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  • I saw several different models of USB chargers at Best Buy with different wattage ratings and multiple USB outlets. With the large one, I think you would be able to plug both devices in at the same time. For traffic, the smartphone link service sho…
    in Nuvi 2589 Comment by Boyd March 24
  • Perhaps RFI problem from the motorcycle ignition? Does it do the same thing on a bicycle? But geez… just get a refurb Montana 650 and be happy.
  • Every GPS wanders to some extent and I don't think my test shows anything unusual for 1800 recorded points over 30 minutes. Here's the same test with my GPSMap 60csx which many people still feel is one of the best devices Garmin ever made. The Ga…
  • Sorry Chris, I don't quite understand what you need here. You have owned a Montana 650 and a Montana 680 so you should already know how they behave. Don't you remember? Well anyway, I went outside again to a spot with a good sky view and calibrated …
  • FYI, the OP's issue has been resolved. See this thread: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/30851/problem-is-now-solved-re-satnav-not-connected
  • Would have been better to have added that to your original thread, as folks are still trying to help! FYI, here's the original thread: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/30848/loss-of-drivers-on-garmin-express I'm going to lock this one, so ple…
  • I don't think any "drivers" are required for a Nuvi. depending on the settings, it behaves as either a USB disk or MTP device, and both of these should be natively supported on Windows.
  • According to Garmin, this is the coverage of the UK and Ireland map. As for the rest, I'd say that's between you and the place where you bought it…
  • Sorry, don't have time to recalibrate and test now.
  • It's a bit hard to understand that video because it appears you may have changed position slightly while rotating and also the screen is overexposed to the point of appearing blank at times. Aside from that, I don't think you should expect the compa…
  • Not sure if I understand what "we" are saying. ;) But I just took my Montana 600 outside and calibrated the compass. This involves three steps to calibrate it on each axis; first you slowly rotate the device while holdig it flat, then you slowly ro…
  • On my devices, they do say you have to hold the device level to get an accurate reading with the compass. Modern triaxial compasses don't require you to hold them horizontally and Garmin switched to these a number of years ago. My Montana 600 has a …
  • I think you probably intended that reply to go to this thread, because it makes no sense here. ;) http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/30847/monterra-spinning-map
  • Since it's Android, you could try another app like OruxMaps or BackCountry Navigator and see if it has the same issue or if it's a problem with Garmin's software.
  • The picture you posted shows 3d view so that was the basis of my comment. Since things get smaller in the distance in 3d, you will not see as much detail. But really, it's all a question of personal choice. :)
  • First I used it as a map only, with no destination. I found it interesting for a while, but it missed displaying some exits as they approached, including important ones. Eventually I decided that there was really no good reason to use it that way. D…
  • What's nex? Maps? ;)
  • Try this: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com You need to convert to a .gpx file. If you would like to try before you buy, download Garmin Basecamp (it's free): http://www8.garmin.com/support/mappingsw.jsp You can then import the .gpx file. It will only …
  • None of the Nuvi's with which I'm familiar will show battery charge while connected to external power, either at home or in the car. You have to unplug the device so that it's running on battery, then you'll see the charge indicator. I don't underst…
  • I think those comments about phones date back several years. But the technology is changing rapidly, with major companies updating their phones every year. The new phones all have GLONASS which none of the Nuvi's have (don't know about the Drive ser…
    in RV 770 NA LMT S Comment by Boyd March 16
  • The HD receiver will receive regular TMC FM traffic if it can't find an HD station, so maybe that explains it? I don't have one, so I don't know what to expect. Haven't used smartphone link since my iPhone isn't compatible with my devices.
  • There you go, you have the standard traffic receiver. :)
  • I think the answer will be with the traffic receiver and not the Nuvi. What does the sticker on the cigarette lighter plug say? If it says GTM 36, then it is the standard (non HD) traffic receiver.
