Garmin Edge 1000 review

Garmin Edge 1000 review
17 Apr 2018

The Garmin Edge 1000 is a serious update to the line-up with a bigger screen and WiFi connectivity.

Cyclist Rating: 
Easiest GPS unit to use, big screen
Poor battery life

There is no escaping the fact that the Garmin Edge 1000 is a big bit of kit. It’s the size of most decent smart phones so it occupies a serious amount of space on the bars. The unit had to be this big to pack in all the extra connectivity, such as WiFi, but the side effect of this is that you get a massive screen.


The high-resolution touchscreen on the Edge 1000 works in the rain and with gloved hands, resisting glare and automatically adjusting brightness depending on conditions. That said we’d recommend choosing a brightness and sticking to it. We found that leaving the auto-adjust setting flattened the battery pretty quickly as the unit tends to overbrighten the screen.

That big screen also allows you to view huge amounts of information at once. You can have multiple different screens with various amounts of panels on there. Obviously, the more information you have on the screen at once, the smaller the boxes and so the harder it is to read. We found anything more than eight information boxes and it became cluttered and confusing.

Routing & Maps

Google Maps may have spoiled navigation for a generation, but in comparison, the OpenStreetMap-based system feels less intuitive, although this won’t be news to anyone who’s used a similar device. The big screen makes using the maps really easy compared to others so you get a good view of all the things around you.

Built-in route planning navigates well, avoiding busy roads even in urban areas, identifying bike-only cut-throughs and counter-flows. We would recommend turning off the re-route function, though. You can also input a distance and be presented with a selection of routes from your current location – ideal if you’re in an unfamiliar place. We did have some gripes with how that works though. To begin with anything less than 40km seems to provide the unit with too many options and the whole thing just ground to a halt. 60km – 100km routes seemed to work the best although it did have a habit of suggested a 70km tour of the bike paths of central London.

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Bluetooth & Wifi Connectivity

Synced to a phone via Bluetooth, your data uploads automatically while also giving access to call and text alerts, although it only works with native iOS messages. If you’ve got an internet signal on the linked phone the Garmin can download weather reports and warn you if there are any sudden changes coming although we never saw anything pop up whilst we were riding. We’ve heard rumours that some of the UK teams use it to look out for changes in wind directions on the course whilst racing.

When we first got the Edge 1000 the Bluetooth connectivity seemed to be buggy but after an update this all settled down. You can even update it when it’s just connected to a phone. In fact if you have a wall charger you never need to plug it into a computer. WiFi connectivity works much the same, so that when you come into range of your home WiFi network the Edge 1000 will automatically sync any new data. One weird bug in the firmware though means that the first WiFi network you add has to be done via the app. Any subsequent ones can be done straight from the device.

Di2 Integration

Di2 users can view gear selection and remaining battery life via Shimano D-Fly. Garmin’s Connect platform might not be as empty as Google+ but it can still feel a little like a party that’s yet to get going. However, pre-download a segment and the device will guide you through it, providing live data on progress and position on the leaderboard. Now that Garmin Connect has linked up with Strava anything you sync to the Connect app will automatically appear on Strava within a few minutes. If you create a route on the Connect app you can even send it to the Edge 1000 from your phone. You can’t send routes wirelessly from Strava though which is a bit of a shame.

vs 810

Compared to the 810 it’s not a huge difference. The screen is obviously bigger, which makes the Edge 1000 a bit heavier than the 810, but it’s not a huge amount. The Edge 1000 also has access to the GLONASS satellite system that, when combined with GPS, makes the Edge 1000 marginally more accurate but at the expense of battery life. We found no appreciable difference so generally left it set to just GPS. The added Wifi connectivity is nice but again we didn’t use that often and the same is said for the on the fly routing. It is worth the difference for the bigger screen though, so if we were looking to buy a totally new GPS unit then we’d recommend the Edge 1000 but probably not worth upgrading your 810.

It’s available in a few different packages and we’d imagine that most people will opt for the Performance Bundle, which comes with magnetless speed and cadence sensors, and updated heart rate strap and an out front mount, although we only had the head unit on test. 

Rating 4.5/5

Garmin Edge 1000
In-Device Mapping Open Street Map
Connectivity ANT+, Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, WiFi
Upload Wired and wireless
Mobile Upload Yes

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