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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 2007, 5:39 pm Thread Starter
 
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Zumo 550 VS BMW navigator

I will be getting a GPS for my new GT and am trying to decide between a Zumo 550 or a BMW navigator. I sort of like the BMW one as it comes with mounts etc ,so I dont have to go looking around. All I realy want one for is finding street destinations, eg, I want to enter Smith Steet, Smithfield and I want to be told how to get there in a simple manner. Another feature I would like is the POI setting which can remind me when I am getting close to speed and red light cameras.
Maybe at most a phone text coming up on the GPS screen might be OK.
Which one do you recommend for easiest use by a GPS dummy, the Zumo 550 or the BMW navigator?
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I will be getting a GPS for my new GT and am trying to decide between a Zumo 550 or a BMW navigator. I sort of like the BMW one as it comes with mounts etc ,so I dont have to go looking around. All I realy want one for is finding street destinations, eg, I want to enter Smith Steet, Smithfield and I want to be told how to get there in a simple manner. Another feature I would like is the POI setting which can remind me when I am getting close to speed and red light cameras.
Maybe at most a phone text coming up on the GPS screen might be OK.
Which one do you recommend for easiest use by a GPS dummy, the Zumo 550 or the BMW navigator?
I just bought a Zumo for about 700USD. It comes with a RAM mount for the bike and a mount for the car. You just take it out of the cradle and turn it on in the next vehicle. I was able to mount the RAM easily on my BMW K12RS. So far, everything is easy to use. It has sound so a voice tells me when to turn and when I missed a turn the zumo recalculates to get me back on track. Too easy.
I may buy the optional xm radio antenna for 200USD. I have xm on my bike now. Both items are connected through autocom.
You can look at this zumo forum for info http://razorbiker.com/zumo

I've never tried a BMW III.

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The same BMW Navigator mounts will mount pretty much any GPS with the AMPS bolt pattern. You won't have the cradle that the BMW Navigator. But if you go with a Zumo, you'll already have buttons set up for left-handed use. BTW, if you don't want Bluetooth or XM, you might check the brand new Zumo 450 which is much cheaper.

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I will be getting a GPS for my new GT and am trying to decide between a Zumo 550 or a BMW navigator. I sort of like the BMW one as it comes with mounts etc ,so I dont have to go looking around. All I realy want one for is finding street destinations, eg, I want to enter Smith Steet, Smithfield and I want to be told how to get there in a simple manner. Another feature I would like is the POI setting which can remind me when I am getting close to speed and red light cameras.
Maybe at most a phone text coming up on the GPS screen might be OK.
Which one do you recommend for easiest use by a GPS dummy, the Zumo 550 or the BMW navigator?

I have the Zumo and with the XM antenna it is still much cheaper than the Nav III. It comes with RAM mount which is very versatile. The antenna can be mounted right to the cradle with a cycle gadget mount. I just added traffic to the XM and it looks like it will be very helpful.
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I wouldnt mind having the blue tooth, soley so that I can get speed camera sms alerts on my GPS screen. Other than that I would rather a simple to use item. So is the ZUMO 450 different only in that it doesnt have XM and blue tooth? Any other opinions on Navigator?
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I may be confused, but if you are talking about getting SMS text messages that would normally be coming through your phone I don't think that works with the Zumo 550, or any other GPS that I have seen.
For the money I think you would be happy with the Zumo 550 if only for the added versatility that you can add on later.
I found the mounting hardware that comes with the unit to be of excellent quality. I am also having an autocom installed and will be connecting the Zumo and my radar detector eventually.
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From reading the specs it appears that the Zumo device uses a USB connection to the PC. Is this USB port accessible when the device is in the mount? If so,
can it be used as an additional drive, for MP3s, etc?
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The zumo can use an SD card and play MP3 music or what ever you care to down load. very simple to use.
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Yes, but it's very easy to transfer files using a USB Flash Drive for example - every modern computer has a USB port or three - but every other physical format such as SD cards, etc. requires a more specialized slot, which only a few systems have built in. The various attachments to computers that allow an SD to then be accessed are just that - additional external attachments.

If a USB drive could be plugged in and used instead it'd be very convenient - though there'd be some worry about it falling out and environmental factors.
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BTW, I checked and it will be navigator 3 if I go for the BMW unit. How do the Navigator 3s compare to the Zumo?
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