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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:26 am 
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I did a 280km round route with some 80km's of dirt roads last weekend and the 800 worked flawlessly. I was considering the 510 as that uses the Russian satellites system to navigate as well as the conventional, I guess it's the US one. I ride in Europe and it's pretty well covered and the 800 is fine.

But apart from satnav, average speed and temperature for its novelty factor I use nothing else. I know when I'm pedalling fast or slow and I don't think I'm going to learn much from heart rate analysis.

If I could have had a long lasting battery on my phone and made it waterproof, I would have just stayed with that to be honest.

The prices you have seem very good if they include all the extras.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:28 pm 
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If the battery was longer lasting on the Garmins I would use them for everything!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:19 pm 
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Mrs HM thought it would be nice to wash my HRM in the sink. Complete. :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:25 pm 
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Havent read the previous 7 pages so might of all ready been said but one of the chaps on the club ride today uses his iphone but with a battery booster case ... really smart idea and nomore really bulky than a case. we were at the end of the ride and his battery was still 100% instead of normal iphone battery standards :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:32 pm 
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daj wrote:
Havent read the previous 7 pages so might of all ready been said but one of the chaps on the club ride today uses his iphone but with a battery booster case ... really smart idea and nomore really bulky than a case. we were at the end of the ride and his battery was still 100% instead of normal iphone battery standards :D



I use my phone dave, but the 60 miles of cable don't half drag :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:05 pm 
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I can't see the need for distinct devices when smartphones are so capable.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:17 pm 
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I can, as I neither own or want a smart phone... or any other kind of mobile phone, other than for emergencies.

I spend every working day with an iPhone in my pocket / car. It is nice to get away from everything while on my bike.

Hence, my Garmin Edge 500.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:29 pm 
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OK, but can't you just turn off the phone aspect? :)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:45 am 
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What phone aspect?

I don't own a smartphone and I don't want to own a smartphone.

£500 for an Apple 5s (that I don't want), or £80 for a s/h Garmin Edge 500 (or £150 for a brand new one), hmmmm, let me think about that for a second.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:58 am 
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My iPhone won't do 8 hours of always on turn by turn satnav, but the Garmin 800 however, will happily do that. So the phone stays in the pocket on silent and the Garmin goes on the bars when I'm on a long run and need a satnav.

All the other stuff that it does is just extra stuff that I don't really need anyway.


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