Summary: I have done an extensive evaluation of the Oregon 300. Here are my comments. The Good: -Touch screen makes entering and managing waypoints much easier. -The car navigation screen is much larger and easier to read. -The topo maps have the ability to be shaded in 3D for better situational awareness. -The geocaching feature is superb. You have all the notes, logs, and hints right on the GPS while searching for caches.
Summary: We got one of these to replace an eTrex Vista CX. The high sensitivity receiver and paperless geocaching were our main points for getting it. For those things, it works well. Being able to log caches out in the field, see all of the cache information -- including hints and logs -- is great. The screen backlight is dim, but once you get out in to full, bright sunlight the screen is perfectly readable.
Summary: I waited for months to be able to afford to buy this unit, I have been geocacing for several years and have been anxious to upgrade my Garmin GPS60 and do paperless caching with one device. The Oregon navigates fine, generally as accurate as the 60. The screen is not as bright, but certainly readable in normal outside light. As for the biggest feature of the Oregon, the touchscreen, I found it terrible.
Summary: I read some of the comments about the problems with the Oregon, but I think they were played down. I went from a 60csx to an Oregon 300. I use my handheld gps for backpacking, day hikes, and street navigation. Oregon pluses I noticed: 1) 3d view shows elevation even in street mode 2) shaded relief 3) touch screen 4) smaller size 5) screen lock feature is nice 6) sat initial lock is very fast and strong 6) Battery life is pretty good for a touch screen.
Very expensive for some (trivial) missing features
Leonardo G. Holanda "L. Holanda", Amazon
10 November 2008
Summary: Pros: - Sat locks really-really fast, even in partially closed rooms. - Profile creations are very useful for different purposes. - Excellent precision for tracklogging - It's the only garmin "on the trail / outdoor" product with touch screen feature. - Shaded reliefs give a very good look of terrains.
Summary: Garmin Oregon 300 Handheld GPS Navigator As per some of the feedback for this GPS the instructions are not good and niether is the base map. You have to experiment to learn. It is accurate and the functions work well and batteries last well. A down side is that I find it difficult to read in sun light and I have tried different settings. I will probably purchase the mapping software however this is expensive.
Summary: We bought a Garmin Oregon for the Archipelago Raid, an endurance sailing event run in the Baltic in small catamarans. Although the software is as good as ever, we had trouble seeing the screen in sunlight and found it wasn't waterproof as claimed. We couldn't put it in a waterproof bag as we have done before because the touch screen is difficult to operate. These are serious problems and I would advise against buying one for sailing. We reverted to using the Garmin 76CX.
Summary: Suche Navi für MTB, habe mir zum Testen ein Oregon 300 geliehen. Nach nur einer Fahrt von 15 km ist mein Ergebnis: Fürs MTB unbrauchbar, die Displayhelligkeit ist bei max. Einstellung unterirdisch. Das ist für mich ein Hauptkriterium bei der Auswahl eines Navis fürs MTB. Ich bin kein Schönwetterbiker, aber nur im Keller oder im Regen wollte ich auch nicht fahren. In der Regel möchte ich auch bei Sonnenschein das Display ablesen können.
Schlechtes Display, kurze Lebensdauer von Batterien kontra gute Bedienbarkeit.
Milan Rovensky, Amazon
30 September 2009
Summary: Auf den ersten Blick macht das Gerät einen guten Eindruck, aber wehe du willst mit dem Gerät draußen im Sonnenschein was unternehmen! Das Display ist bei Sonneneistrahlung nur schlecht leßbar, man muss die Beleuchtung voll einschalten und auch das bringt nicht wirklich 100% Verbesserung. Damit verbunden ist auch sehr kurze Lebensdauer von Batterien.