Well the feature I discovered worked wonderfully for a century ride was pairing with phone in chest pocket and hearing audio directions. Worked great. There are times in varying light when seeing screen prompts can be an issue but audio always worked.
Pairs fast with a variety of devices from SRAM to Shimano, we use Ride with GPS mapping on many organized rides and that works great.
Not having to worry about exhausting battery is wonderful and works with earlier 1030 auxiliary battery so even on long rando rides you will not run out of battery power.
Contrasted with 1030 where we often ran out of juice after 6 hours continuous use this is major leap forward.
I upgraded from the Garmin Edge 1000 to the 1040 Solar.
Much better computer.
1. The display fonts are larger and bolder.
2. The battery is spectacular and the solar charger keeps charging.
3. Everything is better. Too many improvements to mention.
I really did not want to spend so much $$$$ but like anything, you get what you pay for.
I bike alot on my own 20 to 50 miles routinely and having a great computer I never feel I'm riding alone.
Typically i ride road bikes 100-200 miles/week.
I ride during early AM before sunrise, and a couple rides after sunup.
The device is certainly quicker to map rides out on the fly. While the 1030+ had amazing battery life, the 1040 solar takes that even further. Setup was easy thanks to Garmin's new approach to sharing your device data to your new computers.
This device ain't cheap, the screen could be improved, but it's a deal with the devil to make battery life absurd vs the competition.
Would i buy it again, probably, but I'll wait until the next big head unit update.
Using the 1030 for 6 years and now switching to the 1040 for about a month. The 1040 has better screen clarity in bright sunshine. The solar makes a small improvement in power consumption. Screen and field navigation are different (better is a personal interpretation). Garmin Express and Connect are quick to find the new device. The wifi and phone bluetooth are much better and ride data is loaded once the ride is complete. I find that the power down vs device sleep can be annoying since the power down is only an option after a ride is fully completed (back to the home screen).
My recommendation is get the standard model unless you are totally sold on the solar. It is an improvement on other series of Garmin's, but if your happy now it is hard to say how much happier you will be upgrading. I won't go back to the 1030 (will ensure it gets a good new home that will use it).
I've only used it a few times, but so far it works just as easily as it's predecessor. The screen is different, but fairly easy to adapt to. Battery life has been fine for my shorter rides, but the solar recharging definitely is a boost to the overall battery life. I've had it glitch a couple times and not want to shut down properly, so had to hold the power button until it would turn off completely. Same as with my 1030 Edge, so nothing new there.
This is the one I have been waiting for. The battery lasts longer because it charges as you ride. This may be the future and I am glad to play a small part. This is the top of the line Garmin computer and it has every bell & whistle you could ever imagine. How did I ever live with out one?
Having used bike computers as far back as that Avocet shaped like an Oreo, this is like magic. Super fast, ultra clear screen, and solar charging. Itï¿½s not without issue. It will freeze once in a while while shutting down, and it occasionally wonï¿½t cleanly pair with my Stages power meter. Garmin being Garmin, I assume these will be fixed in a firmware update. This computer does everything that Iï¿½d want, and more.