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The Similarities and Differences Between the Garmin Edge Series


The Garmin Edge series of satellite navigators have been designed especially for cyclists. Depending on one’s budget and requirements one can choose either one of the four units; the Edge 205, 305, 605 and 705.

The Similarities and Differences Between the Garmin Edge Series

Firstly, let’s have a look at makes these four units be classified as a satnav for cyclists.

Property

Edge 205

Edge 305

Edge 605

Edge 705

Water resistance

Y

Y

Y

Y

GPS-enability

Y

Y

Y

Y

High-sensitivity receiver

Y

Y

Y

Y

Waypoints/favourites/locations

100

100

100

100

Lap history

1000

1000

1000

1000

Courses

Y

Y

Y

Y

Auto Pause

Y

Y

Y

Y

Auto Lap

Y

Y

Y

Y

Advanced workouts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Pace alerts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Simple workouts

Y

Y

Y

Y

Time/distance alert

Y

Y

Y

Y

Interval training

Y

Y

Y

Y

With almost 10 functionalities of these units being the same it is only justified to classify them as the “GARMIN EDGE SERIES”. Also, all these units are compatible with the Garmin Connect, that is an online community where users can share, analyse and categorise their data. Furthermore, all the above stated units include the Garmin Training Centre software.

Once through with the points that make these device stand together let us have a quick look at what makes them different from each other.

Property

Edge 205

Edge 305

Edge 605

Edge 705

Dimensions (WxHxD) cms

4.4 x 9.4 x 2.3

4.4 x 9.4 x 2.3

5.1 x 10.9 x 2.5

5.1 x 10.9 x 2.5

Display size

1.17 x 1.44 inches (1.86-inches)

1.17 x 1.44 inches (1.86-inches)

1.37 x 1.71 inches (2.2-inches)

1.37 x 1.71 inches (2.2-inches)

Display Resolution

128 x 160 pixels

128 x 160 pixels

176 x 220 pixels

176 x 220 pixels

Battery Type

Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion

Lithium-polymer

Lithium-polymer

Battery Life

12 hours

12 hours

15 hours

15 hours

Weight

88 grams

88 grams

104 grams

104 grams

Heart Rate Monitor

No

Yes

No

Yes

Bike Speed/Cadence Sensor

No

Yes

No

Yes

Barometric Altimeter

No

Yes

No

Yes

With regards to basemap, the Edge 205 and Edge305 units do not come provide base maps nor permit the users to add any maps; while Edge 605 and Edge 705 provide users with base-maps and also permit addition of maps. Also, while the Edge 205 and Edge 305 do not support any external data cards, the Edge 605 and Edge 705 support microSD data card.

By now, you might have had a complete know-how of what each unit has to offer. So, think about your personal needs and them select one of them to accompany you on your cycling expeditions.

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