Changeable data fields on the Zumo 550

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by fire_strom, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. fire_strom

    fire_strom Long timer

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    I can't believe the Zumo 550 doesn't have the option of changing the data fields on the map page or the trip computer page. Who here doesn't have a speedo on the bike or cage already. Wouldn't you rather be able to choose what info is displayed? How about a clock, or distance to arrival or time to arrival or elevation or direction. How about options?

    I started a thread here:
    https://forums.garmin.com/showthread.php?p=15782#post15782

    asking for this feature. Post over there and here if you think it would be a good addition to the unit to be able to choose the data in the fields and set up a trip computer to your liking. I also e-mailed Garmin through the support page of their website. Do that too if you think its a worthy change. They seem to be a great company when it comes to listening to customer feedback so lets feedback!

    Thanks
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  2. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    Obviously Garmin knows that you are not smart enough to make big life changing decisions like what data fields you need. They know best how you should be navagating.

    Also trying to follow "Saved Tracs" is way beyond your capability.
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  3. fire_strom

    fire_strom Long timer

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    ha. No really, I want control. I can handle it.
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  4. FrankS

    FrankS ...please wait...

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    time until sunset would be nice in one corner and current elevation in the other.

    can this be customized on the 660?

    regards

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  5. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    That's why I bought a Garmin 478 after owning a Zumo 550 for two years. Garmin also realized that the functionality the 478 and many other Garmin GPSRs contain is way beyond what most people want/are able to deal with and that's why so many of their units have been dumbed down over the last few years. Even my old Garmin GPS V displays much more than a Zumo.

    I also was disappointed the 550 won't display time of sunset. It obviously knows when it is since it switches from day to night display at sunset.
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  6. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    The Garmin zumo550 does not have enough onboard memory to allow for more "enhancements" to the software like configurable screens. Try the zumo660 if you want that feature or as was mentioned above one of the old chartplotters.
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  7. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Buy a Garmin 2610 off ebay or wherever - it has all those functions to configure how you like, plus dedicated buttons for find/menu etc - touch screen works a treat, even with gloves... I'd say it is THE definitive GPS for bikes, on or off-road... if only it had a battery (instead of just a mains adaptor) it would be utterly perfect!

    xxx
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  8. fire_strom

    fire_strom Long timer

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    Looks like a good unit. I'd rather go forward though. The 660 addressed the data field issue and lost some bulk but for some reason I opted for an Oregon 300. I not sure yet if I made a good decision or not.
    G
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  9. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Heck, the 478 disappointed me after going from a 2720. It only has ONE set of data fields. Really bugged me that I had to change data fields when going back and forth between routing mode and regular mode, or else live with useless data fields half the time.
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  10. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto .

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    I know what you mean. Bought a 550 recently to replace a several year old 2610 which still works like new btw.

    I was surprised that many features of the 2610 were missing from the Zumo. :scratch
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  11. bikepsych

    bikepsych Been here awhile

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    Another feature I find would be appealing is the opportunity to have the unit SCAN through the various fields, but stop on one at the push of a button. That way you don't have to take your hand off the handlebar to view all of the pertinent information.

    Also, how about a air temp sensor so we know the temperature. Many bikes simply use the air intake temp and convert it to the digital signal for the display, how hard can it be to have that on a GPS?

    BG
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