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Garmin Zumo XT

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by VCheng, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. Clammy69

    Clammy69 Adventurer

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    Pretty much the way I use it, as well, except I use the streaming mp3 player to listen to music and check the weather occasionally, and the XT is head and shoulders better than any of the previous Zumos I've owned (450, 220, 350, 660, 590).

    Cheers!
    :super:super:super
  2. XRLated

    XRLated Long timer Supporter

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    I have had good experiences calling in and talking to the various InReach or Zumo specialists. Maybe I got lucky, but at least one guy I spoke to a few months back seemed to be really knowledgeable and enthusiastic--actually seemed plugged into the design/build process--not just some low-paid CSR with bad english working off a script.

    I myself get the impression that Garmin did engage with bikers while designing the XT, so maybe there is a settings fix or maybe no one they worked with explained well what is needed in this respect, in the way you have above.

    You might try calling and asking if they have someone who specializes in the XT you could speak with. At least in my experience, Garmin seems eager to please.

    Also, if you do happen to talk to someone good, maybe make them aware of this thread. I bet Garmin might be very interested in monitoring it (a goldmine of real-world feedback and field testing of their product for a few-minutes-a-day read), and then we here on ADV would have a direct line for giving that feedback and getting answers.

    Just a thought. Several other manufacturers have reps here on ADV, so why not Garmin?

    If you do call and get answers, please share!
  3. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    Lucky they don't engage with me during the design process.

    If they did, you guys would get a Zumo that has a huge bright screen, great track handling and doesn't reboot for no apparent reason on rough tracks or roads.

    No mp3, no bluetooth, no apps to convert inches to millimetres or tell me sunrise/sunset.

    I don't want a Montana.

    That's just me though.
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  4. mrmagloo

    mrmagloo Been here awhile

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    With the kinds of quirks you see with the XT, I'd love to meet these 'bikers'.
  5. Josh69

    Josh69 Uhhh

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    An XT arrived at my front door this morning and it went on the bike this afternoon, hard mounted.

    Looks like a major improvement over the Zumo 660 which I had before. Screen is much better than the Tom Tom 550 which I bought and returned, due to lack of the ability of the TT to control anything on my phone.

    I don't know about the XT mount. Infact I think it is a bit crap. It doesn't have the solid locking feeling and feedback which the 660 had. It's a bit harder to get into the mount. I've been messing with the XT in my living room on battery power and the battery life looks pretty poor too.
  6. The.Cheese

    The.Cheese Been here awhile

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    I agree with most of that. I too had a 660 before the new XT. Battery life on the XT is very good tho. I have played with mine in the house too. I am surprised at how long it lasts on battery alone. Hate to ask a stupid question, but... Was it fully charged?
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  7. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil. Supporter

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    Screen brightness will probably play the greatest amount of drain, and also Bluetooth though I would expect that to be less, unless it repeatedly connects and reconnects.

    KR
  8. simon crewe

    simon crewe Been here awhile

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    For piece of mind I used to run a stick on tether to the unit itself. Now my Touratech mount is fitted, it's going nowhere.
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  9. fpalbrecht

    fpalbrecht Been here awhile

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    I like my zumo XT. I like it better than my Montana 680. I'm new to Osmand. I like the maps that come with Osmand. Can I install them on XT?
  10. rwiles

    rwiles Been here awhile

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    I’ve bounced my 310 with an XT, with the stock mount, off pavement for quite a few miles now. So far, the mount has been solid as a rock. I did put a GoPro camera keeper on the XT, though. And, the battery longevity will likely end up much better after a few charges. Mine did.
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  11. Josh69

    Josh69 Uhhh

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    BATTERY LIFE:
    Something is up with my XT. I charged it overnight via the USB. Today I decided to try it out in the car, running on battery only. I set the screen to 90% brightness and let it run.

    25 minutes into the journey, it powered off. Would not turn back on until it got a recharge.

    What the hell?
  12. Clammy69

    Clammy69 Adventurer

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    Weird. One of the things that has impressed me a lot about the XT is the much improved battery life compared to my previous Zumos.

    The other day, there must have been some dirt between my Zumo and the power pin(s) on the mount, because it wasn't charging in the mount. I didn't notice this until I got back from an hour+ ride, and turned the ignition off, and never got the "lost power" prompt. (I have my mount powered from an ignition/accessory source). Even though the brightness was at 100%, and bluetooth was running, connected to my phone, and wireless earbuds, listening to music, the battery icon showed almost a full charge remaining. It really made an impact on me, because all my previous Zumos would have died before an hour on battery power alone. or at least would have been close to being drained.

    As for the not charging in the mount: I wiped the pins on the back of the Zumo and mount, and checked it in the mount, and as soon as I turned the ignition to "Ignition", the Zumo powered on as normal, and the battery icon showed it was charging.

    Cheers!
    :super:super:super
  13. VonBergschrund

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  14. simon crewe

    simon crewe Been here awhile

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    You may need to call Garmin, according to the specs. on their website up to 3.5 hours with backlight at 100%
  15. simon crewe

    simon crewe Been here awhile

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    In Europe the Topo Active maps that come pre-loaded on the unit use OSM data as their base. I have loaded other OSM maps on my unit with no issues.
  16. fpalbrecht

    fpalbrecht Been here awhile

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    How do you get them into the XT? My only experience is with the android, Osmand app on my phone. And I'm new to that.
  17. The.Cheese

    The.Cheese Been here awhile

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    That is definitely not my experience. Are you certain it is charging via USB? Plug into a wall charger to be certain. Maybe the device you plug into is turning the USB off?
  18. icemancometh

    icemancometh Adventurer

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    I noticed my device had not charged for some reason (either charger plug issue or doesn’t charge if device is turned off - second is unlikely) luckily I noticed when I prepped the sync the night before the ride.

    I leave the device on when it charges so I can see the battery status. Helps verify charge levels.

    Hope Garmin roll out a percentage indicator as well as charge level indicator when the device is off and charging with the ability to turn the indicator off (on bike charging without drawing attention)

    As some mentioned my first battery cycle was piss poor... haven’t checked if it got better but most Li battery operated devices do.
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  19. Josh69

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    I think it was something bizarre like not charging when plugged in but powered off.

    I went for a 1 hour ride with the XT in the powered mount. Took it off and sat it on the dining room table, switched on and unplugged for an hour. Battery meter only dropped by about 1/4.

    I’ll take it for an hour long unplugged car drive later and see how that goes.
  20. lkraus

    lkraus Long timer

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    I don't have an XT, but most recent Garmin Zumos (590, 595, 39x, etc), do not charge unless turned on.
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