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Big step up for me,
This review is from: Garmin Oregon 600 Handheld GPS (Electronics)
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I have to say I'm not a heavy user as per many of the people here who are probably walkers, orienteers e.t.c. and are probably far more conversant with maps and pushing this GPS to its limits than myself ...... a bit of a newbie to this.
This is only my second GPS and my other I have only had 3 months before getting this - I use a Dakota 10 which I go geocaching with and also use it on my mountain bike. This is a huge step up from the Dakota 10 though, and is a really nice bit of kit.
First off the Oregon 600 is larger than the D10 and therefore the screen is too it really feels like a quality unit and has great styling. The screen itself is set flush on the unit so no finger bump, for example the D10 has a lip at the edge of the screen so when using the touch functions especially when resizing or moving a map your finger keeps banging it and so it kind of limits what you are trying to do at times - but then again the lip can offer a little screen protection if you inadvertently lie it down on a rough surface. The Oregon 600 screen itself is supremely responsive when moving and when using touch and the menus are so much better laid out than on the Dakota. It's a whole lot easier to read in the sunlight than my D10 too. Also the screen will adjust accordingly to how you are holding the unit i.e. hold it sideways and the display will change to landscape.
It uses two AA batteries and when I've been using it (usually for around 2 hours without powering off) I've never had to use my backups, I tend to use re-chargeable batteries and usually recharge them after each trip so I can't say how long the unit runs until they die, I guess that would depend on the amount of time you used the backlight though. You can buy an optional battery pack but it seems a bit pricey considering you could probably get four AA batteries and a recharger for less.
As with the Dakota the map supplied is pretty basic and I agree with people who think at these prices a decent map should be included.
I've been on 3 geocaching trips with it over the last week or so and had no issues with the software (using 3.80) and it has been a dream to use. When I first powered it on I think it took a little longer to acquire the satellites than the Dakota did when I first got it but since that initial set up it takes just seconds, in fact it'll pick up the satellites when I'm indoors whereas the D10 doesn't. I'll be using this as my main geocaching unit now and my trusty D10 can stay on the bike.