Summary: I wish I would have read some of the reviews on this site before I purchased this GPS. I have had nothing but trouble with this unit. The first unit would not continue working with the SD chip. I was told to send the SD chip back to manufacture, that it must be defective. That was not the case, which I had to wait another week to find out. I had to purchase another unit so that Garmin would ship one right away and they would credit me when they received defective one.
Summary: I've been wanting a device that I can use in foreign cities to help me in not getting lost, that doesn't rely on a wifi connection. The Garmin 650 had an interface that seemed similar to my iPhone. And I thought I could get past most of the negative issues detailed in other reviews with enough preliminary practice at home. The camera especially appealed to me as a way to create a point to which to return.
Summary: Experienced Garmin users seem to love this, and I can understand why. The hardware is outstanding, very readable, touch screen display works really well, camera takes decent photos, etc. The only issue I have with the Hardware is that it eats batteries. Even following the numerous recommendations for prolonging battery life (don't use GLONASS, quick timeout for backlighting, etc.) I generally need to plan on a new set of batteries every day..
Summary: I have updated to 4 stars on this product. Was finally able to get out and find my first three caches ever. I am very pleased with the accuracy right out of the gate. To follow up, I received the replacement unit and immediately assembled it and began the charging process. To my dismay the included battery pack would not charge. I began to be discouraged. Luckily I kept the battery pack from the old unit and popped it in this new replacement. Viola! Began to charge.
Summary: My daughter had a geocaching class in high school and her positive experience got my wife and I interested in the activity. Geocaching has taken us to locations that we would never have found on our own. After using my wife's smartphone to find more than 1,000 geocaches, we decided to purchase a dedicated GPS unit, mostly because the phone's battery life was short with the GPS enabled and we could not store maps of large areas in the phone.
Summary: I have used and etrex vista c for about 5 years. I has done what it was advertised to do. The OREGON 650 has NOT! As mentioned in other posts, the unit “gets lost”!! I suddenly tracked 500-1000 feet from where I was. It showed me tracking back eventually to my actual track over about ½ mile. It amazingly showed my crossing a river too large for me to cross. It eventually merged to my real track!! This is among several sudden impossible shifts in location.
Summary: I love the Oregon 650!! I usually wait until the GPSs are a few models old to buy them but I splurged and bought this for my Cascade hunt here in Oregon and I had buyers remorse until the batteries were charged. It does everything you can possibly want (see the description or watch a video because we will be here all night). I recommend buying it without the maps because there are ways to find the maps much more cost effectively.
Summary: By far the best GPS I have ever used. It was a bit to learn going from my Magellan Explorist GC to this. It has so many more options, it back tracks and follows where you have been if you are out in the woods...you can follow the little line back to your car, or set a waypoint to remember. And if it is for geocaching like mine...set it for both GPS and Glosnat and it will put you literally standing on the cache as long as the cords are accurate.