"If you're after a dedicated GPS unit with mapping this is the best one I've tried."
Garmin's Edge 1000 is certainly an improvement over its predecessors. The screen is bigger and easier to read, the base mapping and routing are much improved and the connectivity with other devices makes keeping track of your data a simple job. The resistive touch screen, hardware buttons and simple interface mean it's easy to use in poor conditions and when wearing gloves.
However, there's no getting away from the fact that your phone is likely catching up quickly in its ability to do what the Garmin does. The Edge 1000 offers some advantages and its up to an individual rider to weigh up whether those are worth the considerable outlay.
If you missed our initial unboxing piece you can read it here; that covers the basics of unboxing the Edge 1000 and initial setup and is worth a read. Since then we've been using the Garmin for six months in all conditions, so let's dive straight in to how it's been performing. Starting with the good stuff.
Mapping is better
Garmin have switched from their proprietary base maps (which were pretty poor) to OpenStreetMap-based mapping. OSM is an open-source, collaborative mapping project and unless you're planning to go somewhere incredibly remote, you'll probably find that the maps are complete, and accurate.
Certainly I've had no problems with the base mapping. Everything has been in its right place. The maps are good enough that you can plot yourself a route around an area you don't know just by using the screen on the Garmin. I tested this hypothesis when we spent a week in Italy in October. Both our ride down to the Furlo Gorge and my solo effort up the Cippo Carpegna were routed on the fly, in whole or in part. We didn't end up on a motorway, or in a ditch, or in France. It was pretty straightforward.
For the sake of comparison I also did a couple of rides out in Italy using an openStreetMap app on my phone (Sony Xperia Z1 compact) and that, too, was an effective way to plot a route. The Edge tended to be fine for smaller scale mapping, and the phone, with a much higher resolution screen, did better when looking at a larger area. The maps on the Garmin lose a lot of detail as you zoom out; it's a necessity, because the screen resolution (240 x 400) can't show you all the little roads on a wide view of an area. There's a certain amount of zooming in and out required if you're in unfamiliar territory.
Mapping has improved, and so has routing. Routing has been a bit patchy on Garmin's cycling computers up until now, in my experience, so much so that my default method of following a route on an Edge is simply to upload it to the computer, set it to display on the map, and then just follow the line.
The Edge 1000 is capable of more than that, though. Like its predecessors, it's capable of turn-by-turn navigation over a prescribed route, or of routing you to a location (or a series of locations) by itself. Unlike its predecessors, it does a fairly decent job of it. Probably it's the higher quality base mapping that makes the difference.
Turn-by-turn navigation on a Garmin is a subject on which much has been written, and there's a long list of variables which will influence how (and even if) the guidance follows the route you want.
For the most part, when I'm using navigation on a cycling GPS I'm asking it to direct me along a course I've already chosen. there are myriad ways of making a GPX file containing a ride you want to do; Garmin's own Connect portal will do it, as will any number of third-party websites. I tend to use Strava, although i've also tried RideWithGps, BikeHike, MapMyRide and others. Once you have your file, connecting your Garmin to your computer allows you to drag it into the New Filesfolder and next time you turn it on it'll be available as a route.
If you just want to follow the line on the map, then from there it's a simple case of setting it to display. If you want to ride the route with navigation, you'll need to make sure the settings are correct. I used this tutorial to set up my Edge 1000 for turn-by-turn, and it worked pretty well. As well as turn by turn you can simply set the Garmin to follow the route, and warn you if you stray off it.
The Edge 1000 has another feature, borrowed from the Garmin Edge Touring (and before that we saw it on Mio's Cyclo range): you choose a distance to ride, and the computer will give you a choice of three circular routes. Just pick one, and you can be off on a guided ride in a few clicks.
I've tried this a few times, and it's pretty good. Starting from my house it'll pick out a route that uses similar roads to the ones I'd choose myself, and it's never tried to route me on either a trunk road or any kind of unsurfaced path, so far. In unfamiliar territory it's slightly disconcerting to blindly put your faith in a computer-generated route but again, the results have been good. Lots of lanes and quiet riding. turn-by-turn works well, although the Edge still has some issues with re-routing you if you do go off course. It tends to favour getting you back to where you went wrong, rather than recalculating to bring you back on track. After a while it seems to switch focus, but it takes longer than it should.
