Garmin is once again presenting new products today. There is no doubt that they have been showing off their muscle for a year now and have presented a multitude of models in many of the sectors in which they are present. In the sports sector in particular they have been announcing new models throughout the year: Phoenix 3, Vivoactive, Forerunner 225, EpixVector 1, Vector 2 pedals, the cameras VIRB X and XE or the new version of Vivofit.
Now it's the turn of the cycling division again with two new models, very similar to each other. They are the Edge 20 and Edge 25, the only difference being connectivity.
Unlike what we're used to seeing on brands like Polar or Garmin itself, in this case the form factor is significantly reduced. The new Edge 20 and 25 become similar in size to the classic bike computer, but with the addition of GPS connectivity among other features. Garmin is proud to boast the smallest bike computer (with GPS connectivity).
Unlike the classic cycle computer, having GPS allows you to record your routes for later downloading or to perform basic route navigation.
Differences between Edge 20 and Edge 25
Aesthetically, both models are the same except for the color of the buttons, which are white on the Edge 25. In terms of functionality, it is the same, except that the 25 adds ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones.
Some of the features we can find in the Garmin Edge 20 are the following:
- Route navigation
- Route recording made for later download and analysis
- Distance and speed via GPS
- GPS and GLONASS satellite reception
- 8-hour autonomy
- 25 grams of weight
- Possibility of configuring two data screens, with up to three fields in each
As for the Garmin Edge 25, it is the same device on the outside, but it has a dual ANT+/Bluetooth communications chip that will allow you to connect to both external sensors (ANT+) and your smartphone (Bluetooth). These are the additional options you can find in the Garmin Edge 25:
- ANT+ connectivity for pulse and speed and/or cadence sensors (without potentiometer support)
- Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones. Data synchronization, LiveTrack and route downloading.
- Additional data page specific to the pulse sensor
So if you want wireless connectivity, it's worth the extra expense of switching from the basic Edge 20 to the Edge 25. It will allow you to automatically synchronize your activity as soon as you finish (and export it directly to Strava) as well as to connect to external sensors. These must be ANT+, as Bluetooth connectivity is reserved exclusively for pairing your smartphone.
Additionally, if you have your phone with you (in the back pocket of your jersey, of course), you can transmit your position via LiveTrack (along with ANT+ sensor data such as speed or heart rate) and receive notifications on the Garmin Edge 25 screen, so you know right away when your wife is asking you what time you'll be home for lunch (don't tell her you're 40km from home...).
Garmin Edge 20 and Garmin Edge 25.
Both the Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25 will be available in the coming weeks, in principle during the month of July. They will cost approximately £129 for the Edge 20 and £169 for the Edge 25. There will also be a cadence sensor pack for £199.
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