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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 eight product types:

– Watches (and bike computers!!!!)
– Trainers (for cycling indoors)
– Activity monitors (things like Fitbits and step counters)
– Power meters (for cycling)
– Action Cams (things like GoPro’s and the like)
– Heart Rate Sensors (Straps and Optical sensors that measure HR)
– Trainer Apps (for cycling indoors on trainers)
– Drones (primarily sport focused options)

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
Apple Watch Series 2 & Nike+ Edition
Apple Watch Series 3
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple Watch Series 5
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
COROS APEX
CycleOps Joule 2.0 (Original)
CycleOps Joule GPS
Epson ProSense 307
Epson SF-810
FINIS Swimsense
Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Surge
Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa Lite
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
Garmin Edge 130
Garmin Edge 130 Plus
Garmin Edge 20
Garmin Edge 200
Garmin Edge 25
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 510
Garmin Edge 520
Garmin Edge 520 Plus
Garmin Edge 530
Garmin Edge 705
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge 820
Garmin Edge 830
Garmin Edge Explore
Garmin Edge Touring (Normal)
Garmin Edge Touring (Plus)
Garmin Epix
Garmin Fenix
Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Series
Garmin Fenix 6 Series
Garmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SE
Garmin Fenix3
Garmin Fenix3 HR
Garmin Forerunner 10
Garmin Forerunner 110
Garmin Forerunner 15
Garmin Forerunner 210
Garmin Forerunner 220
Garmin Forerunner 225
Garmin Forerunner 230
Garmin Forerunner 235
Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Garmin Forerunner 25
Garmin Forerunner 305
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Garmin Forerunner 35
Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 410
Garmin Forerunner 45/45S
Garmin Forerunner 60/70
Garmin Forerunner 610
Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin Forerunner 630
Garmin Forerunner 645/645 Music
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin Forerunner 935
Garmin Forerunner 945
Garmin Instinct
Garmin Instinct Solar
Garmin MARQ Athlete
Garmin Swim
Garmin Swim 2
Garmin Tactix
Garmin Venu
Garmin Vivoactive
Garmin Vivoactive 3
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Garmin Vivoactive 4
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin Vivosport
Hammerhead Karoo
Leikr GPS
Lezyne Mega-C GPS
Magellan Echo
Magellan Switch & Switch Up
Microsoft Band 2
Mio Alpha Optical HR Monitor
Motorola Motoactv
Nike+ GPS Sportwatch
O-Synce Navi2Coach
Polar A300
Polar Ignite GPS
Polar M200
Polar M400
Polar M430
Polar M450
Polar M460
Polar M600
Polar RC3
Polar RCX3
Polar RCX5
Polar Unite
Polar V650
Polar V800
Polar Vantage M
Polar Vantage V
Samsung Galaxy Active
SIGMA ROX 12 SPORT
Soleus 1.0 GPS
Soleus 2.0 GPS
Stages Dash
Stages Dash L50
Stages Dash M50
Suunto 3 Fitness
Suunto 5
Suunto 7 Wear OS Watch
Suunto 9 Baro
Suunto Ambit
Suunto Ambit2
Suunto Ambit2 R
Suunto Ambit2 S
Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Suunto Spartan Ultra
Timex Cycle Trainer 2.0 GPS
Timex Global Trainer
Timex Marathon GPS
Timex One GPS+
Timex R300 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
TomTom Spark
TomTom Spark 3/Runner 3
Wahoo ELEMNT
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated June 28th, 2020 @ 9:12 amNew Window
Price$249$299$249$249$299/$349
Product Announcement DateSEPT 16, 2013May 12th, 2015Oct 21st, 2015Oct 21st, 2015Apr 30th, 2019
Actual Availability/Shipping DateOCT 31, 2013July 2015November 2015November 2015Apr 30th, 2019
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYesYesYes
Data TransferUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB, Bluetooth Smart, WiFi (Only Music has WiFi)
Waterproofing50 Meters50 Meters50 Meters50 Meters50 Meters
Battery Life (GPS)10 hours7-10 hours16 hoursUp to 16 hoursUp to 24hrs regular GPS, 24hrs+ for UltraTrac
Recording IntervalSMART RECORDING (VARIABLE)SMART RECORDING (VARIABLE)1-second & Smart1-second & Smart1-second, Smart, UltraTrac
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYes, 7 daysYes, 7 daysYesYesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGreatGreatGreatGreat
AlertsVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUALVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUALVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUALVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUALVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUAL
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreatGoodGoodGood
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNoYesYesYes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoYesYesYesYes
MusicGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Can control phone musicYesYesYes
Has music storage and playbackNoNoYes (Music version)
