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Garmin Colorado 300 review | GPS Functions

Published on: Friday, November 7th 2008                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin Colorado GPS

Garmin Colorado GPS

On / off button

The on/off button has two functions. In order to activate or deactivate the device, you have to depress this button for a few seconds. If the button is depressed briefly, a system status page will appear and it is possible to set the backlight by turning the Rock 'n Roller.

Waypoint Manager software

Waypoint Manager software

Garmin Colorado 300 software

Furthermore, the package contains 2 CDs. One contains MapSource software which lets you manage waypoints, tracks, routes etcetera. This software enables a direct link to Google Maps and Google Earth. WebUpdater is also on the CD in the service program with which the system software can be checked and updated.

Garmin Colorado software

Garmin Colorado software

Garmin Colorado reference guide

The other CD contains the compact reference guide and the extensive user guide. For me the user guide is not complete; a few descriptions of options within certain applications are missing. For example: within the application "Where to go?" the option 'Via' is possible, however, not a word about it is found on the CD. And there is no hardcopy of the Manual included, which can be a real lack. Since you have to start the computer all the time or print one out yourself.

 

Garmin Colorado 300 GPS

Garmin Colorado 300 GPS

Garmin Colorado GPS

Garmin Colorado GPS

 

Garmin outdoor GPS

Garmin outdoor GPS

Create and add profiles

In addition to the already mentioned shortcuts, the device also offers the possibility of using Profiles. Standard profiles are Recreational, Geocaching, Automotive, Maritime and Fitness. Moreover; you can create and add profiles to your own preference. A profile enables the user to adjust the Colorado to certain specific aims. Through shortcuts, we decide which applications should be available. This saves us from unnecessary scrolling through applications we have no desire to use anyway. And we decide the monitor reproduction at some spots. The image shows the monitor of the Trip computer for a walk profile and a car profile.

Garmin outdoor GPS receiver

Garmin outdoor GPS receiver

Geochaching

A small number of applications are familiar from earlier devices. We have come across the Maps page, Compass, Altimeter, Trip computer, Tracks, Agenda and so on, before. Just as earlier handhelds, the Colorado 300 offers Geocaching. First, you have to install a plug-in from the Geocaching site, after which caches are ready for downloading directly to the device. People with a premium membership will also receive the extensive description of the cache. Printing of the description is then no longer needed. All features can be rendered on the monitor; creator, difficulty and type of cache. Papers getting soaking wet no longer exist.

 

Route planner

A route planner is also available and it functions in almost the same way as those of its predecessors. The sound to alert an exit ahead could have been a bit louder for me; with the radio playing, you can hardly hear the alert and you really have to beware of not missing anything. The broader and sharper monitor however, does offer a clearer view of the road you're following.

Garmin Colorado 300 review

 

Outdoor GPS

Outdoor GPS

Application ´Wireless Sharing´

I would like to review some new applications. Firstly, the application: Wireless sharing. This does not work according to a special standard; it can be used only between Garmin devices that are equipped with this application. This way tracks, waypoints, routes and geo caches can be shared.

Garmin GPS review

Garmin GPS review

Application ´Miscellaneous´

Next, we find the application 'miscellaneous'. This application is used together with the application shortcuts. The user can decide per profile which application is wanted for quick access. The applications that are not added to the shortcuts are automatically transferred to the application miscellaneous. They are not completely removed as the option menu states; they can still be used and eventually added again if desired.

 
 
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