Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets - Garmin or smart phone
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01-20-11, 08:39 PM
Ok guys I am new to this forum and this is my first post. I am due to up grade my phone the end of Feb, I am also thinking about buying a Garmin Edge 500. I am not sure which phone I am going to get iPhone or Dorid. Would I be better off buying the garmin or just use the phone with a bike app.
01-20-11, 09:43 PM
What do you want the GPS for? One big difference between a Garmin and a smartphone is that the Garmin is designed to be used with the display turned on for your entire ride. A smartphone will kill its battery if you leave the display turned on for hours at a time. A smartphone GPS is really only useful if you leave the display turned off for your entire ride.
01-20-11, 10:56 PM
depends how much data you will need.. The garmin will give you lots of cycling related data + Heart Rate and Cadence if needed.. I use my smartphone to record rides so that I have that info on my android app - Cardiotrainer.. It works fine but I keep it in my jersey pocket. It does use a lot of battery life and you could get about a 6 hour ride max using a fully charged smartphone..
01-21-11, 05:08 AM
Get the Garmin for the bicycle - The display will be visible with a long battery life. Smartphone has great maps but no other bicycle info.
Get a Windows 7 Phone - Samsung Focus unless you are locked into Verizon.
01-21-11, 08:57 AM
I have Bike Track by Rharham on my Droid and the 500. I use the Garmin for everything for riding and training and use the Droid for conversation and to be able to show folks at work my rides without having to have a computer handy. I also have an extra battery for the phone but have never needed it after a ride. While the Droid info is nice I'd go with the Garmin myself.
When I got back into cycling last winter, I thought I would use my iPhone as my bike computer. After just a couple of longer rides (50+ miles) I realized just how fast the battery would drain trying to have constant or even near-constant display. Since the phone is the emergency lifeline, I decided it was better to get a dedicated bike computer (the Edge 500), and save the phone for just that...an emergency. A dead phone is of no use, either as a bike computer or a phone.
FYI, since then I've switched from the iPhone to the Samsung Focus. I really like the Focus, but hate the way it attempts to integrate the microSD storage.
01-21-11, 06:57 PM
Thanks guys Thats kind of what I thought, I will be getting the Garmin soon!!
01-26-11, 05:13 PM
01-27-11, 05:59 PM
I'd recommend the same, I would have had a garmin already if I didn't have to buy new pedals :(.
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