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Garmin or sensors?

Postby Wakatuki » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:01 pm

Just a quick easy one. My GLW and I use strava we are about to upgrade to iPhone 5. Looking at a garmin 500 for each bike, but would continue to carry phone for phones sake.
Should we bother? Or should we just get hrm, cadence, phone mount and use strava.
iPhone or garmin?

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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby nickdos » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:19 pm

My vote is for the Garmin. Biggest win is being able to see all the stats/readings while you are riding (especially HRM which is so useful for managing effort) iPhone can't compete due to using too much battery if you keep the screen on while riding, iPhone mounts are clunky and high risk of damaging iPhone if you crash.

I still keep my iPhone in my jersey pocket when riding (inside zip lock plastic bag to protecting from sweat) for emergency calls and looking at maps when I get lost.
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby boss » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:57 pm

Another great thing about the Garmin is battery life. I clocked up a 7 hour ride last week, got home and had 75% battery REMAINING. And logging that ride just wouldn't have been possible on my iPhone 5 - it drains at least 10% every 30 minutes in ideal conditions.

I imagine there would be nothing worse than being stuck out in the middle of nowhere and having no phone battery to make an important call (or check a map) because you've been strava-ing.
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby Marty Moose » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:27 pm

+3 Garmin

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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby wombatK » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:29 pm

See if you can find a spec anywhere on how long the iPhone's GPS will run on a single battery charge (with the display active).

Finding that for the Garmin is very easy. Battery life is up to 18 hours. My bet is the iPhone 5 wont get anywhere close to this.

Nevertheless, if the iPhone 5 has a spec that meets your needs, then you've nearly answered your question.

But now think about how waterproof your iPhone is. The Garmin 500 is IPX-7 rated (good for 30 minutes at 1 metre submersion). The iPhone is not waterproof at all.

If you don't ride in the rain, or long enough to be caught out in the rain, the next thing to think about is
the risk that the iPhone 5 falls off your bike (or gets stacked). Can it take the shock ? the Garmin 500
is about half the cost, and designed to work on a bicycle. It's competitor, the Bryton Rider 30,
is claimed to be shockproof (and even longer battery life).

While I'd love there to be another better option that the Garmin's (or Bryton Riders), something
designed for the task is going to be better than the panaceas like smartphones.
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby Warnesy » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:42 pm

I just got the edge 500 despite having an iPhone. Do it, you won't regret it.
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby Wakatuki » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:14 pm

Ok, seems very clear!
I thought that that would be the case, just wanted confirmation, thank you.
Will be doing some specials hunting now. Any Internet codes welcome. :D

And boy have I been a fatty over Christmas, operation thin starts tomorrow.
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby Marty Moose » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:21 pm

Wakatuki wrote:Ok, seems very clear!
I thought that that would be the case, just wanted confirmation, thank you.
Will be doing some specials hunting now. Any Internet codes welcome. :D

And boy have I been a fatty over Christmas, operation thin starts tomorrow.


Not really how bout the 800 :) :)
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby Wakatuki » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:40 pm

Marty Moose wrote:Not really how bout the 800 :) :)


Arrrgh! :|
Will use iPhone if lost, due to battery still working thanks to garmin!
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby Baalzamon » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:42 pm

The Garmin Edge 900??? Is supposed to be out in the first quarter??? of 2013
Rumour mill is churning still about that. So there may be some people looking to offload some 800's in the near future to upgrade.
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Re: Garmin or sensors?

Postby Marty Moose » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:59 pm

Damn I'll need to upgrade :)
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