Zumo 660 or Montana?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by kdennan, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I checked out the F5. Very cool
    Ordering it up!
    Thanks Albie
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    Getting back on topic... :deal

    I've been looking at these 2 as well. Here's what I've come up with so far...

    Zumo 660
    • Bigger Screen
    • Lifetime Maps (option)
    • XM Radio / Weather (optional)
    • Built-in media player (though somewhat limited)
    • 3D maps
    Montana
    • Faster than Zumo (?)
    • Better screen (?)
    • More waypoints / routes
    • No media functions
    • Versatile (Bike / Boat / Car / Handheld / etc...)
    • No Lifetime maps(?)
    • No 3D mapping (?)
    • Replacable battery
    • Built-in camera (650 model)
    Personally, I'm leaning toward the Montana 600 for overall flexibility. I don't really need the camera, and I think I'd prefer to use my Android phone's media player (I can route the audio from the GPS and the phone through an AutoCom). I can use the Montana on my boat as a backup to my chartplotter, though if the Zumo used Sirius as opposed to XM, that would be a big plus, as I have a Sirius reciever for audio and weather on my boat and it would probably be cheap to add another reciever to the account.

    My only real 'nice to have', and this applies to both, would be a way to create routes on an Android device (my phone or tablet) and be able to transfer them to the device, similar to the wireless sharing feature of the Montana, but with a tablet instead of another Montana. As far as I can tell, the only way to do this now is via a PC and a cable along w/ BaseMap, which would require me packing a laptop vs. my lighter tablet for a trip.
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  5. Albie

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    The 660 doesn't do XM, you have to get the 665 for that.

    The Montana does do more waypoints and routes, but that's deceptive as it only lets you use 50 waypoints/viapoints in a single route which is very limiting, where as the Zumo lets you use 1000.

    Now if you had a MS tab, you could run Basecamp off of a thumbdrive.
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  6. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    With the Montana, you may want to buy maps like City Navigator (CN) for routable street mapping (although many topos are also routable). Once you own CN, you can then buy the lifetime aspect of it.
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    Good morning kdennan,

    You might find this information helpful.

    Regarding maps, whether City Navigator or TOPO, this information should prove useful.

    Good luck,

    River Pilot
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    Web: www.riverspilot.com
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  8. kdennan

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    Great!
    Thanks rp!:clap
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    I'm trying to plan a TAT trip and was hoping for an opinion on these two units as well. I have zero experience with any of the units that anyone mentions, the only thing I've ever used is my $80 Garmin Nuvi for car trips. So what would some of you suggest for a trip like that? Will any of them have enough memory to hold the whole trip at once or can I split it up onto multiple SD cards? I've tried to read through some of the big GPS threads but I just get confused and I know if I post in there I'm just going to get yelled at. :cry :lol3 Anyway thanks for any help anyone might be able to give me! And if theres some other unit that might work better feel free to inform me. :ear Hope you don't mind that I just completely hijacked your thread!! :D
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  11. securety10

    securety10 Stuck...

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    I'm in the exact same predicament as the poster above. I'm planning a trip that will start in WI then head to Oregon and ride the TAT (backwards) and finally end in FL. I want to be off the beaten path (or even off-road) as much as possible. I've been trying to scour the regional GPS threads for routes I can use to get to the west coast, but still need to find a GPS (and figure out how to use it :D).

    So, with what I stated above, in your opinion, would the Montana not be a good choice for me? I imagine I would need to use a lot of waypoints/viapoints to stick to the trails/routes I want to take. I know I obviously can't plot the trip out in one shot, but I don't want to have to be constantly loading new routes.
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  12. camodog

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    I just subscribed to this thread, so I hope it keeps going. :lurk
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  13. eddyturn

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    Tracks is where it's at so I went with the Montana 600. So far, so good but very limited use to date.
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  14. Albie

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    I'd go with the ZUMO for the ease of use. On a long trip, you're gonna hit that 50 point limit a LOT with the Montana.
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  15. Colebatch

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    Use tracks on the Montana, not routes.

    Easy to convert one to the other.

    Montana takes infinitely more trackpoints than a Zumo takes waypoints. If you are building off road routes/tracks, the Montana is infinitely better.
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  16. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    But the 660 takes tracks too, doesn't it?
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  17. Albie

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    Nope, easier to use the ZUMO with big routes for long trips
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  18. thebugslayer

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    Could you explain why the zumo is better for long trips? I'm comparing these two units and following others' tracks for long (multi-day) trips is my primary reason for getting a GPS.
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  19. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Do you really mean tracks, or do you mean routes? Just curious.

    Routes give you turn by turn directions, so you get an audio heads up that there is a turn ahead in say, half a mile (this early alert may be configurable to a distance you like, not sure), and again when you reach the place to turn. This means you can concentrate on the road and assessing any threats, as opposed to a track that merely displays on the screen, so you have to keep looking down at it to figure out how to stay on it.

    Having said that, you can follow routes on a Montana, too. I don't think the Montana offers "junction view" like the 660 does, so that might make the 660 navigation marginally better, but am not sure.
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  20. marco polo

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    I bought a Montana in early 2012 to replace my GPSMAP 276C, which had taken me around North America numerous times without a problem. Last summer I did a month-long trip to Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico then back home. I don't care whether someone buys a Zumo, or a Montana, but to suggest that a Montana is not suited for long road trips is just plain silly. I was using routes, not tracks, by the way. Is a Zumo "easier"? I have no idea, as I've never owned one, but don't decide between these units on the basis of an uninformed assertion about either one of them.
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