Garmin Edge 1030 Plus | Opinion | 830/1030 Comparison | Specs

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Garmin Edge 1030 Plus

The Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is the new top-end bikenav from the world’s leading bike computer manufacturer. It should be the best of the best for the keenest of all keen cyclists. Is it? I mean, the earlier Edge 1030 was feature-full and impossible to beat if features were your thing, has anything been meaningfully added to it to justify the apex price tag?

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Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Review Specs Comparison

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus – Q: What’s Changed?

A: In a nutshell: better hardware eg GPS chip, battery & storage, global heatmap maps, Firstbeat Daily Workouts and some carried over 530/830 features.

If we go back almost 3 years to when the1030 was first released there were a whole host of impressive new features including UI changes; battery pack support; BLE sensor support; heatmap route creation; many hardware improvements including screen performance & 20-hour battery life; some Firstbeat training and recovery metrics; and more besides, all at an eye-watering $600rrp. Since the 1030 launch, the newer Edge 530/830 also received new features which were soon also pushed across to the Edge 1030 (firmware list) including Physio TrueUp support, CIQ3.X; display mode support; Galileo; Shimano Steps 2.1; nutrition/hydration alerts; MTB dynamics – grit, flow and jump metrics; bike theft alarm; FindMyEdge; Power Curve tracking; Workout tracking; heat acclimation & altitude acclimatisation; ClimbPro; Training Load Focus plus several subtle improvements.

So the Edge 1030 obviously has ALL of that plus oodles of the legacy functionality, with the Edge 1030 Plus you now get these too
  • Better hardware – the mysterious innards are now ‘better’ and faster in unquantifiable ways – well, the battery lasts longer (24 hours) probably mostly due to a Sony GNSS chip and routes are claimed to recalculate twice as fast and, scarily, the touchscreen seems to work well.
  • 32Gb (formerly 16Gb) onboard storage to support multi-region maps but no SD expansion
  • Firstbeat ‘Daily Workout Suggestions’ – these are more intelligently derived adaptive workouts based on leveraging and targetting both your Anaerobic and Aerobic Training Loads. ie An informed workout recommendation for today based on your recent training achievements. See Firstbeat’s advanced workout recommendations.
  • Setup is simplified with some settings carried over from your previous Garmin. (Finally! thank you Garmin)
  • MTB Dynamics and ForkSight mode added from the pre-loaded TrailForks CIQ app (previously in Edge 530/830)
  • Assistance & Bike Alarm are new to the Edge 1030 Plus (previously in Edge 530/830)
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Review Specs ComparisonThe great thing here is that the headline rrp is unchanged at $600, although obviously the earlier Edge 1030 (not the PLUS version) is now selling for considerably less than rrp eg $499 at B&H and $549 at Walmart; similarly, in the UK the older Edge 1030 is discounted to just over £400 at Wiggle.

Let’s quickly contrast some of the changes to the interface with this one example of old vs. new. In this one specific example, you can see some improvements to readability and to the condensing of the data. I’d say Garmin has done a reasonable job here, however, IMHO this particular screen could still be better presented and indeed Garmin devices all suffer from somewhat of a UI malaise aka ‘screens could still look & work better‘. However, it’s more the screen FLOW than the individual screen designs that I have the most issue with.

What’s Still Included

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Review Specs Comparison

Garmin Edge 1030 Plus – Opinion

For more affluent, Garmin-lovers this is a nice, incremental improvement and you’ve already sold your Edge 1030 last week on eBay in anticipation of this well-leaked release :-).
For the rest of us, if you want a top-end Garmin then the Edge 1030 Plus would still be my recommendation over the older 1030, mainly because of the improved hardware package and the longevity that offers rather than just for the tinkerings Garmin have made with the onboard software. Yet, if you just do NOT need or want the full set of uber-navigation features that Garmin offer and which are aided and abetted by a touchscreen, then just go for the significantly cheaper Edge 530, which is a sweet device that has pretty much the same features and which is very hard to beat.  But then again, that screen size on the Edge 530 is just that little bit smaller and as we get older the bigger screen becomes that little bit more attractive.
Me? I’d get the Garmin Edge 530 as I’m personally not interested in uber-routing functionality and the Edge 530 is big enough for me, plus I don’t like touchscreens.

Watch This Space

I’m working on a series of 1030-Plus pieces of content to brighten your inbox over the coming weeks, including a Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Review.


