Product Comparison: Garmin Edge 520 vs Garmin Edge 1000

General Specifications
About the Product
GPS Bike Computer Helps You Compete and Compare. Offers in-ride challenges through Strava live segments. Reports cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time when used with power and heart rate. Pairs with compatible ANT+® indoor trainers for data display and control. Tracks Functional Threshold Power (FTP), watts/kg and cycling dynamics when used with Vector™ or Vector 2 power meters.
Bike Computer for Competing, Connecting and Navigating. In-ride competitions through Garmin Connect™ segments. On-road or off-road navigation and points of interest with preloaded Garmin Cycle Map. Input a distance and choose from up to 3 round-trip ride options. Instant uploads to Garmin Connect™ Mobile to analyze and share.
Edge 520
Edge 1000
Key Specs
Barometric altimeter
Barometric altimeter
Type Of Tracking
Tracking Details
Distance, Speed, Time, Location, Calories
Time, Distance, Speed, Location, Calories, Heart rate, Power phase
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Garmin Edge 520 Bike GPS
  • Easy to use, no issues with connection, great set of items to display.
  • The size/weight is perfect, screen is always legible.
  • I like the size, features and downloads to my iPhone.
  • Great GPS system, perfect size and full of features!
  • Acquires GPS satellites much faster, and the Glonass is very good to have as well.
Garmin Edge 1000 Color Touchscreen GPS
  • Device does everything thing that you expect from a Garmin with a great display, speed and intuitive navigation.
  • The best large GPS bike computer. User interface is due for an update but this computer still cannot be beat. Easy to pair with accessories like power meter, phone, etc.
  • The additional support for Bluetooth connectivity to your cellphone, built-in Wi-Fi and LiveTrack makes this everything you need.
  • Superb, that thing detects everything possible, great device.
  • I can't get an accurate heart rate, the screen freezes too often and I missed the return date by a day.
Size & Weight
2.9 in.
4.4 in.
1.9 in.
2.3 in.
0.8 in.
0.8 in.
2.1 oz.
4.0 oz.
Display Size
1.4” x 1.9”
1.5" x 2.6"
200 x 265 pixels
240 x 400 pixels
3D-Map View
What customers say about "Display"
Garmin Edge 520 Bike GPS
  • I like the compact size, yet still a big display.
  • Display is bright, and I was surprised how readable it is considering it's color display.
  • The larger display compared to the wrist models is great, and it has true mapping capabilities.
  • Screen size is good. Not too big and not too small. It has enough squares to get the information I want on the screen.
  • There was so little contrast on the display that it was practically unreadable no matter the lighting.
Garmin Edge 1000 Color Touchscreen GPS
  • Coupled with the brilliant display and large screen size, the outer design characteristics of the Edge 1000 is far superior to other models.
  • The display was easy to see, it alerts you when turns are coming up and counts down the distance to the turn.
  • If you're using it to display data it's great. The high resolution improves the display more than I expected from the 800/810 series.
  • At first glance at the Edge 1000, its screen size is quite impressive!
  • The screen is very easy to see and read in midday sun and the screen size makes it easy to put a lot of data up or less with huge fonts.
Maps & Memory
Waypoints/favorites/locations 200, Riding history up to 180 hours
Waypoints/favorites/locations 200, Routes: 100 Courses, Riding history up to 200 hours, Ability to add maps, Basemap, Storage and Power Capacity
Realtime Map Updates
Smartphone Compatible
USB, Bluetooth
USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Environmental Protections
Customizable data pages, Auto Pause, Interval training, Advanced workouts, Auto Lap, Virtual Partner, Auto scroll, Cycling Courses, Time/distance alerts, Compatible with Vector™, Foot pod capable, Power meter compatible, Garmin Connect, Automatic sync, Compatible with Varia™ bike radar and lights, Edge® remote compatibility
Customizable data pages, Auto Pause, Interval training, Advanced workouts, Auto Lap, Virtual Partner, Auto scroll, Cycling Courses, Time/distance alerts, Cycle Map, Compatible with Vector™, Power meter compatible, Garmin Connect, Automatic sync
What customers say about "Features"
Garmin Edge 520 Bike GPS
  • With the auto scroll setup I'm able to see more data and my route.
  • I'm using bluetooth to sync to my phone and finding the Garmin Android app to be much more useful than it was with the Garmin 25.
  • With my mobile phone's bluetooth, I'm able to effortlessly synch my ride to garmin connect and auto upload it to my Strava account.
  • I added a speed transmitter primarily for indoor training, then I added a rpm transmitter and I just added a heart rate monitor transmitter. The information it supplies me is great.
  • Constantly says I'm off course when I'm using a pre-planned route.
Garmin Edge 1000 Color Touchscreen GPS
  • The additional features such as the route mapping allows you to create routes based on your pre-determined distance. This is helpful when you are riding in an area you are not familiar with.
  • This is an amazing instrument for a cyclist. I have entered several courses into it, and it guides me exactly where I need to go.
  • Another great feature that Garmin has added to the Edge 1000 is the fact that the unit comes pre-loaded with detailed street maps and can plan routes on the fly.
  • The stupid Virtual Partner can't be turned off, and as a result, it spends much more battery.
  • Still have lots of Bluetooth dropout issues with my edge and smartphone.
Battery Life
15 hours
15 hours
Battery Type
Rechargeable lithium-ion
Rechargeable lithium-ion
What customers say about "Battery"
Garmin Edge 520 Bike GPS
  • After 3 hours of use the battery is on track to last about 10 hours with gps.
  • One thing that I have enjoyed is the long battery life. I ride about 140 miles a week which takes 7+ hours and only have to charge it about once every other week.
  • Love this, battery life is great.
  • At night there is a backlight that does drain the battery somewhat rapidly.
  • Battery runs down after only 3 or so hours, so it has to be charged after every ride.
Garmin Edge 1000 Color Touchscreen GPS
  • The battery life is shorter than the 800 but still plenty for a very, very long day of riding.
  • Battery life didn't seem like it would hardly ever be an issue.
  • Battery doesn't last an all day ride. Very disappointing.
  • I like everything about this device except for the poor battery life.
  • Unfortunately, the battery life is terrible. I only get 6-7 hours before the unit dies.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
249.99 $
499.99 $

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