Garmin Oregon 700 Handheld GPS
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About this item
- Touchscreen - 3-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen display with Dual orientation (landscape or portrait view)
- Abc sensors - 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic Compass with accelerometer and Barometric altimeter sensors. Display size - 1.5 W x 2.5 H (3.8 x 6.3 cm). 3 inch diag (7.6 cm). Battery life - up to 16 hours
- Ruggedized for the outdoors - ergonomic, rugged design that Stands strong against dust, dirt and humidity -and it is water-rated to Ipx7
- Activity profiles - simplified multi activity menu interface - including climb, hike, hunt, bike, geocache, fish and more
- Connect IQ - connect IQ compatible to customize the Device with data fields, widgets, and apps; find what you like or build your own.Display resolution, WxH:240 x 400 pixels
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Thanks to a redesigned antenna for better satellite reception, the Oregon 700 GPS and GLONASS handheld puts even more of the great outdoors at your fingertips. Whether you’re hiking, hunting, climbing, kayaking, trail riding or whatever, this rugged navigator is ready for anything.
Rugged GPS/GLONASS Handheld with Built-in Wi-Fi and More
- High-sensitivity dual GPS and GLONASS satellite reception
- 3-axis compass with accelerometer and barometric altimeter sensors
- Expanded wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+ capable)
- Bluetooth-enabled smart notifications and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect online community
- Garmin Connect compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
The wireless Wi-Fi link and Bluetooth links on your Oregon 700 makes it easier than ever to enjoy a superior geocaching experience. You can set your device to automatically stay up to date with all the latest caches from Geocaching website.
Whether you’re hiking, hunting, climbing, kayaking, trail riding or whatever, this rugged navigator is ready for anything. It features multilink wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+), Active Weather support with animated radar overlays and a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
A guide on and off the beaten path - Oregon 700 has a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass with accelerometer. The compass will help you keep your bearing, whether you’re moving or not.
The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure.
|Oregon 700||Oregon 750||Oregon 750t|
|Connect IQ Compatible||Yes - edit data fields||Yes - edit data fields||Yes - edit data fields|
|Wireless Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+|
|Camera||8 megapixel||8 megapixel|
|Water-resistant||Yes - IPX7 water rating||Yes - IPX7 water rating||Yes - IPX7 water rating|
|Preloaded Mapping||Yes - Topograchip|
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Oregon 700 is a rugged, versatile GPS and GLONASS handheld that puts more of the great outdoors at your fingertips, thanks to a redesigned antenna for better satellite reception in those challenging, out-of-the-way places. Other benefits include Active weather support with Animated Radar overlays Plus expanded wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ant+), automatic geocache downloads, a worldwide shaded basemap, 3-axis compass with barometric altimeter, a dual-orientation 3-inch touchscreen and much more. Use the expanded wireless capabilities to download software, receive smart notifications, upload adventures to our Garmin connect online community and even share LiveTrack location data or geocache discoveries, unit-to-unit, with other Compatible devices. Memory 3.4 GB. Security 64-bit encryption, DECT Security Certified.
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The Oregon 700 is a fantastic piece of technology, but Garmin tried to make it all things to all people and made it incredibly difficult and non-intuitive for anyone to fully use. I'm not sure where to begin, but I'll give a few examples.
The Owner's Manual is pitiful; it is very incomplete for such a complex device. Many terms (like "export") are never defined - to where does an exported track go? The 700 screen uses a multitude of icons, many of whose meanings are never explained - and they are not self-explanatory. The manual doesn't outline the procedure for starting, running, and stopping an activity. Instead it just describes the multitude of features available on the device. It very rarely explains why or how you would use a feature. And the online Garmin tutorial videos are just sales videos with almost no useful explanations. Fortunately, there are non-Garmin websites with useful information, but finding and using them is very time consuming.
Garmin claims a 16-hour battery life. I'm an electrical engineer, so I measured the battery currents in many of the 700's operating modes. Based upon those measurements, high capacity battery capabilities, and my hiking experience, 8 to 10 hours is a more reliable time limit, even using the 700's battery saving features.
Garmin sells some maps for their GPS's; those maps are considered pretty poor, limited, and outrageously priced. But many better maps are available free from various online sources. Those have become widely used in recent years. Those maps are normally downloaded and installed into Garmin's BaseCamp software, which can transfer them to the GPS devices. I recently tried to install an Arizona topo map onto the 700, but it repeatedly failed. An online search revealed that a recent Garmin upgrade to BaseCamp causes the installation to fail. Was that intentional - who knows? The maps can again be downloaded if you revert to an earlier version of BaseCamp. I have not yet decided if I will do that.
After many hours of studying non-Garmin websites and simply trying things to see what works, I have learned to use the 700 for hiking. So, I'll keep it, but when it dies I'm going to look seriously at other brands before Garmin. That company has become too self-impressed, arrogant, and unresponsive to customers.
I purchased this Oregon 700 to replace an eTrex30 stolen from me. I figured that I would use my misfortune to improve my GPS situation. After using the Oregon 700 on an outing this last Saturday, I am wishing I had stuck with the eTrex30 because of the ease of marking waypoints on that device.
