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Has anyone considered that one reason for the delay, aside from the FCC approval, could be to work out as many issues in the unit software as possible before release? One of the biggest criticisms of Garmin over the years has been that they release new units before they're software is done cooking. My guess is that they're aware of this criticism and have taken steps to mitigate this bad reputation.

 

Another thought, dedicated GPS units are no longer competing against other GPS manufacturers. Outdoor Handheld GPS units are now competing against smartphones instead. Smartphones will now drive innovation in the Handheld GPS market. Garmin isn't stupid and it would surprise me if the new Oregon line wasn't a giant leap forward in terms of what it can do and how you can use it. I sold my Montana 650 and will be among the first in line to see how far Garmin will push these new units to have a substantial edge over smartphone navigation. I for one am very excited.

 

The key innovations, in my oh so humble opinion, are (A) Battery Life + easily changed batteries ( B ) Rugged construction.

 

When I head off into the great wide open spaces I have about 8 pair of charged NiMH AA cells with me. I'm not going to run out of power. Nope! Nope! Nope!

 

When I've been out in a kayak I'm quite certain my tethered Oregon isn't going to go >Spelunk< into the briny depths and can just be hosed off after the adventure, to remove any residual brine. I don't think I'd take a phone out there for this purpose.

 

 

 

I'm not sure how that is, as:

I have an Oregon 650 in my possession with more than 30,000 GPX caches loaded, and have no reason to doubt that it will index the number Garmin suggests.

From this thread that I questioned suggests somebodies getting them. Or maybe not?

 

His name is Roomer Hazzitt, mebbe? :ph34r:

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I can not at liberty to disclose any specific information yet, but I want to warn those thinking about buying any other GPS for geocaching, you really might want to wait until after you see an Oregon 6xx in action, and then make your decision. Just sayin'.

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I can not at liberty to disclose any specific information yet, but I want to warn those thinking about buying any other GPS for geocaching, you really might want to wait until after you see an Oregon 6xx in action, and then make your decision. Just sayin'.

 

what about those who already pre-ordered 600 for geocaching ? Are we in good shape then ? :laughing:

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I can not at liberty to disclose any specific information yet, but I want to warn those thinking about buying any other GPS for geocaching, you really might want to wait until after you see an Oregon 6xx in action, and then make your decision. Just sayin'.

 

what about those who already pre-ordered 600 for geocaching ? Are we in good shape then ? :laughing:

 

Well, it's the first day of Spring ... you know, when a young cacher's fancy turns to thoughts of a new GPSr. :wub:

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I can not at liberty to disclose any specific information yet, but I want to warn those thinking about buying any other GPS for geocaching, you really might want to wait until after you see an Oregon 6xx in action, and then make your decision. Just sayin'.

 

what about those who already pre-ordered 600 for geocaching ? Are we in good shape then ? :laughing:

 

I can not tell you how much you will like it, or not. But I can tell you I am very impressed.

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Hey everybody. Those of you that are wanting to pre-order the Oregon, LLBean has the 650T up on their web site. I just saw the "SPRING10" coupon code that takes 10% off the entire order. I just did a pre-order for $494.10 shipped. It's not going to be available until May but saving fifty bucks is worth a mention. Sale shows good until the 25th.

 

Cheers,

Robert

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Hey everybody. Those of you that are wanting to pre-order the Oregon, LLBean has the 650T up on their web site. I just saw the "SPRING10" coupon code that takes 10% off the entire order. I just did a pre-order for $494.10 shipped. It's not going to be available until May but saving fifty bucks is worth a mention. Sale shows good until the 25th.

 

Cheers,

Robert

 

Here's hoping they don't cancel on you.

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Here's hoping they don't cancel on you.

 

They cancelled mine. I had saved 15% for opening a Visa. I could call to fight it but I decided not to. It's probably not much of a stretch to say that Garmin promised a March date and then couldn't deliver, and Garmin probably wasn't very responsive in providing Bean with specific information. Bean is a pretty reputable company, and probably didn't want its customers feeling jerked around because Garmin is dropping the ball on delivery dates. So the best thing to do as a reputable retailer is cancel the orders.

