Garmin Edge 810

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Garmin Edge 810

Postby Baalzamon » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:22 pm

Ok initial impressions here
I've got a Garmin Edge 810, I've upgraded from a Garmin Edge 705

I can say this is a bit of a hardware downgrade... The Edge 705 had 1GB internal memory compared the the Edge 810 which has barely enough to cover the operating system with about 60MB free but that is the only aspect I've found it's a downgrade.

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S2 and I've got the garmin connect app for it. Today was the first ride that I've had the Garmin Connect app with bluetooth on the phone running. On the hr commute it went down 5% battery life. Soon as I got to work and stopped the ride and chose "save" it immediately uploaded to Garmin Connect. If I didn't have the app running on my phone it would have failed as I found out on Mondays commute

Mapping I do use City navigator, and I did have City Navigator 2011. So I thought to myself well I could get 2011 unlocked from my 705 and lock it to my 810, but it has been bugging me for a software upgrade. So I went and downloaded City Navigator 2013. OK... it downloads to a micro SD card, only have a 2GB one currently (upgraded to a 16GB micro SD) I'm used to doing mapping on my computer so I'm very annoyed it went straight to my Edge 810 and saved as an .img file. But wait it has the .unl file and the .gma file. Did a bit of digging on the net and found what I was after. A way to get the .img file opened up and then install it on my computer 8)
Next problem. WHERE ARE THE BIKE PATHS.... YEP all gone NOTHING in there, so I've sent a complaint to garmin as a local road is a map error as well as it's showing as a trail. Got a reply back saying they will fix the issue, but not what.

Now due to the limited internal memory and the issues I've read about the 800/500 I decided to save my ride history to my micro SD card. Only problem with that now is Strava won't read off the memory card, nor will training centre. I may just end up saving to the internal memory and once a month move them to my micro SD card.

I have as well noticed a few times speed jumping up and down on the unit. I've seen it dip from 36kph down to 27 then back to 35kph and I've seen it jump as well. Never saw the 705 do that unless it lost GPS track.

All up early days and still tweaking it.
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby DoogleDave » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:32 pm

Thanks for the post and initial impressions.

I was thinking about upgrading from the 500 to 800 or 810 (and am currently swaying towards an 800) as I don't need nor use tethered smartphone abilities.

As for saving rides to internal memory I routinely backup my activities from my Garmin 500 at the beginning of each month, then delete all activities from the unit.
I've found this really speeds up upload times when connecting to Garmin Connect and Strava....and tends to get slower and slower as the month progresses until I clear them out again.

I just create a monthly folder on my computer and copy everything across (usually only a few Mb), plus they are all stored on garmin connect anyway should I ever need to retrieve them.

Interesting about the speed spikes. Are you using the GSC-10 sensor with wheel magnet or just relying on GPS to give speed data?

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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby Baalzamon » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:49 pm

Yep I've got the GSC-10 cadence sensor with wheel magnet. I know the wheel magnet is working as well as I've done testing for the sunup eco DS1-R dynamo with my wheel spinning in a trainer whilst I've been recording my speed and the voltage/amps coming out of the dynamo with my gopro.
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby dale79 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:16 am

mate i think you have your maths wrong..

i have done 31 rides totally 1250km on my 810, used 3.01mb of memory,
so off that the internal memory is only good for 28,000km of data before running out,
i think you better back it up every week and remove it as you might run out of space..

if you dont have the app running on your phone you just upload it manually like you would any other device, its not very hard to do, you can also upload to strava straight off the memory card no problems at all just choose the memory card not the 810,

why dont you just use the supplied TOPO maps that come with the 810? or did you not buy them?
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby jcjordan » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:44 am

dale79 wrote:
why dont you just use the supplied TOPO maps that come with the 810? or did you not buy them?


Why would anyone use those maps. They are so inaccurate that are next to useless outside main CBD's
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby DoogleDave » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:51 am

Has anyone tried the OpenStreet Maps with their Garmin, and if so how do they compare to the TOPO maps?

