Product Comparison Calculator

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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
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
Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa Lite
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin Edge 130
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 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 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 V650
Polar V800
Polar Vantage M
Polar Vantage V
Samsung Galaxy Active
Soleus 1.0 GPS
Soleus 2.0 GPS
Stages Dash
Suunto 3 Fitness
Suunto 5
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 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

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 17th, 2019 @ 8:02 amNew Window
Product Announcement DateOct 21st, 2015Apr 30th, 2019June 13th, 2018
Actual Availability/Shipping DateNovember 2015Apr 30th, 2019June 13th, 2018
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYes
Data TransferUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB, Bluetooth Smart, WiFi (Only Music has WiFi)USB, BLUETOOTH SMART
Waterproofing50 Meters50 Meters50 meters
Battery Life (GPS)Up to 16 hoursUp to 24hrs regular GPS, 24hrs+ for UltraTracUp to 13 hours GPS
Recording Interval1-second & Smart1-second, Smart, UltraTrac1s or Smart Recording
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesYesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGreatGreat
Backlight GreatnessGoodGoodGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYesYesYes
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYesYes
MusicGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Can control phone musicYesYesYes
Has music storage and playbackNoYes (Music version)Yes
Streaming ServicesSpotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadioSpotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio
PaymentsGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Contactless-NFC PaymentsNoYes
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingYesYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesYesYes
Group trackingNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoYes (via phone)No
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Designed for cyclingYesYesYes
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceNoNoNo
Crash detectionYesNo
RunningGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Designed for runningYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YES (Also has INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)YES (Also has INTERNAL ACCELEROMETER)Yes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)NoYes (with accessory)No
Running PowerNoNo
VO2Max EstimationYesYesYes
Race PredictorYesYesNo
Recovery AdvisorYesYesNo
Run/Walk ModeYesYesYes
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Designed for swimmingNo (protected though just fine)YesYes
Openwater swimming modeN/ANoNo
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingN/AYesYes
Record HR underwaterN/ANoNo
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AN/ANo
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AYesYes
Indoor Drill ModeN/AYesNo
Indoor auto-pause featureN/ANoNo
Change pool sizeN/AYesYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsN/A14M/15Y TO 150Y/M17M/18Y TO 150Y/M
Ability to customize data fieldsN/AYesYes
Can change yards to metersN/AYesYes
Captures per length data - indoorsN/AYesYes
Indoor AlertsN/AYes
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Designed for triathlonNoNoNo
Multisport modeNoNoNo
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureYesYesSorta (2 preloaded ones, but no customization)
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesYesYes
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Auto Start/StopYesYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureNoYesNo
Virtual Racer FeatureNoYesNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesYesYes
Day to day watch abilityYesYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNoNo
Weather Display (live data)YEsYEsYes
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)NoYesNo (but some 3rd party apps can)
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoNoYes (to pre-saved spots)
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNo
Back to startYesYesYEs
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoYesNO
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Altimeter TypeGPSGPSBarometric
Compass TypeN/AN/AMagnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYEsYEsYes
Pulse Oximetry (aka Pulse Ox)YesNo
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesYEs
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NONONo
ANT+ Lighting ControlNOYesYes
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationNOYesNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NONONo
ANT+ Remote ControlYES FOR GARMIN VIRBYES FOR GARMIN VIRBNo (Yes for VIRB camera control)
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNONONo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)YesYesno
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)NoNoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingNONONo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNOYesYEs
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNOYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNOYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNONONo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NONONo
Temp Recording (external sensor)YES (TEMPE)YES (TEMPE)Yes
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsTBD--
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressGarmin Express
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectGarmin Connect
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/Windows
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNo
PurchaseGarmin Forerunner 235Garmin Forerunner 245/245 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
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