I'm a HUGE Garmin fan. I've had several models, and love their software, usability, and function. Unfortunately, my Streetpilot 2610 is having processing issues.... it randomly drops satellites, the touch screen won't calibrate, so typing on it is impossible (or I have to use the remote), and the map data seems to get corrupted mid-route at random... No idea why or how to correct it, and tech support won't help me because it's no longer supported.
So, it's time for a new one.
I've looked at the Zumo in the hopes of being able to use it on the bike and in the car, but I'm not that impressed (not to mention they're WAY overpriced IMHO). With the Nuvi series, none of them are waterproof, so using them on the bike unprotected is out too. I like the wide screen models, but I hate the fact that I can't customize any part of the displays...
I'm an information junkie, and like being able to see speed, elevation, current street name/address, compass heading, and upcoming turn/intersection all on the same screen as the map. On my current Streetpilot, I can do all that at the same time... Not so with any of the Nuvis... It's like they've been 'dumbed-down'... I HATE that!!
So, I've been looking at used StreetPilots.... Does anyone use the 27XX or 28XX-series Streetpilots here? How do you like them? Did they retain the functions I like on those, or did they disappear with the newer software?
I owned a 2610, 2720, and 2820! Now have the Zumo 550, a Nuvi 500, Nuvi 765T, eTrex Legend, and eTrex Summit personally and at work we also have other Nuvis.
The 500 is waterproof and has a removable battery. It does not have bluetooth support or an MP3 player or external earphone jack. The 765T has bluetooth, MP3 player support, and headphone jack and does
have a partially customizable front screen and you can change it on the fly pretty easily to display direction of travel, elevation, or time of day if no route is selected. If a route is selected, you can select from ETA, DTD, ETD, direction of travel, elevation, or time of day. Any unit that has the "Where am I" feature will also display lat/long and elevation just by touching the screen. The 765T also supports multiple routes with multiple waypoints that can be reordered and shows speed limits.
In other words, other than having waterproof buttons, being waterproof, having a fuel gage, and coming with a map disk so you can lay out routes on your PC, the Nuvi 765T can do just about everything navigationally the Zumos do. And all the new units have the high sensitivity receiver. But you will have to buy one of the waterproof MC mounts.
Here are the form factors (displaying Fenway Park).