Summary: A great GPS for a great price. I use a GPS in my work, for travel, and hunting. I really like the big touch screen, expanded memory compared to other models, and the improved sunlight readability. The electronic compass is very useful. Of course the SD card enables me to use many free Garmin compatible maps downloaded from the internet. The sensitive receiver works great for aquisition time and even in buildings.
Ideal portable navigator on the trail and the road
K. Crockett "Mom Chef", Amazon
21 July 2010
Summary: I actually love my Garmin. This is a handy little gadget and was exactly what I needed in a handheld GPS system. I bought my Oregon 300 three months ago and have now used it extensively for hiking and traveling on the road. It's portable and easy to use. Based on other reviews, I bought the 300 instead of the 400t, and also purchased a separate Base Camp software DVD with complete West topo maps.
Summary: I have worked with a number of Garmin GPS receivers in my instruction programs. I readed a number of reviews and wanted to provide some comments. The accuracy of the receiver was tested against a Garmin 76 MapC, and Garmin 60Map. The receiver were set side beside for 30 minutes with WASS enabled. The latitude differed .00011 from the 76 and .00005 from the 60, longitude varied .00003 on each model.
Summary: I have a Rhino 530 and decided to go to the Oregon 300 for the larger screen and a couple other features. Big mistake! The screen is totally not readable in cold weather! I have used it about 10 times when the tempters have been between 25 and 5 degrees F and the screen just disappears. Also there have been software problems. I was not able to view more than one track at a time on the screen. I was instructed to update the software and that has created more problems.
Summary: I spent a lot of time reading reviews before I bought this product and do tend to agree with both the plusses and minuses of other reviewers. I have found it to be wonderful for paperless geocaching and very intuitive to use compared to my Garmin Vista. It does go through batteries much faster, and it is harder to read in the sunlight.
Oregon 300: Great build quality, some minor quirks
21 July 2010
Summary: I received my Oregon with firmware version 2.70. Once I installed the Mapsource software I bought from back in 2003 (Topo) I updated the firmware to version 3.10 (the latest non-beta to date). Having owned many other GPSrs from Garmin, including the etrex, etrex venture, etrex legend, etrex vista, GPS V, GPS III+, and the GPS 90, I will say that the Oregon is a much welcomed evolution of Garmin's trail line-up.
Summary: I really like the Garmin Oregon 300. However, I bought it knowing it was meant for Trails, Hiking and the like but not for Street Navigation. For Trails and Hiking it is a great unit with a lot of excellent features. I consider it to be a good basic modern (WAAS) GPS unit. The Compass works quite well and is insensitive to angle from the horizon. Other GPS units that I have tried required that the unit be held flat for the compass to work.