Bluetooth-enabled Garmin 2820 ... 1st Impressions
I recently bought a barely-used Garmin 2820 on eBay. Before it arrived, I sold my beloved 2720 to forum member 'mwnahas'. Now that I've had it for about a week, I thought I'd share my first impressions.
First let me say that this is my 3rd Garmin unit, so I am very familiar with the screens and menus and such. I find Garmin's way of thinking to be very intuitive. YMMV
Without cracking open the manual, I put the 2820 on the dash of my Equinox and powered it up. It took very little time to connect my Bluetooth phone to the 2820. Very pain-free. Then again, I'm a geek. I then tried to make my first call. Oops! The 2820 told me that I need to connect the microphone up to the unit before I can do this. Well, DuH! So I comb thru the box, and there she is. I clip the mic onto the sun-visor, route the cable and plug it into the side of the 2820. Now I'm ready! My first Bluetooth call. Using the phone menu, the 2820 loads my cell's phone book quickly. I scroll down to my wife's cellphone entry and select it, then press 'Dial'. I hear the DTMF tones from the speaker of the 2820's charger, and then a ring. My wife answers and a whole new experience has begun. After a few minutes I asked my wife, "How do I sound?". She said, "Fine. Why?". When I told her that this was a hands-free Bluetooth call, she assured me that it sounded just as good, if not better than a regular cell call. Obviously, I was very pleased to hear that.
Receiving calls are even easier. It's great to see the call coming in on the GPS' screen. This is going to be a WONDERFUL feature on the GT. And I can choose to answer or ignore the call with just a press of a button on the 2820's screen. Way cool!
So by now you can probably tell that I'm pretty impressed with my new toy. I don't know if I'll even use the mp3 player, or the XM features of the 2820 ... we'll see.