Product Comparison: Polar V650 vs Garmin Edge 800


General Specifications
About the Product
Analyze every detail of your training with Polar V650 – the smartest cycling computer you’ve ever seen. With the V650 you can follow your ride with integrated GPS and get the most accurate altitude data with a built-in barometric pressure sensor.
Make the most of every ride with Edge 800 — the first touchscreen GPS bike computer. Providing navigation and performance monitoring, Edge 800 is ideal for touring, commuting, competitive cycling and mountain biking.
Brand
Polar
Garmin
Model
V650
Edge 800
Origin
China
Taiwan
Key Specs
Sensors
Barometric altimeter
Barometric altimeter
Type Of Tracking
GPS
GPS
Tracking Details
Speed, Distance, Altitude, Time, Location, Heart rate, Cadence, Power, Grade, Air pressure, Lap time, Calories, Ascent / descent
Time, Distance, Speed, Location, Heart rate, Cadence, Calories
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Polar V650 Cycling Computer
  • This computer designed well, both in aesthetics and build.
  • Duration, speed, heart rate, cadence, distance, and elevation are exactly what I get on the main screen presented as very clear, easy-to-read data under all lighting conditions.
  • Its a very good product, awesome design, features, you can analize a lot of data, power, heart rate, speed, cadence, Love it!
  • There are a lot of preset views that can show speed, elevation, total time, ride time, distance, power (if you pair with compatible power meter), heat rate, averages, maximums, etc.
  • The GPS is not very reliable sometimes. It fails to find satellites in both rural and urban settings for 5-10 minute stretches.
Garmin Edge 800 Cycling GPS Computer-(Certified Refurbished)
  • I have already used it in two MTB races and it has been very accurate.
  • It is accurate, easy to use and read. I love it!
  • So far this thing is awesome. Really enjoy the gps and cadence program.
  • Great bike computer. Easy to use and provides all the info you could need.
  • With the cadence sensor adds a new level of indispensible information to your biking.
Size & Weight
Height
4.13 in.
3.7 in.
Width
2.44 in.
2.0 in.
Depth
0.63 in.
1.0 in.
Weight
4.23 oz.
3.5 oz.
Display
Display Size
2.28" x 1.73"
1.4" x 2.2"
Resolution
240 x 320 pixels
160 x 240 pixels
Touchscreen
Yes
Yes
3D-Map View
No
No
What customers say about "Display"
Polar V650 Cycling Computer
  • Attractive form, good size screen, many many features, good battery life.
  • Color screen is sharp and easy to read.
  • What I wanted and got with the V650 was to have several parameters clearly visible on one screen.
  • Screen is perfectly readable in direct sunlight while wearing polarized sunglasses.
  • Its excellent design and easy-to-read screen with customizable options ensures you won't ever have to wonder whats going on during your ride.
  • The screen is hard to see in daylight, the mount isn't secure and uploading workouts to third party applications is extremely time consuming.
Garmin Edge 800 Cycling GPS Computer-(Certified Refurbished)
  • The display is decent size, but not "iphone" quality.
  • Screen has great viewing in light and dark. Great value for the price!
  • There is not a lot of glare in the sun and it lights enough in the dark to read normally.
  • The maps are very helpful when you are ridding a course. Also the touch screen is very handy.
  • The touch screen is surprisingly easy to use in the cold/wet & bright sunlight.
Features
Maps & Memory
Includes free maps, OpenStreetMap support
Waypoints/favorites/locations 200, Routes: Limited by memory space available, Basemap, Ability to add maps, Riding history up to 180 hours
Realtime Map Updates
Yes
No
Smartphone Compatible
Yes
No
Interfaces
USB, Bluetooth
USB
Environmental Protections
IPX7
IPX7
Extras
Barometer with real-time VAM, Strava Live Segments compatible, Customizable profiles, Polar Flow compatibility
Customizable data pages, Auto Pause, Interval training, Advanced workouts, Auto Lap, Virtual Partner, Auto scroll, Cycling Courses, Time/distance alerts, Garmin Connect, Power meter compatible, Foot pod capable
What customers say about "Features"
Polar V650 Cycling Computer
  • GPS lock is quick, Bluetooth connectivity ties in with my HR monitor and speed/cadence sensor.
  • Offline maps are a great feature for tracking route. Haven't successfully used route guidance as its limited in functionality as only can import from Polar's flow.
  • I've linked it to Bluetooth a heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, and speed sensor and they've worked well.
  • Great product all in all, big color display visible in direct sun light, syncs well with polar cadence sensor.
  • The heart rate sensor has now failed and will not pair up. Its warranty only 30 days.
  • The display screen might change, the bike profile change from 1 to 2, cadence or heart sensors fail to pair up or drop out.
  • This item will not sync with Windows based pc, no matter what I did it would not sync.
Garmin Edge 800 Cycling GPS Computer-(Certified Refurbished)
  • It has worked great both inside on a trainer and outdoors. Picks up location very quickly and connected easily to my Wahoo HRM, cadence and speed sensors.
  • The graphic depiction showing changes in elevation was a nice touch as well when reviewing our effort at the end of the day.
  • The edge 800 is exactly what I need - interactive, lots of data to geek out over but that I don't really need, separate bike profiles, and easily programmed gps navigation.
  • The customizable screens are great and it's nice to know its not all in my head when I think it feels way colder than it is (like weather.com said).
  • he ability to upload routes is a feature I found very handy this past week as I was able to have the route set to take us directly to our camp sites at the end of each day.
Battery
Battery Life
10 hours
15 hours
Battery Type
Rechargeable li-polymer
Rechargeable lithium-ion
What customers say about "Battery"
Polar V650 Cycling Computer
  • Battery life is decent, The drain is about 10% per hour of riding with map and full backlight.
  • It works well in the heat, has good battery life and shows accurate speed, distance and HR.
  • It really works well, interface is well designed, battery life is impressive, no issues with syncing.
  • Finally, the battery seems to hold up well and I only lose a few percent of the charge on a 90-120 minute ride, for example.
  • The battery life is poor and the bike mount is cheap. I was able to use the computer on 4 rides before the battery stopped recharging.
Garmin Edge 800 Cycling GPS Computer-(Certified Refurbished)
  • I do RAGBRAI every year and this was so great to have! The battery lasts about 12 hrs of running it straight through.
  • The battery life is also great, using it for up to 12 hours per day, with at least 20% battery remaining at the end of each day. Charges quickly too.
  • Had mine for couple years now battery life is amazing over 100 miles 45% etc best computer device on the market :)
  • Battery life even with the backlight permanently on is very good. I lose about 15%-20% charge after a 90min ride with the backlight fully on.
  • The battery seems to be amazing, i've never run out and on a 3% charge i've managed to get it to run for 1hour with the screen on lowest setting, just to track my ride.
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications
CE
FCC, IC
Manufacturer warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
249.95 $


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