Why 276c not 2610..??

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by rocks, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. rocks

    rocks Been here awhile

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    Having read a few ride reports and post on this site.. it seems there is a bit of an atlantic divide regarding GPS..

    In the UK the 2610 is really popular.. but I see a lot of US riders pictures showing the 276c. Since the 276c is primarily a marine unit. How come you guys find it so popular..? Whats it got over the 2610, for you guys?
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  2. kirkmoon

    kirkmoon Making up for lost youth

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    Big, beautiful screen which works well in direct sunlight. Very fast redraw. Has all the usual autorouting bells and whistles. Only real downside is the use of the proprietary (read expensive) Garmin memory chip.
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  3. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    Don't forget the 276C has a battery as well, which makes it really handy to use off the bike....even if it's just hooking it up to the computer or messing with routes while having lunch.
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  4. sherpa

    sherpa ...Robert

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    The 2610 comes with power cord which plugs into any building outlet...use it while on the couch, at your computer, in the hotel room, etc....
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  5. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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    On the side of the road ?
    At a campsite ?
    While hiking ?
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  6. edwyun

    edwyun Been here awhile

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    Take a look at both screens. While both are color and fairly large, the 276C uses a newer TFT screen, has better resolution, and can be seen in direct light.
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  7. DavidND

    DavidND Been here awhile

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    for the cheap memory, touch screen, and software included.
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  8. Too Many Toys

    Too Many Toys Adventure Poseur

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    I love my 276C, haven't used a 2610. Does the 2610 have a touch screen?

    The 276C has a great screen, fast redraws, easy-to-use controls, etc. Couldn't ask for much more.
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  9. MuleTrain

    MuleTrain Been here awhile

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    This thread was the question I was afraid to ask; I am trying to decide between the 276 and the 2610/BMW Nav II.....one question; when planning a route can you select to use all back roads on both models?

    Thank you,

    Chris
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  10. Roamin

    Roamin Roamin Hands

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    All good questions...is there one unit above the others, if price where not the issue? I want to use it on the bike for GeoCaching...for rallies...and general travel...ie from Alaska to a store downtown.
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  11. TwoWheelExplorer

    TwoWheelExplorer Livin' the dream

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    The BMW Nav II has the button controls in addition to the touchscreen that's standard for the 2610, right? Those aren't available in the aftermarket, and they seem to add a huge point in favor of the 2610. The 276c is supposed to be easier to use when moving ont he bike; the 2610's touchscreen is a nicer input when you can use all your attention for it.

    I'm personally looking seriously at the 276c, but if the BMW Nav II were the same price, (or I could afford it), I'd buy that one. As it is, the 2610 is very attractive.
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  12. NJ_Bob

    NJ_Bob Occasional Adventurer

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    There is no "Back Roads Only" selection. But, you can select shortest distance, which will send you on some less travelled roads which in my case here in North Texas, works pretty well since major roads don't always go directly from pt a to pt b. If you're creative, you can select some intermediate destinations to force it off of the slab too.

    Both of these recalculate so fast, that if you know where you can go, rather than where it might be directing you, you can force it to route you any way you want to go.

    Effectively using a GPS for a pleasure ride takes some doing, and with experience, I think you can plan ahead and have it direct you wherever you want to ride.

    You have to remember that these things are intended to help people get to their destination by either travelling less miles, or taking less time. Sometimes, we don't really want either!
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  13. MuleTrain

    MuleTrain Been here awhile

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    Thank you for the reply; I thought there was a feature on the BMW Nav II that you could select what type of roads to use going from Point A to Point B.....is that true?

    Didn't know if that was also a feature with the 276 and/or 2610?

    Thank you,

    Chris
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  14. HardBall

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    Another virtue of the 276C that I appreciate is the fact that it is water resistant. Mine has been through quite a bit of rain with no problem.
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  15. sherpa

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    Sort of...there is a preferences menu that lets you adjust relative priority between local ,secondary or major roads...
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  16. MuleTrain

    MuleTrain Been here awhile

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    Thank you Sherpa; is that on the 2610 and Nav II? Any chance you know if the 276 has it?

    Take care,
    Chris
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  17. NJ_Bob

    NJ_Bob Occasional Adventurer

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    The 2610(NAVII) has that feature. I don't know if the 276 does or not.

    The 2610 is also water resistant.
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  18. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    I have the Streetpilot III, (screen is the same as 2610) and I feel like a sucker for purchasing it.

    You can't read the screen AT ALL on a bright sunny day - time when you're the most likely to ride.

    That's why mine will be hitting ebay.
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  19. pbperrin

    pbperrin L-D rider and adventurer

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    1st of all, for daytime screen brightness and contrast, try hitting the red light bulb button at the top and play with different settings. Works for me and i don't even have a 'hood' on my second SP3. I did have one on the 1st one, but the whole setup got lifted...

    QUESTION - does the 276C or the 2610 have the ability to find coordinates? if you were told to go to 38W 42N could you input this and have the unit route you to it? This unfortunately cannot be done with the SP3.
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  20. BurnieM

    BurnieM Nipple boy

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    Yes the SP2610, GPSmap 276C AND SPIII can do this.

    The SPIII and SP2610 have only one position format
    - latitude and logitude DD MM.MMM
    whereas the GPSmap 276C has mulitple formats (and datums)
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