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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
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
CycleOps Joule 2.0 (Original)
CycleOps Joule GPS
Epson ProSense 307
Epson SF-810
FINIS Swimsense
Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Surge
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin Edge 20
Garmin Edge 200
Garmin Edge 25
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 510
Garmin Edge 520
Garmin Edge 705
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge 820
Garmin Edge Touring (Normal)
Garmin Edge Touring (Plus)
Garmin Epix
Garmin Fenix
Garmin Fenix2/Fenix2 SE
Garmin Fenix3
Garmin Fenix3 HR
Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X)
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 25
Garmin Forerunner 305
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Garmin Forerunner 35
Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 410
Garmin Forerunner 60/70
Garmin Forerunner 610
Garmin Forerunner 620
Garmin Forerunner 630
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin Forerunner 935
Garmin Swim
Garmin Tactix
Garmin Vivoactive
Garmin Vivoactive 3
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin Vivosport
Leikr 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 M200
Polar M400
Polar M430
Polar M450
Polar M600
Polar RC3
Polar RCX3
Polar RCX5
Polar V650
Polar V800
Soleus 1.0 GPS
Soleus 2.0 GPS
Stages Dash
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 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

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated January 15th, 2014 @ 8:54 pmNew Window
PriceDiscontinued$170$150.00
Product Announcement DateJAN 3, 2006APR 2, 2009JAN 25, 2010
Actual Availability/Shipping DateFEB 2006JUN 2009JUN 23, 2010
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYes
Data TransferUSBANT+ WirelessUSB
WaterproofingIPX7Yes50 Meters
Battery Life (GPS)10 Hours20 Hours15 hours
Recording Interval1s or Smart1s or Smart2-Second
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerNoNoNo
Quick Satellite ReceptionOKGreatGreat
AlertsSound/VisualVibrate/Sound/VisualSound/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGoodGreatGood
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNoNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoVia Wahoo Fitness AdapterNo
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingNoVia Wahoo Fitness AdapterNo
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)NoNoNo
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)NoNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Designed for cyclingYesYesYes
Power Meter CapableNoYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsN/AYesNo
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFN/ANoNo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYesYes
RunningGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Designed for runningYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)NoNoNo
VO2Max EstimationNoNoNo
Race PredictorNoNoNo
Recovery AdvisorNoNoNo
Run/Walk ModeNoNoNo
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Designed for swimmingNoPartialNo
Openwater swimming modeNoYesN/A
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingNoNoN/A
Record HR underwaterNoNoN/A
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)NoDistance, no strokeN/A
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)NoNoN/A
Indoor Drill ModeNoNoN/A
Indoor auto-pause featureNoNoN/A
Change pool sizeNoNoN/A
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsNoNoN/A
Ability to customize data fieldsNoNoN/A
Can change yards to metersNoNoN/A
Captures per length data - indoorsNoNoN/A
Indoor AlertsNoNoN/A
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Designed for triathlonYesYesYes
Multisport modeYesYesYes
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureYesYesYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityNoNoNo
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Auto Start/StopYesYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYesYesYes
Virtual Racer FeatureNoNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)NoNoNo
Day to day watch abilityNoNoYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNoNo
GeocachingNoNoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNoNo
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesYesYes (Barely)
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoNoYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNo
Back to startYesYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoNoNo
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
Altimeter TypeGPSGPSGPS
Compass TypeGPSGPSGPS
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoYesYes
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoYesNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoYesNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNoNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNoNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNoNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsNoYesNo
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 305Garmin Forerunner 310XTTimex Global Trainer
PC ApplicationGTCGTC/ANT AgentTraining Peaks Agent
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectTraining Peaks
Phone AppGarmin FitGarmin FitTraining Peaks
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoYes
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