Time for GPS upgrade?
I have a Nuvi 500 and a Nuvi 550. Both are small, 3ฝ" diagonal, fully waterproof IPX7, and the 500 has Topo, which I never use. They handle 500 waypoints, routing and can avoid dirt roads (or not!). I got these on sale years ago for $99, which was a bargain. I see Garmin still has them listed for $299 and are probably refurbs. The maps are outdated and they lose USB connection intermittently due to excessive insertion/removal over the years (hard wired). They get removed whenever I stop for breaks away from the bike. I've ridden 10 days straight in heavy rains with no issues at all. So overall, they've held up very well. Plus, I'm still using my old version of MapSource. But like all Garmins, they are not without their share of routing inaccuracies.
My dilemma: 1) the maps definitely need to be updated ($90 EACH), 2) the USB connection issues are getting frustrating and will to be repaired if I keep them ($50 EACH?) 3) The screen is kinda small for my aging eyes, 4) I'm retiring this year and will be riding A LOT MORE! And 5) I have a $300 Amazon gift card to spend :-)
So I'm debating on getting a new GPS, and if so, which one??? And if so, the 500/550 will be back-ups. I've always been a Garmin guy from the very first one they made ($350 and it only plotted a line, and ONLY when it had a signal). I've probably had 15 of these things over the years. That said... is a Zumo really worth the money? And I have no problem spending the money on a new one, but only if it provides additional value for the money. I read all over about people having issues with every brand and model of GPS; that I can understand. They all can't be winners. These 500/550 have been very reliable overall, especially for $99.
I don't use Bluetooth for turns or XM radio, although I am set up on my Uclear headseat for Bluetooth to my phone. I'm not a POI guy because 95% of them are useless IMO. I use the fuel option and Go Home more than anything, plus Where Am I? I like being able to link to MapSource, upload and look at the stats and the profile of the ride I just did. When exploring, I will select a random point 150 miles away and say Go via shortest distance avoiding tolls, highways, etc. with Unpaved Roads enabled. The Topo option is neat in that it shows mountain peaks and elevations, forests, etc. but is meant for off-road (no roads really).
So, those are my thoughts and experiences... what have been your experiences? Thanks!
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