Streaming ServicesSpotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio
PaymentsGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Contactless-NFC PaymentsNo
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesYesYesYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)NoNoYesYesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesYesYesYesYes
Group trackingNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNoNoYes (via phone)
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Designed for cyclingBarely (Speed mode only)Barely (Speed mode only)YesYesYes
Power Meter CapableNoNoWITH SOME CONNECT IQ APPS (BUT CANNOT RECORD DATA)WITH SOME CONNECT IQ APPS (BUT CANNOT RECORD DATA)WITH SOME CONNECT IQ APPS (BUT CANNOT RECORD DATA)
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableNoNoYesYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceNoNoNoNo
Crash detectionYes
RunningGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Designed for runningYesYesYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)Yes (also has internal accelerometer)Yes (also has internal accelerometer)YES (Also has INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)YES (Also has INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)YES (Also has INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)NoNoNoNoYes (with accessory)
Running PowerNo
VO2Max EstimationNoNoYesYesYes
Race PredictorNoNoYesYesYes
Recovery AdvisorNoNoYesYesYes
Run/Walk ModeYesYesYesYesYes
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Designed for swimmingNo (protected though just fine)No (protected though just fine)No (protected though just fine)No (protected though just fine)Yes
Openwater swimming modeN/AN/AN/AN/ANo
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingN/AN/AN/AN/AYes
Record HR underwaterNoN/AN/AN/ANo
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AN/AN/AN/AYes
Indoor Drill ModeN/AN/AN/AN/AYes
Indoor auto-pause featureN/AN/AN/AN/ANo
Change pool sizeN/AN/AN/AN/AYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsN/AN/AN/AN/A14M/15Y TO 150Y/M
Ability to customize data fieldsN/AN/AN/AN/AYes
Can change yards to metersN/AN/AN/AN/AYes
Captures per length data - indoorsN/AN/AN/AN/AYes
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Designed for triathlonNoNoNoNoNo
Multisport modeNoNoNoNoNo
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesYesYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureYesYesYesYesYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesYesYesYesYes
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Auto Start/StopYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureNoNoNoNoYes
Virtual Racer FeatureNoNoNoNoYes
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesYesYesYesYes
Day to day watch abilityYesYesYesYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNoNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NonONoNoNo
GeocachingNonONoNoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNoYesYEsYEs
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)NoNoNoNoYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoNoNoNoNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNoNoNo
Back to startNoNoYesYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoNoNoNoYes
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
Altimeter TypeGPSGPSGPSGPSGPS
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyNoYesNoYEsYEs
Pulse Oximetry (aka Pulse Ox)Yes
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYES (ALSO INTERNAL OPTICAL HR SENSOR)YesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableNoNoYesYesYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNoNoNONO
ANT+ Lighting ControlNoNoNOYes
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationNoNoNOYes
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNoNONO
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNoYES FOR GARMIN VIRBYES FOR GARMIN VIRBYES FOR GARMIN VIRB
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNoNONO
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)YesYes
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)NoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingNonONoNONO
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoNoNoNOYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoNoNoNOYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNoNoNOYes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNoNoNONO
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNoNoNONO
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNoYES (TEMPE)YES (TEMPE)YES (TEMPE)
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsNoNoTBDTBD-
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 230Garmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin Express
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin Connect
Phone AppiOS/AndroidiOS/AndroidiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/Windows Phone
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNoNoNo
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