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Yes I'm still here thanks!
I've been out of things for two years now. Start of 2019 my hip started deteriorating badly and I could barely get on a bike let alone ride any distance or even stand on the pegs. Hip was eventually done in September 2019, one of the worst cases the surgeon said he had seen. Unfortunately six months later just when I got the all clear to try gentle riding, the 'Beast from the East' arrived, so with circulation problems, I have been a house hermit for almost a year.
I am still a lurker on the subject but no more than that. I am probably slightly unusual in that as a retired IT professional I am prepared to pay top dollar for a specialist GPS device.
The future of supply is in smartphones however, but the GPS accuracy and mapping/sofware and lackof screen brightness (even oled) make them, at best in my view, a 'jack of all trades' device and thus master of none. My need is also peculair in that I ride lead for my group on an 85 year old bike so battery life is a major concern as no reliable hard wiring to Joe Lucas electrics and power packs expose vulnerable USB ports.
On the other hand the latest dedicated premium GPS offerings all appear to me to have a major deficiencey. 276CX runs like a slug, Montana 700 series brightness appears deficient from many comments. XT cannot battery swap etc.
Thus my pension remains in my wallet at present and the Montana 650T on the bars, should I be able to start riding, but the screen size is increasingly limiting for my eyes.
Good spot, I didn't find that. I'm not that silly nowadays!
Still a warning to others though
I wonder how on Earth Garmin tests these units prior to production runs. The 276CX ran like a slug, obvious the first and last time I used it. Now the next premium model the 700 series seems not bright enough unless the transflective screen is lit up by direct sunlight.
Guess the 680T is going to stay on the bars a bit longer!
Looks everything (apart from buttons) the much maligned 276cx should have been
Ah the search for the holy grail!
One caveat is Tom Tom Go is in a bit of a state of flux at present with the current release frozen for some time due to multiple complaints. It's just been restarted.
Good advice from Boyd, keep us updated please. I keep looking at the interesting Carpe Iter but it's a small company and development seems slow to me.