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3.0 out of 5 stars Edge 800, March 12, 2011
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This review is from: Garmin Edge 800 GPS-Enabled Cycling Computer (Electronics)
I've had the Edge 800 for about 3 weeks now.

List below is what I remember, and not in any kind of order. I'm sure there'll be more as I use it further.

Dislikes:
1) Not enough functionality for the cost.
...a) Could not disable custom map.
...b) No detailed reviewing of training. Have to download to website or PC.
2) Not totally lockable screen, 3x touch will show a dialogue box which is annoying if you put it on your pocket.
3)* Garmin maps are incomplete. Google is the best, if only...
4)* Weak display, I had to use a clear screen for protection, not the matte finish. I use night color mode which seems easier to read.
5)* Elevation view during ride froze twice, but moved again past a certain point of the route.
6)* Virtual training partner was off during the 1/2 part of the ride, I was behind some 8 miles! Then suddenly some 20 miles to home, I over took it in just about an hour!???
7) Satellite accuracy is inconsistent, so I put it on the display to not be disappointed by the readings relative to it. Could this be a reason for most of the issues I'm having?
8)* ETA to finish seems to be at 12.x MPH??? I don't understand why it does not take the current avg speed or give you options.
9)* Sometimes, my distance to finish is 10-20 miles longer than should be.
10) Not really easy for those who are not tech savvy, luckily, I'm part geek :-)
11) SD access is a little slow, but manageable.

Likes:
1) Touch screen
2) Useful for hiking, basic car gps, especially if out of cell phone range.
3) Less flaky than our 775T (a POS, also have a weak battery).
4) Custom Map.
5) Battery life is good enough for centuries, probably good enough for a double, so long as you lower or turn off the backlight.
6) Multiple and customizable training pages.
7) GPX input from most route mapping sites.
8) Quick 1/4 turn mount.
9) Replaceable battery on heart rate strap.

Overall though, I'm going to keep it just because there's no alternative. But as soon as there's another, I'll switch. I want those with * above to be resolved to be happy with it. Almost all issues can be fixed by firmware, hope they do it.

-Rod
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Initial post: Mar 16, 2011 1:47:49 PM PDT
Pat McMahon says:
I appreciate your thorough review. I am needing a bike computer AND a hiking computer. I waver between the Edge 800 and the Oregon GPS. We have a Garmin 855 but the battery life is so short we bought 2 extra batteries for day hikes!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2011 11:37:47 AM PDT
RodD says:
I too looked for a well rounded GPS but more for biking. And this is the only one. At least it does not have a flaky touch screen as our 775T.

I do like the Oregon too for it's camera and compass, but it's heavy and bulky for cycling.
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