Function/FeatureGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated January 15th, 2014 @ 8:54 pm
Price$199.00$170$349.00
Product Announcement DateOCT 4, 2010APR 2, 2009APR 12, 2011
Actual Availability/Shipping DateOCT 2010JUN 2009APR 15, 2011
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYes
Data TransferUSBANT+ WirelessANT+ Wireless
WaterproofingIPX7YesIPX7
Battery Life10 hours20 Hours8 Hours
Recording IntervalSmart1s or Smart1-second & smart
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerNoNoNo
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGreatGreat
AlertsAudio/VisualVibrate/Sound/VisualAUDIO/VISUAL/VIBRATE
Backlight GreatnessGoodGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNoNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoVia Wahoo Fitness AdapterVia Wahoo Fitness Adapter
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingNoVia Wahoo Fitness AdapterVia Wahoo Fitness Adapter
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)NoNoNo
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)NoNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Designed for cyclingBarely (Speed mode only)YesYes
Power Meter CapableNoYesNo
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsN/AYesN/A
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFN/ANoN/A
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableNoYesYes
RunningGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Designed for runningYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)NoNoNo
VO2Max EstimationNoNoNo
Race PredictorNoNoNo
Recovery AdvisorNoNoNo
Run/Walk ModeNoNoYes
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Designed for swimmingNoPartialNo
Openwater swimming modeN/AYesN/A
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingN/ANoN/A
Record HR underwaterNoNoNo
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/ADistance, no strokeN/A
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/ANoN/A
Indoor Drill ModeN/ANoN/A
Indoor auto-pause featureN/ANoN/A
Change pool sizeN/ANoN/A
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsN/ANoN/A
Ability to customize data fieldsN/ANoN/A
Can change yards to metersN/ANoN/A
Captures per length data - indoorsN/ANoN/A
Indoor AlertsN/ANoN/A
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Designed for triathlonNoYesNo
Multisport modeNoYesNo
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Create/Follow custom workoutsNoYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureYesYesYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityNoNoNo
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Auto Start/StopNoYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureNoYesYes
Virtual Racer FeatureNoNoYes
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)NoNoNo
Day to day watch abilityYesNoYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNoNo
GeocachingNoNoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNoNo
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)NoYesNo
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoNoNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNo
Back to startNoYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoNoNo
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
Altimeter TypeGPSGPSGPS
Compass TypeN/AGPSN/A
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableNoYesYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoYesNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoYesYes
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNoNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNoNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNoNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsYesYesYes
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 210Garmin Forerunner 310XTGarmin Forerunner 610
PC ApplicationGTCGTC/ANT AgentGTC/ANT Agent
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin Connect
Phone AppGarmin FitGarmin FitGarmin Fit
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNo
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