Written on: 06/03/2008
This review is written from the perspective of a motorbiker, as we tend to get "missed" out in some sat nav reviews!!!!!!!!!!
The easiest way to describe the Garmin StreetPilot 2820 would be to say that it is the most competent motorcycle navigator I have ever used.
It is the same form factor as the previous 2xxx series Garmin GPSRs, which means it fits right into the Garmin Motorcycle Bracket, and uses the same power cable and other accessories as all the other 2xxx GPSRs. There are two slight differences with the accessories " the remote control is the newer version (same as the 27xx series), and the 12 volt adapter with the built-in speaker " the one you would use in a car, not on a moto " is also the same newer one with the more sophisticated speaker that was first introduced with the 27xx series. The 27xx and 28xx both feature true 'text to speech ' " meaning, they pronounce the full street names " and that requires a higher fidelity speaker. The older remote from the 25xx series will work with the newer 27xx and 28xx products, but it doesn ' t give you all the control that the new remote does.
The big improvement: A fully integrated Bluetooth system. You can pair your cell phone up to it, and also pair a Bluetooth headset (for example, a BMW System V helmet with the WCS 1 Bluetooth system.
This unit is fully recommended for motorbikers and car users alike. It gives the usual Garmin quality with a little extra for bikers.