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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 Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated June 28th, 2020 @ 9:53 amNew Window
Price$349$279$499
Product Announcement DateMay 11th, 2016Sept 13th, 2018Jan 4th, 2017
Actual Availability/Shipping DateMay 11th, 2016November 2018Mar 31st, 2017
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYes
Data TransferUSB/Bluetooth SmartUSB, BLUETOOTH SMARTUSB & Bluetooth Smart
WaterproofingYes - 50mYes - 30mYes - 100m
Battery Life (GPS)14 hours in GPS-onUp to 30 hoursUp to 50 hours
Recording Interval1S OR SMART1sVariable
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesYesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGreatGreat
AlertsVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/VisualSound/Visual/Vibrate
Backlight GreatnessGoodGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYesNoNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYesSteps only (not distance/sleep)
MusicGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Can control phone musicYesNoNo
Has music storage and playbackNoNoNo
Streaming ServicesNo
PaymentsGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Contactless-NFC PaymentsNo
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YEsFeb 2019Yes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesNoNo
Group trackingNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Designed for cyclingYesYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYEsYesYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesNoNo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesFuture Update (Date TBD)No
Crash detectionNoNoNo
RunningGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Designed for runningYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)YEsNoNo
Running PowerYes with 3rd party devices (not built-in like Vantage V)
VO2Max EstimationYesYesYes
Race PredictorYEsNoNo
Recovery AdvisorYesNoYes
Run/Walk ModeYEsNoNo
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Designed for swimmingYesYesYes
Openwater swimming modeYesYesYes
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesYesYes
Record HR underwaterWITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIMYesYes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYesYes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYesYes
Indoor Drill ModeYesNoNo
Indoor auto-pause featureNoYesNo
Change pool sizeYesYesYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths17M/18Y TO 150Y/M20M/Y to 250 m/y15m/y to 1,200m/y
Ability to customize data fieldsYesYesYes
Can change yards to metersYEsYesYes
Captures per length data - indoorsYEsYesYes
Indoor AlertsYesN/ANo
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Designed for triathlonYesYesYes
Multisport modeYesYesYes
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesNo
On-unit interval FeatureYesNoYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesNoYes
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Auto Start/StopYEsYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYesNo (but can give out of zone alerts)No
Virtual Racer FeatureYesNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesNoNo
Day to day watch abilityYesYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNono
GeocachingNoNoNo
Weather Display (live data)YesNono
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesNoYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionSaved locations onlyNoYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNoNo
Back to startYesFeb 2019Yes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesNoYes
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Altimeter TypeGPSGPSGPS
Compass TypeGPSN/AMagnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYesYesYes
Pulse Oximetry (aka Pulse Ox)No
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesNoNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesNoNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesNoNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesNono
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYesNoNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYesNoNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNoNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)NoNoNo
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)NoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingYesNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableNoYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNOYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapablenOYesYes (+ Stryd Running Power Meter)
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapablenOYesYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoYesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)YesNoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR tools-N/A-
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 735XTPolar Vantage MSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressPolar Flowsync - Windows/MacPC/Mac
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectPolar FlowSuunto Movescount
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/AndroidiOS/Android
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNo
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