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.
IF you have a good GPS, then you don't need to add this one.
3 April 2013
Summary: I traded my GPSMap 76 for this unit and I am not sold on it. The touch screen is tough to type on and it activates randomly if put in a pocket. It isn't as easy to use as the older units and the battery life is greatly reduced.
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 had good luck with Garmin automobile navigators for years, so I purchased a Garmin Oregon 450 for outdoor use. My contemplated use was in the Amazon jungle. I wrote an unhappy review here in August, 2010, after two weeks of initial frustration, but I thought I'd eventually come to like the unit...
Summary: Received my Oregon 450T on April 2. Setup was very straight forward and within minutes I was downloading geochaches directly off the computer....way too cool not having to print pages, manually type coordinates etc. The touch screen is great, very similar to ipod or iphone and common sense oriented.
Summary: Surprised they are still selling it at this price. Not as accurate as it should be for a dedicated device. Your mobile phone nowadays is likely to be more accurate. BUT its saving grace is that its rugged as hell which will probably save you.
Summary: The unit itself is pretty good. Compact and tough. However, I genually believe we have been spoiled with touch screen devices such as the iPhone. The Garmin 450 screen is not as responsive and certainly not as clear as Apple's popular multifunctional device.