Apple or Google, please show Garmin how to make a GPS
1 September 2014
Summary: There are three parts to a handheld gps. The first is the satellite reception and electronics. The Oregon 450T works well here. The second is maps. I am going to Peru and called Garmin to see if they have maps for Peru. No. So I am left to find them on my own. I had a GIS expert look for and download maps for me. He spent 5 hours plus doing this and had a lot of problems. I'll have to see once I get there to see if they work or not. I would not have beenable to do this.
Summary: this thing worked ok out of the box.i took the batteries out as stated in the manual to store it.let it sit 6 months and now it wont turn on.tried many new batteries still wont turn on.garmin is giving me the run a round and amazon says i cant return it.garmin is junk
Summary: Ordered this for the holiday, received it on time. Device is nice to look at, a bit bulky but the interface was easy to use. Was surprised that there were NO maps included with this costly device. So bit the bullet and ordered from Garmin onlinetheir 50.00 Trailhead Series - Pacific NW National Trail to at least populate this device with some trail maps. No go.
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.
Summary: I am a hiker in Oregon, USA and needed an upgrade to my Magellan 315 GPS. I read the reviews and decided on the Oregon 450t. OMG what a mistake! I have a favorite spot to hike in Central Oregon and wanted to get a topo view of the area by scrolling around on the (provided) map on the 450t. After TWO HOURS trying to scroll from Portland to my area, I was UNABLE to do it. WTF!?
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.
Summary: I received my 450T a couple of weeks ago and find it unacceptably inaccurate. I get an accuracy display of 11 to 14 ft with full signal bars on the device and it shows me 250 ft or more from my known location. The trip odometer is also very inaccurate showing less travel distance than actual by 15 to 20%. This probably would have been acceptable 5 or more years ago for similar price or it would be acceptable if it cost under $100, but it should be a lot better.
Summary: I bought an Oregon 450t, used it on three trips, and am so dissatisfied that I am returning it. I use a GPS to map trails for hiking guidebooks. I have recorded over 200 trips with my trusty old Garmin 60csx before it locked up. I ordered a 450t as a replacement. The unit I received has major accuracy problems. Under moderate forest cover in the San Bernardino mountains, it indicated that I was a mile away in the middle of the lake.