Official Tiger GPS Garmin Colorado Guide
Garmin's product line is heading west - with the new Colorado series available at Tiger GPS!
The Garmin Colorado Series represents the ultimate in portable handheld GPS navigation from the name you know and trust - Garmin! The new Colorado series is essentially an upgrade from the GPSMAP 60CSx. The Colorados are roughly the same width and overall shape, but are shorter despite having a larger screen. This is made possible by the invention of the "Rock n Roller" wheel, which allows users to cycle through menu functions quickly and easily. There are now only three control buttons, plus a power switch, making the user interface a breeze to scroll through.
The Colorado is available in four flavors: the Colorado 300, the base unit with 384 MB free memory to store detailed maps (enough to hold about 10 states or so); the Colorado 400t, with pre-loaded Topographical maps for the United States, including highly-detailed 3D contour views; the Colorado 400c, pre-loaded with BlueChart maps for the United States East Coast, West Coast, Gulf Coast and Great Lakes; and the Colorado 400i, pre-loaded with detail for thousands of inland lakes across the continental United States. Each Colorado also features an SD slot for expandable memory cards and other maps types.
One of the most obvious upgrades of the Colorado series is the screen. A full 3" diagonally, it's the largest handheld screen from Garmin, and boasts 240 x 400 pixels of big, beautiful color. Throw in an improved processor, and the Colorado can do what the handheld GPSMAPs only dreamed of.
GPSMAP 60CSx Topo Screens: Colorado 400t Topo Screens:
Will you also be taking your Garmin Colorado on the road? It's easy: simply add the City Navigator NT North America pre-programmed card and Automotive Kit, which includes a car mount and cigarette lighter adapter.
Are you a geocacher? Garmin makes it easier than ever with the Colorado, which supports Geocaching.com (click here) GPX files for downloading geocaches and detail straight to your unit (left). Plus, you can download games and adventures from Wherigo (click here) as well; it's the equivalent of an outdoors video game with your Garmin! Use GPS technology to guide you to physical locations and interact with virtual objects and characters. You can even customize Colorado's interface based on your favorite activity, and show off photos of your excursions with Colorado's picture viewer.
Are you a workout buff? The Garmin Colorado is compatible with the GSC 10 Speed/Cadence sensor for bicycles and the wireless Heart Rate Monitor. You can use your Colorado to plan your workout routing, and record valuable training into the unit, just like a Forerunner or Edge series unit, albeit without Training Center software.
All Colorado models are equipped with a barometric altimeter for elevation and air pressure readings, and an electronic compass for magnetic bearing. A new feature is the elevation profile (right), which allows you to plot elevation or air pressure over time and display it dynamically.
Garmin Colorados are even better when you share - and you won't have to give up your own! Each Colorado receiver can send a wireless signal to another Colorado in range, letting you share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches with any other Colorado user with the press of a button.
So which Colorado package is for you?
All four Colorado packages are expandable and powerful, but one should take care to select the one that matches his or her needs. What if you need more than one map set? There are still a number of options available.
If you require topographical maps, with elevation contours, campgrounds, parks, forests, trails, and the like, then you require the Colorado 400t. Pre-loaded with Garmin's high-detail topo maps for the United States, the Colorado 400t is the only receiver with 3D topo contour views available on the screen of the handheld! Note that this detail is only available on the pre-loaded unit, and cannot be added on later. The Colorado 400t is also compatible with City Navigator software for driving directions and has limited compatibility with BlueChart g2 Vision for waterway detail.
If your main use for the Colorado is on the water, look into a Colorado 400c or Colorado 400i. The Colorado 400c is pre-loaded with detailed BlueChart g2 Vision data for the United States East Coast (Maine to Bahamas), Gulf Coast (Florida through Texas), West Coast (Washington state through Baja California) and the Great Lakes. You'll get detailed depth contours, color navaids, port plans, tide data, and more on these units. If you do your boating in inland lakes and rivers, check out the Colorado 400i instead, with pre-programmed depth and nautical data for thousands of lakes across the United States. If you need both offshore and inland data, your best bet is to buy a Colorado 400c and add a BlueChart g2 Vision Inland Lakes card as an accessory. The Colorado 400c and 400i are also compatible with City Navigator software for driving directions and the Garmin Topo 2008 DVD for off-road maps.
If you don't need high-detail mapping, or already have the software that you need, you can invest in a Colorado 300. Its robust internal memory, plus SD card slot, ensure that you'll be able to fit all you need onto your receiver.
See what the Colorado can do:
Garmin Colorado Screen Shots:
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