Garmin Oregon 650T GPS Review
I’m a little bit of an addict, I admit it…well to Garmin GPS units anyway. It started with the Oregon 300 then the Oregon 600 which I was very happy with, well, until I left my batteries in and rotted the poor thing. So, I am now the owner of the Garmin Oregon 650T. The question being, is this unit worth the extra money..?
Ok, so I’m a hiker and geocacher and this is what I use my units for. In the Garmin Oregon 650T there are a million different functions old and new including driving, but I have only had a quick peek, and let’s face it as makers of the Nuvvi they are not going to get the satnav element wrong, are they?
The two stand out differences for me on this model are the built-in camera, it’s not a DSLR but it sure beats having to lug around an extra camera, plus with a geotagging function, you know exactly where the shot was taken. And the Garmin rechargeable batteries…these are a godsend. They can be charged in the unit and will last up to 16 hours. Unless you take lots of photos which does drain these faster than expected. But if you are out and about a couple of AA’s can be used to eke out some extra time.
This unit is the top of the range and it shows!
The Oregon 650t also performs more like a smartphone it’s pretty speedy and the GPS hardware does an excellent job in tracking your position since this GPS navigator is GLONASS-enabled and WAAS-enabled. This handy for me as I tend to get lost in good weather with the route in view (I know, I never get any better) One of the secrets behind the fast tracking is the HotFix satellite prediction technology which attempts to predict where the satellites will be in the next couple of days. There is also a built-in 3-axis electronic compass that allows you to get your bearings even if you are not standing still.
The built-in mapping is still pretty poor (too large scale to be or use) but I just used the mapping from my old unit so no big deal
The unit is far as being a better device for geocaching because of the feature that lets you download every cache location on the OpenCaching.com website. Once downloaded, you can simply search for a cache and apply whatever filters you need without an Internet connection. I have downloaded around 6000 from the Groundspeak website to use and the unit claims to have unlimited storage; you can easily share geocaches and waypoints through Bluetooth.
The Garmin Oregon 650t can connect to computers as well through the BaseCamp software. This free application lets you plan waypoints on your computer and transfer the data to your GPS device. It also comes with numerous other features including the ability to share the photos you took with others and create an interactive timeline based on the statistics gathered from the GPS navigator.
I could go on forever about how good this unit it but in a nutshell:
Easy to use
Accurate and slick
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Is it worth the money? Yes.
My one piece of advice is download the instruction book as there is so much on the unit to discover.
I’ve listed its features and specification below this unit is a fabulous, use straight out of the box GPs unit. Garmin have set the standard once again.
The Garmin Oregon 650T can be purchased from Garmin
3″ sunlight-readable touchscreen display with dual orientation
Preloaded TOPO European 100K maps with shaded relief basemap
8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash/torch
Worldwide basemap with shaded relief
3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass with accelerometer and barometric altimeter sensors
Dual battery system — included rechargeable internal NiMH pack or 2 AA batteries
Advanced Elevation Plot with Full Track view
Improved Trip Computer with customizable layouts
Activity Tracking (Calendar)
Advanced Waypoint Management
Wireless Capable: Bluetooth® and ANT