Originally Posted by SKIZIKS
Do we really think they'll add in the additional features? Perhaps these features are what justify the higher cost of the other units?
They added back the Altimeter and corrected the ability to turn on and off the Auto-Recalculation. Seems they are listening to the owners of it.
The Bluetooth is a nice feature although I don't use it and may never use it (cell phone) as Bluetooth drains my phone's battery pretty quick. Moreso when I go out of town and it shifts into the Roaming mode. Battery just cannot keep up. I'm awaiting some cables from Europe for the Autocom too.
The Sirf III chip is fantastic in acquisition. My old Navigator dropped signals so much in canyons and tree cover. The Zumo holds onto it very well. The addition of a internal *user replaceable" battery make using it off the bike a snap for things like track saving to a laptop, more trip planning and routes, firmware updates (they've done 4 since the intro last November), etc.
Plus, I can load their Topo and City Navigator maps into it which I couldn't do with the Navigator. They added Audio-Books capability to for long trips. Couple that some are usng 8 Gig SD cards and you have a lot of storage for Mp3, pictures, maps, POIs, Travelguides, etc. Then add on the XM Radio/Weather and it is really sweet!
Very nice start-up screen with the BMW logo over at the zumo.com site too. You can even add your own logos and POI icons to your trip data as well as the ability to use the phone ability via the Zumo screen along with your waypoints using their GXM/XML programming language. The older CSV format is pretty much limited. More POI lists are showing up too, like Harley, Honda, Victory, Yamaha dealers as well as BMW. Different bike? Add a different or additional dealer list in few minutes off the web. Even share your routes with others with the Share function.
I don't think I'd call it dumbed down, the Zumo 450 may be more of a dumbed down unit. The Zumo 550 does far more than my old Navigator did, faster, with bulky gloves on, and for less money too. Screen looks far better in the sun too. It just does things in a different way than previous models do - and it does a lot!