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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
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)
Garmin Fenix 5S Plus
Garmin Fenix 5X Plus
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Series
Garmin Fenix 6 Series
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar
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
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
Hammerhead Karoo 2
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
Polar Vantage V2
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 BOLT Bundle
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM - Bundle
Wahoo RIVAL GPS Watch

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated November 27th, 2020 @ 7:14 am New Window
Price$229$253/€220
Product Announcement DateJuly 1st, 2015January 26, 2014
Actual Availability/Shipping DateJuly 31st, 2015March 2015
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYes
Data TransferUSB & Bluetooth SmartUSB
WaterproofingIPX7IPX7
Battery Life (GPS)15 hours10 Hours
Recording Interval1-Second or Smart1-second
Quick Satellite ReceptionYesYes
AlertsAudio/VisualSound/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYesNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoNo
MusicGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Can control phone musicNo
Has music storage and playbackNo
ConnectivityGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesNot yet
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesTBA
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesNo
Group trackingNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)YesNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Designed for cyclingYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesYes
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesNo
Crash detectionYes
RunningGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Designed for runningN/ANo
VO2Max Estimation(CYCLING YES THOUGH)N/A
Recovery Advisor(CYCLING YES THOUGH)N/A
SwimmingGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Designed for swimmingN/ANo
TriathlonGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Designed for triathlonN/ANo
WorkoutsGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureYesNo
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesNo
FunctionsGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Auto Start/StopYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYesNo
Virtual Racer FeatureYesNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesNo
Day to day watch abilityN/ANo
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataN/ANo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)N/ANo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)N/ANo
GeocachingN/ANo
Weather Display (live data)YesNo
NavigateGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesPlanned
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)Yes for maps (but not routable)Yes
Back to startYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesPlanned
SensorsGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometric
Compass TypeGPSGPS
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYEsNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableNoNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableYesNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYesNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYesNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)YesNo
ANT+ Remote ControlYesNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)With apps
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)Yes
Shimano Di2 ShiftingYesNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNo
SoftwareGarmin Edge 520Polar V650
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressPolar Flowsync
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectPolar Flow
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows Phone-
Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
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