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I was wondering which is a better navigating unit. Screen display size is wider but not as high with the 2820? Is this better? I don't need music, but like the idea of voice commands in certain situations though. I don't need to display photo's either. So which one is better, and Why?
 

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zumo 450: 419.99 at amazon right now, but the price won't last.

has voice commands, but doesn't speak street names (i.e. it'll say "turn left in 200 ft," but not "turn left on elm st. in 200 ft"). same as the 550 but minus bluetooth/cell integration, which i didn't need, and doesn't come with a car adapter.

super happy with mine.
 

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The 550 is easier to use because the menu system is simplified. Some people are reporting seeing them for around $500 the past week or so. When Garmin prices start dropping, it usually means new products coming out soon.
 

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Since I've gotten used to my 2820 I'd never go back to one that didn't say the street names. I don't care anything about Bluetooth but I do love having the built-in MP3 player as I do listen to music a lot.

The 2820 has the ability to stack certain displays on the side (ETA, distance to turn, odometer, speed, your choice of a number of items) and I understand that the Zumo doesn't. I don't know this for a fact though, just second-hand knowledge.

I think the Zumo recalculates a little faster than the 2820 to. Could just be my imagination but when we ride he seems to have solutions slightly (as in a couple of seconds) before I do. If he's leading I can see him looking at the next turn while mine is still recalculating. Again, no big deal out on the road but significant in a crowded city where streets are close together.

I was also told that the Zumo doesn't show a north arrow on the display whereas the 2xxx series does. A small thing but once you get accustomed to having it it's hard to imagine doing without.

I've never used a Zumo so I'm going by what a friend told me. He has a Zumo 450 and a 2610 and we were discussing the differences between them. These are the things I remembered from our conversation.
 

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The 2820 has the ability to stack certain displays on the side (ETA, distance to turn, odometer, speed, your choice of a number of items) and I understand that the Zumo doesn't. I don't know this for a fact though, just second-hand knowledge.
Both units have just about the same capabilities, but access isn't the same. A button push brings up plenty of additional detail on the Zumo. I hardly ever use it.

Moving from the 2610 to the Zumo took a short acclimation time for me, and while I thought I was going to miss the way the 2610 did things, I don't. I wouldn't go back. The Zumo is easier to use.
 

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The Zumo is easier to use.
The Zumo is also weatherproof, and the controls are on the left, making it much easier to use while riding. The 550 also comes with both the car and motorcycle mounts, the POI database, and detailed USA maps are all included (may include Canada, too, not sure).
 
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