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 bought the Garmin Oregon 300 after owning a Garmin eTrex Legend CX for the last year or two. Alhough initially sceptical of the touch screen, it actually works well. I like the menu system too. My main criticism of the Oregon is the fact that the screen (at max brighness) is not nearly as bright as the Legend screen. The Oregon screen is almost invisible in bright light, even when the screen itself is shaded. This is a significant issue in Australia.
Summary: I've been using this for geocaching for the last 6 months now, and once you've used this for geocaching (with a premium account), you won't use a non-paperless unit. The unit is remarkably easy to use, thanks to the touch screen. This is a good thing, because the manual is very lacking. The screen is dim, especially when compared to the other non-touchscreen units. The only time you want the backlight to be set to less than 100% is when you're using it at night.
Summary: I have owned this device, my first gps unit, for 3 months. It is a rock-solid device and has a very nice feel to it, a sort of tacky-rubberized band around the outside edge , which keeps the unit from slipping around in your hand. It has a crazy number of features and abilities, most of which I will never use. I bought it for off-trail hiking and it works very well for this purpose.
Summary: A good little hiking GPS with a nice feature set. PROS - relatively accurate barometric altimeter - small footprint - adequate touchscreen (better than Colorado rocker wheel) - quick GPS signal seek - multipurpose: Hiking, biking, motorcycle, and skiing CONS - screen brightness is very dim even at full brightness - lack of any decent maps included. Why on earth can you get full driving maps with a bargain basement car GPS and not this hiking GPS?
Better than my last GPS, still room for improvement
J. Doll, Amazon
31 October 2009
Summary: I've had the Oregon 300 for a few months and am very happy with it. I mainly use my GPS to record track logs on hikes and then use the data to geotag my photos. Signal quality is fine and battery life is about 16 hours. The backlight is weak, and you will have trouble seeing the screen if the sun is overhead. This is annoying but doesn't affect the usefulness of the device too much.
Summary: The touch screen on this is a definite improvement over the Colorado. When going for geocaches in the woods, you can change screens easily with one hand. And, like the Colorado, the big advantage over other Garmins for geocaching is the cache description and hints. The touch screen is also just about right - takes a definite pressure, but will not over react to slight pressures.
Summary: The Garmin Oregon 300 GPS picks up satellite signals very quickly. I have even tested the sensitivity by checking for satellite signals while in my basement, without any windows nearby and it still picked up enough satellites to provide coordinates within 15 feet. I took this GPS on a hike in NY and found it to be very easy to use and very accurate.
Summary: Oregon 300 is good GPS; very portable and intuitive, very rapid acquisition of satellites (Hotfix excelent). Cons: function automotive does not have "detour"...(Colorado series have detour function) I recommend, when garmin generates the function "detour", I have had nuvi series 200, 200w, 255w and 850 and they all bring the function detour in automotive mode