Well, I bought me a brand new Zumo 660 before my trip to CCR, and had a chance to give it a good work-out. While it has some very good qualities, as Randy points out in his excellent review
, there are a few things that really bug me. In fact, they bug me so much that my brand new Zumo (a month old) is likely to be up for sale shortly...as soon as I have the dealer take the wiring back OFF the LT.
Anyway, here are my gripes, in order of importance:
1. No city names shown - when it's navigating, it doesn't show upcoming towns/cities, even the ones you're going through - just the road. This really ticks me off! I can't believe I paid this much more to get this much LESS information.
2. No map scale - I really like to see if I'm looking at a .5 mile vs. 25 mile scale. Same gripe! Why take information AWAY that was/is on their cheaper Nuvi line?!
3. No XM radio or FM transmitter.
- My old 376C has the first two plus XM, and is waterproof like the 660. Of course, it's bulkier, too, which was why I thought I'd "upgrade" to the 660.
- My Nuvi 770 has the first two plus FM transmitter and is thinner with the same screen size as the 660 (but isn't waterproof, which means I have to grab and stick it in my tank bag when it starts to rain, so that's why I thought I'd "upgrade" from it to the 660).
I thought the Zumo 660 would be the best of both worlds. It's not.
Granted, the Zumo 660 has Bluetooth and that gives it cell phone capability, which is cool. But most Bluetooth helmet headsets can sync directly with your cell phone, so that's not necessarily essential, and I think either of my other two GPS units can be turned into Bluetooth transmitters with just a little Bluetooth dongle in their headphone jack.
If anyone knows how my above gripes can be somehow corrected, I'd love to know how (I'm perfectly willing to accept that I'm just ignorant and missing something basic). Otherwise, I think I'm going to go backwards in time to older technology...
P.S. One other thing. If you have a Zumo 550 (which I don't), I don't think I'd spend the considerable extra money to upgrade to the 660 unless it has a feature you REALLY want/need. I certainly wouldn't do it for the bigger screen. The main value of a bigger screen (to me at least) is being able to see more of what is around you - what's coming up and what you're passing. If all of the map you see is the line of the road you're on, what do you need a bigger screen for?