Are you interested in getting a new GPS? If so, you’re probably considering the Garmin Edge 1000 and the Garmin Edge 810. Garmin has a great reputation for GPS devices for biking and driving, but it can be hard to decide which one to go with. Price, functionality and ease of use are all important factors. This article reviews the Edge 1000 and the 810 to give some insight (don’t forget to read also Garmin Edge 510 vs 810).
Garmin Edge 810
We’ll start with the Garmin Edge 810, which is a bit smaller, supports live tracking and wireless uploads, with a touchscreen that lets you manipulate your maps and data fields with relative ease. It is waterproof, has about a 15 hour battery life, and most importantly is reliable as a GPS device. It retails for about $399.99 and would be the choice of a more frugal cyclist.
Garmin Edge 1000
The Edge 1000 however is more expensive. It has a slightly bigger color touchscreen that guides you on your preselected path, which can be modified. It has all of the features of the 810, with the added benefits of round-trip routing, a route planner, WiFi compatibility, and Incoming call/text alerts. It has the added bonus of in-ride challenges which can be fun as well. The Edge 1000 is a bit more expensive though, retailing for about $599.99.
Garmin Edge 1000 Vs 810
|Garmin Edge 1000||Garmin Edge 810|
|Key features||- Large 3.0" Display - See what you need with ease, and stay focused on the road ahead.
- Segments - Turn every ride into a race by competing on Garmin Connect Segments & seeing Real-time results including alerts for segment start, finish & leaderboard rankings
- Smart Notifications - See your text, email and call Notifications from your iPhone 4s or later while riding
- Bike-Specific Navigation -Navigate the best cycling roads with preloaded maps and points of interest. Round-trip Routing makes it easy to explore new roads & Route Planner allows you to create routes using the map or POIs directly on the device
- Includes: Edge 1000, extended out-front mount, standard mount, preloaded maps, tether, USB cable, manuals||- Connected features: live-tracking, instant upload and ride sharing capabilities, social network sharing, plus weather updates
- Comprehensive performance monitoring: Displays market leading, comprehensive ride data (incl. speed, distance, time, heart rate1, cadence2, elevation, power3, location
- Touchscreen and simple user interface: a 2.6" rugged and customizable color touchscreen. Quickly find and view the most important data
- Garmin Connect: instantly upload ride data via the Garmin Connect Mobile app on your phone
- Improved navigation: Bike friendly routing and optional street or topo maps Also supports Garmin Custom Maps and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery|
|Customer Rating||2.8 out of 5 stars||3.8 out of 5 stars|
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So what is the verdict? It really depends on how much cash you’ve got to burn and also on how important those extra features are. If you’re looking for a great, durable GPS device and are trying to stay economical, the Edge 810 is probably a much better choice for you. I went with the 810 as well, because as tempting as those extra features are, they simply weren’t worth spending the extra $200 dollars. If you’re an avid cyclist however or you have cash to burn if may be worth going for the Edge 1000, though it probably won’t be necessary for everyone.