Summary: I've been told that Garmin has the best systems out & with this being said, then I must have the best. I have been practicing with my Garmin & find it to be less user friendly then my iPhone. I believe that the technology is advanced enough to make these navigators more usable.
Preloaded Topo maps disappointing, menus take more steps to navigate than old eTrex Legend
5 September 2013
Summary: I am replacing a 10 year old eTrex Legend using US Topo maps and MapSource software. In my area of the country (Northern Wisconsin) the preloaded topo maps on the 450t show some major country roads as minor (a very fine black line that looks like an elevation line) and some minor forest roads as...
Summary: I bought the model without the preloaded topo and without the camera feature. I do like the GPS but found it to be a reall battery hog. I used AA batteries and found that I could barely get through a day of hiking without seeing the unit go into a standby mode displaying a low battery alert message.
Summary: I have lived in Alaska all my life and have always navigated by common sense and a compass. But, I decided it was time to enter the modern world so I did some research and ended up purchasing a new Oregon 450t from Amazon.
Summary: This is my first hand-held GPS, but I have used several laptop and PDA-based GPS's in the past. The Garmin Oregon 450 attracted me because it was rugged and had the capability of adding detailed topo maps, city navigation maps, and custom maps in a very small package.
Summary: I've used a 60 CS and the CSX versions since 2004. It is probably the "Gold Standard" for hand held mapping gps's. So I was expecting great things from the Oregon 450. The learning curve was quick and easy.
GPS Android App for Smart Phone seem to work better than this
Operational Necessity, Amazon
17 October 2010
Summary: Magellan and Garmin GPS units now have competition from GPS Apps for Smart Phones. I went and looked at this 710 and the Garmin 550T for hours at the store near my house more than once. I wasn't impressed with either one of these units. The technology seemed 10 years old.
Summary: I like the 450 in all aspects except for display visibility in daylight, sometimes you just can't read it. I also had to send the unit back because of poor battery life. Even with NIMH batteries, I could get only 3-6 hours from a set of batteries unless they were fully charged and I used them...
Summary: I have the 550T and the maps were so bad on this, the GPS was reporting over a 1500 feet difference in CA with the 100k Topo map. I went to GPSfiledepot.com and downloaded better maps that show the proper position of the GPS within its ratings 1-10 feet probably.
Summary: I bought the Garmin 450 base model GPS in January of 2013, and have had many hours of happy geocaching with it. When it works, it works really well. However, I've had to reinstall the firmware from scratch twice now, and that is not for the faint of heart, and I think is below minimum acceptable...