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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
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series SE
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
COROS APEX
COROS Pace 2
CycleOps Joule 2.0 (Original)
CycleOps Joule GPS
Epson ProSense 307
Epson SF-810
FINIS Swimsense
Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Sense
Fitbit Surge
Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa 3
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 745
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 Venu SQ
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- XL 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 Grit X
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 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated October 20th, 2016 @ 8:28 am New Window
Price$139$299$139$169 (on sale)
Product Announcement DateMay 5, 2014May 12th, 2015Aug 5th, 2015January 5th, 2015
Actual Availability/Shipping DateMay/June 2014July 2015Q3 2015March 2015
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYesYes
Data TransferUSBUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB, BLUETOOTH SMART
Waterproofing50 meters50 Meters50 meters50 meters
Battery Life (GPS)8 hours7-10 hours8-10 hours (depends on model)10 hours GPS on
Recording IntervalSMART RECORDING (VARIABLE)SMART RECORDING (VARIABLE)SMART RECORDING (VARIABLE)Smart Recording (Variable)
Quick Satellite ReceptionGoodGreatGreatYes
AlertsSound/VisualVIBRATE/SOUND/VISUALSound/VisualVibrate/Visual
Backlight GreatnessOKGreatOkGood
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNoNoYes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYesYesYes
MusicGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Can control phone musicNoNoYes
Has music storage and playbackNoNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingNoYesYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)NoNoYesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)NoYesYesYes
Group trackingNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Designed for cyclingBARELY (SPEED MODE ONLY)Barely (Speed mode only)BARELY (SPEED MODE ONLY)Yes
Power Meter CapableNoNoNoWith some Connect IQ apps (but cannot record data)
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableNoNoNoYes
Strava segments live on deviceNoNoNoNo
Crash detectionNo
RunningGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Designed for runningYesYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYes (also has internal accelerometer)YES (ALSO HAS INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)YES (Also has INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)NoNoNoNo
VO2Max EstimationNoNoNoNo
Race PredictorNoNoNoNo
Recovery AdvisorNoNoNoNo
Run/Walk ModeYesYesYesYes
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Designed for swimmingNO (PROTECTED THOUGH JUST FINE)No (protected though just fine)NO (PROTECTED THOUGH JUST FINE)Yes
Openwater swimming modeN/AN/AN/ANo
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingN/AN/AN/AYes
Record HR underwaterN/AN/AN/ANo
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AN/AN/ANo
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AN/AN/AYes
Indoor Drill ModeN/AN/AN/ANo
Indoor auto-pause featureN/AN/AN/ANo
Change pool sizeN/AN/AN/AYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsN/AN/AN/A17M/18Y TO 150Y/M
Ability to customize data fieldsN/AN/AN/AYes
Can change yards to metersN/AN/AN/AYes
Captures per length data - indoorsN/AN/AN/AYes
Indoor AlertsN/AN/AN/AYes
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Designed for triathlonNoNoNoNo
Multisport modeN/ANoN/ANo
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Create/Follow custom workoutsNoYesNoNo
On-unit interval FeatureNoYesNoNo
Training Calendar FunctionalityNoYesNoNo
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Auto Start/StopYesYesYesYes
Virtual Partner FeaturePace AlertsNoVirtual PacerNo
Virtual Racer FeatureNoNoNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesYesYesOnly on Garmin Connect
Day to day watch abilityYesYesYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NonONoNo
GeocachingNonONoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNoNoVia Connect IQ app
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)NoNoNoNo
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoNoNoNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNoNo
Back to startNoNoNoYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoNoNoNo
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
Altimeter TypeNoneGPSNoneGPS
Compass TypeN/AN/AN/AGPS
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyNoYesNoNo
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYES (ALSO INTERNAL OPTICAL HR SENSOR)YesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableNoNoNoYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNoNoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNoNoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNoNoYes for Garmin VIRB
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 CapableNoNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoNoNono
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNoNONo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoNoNoNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNoNoNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNoNoYes (Tempe)
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 15Garmin Forerunner 225Garmin Forerunner 25Garmin Vivoactive
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin Express
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin Connect
Phone AppGarmin Connect MobileiOS/AndroidiOS/AndroidiOS/Android/Windows Phone
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNoNo
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