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Da military Frenchie, December 29, 2009 Some of the boys I work with (military ones) bought some of
these and they aren't too pleased with this unit. It has a
BIG screen indeed, but that feature alone chews batteries
in no time. Plus, you just can't see anything from it in
broad day light. The screen is dark compared to some other
units we've owned and tested in the field.
And just so you all know, if you ever clip the thumb wheel
out of its socket and you get any grit, sand, water or
anything else in there, your GPS is toast!! We've seen it
twice already. The poorly design allows you to pop the
thumb wheel way too easy (if you own one, try it and you'll
see), allowing anything contaminants to enter the GPS and
turning it into a very cool expensive door stopper or a
rear view mirror bling-bling.
If you want the best of the best from Garmin, for outdoor
use, in any terrain and weather, with the best features and
military worthy, go with the GPSMAP 60Cx or 60CSx.
You won't be disappointed!
oneye, November 26, 2009 used on my four wheeler, I have the adaptor to plug it in
and as bright as my car GPS.
Finding my tree stand in the dark is a breeze.
Jason R., August 17, 2009 The Garmin Oregon 300 (using firmware 3.10) is the 3rd
Garmin GPS in our household. The first being a GPS II+, and
the second being a GPS V. The GPS V is a map capable unit
that works extremely well, however it is constrained by
it's display, available memory and overall interface
responsiveness and time to calculate routes. I have found
the GPS V receiver to be fast and accurate.
The Oregon 300 is a huge improvement over the GPS V with
it's display, memory capacity and interface responsiveness
however while the Oregon GPS receiver seems very sensitive,
it does not seem to be as accurate as the older GPS V. For
example with the GPS V and Oregon mounted on the centre of
the dashboard while driving, with "lock to road" turned off
and using the same map scale, the GPS V and the Oregon do
not agree with the vehicles proximity to the road. The GPS
V usually displays it's position much closer or on the
road compared to the Oregon. With "lock to road" turned on,
the Oregon 300 will frequently appear to "jump" to adjacent
roads! It is also odd that the Oregon will frequently
indicate speed, while the GPS is actually stationary. This
diminishes the users confidence regarding the results of
actual speed and time calculations.
To date I have never seen WAAS work on the Oregon, while it
usually becomes active after 1-2 minutes with the GPS V in
the same situation. However, enabling WAAS really slows
down the GPS V map refresh and route calculations.
Obviously I haven’t seen WAAS working on the Oregon to know
what impact the feature may have on overall device
performance. Apparently the Oregon receiver has far more
channels (20) than the GPS V (12), so potentially, enabling
WAAS on the Oregon may have minimal impact on other GPS
Another issue with the Oregon appears to be elevation
accuracy. While driving through mountain summits with
elevation posted at the side of the road, the GPS V
elevation field is usually +/-2 metres of the posted
elevation. The Oregon elevation indicator, even after
calibrating the barometer, is frequently +/-20 to 30
metres, and that's on a good day. I have the Oregon set to
calibrate the barometer at power up, but it would be nice
to just use the GPS signal to calculate elevation, as this
method has proved very accurate with the GPS V.
In many respects the Oregon touch screen is a step
backwards. For example, to cancel a routing activity, while
staying on the map, requires the following user actions:
GPS V: 1) Press “Menu” Key. 2) Press “Enter” Key for “Stop
Oregon: 1) Press “X” for Menu. 2) Press “Where to” for
navigation controls. 3) Press “Stop Navigation”. 4)
Press “Map” to get back to the map. Plus, now there are
more finger prints all over the screen, and more attention
has been required to perform the sequence on the Oregon,
which is distracting while driving. Having said all that,
the Oregon calculates routes very quickly. A route that
takes 2 minutes to calculate on the GPS V, takes no more
than several seconds (<5) on the Oregon. However, if a
route re-calculation is required, sometimes the Oregon will
get completely confused, requiring the route calculations
be stopped, and the routing process restarted from scratch.
The vehicle navigation map view is a nice feature.
The Geocaching features of the Oregon look very promising,
but it’s too bad that a subscription to the Geocaching.com
website is required to get the cache description details
directly downloadable to the unit. Considering all the
information is accessible on the website, it is a very
contrived circumstance to drive subscriptions. I haven’t
done a lot of Geocaching with the Oregon, but it appears
that once a cache has been found, it is moved to a “found”
list, and I haven’t figured out how to revert a cache
to “unfound” status. (This is would be really useful for
training exercises with Scouting and Guiding groups - which
Garmin GPS units have a reputation for being a bit rough
around the edges when they are introduced, but are known to
mature as customer feedback for feature improvements and
additional time is put into “tuning” the receiver
performance with firmware updates. I feel comfortable that
the majority of the issues I have mentioned above with the
Oregon will be resolved or minimized with future firmware
updates, at least, I sure hope so :-)
This is a great resource for any Oregon owners:
Barb, August 15, 2009 Bought the Corado 300 a month ago and took it with me to
France to do some Geocaching. It worked well. No glitches
so far. Still need to play with it to figure out all the