+Super-T Posted September 17, 2008 Share Posted September 17, 2008 Have read through here and seen a number of issues, some minor and some rather less so, with the Oregon. I am looking at buying the 300 (because here in Aus, the 400 has marine maps and the 300 has land maps, and I don't need marine). I have to replace my Vista which has gone missing, and am looking at the Oregon, but don't wish to play Guinea Pig to find the problems and wait for them to be solved. Minor things I can live with, but things I've read here such as massive swings in reported position, and inability to accurately determine if you are moving or not, concern me enough to want to be sure it's the right thing to buy. I personally think that the Colorado looks like it would be much tougher and more robust. It also appears to have better reception which is good for me living in mountainous heavily forested areas, and considering the only problem I ever had with the Garmin was when I fell off my mountain bike and landed on it, maybe tough would be good. The vista even fell off a car roof at 70km/h onto the tarmac, and still kept going strong, so I know Garmin units are pretty robust little things, but..... I've also had my fair share of touch screen PDA's, and am less than thrilled at the thought of going camping, hiking, and caching, with a touch screen anything. But since that won't be it's only use, and probably less than 1/3rd of the reasons I'm buying one, there are so many other factors to consider, that make me lean towards the Oregon as my next unit. I do a lot of caching, but will also want to do the occasional road navigation when interstate or in unfamiliar territory. I do a lot of 4wding, and will want to be able to explore a track I've never been up, and know that I can find my way back down it if I have to. Probably it's most common use will be the caching, and paperless isn't vital to me, as I own and use an iMate with Cachemate on it. It would take out a number of steps and the handling of two items to do the job, but it's not sufficient to make me choose the Oregon just on that feature. The wikipedia article on these units raises some fairly reasonable frustrations. The threads here have raised some more. But then the general feeling I get from ALL the threads and info I've been able to round up, is that it's generally a great GPS unit. I believe we are now up to firmware upgrade 2.5 or greater, and so am wondering with that many upgrades, has the Oregon become reliable enough to be the replacement for the Vista I once had ? Specific answers as to why or why not would be great. And thank you in advance for taking the time to help, as I can't easily spend $540 Australian, so need to make this the right choice first time. Quote Link to comment
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