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i have been comparing Garmin 2610 vs.2620 vs. Quest G.P.S.'s...but iam confused by all the spec sheets....what is the best bang for the buck...i am primarly buying it for use on the bike and car ...but was wondering if it shows enough imfo that i might be able to use it on my boat to see inlets or towns on the great lakes not to navigate by..dont really need all the extras just something easy..
 

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2610 has a digital removable flashcard memory so you don't have to worry about vibrations. 2620 has a hard drive. not sure about the quest. 2610 works for me although it can be hard to read when the sunlight hits it just right.
 

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Check out the Garmin 276C or the 376C if you want weather forecasts.
It is the one to use if you plan on using it in the boat also.
The Garmin web site lets you compare the features of all 3 side by side.
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Vettster said:
Check out the Garmin 276C or the 376C if you want weather forecasts.
It is the one to use if you plan on using it in the boat also.
The Garmin web site lets you compare the features of all 3 side by side.
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Ditto! I got the 276C with the City Select software. Get a piece of paper and draw the screen sizes on it. It will amaze you how small some of them are. I was wanting the TomTom Rider but apperantly they are having some problems. I drew the screen on a pice of paper and damn it was tiny. With my eys, the 276C was the best. BTW, it is a marine GPS so it's waterproof and will work great on your boat.
 

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Check memory size, and make sure you can buy optional memory cards. With Garmin, you have to download maps into the GPS unit. The Maps that come with it are good enough for traveling on freeways, but little else. The Garmin Map software partitions the maps in fixed chunks. Some of the chunks can be quite large, 50Mbits. If you live close to a map boundry, you may need 2-3 maps just to navigate in your local. If you are traveling some distance, you will need SEVERAL maps to make the journey. A GBit memory card wouild not be too big.

Plan on spending $100 for decent map software, and perhaps much more for a useable memory card.
 

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trooper113, I had full intentions of getting the Rider by TomTom. The more I read about it the more I liked the idea of no downloads, Bluetooth, waterproof, etc. It was supposed to be released in August of last year. They put it off a couple of times. I did some searching and "rumor" was that they were having trouble with the duarability. TomTom is a reputable company so this may just be BS. I don't know.

I had a gift cert to Circuit City (one of TomTom's retailers) and as of late December they couldn't tell me when they were going to get one so I started looking. I wanted one without a hard drive (not recommended for motorcycles), waterproof, and built-in mapping. I narrowed it down to the Quest, Street Pilot, and the 276C. The Street Pilots weren't waterproof and the Quest's screens were a bit small for my eyes.

Ended up with the 276C even though the mapping is horrible without additional software. Added the automotive kit which comes with City Select software. Then I got the Ram mount for the bike. Once you learn how to select your maps and download them its fairly easy to use. The automotive kit comes with a cig plug and speaker so you can get voice commands.

Plus, I already have the bluewater chip for the NC coast that will plug right in.

Hope this pic works.
 

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The Garmin 2730 will be out in a few weeks. It's the top of the line for plug and play (no hard wiring), satellite radio, satellite weather (it even suggests other routes for you) and satellite road conditions (indicating how long of a delay and suggesting automatic detours).

Can't wait for mine to get here. Kind of like motorcycles, don't settle for less than what you really want......go straight to the top.
 

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Highly recommend the Garmin 2610

I've been riding with a Garmin 2610 for over a year now. Longest trip was Sturgis and back (from ATL). Performed flawlessly, even in 400 miles of pouring rain one day.

You can't use the 2620 because the vibration will kill the hard drive in the unit.

The prices for the 2610 are right around $600 now. Add a 2GB compact flash card ($100 buy.com) and you can load the detail maps for the entire nation. The motorcycle mounting kit can be found for about $34 from Amazon.com. If you want mounting options, try MobileCX.com for RamMount options. I have a very slick install on my Road King. I'll try to post some pictures later tonight.

Make sure whatever you buy is waterproof and can take vibraiton. Garmin was the first company out there making GPS units for the general public. Their software is very good and easy to use. Don't let anyone make you believe that loading maps is a pain because its not. If you buy the 2GB compact flash card, you never have to load maps again. Of course, it isn't like you're going to ride across the country every day and need all those detail maps but its nice to have. I started out with a 1GB card which held everything east of the Mississipi. And remember, its only the detial maps that you load. Most GPS units already have the base map for the US isntalled. At least all Garmin units do. Detail maps give you local streets, points of interest, etc.

If you want to best place to review GPS units, go to http://www.gpsinformation.net

Good Luck!
 

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I use my IFR with my ILA (I'm Lost Again) they work great together.


I been stepping in it all day going to keep it shut and just listen for awhile and only post if I know the answer to a tech question.
 

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BWalker said:
Ended up with the 276C even though the mapping is horrible without additional software. Added the automotive kit which comes with City Select software. Then I got the Ram mount for the bike. Once you learn how to select your maps and download them its fairly easy to use. The automotive kit comes with a cig plug and speaker so you can get voice commands.
Thanks for both the information and the pic. About all I knew for sure is not to get one with a hard drive.

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The Garmin 2730 will be out in a few weeks. It's the top of the line for plug and play (no hard wiring), satellite radio, satellite weather (it even suggests other routes for you) and satellite road conditions (indicating how long of a delay and suggesting automatic detours).

Can't wait for mine to get here. Kind of like motorcycles, don't settle for less than what you really want......go straight to the top.
Do you know if the 2730 runs on flash memory or on a hard drive? Waterproof or resistant? Also easily transferred to a car?

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Pretty much any Garmin unit, except for the iQue models, are waterproof to some extent. I personally use a Quest on the bike and in the car. I have a RAM mount on the bike that doesn't supply power but with about 20 hours use on the battery, I just take it off and recharge it when needed. I went through the same decision process you did and picked the Quest for several reasons. 1) Size, 2) Convenient portability 3) Battery powered 4) No hard drive (I have an iPod that when mounted on the bike, would lock up) 5) Can be used for Geocaching. The display is smaller than the 2xxx series but I don't need it hooked up to audio...I couldn't hear it if I wanted to but the best thing is the portability.
 

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Thanks. I just did some searching and found the answers to my questions about the 2720/2730. They're both suitable for bike and car use......pretty much what I think I'm looking for.

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I been stepping in it all day (11 jan) going to keep it shut and just listen for awhile and only post if I know the answer to a tech question.
 

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I'm using the Garmin eTrex C. This is the best GPS I've ever owned, especially considering the low price ($249.95). The North American map software cost another $110.00, but is well worth it. It has just about every street/path on the continent, auto-routing, color display, and many other features. Even the ETA is constantly updated. I recently made a 400 mile trip and the ETA was off by only 2 minutes! It guides you turn-by-turn, too. It's small enough to put in your shirt pocket and battery life (2 AA's) is about 30-35 hours. I'm using rechargable batteries, so the cost is negligible. It can also be used off-road with topo maps.

That's my 2 cents..... :)
 

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thanks for all the imfo

i ordered a garmin 2610 from amazon.com today for $519....i would have liked to get the 276c but after seeing the cost of software and storage i felt it was a little much compared to the 2610...i know its not for marine use but if it can find a port opening and what town iam in ..thats close enough....thanks for all the advice
 

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The best way is hang a map on the wall, get a dart, then blind fold yourself. Throw the dart toward the map. Wherever it hits the map is your destination. Get on your bike (without a map of course) and head in that general direction. If you don't get to the exact location it doesn't matter. It was the ride that made you go anyway. :p
 
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