Rated 3 out of 5áby mark44 Maybe I got a lemon...
I wish I could give a glowing review of this unit, as I did have high hopes for the 650T. Unfortunately I just can't.
Unit received had a dead pixel, I could have lived with that, as the screen resolution made it almost impossible to see except under certain circumstances.
Yes, the screen size is 50% larger than my 5 year old DeL* unit but as far as color/clarity/brightness are concerned, it's got a long, long way to go to beat my old unit, and nowhere close to most modern smartphones.
The birdseye imagery is the exact same image date as what DeL* offers, that is to say it's at least 5 years old, and the pre-installed topo maps are almost comical, particularly since they lack auto-routing. Which brings me to my next point.
The auto-routing features that are included such as bicycle and mountaineering simply do not work, and in the case of the latter it looks for routable roads, REALLY? for mountaineering?
The worst aspect of the unit is tracking. I did a side-by-side test with 3 units and my smartphone, all units including the phone correctly showed the track location. The Oregon 650T however was always at least 50 (and sometimes as much as 450) yards off of the correct location. It also loses signal lock quite easily under heavy tree cover and even under the best conditions has half the accuracy of my older units/phone.
Limitations on waypoints/routes/tracks/maps. With 64GB cards out there now, there just simply isn't any reason to impose limitations such as these. Yes there are ways around most of them, but why should we be forced to hack or build our own maps from scratch?
There were a few things I did like about the unit which is why 3 stars, and the fact that some of the current issues could easily be fixed with a firmware update.
Things I liked:
Profiles; the ability to enable/disable numerous certain elements, functions,maps with a single click.
Fitness Profile, even though the calories burned was grossly innacurate.
Touchscreen; first ever multi-touch screen in a GPS is REALLY nice. I will miss it.
Auto track start/pause
July 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby WooPigSooie Oregon 650T
The Garmin 650T works pretty good...The touchscreen works very nice with finger touching. I have not tried it with gloves on yet. I only use mine for hiking so the car navigation is of no use for me. The maps load quickly and scrolling thru the maps is quick... The camera is so so, but you can't expect a DSLR quality from a small gps unit.
The camera takes pictures just like your smart phone. I do like it records the gps locations of every photo...
Warning!!! Check all you connectors including the wall outlet for charging! My AC charger was completely dead and would not charge my gps. Had to get a replacement from Garmin... The AC adapter is not a big issue for me since I use a solar panel on my backpack to charge my gps unit. Overall its a nice unit that functions like a smart phone...It does take some time to get use to all the functions and place the icons where you want them.
June 26, 2013