Does anybody have or know of GPS units that support bluetooth file transfers? I think it could be helpful... especially if you don't have or can't find your data transfer USB cable.
I don't think there are any out there that do this. While this is a good idea it wasn't how the implementation of Bluetooth was designed to be used in GPS devices.
Sorry I don't have more encouraging news.
I'm not aware of any units that currently support file transfer over Bluetooth.
I don't know of any, but I will keep my eyes open for you!
Off the subject a bit, but actually any usb cable will work. You don't need the one that came with your unit. As long as it is Type A to mini usb.
Is BT communication on these devices strictly limited to cell phones? Could the BT connection be used to support a BT earpiece for a motorcycle rider, for example?
The Bluetooth on the nuvi 360 only supports being paired with a single device.
Other units (for example the Zumo 550) support being paired to both a phone and a headset at the same time.
Here's a screenshot.
I assume my Nuvi can't pair with a headset even if I disconnected the phone??
Since headsets use a different Bluetooth profile (headset vs handsfree), I believe that a headset would not be able to pair with the nuvi. Might be worth a shot, but I doubt it.
What you might want to try is a Bluetooth dongle plugged into the headphone jack. That would probably work with a headset.
I would, however, caution against using any nuvi on a motorcycle for other than occasional use.
OK, thanks. It was more of a curiosity than anything. One of my co-workers was asking me about it and I didn't have a solid answer. He's becoming intrigued with GPS and such a facility (headset) may push him over the edge as he does a lot of long distance riding.
My coworker's husband wants a GPS for his "Fatboy" whatever that is, only know it is a harley. I might have gotten the name wrong....anyways, she asked what he should get and I said off the bat, "A zumo". She said that they looked at them and didn't want to spend $700. Her husband suggested a Mio (that isn't for a motorcycle). After much back and forth, I think I have convienced him (she already was) to get a zumo.
Yeah, a Fatboy generates A LOT of vibration. I don't know how much vibration a nuvi will withstand over time. Not to mention the lack of waterproofing issue.
Plus the Zumo has so many other features that are specifically geared toward motorcycle use.
I would argue that ANY GPS unit can be used on an intermittent or short term basis on a motorcycle. But for extensive use and to get the most out of it, I would recommend a unit that is geared toward the specific use.
Much in the same way as the nuvi can be used in hiking situations, I wouldn't recommend it for extensive use in that environment. A rugged, waterproof handheld unit will have features geared toward that use.
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