Thanks for the input, Guys. I'm really leaning toward simply getting rid of the 305, before I even open it, and just ordering a 500 and being done with it.
Faire*Isle, what you say is inline with what I've read. Those units were manufactured in about mid-late 2006. Needless to say, that unit's technology is, relatively, far outdated especially when compared to the 500. I think the 500 will be the go-to-guy.
Yes, I was referring to the Edge, even though I did consider getting a ForeRunner. The main issue is the availability, and visibility, of the data (being instantly accessible) as I ride vs. toggling through screens (seemingly) endlessly.
I have the Garmin Edge 305 and just bought the Edge 500. My edge 305 was having problems holding a charge for even the length of a short ride, so I had to send it back for a new battery. It was 2.5 years old though. The 500 does stay charged longer than my 305 ever did, even when it was new, and the handlebar mount is a lot nicer... I don't see much difference other than that.
(My 305,, even when new, never stayed charged for 12 hours though. I also have a forerunner 305, but you were asking about the Edge, I believe.)
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I have a few that I've wound up with... I have a 205, 305, 605 and a 705. I have had all, except for the 705, for a couple of years now, the 705 I got last year. I literally wore the 205 out, that thing has seen a gazillion miles. LOL I have no nightmare stories about any of them, and they get used all the time. I even strap one, usually the 305, to my arm when I go running, since I have yet to get one for my runs. It's held up great.
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I've just bought an Edge 305 and, even though I'd researched the cycling computers beforehand, I found MANY references to 305 horror stories after the fact (of course). I'm still waiting for the unit to arrive; however, the question is:
''Have any of you owned a Garmin Edge 305?''
If so, good or bad experiences with the unit and or tech support? I've done more research and discovered the Edge 500 has almost all the same features but sports 18 hour battery life vs. the 305's 12 hours. I like the aesthetics a great deal more on the 500 and, functionality-wise, I simply don't find that there's that much difference between the two. Has anyone owned a Garmin Edge 500 and care to share any input?
I'm also open to recommendations. I currently have a Mavic WinTech Ultimate cycling computer and the only reason I'm switching is I'm tired of toggling between screens, constantly, during a ride.
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