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Old 07-19-2006, 03:43 PM   #46
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OK, here's a stupid question from someone who's never used a GPS ... What does it need Bluetooth for? Audio inside your helmet?
Bluetooth allows you to hear route directions in your helmet without the need for wires. It will also allow you to receive cell phone calls from a bluetooth compatible cell phone. I don't have a death wish so no cell phone calls when I am riding, but it is nice to be able to make a quick call during a stop and not have to remove the helmet and gloves. Anothe nice thing is that the Rider and probably some Garmin devices will copy your cell phone numbers and addresses to the GPS via bluetooth.

Now for the downside. You have to "pair" your phone and bluetooth headset with the GPS. Not too hard but finicky sometimes. Also my cell phone was not compatible with the Tom Tom Rider so it never worked as advertised.

Bottom line. Bluetooth is nice if you want sound in your helmet without wires, but it has nothing to do with the actual navigational function of the GPS.
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Old 07-19-2006, 03:57 PM   #47
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OK, here's a stupid question from someone who's never used a GPS ... What does it need Bluetooth for? Audio inside your helmet?
Turn by turn directions and receiving phone calls if you have blue tooth phone and want the damn calls.. Tomtom will also control ipod and other mp3 from the gps touch screen.
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Old 07-19-2006, 04:10 PM   #48
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Old 07-19-2006, 04:18 PM   #49
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Found the 2820 for $776.00 US for those of you interested.

http://www.nextag.com/garmin-2820/search-html

The Comp-U-Plus Store has the lowest price (776.00), but if you directly to their site, and not through NexTag (link above) they want over 1000.00 for it.

I ordered mine today for $790.95 shipping included, should be here in 2 days.
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Old 07-19-2006, 05:41 PM   #50
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Bluetooth allows you to hear route directions in your helmet without the need for wires. It will also allow you to receive cell phone calls from a bluetooth compatible cell phone. I don't have a death wish so no cell phone calls when I am riding, but it is nice to be able to make a quick call during a stop and not have to remove the helmet and gloves. Anothe nice thing is that the Rider and probably some Garmin devices will copy your cell phone numbers and addresses to the GPS via bluetooth.

Now for the downside. You have to "pair" your phone and bluetooth headset with the GPS. Not too hard but finicky sometimes. Also my cell phone was not compatible with the Tom Tom Rider so it never worked as advertised.

Bottom line. Bluetooth is nice if you want sound in your helmet without wires, but it has nothing to do with the actual navigational function of the GPS.


you're on a trip, at the end of the day you hit town and need a hotel. Ask the GPS for a list of hotels, find one you like, hit the "dial" button and it dials your phone so you can make a reservation. Pretty handy when you're dead tired.
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:06 PM   #51
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you're on a trip, at the end of the day you hit town and need a hotel. Ask the GPS for a list of hotels, find one you like, hit the "dial" button and it dials your phone so you can make a reservation. Pretty handy when you're dead tired.
Good point!
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:09 PM   #52
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Found the 2820 for $776.00 US for those of you interested.

http://www.nextag.com/garmin-2820/search-html

The Comp-U-Plus Store has the lowest price (776.00), but if you directly to their site, and not through NexTag (link above) they want over 1000.00 for it.

I ordered mine today for $790.95 shipping included, should be here in 2 days.
That's the place and price I ordered mine from too.
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:36 PM   #53
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That's the place and price I ordered mine from too.
Have they responded to your order or shipped it yet? I'm still wondering if they are going to honor the price.
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:05 PM   #54
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Have they responded to your order or shipped it yet? I'm still wondering if they are going to honor the price.
Yes mine has shipped with the lower price.
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:38 PM   #55
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I had a 276c when they first came out (its battery reliant) I sold it & got one that can be hardwired. I figured going cross country the battery (8 hour charge life) would die (it will if your on a multi day boonie trip also).
Geez, my 276C has been hardwired since I got it. It even came with the cable to do it in the box.

With the backlight down low or off it reports about 12 to 14 hours of available battery life.
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:52 PM   #56
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After looking at the specs of the new motorcycle unit I am under whelmed.

The display is smaller than the 276C and the resolution is less. The screen seems to be comic book or candy-like in appearance.

SD card is probably a good thing. Don't know about customized POI upload ability... seems the other units which have that capability seem to be limited.

Left side buttons are good.

Still have many questions about display customization and available screens, waypoints, ability to upload and download tracks, routes and waypoints.

Bluetooth? Maybe for telephone or possibly directions but not for tunes... don't think the fidelity is there.

The Garmin miniwebsite sucks... seems to be all flash with no real info. It justs keeps repeating the same marketing dweeb crap over and over.

They are trying to sell the bling and for the hardcore rider who currently has a GPS unit that ain't gonna work.
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Old 07-19-2006, 09:18 PM   #57
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Old 07-19-2006, 09:44 PM   #58
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But does it have the "broke" routing s/w that is in the GPSMAP 6x & 7x? if so, don't bother cause you can't do a "criss-cross" or looping route.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:02 PM   #59
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After looking at the specs of the new motorcycle unit I am under whelmed.

The display is smaller than the 276C and the resolution is less. The screen seems to be comic book or candy-like in appearance.

SD card is probably a good thing. Don't know about customized POI upload ability... seems the other units which have that capability seem to be limited.

Left side buttons are good.

Still have many questions about display customization and available screens, waypoints, ability to upload and download tracks, routes and waypoints.

Bluetooth? Maybe for telephone or possibly directions but not for tunes... don't think the fidelity is there.

The Garmin miniwebsite sucks... seems to be all flash with no real info. It justs keeps repeating the same marketing dweeb crap over and over.

They are trying to sell the bling and for the hardcore rider who currently has a GPS unit that ain't gonna work.
I'm with you on this, I've just got a load of questions before I part with my 276C (and with Garmins normal dodgy exchange rate calculator, somewhere close to 1000). Looks like we'll just have to wait for Phil to buy one when it comes out to get the review we all want
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Old 07-20-2006, 05:49 AM   #60
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The mini website seems to imply a load of things but the specs page is lacking.

Dare I suggest that we wait for the actual unit before doing a 'review' based on current (limited) information.
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