PROS / This bike GPS offers more features than any of the other units we reviewed.
CONS / The product froze on occasion but was able to restart without resetting the information.
VERDICT / The touchscreen and color display help set this bike GPS apart from other products. The navigation features allow you to create your own course, save it to a microSD card and follow the course on your GPS.
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The Garmin Edge 800 is a top bike GPS device because it provides a combination of GPS and navigation features as well as data you would find in a cycle computer. This all-in-one product makes training simple and convenient. It provides a touchscreen with color display and a large feature set. Throughout our research on this product we found many cyclists who were very pleased with the performance of the bike GPS.
We were very impressed with the feature set of the Garmin 800 bike GPS unit. It offers turn-by-turn navigation, temperature readings, a barometric altimeter and workout information such as speed analysis, distance, time, climb and descent info, calories burned, cadence and heart rate. Throughout the research we performed we found that the Garmin 800 will at times lead you onto a busy highway; however, this can be avoided in most circumstances if you select the option to avoid major roads.
This bicycle GPS is the best unit with touchscreen abilities. It has a full color screen and a rectangular display measuring 1.4 x 2.2 or 2.6 inches diagonally. While most bike GPS units and cycle computers weigh well over 3.5 ounces, the Garmin 800 weighs a mere 3.5 ounces. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which will last approximately 15 hours. The battery life will also largely depend on your use of the back-light. Like other outdoor cycle computers and bike GPS units, the Garmin Edge 800 is water resistant and has a high-sensitive receiver.
Using the Garmin 800 will take some getting used to for most cyclists. If you have owned a Garmin GPS product before, you'll have a head start navigating this bicycle GPS unit; however, it still may require you to read the user manual for a more complete understanding. We suggest getting all of your route information entered before beginning your ride; otherwise you will be stopping on the side of the road to enter in all of your necessary data. If you choose this product, be prepared to pay some additional money for the Garmin City Navigator Map card to get the turn-by-turn instructions. The heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor is also sold separately unless you purchase the Garmin 800 bundled bike GPS.
Help & Support
As we mentioned in our other Garmin bike GPS reviews, Garmin has a variety of excellent help and support resources available for their users. Like other Garmin products, the Garmin 800 has specific online resources that will assist you in understanding and using your combination bike GPS and cycle computer. Once you have landed on the Garmin website, you must first navigate yourself to the Edge 800 product page. On the right side of this page there will be quick links to many, but not all, of the help and support resources available for the product. The link for manuals will provide you with four different PDF documents specific for the Edge 800; these documents include: a declaration of conformity, safety and product information, an owner’s manual and a quick start guide. The manual and the quick start guide were clearly written and very simple to understand. They are useful tools to review before using the Garmin bicycle GPS, even if you are sure you know how to use it.
With the software link you can always keep your Garmin software up-to-date. Garmin provides a WebUpdater which will automatically keep your software current. Although it is one more application that you must download, it will be worth it if you always want the newest versions of the software but want to cut the hassle of doing the work yourself to get it.
Through the FAQs link you will find commonly asked questions that deal specifically with the Edge 800. You can also select to review other frequently asked questions as well; however, we found the product-specific questions to be the most helpful when dealing with this particular bike GPS. Through this FAQs page you will also have the opportunity to register your product and email product support if you can’t find the answer you are looking for.
We emailed product support several times regarding the Garmin bicycle GPS and always received a quick and thorough response that helped us understand the full details of the product. We were pleased with the customer support team and their efforts in addressing each individual inquiry and not trying to mass answer with vague responses. They provide a one-year warranty, and should you need to contact the customer support team to redeem that warranty, you can do so through their email or through a toll-free phone number provided on their site.
Although the Garmin Edge 800 still has a couple bugs that need to be worked out of it, it is a choice product that we found many users would never part with. We recommend reading the manuals before taking this product for a ride. Garmin has an impressive customer support team, and we like the one-year warranty. This unit has all the features of a bike GPS and a cycle computer rolled into one product, which means it will have more menu choices and navigation than less advanced products. As mentioned above, it will require some extra purchases but is worth the money for the features and data you will receive.