Tell me the bad things about a Garmin 2730

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Ultrafirebike, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. Ultrafirebike

    Ultrafirebike Flaccid Member

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    I'm thinking of purchasing one....what are the bad points about it??
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  2. Scalzitti

    Scalzitti Adventure Driven

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    Did you buy it? I've resisted using a GPS for years, but I'm close to pulling the trigger on this one.

    There are a few negatives that I have thought of.
    -- no slot for additional memory
    -- hidden costs - monthly subscription fees for traffic and music
    -- not sure how additional maps or updates are added

    I saw it priced at Costco yesterday for $699. Seems like the right choice.
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  3. JR356

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    HI,

    You might want to look at my posting about Garmin 2610 on sale,in the laying down tracks section.
    If you are price shopping and looking for a first good GPS,the 2610 may be the way to go.Has expandable memory but no XM.


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  4. R_W

    R_W wannabe

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    the price.
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  5. bynder

    bynder digity digity

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    i thought the 2610 had a hard drive that would mess up do to the vibrations from the bike
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  6. SteveAZ

    SteveAZ Long timer

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    Touchscreens in outdoor use reduce display visibility and are prone to get dirty and scratched. Protective films for dirt and scratches reduce display visibility even more.
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  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    No, the 2610 uses compact flash memory.
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  8. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    Bynder,

    You are thinking of the 2620,which had a microdrive for it's memory.
    Some have reported no problems with the unit,but Garmin doesn't recommend it for MC use,and you would definitely not use it offroad.

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  9. Big77

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    I beat the hell out of my 2720 with nothing like this going down.
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  10. SteveAZ

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    Simply put, touchscreens reduce the visibility of the displays. There's no getting around that. Very expensive touchscreens unlike what Garmin uses can work pretty well, but even they will reduce the display visibility.


    Since they are operated by touching, if the hands, the gloves or the screen are dirty, the touchscreen will get scratched. No getting around that either. Especially if due to it getting dirty it's getting wiped off with a less than optimal approach. A hard enough surface (unlike the Garmin touchscreen) reduces it, but it's simply another thing you can't get around. Scratches reduce visibility. No getting around that either.


    Putting protectors on screen reduce their visibility. Some more than others, but it's another simple reality.



    For me, I way prefer buttons tactile nature over a touchscreen anyway and so with an outdoor (moto) GPS (adverse lighting conditions and dirt), it would seem that touchscreens are a negative. Buttons over touchscreens are not just a preference, which it is for me, but a safety issue on a moto where the units are seldom mounted in the riding field of view.


    The fellow was asking about potential "bad things". In my book touchscreens are a "bad thing" for moto use for those reasons. I think it may not operate on batteries too. This is also a "bad thing" in my book for a moto unit. For me, it's almost essential to be able to "pre-flight" and setup the unit before I'm riding where power may not be readily available.
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  11. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    I've been real happy with my 2730. It gets map upgrades by loading a CD from Garmin directly to the flash memory in it (2G). The latest update (v8) will be avaliable at the end of August.
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  12. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    I got an email from Garmin last night saying that 8 was ready for the 2720/30. I sent to their website and it still only lets me pick the SPIII or 2610 :baldy

    I hope we get the upgrade before the CCR, it's a PIA recalcing and maintaining two copies of the routes for spacewife and I.
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