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I don't usually write a review (especially of a product I like). However, I saw so many negative reviews on this site I thought potential customers would benefit from hearing my experience. I have owned this product for about 2 weeks and I purchased it as an upgrade to my Edge 810. So I can make comparisons if you write to me.
Initial Impressions: 1. I like the screen readability. This model utilizes a backlight when it is dark which is a huge improvement over the 810 model. 2. Screen size is also nice as you can actually read the waypoint and other map items on this device 3 Set up with other sensors. I own a Garmin cadence and speed sensor which paired easily with this device. I had the device set up and ready to go within 5-7 minutes of pulling the device out of the box.
Other Feedback: 1. After riding with this device I can say that the battery longevity is excellent - even with the aformentioned backlight 2. I also use this with Garmin Connect and my trips are automatically uploaded - very convenient! 3. Other features include expanded training screen display so that I can track HR, speed, distance and time to destination, etc. 4. Ease of use. This model is very easy to set up and configure for your own preference
Conclusion: I am very satisfied with my purchase. Yes. THIS IS NOT AN INEXPENSIVE bike computer. But if you have the cash to buy one of the best, then you can't go wrong. It should last many years and provide excellent service. Although I have not owned this model long enough to make that statement. However, I have owned many Garmin GPS devices and I can say that their quality and robust design is consistently good in every product they make.
I "upgraded" from the Edge 1000 and the cadence is too high and erratic. I paired my Garmin 935 running watch and the cadence meter is working fine, just on with the Edge. I contacted Garmin support and they told me to take the cadence sensor of the bike. As a professional cycling and triathlon coach, I've owned dozens of Garmin products. Their support used to be exceptional, but in the last several years they seem to be OK with their products just not working. I'm just one customer and they essentially have a monopoly. Very disappointing.
Huge screen, easy to read. However, Livetrack which is NOT new tech, has never worked on this model. But it did and still does work on older models. It would be merely baffling if it was not such a critical safety function(solo riders) on Garmin's most expensive device. Added to that, my own device will no longer charge and is only 6 months old. I live in Houston, TX, so cold temps didn't kill the battery. Avoid this product, it's a ripoff.
GARMIN is no longer worth the money. I like the touchscreen and the display, After that it is just not worth what they are asking. I have spent 30 plus hours simply trying to link the Flagship cycling GPS Edge 1030 (MT THIRD UNIT, FIRST I HAD THE EDGE 800, THEN THE EDGE 100, NOW THIS 1030).with my Flagship LG phone. The GPS and the phone do pair, they both display the same number. You click on pair, it begins, gets about 1/3rd the way across the status bar stops for minutes, then ultimately FAILS. I HAVE FOLLOWED ALL THE TROUBLESHOOTING SUGGESTIONS TO A T. IT DOES NOT WORK. October 2020 After two months.... SUCCESS, I finally got this Edge GPS to pair with my Flagship phone. While trying to deal with another issue with the Varia radar, i tried again to pair the phone, and surprise it worked!! I did nothing different other than UPDATE the Varia radar separate from the GPS, and the phone magically paired.
I have used a Garmin 800 cycling computer for several years; it has functioned flawlessly. I found the newer and larger Edge 1030 on sale and jumped on the opportunity to upgrade. Working in the computer industry and specifically on interface design and user satisfaction with the technology, was very frustrated with the Garmin 1030. After several hours trying to pair the Garmin 1030 with an iPhone, I failed and gave up. My thoughts are, if Garmin can't Bluetooth pairing correct, what are the other pain points and how much time will be wasted trying to make the Gramin 1030 function as well as my years old Garmin 800?
Had the unit 2 weeks. Returned. I've an Edge 1000, had an unreliable 810. The 1030 would not reliably make a BT_1030 Blue Tooth connection, which provides for Live Track, among other functions. This is as BTW an endemic problem with about every Garmin Edge unit in use currently, ongoing BT problems. Then the 1030 and 1000 Turn-By-Turn got stupid slow and seems to be an issue related to OS updates. Then the 1030 was taking upwards of 2 minutes or better to boot, if I had a SD card inserted (which had paid for Garmin Tops maps on it). I removed the SD card and boot time went to 25 seconds. My 1000 had very little boot delay with the same SD card. Then the unit did a factory reset on boot when I was about to start a ride that needed navigation. Back to vendor it went.
Unfortunately, I had an accident and literally crushed/shattered my beloved Edge 1000. I am usually apprehensive about moving to “new and improved” models of anything. But I found that I could pay less for the current Edge 1030 than for a new/unused 1000 (I haven’t had good luck with refurbished products).
I am pleased with the 1030. I haven’t spent time to thoroughly research the 1030’s features (I was happy with the 1000 so I wasn’t looking for new stuff). I did a quick setup, mounted it to my bike and went for a ride. The old sensors connected immediately.
My initial opinion: I appreciate that the screen is larger which makes the data easier to read, and I was able to work in two new data fields without the screen being too crowded. It also looks like the 1030 has a better battery life than the 1000.
I bought this computer as a replacement . The screen is bigger than what I had. The computer works fine with another brand HRM. I initially used a speed and cadence sensor but removed it because I want my speed to measured by the GPS. I bought a Garmin Cadence Senosor. Pairing was easy. I am still getting my data field screen setup what I want to see on the ride. I like the trail warning that pops up about steep upcoming corner. 4th day using it . So far so good. I did buy a cheap silicone cover to mask the computer name while riding and curious eyes.