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Garmin Edge 510 – The GLONASS Advantage

I’ve read a number of reviews of the new Garmin Edge 510 and 810. While I’m not 100% sold on the touch screen and ‘social’ settings being game changers, they are ‘nice to haves’ I suppose (assuming the touch screen works in all riding conditions). I won’t go in to any depth on the devices here, as I haven’t even seen one, and because Ray does a great, crazy-thorough job, as always.

However, one thing I see in the spec that is not mentioned in much detail anywhere that I’ve seen is the fact that the Edge 510 (not the 810 though, for some bizarre reason) has GLONASS capability as well as GPS. GLONASS is the Russian equivalent of the US GPS system, and the Edge 510 now works with both systems together. What this should mean for the Edge 510 is three things:

  1. Faster satellite acquisition time – no more waiting around for satellite reception when you want to start your ride
  2. Less dropped satellites as you’re riding
  3. Increased accuracy in some situations (where some GPS satellites are blocked–see more details here)

Garmin Edge 510

Garmin Edge 510

GLONASS Logo

GLONASS Logo

Hopefully this means the Edge 510 is easier/faster to use than other devices!

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