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post #1 of 24 Old 07-25-2008, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Garmin 200W?

Does anyone here use the Garmin Nuvi 200W? Tell me what you like and don't like about it. I like the larger screen on it. WalMart sells them for $218.00.

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WAY overpriced at Walmart:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthr...69164&t=873641

Garmin Nuvi 200 + Leather Case = $99.99
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Does anyone here use the Garmin Nuvi 200W? Tell me what you like and don't like about it. I like the larger screen on it. WalMart sells them for $218.00.
The only real problem is that they are not waterproof. I've got a Nuvi in the cage and it uses the exact same maps as the Zumo.

The Nuvi series does have other limitations and it's best to go to the Garmin site and use the "compare models" feature to see what you get and don't get.

I'm not sure, but I don't think you can save tracks and routes with the Nuvi series like you can with models intended for motorcycle travel. There are probably still available some of the 26xx, 27xx, 28xx series around for short money (refurbished and with a warranty) that are much better suited to the bike.

Here's a link to a 2720 that somebody on the BMWMOA site bought a few days ago for $168. http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/bobwv203

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The only real problem is that they are not waterproof.
Not a tough nut to crack though - http://www.ram-mount.com/aqua_box_mo..._box_mount.htm

I've always been a really big fan of Garmin but to get the features I want at a reasonable pricepoint, the next receiver I get for my Strom will probably be a TomTom.

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I've always been a really big fan of Garmin but to get the features I want at a reasonable pricepoint, the next receiver I get for my Strom will probably be a TomTom.
I don't think you'll like the change if you've been with Garmin. I didn't. Try one.

I have a friend who had a TomTom go belly up on him and he reported their customer service was awesome. Three days after he got his new unit, it failed too. Not a good sign.

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The Nuvi series does have other limitations and it's best to go to the Garmin site and use the "compare models" feature to see what you get and don't get.
Dollar for dollar its actually the other way around. Nuvis just start lacking features when you're looking at $100 budget models like this one. I was going to do the Zumo at first too, but theres just no deals on em EVER.
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The only real problem is that they are not waterproof.
Baggie and two rubberbands. Yes, I know that you have "been there and done that", (and got fried....), but I've been lucky so far with my Mio. I purchased the extended warranty for the unit, and I am told that it will be replaced no matter what, (if it drowns in water or gets dropped.). So, I have an excellent system that is waterproof by slipping a baggie over it and anchoring that baggie with two rubberbands.


But, I have moved on to craving a UMPC......... It will let me do anything that I want and is "rugged" and waterproof. But, wicked expensive! (Then again, I don't have to justify the purchase to anyone but Reuben. And, when I scratch his belly and feed him dog biscuits, he will nod "yes" to anything I ask for. He's such a softie............ )


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Rather than a UMPC, why not go with a regular 12" tablet on an appropriate tank bag? Tank bag are excellent vibration dampers. The only special moto consideration would be to find one that has a nice and bright screen, but the new ueber-thin and efficient LED backlit displays are.

Toshiba M700, Latitude XT (now w/ multitouch ooooh), and HP 2710p should all fit the bill in that department.


12" diagonal is smaller than you'd think since theres no keyboard in the way.
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Dollar for dollar its actually the other way around. Nuvis just start lacking features when you're looking at $100 budget models like this one. I was going to do the Zumo at first too, but theres just no deals on em EVER.
Prices have dropped quite a bit on Zumos. Amazon had 450's for $399 last week. I suspect new models coming soon.

As to features, it all depends on what you want. There must be 20 different Nuvi models. I find Garmin's "compare models" webpages to be mandatory in that rat's nest of a product line.

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