 

I've decided best to wait anyhow for the new-releases prices to come back to earth, and the Beta testing phase to work out the bugs. Hopefully they'll have fixed most crashes, track glitches, compass hiccups, indexing issues, wireless issues, battery issues, etc, by then. If not, well, there are still other options out there, including older Garmin units.

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I preordered from Bean's on the 30th of Jan. Since then I have received two emails that the shipping date has been moved. If you DON'T respond to the email and accept the NEW shipping date the order will be cancelled. I also ordered at a time when they were having a sale. I was told that since they couldn't charge my credit card until the item shipped I would need to contact customer service to get the discount. Looking forward to the new oregon and will be looking for a new home for my present 550T. ;)

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I preordered from Bean's on the 30th of Jan. Since then I have received two emails that the shipping date has been moved. If you DON'T respond to the email and accept the NEW shipping date the order will be cancelled. I also ordered at a time when they were having a sale. I was told that since they couldn't charge my credit card until the item shipped I would need to contact customer service to get the discount. Looking forward to the new oregon and will be looking for a new home for my present 550T. ;)

 

hmm weird, I ordered mine on 2/19 and I haven't received any emails since then. When I pull up my order it says "Available on 03/31/2013 (details) If this ship date is acceptable, no action is required."

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I preordered from Bean's on the 30th of Jan. Since then I have received two emails that the shipping date has been moved. If you DON'T respond to the email and accept the NEW shipping date the order will be cancelled. I also ordered at a time when they were having a sale. I was told that since they couldn't charge my credit card until the item shipped I would need to contact customer service to get the discount. Looking forward to the new oregon and will be looking for a new home for my present 550T. ;)

 

hmm weird, I ordered mine on 2/19 and I haven't received any emails since then. When I pull up my order it says "Available on 03/31/2013 (details) If this ship date is acceptable, no action is required."

 

It might be that they have sold out of pre-orders and aren't expecting more until May. Let's hope that's the case as I want to see some reviews before mine ships.

 

Thanks for the cancellation warnings. I'll keep a eye out for any e-mails.

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I heard from little green men that the new Oregons aren't a patch on their Interplanetary Four Dimensional Predictive Positioning Systems.

 

But when I asked them about how many Geocaches they can store in their units they blinked, blushed and confessed they couldn't even wedge one stinkin' waypoint into them.

 

We'll get them when we get them.

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I heard from little green men that the new Oregons aren't a patch on their Interplanetary Four Dimensional Predictive Positioning Systems.

 

But when I asked them about how many Geocaches they can store in their units they blinked, blushed and confessed they couldn't even wedge one stinkin' waypoint into them.

 

We'll get them when we get them.

 

Are you a writer by trade, or did you just stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

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That's a nice youtube move, but no review. :( :(

In this movie they show you can smash the Oregon 600 to the concrete and it works on dense bush near to the rockwall.

 

The one question I continue not to get an answer to is regarding the screen. Is it plastic again or something like Gorilla Glass?

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That would be excellent. The plast screens on the Oregon 450/550 scratch like you wouldn't believe.

Nothing that a quality screen protector does not solve.

 

Wonder if there is one that can be purchased before the unit comes out, or would any 3" protector work

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That would be excellent. The plast screens on the Oregon 450/550 scratch like you wouldn't believe.

Nothing that a quality screen protector does not solve.

 

Wonder if there is one that can be purchased before the unit comes out, or would any 3" protector work

 

I have a spare for my Oregon 450 I plan to slap on it.

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I doubt most will bother with a screen protector once they have an Oregon 6xx in their hands, and have used it some.

That's an interesting comment.

 

Why do you make that assertion?

Based on my personal experience with an Oregon 650, and the experiences of others I have read about online.

 

The screen appears to be very robust.

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I doubt most will bother with a screen protector once they have an Oregon 6xx in their hands, and have used it some.

That's an interesting comment.

 

Why do you make that assertion?

Based on my personal experience with an Oregon 650, and the experiences of others I have read about online.

 

The screen appears to be very robust.

 

Can I assume that the Oregon 600 series screen is made from a different material than previous Garmin screens? If so, other than being scratch resistant, are there any additional user benefits to be derived from the new type of screen?

 

Thanks for all of your interesting and valuable insight.

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I doubt most will bother with a screen protector once they have an Oregon 6xx in their hands, and have used it some.

