Excerpt: The quick start guide was ok but I didn't get it all figured out until I downloaded and printed the manual and spent a day hiking with it and trying many of the functions. I was deciding between the Montana and the Oregon. I'm happy with the Oregon. Its compact but easy to see in all light conditions. Waypoints are easy to add and edit. I'm using lithium AA batteries instead of the rechargeable batteries and they last a long time.
Summary: I have had the Garmin 650T for several years now. I use it primaraly for backpacking. I have seen many review comment that the battery life is short. I disagree!! When I first started operating this device I would leave the 'back light' on and several other functions that are not needed. When those features where on, battery life was only 4-6 hours. Turn off the back light, and a few other un-needed functions.
Pros: Accurate, Extensive Base Map, Intuitive Menu, Large Screen, Quick Navigation, Quick Signal, Reliable Reception, Simple Controls
Summary: This is a follow up with my replacement Oregon 650t. Rei was great in replacing the first one. The second one has no problems. Works great. Reliable as are most Garmins. Love the gps. Easy to see in bright sunlight and the dark. Rechargeable battery takes long long time to charge, but lasts as advertised. Take some lithium batts for backup. Highly configurable and tons easier to operate than GpsMap62s. Camera flash works great as flashlight too!
Summary: This is one of the best GPS units I own. Have the Map62s, Rino 650, Dakota 20, and now the Oregon 650t. My two favorite units are the Rino 650 and the Oregon 650t. Highly recommend it, but be careful that some units shutdown for no apparent reason just when your not paying attention. I'm on my second unit. Firmware upgrade should fix this. My first unit actually seemed to get worse... Also, the unit is a little heavy. The whole unit is really rugged.
Summary: I bought the 650t as an upgrade from a failing 60csx. Even though I was happy for several years with the performance of the 60csx it started shutting off on its own with just the slightest of jarring. I was excited to get a touch screen, more waypoints, bigger screen and a camera. None of these features are worth it because of the following reasons: Normal use drains the rechargeable battery in one day, if you use the anemic camera it will last less than that.
Pros: Large Screen, Quick Signal, Reliable Reception
Cons: Buggy Software, Short Battery Life, Unreliable
Summary: If I were to purchase again I would get the 650 and buy 24K maps separately. The 100K maps do the job, but are short on many details. If you don't lock the screen, it will reset itself into anoying modes. I have done complete reset many times to recover from this. The belt clip if attached interferes with the camera. I used customer service to answer a question, and they were great!
Summary: I upgraded to this unit from a GPSMAP 62STC and am pleasantly surprised. The touch screen makes it MUCH easier to navigate through menus, the interface is intuitive and effective. I am waiting for Zagg to come out with one of their nice screen protectors for this unit, my only fear is scratching up the nice screen when I am using it on the trail.
Summary: This is the first time I'm using a hiking GPS. It's very much different than using a driving GPS. I recommend going for several short walks around your home to figure out the features and menu structure. I found it was very easy to create a waypoint, but very difficult to figure out how to delete it. However, once you figure it out, it's easy. I notice that if I put the unit in my pocket I need to remember to lock the screen beforehand.
Summary: Ich nutze den Oregon zum Trail-Running. Er hat sich auf den ersten 300km als sehr brauchbar erwiesen. Die SW hat noch ein paar Fehler, aber nichts, das die nutzbarkeit wesentlich beeinträchtigt.