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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
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 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
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
Garmin Forerunner 910XT
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin Forerunner 935
Garmin Forerunner 945
Garmin Instinct
Garmin MARQ Athlete
Garmin Swim
Garmin Tactix
Garmin Vivoactive
Garmin Vivoactive 3
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
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
SIGMA ROX 12 SPORT
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
Wahoo ELEMNT
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated August 3rd, 2019 @ 5:14 amNew Window
Price$599$449
Product Announcement DateJan 4th, 2017Jan 6th, 2014
Actual Availability/Shipping DateMarch 2017May 2014
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYes
Data TransferUSB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFi (Sapphire only)USB, BLUETOOTH SMART
WaterproofingYes - 100mYes - 30m
Battery Life (GPS)Up to 24hrs in GPS-on, up to 75hrs in UltraTrac GPSUp to 50 hours
Recording Interval1S or Smart1s
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesSorta, predictive but not cached.
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGood
AlertsVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/Sound/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYEsNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYes
MusicGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Can control phone musicYesNo
Has music storage and playbackNoNo
Streaming ServicesNoNo
PaymentsGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Contactless-NFC PaymentsNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNoNo
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesNo
Group trackingYesNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Designed for cyclingYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesNP
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesYes
Crash detectionNoNo
RunningGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Designed for runningYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)WITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR)No
Running PowerWith extra sensorWith extra sensor
VO2Max EstimationYEsYes
Race PredictorYesYes, via Race Pace
Recovery AdvisorYesYes
Run/Walk ModeYesYes, via timers
SwimmingGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Designed for swimmingYesYes
Openwater swimming modeYEsYes
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesYes
Record HR underwaterWITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM (Not with optical HR)With Certain Polar Straps
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YEsYes
Indoor Drill ModeYesNo
Indoor auto-pause featureNo (it'll show rest time afterwards though)Yes
Change pool sizeYEsYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths14M/15Y TO 150Y/M20M/Y to 250 m/y
Ability to customize data fieldsYesYes
Can change yards to metersYesYes
Captures per length data - indoorsYesYes
Indoor AlertsYesN/A
TriathlonGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Designed for triathlonYesYes
Multisport modeYesYes
WorkoutsGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureYEsYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesYes
FunctionsGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Auto Start/StopYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYEsYes
Virtual Racer FeatureYesNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesNo
Day to day watch abilityYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataYesNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)YesNo
GeocachingVia GPS coordinatesNo
Weather Display (live data)YesNo
NavigateGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YEsYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)Yes (5X Only)No
Back to startYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationYes (5X Only)No
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesYes
SensorsGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometric
Compass TypeMagneticMagnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYesNo
Pulse Oximetry (aka Pulse Ox)No
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYesNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYesNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNo (can control VIRB though)no (but can control GoPro)
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)YesNo
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)YesNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingYesNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableYEsYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)YesNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsYesYes
SoftwareGarmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)Polar V800
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressPolar Flowsync - Windows/Mac
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectPolar Flow
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android
Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
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