I think we can all agree that the most important feature of any GPS is the ability to determine and record one's position with accuracy. The Garmin Oregon 700 fails to meet my requirements in this regard. Allow me to explain.
I use my GPS primarily for walking World War Two battlefields in France and logging possible fighting positions that I and my colleagues find. When we find a position, we stand in it and record its location. With my eTrex30, I set it to Map view while I was out and about. To mark a position, I pressed the joystick to bring up the waypoint marking dialog box. I was presented with a standard waypoint name (a three digit number), and, with a further press of the joystick, I could save the position as a waypoint.
With the Oregon 700 using the new (non-Classic) menu system, I put the device in Hiking mode during my outings and have it show the map view. To set a waypoint, I press the On/Off/Multi-purpose button to activate the screen. Then I touch the Waypoint icon in the upper left corner of the Map screen (the one showing a central point and arrows in all four cardinal directions), after which I touch the icon on the map showing my current location. A pin appears marking where the waypoint will be placed.
And this is where the inaccuracy comes in. I find it ironic that I purchased an Oregon 700 because I thought that a device more modern than my (six-or-more-year-old) eTrex30 would provide better accuracy. Yet, whereas the eTrex30 would place the waypoint exactly where it showed I was at that exact moment, the Oregon 700 requires me to touch the screen to indicate where I want the waypoint. My finger tip was never so pointy, and over the years, the tip of my finger has gotten larger, so I experienced initial distance errors in the placement of the waypoint anywhere between 3 and 10 meters when zoomed in to the maximum (errors are larger when not zoomed in). Subsequent efforts to fat finger the pointer pin closer to my actual location often end up just making the error worse. I struggled with moving the pin with my finger to get it as close as I could and then pressed the little flag icon to save the waypoint. UPDATE: If you use the waypoint icon from the main screen in Classic mode, it will mark a waypoint at the point you are at. It will also assign it a three-digit name, which you can change by touching on the name and then entering an alternate label using the keyboard that comes up.
Whereupon, I was presented with several options for a name for my waypoint. With the eTrex30, I could use default naming convention (a three-digit number) or I could use the joystick to navigate a keyboard and type out a meaningful name. With the Oregon 700, I had the options of "Coniferous Forest," and "Land." Thinking this couldn't be it, I tapped on the waypoint label. Nope, no chance to change the name to something meaningful. I now have several waypoints with such meaningless names, and I will have to use Basecamp or something else to change them. That's additional, unnecessary processing for something that should be so simple. (If you'll allow me a tangential question, why do I have Garmin Basecamp, Garmin Express, Garmin MapInstall, Garmin MapManager, Garmin RoadTrip, and Garmin WebUpdater on my machine? Can't they write just one program that does it all?) UPDATE: I have discovered that it is, in fact, possible to change the name of a waypoint to something useful, but you have to first save the waypoint. Once you've saved it and you are on the screen that immediately follows the save, there is a pencil icon in the lower right of the screen. You can tap this to bring up an editing screen.
These problems are not uncorrectable. If Garmin would simply change the software to place an initial pin at the current location and allow the user to confirm that location by pressing the flag icon, much of my dissatisfaction would be allayed. An added bonus would be if they programmed in the ability to set a meaningful default waypoint name, such as [yyyymmdd]_nnn, where yyyy is the four-digit year, mm the two digit month, dd the two-digit day, and nnn a three digit identifier assigned sequentially. Other users may have other ideas as to what is a meaningful default name, and they should be enabled to set those as well. There are any number of software applications that permit default naming schemes, so Garmin software engineers should be able to find code examples in a number of open source applications.
My dissatisfaction, however, is not just with the device itself. I considered the possibility that I just needed to be more familiar with my device, so I consulted Garmin's user forums. Except, there are no user forums for the Oregon 700. In fact, Garmin has no user forums for its outdoor devices at all. Their user forums concentrate on their Health & Fitness, Running, Cycling, and Golf applications and devices, and there are no forums for their Outdoor devices, such as the eTrex, Dakota, or Oregon series devices. One could get the impression from that that outdoor devices no longer play a significant role in Garmin's market offerings, further lessening the attractiveness of Garmin devices generally. Why buy a device that the company itself ignores or that may soon be orphaned?
I was mostly satisfied with my Garmin eTrex30, and that is what caused me to look exclusively at other Garmin devices when seeking a replacement. I realize my error now, and as I work with this device, I will seek work-arounds for my dissatisfactions while keeping my eyes open for a suitable replacement.
The first time I used it I placed it on stop for the drive home and it tracked all the way to my house, Now I cut the entire device off and turn it on when I am ready to sync. So far, no problems with that anymore. The unit turns to a black background with white lettering when the sun sets, but reverses during daylight.
It has a great feel to it and the touch screen works well, but living in AZ we don't have a lot of real cold weather so I have not used it with gloves.
The one thing I would change is the way it hooks onto the backpack. It has a carabiner clip that fits over the back opening but the clip makes it dangle at an awkward angle and it is a bit cumbersome. However that does not detract from performance.
I would buy this again and look forward to when I know all of its operation.