Great Unit for Garmin Enthusiasts, Not Recommended for Beginners
19 January 2015
Summary: Here's what a person needs to know if they are considering shelling out $500 for a Garmin 650. IF YOU'VE NEVER HAD A GARMIN HANDHELD DEVICE BEFORE BUYER BEWARE. Unless your used to Garmin outdoor units (i.e. Oregon, Colorado, CSX, Montana, etc) you need to understand a few important things and do some research prior to buying.
Summary: A great gps unit. The touch screen is wonderful and works well. I love the heavy duty USB cord. Topo map that is included is pretty good but still had to purchase a more detailed map. This unit seems to me to be a bit better connecting to satellites in the forest and produces accurate trails. The Garmin software completes this unit. The software is easy to use and producing trail maps is quick and easy.
Summary: I bought this to replace my trusty old but battered 60csx. This time around I wanted something that was easier to see, and also the touch screen feature was very attractive instead of the 60csx's buttons. I used the 600 for about a month and then returned it and instead bought a 62s. The primary reason was accuracy, as others have noted.
Summary: Sadly I used this for only one day before learning of all it's problems. Some features are clearly more impressive than my Garmin Oregon 550 and Garmin eTrex. (Pros: finds satellites quicker, after "finding a geocache" it allows you to find the next closest geocache, unlimited amount of geocache downloads, and topo maps for the country. Now for the bad news - it locks up hard! After about an hour hiking, it froze when I touched the "back up" button on the bottom.
Nice enough for 5 stars, though, there are some caveats...
Thomas A. Oehser "Technologist Extraordinaire", Amazon
2 September 2014
Summary: Nice enough for 5 stars, though, there are some caveats... I have also an Oregon 450t. First, about the "t" models with the topo maps- These are just models with _more internal memory_. You can delete the topo maps and use the space. The actual topo maps aren't great- but more internal memory _is_ nice. Compared to the 450t, this has a bunch of improvements - gorilla glass, landscape mode, software features, nuvi, more fields, programmable buttons, I use them all...
Summary: Loved my NUVI so got this for hiking. I'll admit I'm not the most savvy person in the world using devices like this but I'm not incompetent either. Buy one of these if you want to get frustrated as hell. Not very user friendly but when you do finally get it to where you want it still comes up small. Its favorite response is " there are no routable roads on this route" despite being in hiking mode. Gee thanks, glad I paid $500 for that.
Tested While Hiking in a National Forest. Disappointed
One Man's Opinion "Scott in Tampa", Amazon
20 May 2014
Summary: I have been a loyal Garmin user for 14 years now. I have owned multiple handheld GPS units, nautical GPS and bottom units, and at least 2 Garmin running watches. This company, or at least their products, are in regression. You would expect with advances in technology that reliability would increase. I just returned from 4 days of hiking in Northern Idaho, deep into the Coeur d'Alene National Forest.