Summary: My husband did lots of research (so did I) before purchasing this product. The product was the best on the market and he swears by it. The difference in the Montana 600 and the Montana 650 is simply the camera (which he uses 5.0 megapixels). If you don't use the camera, there really isn't much difference in the 600 but to him, the 650 was worth the extra money. This product maps your location and you can replay it when you get home and download it. It is amazing.
Summary: I've read other reviews on the Montana 600 series and Garmin's base camp before I purchased this unit, and almost didn't buy it because the reviews stating problems with base camp and the software was not user friendly. I how ever would disagree, I am not very computer savoy, and have never owned a gps or attempted to use software like base camp. But I figured it out with relative ease. I'm very happy with the Montana 650 and would recommend it to any one.
Summary: It made more sense to get a GPS you can use on and off road. You can't do the reverse. The Navi series is not designed to withstand the outdoor conditions as the Montana was. So this is good for any situation.
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21 March 2013
Summary: Garmin Montana 650, purchased 12/2012 Preface: I first wrote my review without having read any other reviews here. This gadget has had a lot of firmware changes since it was initially released that have fixed tons of serious problems so you really need to consider when the review was posted. Since my posting I looked around and feel I need to make a few more comments since mine is less of a review than a suggestion of how to use it and a bit of a tutorial. So...
Summary: this is my third navigator GARMIN.do this was NUVI-500, MONTANA - 600. loved the simplicity of the transition from one function to another. simple menu. tightness. I bought it to install on a snowmobile, but using in the boat and in the car and in the woods. score 5 +.
Summary: I have used Garmin GPS units professionally since the 72. I have a 60CSx that I am happy with and would continue to use if it were not for the name length and track number limitations (software issues that could be fixed). I use the unit to walk transects within areas shown as tracks and to record waypoints and take photos in those areas. I bought the Montana as it promised to roll my field equipment into one package.