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Rebnats
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:00 pm    Post subject: Oregon or Satmap Active10 Reply with quote

Hi, Newbie needs advice on purchase of either Garmin Oregon or Satmap, for hiking/mountain biking. Having read that most bugs on these models have now been fixed, need usrers advice for ease of use, mapping etc and display if used on bike mount. Also considering trying out geocaching.Thanks in anticipation.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are mainly UK based then may I suggest the Active 10. I have both a Colorado 300 and the Active 10 and the main reason for purchasing the Active10 was because I could get the whole of UK on OSGB 1:50K mapping. The Oregon (and Colorado) only have selected areas (National Parks/Trails) on OSGB mapping. You can also purchase 1:25k mapping for whole (or any part) of UK for the Active 10 - the whole of UK at 1:25k requires a substantial lottery win! Satmap will also do a customer centred mapping solution - very good for those of us who live (and/or walk) on the corners of usual OS maps!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Oregon or Satmap Active10 Reply with quote

Rebnats wrote:
Hi, Newbie needs advice on purchase of either Garmin Oregon or Satmap, for hiking/mountain biking. Having read that most bugs on these models have now been fixed, need usrers advice for ease of use, mapping etc and display if used on bike mount. Also considering trying out geocaching.Thanks in anticipation.
Cheers.


I went for the Oregon 550T .. its smaller but the screen is still perfectly adequate. The smaller size makes the Oregon more robust and easier to carry. Might not appear that way, but try carrying both on a 30km walk then youíll see what i mean!

The SatMap though initially much underdeveloped (i returned mine in Jan í08) seems to be getting good reviews now. You should definitely try before you buy. But with the extra power pack and recommended accessories, youíll going to spend over £500. The equivalent Oregon and accessories worked out at least £150 cheaper!
I like the Oregon for its size, ruggedness.. Garmin make very rugged devices.. I love the Oregonís UI and despite what many have said about its gimmicky 3D view, I find it a real bonus, helping me visualize the route from a new perspective.

The Oregon (as far as I can tell) has a better battery life than the SatMap.. it doesnít matter how good your GPS is, if u run out of power then youíre carrying a brick! With my Oregon set on WASS reception, Backlight set to approx 60-70%, and the unit left on continuously in tracking mode, Iím getting approximately 15 hours of use using fully charged 2 x Uniross 2700maH NiMH Batteries. IMHO Thatís way good enough for any trek unless you are away from the office for days at a time! I carry at least one extra set when I go out but have yet ever to use them!

The more I use the Oregon the more I like it. I have only had the unit a couple of weeks so time is yet to be the real test.. And with my disastrous start with the Oregon (invalid files on sd card?!), causing my unit to throw a wobbly every time I turned it on, things seem to be panning out fine! (This was mainly due to me placing incorrect files on the SD card.. Not really Garminís fault).
There are currently one or two bugs in the Oregonís firmware, but it you update to the latest v2.81 (and its still beta), things should be ok.

I will be doing a 550T (UK model) video review plus some tips and tricks etc on YouTube relatively soon.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too late for OP but the latest Active 10 firmware has settings (hibernate) that exetenbd the battery life (I'm talking about the LiPoly pack) to several 10's of hours - the site claims 100 hours I recall. Very useful for those extended trekking holidays.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Oregon 400t and while I can't comment on the Satmap it does ok on the bike as a record of the journey. I leave the screen on whilst it is mounted on the handlebars and the battery (rechargeable) will last all day.
Rather a glorified bike computer really!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Between these two I would always choose the Oregon because it is a system to which I could add my own maps. When I travel, I always download or scan in a local map to my GPS. I would never buy a system like Satmap that does not permit this.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Likewise, I went for Oregon 450 as it has ability to load OSM and better suited to geocaching IMO than satmap.
Satmap has nice screen but its data costs and flexibility that swung it for me
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