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post #1 of 11 Old 04-22-2012, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Screen brightness,Zumo vs Nuvi

I've been using a Nuvi255 for the last 3 years, in a custom made, hooded, cradle/bracket with no problem, but i wish that the screen was a little brighter in direct sunlight. Does anybody know if there's a significant difference in brightness, between a Nuvi255 and a Zumo 220?
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-23-2012, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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...or between any model from the Nuvi and Zumo line
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I have a Zumo 550. It is fine in the sun unless it is coming from behind...then it gets washed out a little but is still easily readable. Never tried my car GPS on the bike so can not give you a comparison.

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Went to Best Buy, yesterday, to compare my Nuvi255 with a Zumo665.My Nuvi is about 85% as bright as the Zumo (little bit brighter than the Zumo at 80%,little bit darker than the Zumo at 90% brightness).Lot of $$$ for 15%. I'll keep my Nuvi255 until it breaks down, then i'll upgrade to a Zumo.
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My car garmin appears to have a different screen texture or coating than the ZUMO so reflectivity off the screen could be an issue. I will compare the two over the weekend with bright (hopefully) sun on it. They both appear equally bright inside to me.

About my only compliment of the ZUMO so far is it is waterproof to the extreme. Other than that, I like the one in my car better.

But, I seem to keep getting wet at the worst times and am not into external boxes, baggies, plastic wrap etc. I have a sense of style to maintain while on my bike.....:mrgreen:

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About my only compliment of the ZUMO so far is it is waterproof to the extreme.
That would be a better reason, for me, to upgrade to a Zumo. But so far, i've been o.k. in the rain with my custom Hooded bracket, that puts my GPS just behind the windscreen.
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That would be a better reason, for me, to upgrade to a Zumo. But so far, i've been o.k. in the rain with my custom Hooded bracket, that puts my GPS just behind the windscreen.
I think the whole Zumo line is a rip off. They have a very large markup for the model being 'motorcycle compatible' and waterproof.
A GPS can be waterproofed with a nylon bag. It is not the same, but the $450-$500 markup is just crazy.

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I just picked up a used nuvi 550 (new they are only just over $200 CAN). It is the only "waterproof" model in the nuvi line. Looking at the specs on the garmin site though it looks almost identical to the low end zumo ($400 CAN), just missing bluetooth and lane assist.

From reviews I have skimmed, the zumo has slightly better software (recalc disable, for example), but the bluetooth has some limitation if you have multiple bluetooth devices on the bike.
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A Nuvi 550? Where did you get one, because, at first it was that model that i was looking for.But Garmin discontinued the Nuvi 550 (probably because it was such a good deal)and i haven't found one nearby.
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The basic 550 is here:

Garmin Nuvi 550 Pre-Loaded North America Multi-Mode Voice Guidance GPS

There is another package with mounts and stuff for $260.

Maybe the price is low because they are being discontinued (too close to the more expensive zumo I bet).
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