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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
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
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 705
Garmin Edge 800
Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge 820
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 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 25
Garmin Forerunner 305
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Garmin Forerunner 35
Garmin Forerunner 405
Garmin Forerunner 410
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 Instinct
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
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 M200
Polar M400
Polar M430
Polar M450
Polar M600
Polar RC3
Polar RCX3
Polar RCX5
Polar V650
Polar V800
Polar Vantage V
Soleus 1.0 GPS
Soleus 2.0 GPS
Stages Dash
Suunto 3 Fitness
Suunto 9
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 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated April 28th, 2018 @ 9:31 amNew Window
Product Announcement DateMar 29th, 2017May 16th, 2016
Actual Availability/Shipping DateMar 29th, 2017June 2016
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYes
Data TransferUSB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFiBluetooth Smart, USB
WaterproofingYes - 50m50m
Battery Life (GPS)Up to 24hrs in GPS-on, up to 50hrs in UltraTrac GPS8 hours GPS on
Recording Interval1S or SmartSmart Recording
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatYes
Backlight GreatnessGreatOK
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYesNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYes
MusicGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Can control phone musicYEsYes
Has music storage and playbackNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
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)Yes
Group trackingYes
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Designed for cyclingYesNo
Power Meter CapableYEsNo
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesNO
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYEsNo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYEsNo
Strava segments live on deviceYesNo
Crash detectionNo
RunningGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Designed for runningYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YEsNo (uses internal accelerometer)
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)WITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR)No
VO2Max EstimationYesNo
Race PredictorYesNo
Recovery AdvisorYEsnO
Run/Walk ModeYesYes
SwimmingGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Designed for swimmingYEsNo
Openwater swimming modeYesNo
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesN/A
Record HR underwaterWITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM (Not with optical HR)N/A
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesN/A
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesN/A
Indoor Drill ModeYesN/A
Indoor auto-pause featureNo (it'll show rest time afterwards though)N/A
Change pool sizeYEsN/A
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths17M/18Y TO 150M/YN/A
Ability to customize data fieldsYesN/A
Can change yards to metersYEsN/A
Captures per length data - indoorsYesN/A
Indoor AlertsYesN/A
TriathlonGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Designed for triathlonYesNo
Multisport modeYesNo
WorkoutsGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesNo
On-unit interval FeatureYEsNo
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesNo
FunctionsGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Auto Start/StopYEsYes
Virtual Partner FeatureYEsHas Virtual Pacer
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)YesYes
NavigateGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesNo
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYEsNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNo
Back to startYesNo
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesNo
SensorsGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometric
Compass TypeMagneticN/A
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYesYes
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesNo (can broadcast ANT+ HR though)
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
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 CapableYesNo
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableYEsNo
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableYEsNo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableYEsNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YEs-
Temp Recording (external sensor)YesNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsYEsNo
SoftwareGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Vivosmart HR+
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressGarmin Express
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin Connect
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/Windows Phone
Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
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