Garmin StreetPilot 2820
Garmin has released the StreetPilot 2820. The new 2820 features a 3.8 inch touch screen display and a 12 channel WAAS enabled GPS receiver. (No SiRFstarIII here.) This GPS is marketed towards both motorcycles and cars. For motorcycles, the StreetPilot 2820 can connect a bluetooth helmet and Bluetooth phone to the 2820. Therefore voice calls coming in to your phone can be operated through the GPS and audio sent to your helmet. In addition, motorcycle drivers will like that the 2820 is IPX-7 waterproof.
Auto users can also take advantage of the Bluetooth hands free calling features. You can dial your bluetooth phone directly from the StreetPilot 2820 as well as initiate calls to POIs.
The Garmin StreetPilot 2820 comes with maps of North America. 2D and 3D map views are supported as well as voice directions with text-to-speech to speak street names.
There are various options to allow connection to real time traffic information with optional subscriptions to services like XM Nav Traffic. The Garmin StreetPilot 2820 can also receive basic weather information via the XM Nav Traffic service. If XM isn’t your game, you can also use Garmin’s FM-TMC traffic receivers to get traffic information.
Multimedia also comes to the StreetPilot 2820, it can play MP3 music files as well as optional XM Radio. There isn’t a photo viewer, however.
One of the best features in the Garmin 2820 is that it does support multiple vias per route to aid in route customization. Now if only the Nuvi line would get that feature….
If you’ve been shopping for GPS devices and have been looking at other devices like the Nuvi there is one big thing you need to know about this GPS… it is big. It weighs nearly a pound and is 5.6 inches wide, 3.2 inches tall, and 2 inches deep. Over four times larger than a Nuvi and weighs nearly three times as much. This isn’t a GPS that you want to be frequently transferring between vehicles and it certainly won’t fit in your pocket when you go out for dinner.
Another big thing is the price. The original retail price is $1184.60. But with the exception of the chipset, this GPS is loaded with most every feature available. Bluetooth, multi-destination routing, MP3 music, XM traffic capabilities, XM radio capabilities, text-to-speech, and it even comes with a remote control.
If you want a GPS loaded with features and intend to mount it and forget it, this could be a fantastic choice. If you think you might want something portable, consider any of the much smaller devices available.