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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby Baalzamon » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:14 pm

I'm using contour australia 5m topo mapping and have been for years
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby dale79 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:58 pm

jcjordan wrote:
dale79 wrote:
why dont you just use the supplied TOPO maps that come with the 810? or did you not buy them?


Why would anyone use those maps. They are so inaccurate that are next to useless outside main CBD's


maybe im just lucky and they have got me to where i needed to go every time i have used them..
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby Aushiker » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:14 pm

Stuart where did you get your OzTopo from? I am debating whether to go 510 or 810 as (a) my latest Edge 800 has had a divorce from the satellites (second unit to do this) and I have managed to loose or write over my Garmin City Navigator maps. Not really interested in getting them again but would maybe use Open Street Map Australia maps or the OzTopo ones but then the latest incarnation does not sound so good.

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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby MarkG » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:23 pm

I've been running Edge 510 with Garmin Connect for Android and the Live Tracking feature and it's awesome!
The live tracking means in theory, my wife could hide my Garmin in my car and track me everywhere I go lol
I really like the 510 - a bit bigger than the 500, and picks up sats and sensors very quick, and pairs with the phone via BT effortlessly.
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby Baalzamon » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:30 pm

Yep love that as well Mark. Press the button and BANG it's on straight away.
My topo are from contour australia 5m
I can use both City Navigator maps and that topo together easily.
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby Aushiker » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:03 pm

Well ordered a replacement Garmin Edge, a 810 in this instance. Got a naked one with the out front mount thrown in for a very nice price from Rob at Highly Tuned Athletes. I am going to try out the OSMAustralia maps so guessing a 2GB card should be sufficient for now. Does that sound reasonable?

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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby jcjordan » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:28 pm

dale79 wrote:
jcjordan wrote:
dale79 wrote:
why dont you just use the supplied TOPO maps that come with the 810? or did you not buy them?


Why would anyone use those maps. They are so inaccurate that are next to useless outside main CBD's


maybe im just lucky and they have got me to where i needed to go every time i have used them..

Riding in Adelaide last year at the TDU we found a bunch of roads that have existed for over 20 years do not exist
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby toolonglegs » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:57 am

Mate had to keep his in his pocket all day today because it couldn't handle a measly -3 or so. Whats the point of something you can't use 3 months of the year :lol: .
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby jcjordan » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:21 pm

Is anyone having a problem with there 810 and open street maps.

A friend is finding that if the maps erase after you have used them once.
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby DoogleDave » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:39 pm

Aushiker wrote:Well ordered a replacement Garmin Edge, a 810 in this instance. Got a naked one with the out front mount thrown in for a very nice price from Rob at Highly Tuned Athletes. I am going to try out the OSMAustralia maps so guessing a 2GB card should be sufficient for now. Does that sound reasonable?

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Andrew,
How are you finding the OSM maps on the 810?

I have just ordered an 810 and I'm thinking of using the OSM maps as well.
I'd be very interested in your thoughts and if you've experienced any issues.

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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby Aushiker » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:37 pm

DoogleDave wrote:Andrew,
How are you finding the OSM maps on the 810?

I have just ordered an 810 and I'm thinking of using the OSM maps as well.
I'd be very interested in your thoughts and if you've experienced any issues.


I have installed them and that is about it. Only riding I have done since getting the Edge 810 has been my commute to work so haven't played with the maps. SOrry really cannot add much more at present :(

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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby DoogleDave » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:49 am

Aushiker wrote:I have installed them and that is about it. Only riding I have done since getting the Edge 810 has been my commute to work so haven't played with the maps. SOrry really cannot add much more at present :(

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No worries, thank you for your reply!
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Re: Garmin Edge 810

Postby Baalzamon » Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:08 pm

It became a bit of adventure for me last night nutting out how to do navigation on it. Much more convulted than the garmin 705 imo
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