There’s nothing that is directly comparable to the size and capability of the Edge 1030 Plus bikenav. The large-format Karoo 1 is no longer in production and the new one will be of a smaller format, the MIO Cyclo 605HC is sweet and similarly-sized but just doesn’t have the depth of performance features offered by Garmin. The Wahoo Elemnt is an awesome device for a more serious cyclist but if you want Firstbeat physiology coming out of your ears, a beautiful screen and uber-routing features you don’t buy a Wahoo.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Review Specs Comparison
Rox 12, Edge 1030+, Haroo, Cyclo 605HC, OS Trail 2 Nav – the 1030+ is big…but bigger exist. But bigger is not necessarily better.

Price, Availability & Discounts

The Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is in stock now and is reasonably widely available,
Edge 1030 Plus Bundle (speed, cadence, hrm, mount) – $699, £599, Eu699

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Garmin Edge 1030 Plus Specs & Comparison to Edge 1030, Edge 830


These are the main differences in the headlines feature sets as Garmin sees them. There are few differences to spot so I’ve made them bold.


GeneralGarmin Edge 1030 PLUSGarmin Edge 1030Garmin Edge 830
Physical dimensions2.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.8″ (58 x 114 x 19 mm)2.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.8″ (58 x 114 x 19 mm)1.9” x 3.2” x 0.8” (50.0 x 82.0 x 20.0 mm)
Color displayYesYesYes
Display size3.5″ (88.9 mm) diagonal3.5″ (88.9 mm) diagonal2.6″ (66 mm) diagonal
Display resolution282 x 470 pixels282 x 470 pixels246 x 322 pixels
Weight4.4 oz (124 g)4.3 oz (123 g)2.8 oz (79.1 g)
Battery typerechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life24 hoursup to 20 hoursup to 20 hours
Battery save modeYesYesYes
In-ride power compatible (Garmin Charge battery pack)YesYesYes
Water ratingIPX7IPX7IPX7
Maps & Memory
Ability to add mapsYesYesYes
External memory storageyes (32 GB internal memory)Internal plus microSD™ slotInternal memory only
Routes100 courses100 Courses100 Courses
Historyup to 200 hoursup to 200 hoursup to 200 hours
Barometric altimeterYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYes
Daily Smart Features
ConnectivityBluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)YesYesYes
Smart notificationsYesYesYes
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)YesYesYes
VIRB® RemoteYesYesYes
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™iPhone®, Android™
Safety and Tracking Features
Group LiveTrackYesYesYes
Rider-to-rider messagingYesYesYes
Incident DetectionYesYesYes
Bike alarmYesNoYes
Weather alertsYesYesYes
Activity Tracking Features
Calories burnedYesYesYes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Customizable data pagesYesYesYes
Auto Pause®YesYesYes
Interval trainingYesYesYes
Advanced workoutsYesYesYes
Downloadable training plansYesYesYes
Daily workout suggestionsYesNoNo
Auto Lap®YesYesYes
Vo2 maxYesYesYes
Training EffectYesYesYes
Recovery advisorYesYesYes
Virtual PartnerYesYesYes
Race an ActivityYesYesYes
Auto scrollYesYesYes
Physio TrueUpYesYesYes
Physiological measurementsYesYesYes
Outdoor Recreation
ClimbPro™ Ascent PlannerYesYesYes
Cycling Features
On-device course creatorYesYesYes
Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)yes (multi-region)YesYes
Cycling Dynamics compatibleYesYesYes
MTB DynamicsYesNoYes
Integrated TrailForks trail dataYesNoYes
Power meter compatibleYesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)YesYesYes
Compatible with Varia™ lightsYesYesYes
Edge® remoteYesYesYes
Varia™ remoteYesYesYes
ANT+™ electronic shiftingYesYesYes
Shimano Di2 Synchro Shift integrationYesYesYes
Smart trainer controlYesYesYes

Garmin Edge 1030 Headline Feature Screens



The Garmin Edge 1030 Plus is in stock now and is reasonably widely available,
Edge 1030 Plus Bundle (speed, cadence, hrm, mount) – $699, £599, Eu699

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4 thoughts on “Garmin Edge 1030 Plus | Opinion | 830/1030 Comparison | Specs

  1. Anyone else hoping that this is a week where Garmin introduces a bunch of new stuff every day? Since am not interested in replacing my 830 anytime soon. I do like what Garmin seems to be doing with software though – more improvements keep coming especially the settings transfer.

    1. yes there is other stuff there that will trickle across to the fenix/945 too. very exciting stuff…if it works. Am getting more details this/next week on that hopefully.

  2. I changed from garmin to Wahoo ROAM. I am very happy. Garmin has a lot to improve for me to come back.

  3. No data or max. 2 data on the map is not serious as a GPS computer. On Wahoo I have a map and speed, Cad, HR, AVG, Distance, and Turn to Turn. And on Garmin, speed and Cad. POVERTY.

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