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This review is from: Garmin Edge 305 Navigation and Trip Computer for Cycles with Heart Rate Monitor (Electronics)
I've had an Edge 305 now for 6 months and I've got to say that it is fantastic. I agree with the previous reviewer that Garmin are a dreadfully backward company with a non-customer focused attitude, but the Edge is at least an indication that for a particular sector of the cyclist market they are trying to put some effort in. (Note - however - the Garmin eTrex series are complete junk in my opinion - suffering from a lack of investment in software, and a considerable resting on previous laurels: unless you need to do multi-day navigation, look for another navigation product).
The thing to remember about the Edge is that it is for a very specific market. If you want it to navigate by, well it can kind of do that, but it's not great at it. What it is great at is acting as a training aid. If you're seriously into your bike training or just generally interested in your bike stats, then this is the device for you. It was that good that I got rid of my wired bike computer: this does everything it does and more.
A great feature, for the solo cyclist, is being able to cycle against your previous rides, helping you push yourself along. It's so much better than pushing yourself simply against a set time. The realism of seeing you catch up with your virtual partner, only to dawn on you that the main reason for this is that he is in fact 200 metres ahead of you and therefore starting to grind up the hill ahead is great motivation.
I can't recommend the device highly enough: to the keen training/stats interested cyclist.
Given my experience of the colour screen on the etrex and the dreadful navigation software (and maps that cost over £100 in addition), I'd be very skeptical about the new colour/navigation enabled Edges and stick with the 305.
The heart rate monitor of the 305 instead of the 205 is also well worth the investment: OK it's getting a bit 'controlled', but it seriously helps you push yourself more when you're slacking AND calm down when you're overdoing it: thereby leading to a better training run. The 305 also has a altitude profile display which I don't think the 205 has: OK, so that's a gimmick (GPS altitude for technical reasons is rubbish), but it is a bit of fun!
Personally I'd also partner the device with the excellent Tracklogs software if you fancy doing a bit of navigation/analysis work (although the mediocre training centre that comes with the Edge should be enough to get you started on storing and looking after your previous ride information).