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Garmin Colorado 300 Bilingual Handheld GPS Unit with North American Maps
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- High Sensitivity, WAAS-Enabled GPS Receiver
- Features A 2.55-InchH X 1.53-InchW, Transflective Color Tft Display With 240 X 400 Pixel Resolution
- Features Built-In Worldwide Basemap With Shaded Relief
- Wireless Sharing Of User Tracks, Waypoints, Routes & Geocaches Between Units
- 5 User Profiles - Automotive, Marine, Recreation, Fitness Or Geocache
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Gear up and explore the backcountry with the all-terrain Colorado 300. Packed with features, it includes a built-in basemap, high-sensitivity receiver, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, SD card slot, color display, picture viewer and more. Even exchange tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches wirelessly between similar units. When the going gets tough, Colorado leads the way. Explore More Colorado 300 comes with a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief and accepts SD cards for all your outdoor activities on land or water. Just take your pick from Garmin's preprogrammed SD cards including street maps, topographic maps, coastal charts or inland lake data. The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet. Share Wirelessly With Colorado 300 you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other Colorado users. Now you can send your favorite hike to your buddy to enjoy or the location of a cache to find. Sharing data is easy. Just select "send" to transfer your information to other Colorado units. Rock on. Find Fun Intuitive and fun, Colorado features a Rock 'n Roller input wheel for easy one-handed operation and supports GPX files for downloading geocaches and detail straight to your unit. Customize Colorado's interface based on your favorite activity. Even show off photos of your excursions with its picture viewer. Slim, lightweight and waterproof, Colorado is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits. Keep Your Fix With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, Colorado 300 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Colorado to help you find your way when you need it the most. Get Your Bear
Amazon.com Product Description--January 21, 2008 Packed with features, Garmin's Colorado300 includes a built-in basemap, high-sensitivity receiver, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, SD card slot, color display, picture viewer and more. Even exchange tracks, waypoints, routes and geocaches wirelessly between similar units. Slim, lightweight and waterproof, Colorado is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.
With Colorado 300 you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other Colorado users. Now you can send your favorite hike to your buddy to enjoy or the location of a cache to find. Sharing data is easy. Just select "send" to transfer your information to other Colorado units.
With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, Colorado 300 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Colorado to help you find your way when you need it the most.
Colorado 300 comes with a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief.
|Expand Your Horizons |
Colorado also accepts SD cards, so you can use Garmin preprogrammed SD cards to add maps that serve any and all of your outdoor activities on land or water.
|Streets ||Inland Lakes ||Terrain ||3D Terrain ||Coastal |
|Conveniently plug in optional preloaded SD cards for all your outdoor activities on land or water. Just insert a MapSource card with detailed street maps, and Colorado provides turn-by-turn directions to your destination. Add select topographic maps to take advantage of Colorado’s 3-D map view which gives you a better perspective of your elevation. |
The card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you don't have to worry about getting it wet.
|Rock on. Find Fun|
|Colorado's innovative Rock ‘n Roller input wheel for easy one-handed operation and intuitive screen interface make it as easy to navigate the device as the outdoors. |
Customize Colorado's interface based on your favorite activity.
Even show off photos of your excursions with its picture viewer.
|Experience Paperless Geocaching |
|Colorado supports Geocaching.com GPX files for downloading geocaches and detail straight to your unit. You'll have at-a-glance cache descriptions and details to aid in your search.|
|Get Your Bearings|
|Colorado has a built-in electronic compass that provides bearing information even while you're standing still. |
Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude. View elevation data before you begin your ascent or descent. You can even use the altimeter to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.
Top Customer Reviews
I purchased mine on Feb 13, 2009 and am very pleased with it. I use it hunting and scouting our 650 acre deer lease in a very remote part of Georgia. I have marked almost every deer stand, food plot and landmark on this property, thus creating my own map of the area. You can do this with any GPS without buying other maps, however the addition of Garmin Topo 2008 map adds elevation, remote roads, streams and other landmarks making the experience so much better. I recommend you buy the map on DVD not the SD Card. The DVD version allows the PC/Mac, map and GPS to interact and makes for a great experience plotting trails and waypoints. You can also send info from the PC/Mac to the GPS (or SD Card) memory and vice versa.
The learning curve was slight,took me about 2 days fooling with it to master all features and the system works as promised. Yes, I agree with others that the base map is very, very limited. One reviewer said worthless, that's not true in my opinion, because the roads that the basemap does show are good reference points if you become lost.
I gave the unit 4 stars due to battery life of about 10 hours on alkaline batteries. I have switched to 2500 mah Energizer rechargeable batteries and have seen improvement to 12-16 hours depending on back light usage. I have not yet tried Lithium batteries and 2900 Mah rechargeable batteries are available but very expensive. The back light is the critical factor in battery life. Unlike some other units, most of the time in daylight, no backlight is necessary at all.
