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Old 12-30-2009, 07:40 AM   #166
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Garmin 450 vs 550

Ok, so what's the deal on these two?

I thought the 450 would be the 550 without the camera, but comparing them on Garmin's site and it shows the 450 can handle only 50 routes (200 for the 550), and 1000 waypoints (2000 for the 550).

Even with these "limitations", it'd still do the job for me but ultimately, what is the actual difference?
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:21 AM   #167
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While I've not seen them side by side, the people that have, claim the 550 display is a little brighter. Basically, it looks like they took the 400 and added the 3 axis compass. What really sux for those of us that bought the 400's is the price drop of the 450's from the 400's. Did I mention how much I love Garmin???
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:35 AM   #168
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Rumor is that the 450 has the same screen as the 550. I'd be very surprised if it did not. You'll see on the Garmin site that the 450 and 550 grouped together.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:53 AM   #169
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Rumor is that the 450 has the same screen as the 550. I'd be very surprised if it did not. You'll see on the Garmin site that the 450 and 550 grouped together.

Huh? ALL the mapping handhelds are grouped together on the Garmin site. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:03 AM   #170
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:44 AM   #171
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Ahhh, I'm betting it won't be long and Garmin will discontinue the 400's. Makes sense, you want a camera you get a 550 you don't you get the 450.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:56 AM   #172
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Likely. Read here or somewhere that since the cheaper Dakota has the 3 axis compass, the Oregon 400 doesn't look quite as fetching. The 450 would place it better in the hierarchy/value/price point structure; something Garmin is keenly sensitive to, with eighty-billion different Nuvi versions.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:46 PM   #173
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Ahhh, I'm betting it won't be long and Garmin will discontinue the 400's. Makes sense, you want a camera you get a 550 you don't you get the 450.
Kinda what I was getting at prior to your "Huh?" exclamation...

So now we're all on the same page, what exactly are the differences between the 450 and 550? Why are there differences between the supported number of routes and waypoints? Are these artificial limitations?
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:54 PM   #174
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Kinda what I was getting at prior to your "Huh?" exclamation...

So now we're all on the same page, what exactly are the differences between the 450 and 550? Why are there differences between the supported number of routes and waypoints? Are these artificial limitations?

Looks like the only difference is the camera.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:03 PM   #175
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...and the difference in storage capability.
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Oh, and actually another dif is the 550 has a USB 2.0 port.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:41 PM   #177
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Kinda what I was getting at prior to your "Huh?" exclamation...

So now we're all on the same page, what exactly are the differences between the 450 and 550? Why are there differences between the supported number of routes and waypoints? Are these artificial limitations?
No they are real limitations, or advantages of the 550 line, depending on your point of view.

Here's a comparison chart on the GPSCity site, showing the differences between the 550 and 450 line.

You can build your own comparison chart by adding or removing units you want to compare. Very handy.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:44 PM   #178
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A 276c at 60cx prices would be good...

The new touch screens don't do it for me. I can't see the 60cx screen very well (too small). The 276c is not around any more and old stock is $500. I think I will just go back to paper maps!!
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:01 AM   #179
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What really sux for those of us that bought the 400's is the price drop of the 450's from the 400's. Did I mention how much I love Garmin???
So you'd like Garmin more if they kept prices up?
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:53 AM   #180
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No they are real limitations, or advantages of the 550 line, depending on your point of view.
I am curious if the hardware is actually the same and the limitation is imposed in the firmware (that's what I meant by artificial).
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