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Garmin Montana 650t, US Topo

4.3 out of 5 stars 259 customer reviews
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650t - 3.5GB capacity with Camera
  • 4-inch LCD display
  • 5 MP autofocus digital camera with automatic geo-tagging; Worldwide built-in baesmap with shaded relief, preloaded U.S. Topo
  • Bright sunlight readable touchscreen color display
  • 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter
  • High-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver
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Technical Details

Edition: 650t - 3.5GB capacity with Camera
  • Touch Screen
  • High-Speed USB
  • Barometric Altimeter
  • Geocaching
  • Picture Viewer

Product Description

Edition: 650t - 3.5GB capacity with Camera

Garmin Montana 650t Handheld GPS Navigator 010-00924-02 Portable / Handheld Navigators

Product Information

Edition:650t - 3.5GB capacity with Camera
Product Dimensions 5.7 x 1.4 x 2.9 inches
Item Weight 10.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 010-00924-02
National Stock Number 5825-01-600-9549
Batteries 3 AA batteries required. (included)
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4.3 out of 5 stars 259 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #209 in Electronics > GPS & Navigation > Sports & Handheld GPS > Handheld GPS Units
#5,449 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Hunting > Hunting Accessories
#22,187 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Accessories
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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Edition: 600 - 3GB capacity
First, a little bit about me: I have a degree in software engineering, I'm an avid day hiker, and a bit of a gizmo geek. This is the second GPS I've owned, the other one being a Garmin GPS II+. I was on the fence about getting an Oregon for a while but held off because of mixed user reviews, especially in regards to its usability in bright sunlight. The main purpose of owning the Montana is to have detailed statistics on our day hikes such as distance, elevation, time, speed, etc. I've purchased and installed the Garmin TOPO West 24k maps and uploaded all of Washington state to the Montana. Even then, I still have 2.5GB of free space.

After carefully considering how to approach this review, since I know there's a lot of buyers holding off until a few user reviews came in, I decided to break it down into three areas, hardware, software, and company. You need all three to have a successful product, and after putting the Montana through its paces and contacting Garmin about a few issues, I'm able to offer my thoughts on all of them.

First, the hardware. Garmin did an excellent job designing the Montana. The screen is nice and big, and to finally put one of the most noted issues to rest, it was definitely easy to read in sunlight. The touchscreen works just about perfectly. I never felt like I had to apply too much pressure to get action, or that I pressed something that I didn't mean to (like when using the virtual keyboard). It "feels" comfortable just holding it too. For my first hike with it I didn't have a case yet, so I just threw a lanyard on it and mostly carried it in my hand the whole way up and down the trail--never bothered me. Satellite aquisition is scary fast and never had a single dropout even in dense forest.
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Edition: 600 - 3GB capacity Verified Purchase
This was our 4th Garmin GPS (having owned GPSMap 60CSx, 305, Etrex). Bought this to replace the GPSMap60CSx as our primary hiking/backpacking device. The GPSMap works well and is a proven model but I find interfacing with it cumbersome and the map difficult to read. The touch screen access on the Montana is excellent and works very well, much like my iphone which is what I was looking for. The landscape/portrait display is very nice and works well. I found screen brightness acceptable in most all lighting conditions. Not as bright as an iphone but I'll accept this for longer battery life.

First thing to do when getting the Montana is download the latest software upgrade. Like some others, the compass would not calibrate until I did this. After the upgrade, calibration went fast and worked as expected. Using the MicroSD card with preloaded 24K Topo maps from my GPSMap worked flawlessly, just insert the card and the Montana read it perfectly. Downloading and uploading GPS data to Base Camp software also worked well with no problems. was also able to detect the GPS and upload with no issues.

The prevailing issue with the Montana is that its simply too big for hiking. I really, really wanted to believe it wasn't but after 3 long, 20+ mile day hikes, and a 30 mile overnight, it was time to face reality. The Montana is just a bit too big to fit in standard compact camera cases, and while it did fit in my pants pockets, the weight was just too much for comfort. The unit uses 3 AA batteries or a rechargeable lithium battery. The rechargeable battery lasted a good 11 hours with about 1/4 charge left, however that's using the battery save option and only fiddling with it about 3 or 4 times (a few minutes each time) during the day.
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Edition: 650t - 3.5GB capacity with Camera
Unlike the other reviewer, I have had no real problems with the 650t. True, it has some quirks. One is that the new lithium battery has to be charged via the included ac adaptor. (EDIT: it can be re-charged via PC!) I was also disaappointed by the lack of a carabiner (like the Oregon). But, I had no problem hooking up the Montana to my MacBook Pro to go into mass storage mode. as for maps, I always buy a microSD version so I can move it to another unit if I wish.

That said, I think the Garmin Montana is a fine device. The calibration of the 3-axis compass is smoother than it was on some other models, I love the larger and more sunlight-readable screen (still not perfect but better) and and I especially like the new layout. The overlay of the compass on the map (removable, if you like) is a bonus. The GPS is as accurate as any Garmin unit and works reasonably well under tree cover.

One minor gripe is the portrait/landscape switching. It can be disorienting if you hold it up in portrait and then hold it horizontal. It often wants to switch to landscape. I now have it set to stay in portrait, as that is the easier way to hold it, given its size.

One bug I have found is that the Cache difficulty/terrain is always listed at 1/1 when using the map/compass combo. At least most of the time.

All-in-all a fine piece of hardware. Note to users (as of 16 July 2011): the unit software is now up to 2.60. Be sure to use Garmin Webupdater and also have a reasonably full battery.
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