Received the 830… this is night and day… i much prefer the 830 and the higher price is well deserved:
I feel the software and menus are more polished:
navigating the complex menues is much easier, already just holding the back symbol on the screen brings you back all the way to the top menu… on the 530 it is 100 button presses…
the topp screen offers the Acitivity Profile, and also Navigation, Training, IQ Apps and access to Settings all at the same time… on the 530 it is only the Activity Profile and all else needs a button press just to reach the option. On the 830 you click on the above named options directly from the Home Screen
I can change more or less anything on the 830, another example: Training/Power Zones. Granted: not to be changed too much… but still, just another example how much more options the 830 offers and how independent of the phone it can be used
naturally a touchscreen is better for direct input for the navigation on the map… yes I can use the mobile phone, but to do a quick detour just touching a point on the map is just easy.
I also appreciate that I can quickly plan a course on the map itself… with waypoints! (on the 530 not possible, just setting a destination and then navigating)
I know, also POI are something which seems unnecessary at first glance. But just to be able to look for the next gas station and follow the navigation without the need to work the phone seems ok to me
I very much appreciate that I can build my own workouts on the device itself, with intervall, with levels etc…
there is even a whole calendar and training plan overview in the respective section… this is no way near as sophisticated on the 530
So in general much more options and way easier using the device.
I know - all that works on a mobile too and can be sent to the 530… but I prefer not to have my smartphone with me all the time and be dependent on the phone. I appreciate having a device which is also standalone by itself.
Eventually I am not saying the 530 is a bad device, not at all - quite excellent actually. But the mushy and weird buttons on my copy spoiled the otherwise surprisingly good impression a lot. For me having both side by side the 830 is the better choice.