Garmin "Lifetime" updates: NOT!
I was just looking at getting a GPS unit that would work when I was out of cell range and looking at the Garmin line of motorcycle GPS units. Three things struck me about their products:
1) Price. This things are stinking expensive ($400 to $1k)! Much more so than their automobile counterparts. Yes, they are water resistant; and yes, some do have spoken direction commands over bluetooth to helmet comms (although not all of them). But come on, that's doesn't justify the price increase.
2) Traffic and notification: If you want Traffic info on a Garmin, you either have to pay for an extra subscription OR link it to you cell phone. If I was going to link it to my cell phone, why not just chuck the Garmin and use the cell phone in the first place?!? That's like coming out with a phone and saying "All you have to do is link it to you cell phone for it to work."
3) Lifetime Updates: Garmin advertises "Lifetime" updates with the following disclaimer: Free Lifetime Map Updates entitle you to receive up to four (4) map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on the Garmin website, for this specific Garmin product only until this product’s useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. For the meaning of the product’s “useful life” and for other important terms and conditions, please see Garmin's website."
The Garmin website basically states that Garmin reserves the right to define what "Lifetime" means and is usually two years (24 months) after the product ships. That is hardly "Lifetime" to me. I have Craftsman wrenches that I got from my grandfather and although he has been dead since 1948, if I break one, Craftsman will still replace it. I don't expect Garmin to do that, but two years is hardly a "Lifetime."