Summary: I guess I have to be the naysayer here. Be warned that the 705 is nearly useless without City Navigation. To me, that makes the price dishonest. It hardly knows about any roads without City Navigator, so Garmin should have automatically included it (the 705 is discontinued). City Navigation should perhaps be called Rural Navigation. I tried to let the 705 guide me from Manchester, CT to an address in Hartford, CT. It said calculating, 100%... and stuck there.
Lousy GPS reception on cloudy days; not well designed for all types of bikes
Thomas G. Kohn "homergelb", Amazon
18 May 2011
Summary: I appreciate greatly having the Garmin Edge 705 GPS-Enabled Cycling Computer (Includes Heart Rate Monitor, Speed/Cadence Sensor, and SD Card with Street Maps) while I'm riding, and I like especially to return to HR training with the device. But the device and its database support available on [...] have these drawbacks.
Summary: If you're considering of purchasing this item it has to be for the GPS feature. That's what made me look into it. But lets start off with some simple things to consider. The GPS is great, but you do need to purchase at least one of it's maps to get the full feature ex: the turn by turn direction or the poi's. Another question is, do I need the GPS? I usually ride trails I know and if I do get lost I have my trusty iPhone w/ me which does have Google Maps.
Summary: There is now available a complete South-East Asia SD card which covers a recent update on all that is carried on this one, plus many other countries in the area, and it is roughly the same price. Steve Riches, Northampton, UK.
i believe the item to be a great piece of kit, but
Mrs. Karen Gray, Amazon
24 April 2014
Summary: The device arrived with no instructions not an issue I know because I was able to down load the instructions, however I cannot use the device as I cannot see the screen due to my weak eye sight and it does not give verbal prompts well not that I have heard it is a shame really as I am now going to have to sell it to see if I can get something more suitable for my needs.
Summary: This is probably the best unit of its type but that doesn't mean that it is not without issues. First up it is very slow to locate satellites and so it is necessary to switch it on well in advance of getting on the bike. I also found on a Coast to Coast ride that it lost the satellite signal about 50% of the time, so you cannot rely on this unit as a replacement for a set of maps.
Summary: When I purchased this device I was looking for something I could pre plan a route on and also navigate like a car sat nav. There seem to be very few other products on the market that fit this bill. Being able to pre plan on the computer and then download to the device is fantastic. It makes cycling a new course so much more pleasurable, no more stopping to check the map. You know exactly where the route is.
Summary: The Edge705 is by far the most comprehensive GPS bike computer around. It has lots of data fields, works with Ant+ gadgets like HRMs and cadence monitors, is quite lightweight, water resistant, and has good battery life - it will cope with even the longest sportives. In other words, the specs are great, and it has proved useful in letting me know when I've strayed off course. But the truth is that the owner experience isn't so great.
Summary: I have my 705 now for 4 months with all accessories available.Garmin 705 is very good tool for measuring your heart rate, distance, speed, calories burnt and tracking your steps.However GPS funcion is weakest point of garmin edge 705, forget about prompt, accurate navigation under cloudy sky, it will loose signal or lead you one way in which half way through change its mind and tell you to turn back and go other way, this is incredible annoying and add extra 5 miles on...
Summary: I sold my 305 to buy the 705 thinking that the proper built in GPS was worth the extra, to find that the mapping that the unit comes with was/is very basic and useless for navigating means a further purchase is required taking total costs to over £300. The crisp white display you see on the box is in fact only achieved with the back light on, so the non colour LCD display is the normal face that you use just like the 305!