who went from a garmin 478 to montana 650 need input

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Honkey Cat, May 12, 2012.

  1. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Trying to figure out if I'm going to sell my garmin 478 and get new Montana 650. Anybody have both with some input?
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  2. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I don't have a Montana, only my trusty 478.

    But since this is AdvRider, I DO have an opinion. :lol3

    From the specs, it sure seems that the Montana surpasses the 478 in the capabilities of interest to motorcyclists. Unless you want a backup device, or unless you use your 478 for its marine applications, I'd sell it.
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  3. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Im thinking about it
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  4. MisterMo

    MisterMo mach schnell!

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    I did it, sort of. I've still got both (478 +650t) and am trying to decide which I like.
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  5. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    The 650T is the first Garmin GPS in awhile that really interests me.

    I've got the 376c & 478 and bought a 60csx just to have something that did a better job at storing track logs on the card, but I hate navigating from it. I've been reading the 650T threads, but I think I'd still be hard pressed to let my beloved 478 go. I think I would just carry the 650T instead of the 60csx as a backup. My wife carries the 376c when she rides with me.
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  6. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    Any more input on this topic guys.

    I would really love to hear some specific input from other 478 owners. I'm currently trying to size up the Montana and determine if I'd rather have it than a 478. I'm going to go either one way or the other.

    I'm a PN-60w owner, but the screen is just WAY too small for motorcycle use. I'll keep the PN60 for backpacking / hiking.


    Obviously some ways the Montana outshines the GPSMAP 478 are...

    Use of AA batteries (huge plus in my eyes
    Use of SD cards over Garmin specific memory stick (another huge plus)
    200 vs 50 routes (this is not huge to me, but noteworthy for people who make routes)

    How about the tracklogs? they both look like they are 10,000 points. Are they devices equal here?

    What about the general ease of use?

    Just trying to drum up some thought provoking thought there. :freaky
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  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I got rid of my 478 long before I picked up my 650t. Never did miss that clunky 478. Real happy with the 650t.
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  8. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I've got the 276c and a 650 but still learning the 650 so it isn't on my bike yet.
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  9. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    I reluctantly replaced my trusty, old 276C with a Montana 600 4-5 months ago and haven't used the 276C since. FatWife has been using my old 276C on her GS but she wants her own Montana. I used to really like my old dial-type land line phone but don't use that any more either.
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  10. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    You sir have a VERY understanding wife, with an excellent sense of humor!
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  11. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    :nod :thumb
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  12. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    You have NO idea....:lol3

    Hiya Dale! :wave

    Say Hi to Sandy like the Beach!

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  13. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    So the vibe i'm getting is that the Montana can do pretty much every, just about as well, or if not better.

    Anyone saying otherwise?
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  14. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    I think I predicted this would happen. :lol3

    This week I went from a Montana 650 to a Garmin Quest. Really.

    Found the Quest for $15 on Kijiji. :lol3

    Kept my Montana too, of course, but I just like seeing how other gps units work. The Quest is pretty decent, though it's from back in 2005.
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  15. FatChance

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    :wave
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  16. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    You miss interpret the Track point limit. The Montana can have up to 200 Tracks in the Track Manager. Each of those Tracks can be up to 10,000 pts. You can show any/all of them on the map at the same time. You can also move any/all of the Tracks in the Track Manager into Archive, thereby freeing space in the Track Manager for more Tracks. You can move Track from the Archive back into the Track Manager as you wish as long as you have fewer than 200.

    All that is to say the old 478/376/276 can't hold a candle to the Montana when it comes to user data - or much else for that matter.

    Cheers,
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  17. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Dan, I have both units. I like the 276 for somethings and the Montana for others. Just because you have moved on doesn't mean the 276 isn't useful.
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  18. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Please don't take my Montana-exuberance over other units to serious. I do still support the GPSMAP x7x units used by some of our customers.

    Cheers,
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  19. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Dan I probably came off wrong when I wrote that. I feel the 276 is still viable, however, as I learn more about the Montana I have the more I trust it. No worries.
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  20. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    I've been vacillating some over the Montana vs my 376C. Does the Montana do auto routing when on bike? I'd miss my XM channels, though.
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