Product Comparison Calculator

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This Product Comparison Calculator will allow you to compare products in one of two ways. Choose from the two dropdown menus below to auto-populate the product boxes with results, or click on the product boxes to activate your own personalized choices. Once the product boxes are shaded per your liking, click the “COMPARE NOW” button to retrieve a customized product comparison graph.

Currently there are four product types:

- Watches (and bike computers)
- Trainers (cycling)
- Activity monitors (things like Fitbits and step counters)
- Power meters (cycling)
- Action Cams (things like GoPro’s and the like)

For trainers, the focus is primarily on computer-integrated trainers that provide resistance control. Additionally, like the watches I only include units that I’ve personally reviewed and/or used.

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Note: While many running watches have a basic bike mode, only running units that are multi-sport focused are also included in the bike-only results (in addition to bike-specific units). Hiking units are those that include a Barometric Altimeter, Magnetic Compass and navigational functions.

Or select products for comparison by clicking the product boxes below:

Adidas Smart Run GPS
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
CycleOps Joule 2.0 (Original)
CycleOps Joule GPS
FINIS Swimsense
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin Edge 200
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 510
Garmin Edge 705
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge Touring (Normal)
Garmin Edge Touring (Plus)
Garmin Fenix
Garmin Fenix2
Garmin Forerunner 10
Garmin Forerunner 110
Garmin Forerunner 15
Garmin Forerunner 210
Garmin Forerunner 220
Garmin Forerunner 305
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 410
Garmin Forerunner 60/70
Garmin Forerunner 610
Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Swim
Garmin Tactix
Leikr GPS
Magellan Echo
Magellan Switch & Switch Up
Mio Alpha Optical HR Monitor
Motorola Motoactv
Nike+ GPS Sportwatch
O-Synce Navi2Coach
Polar RC3
Polar RCX3
Polar RCX5
Polar V650
Polar V800
Soleus 1.0 GPS
Soleus 2.0 GPS
Suunto Ambit
Suunto Ambit2
Suunto Ambit2 R
Suunto Ambit2 S
Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0 GPS
Timex Global Trainer
Timex Marathon GPS
Timex One GPS+
Timex Run Trainer GPS 1.0
Timex Run Trainer GPS 2.0
Timex Run x20 GPS
Timex Run x50
TomTom Multisport
TomTom Multisport Cardio
TomTom Runner
TomTom Runner Cardio

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated August 14th, 2014 @ 10:03 amNew Window
Price$399$399.00$450.00$449
Product Announcement DateSEPT 16, 2013OCT 4, 2011Oct 22, 2013Jan 6th, 2014
Actual Availability/Shipping DateOCT 31, 2013JAN-APR 2012Nov 2013May 2014
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYesYes
Data TransferUSB, WiFi, Bluetooth SmartANT+ WirelessUSB & Bluetooth SmartBluetooth/USB
Waterproofing50mYes - 50mYes - 50mYes - 30m
Battery Life10 hours20 Hours50 hoursUp to 50 hours
Recording Interval1-second & Smart1s or SmartVariable1s
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYes, 7 daysNoNoSorta, predictive but not cached.
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGreatGoodGood
AlertsAudio/Visual/VibrateVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/Sound/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreatGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNoNoNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoNoNoYes
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoVia Wahoo Fitness AdapterNoNo
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingYesVia Wahoo Fitness AdapterYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)NoNoYesNo
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesNoNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Designed for cyclingBarely (Speed mode only)YesYesYes
Power Meter CapableNoYesNoLate August 2014
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsN/AYesN/ATBA
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFN/AYesN/ATBA
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableNot initiallyYesYesYes
RunningGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Designed for runningYesYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)Yes (internal accelerometer)YesYesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)YesNoNoNo
VO2Max EstimationYesNoNoYes
Race PredictorYesNoNoNo
Recovery AdvisorYesNoNoYes
Run/Walk ModeYesYesNoNo
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Designed for swimmingNo (protected though just fine)YesNoYes
Openwater swimming modeN/AYesN/ANo, details 'Later 2014'
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingN/AYesN/ANo, details 'Later 2014'
Record HR underwaterNoNoN/AYes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AYesN/AN/A
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AYesN/AN/A
Indoor Drill ModeN/ANoN/AN/A
Indoor auto-pause featureN/ANoN/AN/A
Change pool sizeN/AYesN/AN/A
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsN/A20m/22y to 100y/mN/AN/A
Ability to customize data fieldsN/AYesN/AN/A
Can change yards to metersN/AYesN/AN/A
Captures per length data - indoorsN/AYesN/AN/A
Indoor AlertsN/AYesN/AN/A
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Designed for triathlonNoYesNoYes
Multisport modeNoYesN/AYes
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesYes (As of Dec 6, 2013)Yes
On-unit interval FeatureYesYesYes (As of Dec 6, 2013)No
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesNoNoYes
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Auto Start/StopYesYesYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYesYesYesYes
Virtual Racer FeatureNoYesNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesNoNoNo
Day to day watch abilityYesNoYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNoYesNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoYesNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNoYesNo
GeocachingNoNoYesNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNoNoNo
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)NoYesYesSorta
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoNoYesYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNoNo
Back to startNoYesYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoNoYesYes (but requires pre-create on computer)
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
Altimeter TypeGPSBarometricBarometricBarometric
Compass TypeN/AGPSMagneticMagnetic
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesYesNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYes (as of June 20th, 2014)YesYesNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesYesNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoYesNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoYesNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoYesNoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNoYesNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNoNo
Di2 Shifting IntegrationNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoNoNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoNoNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNoNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNoNoLate August 2014
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNoYesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNoYesNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsMarch 2014YesNoLater 2014
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 620Garmin Forerunner 910XTGarmin TactixPolar V800
PC ApplicationGarmin Express FitGTC/ANT AgentBasecampPolar Flowsync
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectPolar Flow
Phone AppGarmin Connect MobileiOS/AndroidGarmin BasecampPolar Flow
Ability to Export SettingsYesNoYes (profiles XML)No
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