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Comments about Garmin Oregon 600 GPS:
Some background: I had a Garmin Montana that was great, but had been shutting off randomly since day one. When I went to get it replaced, there were no Montanas in store. This was a disappointment, only until I asked to take a look at the Oregon 600, a unit that was unfamiliar to me. 10 seconds after turning it on, it hit me - this is a smaller, more refined version of the Montana.
Same interface, but whereas the Montana was slow and jumpy when scrolling, the Oregon was smooth and accurate. The Screen, while smaller; appears to have a higher pixel density, so the picture looks sharper, as well as brighter. The touchscreen worked better as well, and with a quick test I found it does work well with light (3mm) neoprene gloves. For the sake of this review, I even pulled the thick ski gloves out of the winter closet and took it for a spin - and while it's only practical to use your thumb and you might make a few mistakes, it does work. Perhaps best is the ergonomics, this can be used easily with one hand- even with ski gloves. For the Montana, that was a challenge, as well as getting it into pockets..
With WAAS, EGNOS, and GLONASS, you can't ask for much more accuracy and speed of acquisition in a consumer device. EGNOS is nice, if you plan to use the unit in Europe, but GLONASS and GPS together will be beneficial everywhere.
Downsides of the Oregon? No external antennae mount, so this is not a good unit to mount below deck in a boat, otherwise you generally should not need one. No speaker, so no turn by turn directions. Does not come with rechargeables, but is compatible with several types of rechargeable AA's. Half the internal memory, but does have a microsd slot allowing you to add 16gb (or more? only tried a 16gb). And the rated battery life is less, sort of. Montana is rated 16/22 hours, the Oregon 600 is rated just 16. Given the Oregon has an LED backlit display, whereas the Montana uses an old school cathode backlit screen, I would be willing to bet battery life won't be too dissimilar.
Overall, this is really just a refined and miniaturized version of the Montana. All the quirks and and things about the Montana that annoyed me had become things I was willing to deal with for the sake of the unit's features. Now, I feel like I'm using the second generation, and most of the problems have been ironed out. If I were to walk into a store today, I see few reasons why the Montana would be a better choice- for now.
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