Garmin Colorado 400t vs. Garmin Oregon 400t (Feature Comparison)


Software:

Colorado Software 2.90, GPS Software 2.8
Oregon Software 2.97, GPS Software 2.80

Feature
Colorado
Oregon
Comments
Hardware



Touch screen
No
Yes

Rock'n Roller
Yes
No

Lanyard attachment
No
Yes

Weight
7.3 oz
(206.9 g)
6.8 oz
(192.7 g)

Antenna
Quad-helix
Ceramic

Dimensions 2.4" x 5.5" x 1.4"
(6.0 x 13.9 x 3.5 cm)
2.3" x 4.5" x 1.4"
(5.8 x 11.4 x 3.5 cm)

External storage
SD
Micro SD

Storage card location
separate slot
under battery

GPS Chipset
MediaTek MTK MT3318
STM Cartesio STA2062

External antenna connector
Yes
No

Hard buttons
4 (power, left, right, enter)
1 (power)

Battery life (2700 mAh NiMH)
14-18 hrs
13-21 hrs
max with backlight off, min with backlight at 100%, no compass, no WAAS
Performance/Capacity



Power-on to first screen
18 sec
14 sec

HotFixTM (fast location fix)
No
Yes
OR locks much faster if it has been used in last 3 days.
General



Automatic time zone setting
No
Yes

Setup options available on Tool page
Yes - some
No
On the OR almost all Tool configuration must be done by returning to Main Menu>Setup>[Tool]. Some configuration options on the CO are available from the Tool Options menu.
Reset control on Tool page
Yes
No
OR: All resets done through the Setup>Reset (for example the odometer)
Backlight limiting
Yes
No (NiMH), Yes (Alkaline, Lith)

Delete recent finds
Yes
No

Report % memory used for waypoints / tracks
No
Yes

Restore to factory defaults
No
Yes

Remembers backlight settings across power cycle
No
Yes

Text/data entry format
Rock 'n Roller
Grid style, touch screen
OR is far superior for alphanumeric data entry
Descriptive page headers
No
Yes
Many pages have a small 2-line bar at the top which gives you the context of the page (i.e. Currently navigating to Cache <cachename>)
Satellite



Track-up/North-up on satellite page
Yes
No

Manual auto-locate position
Yes
No

Maps



Show data fields on map only during navigation
No
Yes

Switch Track up -> North up on map page
No
Yes, when panning

Dynamic distance and bearing to selected point on map page
No
Yes
CO provides static distance to selected point.
Data fields on map page
0, 2
0, 2, 4

Waypoints & POIs



Fast "mark waypoint" capability
Yes
(press & hold enter)
No

Entire coordinate set visible during entry
No
Yes

Waypoint averaging
No
Yes
added in 2.96
Tracks



Track Manager
No
Yes

Change color of tracks
No
Yes

View multiple saved tracks on map
No
Yes

Save partial tracks
Yes, but broken
Yes
CO interface for partial track management is broken and very difficult to use
Reverse saved tracks
No
Yes

Delete saved tracks
No
Yes

View map location from track
Yes
No

Navigation/Route



Turn arrow indicators on Active Route directions
Yes
No

Detour
Yes
No

Recalculate on/off route option
No
Yes

"Stop navigation" location
Shortcuts
WhereTo?

Leg Time/Distance, Distance/ETA to point in Active Route tool
Yes
No

View elevation plot of a route
No
Yes
OR relies on DEM data being installed as part of the maps. Accuracy of route elevation plot will only be as good as the quality of the DEM (which can poor in the basemap and GB Discoverer).
WhereTo? > Coordinates
No
Yes

Compass



Altimeter



Independent reset for Max Elevation and Elevation Data
Yes
No
OR resets Trip Computer and Altimeter together.
Odometer



Odometer dashboards
Automotive,
None
Automotive,
Geocaching,
Default,
Little Fields,
Big Fields

Odometer data fields
6 small + 2 big
3 big to 10 small
OR has very flexible configuration
Reset Odometer data field
Yes
No
Trip odometer can be reset on OR, just not Odometer
Independent Max Speed reset control
Yes
No

Geocaching/Wherigo



Geocaches in Recent Finds
No
Yes

Find points near a geocache using map preview.
No
Yes
OR: Geocache map preview available prior to hitting Go.
Search/display geocaches by GC codes
Yes
Yes, config option
Configuration option on OR
Special geocaching mode screens
Yes
No

Save geocaches as waypoints
No
Yes
added in Oregon 2.5
Support for geocaching find count
No


Misc



Calculator modes
Scientific, Standard
Standard

Man Overboard feature
No
Yes
added in 2.96
Custom banner during power on
No
Yes
added in 2.96
Alarm clock resolution
5 min
1 min

Dedicated screen capture button
Yes (press hold right)
No
(configuration of power switch)

Sun and Moon show position in sky
Yes
No

Stopwatch supports lap by distance
Yes
No
OR supports lap by key press only.
Temperature sensor
Yes
No
CO has a sensor but it does not work

I highly recommend Anatoly Ivanov's Colorado Oregon comparison review if you are looking for more details. The best comparison review I've seen -- a very fair and accurate assessment of both units.