Garmin zumo 590

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by EmmEff, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Good points.


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  2. reenmachine

    reenmachine Rain or Shine

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    Well, I was about to pull the trigger on a 665 for my new 1190 and think I'll wait for this one. 18 months at 0% from Best Buy for a purchase this size, so that'll help ease the blow.
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  3. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    The music stations I listen to don't have extensive playlists, so there is a lot of repetition of non-current songs where the backcatalogs are HUGE. As an, AC/DC has more than 2 songs, but Faction (typically) only plays 2 of their songs and I hear these same songs almost every day.

    I cannot stand terrestrial radio, so I'll be with satellite radio indefinitely, but I liked Sirius a lot more a few years ago.
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  4. VStromNC

    VStromNC DNS/DNF

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    Definitely on my list to replace my aging but still functional Zumo 550. I've used my Zumo since early 2007 on both my VStrom and my KLX without any issues.

    I have tried cell phone apps and thought about tablets but can't get over the rugged use that I put my Zumo 550 through the last 7+ years without a single issue other than a fairly hard downhill slippery mud crash on my KLX few years back that broke my cradle. Luckliy, I was able to buy another one from an inmate here.

    If the 590 can do tracks better, this may now top my list!:clap


    Jon
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  5. Edder B

    Edder B Meister Poser

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    I've owned a Zumo 550 for a long time too, I think since 2005. I used the XM satellite feature for one season while doing some long distance rallies but nothing since then. The receiver is still in my drawer. So the satellite feature isn't a big deal to me.
    I do listen to MP3 files from time to time but the GPS is priceless to me. I do a lot of touring here and in Europe so tracks are a must. The only issue for me with the 550 is it has locked up on me 3-4 times, mostly in Europe and for the first time here in the States just last week. This is critical for me since I lead tours and need some gas, coffee, or lunch info along the way. The bad thing is you have to take the 550 out of the mount, take out the 2mm screw in the back, remove the battery to reboot the 550. I did notice that the 590 and a quick release battery screw in the back which would make rebooting the device a lot easier.
    So looking at replacing an older device with one that has a larger screen, the aforementioned battery screw, and other updates may make the 590 go to the top of my list.
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  6. donmac

    donmac casual angler

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    still no helmet to gps voice recognition via bluetooth for hands free navigation
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  7. Travex

    Travex Lost is found

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    I'd have bought this had I not had such a negative experience with the 350LM. As a result, they've lost me as a customer.
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  8. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Haven't they managed to fix all of the 350LM issues? They even gave it the ability to handle tracks.
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  9. WoodButcher

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    Found anything better?
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  10. Travex

    Travex Lost is found

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    Hey Emoto, No, just posted a couple more recently experienced problems I had the other day in that other thread: Inverse altitude readings and non-highlighted/non-autocorrected simple route dysfunction.

    Setting aside inflation adjusted figures and marketing psychology speculation, Garmin continues to offer feature-rich products, but it's the basics they still need to tend to before the bells and whistles. When navigation itself suffers while ancillary menu items don't, there's a problem.

    Their motorcycle department could take some cues from their aviation folks down the hall.

    Sadly, no. I've always been an enthusiastic customer and proponent of Garmin products and never thought I'd need to consider a different brand. Of course nothing compares to Garmin's experience and heretofore quality, but my time with their 350 has been nothing short of abysmal.

    This new 590 looks great, but so did the 350 going into it. I'm also put off by the TPMS sensors not being included in such a high price for a terrestrial unit.

    I'm afraid the only thing that would get me back into a Garmin would be their taking this defect off my hands and replacing with their new offering.

    At any rate, I hope for everyone's sake that the 590 is a success as these tools are indispensable to adventure riders.
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  11. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    I'm using a NAV IV (660) with a Sena SMH10 and iPhone 5. There really isn't anything I need or must have, but I have to say, the 590 with Sena's new 20S will be a game changer.

    A firmware upgrade to my Sena SMH10 will let me pair with any brand bluetooth headset, but the 20S seems quite impressive. Using your cellphone for real time weather forecast at no additional cost is nice. Yea, perhaps not radar, but maybe, it's still a plus. Yes, those remote locations with limited service will limit capabilities, and data may be a concern for some, but still, the groundwork is being laid for some impressive leaps forward!

    http://senabluetooth.com/product/intercoms/20s/
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  12. blottje7

    blottje7 n00b

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    Argh. Got to be some legal thing preventing them putting voice command on a motorcycle unit... But to me that would be a huge safety improvement not to have to take your hands off the bars and eyes off the road to do something simple like "Route Home".

    Wonder what is meant by:
    "Simply connect zūmo to your cell phone and a Bluetooth-enabled headset or helmet to make and receive calls. You can also call points of interest through the zūmo Bluetooth interface — perfect for last-minute change of plans or a quick stop for food and fuel"
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  13. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    That means you can bring up a POIs info by touching it on the map or through a Where To? search and if there is a phone number associated with the POI it will be highlighted. You can touch the phone number and the zumo will initiate a call: but only if you have your cell phone paired of course.

    Just like zumo 66x and the NAV 4 & 5 have been doing for a while.
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  14. crunchiespg

    crunchiespg Long timer

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    I think I will be getting one of these. My plan on how ill use it is this: music streamed via Bluetooth from my iphone to the zumo, with wired headphones plugged into the zumo for the music and voice directions. Does this sound correct and will work this way?
    Or even better is there a way to hardwire the phone to the zumo so I don't have to use Bluetooth at all?

    Also, I assume the included mount will be able to be fitted to a ram mount easily enough? This is my current set up which I will be putting the zumo in place of the GPS 60c.
    [​IMG]
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  15. crunchiespg

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    5 is a USB socket. There's an unboxing video on YouTube. My Dutch (I think) isn't up to much but it was clearly USB he was saying.

    I wonder if the headphone socket will accept a mic input so I can use my etymotic headphones with built in mic for phone calls and music? I don't want a Bluetooth headset. Much prefer to use wires for stuff like that.
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  16. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    1. Power
    2. Mic
    3. Audio In (no Mic)
    4. Audio Out
    5. USB (but we don't know what it can be used for)

    You can always purchase one of these to use with your etymotic...

    [​IMG]
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  17. crunchiespg

    crunchiespg Long timer

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    Yeh that would be a good purchase. Cheers.

    Do you know where sells them?
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  18. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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  19. Jehos

    Jehos Adventurer

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    On the Price/Value spectrum, an option I'm exploring right now is Garmin's app for my iPhone 5S. So far it has been pretty fantastic. I own a Zumo 660 for comparison, and so far the iPhone app will do everything the Zumo will do in terms of ad-hoc routing. I don't upload tracks or routes so I can't speak to that, but when I take cross-country trips I find a list of towns to ride through that force the GPS to route the roads I want and that works well enough. The iPhone app supports multiple via points so I can route the way I'm used to, and the voice prompts correctly interrupt music from the iPhone, fading it down when the GPS talks then fading it back up when it's done.

    I can't see the screen right now since I carry my phone in my pocket, but that's just a waterproof case and a RAM mount away if I decide I want that functionality.
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  20. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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