Product Comparison Calculator

How to find the right product for you

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
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 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
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 - Updated April 2nd, 2014 @ 5:19 amNew Window
General: Price$150.00$199.00
General: Product Announcement DateJun 25, 2012APR 17, 2013
General: Actual Availability/Shipping DateJul 5, 2012JUL 24, 2013
General: GPS Recording FunctionalityNoYes
General: Data TransferANT AgentUSB/Bluetooth Smart
General: WaterproofingYesATM5 (50m roughly)
General: Battery Life1 Year10hrs
General: Recording Interval1-Second1-second
General: Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerN/AYes
General: Quick Satellite ReceptionN/AExcellent
General: AlertsNoVibrate/Sound/Visual
General: Backlight GreatnessOKGreat
General: Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNo
General: Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoNo
Function/FeatureGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Connectivity: Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoNo
Connectivity: Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingNoYes
Connectivity: Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)NoNo
Connectivity: Live Tracking (streaming location to website)NoNo
Connectivity: Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Connectivity: Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
Cycling: Designed for cyclingNoYes
Cycling: Power Meter CapableN/ANo
Cycling: Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableN/AYes
Function/FeatureGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Running: Designed for runningNoYes
Running: Footpod Capable (For treadmills)N/AInternal accelerometer
Running: Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)N/ANo
Running: VO2Max EstimationN/ANo
Running: Race PredictorN/ANo
Running: Recovery AdvisorN/ANo
Running: Run/Walk ModeN/ANo
Function/FeatureGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Swimming: Designed for swimmingYesYes
Swimming: Openwater swimming modeNoNo (Swimcap only
Swimming: Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesYes
Swimming: Record HR underwaterNoNo
Swimming: Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)NoNo
Swimming: Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYes
Swimming: Indoor Drill ModeYesNo
Swimming: Indoor auto-pause featureNoNo
Swimming: Change pool sizeYesYes
Swimming: Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths18y/17m to 150y/m15m-50m
Swimming: Ability to customize data fieldsYesYes
Swimming: Can change yards to metersYesYes
Swimming: Captures per length data - indoorsYesYes
Swimming: Indoor AlertsYesGoals only
Function/FeatureGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Triathlon: Designed for triathlonNoYes
Triathlon: Multisport modeN/ANo
Workouts: Create/Follow custom workoutsNoNo
Workouts: On-unit interval FeatureNoYes (as of Oct 17th, 2013)
Workouts: Training Calendar FunctionalityNoNo
Functions: Auto Start/StopN/ANo
Functions: Virtual Partner FeatureNoYes
Functions: Virtual Racer FeatureNoYes
Functions: Records PR\\\'s - Personal Records (diff than history)NoNo
Functions: Day to day watch abilityYesYes
Functions: Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNo
Functions: Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNo
Functions: Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNo
Functions: GeocachingNoNo
Functions: Weather Display (live data)NoNo
Function/FeatureGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Navigate: Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)N/ANo
Navigate: Markers/Waypoint DirectionN/ANo
Navigate: Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)N/ANo
Navigate: Back to startN/ANo
Navigate: Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationN/ANo
Navigate: Download courses/routes from phone to unitN/ANo
Sensors: Altimeter TypeN/AGPS (Barometric for Performance Bundle)
Sensors: Compass TypeN/ANone
Sensors: Heart Rate Strap CompatibleNoYes
Sensors: ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableNoNo
Sensors: ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableN/ANo
Sensors: ANT+ Footpod CapableN/ANo, has internal accelerometer
Sensors: ANT+ Power Meter CapableN/ANo
Sensors: ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNo
Sensors: ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
Sensors: ANT+ Remote ControlNoNo
Sensors: ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
Sensors: Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoYes
Sensors: Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoYes
Sensors: Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNo, has internal accelerometer
Sensors: Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNo
Sensors: Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNo
Sensors: Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNo
Sensors: Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsN/ANo
Function/FeatureGarmin SwimTomTom Multisport
Software: PC ApplicationGTCMySports Connect
Software: Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectTomTom MySports
Software: Phone AppGarmin FitNo
Software: Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
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