New Tom Tom 550 Rider

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by ShineySideUp, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Yes, I'm a proffesional driver. 100,000 miles on a quiet year, 140,000 miles on a busy year
  2. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    Well, good for you?

    If I didn’t listen to music while riding, I wouldn’t ride. Endless wind, road, and engine noise gets old and “white” awfully quick.
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  3. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Crikey, you make riding sound so dull..
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  4. jstfsh

    jstfsh Adventurer

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    By that account it’s already to late. Just my opinion. To each his own. My best defense is being away from people before they knew I was there. Ride safe and enjoy
  5. BigKev72

    BigKev72 ANZAC

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    I use a Sena SMH10 and pipe music in via my iPhone and Spotify, my TT is also connected via Bluetooth. It will interrupt the music, give the audible directions and then resume the music.
  6. jstfsh

    jstfsh Adventurer

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    Is your sena working on 2 different channels? As I was told from scala, if I want the text to pop up on gps screen, pair phone to GPS and then pair GPS to Cardo-don’t pair phone to cardo. Pairing gps to cardo then phone to cardo text won’t come thru gps. Either way music from phone won’t get to cardo headset. TT 550 can’t have music go thru it to headset. That was how it was explained to me by cardo and reaffirmed by the third person I spoke to at TT. If anyone has a solution please let me know. Thanks
  7. BigKev72

    BigKev72 ANZAC

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    I honestly don’t know. It didn’t work at first, then once I updated the firmware on my Sena it works. For the text reading etc I have to be running the MyDrive app on my iPhone. I usually don’t bother with that but it does work about 90% with the spoken directions. It sometimes screws up and doesn’t reconnect music from my phone though.
  8. jstfsh

    jstfsh Adventurer

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    Before I had a gps if I used my phone gps map it worked as yours does. While listening to music it would lower the music and then speak the directions then go back to music. I want that with the TT
  9. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    I have the TT pared to my Cardo PalkTalk Bold as GPS, and my iPhone paired as phone 1. Music is interrupted when the GPS feeds voice directions, and resumes automatically. Because they're two different bluetooth sources, I don't think the mixer on the headset is able to simply reduce music volume and let it keep playing the way your phone can handle internally.

    I don't bother with texts showing on my TT though - I generally don't care about texts when I'm riding, but I do have an Apple Watch on and could command Siri to read me my texts if I feel the notification come in.
  10. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Devout Atheist Supporter

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    I just finished 7 weeks in Europe, much of it riding around on a bike I shipped over and am now storing there. The 550 I purchased in anticipation of this trip worked perfectly, and the MyDrive interface remains a joy to use. Warns you of all the speed cameras in Europe as well.

    Very satisfied!
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  11. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    I'm planning to use mine in the UK in a couple weeks, but with a rental car. Glad to know it just as effective, if not more so, over there!
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  12. turtlespeed

    turtlespeed Been here awhile

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    1Q) inmates who have this unit: how does the traffic and traffic related re-routing compare to Waze and google maps?
  13. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Never had a issue, gave up on Waze years ago been all over europe, google maps is my emergency back up, the 550 tom is primary nav tool


    And a bloody good one
  14. jasiu

    jasiu Adventurer Supporter

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    I've never used Waze or Google Maps so I'm unable to compare. TT Rider 550 traffic information are very good, precise and accurate. Have to admit I was very skeptical about this feature and most times ignore traffic information. But learn 'hard way' to relay on it specifically when riding back to Toronto at end of weekends. Rerouting works but not always :), sometimes the alternative option is popped up too late and the only option available is equally backup. This is specially true when riding on highway where there are not many option available and only exit from highway is not much better alternative.
  15. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

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    So I freely admit I'm not good at tech stuff.
    Having said that I can build tracks on 'my drive' and transfer them to my 550 seems to work fine.
    What I can't seem to figure out is downloading a track from another source to my Android phone, it shows up in my Google drive folder then I send it to the 'my drive folder' it says successful but then never shows up when I open the folder.
    Long winded question, my apologies.

    Edit to say I ordered a SD card adapter, I hope I can just load the track to the card then put the card in my 550 and do things that way. We shall see.
  16. turtlespeed

    turtlespeed Been here awhile

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    1 more Q: can you pick up whatsapp calls on the 550? e.g. my BT headset does not auto pick up whatsapp calls i have to take the phone out and swipe to pick up the call.

    Do whatsapp calls present a call pick up button on the 550 that I can tap and pick up the call?
  17. ommoran

    ommoran Experienced Newbie

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    I don't know if anyone has been experiencing issues with their TT Rider 550 and the latest iOS 13. The TomTom forums are going ape about this - and note that this is iOS, not Android *AT ALL*. Inability to connect the phone by bluetooth (has happened to me, and in fact the iPhone disconnects from my car randomly as well). Certainly unable to hold the connection for more than a couple of minutes, and further issues regarding getting traffic data via BT. If all of a sudden your TT Rider started borking about 6 weeks ago, it isn't your unit - it's iOS.

    Just one more reason I f!@#$! hate Apple.
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  18. cblais19

    cblais19 Long timer

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    IOS13 has been quite buggy for many.
  19. BigKev72

    BigKev72 ANZAC

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    Mine was a little off during beta 1 and 2 but it seems to be working ok right now.
  20. Traxx

    Traxx Long timer Supporter

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    My 550 has been sitting on the shelf for 6 months now, and no intention of using it.