It's easy to use in all weathers
One of the main draws of a dedicated GPS like the Edge 1000 over a smartphone is that it's always on, out there in front, doing its thing. Smartphones have come a long way, and many are now sufficiently waterproof that you wouldn't worry about sticking them on your bars with a Quadlock or something similar. The main two drawbacks of the phone-as-GPS solution are the screen and, erm, the screen.
Firstly, smartphone screens use capacitive technology. That means that the screen carries a charge and the natural conductive properties of your finger affect the screen's charge when you touch it. That works very well until you throw something into the mix that affects the screen's ability to discern where your finger is. Out on a bike, in the cold and rain, there are two. Firstly, if you're wearing full-finger gloves then you can't directly touch the screen. If your gloves are dry then they won't work at all, unless they're specifically designed to. Secondly, water is conductive and your phone can be fooled into thinking you're clicking stuff when raindrops fall on the buttons.
The Edge 1000 uses a resistive screen. That means it's looking for the pressure of your finger, not its electric signature. And that means it works the same in all weathers, regardless of whether you're wearing gloves or not. Well, up to a point: giant winter mitts can make the buttons difficult to press, of course.
Secondly, phone screens, with their HD resolution and high output, suck up a lot of power. My Sony Xperia Z1 compact has a very good battery life, but if you set the screen to always on and use it for mapping on the bars the run time does suffer. I do use it as an up-front GPS and when I do I set the screen timeout to a minute or so: enough time to check the map when I need to. The Garmin screen is crude by comparison, but LCD displays are more frugal on power than the OLED screens phones use, and they can be read in daylight without a backlight, extending the battery run time further.
Connectivity and sensors are an improvement
The performance bundle comes with an HRM strap which looks unchanged from previous bundles, and two new sensors for speed and cadence.
The new sensors don't rely on a magnet passing a switch, but instead use accelerometers to determine the rotation of the wheel and the cranks. As such, they're incredibly easy to set up. The cadence sensor attaches with a rubber strap, and the speed sensor has a silicone housing, a bit like a Knog light, that wraps around your hub.
Cadence doesn't need any calibration. One turn of the cranks is one turn of the cranks, after all. The speed sensor needs to know the circumference of your wheel. You can input this manually, but if you don't the Edge 1000 will calibrate the sensor using its GPS data and the rotational data from the sensor. It makes a pretty good job of this in my experience. Once it's calibrated the Edge 1000 takes speed and distance from the sensor rather than from GPS, which makes it more accurate. You can check the stored wheel circumference in the sensor settings.
In use I've not had any issues with either sensor (this post by DC Rainmaker is a good read if you want a more in-depth analysis of the new sensors) and the fact that they require no set up in terms of fiddling with magnets and tolerances means that it's a simple job to switch them from one bike to another, which is a bonus if you have a big fleet and a constant need for data. The speed sensor will work fine on the rear hub so it's good for the turbo trainer, although you'll need to manually calibrate the wheel size if you haven't already ridden outside.
The Edge 1000 uses ANT+ sensors, and will pair with any ANT+ device. That includes various power meters (including Garmin's Vector pedals), weight scales, Shimano's Di2 widget (to display gear data on the Edge), and Garmin's remote switch. You can pair as many things to the Edge 1000 as you like. Displaying the data is simple enough: within each profile (you can set up as many as you need) you can configure five data screens with up to ten metrics on each. The full list of metrics available is enough to fill a small encyclopaedia so I won't list them here, but suffice to say that if it can be measured, and you have an ANT+ sensor capable of measuring it, it can probably be displayed.
One other ANT+ feature of the Edge 1000 is that you can sync it to your Garmin Virb camera – you do have one of those, right? – and use the Edge as a remote control. That works pretty well and it's useful if you have the Virb located somewhere inaccessible: rear facing behind your seat,for example.
The Edge 1000 also has a low-power Bluetooth 4.0 chipset. This is predominantly so that it can pair with a smartphone, because you'll have that in your back pocket, right?
I've been using the Edge 1000 with my Sony Xperia Z1 compact, and I've had no problems connecting and staying connected. The main reason I've set this up is because it makes uploading rides so simple. With the Garmin Connect app on your phone and a Bluetooth connection to the Edge 1000, as soon as you save a ride it's automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect. And because Connect now plays nicely with Strava, from there it's automatically synced to Strava too. It all works very seamlessly.
