Garmin Edge 820 GPS Bike Computer : Let down by the (lack of) touch screen responsiveness

I’ve had a garmin fenix watch for several years and have been using that to track all my mountain bike rides and road bike riding, along with other non-cycling sports. I’ve also got the garmin cadence sensor, wheel speed sensor and hrm heart rate monitor all paired to the fenix. I decided to treat myself to the garmin edge 820 when it was reduced on amazon, i’m glad i did, it’s much better having the ride information in clear line of sight on the handlebars rather than glancing at your wrist. It’s paired with all my cadence and hrm sensors, no problem and the battery life seems great. It comes with an out-front style handlebar mount which i fitted to my road bike, and it also comes with a second simple mount held in place by their black rubber bands which is ideal for my mountain bike. This means i can use the 820 on both bikes without the hassle of removing and reinstalling a bracket each time. If you’re into strava then this lets you see strava live segments and compare your effort against your pr, the kom or the pr of somebody you are following. It also has navigation to help you find poi’s along your route, find a cafe, cash point, etc and does turn by turn directions. Don’t expect full sat-nav voice guidance though, it just bings and shows you on the screen a coutndown to the turn and the map shows where to turn and road names which is all you really need on a road bike. If you set it to follow a pre-planned route it will show you distance remaining, elevation remaining, estimated time of arrival (useful if you’ve agreed to meet a non-cyclist at a cafe) and it will alert you if you go off route.

Some of the key issues the 800/810 have still not been fixed. Unit is not water resisant – even a small sprinkle will kill any elevation functionality. The gps is worse than on the 800, under trees coverage is impacted significantly. Strava live segments dont work properly as garmin and strava appear to use different algorithms to measure time, speed. In some cases there was a difference of more than a minute between what garmin showed and what appeared on strava later (on a 15-20min segment). Overall not impressed and considering to return it.

The screen is very clear and easily configurable to meet your preferences. I have yet to experience any issues with battery life and have run the device for in excess of 8 hours. The touchscreen is not the most responsive but is more than ample.

Only one problem with this device is that it keeps dropping the bluetooth connection with my phone. Other than that, can’t fault it. Always works, always accurate, always connected to the gps.

I bought this to replace my old and trusted garmin e-trex which i have been using for many years. The garmin edge 820 is fantastic. It has so many features and useful modes. It’s probably a bit too sophisticated for me but i absolutely love it. The gps is incredibly sensitive, the display is clear, it is user friendly and almost every day i discover some other feature that is useful. It links to my phone and so i can keep track of my rides from the garmin app. The technology for the cost is unbelievable.

  • So much better than the 810
  • Half hearted upgrade
  • Perfect for most cyclists in a very compact device.

Garmin Edge 820 GPS Bike Computer for Performance and Racing

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Product Description, Garmin Edge 820 is the compact, touchscreen cycling computer for competitors and serious achievers. Get the accuracy of turn-by-turn GPS navigation and an altimeter to tell you how fast, how high, how far you’ve gone and where you’ve travelled. Whether you’re training for a race or just trying to reach your personal goals, Edge 820 gives you high-tech performance monitoring like VO2 max, recovery advisor time and enhanced cycling dynamics when used with a Garmin heart rate monitor and power meter (both sold separately). Comprehensive cycling awareness features include built-in incident detection for road cycling use and compatibility with Garmin Varia rear view radar. The GroupTrack feature allows you to keep tabs on other riders in your pack, in-ride challenges through strava live segments, notifications when used with a compatible mobile phone and customisation options from Connect IQ.

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Garmin Edge 820

GPS Bike Computer for Performance and Racing

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Garmin Edge 820

GPS Bike Computer for Performance and Racing

Whether your goal is to beat yesterday with a faster or longer ride or dial in your training for a race, Garmin Edge 820 puts the features you crave at your fingertips. This compact, touchscreen GPS cycling computer offers advanced performance monitoring, bike-specific turn-by-turn navigation, GroupTrack feature and more.

The Touchscreen You’ve Been Waiting For

You’re going to enjoy using all the powerful features packed inside Edge 820’s compact body, but you’re going to really love the high-resolution touchscreen. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness, so it’s easy for you to see at a glance, and the capacitive touch display is responsive – even when wet or used with gloves.

Key features

  • Lightweight and compact
  • 2.3-inch high-resolution capacitive touch display
  • GroupTrack feature
  • VO2 max and Recovery Advisor
  • Advanced cycling dynamics when used with heart rate and power meter
  • Built-in incident detection
  • Bike-specific navigation
  • Preloaded with Garmin Cycle Map for turn-by-turn navigation

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GroupTrack for When You Pull Away from the Pack

Even when you pull away from the peloton, there’s no need to feel alone. GroupTrack, allows you to pair your device through Garmin Connect so you can keep tabs on your riding buddies, and they can keep tabs on you when you get separated.

Varia Compatibility for Increased Cycling Awareness

Garmin Edge 820 offers incident detection capabilities via an integrated accelerometer, which sends your map location to an emergency contact if an incident occurs. To assist in incident avoidance, Edge 820 is also compatible with our wide range of Varia cycling awareness products, including Varia rearview radar and smart bike lights.

Navigate with Preloaded Garmin Cycle Map

Let GPS turn-by-turn navigation be your guide, whether you go on or off the road. Garmin Cycle Map provides you with routable road and bike paths, elevation data, points of interest and address search.

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Advanced Performance Monitoring

Garmin Edge 820 GPS bike computer is compatible with ANT+ sensors, including speed, cadence and heart rate. Edge 820 is also compatible with Garmin Vector pedal-based power meter that measures total power, left/right balance and cadence. You can record cycling dynamics to get a better look at your form, including where your power is being applied on the pedal and throughout the pedal stroke. It also integrates with ANT+ electronic shifting systems and ANT+ bike trainers (all sold separately).

VO2 max and Recovery Advisor

With the addition of a heart rate strap (sold separately), you gain access to a variety of physiological data. See your cycling-specific VO2 max along with a recovery advisor, which analyses your data and tells you how long you should wait before attempting another hard ride. This connected system of sensors, accessories, cycling computer and post-ride analysis at Garmin Connect allows you to keep track of how your body performs from ride to ride.

Customise and Connect

It’s your device, so customise it however you like with free custom data fields and apps, available for download. Visit Garmin Connect IQ store to see what’s available, and make your Garmin Edge 820 truly your own. Your Edge 820 also keeps you connected to the rest of the world with smart notifications, live tracking, social media sharing and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect.

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  • So much better than the 810
  • Half hearted upgrade
  • Perfect for most cyclists in a very compact device.

Garmin Edge 820 GPS Bike Computer for Performance and Racing

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  • Tracks time, distance, speed, ascent/descent and calories burned
  • GroupTrack allows you to see where your fellow riders are and keep in touch
  • Performance features include VO2, recovery advisor, strava live segments, performance condition, stress score, enhanced cycling dynamics, FTP and Watts/kg tracking when used with Garmin heart rate monitor and power meter
  • Activity profiles store preferences for different cycling activities
  • Sync with Bluetooth for live tracking, send/receive courses, social media sharing, audio prompts and weather updates