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 Run Trainer GPS 1.0
Timex Run Trainer GPS 2.0
TomTom Multisport
TomTom Multisport Cardio
TomTom Runner
TomTom Runner Cardio

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated May 23rd, 2014 @ 5:46 amNew Window
Price$150.00$199.00
Product Announcement DateJun 25, 2012APR 17, 2013
Actual Availability/Shipping DateJul 5, 2012JUL 24, 2013
GPS Recording FunctionalityNoYes
Data TransferANT AgentUSB/Bluetooth Smart
WaterproofingYesATM5 (50m roughly)
Battery Life1 Year10hrs
Recording Interval1-Second1-second
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerN/AYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionN/AExcellent
AlertsNoVibrate/Sound/Visual
Backlight GreatnessOKGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoNo
ConnectivityGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoNo
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingNoYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)NoNo
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)NoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Designed for cyclingNoYes
Power Meter CapableN/ANo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableN/AYes
RunningGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Designed for runningNoYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)N/AInternal accelerometer
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)N/ANo
VO2Max EstimationN/ANo
Race PredictorN/ANo
Recovery AdvisorN/ANo
Run/Walk ModeN/ANo
SwimmingGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Designed for swimmingYesYes
Openwater swimming modeNoNo (Swimcap only
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesYes
Record HR underwaterNoNo
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)NoNo
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYes
Indoor Drill ModeYesNo
Indoor auto-pause featureNoNo
Change pool sizeYesYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths18y/17m to 150y/m15m-50m
Ability to customize data fieldsYesYes
Can change yards to metersYesYes
Captures per length data - indoorsYesYes
Indoor AlertsYesGoals only
TriathlonGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Designed for triathlonNoYes
Multisport modeN/ANo
WorkoutsGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Create/Follow custom workoutsNoNo
On-unit interval FeatureNoYes (as of Oct 17th, 2013)
Training Calendar FunctionalityNoNo
FunctionsGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Auto Start/StopN/ANo
Virtual Partner FeatureNoYes
Virtual Racer FeatureNoYes
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)NoiOS (Android Sept 2014)
Day to day watch abilityYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNo
GeocachingNoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNo
NavigateGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)N/ANo
Markers/Waypoint DirectionN/ANo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)N/ANo
Back to startN/ANo
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationN/ANo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitN/ANo
SensorsGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Altimeter TypeN/AGPS (Barometric for Performance Bundle)
Compass TypeN/ANone
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleNoYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableNoNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableN/ANo
ANT+ Footpod CapableN/ANo, has internal accelerometer
ANT+ Power Meter CapableN/ANo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNo, has internal accelerometer
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsN/ANo
SoftwareGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
PC ApplicationGTCMySports Connect
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectTomTom MySports
Phone AppGarmin FitNo
Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
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