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marvin_gardens

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2013, 15:49:50 »
I'm going to bring up this thread again, as I am now going though this dilemma...   I have a Map60Cx, which I really like, except for the lack of cache page info. It is starting to really bother me, hence I'm looking at replacing it.

Costco has Oregon 450's for just under $200.  I picked one up but haven't opened yet. (you have to buy them when you see them or they may be gone the next time you visit) My wife asked me if I bought it because it is what I really want, or because its $200?  What I really want is a Map60 with cache page information.

I don't consider using a smartphone as an option right now. I rarely bring the phone with me, but when I do, I use c:geo.  Its a pretty good application, but my phone is really slow to lock to the satellites, its certainly not weather resistant or robust, and the screen is hard to see in daylight.

Most of the reviews I read for both devices are over 2 years old.   The early reviews for the map62 lamented that the interface was not as nice as the Map60, and some features were missing.
Early complaints for the 450 were that it hung, it was not intuitive to perform functions such as projection or other functions.

Now that people have used it for a while, has the software on the Map62 been upgraded to address the acquire time and the intuitiveness and look and feel of the Map60 interface?  Are proximity circles the only thing missing?  if you "upgraded" from a Map60, do you still prefer your Map60?

What about the 450?  Has stuff like this been improved with software upgrades, or did you get to know your gps better?
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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2013, 16:18:33 »
Heh, I saw the 450's too (great price!) and I echo your sentiment about buying swiftly at Costco. I've been burned WAY too many times by "I saw it last time... crap, it's gone!"

They do have a really good return policy, so you could always try it out for a couple of days and see how you like it. If you don't, you can return it.

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2013, 16:45:47 »
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What I really want is a Map60 with cache page information.

Like you I like the MAP60Cx, but for the cache page info I use my iPhone with the geocaching app. Problem solved.

If you're getting rid of your 60Cx I would consider buying it from you, PM me and we can talk......

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2013, 18:21:09 »
I have never used a 60 or a 62, but I have had my 450 for a couple of years, and I really like it. I have found a couple of actions that will shut it off, but it never freezes on me.

Sub $200 is a very good deal. The only unit that I have been tempted to replace my 450 with is the new Oregon 650, as it addresses all the shortfalls that I find with the 450 like the screen brightness, rechargeable internal battery, USB2 to name a few.

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2013, 17:43:12 »
I also love my Oregon 450.

Note that if I understand properly, the Wherigo player is only supported on Oregons up to (including) 550, but not 600+.
It is not supported in GPSMAP62 nor Montana devices.


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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2013, 18:32:26 »

Note that if I understand properly, the Wherigo player is only supported on Oregons up to (including) 550, but not 600+.


The Wherigo app for the iPhone is stable, secure and has never failed to operate properly. Much superior to any Garmin device I've ever seen in action....

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2013, 15:43:55 »
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Heh, I saw the 450's too (great price!) and I echo your sentiment about buying swiftly at Costco. I've been burned WAY too many times by "I saw it last time... crap, it's gone!"
You can also buy it online at Costco.ca    Hum, should I...  ::)

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2013, 20:25:48 »
Just an FYI regarding Costco and the 450 if anyone is still looking.

The Kanata store was sold out of them when we were there last week, but the Merivale store still has them available when I was there today @ 196.99.

With a few exceptions I do like my eTrex 20 but I'm debating whether to pick up a 450 for the 3-axis compass, unit-to-unit transfer, and chirp.
I could get an eTrex 30 for the same features (minus touch screen) and keep GLONASS (really helps in tree cover) for about $50 more, or hold off and hope for a Black Friday deal on an Oregon 600.

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2013, 14:13:05 »
The 62s is on sale at Sail for $249.99 ($100 off) until Sept 15th.
I'll wait for the November sale: the 62sc, free as my 25 year recognition award  :D

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2013, 14:16:37 »
I'm looking forward to reviewing the Garmin Monterra, personally.

http://garmin.blogs.com/pr/2013/06/garmin-announces-monterra-an-android-powered-outdoor-gps-with-wifi.html#.UioprD_3NMc

Wifi, android on a Garmin GPS? Bold steps for Garmin... Could be great if they do it right, or it could be a huge flop.

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« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2013, 14:48:29 »
Yeah, I've been eyeing that one as well.

Probably not all that different from caching with my smartphone with the Geocaching app. I have to admit I use that about 95% of the time now. The only time I pulled out my Garmin 60csx recently was for the PRT trail marathon, and even then, you saw how many times it sent me to the wrong side of the trail.

Having an actual proper GPS unit that could run the Geocaching app, access the internet, post photos, etc. sounds like the best of both worlds.

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Re: Garmin 450 vs 62s...
« Reply #26 on: September 06, 2013, 14:50:26 »
I've had my eye on the Oregon 600 series, but the recommended minimum operating temp is only -15C, versus -20C for the 450/550 and most of the other Garmin units.