Here I am contemplating the purchase of a Garmin Edge 705 [with cadence, heart rate monitor, and maps for $600], when I have a Garmin Edge 305 with all but the mapping, and along comes ColoradoDennis [thanks to Mr. Giraldo for the pictures] with a device [Apple’s new 3Gs iPhone] that gives me what I want from the 705 [mapping] in a phone, with camera, an Internet access [in coverage areas] for $199 and an AT&T 2-year rate plan.
Granted, I would incur the cost of AT&T service that I would not have to have with a Garmin 705; but, I’ll have a phone, a still & video camera and the ability to easily email pictures, mapping, etc. Dennis has certainly given me more to think about. I should not let the fact that I have an iPod Touch get in the way.
You saw the 6 photos I received via email from Dennis’ 3G. You see the metrics available to him for the picture to the right. You can read about the app [B-icycle ~ The Cyclometer for your iPhone] here. Plus there are many other cool apps [a gear-inch caculator for example] for the iPhone & iPod Touch that are cycle related.
So, what do you think? Isn’t this a no-brainer, given the exorbitant cost of the Edge 705 [when I have a 305] versus the cool features [more cycle apps] and potential of a new iPhone.
On another note, in January I published an article discussing the merits of the iPhone versus a Blackberry. Rereading that may also help. At that point, I was in the Blackberry corner as a device that had better software to blog to WordPress.com. Now I need to review the linked articles again, although as a cyclometer, I’m seeing the "edge" [no pun intended] in software to the iPhone. After all, the two machines are different in concept.
I’m hoping Dennis will chime in soon…