The Bluetooth tether to your phone also allows you to use Garmin's live tracking via Connect. If your significant other likes to know where you are on a ride, or you're doing a charity hop, or just showing off, you can broadcast your position as you ride using the phone's data connection. I've done this on a number of rides and it works very well; obviously it relies on a data signal being available, so if you're riding through the wilds of Wales or somewhere else with limited coverage, updates will be patchy.
The Bluetooth connection with your phone allows you to sync routes from Garmin Connect to your GPS. This has limited use in the real world in that you can only sync routes that already exist, and you're unlikely to want to get a pre-planned route mid-ride.
Lastly, the Garmin is Bluetooth Smart compatible so it allows you to receive push notifications for weather warnings, text messages, and incoming call alerts, to your Garmin's screen. You can't do anything with them from there, they're information only, and to be honest I haven't had a lot of success in making them show up. It's not a feature I'd use anyway, so it's not a deal-breaker for me that they don't really seem to work that well.
As well as ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0, the Edge 1000 is WiFi enabled. That means you can set it up on your home or work network, and as soon as you get back it can auto-sync your ride data that way instead. You can set up however many networks you need through the Garmin Express software on your computer. That's very handy if you don't go out with your phone, or don't want to sync with it.
Battery life is okay, but could be better
With all these network connections competing for battery resources, and a bigger screen, it's not really a surprise that the Edge 1000 doesn't have quite the same battery life as other Edge units. The stated run time is up to 15 hours, compared to 17 hours for the 810 and 20 hours for the 510. In real world conditions, it's not as much as that.
The extra connectivity options do have an impact on the battery life, but it's the things that are always on – the GPS chipset and the screen – that result in the most battery drain. The screen is bigger than the other Edge units, and that's likely to have a significant impact. The Edge 1000 is better for having it, so it's swings and roundabouts; Garmin could have made the battery bigger but it's already a large unit.
In my real-life usage of the Edge 1000 I've been getting a battery life of between 10 and 12 hours. That's long enough for the vast majority of day rides but if you're off on a weekend tour or a long Audax you'll need to have a recharging strategy if you want the Edge to stay with you until the end. I tend to carry a battery pack on rides like that and it's a simple enough job to plug the Edge in for a quick boost when you're stopped at a café, or overnight.
The screen backlight is the thing that most obviously affects the battery life and if you set it to always on and maximum brightness you'll not get anything like 10 hours out of it. The backlight settings are easy enough to access mid-ride, so you can turn the screen brightness down, or reduce the backlight timeout, mid-ride if you get a low battery warning.
I had one episode in Italy where I left the Edge 1000 outside on the bike in the hot sun, and it turned itself off and wouldn't turn back on again. I'm not really sure if it was protecting itself from the heat or if it was some kind of malfunction, but it was fine the next day and has had no ill effects.
Garmin Connect is good, but segments aren't
The Edge uses a program called Garmin Express to communicate with the Garmin Connect portal. Connect has been comprehensively redesigned in the last year. Your home page now uses a series of cards showing different data that you can re-order or remove. You can find all of your ride data in there, and you can create routes and workouts to upload to your device. You can connect with friends, set yourself goals, track your weight, compile reports of your riding... all sorts of stuff. It's a very fully-featured service. Training plans aren't available at the moment, but they are coming online soon.
Garmin went directly up against Strava with the ability to create and rank yourself for segments: pick a hill, or sprint, or whatever, set the start and finish points and you pick up a time every time you ride it. You can rank yourself against everyone, or people you're connected to. If you're following a route on the Edge 1000 you can ride segments in real time: it'll tell you a segment is coming up, notify you of the start and then give you a virtual partner of the fastest time to chase. It all works pretty well.
Except, of course, that there aren't any segments. Because everyone's using Strava for that. And Connect links seamlessly to Strava now anyway.
Garmin are too late to the party here. Strava launched and offered this functionality, for free, and everyone put their time and effort into manually entering all the segment data into that platform, for free, because it was a new thing. For Garmin to offer more or less the exact same functionality and expect everyone to repeat the work, for free, a second time, is folly. I mean, why would you bother? I went out for a 50km ride the other day and didn't cross a single segment on Connect. The ride shown above above goes up six of Bath's hills, all of which have multiple segments on Strava. Only three of them are even logged once in Connect.
