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A new top of the line Garmin outdoor GPS? No antenna? No buttons? No thumbwheel?
Photo: Garmin Oregon GPS unit / Used with permission from Garmin / Author unknown
The new Garmin Oregon GPS looks very similar to the Garmin Colorado GPS. I almost missed it at the Garmin booth during the Friedrichshafen European Outdoor 2008 show.
The main differences are the user interface, dimensions and weight.
Click and drag the map with your fingers. Add waypoints with a thumb. The Oregon is much easier to use than the Colorado’s buttons and scroll-wheel. But still, the Oregon is far from iPhone’s responsiveness and Wow! effects.
Photo: Garmin Oregon touchscreen display / Used with permission from Garmin / Author unknown
The Oregon is lighter!
The Oregon is smaller!
Should be in stores worldwide this autumn 2008.
The Oregon and the Colorado are so similar (except for the user interface), it’s natural to compare them:
Garmin Colorado 400
Garmin Oregon 400
(width x height x depth)
|6 x 14 x 3,5 cm
(2.4" x 5.5" x 1.4")
|6 x 11,5 x 3.5 cm
(2.3" x 4.5" x 1.4")
|Display size:||3" diagonal (7,6 cm)||3" diagonal (7,6 cm)|
|Display resolution:||240 x 400 px||240 x 400 px|
|Display type:||Transflective color TFT||Transflective color TFT touchscreen|
|User interface:||Thumbwheel and buttons||Touchscreen|
|Weight:||207 g (7.3 oz)
|193 g (6.8 oz)
|Battery:||2 AA batteries||2 AA batteries|
|Battery life:||15 hours||16 hours|
|Waterproof:||yes (IPX7)||yes (IPX7)|
|Accepts data cards:||SD card||microSD card|
|Barometer / altimeter:||yes||yes|
In my opinion, a mapping GPS is especially useful in 2 cases: winter navigation (recognizable terrain features hidden by snow, whiteouts, glaciers) and speed cycling in unknown areas.
Both the Garmin Colorado and the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx feature a prominent antenna. The Oregon does not.
I am still compiling a list of maps that will work on the Oregon.
The European Oregon 400t will sell with a preloaded 1:100 000 cm vector topographic map of Europe.
Garmin’s Mac OS X page talks about “fall 2008 support for most Garmin Outdoor Handhelds with USB cables”.
I puzzle over Garmin’s marketing strategy: the Oregon and the Colorado cost the same!
I’ve sent my questions to the Garmin team…
I also plan to get an Oregon unit to test in the near future. Or should I wait for winter?
That’s what I did in March 2009. I got both the Oregon and Colorado and reviewed them extensively.
|2009-05-29||Added link to detailed review.|
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