The Garmin Edge Explore 820 puts a color touchscreen and advanced mapping functions into the same size unit as the Edge 520. This Explore version loses some of the advanced performance metrics and ANT+ / WiFi connectivity of the standard Edge 820, but the pre-installed Garmin Cycle Map still provides turn-by-turn cycling-specific navigation, audio prompts, and even a round-trip Course Creator that will design a custom local route based on rider preferences for length and difficulty.
Bluetooth connectivity allows for compatibility Garmin Varia™ devices, along with allowing text, call, and other notifications from a paired smartphone. It also makes possible Garmin's GroupTracking feature that allows other Edge 820 users to join together to show real-time positions, useful for keeping track of riders when they get split up, or for locating the exact position of a group ride when meeting up. Built-in incident detection can send a message to an emergency contact in case of an accident.
All this data is easy to see on the 2.3" high-resolution color touch screen, and the touch functions are designed to work even when wet or when the user is wearing gloves. When power is running low, a battery-save mode shuts off the display while still recording GPS location and providing notifications, extending the remaining battery life by up to 50%.
2.3" display. Unit measures 1.9" x 2.9" x 0.8". Claimed weight is 2.4 oz. 15-hour battery life in GPS training mode. Rated IPX7 waterproof. 16 GB internal memory. Includes standard and out-front handlebar mounts, USB charging cable, tether, and user manuals.
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5 of 9 customers found this review helpful.
The Edge 510,520,810 and 820 are ALL DI2 compatible. Why the heck is this one not compatible with DI2??? Its suppose to be more advanced than the 510,520 and 810. I don't get it.
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