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Garmin Oregon Touchscreen GPS, First Images Emerge

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Monday's leak of info about Garmin's upcoming Oregon touchscreen GPS line has now been followed by some images and screenshots. And though the mapping functions pretty much follow the earlier Colorado line, the units look very different—apparently being pretty buttonless indeed. For walkers, the 200 is a simple basemap unit, the 300 has worldwide maps with shaded relief, while the 400t adds in preloaded U.S. topographic maps and a 3D view. The 400i has maps for US inland lakes and the worldwide basemap, while the 400c has BlueChart® g2 coastal charts for sea-farers. When on sale in the Fall, the 400 units will cost $639.99, the 300 $533.32 and the basic 200 $479.99. Press release below.


Garmin's Touchscreen Oregon™ Series Gives

Outdoor Enthusiasts the World at their Fingertips

OLATHE, Kan./July 10, 2008/PR Newswire - Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd.

(NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today introduced the Oregon series of

handheld GPS devices for outdoor, marine and fitness enthusiasts, combining an intuitive

touchscreen interface, rugged, resilient design and a variety of preloaded mapping options.

"The Oregon's vibrant screen is responsive to the touch of your finger, yet resistant to the forces of

nature," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Combining the touchscreen

interface of our iconic automotive devices with the preloaded features of the acclaimed Colorado

series makes this the ultimate outdoor handheld."

Easy to learn and simple to use, the waterproof Oregon features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver,

preloaded mapping and a high-resolution, color 3-inch screen that reacts as users tap or drag

through menus and options. On a mountain or an ocean, satellite reception is even faster than

before thanks to Garmin's new HotFixTM feature, which automatically calculates and stores critical

satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position without waiting for

data collection from the satellites.

The Oregon 400t gives hikers preloaded U.S. topographic maps in state-of-the-art 3D elevation

perspective. The Oregon 400i offers anglers shoreline details, depth contours and boat ramps for

U.S. inland lakes and navigable rivers. The Oregon 400c is a saltwater specialist, providing chart

coverage for the coastal U.S. and Bahamas. The Oregon 300 features a worldwide basemap with

shaded relief. The Oregon 200 provides a basemap that can be easily supplemented with

additional mapping or charts for your adventures on land or at sea.

Garmin knows its users have many interests, so the Oregon lets you customize five profiles -

automotive, marine, recreation, fitness or geocaching - making the most beneficial features for

each activity the easiest to access through quick shortcuts.

The Oregon series plays well with others, as the 400t, 400c, 400i and 300 allow for wireless

exchange of tracks, waypoints and geocaches between other Oregon units and Colorado models.

Each of these models is equipped with a barometric altimeter and electronic compass and is

compatible with Garmin's heart-rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors.

Geocaching is even easier with the Oregon, which quickly downloads online information for every

cache, such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don't have to tote

printouts with you. Cachers and collectors will be hunting for a limited-edition geocoin minted to

commemorate the launch of the Oregon series. Oregon users can experience Wherigo™, the

newest GPS-based activity from Groundspeak, the people who made geocaching a worldwide

phenomenon. Wherigo (pronounced "where I go") is a toolset for creating and completing

adventure games, historical tours or other innovative activities in the real world.

Weighing only 6.8 ounces with 16 hours of life from two AA batteries, the Oregon has a microSD

card slot that is ideal for loading additional MapSource detail. For more about the Oregon's

features, pricing and availability, go to and