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New Tomtom 550
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:05:11 pm »
Tomtom are bringing out a new model Rider, it's the Rider 550, which apparently connects to WiFi and updates without the need for a computer. I'm hoping they include the addition of a sim card like they have in the Go 5200 so that it will be totally independent.

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https://www.tomtom.com/en_gb/sat-nav/tomtom-rider/#motorcycle

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Re: New Tomtom 550
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2018, 02:07:15 pm »
According to those in the know on the Tomtom forum we are going to have to do without SIM card functionality for the Rider 550.

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Re: New Tomtom 550
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2018, 05:22:37 pm »
There's progress see  >:(

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Re: New Tomtom 550
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2018, 06:09:08 pm »
I am a Garmin guy, by all means. Mainly due to BaseCamp (and before that, Mapsource). But still, I think the "strategic" direction TomTom is following is the only correct one : not have every connectivity function be handled by the device itself, but by the (smart)phone taking care of all connectivity. This way, when on the road, it's a piece of cake to make or modify a route on the manufacturer's website (mydrive.tomtom), and upload it to the device, with no computer needed. Very much impossible with Garmin GPS'es. Garmin is way behind in that context...
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Re: New Tomtom 550
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2018, 06:30:29 pm »
Real progress would be when they manage to squeeze GPS into a smartphone. Oh, hang on...

In my luddite view, GPS units have a single advantage over smartphones - battery life.
Since the machine being tracked has a (massive) power supply, there's no logic in buying a GPS unit.

I rest my case. Under my tin foil helmet. And scurry for cover...

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Re: New Tomtom 550
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2018, 06:49:51 pm »
I have the Tomtom App on my phone and with a 2.1 amp charger it keeps the phone charged even at full brightness. However, it's the size of the GPS chip that lets the phone down a bit, it's a bit slow to respond and so sometimes you can overshoot a turn while the GPS chip catches up.

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Re: New Tomtom 550
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2018, 07:41:21 pm »
Real progress would be when they manage to squeeze GPS into a smartphone. Oh, hang on...

In my luddite view, ...

What you're saying there sounds right. But somehow, there's something wrong. I just can't figure out what. But let me say it sounds like :

"Bicycles allow you to get anywhere. Why buy a motorcycle ?"   8)
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Re: New Tomtom 550
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2018, 09:31:18 pm »
Real progress would be when they manage to squeeze GPS into a smartphone. Oh, hang on...

In my luddite view, ...

What you're saying there sounds right. But somehow, there's something wrong. I just can't figure out what. But let me say it sounds like :

"Bicycles allow you to get anywhere. Why buy a motorcycle ?"   8)

Speed.
But you're right - I do like bicycles too  ;D