Over the years, the clip on route mappers for bikes have become ubiquitous. If you bike at all regularly or in a group, you know someone who has this little device. The Garmin Edge 510 was Garmin’s replacement for the 500, and contrary to trend it’s actually quite a bit larger overall than its predecessor. Quite odd in their entry level product, really. But here’s how the Edge 510 stacks up.
Its interface has only a physical lap and start/pause button on the front and an on/off button. The on/off button is pretty non-intuitive to find, to be honest, and the whole interface seems like a step down from the older product. The touch screen may be a new addition, but its hit and miss compared to more sophisticated gadgets like the iDevices. It falls down next to the iDevices when it comes to plug and play capabilities, too. There’s a lag between pages and some menu items are less than easy to spot.
It’s not all bad. There’s some good new features, such as the ability to receive weather updates while on the road provided you attach your cell phone, and, of course, the social feature ‘LiveTrack’ which Garmin have been quick to hype up. You’re supposed to be able to upload real-time ride data for others to track your progress. They neglect to mention the intermediary steps of connecting Garmin with Bluetooth and then smart phone app to share. It’s a promising feature, and would be of particular interest for people cycling by themselves, at night or off the beaten track who’d like people to be able to find them easily as well as those wanting to monitor their performance. However, it has flaws- like the reliance on data or 3G reception that may not always be available, and the battery drain of using Bluetooth constantly. It’s not the most vital feature ever.
This isn’t to say it’s a bad unit. The Edge is very good at what it does. The Edge 500 was a great device, and none of the good features has been lost. It’s also improved a few. The satellite lock is a lot quicker and more reliable. The shadow rider feature is great for those wanting to track certain times, or just have a little fun on their ride.
It’s a great little device, but why exactly it’s been hyped as such an essential upgrade to a product that’s already pretty good is more up for debate. If you’re in the market for a great entry level GPS for your cycling needs, you could do a lot worse for the price they ask. However, if you’re contemplating tossing your Edge 500 to replace it, rather hang on and let it serve out its day. There’s no hectic need to rush out and replace it with the new. Garmin.
If you’re battling to find new route for your cycling, or you’re heading out of town [or the country] on a bike trip, don’t forget to pay some attention to the maps you have loaded and make sure you won’t be caught short. And do remember that it’s pretty easy to get a Garmin discount code to help take the sting out of the map costs, too.
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