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Garmin Rino 655t vs 650

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Old 07-29-2013, 01:51 PM
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Garmin Rino 655t vs 650

I will be purchasing a pair of Rinos soon and need input on these models... there are 3 differences I can see:

1. 655 is $100 more
2. 655 comes with a (preloaded??) 100k map
3. 655 has a 5mp camera

I have had and used the Garmin series for several yrs but let one of the kids use it and now its lost... when I did use it, I downloaded the free AZ topo map from gpsfile depot and it worked great. Only prob I remember was I couldn't get the whole state on the unit and if I wanted to change the map I would lose my waypoints. I have an elk hunt in NM and deer in AZ and would like to keep all my waypoints using the best/most detailed maps available.

also, are these rinos like the typical radios that only work if your within site of the other guy?
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:51 PM
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Re: Garmin Rino 655t vs 650

I've been looking at them also.
The camera and the preloaded topo map is the only difference I can see between the two.
I have 2 150's now and they work pretty well. The range is better than most consumer grade radios and they only have 1 watt. I think the 5 watt should work pretty well.
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:13 AM
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Re: Garmin Rino 655t vs 650

I have the 655T. Having the preloaded topo map is pretty nice but if I were to do it all over again, I would get the 650 and buy the HuntingGPSMaps.com SD card. I ended up buynig one for my 655T and now I don't use the preloaded map at all.

The radios work pretty well. You don't have to be line of sight but the same side of the mountain is almost a requirement. I was approximately 4 miles away from my brother who also has one. We were on the same side of the mountain, separated by several ridges and I was able to hear him fine.

In short, buy it...I'm glad I did. I really enjoy using mine.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:17 PM
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Re: Garmin Rino 655t vs 650

I decided on the 650s, ordered 4 of them & used them is weekend. Since everyone has a cellfone w/cam & I wanted 24k:1 maps, there was no need for spending the extra $100/each. I used the free topos from gpsfiledepot. I went to buy the huntingmaps sd but they were sold out at sportsmans. Whoever designed the chargerplug was definately a company man cuz that plug is stupid.
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