Whereas the cycling GPS units without mapping may be able to follow a breadcrumb trail, but can’t route you on actual streets or provide visual maps.
They’re more like an Etch-a-Sketch than a phone with useful maps.
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– Support for Bluetooth Smart sensors: Like the Fenix 5 and FR935, you can now pair to Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps, speed, cadence, and power meter sensors.In any case, in usual DCR style, bulleted list here we come:– Totally revamped main user dashboard: This is pretty apparent from pretty much any photo you see here.– New First Beat Recovery and Training Status metrics: We saw these introduced on FR935/Fenix 5 earlier this year, they mirror the same here.It’s just one simple camera angle and me going through the menus – nuttin’ fancy.I’ve partnered with Clever Training to offer all DC Rainmaker readers exclusive benefits on all products purchased.– New Garmin Connect Mobile Course Creator: You’ll see improvements here in conjunction with the new Garmin Connect Mobile (GCM) that allows route creation more easily from the phone.– New Garmin Connect Mobile Workout Creator: As part of the new GCM release, you can now create structured workouts on the phone (finally! – Rider to Rider Messaging: You can send/receive canned messages to other Edge 1030 users in your friends list.And more importantly, how well are all these new features implemented? As always, once I’m done with this media loaner unit I’ll send it back to the Garmin folks in Olathe, Kansas.After which I’ll head out and get my own unit via normal retail channels.– New External Battery Pack Option: You can now attach a secondary battery pack to the bottom using a locking mechanism.– Longer battery life: Claimed at up to 20 hours internally, and then you can stack on another 24 hours with the battery pack.– Training Peaks & Best Bike Split Connect IQ apps pre-loaded: These will automatically be on your unit to begin with. – Updated Workout Functionality: Software now lets you restart a structured workout step, such as if outside and stuck at a red light.– Display handles rain a lot better: The display is far better than before in wet conditions. – New protected micro SD card slot: While it comes pre-loaded with maps, you can add more maps on micro SD card and this new slot design is much more waterproof/weatherproof – Incident Detection: This was introduced on the Edge 1000 Explore (but not regular Edge 1000, and then the Edge 820 – but it’s here now on the Edge 1030. – New out-front mount: Places unit level with handlebars, instead of above it. Nobody used it, and it Garmin cut it to focus on other product areas. And the kicker is I’m sure I’m still missing some minor nuance items.And what you’ll see is that in many cases it’s more of an evolutionary upgrade than it is a revolutionary one.