Comparison: Garmin Edge 820 vs Garmin Edge 810 vs Garmin Edge 520

Garmin Edge 820, Garmin Edge 810
Edge 810 vs. 820

The Garmin Edge 820 is finally announced.

With some caveats, I like it a lot.

ESSENTIAL READING: Review of the Garmin Edge 820

Below is a quick comparison of the Edge 820 to the Edge 520 and the more dated Edge 810. There’s not as many differences as you might think. I’m working on an opinion piece looking at these and other factors. I’ve already used with Varia…some quick thoughts (here) on that.

The issues with the 820 initially appear to be “stability-based” but, as of Feb2017, new firmware has notably improved general usage eg on 25/Sep/16 I had a 3 hour race/ride with it in perfect working order. Later in 2016, touchscreen firmware ‘fixes’ seem to have made things slightly worse for me! but seem to have generally improved touchscreen issues fro many people.

ESSENTIAL READING: A loooong navigation with the Garmin Edge 820

ESSENTIAL READING: Pru Ride London with the Garmin Edge 820

Garmin Edge 820In a Nutshell: The Garmin Edge 820 is an Edge 520 with mapping and a few extra little goodies such as: wifi upload; touch screen; 16Gb internal storage; group tracking of fellow livetrackers; crash detection; battery save mode; and some lesser stuff.

It really is that simple.

If you don’t know the 520, look at the table below. The 820 IS the most advanced and feature-full cycling computer available. I can only think of 4 reasons why you would not buy one: price; button-only operation (ie not touchscreen); remaining bugs; and screen size.

The cut-down Garmin Edge 820-EXPLORE variant is not worth considering, IMO, as it has neither power meter support nor workouts nor WIFI nor some lesser bits.

CAUTION: 12February 2017: The Edge 820 is a highly complex product and still has notable bugs (see Garmin forum) which may, or may not, affect how you intend to use the product.

Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are about Eu205/$245/£180 and will fall in sales from May 2018. .
Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are about Eu315/$345/£270 and will fall in sales. .

If you decide to buy an 820, after reading the information below and reading my Review of the Garmin Edge 820, I would be remiss if I did not urge you to see if the remaining bugs will affect you. I *DO* use the 820 every week. I *STILL DO* have touchscreen issues but this may only be with early-release models.

 Edge 820Edge 520Edge 810
Physical dimensions73.0 x 49.0 x 21.0 mm49.0 x 73.0 x 21.0 Mm51.0 x 93.0 x 25.0 mm
Display size, WxH58.4 mm35.0 x 47.0 Mm36.0 x 55.0 mm
Display resolution, WxH200 x 265 pixels200 x 265 pixels160 x 240 pixels, touchscreen
Color displayYesYesYes
Weight67.7 g60 g98.0 g
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ionRechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ion
Battery lifeUp to 15 hours GPS training mode; up to 24 hours UltraTrac modeUp to 15 hoursup to 17 hours
Water ratingIPX7IPX7IPX7
High-sensitivity receiverYesYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYesYes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units)Yes
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)YesYes
VIRB® controlYes
Maps & Memory
Ability to add mapsYesYes
Accepts data cardsmicroSD™ card (some versions include a City Navigator microSD card)
Routes00Limited by memory space available
HistoryUp to 180 hoursUp to 180 hoursup to 180 hours
Cycling Features
Compatible with Vector™YesYesYes
Multiple bike profilesYes Activity profiles Yes
Bike speed/cadence sensorYes (Some versions)Yes (optional) Yes (optional)
Performance Features
Heart rate monitorYes (optional)Yes (optional)Yes (optional)
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person)YesYesYes
Courses (compete against previous activities)YesYesYes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)YesYesYes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)YesYesYes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout)YesYesYes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts)YesYesYes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)YesYesYes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)YesYesYes
Heart rate-based calorie computationYesYesYes
Calculates calories burnedYes
Customizable screen(s)YesYesYes
Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+™-enabled power meters)Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)Yes (records data approx. 1 per second)
Temperature (displays and records temperature while you ride)YesYesYes
Shock ResistantYesYesYes
Garmin Connect™
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)YesYesYes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)YesYes By phone only.
 Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights: Yes  Yes Yes
 Edge® remote compatibility:YesYesConnected features via smartphone: yes
 LiveTrack:Yes  Yes  Yes
Advanced performance and power analysis, including VO2 max, FTP/Watts/kg tracking, Performance condition/lactate threshold/stress score as well as advanced cycling dynamics, GroupTrack, in-ride challenges through Strava live segments and connected featuresAdvanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamicsCompatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile: yes
 Bike trainer profile for compatible Turbo trainer data display and control: YesYes
 On-device segment compatibility for dynamic and engaging in-ride competition:YesYes Yes, STRAVA
 Operating temperature: -20°C to +55°C -20°C to +55°C -20°C to +55°C
 Connected features via a smartphone: YesYes
 Compatible with Garmin Connect™ and Garmin Connect™ MobileYesYes
 Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting:Yes

(Not Explore Version)

 Weather alerts:Yes Yes
 Preloaded Garmin cycling mapYesNo
 Wi-Fi® compatibleYesNo
 Ambient light: Yes (Not explore Version)
 Round-trip routing: YesNo
 Route planner: Yes  No
Incident detection: Yes Compatible with VIRB® action cameras: Yes
 Training plans/workouts:Yes Yes Yes
 Connect IQ™ store compatible:Yes
 Audio prompts: Yes
 This USB mass storage device is compatible with Windows® XP or newer and Mac®Yes YesYes

Approximate Prices:

Garmin Edge 1000 Explore (non-bundle)£345.00Link$449.00Link
Garmin Edge 1000£345.00Link$499.00Link
Garmin Edge 820£330.00Link$400.00Link
Garmin Edge 520£176.00Link$299.99Link
Garmin Edge 510£300.00Link$329.99Link
Garmin Edge 810£197.00Link$305.99Link
Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are about Eu205/$245/£180 and will fall in sales from May 2018. .
Best REI/Wiggle/PMC price is linked to. Prices are about Eu315/$345/£270 and will fall in sales. .

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15 thoughts on “Comparison: Garmin Edge 820 vs Garmin Edge 810 vs Garmin Edge 520

    1. highlight the table paste it into excel…should work. you’ll have to do a bit of formatting afterwards. Word of warning though, the data is from the Garmin website 🙂

  1. got a few things wrong re the 810 there (speaking as an owner of one). Auto sync – sort of… by phone so strictly, I agree, not by computer but it does auto sync (as opposed to the 800 which didn’t).
    Multiple bike profiles = yes
    speed cadence = yes (and power and Di2 if anyone’s interested).

    Otherwise, good bit of comparison.

  2. Thanks for the comparison. For four rows including the one for “Integration with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting: Yes”, the right column provides a comment for a different characteristic than the left column and their doesn’t appear to be comment in the right column for “ambient light”.

  3. I have just ONE question that simply determines which one I will buy (810 or 820): as I know, the 810 has a RESISTIVE touch screen (meaning it will also work when touched with your finger-NAILS) but the all-important question is now: does the 820 also have a resistive type touch screen, or is it the capacitive type, as on all smartpjones? I just cannot stand those and is the main reason I do not buy a smartphone.

  4. You have made some clanging mistakes. The 810 does have Virb control and works with a smartphone for tracking and uploading.

    1. ah well spotted. I did of course take those bits from the Garmin site so the multi-billion dollar company is the one that made the original clanging mistake 😉 . I’m just me who has a day job

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