UPDATE: I’ve got a new page devoted to the Garmin Edge 800, complete with links to hands on reviews.
Garmin announced a new cycling GPS this morning, the Garmin Edge 800. The big news is that this is the first touchscreen model in the Edge series. It also brings BirdsEye aerial imagery and Garmin custom map capabilities to the Edge line. I’m curious about Garmin mentioning simplified route planning through BaseCamp; I’ve never been a fan of the Edge’s use of courses instead of tracks, although much of that may be due to my background as a longtime mountain biker and handheld GPS user. There’s nothing in the specs that leads me to believe the Edge brings more traditional backcountry navigation tools to the plate though.
DC Rainmaker, who is starting to be the go to blogger for Garmin fitness products, already has a detailed first looks review posted. I pinged him on Twitter and asked about visibility issues with the touchscreen and he said “It’s actually even more visible, I was pretty amazed. No glare issues.” Fred Zahradnik, who also posted an early review, concurs. This caused me to dig a bit deeper — I think we’ve seen this screen before. At 160 x 240 pixels, it is not a high-resolution screen. As a matter of fact, the resolution and screen size specs match up perfectly with the Dakota 20. It is of course possible that some more recent screen technology improvements have been introduced, ala the Oregon 450.
The Edge 800 will be available in various bundles, priced from $449.99 to $649.99 when it starts shipping in October.
Here’s the full news release.