You're probably wondering what the Garmin Edge 810 Bike Computer has that the 800 doesn't. Well, in two words, simplified functionality. Don't expect a supernova of metrics and design,...
You're probably wondering what the Garmin Edge 810 Bike Computer has that the 800 doesn't. Well, in two words, simplified functionality. Don't expect a supernova of metrics and design, instead Garmin set the bar more at the level of a red dwarf. The 810 retains the touch-screen interface, access to every imaginable exercise metric, and GPS functionality. However, the usage and access to these features has been drastically improved. Garmin has also sprinkled in some impressive social media and smart phone connectivity. Simply put, the 810 is everything that you've been waiting for.Starting at the screen, Garmin placed a focus on simplifying screen and metrics navigation. The initial start screen prompts you to select the CPU's functionality for your ride, either 'train' or 'race.' To avoid confusion, training mode is presented in Blue, whereas race mode is presented in Red. Additionally, this screen enables you to select the bike profile that you'll be riding -- mountain, road, cyclocross, or even unicycle if you're savvy. Once these selections have been made, you simply touch the ride button, and the screen moves to your race or training page. And of course, this page is customizable for every bike profile in your quiver. So, your ride page will only reflect the data that you deem pertinent to your ride or race. Even more impressive, and a jump away from the corner navigation fumbling of the 800, the 810 allows you to simply swipe the touch-screen from page to page. Also, Garmin designed the screen to operate seamlessly with gloved hands in the cold, in the heat, or even in wet weather.And as long as we're on the subject of new features, you'll should be ecstatic to hear that the 810 is Bluetooth ready. So, while sport device communication is still handled by ANT+ (say, wireless data transfer from HRMs or powermeters), the Bluetooth technology communicates with your smartphone.