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Recent reviews for this item:
GSRider2Up, December 28, 2012 Everything I know about GPS units is in comparison to my 7
year old Garmin Quest II. I have tried several units before
settling on the Garmin 650. I use a GPS not just to get
from point to point in navigation mode, but more like a set
of electronic maps for situational awareness and exploring
the back roads of the country. So far, no current Garmin
GPS can match the abilities of the old Garmin Quest II. I
have no idea why Garmin decided to reduce the amount of
details presented on the maps, such as streets, roads and
highway labeling. The Quest also had a feature showing the
names of roads that were intersecting your route of travel.
For me, a lot of "pixie dust" features were added and some
truly useful navigation aids were eliminated.
For now, I guess the Montana is as good as it gets. If I
never owned anything better, I would think the Montana was
great! Lots of nice features and fast.
Paul, September 4, 2012 I have had many Garmins in the past. I have been a field
user of Garmin GPS products since 1996.and a automotive GPS
user since 2008. I have had some disapointments. This is
not one of them. I'm very pleased with this Montana, the
4,000 waypoints have been sorely needed since the finish of
the 276 range. I take this from truck to ATV to hand
without worry. I've always wanted there to be a way of
tracking temperature and with the add on that's coming I'll
be able to do that. The dual battery type is a very usefull
feature. Like it lots so far. It's a little big for
backpacking but not insermountable.
Rick, August 23, 2012 I've had about 3 weeks to play with the Montana...I'm
really impressed with the long battery life. There is a
frustrating learning curve to be able to navigate through
the various menu screens. The MOST Frustrating menu was
one that I assumed related to an individual
profile..."Reset all settings"... well, I tried it.. hoping
to reset all my current trip settings... but NO... it Reset
my whole Montana back to factory defaults. This was really
annoying since I had set up several different profiles...
and they were removed. As I said... the Learning Curve.
The Automotive Mount works well... it's nice and compact..
but the volume was too low. Nothing was mentioned, that I
could find... about setting the volume in the manual..
however a Google Search enabled me to find that one has to
use the Power Button when the device is in the Auto Mount
in order to set the Volume... not particularly intuitive.
A better manual would be nice... outlining the various menu
screens and functions... and telling what they are used
for. I found that often the manual identified a particular
menu choice... but didn't tell me what it was used for.
(For example the various pre-determined Profiles... what's
the advantage of one over the other). Another example was
that one has to be in the Automotive Profile in order for
the track to be locked to a road... other profiles let the
track go directly from A to B.. not following the roads
The Montana picked up Satellites VERY Quickly... and stayed
locked on quit well under heavy tree cover... Much better
than my old iQue 3600.
Brent, June 29, 2012 Stillnavigating the complexity oftis unit, but enjoying
every moment of the experience. Camera feature is
wonderful. Using City maps for my RV and motorcycle.