If Garmin want Segments to work then they're going to need a strategy for getting useful data into the system that doesn't rely simply on the goodwill of their users. Strava has too much of a head start now. And Connect plays nice with Strava these days, too: I can upload my ride data to both platforms just by walking into the house. The WiFi connection does the rest.
Overall: the best dedicated GPS yet?
The Edge 1000 isn't perfect but at its core it's a more finished device than it predecessor, the Edge 810. The screen is better, the new sensors are easier to use, and the base mapping and routing are better. Connectivity with a smartphone continues to improve, although that still feels a bit like a work in progress. Battery life is down from the 810, which is a pity, although it'll cope with most day rides you'll be rolling up to. The £499 package we tested, with the new sensors and the HRM strap, is better value than the base unit on its own (£440 RRP) although if you have sensors already you can save yourself the difference; the new sensors aren't so much better that you need to upgrade. The performance bundle and the base unit can be had for a lot less than RRP online.
The Garmin Connect package has improved considerably, although the segments functionality won't fly unless Garmin are willing to invest to populate it. There needs to be a critical mass of segments in there before the average user will feel there's much worth in it.
Garmin are competing against other GPS manufacturers, of course, and although most of the direct competition is at least a bit cheaper, it's the Garmin that feels like the most complete offering. But increasingly they're also fighting with smartphones which can do much that a dedicated GPS can. If you're already carrying a phone, why would you need to fork out the best part of £500 for a separate GPS like this?
There's a few reasons you might want to. You might want to keep your phone charged for emergencies, rather than rely on it for guidance on the road and communication too. You might want a year-round solution that's simple to use even in the worst conditions: smartphones aren't as effective on the bars in a downpour or when you're wearing your lobster mitts. You might want to target rides that your phone battery would struggle to reach then end of, although it has to be said that the gap there has narrowed considerably in the past couple of years.
Overall I've enjoyed using the Edge 1000 and if you're after a dedicated GPS unit with mapping this is the best one I've tried. That's the bottom line; it's up to you to decide whether you need one.
The best dedicated GPS unit yet, but not without its flaws
"Superb navigation with detailed mapping, plus deep feature menu and modern connectivity."
With highly detailed mapping, easy-to-follow navigation aides, a deep menu of ride metrics and three types of wireless connectivity, the Garmin Edge 1000 is the most robust GPS cycling computer we have ever used.
There are a few shortcomings with the Edge 1000 and its accompanying Garmin Connect software, but there are many more things the Edge 1000 does very, very well.
Note: This review was updated Oct. 28 from its original publish date of May 16. Updates include information on battery life, connectivity issues, a potential for the unit to be controlled by Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 lever buttons, and the auto-linking of GarminConnect to sites like Strava and TrainingPeaks.
For starters, the combination of GPS and Glonass positioning systems is screamingly fast, taking a second or two at most to lock onto satellite signals. For those of you with older Edge or other GPS computers who have stood around feeling a little silly while waiting for your computer to 'find' itself, you know this is quick. Similarly, the unit can be put to sleep with a press of the power button on the side, so that waking it back up takes a split second.
The 4oz / 114.5g Edge 1000 is about the size of a smartphone. The 3in color touchscreen, while not iPhone or Samsung quality or size, is sharp with a 240x400 pixel display resolution. The unit itself is 1.5in (3.6cm) wide and 2.6in (6.5cm) tall.
Highs: Excellent mapping and turn-by-turn visuals and instruction; 3in touchscreen that automatically adjusts for light conditions; deep menu of metrics
Lows: Enormous size and price; some mapping options are clearly auto derivatives; battery life is too short for touring or epic training/racing days; one test unit stopped transferring data to/from computers on either USB or Bluetooth - but that unit was replaced for free
Garmin Edge 1000 Navigation
The depth of customization options, while a bit overwhelming at first, allows for personalized presentation of not only how ride data is displayed but how the navigation itself functions. For example, setting the navigation mode to 'Road Cycling' will steer you to your chosen location on streets but not bike paths; 'Tour Cycling' will route you onto bike paths. (We were initially annoyed that a test route skipped bike paths until we figured out this setting.)
he included base maps and Garmin's audio, visual and text prompts for navigation are impressive. Similar to top-of-the-line car GPS systems, the Edge 1000 highlights the route ahead, notifying you with beeps and an on-screen countdown when a turn is approaching. Also similar to a car sat-nav, the Edge 1000 will recalculate if you decide to divert from the chosen course.
