Summary: I'm still learning how to use it. But the learning curve seems to be a little hard. My first ride was not saved, maybe for me not pushing the last button. But the info displayed led into believing that I had started the recording. In these days where you can do almost just the same with your cellphone, I kept thinking why I had bought it, if I was content with the recordings of my Android app.
Summary: I bought this unit with the intention of riding my bicycle across the Swiss and Italian Alps. Didn't want to use a paper map. The unit performed very well. If you're reading this, you're probably thinking of buying one of these units. There are a few very important things you should know that Garmin does not make abundantly clear. First of all, the unit comes with the most useless map ever. They call this the "Base Map." It only shows freeways and major cities.
Summary: This cycling computer is a great addition to my bike but it is very hard to see the screen on a sunny day. Like all the Garmin products its position and calculation features are accurate and easy to understand. The touch screen works as advertised. If the screen was easier to see in all light conditions I'd give the product five stars.
Summary: I have had this for 6 months or basically one season of riding. My wife bought it for me as a birthday gift for somewhere in the $500 range. Gripes: 1) Map went out of date in less than 3 months. That was an extra #60 bucks I had to pay after receiving the gift. Why that can't be part of the base cost, who knows. About the 3 month out of date map, Garmin basically told me, yea it happens and too bad.
Summary: This device quickly reminded me why Apple devises are so ubiquidous. My iPhone and IPod's screen are razor sharp. This Garmin has a pixilated, very low resolution screen. The location triangle isn't even straight lines. It's like using an old school Atari screen. Battery life is good. It's frustrating that I pay $450 and still have to pay more to get more detailed maps.
Avoid the Bundled Software! EDIT 5/12/12 -- Unit Recalculates Your Own Routes!
R. Schwed "NYC", Amazon
3 April 2012
Summary: Bought the bundle (which includes the City Navigator North America software on an SD Card) at the beginning of this month (April 2012) and was unpleasantly surprised to find out that the included version of City Navigator (2011.40) was over a year old (from January 2011)! If you go to the Garmin web site, the most recent version is 2012.40, which came out in January 2012.
Summary: 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.
Summary: As a cycling fitness device, this is quite decent and an improvement over the previous Edge models. The ability to have a couple of screens of customisable data fields is a step up, and the move to a touch screen, which works quite well for me, allows for more screen real-estate to view things on. That said, there are a few caveats that temper my enthusiasm. Firstly, the move to a binary and proprietary file format (FIT) is a retrograde step.
Summary: Just got my Edge 800 a couple of weeks ago, and until now I'm pretty satisfied, all though there are some small annoying things and that's why I only rate it 3 stars, but that might not influence your product. 1. I have had 3 freezes so far and that's a little to much within the short time I've had it, so I have had to reboot it. 2.