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Recent reviews for this item:
France, April 16, 2013 Nice unit . Like how easy it is to enter waypoints manually plus love 3 axis compass.
SigsPig, December 22, 2012 Uber fast delivery. Nice light weight unit. A bit of a
learning curve compared to the 60cx. Looking forward to the
added capabilities that the 550 offer: chirp, communicating
between devices etc. Having the camera built in will be handy
as I rarely geocache with a camera.
Mohamed, December 21, 2012 great device, compact, Shock resistant and durable,
light-weight, User friendly, fits various activities, has a
good reception even indoors, wide range functionality,
accepts all kinds of maps, and it has many safety related
SuperDave_GPS, December 20, 2012 I've used the Oregon 300 for geocaching for a couple of
years now. I was becoming frustrated with the 2-axis compass
in the 300, so when Santa (Ms. Claus) fetched me the 550 for
Christmas, I was overjoyed.
Moving from the Oregon 300 to the 550 is a much bigger deal
that going from a 2-axis to a 3-axis compass.
The response time is quicker. The accuracy seems to be just
a tad more accurate. The screen is brighter. The icons are
easier to select with cold fingers outdoors (touch-sensitive
screen is more touch-sensitive).
Toss out the alkaline batteries and put in some Eneloops
(HIGHLY recommended) and this thing never seems to run out
Fingerprints on the screen seem to be much more noticeable
on the 550 than they were on the 300's screen, but that's
just more of a reason for me to get a screen protector on it.
Adding in free OpenStreetMap maps is just as easy and
straight-forward on the 550 as it was on the 300, but with
the screen seeming to be a bit brighter at the same
brightness setting than on the 300, the map details just
seem to look nicer.
I actually asked Santa for the Oregon 450 instead of the
550, because I didn't really think that I would use the
digital camera that's on the 550 as I always have either a
regular digital camera or my smartphone with me that also
sports a half-decent camera. But I must say that I have used
the 550's digital camera (as inferior as it is, but still
usable, especially outdoors in natural daylight).
Bottom-line: The Oregon 550 is a light-weight, durable,
low-energy, very outdoor readable device.
For those of you that have used the Oregon 300, you will
notice significant improvements with the 550.
Merry Christmas to the world.