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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 Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated September 13th, 2018 @ 1:33 amNew Window
Price$399$449$319$499
Product Announcement DateFeb 20, 2014Jan 6th, 2014APR 29, 2013July 10th, 2014
Actual Availability/Shipping DateMarch 2014May 2014May 2013Sept 2014
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYesYes
Data TransferUSB/Bluetooth SmartUSB, BLUETOOTH SMARTUSBUSB & Bluetooth Smart
WaterproofingYes - 50mYes - 30mYes - 100mYes - 100m
Battery Life (GPS)50 HoursUp to 50 hours50 hoursUp to 200 Hours
Recording Interval1S to Variable1sVariableVariable
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesSorta, predictive but not cached.YesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGoodGreatGreat
AlertsVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/Sound/VisualSound/VisualSound/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreatGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNoYesYes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoYesNoMinimal
MusicGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Can control phone musicNoNo
Has music storage and playbackNoNo
Streaming ServicesNo
PaymentsGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Contactless-NFC PaymentsNo
ConnectivityGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesYesNoYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYesNoYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesNoNoNo
Group trackingNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for cyclingYesYesYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesYesYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesYesYesYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesNPNoNo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYesYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesNo
Crash detectionNoNo
RunningGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for runningYesYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYesYes (internal accelerometer)Yes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)YesNoNoNo
Running PowerWith extra sensor
VO2Max EstimationYesYesYesYes
Race PredictorYesYes, via Race PaceNoNo
Recovery AdvisorYesYesYesYes
Run/Walk ModeYes (Added June 13th, 2014)Yes, via timersNoNo
SwimmingGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for swimmingYesYesYesYes
Openwater swimming modeYesYesYesYes
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesYesYesYes
Record HR underwaterNoWith Certain Polar StrapsNoYes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYesYesYes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYesYesYes
Indoor Drill ModeYesNoYesYes
Indoor auto-pause featureNoYesNoNo
Change pool sizeYesYesYesYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths18m/20y to 150y/m20M/Y to 250 m/y15m/y to 1,200m/y15m/y to 1,200m/y
Ability to customize data fieldsYesYesYesYes
Can change yards to metersYesYesYesYes
Captures per length data - indoorsYesYesYesYes
Indoor AlertsYesN/ANoNo
TriathlonGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Designed for triathlonYesYesYesYes
Multisport modeYesYesYesYes
WorkoutsGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesNoNo
On-unit interval FeatureYesYesBarelyBarely
Training Calendar FunctionalityYes (Added June 13th, 2014)YesNoNo
FunctionsGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Auto Start/StopYesYesYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYesYesNoNo
Virtual Racer FeatureNoNoNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)NoNoNoNo
Day to day watch abilityYesYesYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataYesNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)YesNoNoNo
GeocachingYesNoNoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNoNoNo
NavigateGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesYesYesYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesYesYesYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNoNo
Back to startYesYesYes (added Aug 30, 2013)Yes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesYesNoYes
SensorsGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometricBarometric, GPS (FusedAlti)Barometric
Compass TypeMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyNoNo
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesNoYesNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesNoYesNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesNoYesNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesNoYesNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNoNoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlNoNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationNoNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNo (can control VIRB though)no (but can control GoPro)NoNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)NoNo
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)NoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingNoNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoYesNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoYesNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoYesNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoYesNoYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYesYesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)YesNoNoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsNoYesYesYes
SoftwareGarmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SEPolar V800Suunto Ambit2Suunto Ambit3 Peak
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressPolar Flowsync - Windows/MacMoveslink AgentMoveslink Agent
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectPolar FlowMovescountSuunto Movescount
Phone AppiOS/AndroidiOS/AndroidSuunto MovescountiOS/Android
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoYes (online)No
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