Garmin Edge 500 vs 800 Compare Difference Between

Garmin Edge 500 vs 800 is a side by side comparison of the Garmin cycling GPS’s. In addition, you will find images and videos to help in your decision making between the 2 units. Check out the What’s New section to see exactly the upgrades made from the 500 to the 800. As you go through the comparison these new features will be highlighted in more detail.  The touchscreen is only the start of the advanced features you will find with the Edge 800.  You can program interval training along with recording waypoints and pace alert triggers.  What really makes the 800 come alive is the mapping.  The unit comes with a basemap but you will have the ability to add future maps with the microSD card slot.  Some bundles even come with the CityNavigator Map.  From a data tracking standpoint the Edge 500 will most likely provide all the information you need with the ANT+ ability to connect with speed, cadence, power meters, etc.  But if your training will take you on adventures from city streets to country roads then you seriously need to consider all the features offered with the Garmin 800.

 

Garmin Edge 500

Garmin Edge 800

Price  

Retail: $249.99

Garmin Edge 500 – Red

Garmin Edge 500 – Blue

Garmin Edge 500 – Neutral

 

Retail: $449.99

Garmin Edge 800

Garmin Edge 800 w/CityNav

 Colors Silver/Black, Silver/Blue, Red/Black Black
 What’s New with the Garmin Edge 800 Touchscreen (Glove Friendly)

 Sunlight readable color screen

Includes a basemap that shows major roads and cities

Compatible with microSD cards which can include Street and Topo maps

Use Garmin Basecamp to create routes

Use Garmin Connect to record your own courses and use routes created by fellow cyclist

 Record Waypoints/Favorite Locations

Pace Alert Triggers

Interval Training

 Size  1.9″ x 2.7″ x 0.9″

4.8 x 6.9 x 2.2 cm

 2.0″ x 3.7″ x 1.0″

5.1 x 9.3 x 2.5 cm

Weight

2 oz   (56.7 g)

3.5 oz (98.0 g)

PC Interface

USB

USB

Wireless Capabilities ANT+ Pair with:

Heart Rate Monitor

Speed/Cadence Bike Sensor

Power Meter – records data approx. 1 per second

ANT+Pair with:

Heart Rate Monitor

Speed/Cadence Bike Sensor

Power Meter – records data approx. 1 per second

Tanita BC-1000

Display 1.2″ x 1.4″ (3.0 x 3.7 cm)

128 x 160 pixels

Button Navigation

1.4″ x 2.2″ (3.6 x 5.5 cm)

160 x 240 pixels

Touchscreen — Color

 Data Tracking Distance

Speed

Cadence (Optional Equipment)

Heart Rate (Optional Equipment)

Ascent/Descent

Temperature

Optional Power (Optional Equipment)

and More….

Distance

Speed

Cadence (Optional Equipment)

Heart Rate (Optional Equipment)

Ascent/Descent

Temperature

Optional Power (Optional Equipment)

and More….

 Maps Not Available Basemap Included

Ability to Add Maps

Accepts microSD Cards

Some Bundles Include a microSD card with CityNavigator

Battery Type

Rechargeable Lithium-ion

Battery Life:

 Up to 18 Hours

Rechargeable Lithium-ion

Battery Life:

15 Hours (Typical)

Water Resistant

Yes (IPX7)

Yes (IPX7)

 History 1000 Laps 1000 Laps
Waypoints & Favorite  Locations

0

200

 Routes 0 Yes – Will be limited by memory space available
Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Features Use with Garmin Connect

Virtual Partner

Compete against your previous courses

Auto Pause – The timer will pause and resume based on speed

Auto Lap

Auto Scroll – Will automatically cycle through data screens during workout

Advanced Workouts – Allows you to create custom workouts

Time/Distance Alert

Heart Rate-Based Calorie Computation

Customizable Screen

Barometric Altimeter

Temperature displays and records while you ride

Use with Garmin Connect

Virtual Partner

Compete against your previous courses

Auto Pause – The timer will pause and resume based on speed

Auto Lap

Auto Scroll – Will automatically cycle through data screens during workout

Advanced Workouts – Allows you to create custom workouts

Time/Distance Alert

Heart Rate-Based Calorie Computation

Customizable Screen

Barometric Altimeter

Temperature displays and records while you ride

What’s in the Box Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS Unit

Bike Mount

USB Cable

AC Charger

Manual

 Garmin Edge 800 Cycling GPS Unit

Bike Mount

USB Cable

AC Charger

Manual

Price  

Retail: $249.99

Garmin Edge 500 – Red

Garmin Edge 500 – Blue

Garmin Edge 500 – Neutral

 

Retail: $449.99

Garmin Edge 800

Garmin Edge 800 w/CityNav

  Garmin Edge 800 vs 500

See Also:   Garmin Edge 200 vs 500

Garmin Forerunner 910XT vs 310XT

 

Conclusion:

You’ve now had a chance to see a detailed side by side analysis of the Garmin Edge.  If you are looking from a pure bells and whistles then the Edge 800 wins hands down.  You need to make the decision based on your riding style.  Let’s take a look at who might prefer one over the other.

Who is the Garmin Edge 500 For?

The Edge 500 is a data machine.  What does that mean?  No touchscreen, no color, no maps. Just data.  You will get a customizable screen to display the data you want the way you want it.  The unit is small, lightweight, unobtrusive.  It is ANT+ compatible so you can pair it with heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor, and power meter.  If your main focus are the numbers, then this unit may be your best choice.

Who is the Garmin Edge 800 For?

Everybody.  Is has all the data and customizing that the Edge 500 has and then takes it well beyond that with touchscreen, color, mapping, interval training, route creation, and more.  There is even compatibility with Tanita for those in weight loss mode.  If you are looking for everything in one unit, then this is your best choice.

 

Detailed Maps from Garmin Connect

Use your Garmin Edge 500 to train from a previously completed course.  One benefit of this is to allow you to track your data for improvement in your riding and fitness.  Take a look at the data screens below.