I picked the Colorado over the Oregon due to lower price (-$200.00) and the fact that the Colorado uses the full size SD Card. The full size SD card reader in the Colorado allows me to view pictures from my game cameras in the field. In addition, Many of the reviews said the touch screen on the Oregon did not work well in very cold weather, that could be overcome by putting the Oregon in a warm inside coat pocket but it was a factor for me.
What I like about the Colorado:
The Rock and Roller, is great, it is truly a one hand GPS. I can access all controls with just my thumb. Entering text is not as fast as I would like but I can live with it.
Sattellite lock is very fast and will lock on in the basement of my home. Initial lock was accomplished in about 15 seconds after inserting batteries the first time for a cold start. After that it is about 1 second warm.
Accuracy is good I have had 6 foot accuracy in open areas, but most of the time under cover it is about 12 -15 feet.
The large screen and 3D views are awesome. Even better with the Topo Map.
The ability to customize the screen set up is also a great feature. If there are features you don't use much you can move them on the menu and save the frequently used ones for the main menu.
What I don't like:
Battery life needs to be improved. I can see this would be a big issue with backpackers that are on the trail for 12+ hours and changing batteries if they use the back light much. I just carry an extra set of batteries with me to overcome this issue.
The gap between the unit and the case that others have mentioned does not give me confidance that the unit is 100% waterproof as claimed. However, I am not concerned at all about using the unit in a rain shower.
Conclusion: I would buy this same unit again. This is my 3rd GPS unit in 8 years and the very best. I would recommend you buy it along with the Garmin 2008 Topo Map Set. Many of the people that reviewed this item bought it when it first came out and paid $500 or more for it. So, I can understand their disappointment for that kind of money combined with the firmware bugs. However, you can buy this unit for about half of that price now and most of the bugs are fixed.
Battery life. I tried Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries and got 22 hours of use from them with limited use of the back light. They lasted about 4-5 hours in a low battery condition. Thats about 7 more hours than I get with my 2500 Mah rechargeable AA's. The Energizer Ultimate Battery is susposed to be even more powerful than the Advanced Lithium. However Lithium batteries are over $2.00 each, so I think I will stick with my rechargeables.
Final update 5/3/2010
I have had this unit over a year now and it is still going strong, I would buy it again. I have switched over to the lithium batteries for all my use. The rechargeable batteries just don't hold a charge over a day or two if you remove them from the charger. You can buy Energizer lithium batteries online at various auction sites much cheaper than in the stores. I have also found that even if you get a low battery warning on the GPS if you turn it off for a while it seems to recharge itself on the battery strength meter. I not sure that whats happening, but if you leave the GPS off in a low battery state the next time your turn it on it will indicate a fully charged battery and keep going although it does drain down faster everytime this happens. I am able to get 5 or 6 hunting trips (6 hours per trip) out of 2 Enegizer Advanced or Ultimate Lithium batteries. I just finished a 5 day hunt and used the same batteries the entire hunt with this procedure.
If you are on the fence trying to decide to buy a GPS for hunting, or any other purpose, let me tell you it's worth the money. I park my truck on a lonely dirt road, wonder around the woods for several hours and the GPS let's me navigate right back to the truck, not a mile away by dead reconing as in the past.
-I love the wheel interface as it makes the overall navigation very handly and can be operated with just one hand.
-This gadget is one of the most precise and accurate GPS unit I have used thus far. So if precision is important, this is great. The position fix is also the fastest I've seen. I can easily get a position lock at home.
-Brightness of the screen is acceptable.
-While I like the wheel interface, but the unit size is slightly larger than what I feel comfortable. Thus, people with small palm may not be able to operate it with one hand comfortably. But this point is not exactly very important once you're use to it.
-The backcover does not seem to be able to close tightly. Leaving a small noticeable gab which I'm not comfortable with as dust might enter. Worst, water may enter too.
I gave it 4 stars as it has served my purpose of having a multi-function GPS gadget. The profile is great as we can customise settings for Car & Recreational usage. The 1 star reduction was due to the battery cover issue that I am concern.
As for software; We use this unit primarily for geocaching and it works pretty good with the recent updates. Loading caches is as simple as dropping a GPX file onto the SD card (or using the web interface to load individual caches). The field notes feature is our favorite because we no longer need to pack paper with us to keep track of our finds. We've run into a few problems where it fails to load maps and will hang on the loading screen however a quick reboot generally fixes the problem.
We've also noticed that when getting in/out of a vehicle it tends to mess up the compass and require a re-calibration. Luckily this process is very simple and can be completed in a few seconds.
Overall it's a great unit and when/if it eventually dies, I'm sure we'll purchase another Garmin.
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