For the past few years the nuvi 550 was GPS City's recommendation for
the best outdoor, vehicle and marine crossover GPS. That title has been
passed on to the Garmin Montana series now, with it's large
touchscreen, waterproof body and user-friendly interface.
biggest difference between the two Montana models is that the 650 has a
built-in 5MP camera, and the 600 does not. This feature allows users to take, geotag and
share their favorite photos from their adventures. The camera does not
have a flash, so it's best used during the day, but can capture some
Both models boast 3.0 GB of internal
memory, as well as a microSD slot for additional memory for loading;
Topo, City Navigator, Bluecharts G2 and Backroad maps. The maps can be
loaded together, if the areas chosen are within the limits of the
available memory. So when you're taking a road trip from Toronto, ON,
Canada to New York City, NY you can load up the topo details and the
road maps for both countries.
Geocachers love the Montana,
they can download pocket queries into the unit hassle-free and then
access these geocaches through the Geocache icon to find and log the
location with ease. The intuitive menu systems make using the Montana an
all-ages type of unit, in fact we find that it's popularity is greatest
with families and the 50+ generations.
When used with City Navigator maps and the dashboard/suction cup speaker mount the Montana will provide spoken turn-by-turn directions. When the unit is out of the mount, it will still provide the directions, but in text only, no voice. For other mounting options check out the RAM systems to attach the Montana to an ATV, boat, snowmobile or motorcycle.
The Montana 650 is an ideal gift for the one who loves to take road trips, but doesn't want to be burdened by carrying a road GPS, an outdoor GPS and a camera.