That's an interesting comment.

 

Why do you make that assertion?

Based on my personal experience with an Oregon 650, and the experiences of others I have read about online.

 

The screen appears to be very robust.

 

Can I assume that the Oregon 600 series screen is made from a different material than previous Garmin screens? If so, other than being scratch resistant, are there any additional user benefits to be derived from the new type of screen?

 

Thanks for all of your interesting and valuable insight.

 

I have one to test, but I have yet to get any specific information from Garmin regarding the screen material. From all the Garmin GPSr I have handled, this screen certainly appears to be the most durable to date. Of course, more time and experience will tell us more, but I have no intention of putting a screen protector on my Oregon 6xx.

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That would be excellent. The plast screens on the Oregon 450/550 scratch like you wouldn't believe.

Nothing that a quality screen protector does not solve.

 

Wonder if there is one that can be purchased before the unit comes out, or would any 3" protector work

 

I have a spare for my Oregon 450 I plan to slap on it.

 

The new Oregon 600/650 would seem to have a differently shaped screen to the older models, without the raised bezel that helps to protect the edges of their screen protectors. I'm also a believer in the use of screen protectors but wonder how easy they will be to apply without the bezel to guide one into place, and to protect the edge from lifting. I see that they are being offered in the UK by Amazon already (http://www.amazon.co.uk/atFoliX-FX-Clear-screen-protector-Oregon-650/dp/B00B8CGL0M/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=IV4VWWZ64FS3&coliid=IQ8JOQZ4PQMZU) although this only shows a generic photo. I've bought these screen protectors for cameras recently and find them to be excellent quality.

 

Chris

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I doubt most will bother with a screen protector once they have an Oregon 6xx in their hands, and have used it some.

That's an interesting comment.

 

Why do you make that assertion?

Based on my personal experience with an Oregon 650, and the experiences of others I have read about online.

 

The screen appears to be very robust.

 

Even if it is a mineral or other hard glass, as an avid hiker let me assure you my hands, particularly when I'm geocaching, get all manner of grit and dirt on them along the way. American Standard has yet to pefect the Backpacker's Trail Sink with Soap Dispenser and Dryer. After a hike the screen of my Oregon 450 is usually covered with a layer of salt from persperiation, can be quite heavy during long or hot weather hikes. Picking up bark, rocks or clambering over terrain to reach a cache will put fine sand, clay dust, etc. on my fingers and that's what has done in the plastic layer of the Oregon 450 screen. It will undoubtably scratch glass, even at a microscopic level over time will become apparent.

 

It is reassuring to have a harder surface than plastic, but I've learned my lesson and will still place a relatively inexpensive protector over it, which can be replaced much easier than the glass screen.

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so I just got email from LL Bean that my Oregon 600 will ship on May 5th. On their regular site now they just say it's sold out.

 

That sucks, I got 20% by signing up with their CC. If it's available earlier somewhere else that's extra $60 for me :-/

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Concur with Dragons,

 

Any gadget I get, the first thing I do is get a screen protector on it before I even touch it. Even gorilla glass, especially on a GPS which I literally beat the crap out of in the bush.

 

It also helps the resale value if the glass is "flawless". If I don't put a protector on it there are always scratches over time.

 

Then again I'm probably just being overly retentive.

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Concur with Dragons,

 

Any gadget I get, the first thing I do is get a screen protector on it before I even touch it. Even gorilla glass, especially on a GPS which I literally beat the crap out of in the bush.

 

It also helps the resale value if the glass is "flawless". If I don't put a protector on it there are always scratches over time.

 

Then again I'm probably just being overly retentive.

 

Scratches don't only come from fingers, I've dropped mine, left it on the car as I drove away, dropped rocks and stuff on it. It's a wonder it's still there. My GPSMap 60c has crack from falling off the dash of the car and landing face down on the rails the seat moves on. If it can happen, it will.

 

In the news today a Geocacher was struck on the hand by a meteorite. "Ouch", he said, followed by, "Well, there's another scratch. Dang."

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so I just got email from LL Bean that my Oregon 600 will ship on May 5th. On their regular site now they just say it's sold out.

 

That sucks, I got 20% by signing up with their CC. If it's available earlier somewhere else that's extra $60 for me :-/

 

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