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I'm torn between the two. Saving a couple bucks on the rider is appealing but...

I have a chatterbox that I run my iPod through. With the zumo 550, can I plug the iPod into the GPS, the GPS into my chatter box and have it all in my helmet? If so, does the GPS cut the aux. sound when it's talking?

Is there a way to set that up with the TomTom?

It seems to me the features are pretty similar between them. I'll admit to largely being ignorant regarding what the various models can do.

I'd like the ability to plan a trip on the PC and download it to the GPS. I don't know if both these units allow that or not.

Thanks in advance for the assist.

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I had the same delima.... I felt the quality of the Garmin was much better. I have always had great customer service from Garmin si I bought the Zumo. I have not been dissapointed...
 

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Zumo!!

Zumo - every time!!

I have the Tom Tom rider and a friend has the Zumo.

My immediate thoughts:

Rider has no PC planning software - you have to do everything through the touch screen interface - time consuming/frustrating etc. Zumo has mapsource.

Maps better on the Zumo. I spend half the time with a green and blue screen with no roads on it?

No tracklog on the Tom Tom - you can't tell where you've been?

I think the interface on the Tom Tom is a little easier - might just be because I'm used to it?

Tom Tom service (in Australia) is CRAP IMO!!! I sent mine back over 5 weeks ago because it wasn't charging from the cradle on the bike. Turns out there's a known cradle fault and they are going to replace it. How does sending me a cradle take 5 weeks!!?? Not only that but they are not going to replace it with the new improved cradle, just the 'known faulty' old model - what kind of crap is that?

Finally, amongst some other unmentioned quirks and the ones already mentioned:


F-I-V-E W-E-E-K-S ! ! ! !
 

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TomTom maps for the US don't seem to be great.

Here's a review of the Rider: http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/tomtom-rider/

They say in this review it's only water resistant, not waterproof per the spec the Zumo meets? I've only ridden a couple of hours at a time in the rain so far but the Zumo has had no problem.
 

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I was leaning that way.

I actually had the TomTom for a day. The bluetooth receiver didn't work. Tom Tom support told me to take it back to where it was purchased (Frye's). I tried to exchange it but they didn't have any in stock so I just took a refund.

A couple days later, they had an open Rider for $90 less than the new one. The only reason they gave for the price difference is it was open - I'm guessing it's the one I took back and they just marked it down.

Their staff didn't know 5h1t about the GPSs they were selling either. They couldn't tell me any differences between the 550 and Rider (or 2830). There were 4 "sales people" staring at a cabinet of computer components while I waited about 15 min for someone to answer a few questions. When it became clear that they couldn't answer any questions, I asked the guy to give me enough information to justify spending $1,000 at his store. If he had been creative enough, I might have paid retail for the unit just to have it in hand that day.

Long story short, my 550 will be here in a couple days from getfeetwet.

Thanks all.
 
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