Last Edited: 07-Apr-13
The Garmin Edge 810 device has just been released, as I posted briefly about last night. For people like me, who own a Garmin Edge 800, we’re instantly wondering whether we need to upgrade, which will be expensive. Therefore, this post is about what I have read about on the 810 that isn’t on the 800, and thereafter whether I’m going to be upgrading.
This therefore will probably only be of interest if you are in a similar position to me. I’m not going to describe all the cool things the Edge 800 does, since I know all of that already, and is therefore irrelevant for the point of a comparison, because the 810 should have everything the 800 has.
So first, there’s integration with your mobile phone. Now, when I’m out and about walking the dog, and I’m wanting to track my walk, I use Endomondo‘s iPhone app. It does live tracking. This means that people can see where I am and where I’ve been so far on my walk. It’s pretty cool, and was very useful when my wife was training for a Moonwalk such that I could see where she was, and where she’d been, right in the middle of her training stint. Now, it’s nice, but it’s not essential. I don’t have anyone who really wants to see where I am in the middle of a training session. Yes, it would be a useful feature to have if I was buying an Edge for the first time, but there’s no chance that I really need this feature. A “nice to have” feature. Not a showstopper.
Workouts can get uploaded automatically via your phone, rather than via a computer. Yep, nice to have. Not essential again. Indeed, when I upload an activity, I upload it to three other places as well (my “multiple activities on one map” webapp, Strava, Endomondo), so I need to be at a computer anyway. And I also want to see the activity on my computer. So does it give me anything? No, it actually gives me nothing at all.
This next section on weather has been edited to reflect comments and suggestions.
Weather. Seriously? I don’t see the point of this. When I’m doing an activity, I’m doing it, no matter what the weather does. I generally check the weather forecast before I do an activity anyway, so having it on the Edge gives me nothing. Sure, the forecast could change minorly, but is that really going to make any difference to my workout? Nope. And you know another way to see what the weather is like? You open your eyes and pay attention during your workout. It’s not like you’re doing much else while cycling along the street / path, is it? A nice to have? Not for me. It’s an utterly useless feature.
OK, so the weather feature is not something that I would find useful, and that’s because of where I live. I live in Scotland, and although you can indeed get four seasons in one day here, you can find out what season is going to hit you at any hour of the day before you head out on your activity, as the weather forecast for the next 24 hours tends to be relatively reliable. However, what has been drawn to my attention is that in other places in the world, this is not necessarily the case, and the weather can change rapidly depending upon your location. So ultimately, the weather feature, and whether it is of any use to you, is going to depend on where you live. It works by using info from your mobile phone, though, so one could argue that you can always find out the weather anyway if you’re taking your phone with you. However, the flip side is that you will (should) have your Garmin mounted on your stem so that you can see it all the time, without needing to stop, which is bound to be more useful if you live in an area where the weather can change at a moment’s notice. So, the weather feature ain’t no use to me, but could be to you.
That’s actually all I can find that’s different. You can probably tell that I’m not going to be upgrading.