TomTom Rider vs. Garmin Zumo

If you are an avid biker and have the need for a GPS device for your motorcycle or scooter, then you may want to consider the Garmin Zumo or the TomTom Rider. Both products feature state-of-the-art technology, with countless features and accessories that are sure to fill all of your GPS needs. With that being said, there are some differences between the two devices that should be pointed out before you decide to purchase either one.

The Facts

There are numerous similarities between a Garmin Zumo and a TomTom Rider: both products come with preloaded maps, both are Bluetooth compatible, and both products are built rugged and waterproof. Both units are also very easy to operate. They each feature touch-screen technology and easy instructions.


The latest version of the Garmin Zumo is the Zumo 660, while TomTom's most recent device is the TomTom Rider 2. Both products advertise that they were designed or developed "by bikers for bikers." Both products feature numerous technological advances from their previous versions while still remaining safe and secure to use while biking.


The Garmin Zumo is slightly more expensive than its TomTom counterpart. The most recent version of the Zumo sells for about £520, while the latest Rider will cost you around £422. However, there are several features that make up for the difference in price. One such feature is that the Garmin Zumo can also double as an MP3 player, and the Rider cannot. Also, battery issues are not as big a problem with the Zumo because the Garmin device has a removable battery; the TomTom unit does not.


The TomTom Rider prides itself on its user-friendly interface. It advertises realistic and intuitive visual instructions, smooth-scrolling map display, and a choice between 3D bird's-eye view and traditional 2D map-format graphics. The Zumo may be a bit more complex, and offers 3-D building view and lane assist with junction view. Suffice it to say that each product will get you where you need to go without any problems.


Both the Garmin Zumo and the TomTom Rider come with several similar accessories. For example, both products come with an automotive AC charger. However, a few accessories are included with one that do not come with the other. Included with the TomTom device and not with the Garmin is a Bluetooth headset and a convenient carrying case. The Garmin device comes with an automotive mount that is not standard on the TomTom unit.

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