Summary: I think the device is OK, but I have been underwhelmed with the user interface, manuals and Garmin web site and tools. I was looking for topographic maps for the US Virgin Islands and could not find out if Garmin's maps covered that area without calling Garmin. Their road maps do, but their topographical maps don't. I purchased a selection of maps and downloaded the first map on my order to the device.
Summary: BLUF: Unless you can sell your old Oregon I wouldnt buy it. Details: I own a oregon 300, use free maps with elevation info, not a power user-I make my trails on google earth, export them and go. Why I bought the 600: I had $150 in gift cards, wanted a screen that was easier to see in bright daylight, wanted to use a temp sensor and wanted a more customizable device. The screen: Is it better? Yes. Slightly. Indoors there isnt a real difference. Outdoors it is noticeable.
Summary: Just got this GPSr and uploaded some very nice free Pacific Northwest topo maps with trails from Switchbacks com. Love the ease of use of the touchscreen, though I haven't had a chance to try it with gloves yet. Looking forward to giving it a lot of use backcountry skiing this season!
Summary: Upgraded to this in May 2013 from an old etrex that I used for work for years. The touch screen functionality and snappy graphics got my wife and kid excited about geocaching, and I take it on all my outdoor adventures whether we are hiking, four wheeling, road tripping, boating, fishing, hunting etc. even snowboarding to track my stats! I work a lot and have learned that if I want to enjoy my days off I need to unplug, otherwise I never clock out...
Pros: Accurate, Extensive Base Map, Intuitive Menu, Large Screen, Quick Navigation, Quick Signal, Reliable Reception, Simple Controls
Garmin is taking steps in the right direction with their new software.
15 November 2013
Summary: What an improvement with the redesigned software. Garmin's new software on the GPS is a great step in the right direction over predecessors. It's still not as fluid as my iPhone GPS but it works when there is no cell signal. I will have to say it does go through the batteries though. I do wish they would improve their interface for uploading satellite imagery. It is tedious.
Summary: I'm going to have to eat a healthy serving of Crow regarding my previous review of the Garmin Oregon 600. Let me start off by saying what's really great about this unit. First of all it is very easy to read in the sunlight. Second, the screen is very tough and I'm not planning to put on a screen saver. Now to correct my earlier impressions - This unit WILL allow you to turn on the odometer with tracks turned off.
Pros: Durable, Feature Rich, Good Battery Life, Waterproof
For a fancy device like this there are too many stupid things
Katya Pugacheva "Katya", Amazon
20 October 2013
Summary: Yes, it's all modern in terms of software and has a durable casing, but at the same time: 1. the sd-card is hidden under cover and battery - eh, why not built into the tech part between the microchips, for easier access?! 2. slowest usb connection to PC, I have not seen such speeds for a long time 3. with all the tough casing the usb charging port is way too flimsy, loses connection and stops charging if the device is not in a certain position!
Summary: I tried two of these and sent both of them back. They just didn't work. The battery life was 9 hours instead of 16. The GPS tracking was wildly erratic -- at one point my device had me off course by half a mile, so that instead of walking along a lake I was tracking as walking over the lake. I didn't have WAAS or GLONASS enabled (because they hit the battery life even more), however, I expected far better quality out of the basic satellites.