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Zumo 220 - Anyone have anything to say about this unit?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by devrodirt, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. devrodirt

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    Anyone have any experience with the Zumo 220?
    Maybe compared to other waterproof units?
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  2. jesse1

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    i'm also interested in this unit - any real reason to spend more on the other zumo models, other than screen size and xm ?
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  3. TRZ Charlie

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    Thanks Charlie, but there don't seem to be any reviews there.

    Jesse, I use a Garmin 350 as my "roady" GPS. It's the same size as the Zumo 220 and I get along with the size just fine.
    Other than that I don't know much about the 220, and it doesn't seem like anyone else does either.

    I've seen it as low as $426, on Amazon I think.

    I'm undecide as to wether or not to make the plunge.
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  5. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Right side, scroll down a bit.
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  6. tbirdsp

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    Hi Devro - Yeah, this Zumo 220 has baffled me too. It's been out since January '10 and I can find no one who actually has one to give a real-world review. From the specs it looks almost exactly the same as my Nuvi 500 except for the BlueTooth.
    The big thing for me would be if the Zumo 220 can take track uploads of some kind and if you can shut off the automatic off-route recalculation (Nuvi 500/550 don't have either capability).
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  7. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    I've been hoping for some user reviews also. I'm trying to decide at this point whether to get the 660 or save a couple hundred bucks and go for the 220.

    I did find most of the commercial reviews and it seems to get fairly high marks except for the relatively high price. What I have been really wanting to see is more real world user feedback. The commercial reviews can look fantastic until real world users start finding the problems after extended use.

    Also wondering if the 220 can import tracks or if it's limited like the 550.
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  8. devrodirt

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    I just dunnno, but would like to know.
    I guess we just stay tuned in here and hope someone will give a real world assessment.
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  9. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    This review is BETTER

    Still nothing of substance though.

    Problem will be the same as my 500 the touch screen. When you go to clean it, you loose your page if it's on.

    It holds 10 routes and 500 waypoints. But I find nothing about tracks.
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  10. devrodirt

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    Yea, that didn't say much. "Customized fuel gage" - WHOOHOOO!

    What about tracks and routes uploading and downloading?

    Surely someone out there knows what this thing does.
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  11. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    If you google around you will find "some" customer reviews that contain words like "I installed it on my cruiser" , "Took a 2100 mile road trip with it", "Works well with mapquest"

    Doesn't instill a lot of confidence for me in regards for tough off roading and I still haven't found jack about tracks. It does have the same chipset as the Nuvi 500 so I suspect it will track your trip and you will be able to download it. But as with the 500 you cannot install tracks.
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  12. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    Sent an email to Garmin asking about uploading and sharing tracks. I'll post the response.
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  13. devrodirt

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    GREAT! Please do post the reply from Garmin.
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  14. eakins

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    same unit as nuvi 500/550 and you pay too much more for it because it has useless bluetooth and it's labeled for motorcycles. just read the nuvi 500 threads. i paid $150 for my 500.

    it will create 1 track as you use it, i think.
    you can't load others tracks on it. you must use software and convert those tracks to routes.

    if your a heavy track user, it's not the best choice.
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  15. TRZ Charlie

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    Eakins is right my 500 records one track and you cannot upload tracks to it.
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  16. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    Does the 660 handle tracks?
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    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    Well, Garmin answered my question...
    I think.

    I wonder if they may have a different take on the subject of routes vs. tracks or the distinction between multi point routes and tracks - not quite the same in my understanding. The files can certainly be converted to supported format before loading on the GPS but tThe question for me of whether tracks are directly supported by the unit is still not really answered.

    The question:
    I do a fair amount of off-road riding and am shopping for a new GPS. To narrow down my choices I would like to know if the Zumo 220 and/or 660 support tracks so that I can share and upload and follow tracks from friends.

    The answer from Garmin:
    Thank you for contacting Garmin International.I will be more than happy to help you with this. Both the Zumo 220 and 660 have the multipoint routing capabilities.
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  18. jesse1

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    Any news ? Did you buy the 220 ?
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  19. devrodirt

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    Well, Garmin didn't answer your question. Usually the Garmin tech guys are pretty good, but not this time.
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  20. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    Not sure if this q was directed at Devrodirt or me but...

    I picked up a 660 a couple days ago. It apparently does support tracks directly but I haven't tried loading any yet to see how it works. This thing does a lot of stuff and it is my first GPS so the learning curve is pretty steep.

    Since there is more user feedback and a fair amount of tricks and tips around on the 'net, I figured the 660 was a better bet to do what I wanted and I went ahead and forked out the extra cash.

    I did a fair amount of searching and am actually rather surprised how little user feedback I found for the 220.

    I'm going on a ride this weekend over logging roads, forest roads and a few shortcuts so I'll do my best to figure out how to save the route or track or whatever I can.
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