Montana 610, Zumo 595LM, Monterra, or NAV 6.

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by mosey.levy, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    ripping my hair out here.

    Im on a 2015 R1200GS. I just sold my NAV 5, and I still have the nav prep which fits the NAV 6.

    Montana 610, Zumo 595LM, Monterra, or NAV 6, and even considering just my iPhone or an android tablet. I think id prefer a dedicated device. maybe someone can help me?

    Looking to follow pre loaded routes with turn by turn directions for day rides, or multi day rides. I'm also looking to follow offload tracks for portions of the rides.

    595LM: Id love to have music, and iOS notifications, but its not a deal breaker. The interface looks much nicer than NAV and Montana.

    NAV 6: Having the wonder wheel integration and the bike live info on the screen is helpful but also not a deal breaker.

    Montana: looks like a good all around device but I'm not sure what it lacks compared to the 595 and NAV 6 besides bells and whistles. Like - something about no detour options and other road related things?

    Monterra: looks like its the ideal device since it runs android apps too (rever, waze, etc) but since the android version is so outdated, it really can't actually run most of the apps I care about.

    id have to wire in a new nav mount for the Montana or Zumo... and I guess I would need to add in a n extra touratech lock for it too since I commute with my bike and don't want to take it off all the time.
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    a lock won't keep your device safe, it will only add cost to your setup and mean that the thief will destroy more stuff in the process. nothing like a screwdriver through the dash/speedo/wire harness when they get frustrated, instead of taking your $30 android phone from the bars.

    generally i use android, and prefer to NOT complicate things by trying to get one device to display another devices' information... ie the 'use a garmin to show an iphones stuff' thing is silly to me. just put the iphone on the bars and do it directly. it's a better display, easier to use, and you can do whatever you need with it.


    but i'm a android user, so far. i put the android phone on the bars and run turn by turn (rarely) and tracks (mostly) as needed. if the phone rings because I forgot to set it to 'airplane mode' i'll answer it or call the person back when i stop later on. if it's the wife, i'll answer it as soon as it's safe to stop, everyone else can pound salt. ;-) tracks vs route vs turn by turn.... depends on the ride at hand. normally i'm playing mp3's to make the boring sections more fun, and honestly i can't imagine having to pair two (or three? doh!) devices to just get music playing. the garmin is redundant in this situation again, just use the phone.
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  3. jmarleau

    jmarleau Been here awhile

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    I was quick to jump on the android option, but I am actively searching for one of the options mentioned in the OP.

    I spent $100 on a used Sony M4 Aqua and created a mount for it as well as wired it to the bike. The M4 has water resistant open ports and is one of the brightest 5" screens available. While it does work great using Locus (which I really like) and CoPilot (as a basic road router), I am completely disappointed with the sunlight readability of this device. It is essentially a shinny black screen. I also use a Samsung Galaxy S7 and an Otter box as my main smartphone, and I cannot read this device either without using my hand as a shade. I usually ride with a guy who uses a Nav 5 and I have to rely on his device when the sun comes out. I have also compared my S7 to a Montana, and the Garmin wins hands down.

    Anyone that is thinking about using a phone as a navigation device should view their screens in the sun before committing.
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  4. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    Ordered a 595LM. If I don't like it I'll return it and get the NAV 6.
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  5. anotheroldfart

    anotheroldfart Been here awhile

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    I think you'll like the 595LM over the fewer feature NAV 6.
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Do you wear polarized glasses?
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  7. sisu

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    Does the Zumo work on the Bmw 4 button mount?
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