(Yea me: months-long lurker no more!) First, thanks to all--- the tips posted here assisted immeasurably in my goal to "get back on a bike", a feat last performed back in the '60s. Hubby and I now have Treks (Pure/crack-forward for me, Navigator for da big guy), and have been cycling 6 days out of the week since our purchases in mid-September.
Next: after studying, literally, hundreds of forum threads here and elsewhere, plus user reviews, I've buried my initial plans to get either a Garmin Edge 305 or 705. Reasons: the odds of the device "just cutting off" are too high, in my view, given the price tag. The fact that Garmin routinely subjects its customers to 30-60 minute hold times, combined with high repair costs beyond the warranty period, eradicated any lingering lust. (I'm a stone cold gadget junkie!) Yes, I know that many/most companies suffer the same ills... but my momma taught me that "just cuz everyone does it..." Simply stated, when there is an option, I will push my dollars elsewhere.
Which brings me to this: Further research unearthed a new does-it-all device: Sigma Sport Rox 9.0. It seems this has been released in Europe, but not yet in the states. Includes software, multiple cadence & hill/grade stats, HR, etc. I wanted to give back to the community which gave me so much, education wise, so I'm sharing my research notes. As I locate additional info, I'll update this post. My hope is that others will do likewise.
**Please** (with sugar on it), and I mean no disrespect whatsoever, let's keep this thread focused on the non-Garmin device(s). I've yet to find an all-in-one info resource on this particular device, so hopefully this thread will ultimately serve that purpose. Posts follow with features list, linkies.