While the Edge 810 provides some of this navigation, the Edge 1000 gives you a Google Maps-like ability to scroll around on the base map, zooming in and out to check out both the proverbial forest and the trees of your surroundings. In our testing in Boulder, Colorado, we were surprised to see how not only bike paths but even many sidewalks were highlighted on the map, with bus stops, restaurants and gas stations called out with little icons along the route.
Garmin's strength and experience with auto GPS units is primarily a benefit for the cycling devices, but sometimes the derivative nature is a bit unpolished for those on two wheels. Points of Interest, for example, are clearly pulled straight from auto units, with categories like Shopping, Fuel Services, Air Transportation and Auto Services being largely irrelevant for cyclists.
Setting the place you're trying to navigate to is easy if you have the address or you know the intersection; you just plug in the info and off you go. If you don't have this information, setting your destination isn’t super intuitive at first. Google and Google Maps have raised the expectations for search and navigation so high that it is difficult for a bike-based device to keep up.
For quick “how do I get there?” questions, frankly, a smartphone with Google Maps is easier; you can search for the place such as 'bike shop', then hit directions by bike and be on your way with turn-by-turn instructions in a couple of clicks. But of course, your smartphone will die within about an hour using GPS like this, and you'll either have to mount your smartphone on your bars or hold it. None of these is a great option, in our opinion.
If you don't have an address or an intersection you can use the map, scrolling around with a finger, zooming in or out, and then setting a pin down where you want to go. Also, as with many other GPS computers, you can upload a GPX file of someone else's ride and follow that, turn for turn.
Where the Garmin Edge 1000 truly shines is when you upload a GPX file and follow that. This method combines human knowledge — a route from a buddy — with technological wizardry: real-time, turn-by-turn directions on a beautiful, detailed map that can autocorrect if you steer off route, plus a score of other real-time metrics as you go.
There is also a Route Finder option that suggests an out-and-back or a loop route based on your choice of distance. This process takes about two minutes. In our experience, it created some unusual routes, not typical local rides, but amalgamations of a few of them.
While Garmin claims a battery life of 15 hours, this is based on using it in the lowest battery-using configuration, meaning no Glonass and no navigation. In our experience, we found the battery to last just over five hours when using Glonass and navigation. In this instance, we were training on local roads, so it was just data that was lost - not us. But this would be a bummer riding on foreign roads. Using one of the 1000's counterparts, such as the Garmin Edge 810, you can get much longer battery life when using that unit's less-detailed navigation. As with our smartphones these days, the tradeoff for boosted capability is decreased battery life.
Another issue cropped up about four months into testing: we couldn't get the Edge 1000 to mount on, or communicate with, any computer. This meant no more uploading of rides or — somewhat inconveniently on a big-ride weekend out of the country — downloading routes for navigation onto the unit. After multiple attempts with various computers via USB and Bluetooth, doing a full reset on the unit, and speaking with Garmin, the final solution was returning the unit for a replacement. In our experience and that of friends, Garmin is usually good about replacing faulty product quickly
Garmin Edge 1000 Training
As with the Garmin Edge 810, the Edge 1000 has an enormous menu of training metrics that can be displayed on up to 10 screens that, once configured, you swipe through like a smartphone with the touchscreen. Metrics include variations on speed, altitude, power, heart rate, cadence, calories, gears (for Shimano Di2), distance, time, temperature, sunset time, workout counters and more.
With ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, the Edge 1000 can connect to any external sensor, such as a heart-rate strap, power meter, speed sensor or cadence sensor. With GPS, the Edge 1000 can give you speed and distance without a speed sensor — although engineer types will tell you it isn't as accurate as a dedicated sensor.
You can also load workouts created on Garmin's online software, GarminConnect, onto the Edge 1000 if you want to follow a particular training regimen with computer prompts.
Speaking of GarminConnect, the Edge 1000 can automatically upload completed rides when in range of a paired smartphone. You can then view your ride and some analytic charts and graphs on the smartphone with the Garmin Connect app.
