Travellers, along with gadget geeks, love the GPS devices; but most of them are quite costly. Hence, Garmin has announced two mid-range touchscreen GPS models - Oregon 450 and Oregon 450t. Both models sport a 3-inch color touchscreen display that can be used even with gloves on, claims Garmin. Oregon 450 is available for $399 (Rs. 19,200 approx.) while Oregon 450t is priced at $499 (Rs. 24,000 approx.).
Garmin's Oregon 450 and Oregon 450t have new dashboard interfaces that can be selected by user. The only difference between Oregon 450 and 450t is that the latter comes with topographic street maps. The 3-inch transflective color TFT touchscreen is claimed to work even with gloves and might remind users of BlackBerry Storm.
Both GPS models include a three-axis electronic compass, better track navigation which also shows changes in elevation, photo navigation, and barometric altimeter. Users can also exchange tracks, waypoints, routes and other geocached data with newer generation Garmin GPS systems.
The Garmin 450t is equipped with 3D perspective that shows changes in elevation and built-in 100,000:1 scale topographic map of US. This topographic map includes major roads, rivers, lakes, parks, wilderness areas and coastlines.
Garmin also bundles a utility software that is compatible with Windows and Mac computers that can be used to add map data to the device. Both these Oregon GPS models can be expected to arrive in the first quarter of next year.