Garmin: Comparison of Edge 810 and Edge 800

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.

Edited: 07-Apr-13

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.

9 thoughts on “Garmin: Comparison of Edge 810 and Edge 800

  1. I got both the 800 and the 810. the 810 get you about 2 extra hours so you can complete a double (200miles) which is why I upgrade. It a bit faster to reboot and it have a nice multiple setups you can switch. for example, if one bike have power meter while another don’t and you want 2 different configurations – it real pain on the 800 but nicely done on the 810. but I have to say that the 810 is pain because the software is buggy. It no longer offer HR graph as output field. It no longer support TCX files in the NewFiles directory, you can’t go back to the home screen if you started to record data, at the end of a ride it ask you if you want to save and it is easy to miss the ‘yes’ and all your ride data is gone. So, DON’T upgrade! if you looking for new GPS unit, get it but don’t upgrade just yet. Wait, maybe Garmin will fix all the bugs (I really hope so).

  2. very useful reveiws – THANK YOU (Shai as well). just one thought weather could be important for the multistage cyclists…

  3. Garmin should have upgraded to a better resolution screen, they missed a big opportunity there. It’s has stopped me from upgrading.

  4. Very useful review and comments, I live in brazil and here it’s rather easy to find the 800 and very hard to find the 810 and they are expensive. Also record my rides with my smartphone is not a good idea anymore, because of battery life.

  5. As a mountain biker in Colorado, weather would be immensely useful to me. Weather pattern here change very rapidly, with very isolated thunderstorms that roll through in the summer carving a very narrow path–but a dangerous one if you’re in it on a mountain. Just looking around isn’t sufficient to tell where the storms are tracking–there are frequent afternoon storms here that may not touch you at all, or may force you to run for cover as you wonder if you’re going to be struck by lightening today. But the clouds may look ominous everywhere, while you may be miles from the storm track.

  6. Having considered buying Edge 800 or 810 for a period of time, I finally chose 800 and brought it yesterday. No regret. Apart from web connectivity through blue tooth, the difference between Edge 800 and 810 is minimal but the price difference is 30%. Although the convenient web conncetivity is interesting, it is nonessential. The functions of Edge 800 have been enough to most people.

  7. Just in case for those that need this tip. I too upload my workouts to multiple sites. I use the wireless upload from 810 to Garmin Connect & setup MapMyRide, Strava, Endomondo to automatically sync w/ G.Connect. I hardly use the computer for uploads now, just occasionally to change the default workout names.

  8. After all the new FW upgrades, I decided to upgrade my 800 to 810 & it’s been very stable. I like the new UI, easy to switch between bikes & ride types compared to the 800. Also like the different page layouts for each bike profiles since I use diff info for road & MTB rides. Also like the quick access to change the fields in the pages, instead of going all the way to system setup. I mostly like the bluetooth phone intetegration, I’m taking advantage of the phone app. Best part is, I didn’t have to spend a lot to upgrade. Since the 800’s value was still high, I was able to sell it for $290 & found an awesome deal on the 810 for only $309, so for me it was worth the upgrade.

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