Summary: When I bought this I was hoping the color screen would be nice and bright. I couldn't find any good place to use it. Its unusable in the sun. Very little better in the shade or dark. I have a garmin nuvi. It works just fine. Mabey I got a bad one. Other functionality is just fair.
Summary: This product is a real disappointment and I wish I just sent it back. You must have recharchable batteries so an additional expense. Not user friendly, screen so small and hard to read that I question how you would ever use it to navigate. The photos of what the screen looks like in the sales literature is just a enhanced dream. The product does not easily pick up GPS signals.
Summary: Wondering why I didn't just stick with a good compass, need one anyway the way this Oregon 450 eats batteries and dies in the middle of nowhere. This reminds me of the old saying, are computers working for us or us for them? With this thing, it is definitely for it. Not enjoying the getting acquainted phase at all. Can't get it to register on Garmin website so no help is available for me.
Summary: Most of my complaints were articulated in earlier reviews. It is unintuitive, cumbersome (both physically and in its functions), inaccurate and largely useless. It couldn't find Bright Angel Trail, the main downward trail through the Grand Canyon. It eats batteries at a frightful rate, and in sum, it should be yanked and completely overhauled. It is the worst device Garmin has ever produced, hands down, that I've seen, used or owned.
On third unit in less than 5 months-think before buy.
Eileen Valachovic, Amazon
8 May 2012
Summary: This unit was a Christmas present for husband. He didn't use right away. First unit consistently killed one battery. When he finally called Garmin, the techs were helpful--the plus in his experience. The tech did a program update thru computer that helped for awhile. He sent unit back--got a reconditioned unit. That only functioned correctly for short while. That unit was returned & he received a new unit.
Huge Discrepancies in Total Ascent and Total Descent. Disappointing support from Garmin
2 April 2012
Summary: Summary: Huge discrepancies in Total Ascent and Total Descent, and very bad support from Garmin. I contacted Garmin Support and reported +130 meters (430 feet) of difference in Total Ascent and -115 meters (376 feet) in Total Descent on a short trail. On longer trails, the device showed discrepancies of more than 400 meters (1300 feet) in both Total Ascent and Total Descent. Garmin Support was very disappointing.
Summary: Bought this GPS after owning a Lowrance for years. I bought it based on the reputation of Garmin and the reviews I read on the internet. I primarily use it for hunting. Where I hunt is very far from any roads on public land, it is also very thick. It is essential that I have a reliable GPS system as I am coming into the area early when it is dark and leaving when it is dark.
Summary: Buyers should be aware, that out of the box, this unit includes what is called worldwide shaded relief basemaps. You might assume, like I did, that the beautifuly detailed screen image on the product beauty shot is this shaded relief map. NOT SO. Out of the box, the maps are no better than you'd see on a $75 car gps unit; worse actually because of the tiny screen which is roughly half the SQ inches of my old iphone.