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HeliDood
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Joined: 2010-01-08
Posts: 275

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Been using my Colorado for a few days now. I find the interface to be a bit clumsy, but overall I'm liking a lot of the features of this machine.
Here is a list what I like and dont like about it.

Disappointments:

  • Scroll wheel: It takes forever to enter coordinates manually. I prefer the joystick on the old eTrex
  • Navigation mode: I would have liked to see a larger arrow. Proximity rings would have been a nice feature
  • booting: It's locked up twice on me since I got it on Tuesday. Once after I loaded a new gpx file, the second time seemingly for no reason at all. I had to remove the batteries to shut it down before rebooting.
  • Maps: very slow to refresh when trying to pan around
  • Screen: hard to view in bright daylight even with screen brightness all the way up
  • Cache List: selected the GC mode while driving. List shows nearest caches first, but does not auto-refresh keeping the nearest cache at the top of the page.


Likes:

  • Paperless caching. I like how I can get whole cache descriptions, rating, logs and hints right on my GPS.
  • Boots relatively fast
  • Satellite acquisition: very fast. Within a couple seconds of turning on the machine I have a GPS fix (although it is a low confidence fix initially)
  • Accuracy: Only have the eTrex legend to compare to, but the Colorado seems to run circles around the eTrex in the accuracy department. I've placed a bunch of caches with the eTrex and I've gotten feedback saying they were 30-40 feet off. I doubt I'll have this problem with the Colorado
  • Wherigo looks promising


Other:

  • The website, manual, and others picture the Colorado 300 with street maps. I expected my Colorado 300 to come with street maps. After playing around for about a half hour, and not finding any street maps, I came to the conclusion that Garmin wants me to spend $100 to see street maps. Sad



Conclusion:

  • While the Colorado is a nice unit with a lot of advanced features, especially features useful to geocaching, had I demo'd the Colorado prior to purchasing it, it is very unlikely that I would have purchased the Colorado.


I'm disappointed at my self more than anything, by not doing comparative shopping or better researching GPSr's.

On a scale of 1-5, I wouldnt rate my Colorado 300 any higher than a 3.
 
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-cheeto-
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Joined: 2007-06-12
Posts: 4538
Location: Appleton, WI

PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:56 pm Reply with quote Back to top

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I came to the conclusion that Garmin wants me to spend $100 to see street maps. Sad


About the only way to get a good street map from garmin without paying 100 bucks "extra" is to get a Nuvi wink

Even the 500 dollar Oregon (base model) does not come with a street map. Same old basemap. They like selling maps too.
 
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HeliDood
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Yep. I've got a Nuvi, too. I take my Nuvi everywhere I go, or should I say my Nuvi takes me every where it goes?

I bought my Nuvi 200 sometime in 2007. It's been pretty good.
The only problem I really have with the Nuvi is that (since it's a couple years old) I get an annoying message at startup that says something like,
"Your map is over a year old. Insert $100 here to remove this annoying message for 12 months"


The main reason I'd like a street map on my Colorado is for when viewing caches on the map. It'd be good to reference the location of caches and get a good way to figure out exactly where they are before attempting to drive over there.
 
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HeliDood
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:54 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I just installed the Wisconsin Topo map. What a difference that makes.
 
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SammyClaws
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Joined: 2007-04-27
Posts: 331
Location: Muskego

PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

You might want to load web updater on your computer and makes sure you've got the latest firmware load on your colorado too. While there are a lot of new features added to the Oregon line, some of those have been making it to the colorado too.
 
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HeliDood
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

One of the first things I did after unboxing the Colorado was updated the firmware. Im on v3.20

Yesterday, after powering it on, I noticed that the altimeter data was indicating that I had ascended about 800 feet, from my base (home) elevation of 1020 feet ASL, saying I was at 1800 feet.

I realize changing weather will affect altimeter data, but not 800 feet worth.
If it happens again, I'll report the issue to Garmin to determine if I have a defective unit.
 
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The Yinnies
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Joined: 2007-06-03
Posts: 104
Location: Manitowoc

PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

First, you can put all the caches you want on the Nuvi using GSAK. I had a Colorado when they first came out and sold it a few months later. There were a lot of problems with it. They have most of them fixed, but they are not doing much with it anymore.
 
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