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When I purchased Garmin zumo 660 I was very skeptical. Even I am a quite technical type, till then I was using old classy paper maps on my travels. But few trips with my friends who called me old school brought me to the conclusion, that it is time for change.
This Garmin zumo 660 has a very nice design. In the box it comes with USB cable for data connection and charging and media package that includes the DVD required to initialize, register the system and get the mapping software and tools installed on a computer. The installation is pretty easy, it took me just about five minutes and I was ready to hit the road.
The display of the GPS is very clear and the processing and presentation of map data is fast and very accurate. It took me some time to get used to the voice talking me where I should go, but after about an hour in the car I didn't have any difficulties. But I think it was just the case of a first time user.
The map updates are very speedy and I never ended in another place than I wanted.
The option of a stereo music stream via Bluetooth is a nice addition to this already great GPS.
In the end I never regretted my purchase of this GPS. I am still using paper maps sometimes, but I cannot imagine be without this device anymore. It saves me a lot time and prevents me from complaining from my friends.
It has a 4.3inch touchscreen that responds as soon as you touch the screen, which is good as any delays is annoying really. Plus, the screen can be used even if you're wearing gloves, which is why this one is one of those that is ideal for bikers, be that motor or peddle, either way it straps onto the frame of the bike, using the clips that you get, and away you go.
In this you get the options of 2D, 3D or birds eye view, which makes it so easy to see where you are and, more importantly how to get where you need to be. It has inbuilt lane assist too which means that it will tell you which lane you're supposed to be in when you're approaching a junction, (for example).
It also has in built blue tooth which means that you can link your phone up to it and use this as the control centre for your phone, (sort of), this means less stopping to answer the calls, Although do be careful when taking calls on the move.
It has an inbuilt MP3 player that can be connected to a blue tooth set of earphones so that you can use this to listen to music whilst on the move. Although, again, listening to music whilst riding along is not something that I would say is safe.
It has full UK, Ireland and Europe maps, with free updates, (or it did have when I first got this), and it has a rather fine thing called a 'trip planner' which means that if you have a multiple drop journey you can input all the post codes, one by one, and the sat-nav will take you to each one, one at a time.
If you take a wrong turn it doesn't shout at you, unlike the wife, it calmly thinks again and tries to direct you back on route as best it can. If it can't do that it tell you to turn around when it is safe to do so.
This has all that is needed for a journey anywhere in or around Europe as it will help you stay on track. To do so you will have to fork out about £200 for his right now, which is a bit OTT considering that there are many other satnavs that offer as mush, almost, at less money.
If you can get this at a low price, say £130 - £150, then it might be worth thinking about. But for the £200 + I would say shop around first.
The reason for the 3 stars is due to the heavy price, not the product itself.