I grew tired and frustrated with my Edge 1000. Had two device replacements to fix connectivity issues, and problems with the device restarting unexpectedly, and corrupting routes persisted through device restores. Why did I buy an Edge 1030? Holding out for the promise of GroupTrack with a couple friends, and family.
Is it worth and upgrade? The 1030 was a great purchase and exceeded my expectations. Ill explain why it was to me.
Yes, the 1030 seems to have had issues with connectivity at launch. That seems to have been resolved given the drop in complaints in online forums. The walk through did not work for me, but did get it setup manually on the first attempt, and has worked well since.
As other reviews have mentioned, the screen is not as colorful as the Edge 1000 with the backlight on, but is easier to see with the backlight on, and the display under sunlight is outstanding. Crisp, colorful, and superior to the screen on the 1000. Great compromise, Garmin
I get 2-3 times the battery life out of the 1030. Id always worry doing a longer ride with the 1000, and took a 705 as a backup. The 1030 should be fine for most riders, including centuries. Could not do that with a 1000. And if you need more, they have a battery for that!
What other reviewers have not mentioned .
The personal fitness screen. What is that? It is a useful summary of personal fitness, FTP, VO2 Max, and stress. Seems to reflect my fitness well, and reminds me to take it easy the next time. Ive found this information helpful and well presented.
Reorganizing data fields is easier. You can select several data fields from one category, and selected fields show up on the category when selecting again. Best of all, you can can drag data fields to reorient on the screen.
The device also has templates to allow larger fields to be placed in the middle or bottom of the screen. Not completely customizable, but better.
The graphical representations of heart-rate, cadence, power, and elevation are very good. You can choose to view max, average, and current values, in to small data fields, along with a bar graph.
Map navigation and recalculations are much faster. Actually able to use them in real-world situations. Routing along heat map routes does work. Im in a challenging geographical area, and it seems to find the best options. Does not route along paved trails as much as expected, though.
The 1030 has a sensor refresh button. I typically forget to turn on the radar, flip my hear rate strap, or the power meter may time out. The refresh button is easy to get to, and does it for all sensors. No need to navigate into each sensor and fiddle with it to get it activated again.
Finally, the Strava live segments are something I want to use! Strava live segments on the 1000 seemed to crash my device. It was slow to refresh, and did not have much information. The new segment screen pops up as before, but automatically selects the most interesting information. KOM? Im not that fast, but it does bring up my PR, as well as my friends above and below me, that I know I can beat. Am I slowing down or speeding up relative to prior efforts? It changes the selection of friends to accommodate! The display shows the total distance on a bar graph, and the relative distance ahead of your friends.
Other Garmin units have these features, but have found them very useful on the 1030
The ability to use Shimano shifter buttons is wonderful. No longer do I need to do a screen tap, tap again, tap again, slide, or press nextprevious with various degrees of success in order to see different screens. The Garmin remote was fine, but was not very configurable. Now I do not need to take my hands off the hoods, and can tap six
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