I have a love/hate relationship with Garmin GPS devices. Sometimes, I want all the data and sometimes, I don’t want any data on my bike rides. But when I discovered Strava, I fell in love with my Garmin 500 as it motivated me to go faster and go farther. I could look at the data while I was riding but the real magic occurred when I got home. I got to see how I stacked up against all my previous rides and I was able to share them with my network of friends. At the end of the month or year, I had a useful log of every detail of my miles and climbs.
But then the new Iphone came and I now use it more than my Garmin. The Iphone is with me anyway and it now has a battery that can outlast my endurance. I can upload my Strava at then end (or even the middle) of the ride and get instant gratification. Or in most cases, despair and aggravation. So in my view, the greatest competition for Garmin are these phones that get smarter with each passing day.
So here are the new Garmins with their evolved connectivity. They get more run time at about 20 hours and now they can always be connected. Seems pretty slick for race teams but are they useful to you?
This video from Team Garmin captures their capabilities.
There are two new Garmins, the 510 and the 810. The 510 has the smooth buttons on the photos and it is the simpler version without the fancy graphics and maps.
Garmin has been pretty secret about their just announced Edge series, and the rumor mill has been rampant with guesses about what features they would contain, and whether it would just be called the Edge 900.
Garmin unveiled two new GPS bike computers today, the Edge 810 and 510, which are their first dedicated bicycling devices with real-time connectivity. These new units propagate forward the features of their current Edge 800 and 500 models, while adding advanced connection features that can be used through a smartphone. They feature a more user-friendly interface, sport live tracking, social media sharing and real-time weather updates. The basic difference between the models is that the Edge 810 has mapping capabilities, and the Edge 510 can utilize GLONASS satellites for better reception, otherwise they share the same feature suite. We did a full review on the Edge 500 and found it to be durable, accurate, with excellent usability and intuitiveness, and we hope that the new capabilities of the Edge 810 and 510 continue with the same high qualities of the predecessors.
The Edge 810 and 510 are each available in two different versions. The basic Edge 810 retails for $499.99, while the Edge 810 Performance and Navigation Bundle Version (maps, HR monitor, speed/cadence sensor, out front mount) goes for a whopping $699.99. The basic Edge 510 retails for $329.99, and the Edge 510 Performance Bundle Version (HR monitor, speed/cadence sensor, out front mount) goes for $399.99.