  • A hard reset is the first step I would take for troubleshooting, it seems to fix a variety of odd problems: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/21511/x/p1/ Before doing the reset, copy your favorites (saved places) to your computer or they will …
  • Geez, how hard is it to get a program like Express right? I mean, all it does is download files and copy them to a gps. ;)
  • I've read that people are using these with no SIM card or data connection as a replacement for a dedicated GPS, specs are impressive and street price a little over $100. No personal experience with them though. http://www.blackview.hk/blackview-78/
  • I guess not at all as long as map data is loaded up on wifi and 100% cached offline. Earlier you said you didn't want a map. There are plenty of iOS and Android apps that will just display your coordinates. But if you want a map, tracking and lots o…
  • I don't like the buttons on my Triton 1500. They are really stiff and hard to press, with poor tactile feedback. The user interface is strange too, somewhere between pushbutton and touchscreen. It has a lttle toothpick type stylus that tucks into a …
  • Seems like the $80 eTrex 10 from Cabella's would fit his criteria pretty well: "I'm comfortable with up to $80" "I don't need a map display"
  • I didn't spend much time comparing, but it looks like their TRX app for Android and iOS is basically the same thing and they have a free trial. Garmin really should take a page out of their book. There is no excuse for not offering users a choice of…
  • Some further discussion in this thread: http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/30811/nuvi-2595-to-garmin-rv-770-ltmt-s
    in RV660 vrs RV770 Comment by Boyd March 11
  • The cheap phone isn't a bad idea. But if you want to buy a used GPS, you could look for one of the old eTrex H series https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/8701 https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/8703 The Vista has a compass and altimeter, the Legend d…
  • I use an iPhone for everything now. A couple years ago I got an Android tablet and used it with Orux and a other maps in the car for awhile. With a 5.5" phone now, I don't need the tablet and have not used it for over a year. So you will have figur…
  • As soon as you turn on your cell phone or computer, your "privacy" is gone. I don't feel that using a GPS app really changes anything in that regard. And even if someone could look at my location… so what? Having you passwords, credit cards and bank…
  • Just yesterday FBI Director James Comey said "There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America" ;)
  • Sure, I think any Android phone can be used without a SIM card or service plan. You can just use it at home on wifi to load any apps and maps that you want. Most Android phones have micro SD card slots so you can expand storage inexpensively if you …
  • Not sure why you would give up privacy with an app like Orux. Yes, it will want to access your position and it will store your track on the phone. But none of that will be shared unless you specifically allow it. Garmin is not so different, have a …
  • You don't mention what operating system you want. On Android, Oruxmaps can certainly do this. You don't have to load a map if you don't want one. But you can load maps from many free sources using wifi at home, so no data connection is required out …
  • Phones and dedicated GPS units are just small computers. The GPS chips in new phones are really very good in my experience, and phones are several generations ahead of what Garmin offers in terms of CPU, RAM , graphics chips and displays. So it all…
    in RV 770 NA LMT S Comment by Boyd March 9
  • You might also ask yourself if you want to be the "first kid on the block" with a completely new Garmin design. No way to really tell, but many people have been frustrated with all the bugs in new devices. Personally I'd want to wait several months …
    in RV 770 NA LMT S Comment by Boyd March 8
  • Your phone does have a GPS, like I said that is required by law for all mobile phones. As to whether you can view the coordinates on the screen, I don't know, possibly not. But hey, I was just trying to save you some money. If you just want to buy…
  • GPSCity says it will be available on April 6. TheGPSstore says it will be available April 10. Amazon says "this item has not yet been released". You can easily check other vendors with a quick internet search like the one I just did. Some vendors pr…
    in RV 770 NA LMT S Comment by Boyd March 8
  • I have always thought Garmin made quality products, and eventually they shake the bugs out. But in recent years they seem to be rushing new devices out the door without mature firmware. This isn't just some crazy theory of mine, it has been widely d…
  • I am still not clear on what you are trying to accomplish. Sounds like you are already covered with the Nuvi and old eTrex as a backup (just carry some spare batteries). Even if the display is hard to read, surely you can hold it close for long enou…
  • Garmin doesn't disclose what runs their handheld devices, but I think it is a stripped down proprietary operating system. They are notoriously buggy, especially new models. They certainly are not as robust as a "real" operating system such as Window…
  • Sure wish there was a way to edit posts after more than 15 minutes. I fixed that for you. :) I understand the frustration about not being able to correct a typo. However this was a change made to the site several years ago to help control spam. One…
  • That is very strange. How did you get to that screen? Did you tap the "vehicle"? This is what is shown on every Nuvi I have ever seen. The coordinate format is affected by the preference you choose however. The menu may be different on your Nuvi,…
  • This kind of problem can be caused by a corrupt file on the GPS. It could be a .gpx file you have added, such as tracks or waypoints. It could also be a corrupt map file. Have you added any files recently? When you connect the Oregon to your compute…
  • Well that is a Montana update and it sounds like it might be related to the problem discussed here. http://forums.gpsreview.net/discussion/30751/montana-680t-not-showing-as-usb