Summary: There is no reason to buy the 705 unless you plan to then spend another $100 on maps. The "navigational" features on this GPS would maybe be impressive if it was 1492. But if you already know what continent you are on, then the satellite/basemap is useless.
Summary: Visit the Garmin Connect forum for information on Garmin's recent move away from Google Maps to Bing maps. Many, many user complaints about the switch, and Garmin's response has been to ignore the complaints.
Had to return the unit after one month of use as the…
14 May 2008
Excerpt: Had to return the unit after one month of use as the unit's map window froze up and had to be reset. Shortly after, the speed readings became erratic varying from 0 to 35 kph. About a week later, same thing, speed readings were erratic for the whole 2 hour ride.
Summary: For me this was good as a glorified cycle computer but I dopped it once in my garage and now half the screen doesn't work which is disappoiing. I would have expected this GPS to be much stronger given it is an outdoor toy.
Summary: I quickly found with this unit that the acompanying documentation is totally inadequate. Having tried many times (in all different configurations) the Heart rate monitor only works for about 10% of the time, somehow telling me my BPM is 39 going up a 1.3km 12% gradient is suspicious to say the...
Summary: I bought the device to plan my cycle journey from lands End to John O'Groats. I needed a product where I can export map data from mapping software to the device (i.e. Anquet Maps to Garmin Edge 705).
Summary: Well, it navigates alright, ie it picks up satellites etc. You definitely need to download a map or get an SD card as the base map it comes with is a complete waste of time. But the real problem with this is the appalling quality of screen and graphics.
Summary: I bought the edge to navigate a charity cycle ride from Cheltenham to Paris, purchased with city navigator Europe, planned route in mapmyride. It got me to the destination (eventually) The 705 broke the first time used, the rubber waterproof cover to the USB port feel off.