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Offline TN2Wheeler

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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2017, 01:23:01 PM »
Don't know if you're looking for a motorcycle - specific do-everthing unit or what but the approach we took was an inexpensive Nuvi (55LM I think) for simple automotive use and a more expensive GPSMAP 64S for my adventure riding.  The former being excellent for "Where To?" navigation and the latter providing awesome track management but not particularly user friendly.
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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2017, 07:06:22 PM »
I recommend looking for a refurbished 590LM.  Cost for mine was about $540.  Everything looked new, including the factory warranty.  I bought mine here.  http://g.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/1656/Garmin-Zumo-GPS.html  I don't see it listed as refurbished now...I suppose it is a matter of supply and demand.

Pros:  It's a 5-inch screen.  I can see it with my aging eyes.  Screen brightness is fine.  Curvy roads works.  It's waterproof and the mounting system is quick and easy to use.  Plus, as a refurbished unit, I save about $250.
Cons:  I can't think of any.

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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2017, 09:45:15 AM »
Hey Jim,
On the Nuvi's, they work great for navigation and I have two 2797LMT's for the car.  BUT, if you want or need Blue Tooth, a Zumo is the only way to fly.  All the newer model Zumo's have the latest BT and make communications with something like a Sena plug and play.  With a Nuvi, BT can be a crap shoot.
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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2017, 11:41:54 PM »
Download the TomTom app for your cell phone. It has the curvy road option. I've got the paid version, works as good as a dedicated GPS at getting you lost.  :D
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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2017, 12:04:00 PM »
Download the TomTom app for your cell phone. It has the curvy road option. I've got the paid version, works as good as a dedicated GPS at getting you lost.  :D

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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2017, 10:22:52 PM »
Changed.

Download the TomTom app for your cell phone. It has the curvy road option. I've got the paid version, works as good as a dedicated GPS at getting you lost.  :D

Thanks.  You need to updatre your signature
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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2017, 06:24:05 AM »
For those of you that thought i would never pull the trigger on a new GPS I now have a brand new Garmin 395LM sitting here ready to go!
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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2017, 12:06:56 PM »
Just a quick thought as I was skimming through the posts.  If you're considering a Garmin 390 or 395...you might check out the new TomTom 400.  You can also get the TomTom software for your smartphone.  A subscription is dirt cheap.

I ended up getting a refurbished 590LM, but primarily because I decided I wanted the larger 5" screen size.  But until then, my intention had been to go with the TomTom.  TomTom came out with the "curvy roads" feature first.  On the TomTom standalone GPS, the "curvy roads" has the ability to customize the amount of curves and hills too.

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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2017, 03:05:28 PM »
I needed to drive my mom from her "snowbird nest" in Sebring back to suburban Cincinnati for the summer just a couple of weeks ago.  I've always been a Garmin guy, and I always try to avoid the slab (even in a car), so I packed up my Garmin 660 and caught a plane to the US.  Ran the 660 on her windshield and my Samsung 7R dual sim using a clip-on over the vent for just shy of 1000 miles.  (My mom is a talker, so I've applied for an Iron Ears award).   

Wow, a real difference! 

The android was quite a few seconds ahead calling out turns; it gave me congestion warnings and alternate routing choices, and when I saw some dark clouds I brought up a weather app which automatically overlayed the road map showing real time doplar!  All the while the Garmin sat there calling out turns about 10 seconds later - and yes I had uploaded the latest maps.   

Will save the Garmin for my dual sport riding or if I download routes, but for just not getting lost . . . use your phone man!
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Re: Looking for a new GPS
« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2017, 03:50:03 PM »

The android was quite a few seconds ahead calling out turns; it gave me congestion warnings and alternate routing choices, and when I saw some dark clouds I brought up a weather app which automatically overlayed the road map showing real time doplar! 

What app is that? It sounds helpful and something I should get.
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