Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

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Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby Arbuckle23 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:47 pm

I need to get texts sometimes while I am riding and on call for work.
If I receive one from our I need to pull over and deal with it ASAP.

My question is in relation to the notifications on the Garmin 520 & 820.
Do they stay up until dismissed, or disappear.
All reviews on the 520 say they disappear after 10 seconds and I can't find any detail on the 820.
I am led to believe that there may have been a firmware update to fix this.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby march83 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:08 pm

Pretty sure mine stay up until they are dismissed on my 520. One problem however is that if you receive more than 1 message the 520 displays something like "2 messages received" or something like that which means you can't read subsequent messages. Not sure if that's an issue specific to my device (galaxy s5) or what but it's a bit limiting.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby kb » Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:20 pm

Can't help with the x20 models but they stay up on the 1000 and can still be accessed after dismissal until acknowledged on the phone.

Flaws:
It's a pain to dismiss them in the rain with a locked screen.
Images can be confusing as they are dropped with no placeholder text leaving an empty message
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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby JetRangerMike » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:42 pm

On my 520, txt messages stay up there until dismissed (dismissed with the bottom right button). Not 100% sure about phone call notifications.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby Arbuckle23 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:12 pm

Excellent. Text messages are the important thing for me.
Thanks for feedback.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby MichaelB » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:03 am

JetRangerMike wrote:On my 520, txt messages stay up there until dismissed (dismissed with the bottom right button). Not 100% sure about phone call notifications.


Both stay up until dismissed.

Checked this morning on a ride to see how long it stayed there, but got sick of 1/2 the screen being blocked !!

One thing though, is that you can read the full text message if you get to the home screen (use the 'back' button on the right side), then use the 'up' button to get to the 'status' menu and then slect it, you can scroll down to the option of 'message notifications', and then it will show each message as a separate option. If you scroll to the one you want and press the enter button, you can see the message displayed in a full screen rather than a couple of lines.

This can be done on the fly without having to fish the phone out of wherever you have it.

Can be handy. Pity it doesn't like emoji's !!!

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby Arbuckle23 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:13 am

Thanks Michael.

I'm not one who gets heaps of messages. I just need to respond to the odd message from our after hours provider when I am on call. I would need to pull over and respond so reading on the move is not important, noticing I have a message is important .

As an extra question for all. 520 versus 820. Given the 510 I have does everthing I neeed except phone messages , will the 520 be Ok? Lot of extra money to by an 820 for touch screen and maps.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby march83 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:51 am

520 does maps, but i can't comment on its navigation abilities. the openmaps addition (DCRainmaker did a good guide on this) is super detailed and very handy.

I'm using a 510 (touch screen) on my commuter and a 520 (buttons) for everything else. The 510's touch screen is fine but it's not great. You just have to remember that it's not a phone and touch it firmly, but slowly. I don't know how the 510's screen compares to the 820's. The push buttons on the 520 don't feel as cool as operating your computer via touch and swipe but they work 100% of the time with no ambiguity and no confusion. Also worth mentioning, with no touch screen you don't get phantom button presses from big globs of sweat and your screen stays cleaner and scratch free because you're not constantly touching it with dirty fingers or cleaning smudges from it with dirty cloths - maybe not a big deal for roadies, but dirty, sandy mtb gloves have destroyed the screen on my 510 to the point that I really can't sell it despite polishing it up several times.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby kb » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:58 pm

A significant portion of the 820s seem to have the touch calibrated too sensitive to use easily while riding. The 1000 I have is great from a touch POV except sweat can confuse it.
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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby MichaelB » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:10 pm

Arbuckle23 wrote:..
As an extra question for all. 520 versus 820. Given the 510 I have does everthing I neeed except phone messages , will the 520 be Ok? Lot of extra money to by an 820 for touch screen and maps.


If the 510 is fine, go for the 520.

If you want to navigate on the fly, go 820.

I'm happy with the 520 that I have (had 500 & 305 in the past)

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby Arbuckle23 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:50 pm

I think the 520 might be it.
I don't need to navigate or use maps. I mostly ride where I know where I am.
Can pull out the phone if I get a little lost in a strange place.
The price difference is significant.

Thanks for the input

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby JetRangerMike » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:51 pm

With my 520, I have used for navigation a couple of times .. don't expect a stress free experience is all I can say! :)

The good thing about the navigation is that it would warn you when you got off course ... and would normally do within about 50m or so of making the wrong turn, but actually navigating you in the right direction ahead of time ... pfft.

That being said, I do really like my 520 ... and prefer the buttons over touch-screen, because of the more positive feel when you are riding.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby TheWall » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:39 pm

Interesting that there are two active threads on this forum this evening...one criticising drivers for phone use (stationary or moving) and then this one which seems all for phone connectivity whilst riding... (And this is how the fight started)

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby Arbuckle23 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:23 am

TheWall wrote:Interesting that there are two active threads on this forum this evening...one criticising drivers for phone use (stationary or moving) and then this one which seems all for phone connectivity whilst riding... (And this is how the fight started)


Except my thread is for a notification that pops up on a screen. If it pops up, I will pull off the road, get the phone out of my jersey pocket to deal with.
Not taking a phone call or texting as I ride.

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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby grimbo » Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:24 pm

Arbuckle23 wrote:
TheWall wrote:Interesting that there are two active threads on this forum this evening...one criticising drivers for phone use (stationary or moving) and then this one which seems all for phone connectivity whilst riding... (And this is how the fight started)


Except my thread is for a notification that pops up on a screen. If it pops up, I will pull off the road, get the phone out of my jersey pocket to deal with.
Not taking a phone call or texting as I ride.


Yes, a better analogy would be with a hands-free kit, which is legally ok.
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Re: Garmin 520/820 Text & Call Notifications

Postby Arbuckle23 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:26 pm

Thanks for the input all. Just ordered a 520.
I don't need the maps and buttons will be fine.
820 is a bit of overkill for me and the price difference makes it an unnecessary extra spend.

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