Unlike the Garmin 1000, where the bottom buttons sat next to the screen facing upwards, they now face the handlebar. This, coupled with the size of the Garmin 1030 and the fact its a tight fit on a normal K-Edge mount, makes accessing the buttons a bit of a squeeze so wed definitely recommend getting one of K-Edges special extra large out front mounts. A new look makes for better viewing Garmin also hasnt taken any design cues from modern smart phones and means the Garmin is a hefty piece of kit. It sits at 123g and is heavier than my iPhone 5 along with a bigger bezel around the screen. The bigger screen is particularly useful for your performance data and the new layouts of all your information makes it much easier to digest the nitty-gritty details than before.The design change extends to Garmins own out front mount. Its now designed with aerodynamics in mind and has a mount on the underside to hold an external battery pack. Its a useful feature for those who are into touring or like an audax because youre unlikely to get the full 20 hours battery life from the computer.
Garmin Edge 1030: An improved touchscreen Button at the bottom instead of the sides like the 1000 had Its not exactly cutting edge technology but were pleased to see that the touchscreen is significantly improved following the Edge 820. Theres a lot less lag than on the Edge 820 and the screen rarely takes more than one press to register what you want it to do.Whereas the screen on the Edge 820 would register rain drops as finger presses, the 1030 is far more stable, and no longer whizzes through data screens or bins your data file in light drizzle. Apparently, the detrimental effect a powerful screen has on a devices battery life would render it all but useless.
Wed always still argue that physical buttons would be better than a touchscreen, as least Garmin has improved its substantially. Garmin Edge 1030: Its easier to setup The dashboard is also new, with some updated colours and a nice white background. Theres a pleasing level of clarity to the 1030s screen thanks to a coupling of the new layout and the large screen. The re-worked internals have made setting up the device a bit easier than with models passed, and navigating the bewildering amount of data fields is easier than before. So as the picture below shows, nearly everything is customised within activity profiles in this case its named road including data screens, auto features and much more.It makes your profiles completely unique, and with this being Garmins flagship model you get all the data you could possibly want, so you can get it really dialled in. Whether thats for your winter bike, TT bike, racing machine or the one permanently stuck on the turbo trainer.
Loads of features to customise Getting the setup correct is particularly important considering the 1030 is capable of running all sorts of tests (including FTP), stress scores and when partnered with connectable devices it can give you a staggeringly detailed breakdown of your data. Part of the improved setup process is a system where a data screen lets you tick multiple data fields which then appear when you choose that activity profile. Re-ordering the data field layout is done through tapping and double tapping (its a good job the touchscreen has improved), and its a feature that makes it much easier to setup. Wed recommend giving yourself an hour and then a short ride, as only this way can you work out what you really need.
Itd be nice to see Garmin have a system where you can auto-download the features and setup from your other Garmin devices, like when you restore an iPhone from iTunes. Also new on the 1030 is the pull down menu from the top, which has an updated layout and access to some additional screens, including notifications, controls, weather and Strava segment explore a cool new feature if your a KoM obsessive. Garmin Edge 1030: New navigation features Mount will allow for your Garmin and battery pack to be attached A larger map is no doubt one of the benefits of the bigger screen on the 1030, and it adds a level of clarity to maps and navigation that has made it very difficult to go back to the Garmin Edge 820. One new feature Garmin has introduced is Trendline, which benefits those that like their Garmin to organise their rides for them, rather than plot them in Strava.Basically, it crowd sources the best cycling roads in your location from Garmin Connect and plots the route accordingly. However, in reality we found that Trendline was keen to send us into London and used roads we knew to be busy more often than wed have liked. Right now it doesnt feel quite as finessed as it could but we expect its the type of technology that will improve with time. SD card space Happily, the device is fast at picking up the GPS signal, faster than the Edge 820 at least, and so far it has been accurate and without sudden drops or losses. On a more frustrating note, Garmin still hasnt introduced a pinch and zoom like you would use on Google Maps.
Garmin 1030: Buggy software (for now) Weve had consistent problems trying to get the device to connect to our mobiles via Bluetooth even when manually forgetting it in our Bluetooth preferences and trying to re-pair. This was a process tried at least five times with no luck, before it randomly worked again. Its typical teething problems that were hoping future updates will iron out. On a happier note, ANT+ connections were spot on and I had no problem syncing my SRAM eTap or heart rate monitor to the new device.Verdict Without a doubt, the Garmin 1030 is a significantly improved when compared to Garmin's previous touchscreen computer, the Edge 820. The screen is more reactive to touches and far stable in the rain. It's also less laggy, and the bigger screen coupled with the new dashboard layout gives a welcome level of clarity to the screen. The setting up process is also significantly improve, thanks to the new layout and software features. The software isn't perfect but this is fixable with updates. All in all, it's a well improved piece of kit, even if it is massive. The item "Garmin Edge 1030 Ultimate Smart GPS Computer" is in sale since Friday, August 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Cycling\Bike Accessories\Cycle Computers & GPS". The seller is "abramartys9" and is located in GTC. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Montserrat, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahrain, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Viet nam.