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3.0 out of 5 stars An adequate GPS that is a poor replacement for the Zumo 550. Concentrates on looks and gimmicks instead of the core role., 16 July 2014
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This review is from: Garmin zumo 350LM 4.3" Motorbike Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates and Bluetooth (Electronics)
I bought this as a replacement for the brilliant ZUMO550 with misgivings, having read other reviews. The unit has lived down to expectations and I'm glad I didn't spend more on a higher spec but similar system.
This wasn't designed by a motorcyclist, unlike the 550 with it's at a glance display and functional approach to the arrangement of information.
A designer made this and it is an example of form over function. Plenty of eye candy in a smart case with loads of background applications that you won't routinely use. The navigation is good and the route displays clearly but the supplementary information in the corners can't be read at a glance. These require a dangerous amount of concentration - too much time not looking at the road ahead.
Installation: Very easy to set up and plumb into the electrics so no need to employ a specialist. It's a shame it wasn't compatible with the 550 bracket as I didn't want to use the provided installation kit that mounts on a handlebar. They've used an established mount manufacturer as sub contractor for the mount. I have forced it to fit on my centrally mounted bracket and it works satisfactorily.
Navigation: Much the same as the 550 in normal point to point route selection and thus is very good. The motorway junction feature that shows the lanes is excellent and very clear in the display. The option to select a motorcycle fun route is ok but it lacks flexibility so I haven't used it much. The Base Camp planning ap is rubbish, not intuitive at all and has no ability to drag and drop waypoints or pull the route to your own desired plan. I've worked on these systems for commercial companies and even the most simple is better than this. It does work well to display your historic information.
The mapping is good and with the free updater and complete European coverage in the unit makes this aspect first class.
Gimmicks: There are a number of minor applications available; The trip computer and fuel warning system is quite handy and easy to set up with a cute little petrol pump icon to tell you fuel is low. The petrol station route finder is very handy. Less useful is the service application which needs to be set up by the user, you can put all sorts of stuff in here, like filter changes, but why would you. Just as easy to put the service interval mileage in and wait for whatever little icon the designer, who's never been on a motorbike, wants to flash at you. There's other functionality as well but there's little enough good mororbiking weather in this country to spend time learning them - I'll wait until the winter.
This is a workable replacement unit and is very good at what it does but it just doesn't live up to it's predecessor. Expensive for what it is.
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