save and edit, then by selecting the project waypoint at the bottom of the menu list-pretty cool. I could not find it because no other Garmin I have seen does it like that! As a side note: I had the 60csx, I had the Colorado. I am a true believer that the Oregon is way better than the other two. It might have a few issues that can be worked out. But the user interface is so awesome. It is a joy to use. I might end up getting another GPS for accuracy if it comes to that but the features on the Oregon are very cool and so easy to use. It is a true shame that accuracy is an issue. I wonder why.
  10. I'll add the 60csx to the mix because there are still times when I go looking for that unit. When I go out here's roughly how it breaks out. OR: 70%. For most of my geocaching where I can live with the accuracy of the OR (which isn't great), just about all of my hiking, all of my biking and all of my driving I use the OR because the touch screen makes it so easy to use -- especially for geocaching, biking and driving. After living with it for several weeks and with some optimization on the Main Menu I can get around very fast and I'm really starting to take advantage of the text entry in the field. Also on the bike the OR is much easier to use. I've learned to live with the dim screen by turning off the relief shading when it is bright outside (I have a "Bright Sun" profile). CO: 20%. I still take the CO with me geocaching sometimes and almost always have it as a backup. If it isn't having a drift event its accuracy is better than the OR. Screen brightness is better but not enough that I would take it over the OR in most cases. This might change during the winter months depending on the performance of the touch screen with gloves, snow, ice, etc. I can see the CO being my foul weather GPS, but the OR has been good enough in the rain that I haven't had to use the CO yet. 60csx: 10% There are still cases like yesterday when I was hunting multiple locations in dense forest that I just brought out the 60csx because of its location stability, while the CO was off on one of its drifts and the OR was wondering around the 60csx was solid. If Garmin can fix the CO drift issue I can see getting rid of the need for the 60csx because much of the time the CO works just as well, I just can't trust it yet. I'm worried about the OR ever getting to this level of stability, but I'm hopeful. Same here, I was on a wide open lake and I saw an accuracy of 14 feet and I was shocked. At least around here I'm surprised whenever I see accuracy in the teens and low twenties. How did you get hold of a 300 already? It was available in Europe this week or last. Some shots from Poland: http://www.garniak.pl/viewtopic.php?t=3687 GO$Rs Ok, for the 65,000 dollar question. I'm in the market and I'm either gonna buy a Colorado or the Oregon. I have no place to check out the Oregon, so I'm looking for any help I can get. Which one should I get. I'm not looking at the 60csx (I'm a sucker for graphics ).
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