Wahoo RFLKT Vs Garmin Edge 510: Review of GPS bike computers

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Check out comparison of two new Bluetooth Smart enabled GPS bike computers – Wahoo RFLKT and Garmin Edge 510, available at $129 and $329 respectively.

Cyclers purchase GPS bike computers for a number of reasons like to count calories they have burned, to monitor their heart rate, to compare personal stats as well as with other cyclers, and many more. There is no shortage of GPS bike computers available in the market today, and here is discussed about two new Bluetooth Smart enabled GPS bike computers – Wahoo RFLKT and Garmin Edge 510. Both the devices differ in terms of usage. Wahoo RFLKT depends upon iPhone to be the “brains” and thus an essential component for the bike computer to function whereas Garmin Edge 510 uses iPhone for instant upload.

As per the Heart Rate Watch Company blog reviewers, there is no contest between both of them, but the market for Wahoo RFLKT could be bigger because of a much lower price point. Wahoo RFLKT comes with the price tag of $129 and the Garmin Edge 510 at $329. Read on to know the review of both these GPS bike computers, also watch comparison video here.

Wahoo RFLKT Versus Garmin Edge 510

Wahoo RFLKT

The RFLKT is being touted as the full-featured iPhone powered cycling computer. It lets you to keep your iPhone safely in your saddlebag or jersey pocket, while still delivering access to all the data from your preferred cycling app. The RFLKT measures 2.4” long by 1.6” wide by 0.5” thick and weighs just 2 ounces. The packaging of Wahoo is simple, and elegant. The actual dimensions of the product are small, however its display is one of the biggest displays (if not the largest) you will get on a cycling computer. The device has 4 hard buttons on each of its corners which can be customized to suit your requirements.

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For $129.99 only, you get a waterproof device that communicates with your iPhone through Bluetooth 4.0. As it runs compatible apps such as Wahoo Fitness’ app, Abvio’s Cyclemeter, or Strava (very soon), it makes probable to track all the cycling metrics including cadence, speed, ride time and also control a music playlist while the phone remains securely tucked away into a pocket.

You can easily push buttons also with full finger gloves, and the display is clear and bright enough to see in direct sunlight. Here, a good feature is updates to the app which are probably faster and easier than plugging yet another device into your PC, downloading updates and installing. It is compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 iOS devices: iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th Generation, iPad mini and iPod touch 5th generation. When talking about accuracy, the RFLKT seems very well as it relies wholly on the iPhone for its data.

Plus points:

  • Lightweight
  • Outstanding iPhone integration
  • Wholly customizable data pages
  • Simple access to data when it works
  • Easy to read screen
  • Decent amount of information shown
  • Wahoo Fitness app is simple, yet comprehensive
  • Ability to export to other apps & services
  • Accurate speed, distance and HRM data
  • Save battery life with low power Bluetooth
  • Lithium cell means no battery charging

Minus points:

  • Unreliable data streams
  • Mounting hardware is not the best
  • Buttons could be better implemented
  • App and sensor setup can be annoying
  • Needs occasional resets
  • Hard to troubleshoot (and you’ll have to troubleshoot)

Garmin Edge 510

A reasonably compact GPS-based bike computer – the new Garmin Edge 510 is intended for the competitive cyclist who looks for the most accurate and comprehensive ride data. The touchscreen is straightforward to operate, also with a gloved finger and when wet. Mounting options consist of a new out-front mount for heads-up positioning and a normal quarter-turn mount; even it has a tether to make certain your device doesn’t go far in the event of a spill. It can work alongside a smartphone to offer appealing features such as LiveTracking – where your family and friends can go behind your location and performance online. With a color touchscreen and advanced connectivity, the device gives plentiful ride data at your fingertips, thus you can train smarter and share easier.

With the Garmin Connect Mobile app, connected features like live tracking, weather and social media sharing, can be accessed through your smartphone. Moreover, the app permits for wireless uploads of activities from your device. If you pair your Garmin Edge 510 with your smartphone, then you will get comprehensive ride data at the same time as saving your phone battery. You may also get real-time weather conditions on the device if it is connected with your smartphone which is useful mainly on longer rides.

Plus points:

  • Device is rugged, waterproof and has a 20-hour battery life
  • Touch screen is awesome
  • Better customization features
  • Follow your rides LIVE as they take place through Garmin Connect
  • Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts and alerts
  • Garmin Connect Mobile app for wireless uploads of activities from your device
  • Supports high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS satellite networks

Minus points:

  • Very expensive device

Wahoo RFLKT Vs Garmin Edge 510 – Features comparison:

Screen Size and Display

The new Wahoo RFLKT measures 2.4” long by 1.6” wide by 0.5” thick and weighs just 2 ounces. With this device, use a wireless Bluetooth connection and get all the power of your iPhone in the size of a sleek cycling computer now. Edge 510 features a 2.2″ rugged and customizable color touchscreen. This device adds a full-color touchscreen, a complete redesign of the interface, a major satellite system upgrade, and a slick smartphone connectivity package. When compared to any iPhone and head unit combination, also the new Wahoo RFLKT, Edge 510 is very small. Moreover, the screen display quality of the Edge 510 is extremely better and labels the values.

Touchscreen Navigation and Accuracy

When talking about Touchscreen Navigation, the Garmin Edge 510 is good rather than the button driven navigation of the Wahoo RFLKT. Now coming to Accuracy (Mapping), it has been observed in side by side tests that the maps created by iPhone are much less precise than anything created by Garmin Edge 510, or any Garmin GPS product for that purpose.

Waterproof and Weather Resistance

The new Wahoo RFLKT head unit is IPX7 certified for riding in all kinds of weather as well as terrain, while the Edge 510 is waterproof, shock-resistant as well as glove friendly.

Battery life

Wahoo RFLKT has a long-lasting, replaceable coin cell battery; so you don’t require any additional cables or recharging. The Edge 510 has a 20 hour battery life; also pairing your device with your smartphone lets you to get comprehensive ride data at the same time as saving your phone battery. The Bluetooth Smart can communicate with the iPhone, however if the iPhone’s battery runs down the Edge 510 head unit will carry on assembling all of your data while the Wahoo RFLKT will not.

Bluetooth Connectivity

The Wahoo RFLKT bike computer has simple wireless connectivity via a Bluetooth 4.0 connection to your iPhone. This bike computer allows you keep your iPhone securely tucked in your pocket, while accessing all of its power through Bluetooth from your handlebars. Garmin’s new GPS bike computer can link-up to a smartphone through Bluetooth and allows friends and family track your rides live online. It means you can upload rides without the need for a PC, check up-to-date weather reports on the device and even live-stream your rides through Garmin’s Connect website.

Comparison of Garmin Edge 510 and Wahoo RFLKT Bike Computers video from youtube:

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