DC rainmakers article calling out Garmin's inability to make their devices actually work is pretty bang on. At this point if someone told me that Wahoo or another company actively has spies working at garmin sabotaging their efforts I would believe it since that is as good of an explanation as any. I got my 530 when they were released and I couldn't have been happier. Unlike my 820, everything just worked. As far as I was concerned, it was the perfect bike computer. Now after several updates to both the gps firmware and the OS, garmin have bricked some key functions for me. I am very close to joining the many who have left Garmin for wahoo in search of a product that actually works. I'm not using any of the public betas, but I am using the latest gps frimware as well as garmin OS.
My main two issues are two things that are very important to me that just don't work anymore 1) connection to my iphone and 2) strava live segments. This couldn't be more frustrating since they worked perfectly out of the box.
1). Initially my 530 synced up perfectly with my phone and everything worked perfectly. I never run garmin connect during a ride since its worthless and not worth the battery drain, but text messages and alerts from my phone showed up on my garmin which is what I wanted. Now my phone connects to my garmin thru garmin connect, but no matter what I do, I can't get text messages to show up on my garmin. I've deleted everything on both my phone and garmin connect and started over, but that didn't change anything, I still can't get any text messages or alerts from my phone to show up on my garmin, despite the fact that Garmin connect syncs up with my phone just fine. If anyone has any solutions please let me know, because if Garmin can't fix this soon, then I am gone.
2) Strava live worked perfectly initially. It was annoying as fork that I had to go in and manually set every segment to use the current KOM as the pace, but once i did that everything worked as well as could be expected. I always run GPS+Glonass. Then garmin did two things that has really messed up strava live. Somehow they made the GPS less accurate with firmware updates. I've tried gps alone, gps plus glonass and gps + Galileo, the results are always the same. The signal jumps all over the place so my time moves every few seconds from way faster than pace to way behind pace (30 seconds or more). This wildly inaccurate jumping highlights the other problem. No matter what I do, I can't simply have the KOM pace as the pace that is displayed. It jumps all over from KOM to my PR to my contacts. I have the auto feature turned off. One of the recent updates seems to poorly attempt to add in a universal pace option, and using that I have moved KOM up to the first choice. Yesterday I checked a strava segment before leaving and it said that KOM was the choice, got to the KOM and it used my PR as the pace option. I just can't understand how a feature that has been in place for several generation of edge computers and used to work flawlessly on my unit, just doesn't work anymore. If anyone has any suggestions on what to fix let me know.