Garmin's software lacks the hearty social elements of Strava or the full analysis of TrainingPeaks. However, the GPS giant recently allowed autolinking of data with those two sites. Once configured, anything uploaded to GarminConnect — which can be done simply by plugging the unit into your computer — will pop up on Strava and/or TrainingPeaks. This addressed one of our initial complaints. ("Garmin seems stubbornly focused on controlling its online ecosystem, however, so transferring data requires a manual download," we wrote in our May review.)
In related news of cross-company collaboration, Shimano and Garmin are discussing — if not already developing — the ability to use the buttons atop Dura-Ace Di2 levers to control Edge computers. At Eurobike, BikeRadar happened to be standing near Shimano engineers as they talked with Garmin staff about the 'happy accident' that the two devices could work together. Both companies are still tight-lipped about further developments.
"We're really impressed with the 1000's functionality."
When Garmin told us that the 1000 was a game changer, we smiled and nodded politely. But the the more we use Garmin's latest bike computer the more we think that really is the case.
We'd say that the 1000 is a slow grower, not because it's complicated or even that we are especially slow, it's that there is so much detail and depth that it takes an age to get to the bottom of it all. For this reason we thought it best
to review where we'd got to so far. The first change you'll notice if you've previously used Garmin head units is that the 1000 has a more sophisticated and classy outer skin. It still utilises the 90-degree twist to attach it to the bike, but
the buttons are more defined and the finish is generally better.
The improvements don't stop there as it has a ·much faster startup with the satellite connection taking just a few seconds, so you don't have to spend time hanging around at the start of a ride. The other major external update is
to the screen - it's now a touch screen so doesn't rely on pressure to activate. Not only does this mean it's easier to scroll through (less so if you're wearing gloves) and has a clearer display, but it's also much harder to scratch, so it
should look good for longer.
As with previous Garmin Edge computers, the menu system is relatively straightforward. In fact, it's something Garmin has improved with the 1000 to make it easy to find your way around. However, as ever with similarly complicated electronics, it sometimes takes Sir Ranulph Fiennes levels of exploration to find what you want. For instance, the display is said to be dual orientation, but we're yet to find the menu to activate it. Thus far battery life is
respectable. With a power meter attached, the background light on, and using mapping as well as Bluetooth connectivity we've managed to get it down to as little as eight hours.
One of the other headline changes is the connection between your smartphone, which means you can get text and call notifications on the 1000 - this may not appeal to every rider, yet few can deny it's seriously clever.
With so much to explore on the Edge 1000 it's still early days for the unit, both for us and for Garmin, as they continue to bring software updates and improvements to the Garmin Connect website and its associated 'sectors' - it's a great tool.
At £439.99 for the basic unit, it's a game changer in terms of cost alone and only you will be able to decide if you need one. But so far, we're really impressed with the 1000's functionality.
"Compared to the Edge 810 it's longer and wider, but it's also thinner and barely any heavier"
Garmin's Edge 810 was pretty much the goto unit if you wanted a combination of GPS, training aid and cycling computer, but wasn't without flaws. This unit aims to improve that, with a larger, higher resolution touchscreen,
new connectivity, improved route planning and Open Cycle Map loaded on as standard. It's available as just the unit or this cycling specific 'Performance' bundle for an extra £60 that includes a heart . rate monitor band, along with
wireless, magnet-free speed and cadence sensors. Compared to the Edge 810 it's longer and wider, but it's also thinner and barely any heavier at 115g versus 97g. Battery life is a whopping claimed 15 hours, but we got slightly less with off-road riding. GPS signal pickup is also much faster than the 810. The unit has ANT+ sensor capability for power meters and so on, a WiFi upload feature and full Bluetooth connectivity, which allows it to display messages and calls from a linked phone as well as uploading data and downloading updates via an app. Garmin's Connect now has segments but sadly KoM chasers can't upload direct to Strava and Connect is sparsely populated compared to the latter.
The Open Source mapping shows off-road tracks including trail centres but for serious detail you'll want proper OS mapping. That can be bought separately and installed via a Micro SD card slot. On the plus side, a new route generation feature allows point and track preference and the unit will generate a circular route. It takes a while to load but works well enough with the turn-by-turn navigation guiding you on a mix of back lanes and bridleways if you constrain it so. The touchscreeh is sharper than before and works well even when gloved. The customisable user interface is also more friendly, with smartphone style slides. We'd like to see a better zoom and pan function on the map overview though.