– 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.
Also, the unit starts shipping today (yes, really).
The question is – is the new Edge 1030 worth the price?
– 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.
After over three years, Garmin has updated its flagship GPS navigation computer with a new edition – the Edge 1030.
This new large-screen style unit features a longer battery life along with a new external battery pack option.
And what you’ll see is that in many cases it’s more of an evolutionary upgrade than it is a revolutionary one.
Which isn’t to say that’s bad – in fact, in many ways that’s good, as it minimizes the amount of issues you see at the outset.
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.