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Tom Tom vs GPS
« on: March 10, 2016, 09:25:45 pm »
This might get moved to Sat Nav forum.   However, I wanted more to see this in case no 0ne loods there....

My friend has a Tom Tom and I like the features better than my Garmin.   I looked on line and saw that Tom Tom has a Rider 400.

- has anyone tried this GPS?
- Thoughts?
- What makes it better or worse than Garmin?
- I read via Revzilla that it may not talk to android/nor show caller ID.   That doesn't really bother me. 
- I read via Revzilla reviews that it really allows you to plan trips by offering really good alternatives....

Anyway, I pretty much know what I'm getting with the Garmin - for $300 less I thought I would ask.  Cheers BC
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Re: Tom Tom vs GPS
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 08:04:12 pm »
It is always best to post messages in the most appropriate place.

This can help other Members who subsequently seek
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( It also saves me a lot of work if this is done ! )

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Re: Tom Tom vs GPS
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2016, 10:56:06 pm »
Depends on what your actually trying to do. I believe tom tom offers some features like "windy roads" etc. that garmin has not come up with yet. I love my garmin because i do alot of custom routing. i take highly specific routes that i prepare using microsoft street and trips and load them into the garmin. I'm not familiar with how easy that can be accomplished with the tom tom. my garmin is also waterproof (sorta kinda, at least the gps is water resistant, cant say that for the cradle it sits it).

From what i've read, it had to beat the garmin, but if your just getting basic direction and not doing anything fancy, the tom tom will probably save you a bunch of cash and may offer you some nice biking features.

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Re: Tom Tom vs GPS
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2016, 11:00:52 pm »
*Originally Posted by Greygoose [+]
Depends on what your actually trying to do. I believe tom tom offers some features like "windy roads" etc. that garmin has not come up with yet.

The Garmin motorcycle-specific GPS's have had the windy roads routing feature (they call it "curvy roads") for at least two years.
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Re: Tom Tom vs GPS
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2016, 11:12:14 pm »
*Originally Posted by AZBob [+]
The Garmin motorcycle-specific GPS's have had the windy roads routing feature (they call it "curvy roads") for at least two years.

on which models?

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Re: Tom Tom vs GPS
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2016, 07:53:19 pm »
*Originally Posted by Greygoose [+]
on which models?

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i see its on the new 390. certainly no where to be found on my aging 660.

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Re: Tom Tom vs GPS
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2016, 12:15:24 pm »
Curvy roads are also on the software for the 590/595
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Re: Tom Tom vs GPS
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2016, 03:26:42 pm »
After 11 years my Garmin 276C(which I dearly loved) gave up on me so I switched to a TT Rider 400. Why? One thing,  I just heard and read too many complaints about the Zumos, both on hardware and on software. I specifically asked riders I met about their Garmins to take out the Internet Whining Factor. Same results, some people satisfied, many others not.

I considered buying the Montana, which is sort of a 276C. You know, good hardware, separate maps. But expensive and there's too many riders selling them again shortly after purchase. Complaints about routing and Garmin's support on it.

Then TT introduces the new rider. 400 euros including car kit. Connectivity, map and other updates, map software, everything just works. Very easy to make nice trips directly on the device itself.

Complaints? Sure. Sunlight falling right onto the screen makes it very difficult to read.
Also, they don't have their own mapping program if you really want to use a laptop or desk top for planning trips. You'll have to use Tyre(windows only). There's also something new now, MyRoute-app. Which isn't for free, but does support Mac OS.

Good luck choosing the right device for yourself :002: