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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 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 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 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/FeaturePolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 5th, 2018 @ 2:51 pmNew Window
Price$229$279 ($329 for metal bezels)
Product Announcement DateApril 6th, 2017August 10th, 2017
Actual Availability/Shipping DateJune 2017August 30th, 2017
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYes
Data TransferUSB, Bluetooth SmartUSB & Bluetooth Smart
WaterproofingYes - 30mYes - 50 meters
Battery Life (GPS)8hrs regular, Up to 30hrs GPSUp to 30 hours
Recording Interval1-second/variableVariable
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGreat
AlertsVisual/VibrateVisual/Vibrate
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceNoNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYes
MusicPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Can control phone musicNoNo
Has music storage and playbackNoNo
ConnectivityPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist 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)NoNo
Group trackingNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Designed for cyclingYesYes
Power Meter CapableNoYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsN/AYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFN/ANo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableNoYes
Strava segments live on deviceNoNo
Crash detectionNoNo
RunningPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Designed for runningYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)NoNo
VO2Max EstimationYesYes
Race PredictorCan estimate finish time during raceNo
Recovery AdvisorNoYes
Run/Walk ModeNoNo
SwimmingPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Designed for swimmingSortaYes
Openwater swimming modeNoYes
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingNoYes
Record HR underwaterYesYes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)NoYes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)N/AYes
Indoor Drill ModeN/ANo
Indoor auto-pause featureN/ANo
Change pool sizeN/AYEs
Indoor Min/Max Pool LengthsN/A15m/y to 1,200m/y
Ability to customize data fieldsYesYes
Can change yards to metersN/AYes
Captures per length data - indoorsN/AYes
Indoor AlertsN/ANo
TriathlonPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Designed for triathlonNoYes
Multisport modeNoYes
WorkoutsPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesNo
On-unit interval FeatureYesYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityYEsYes
FunctionsPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Auto Start/StopYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureVia Race EstimatorNo
Virtual Racer FeatureNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesNo
Day to day watch abilityYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoNo
GeocachingNoNo
Weather Display (live data)NoNo
NavigatePolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)NoYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionNoYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoNo
Back to startYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitNoYes
SensorsPolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Altimeter TypeGPSGPS
Compass TypeGPSN/A
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYesYes
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableNoNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableNoNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableNoNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlNoNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationNoNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNoNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)NoNo
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)NoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableYesYes (+ Stryd Running Power Meter)
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableNoYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)NoNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR tools--
SoftwarePolar M430Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
PC ApplicationPolar FlowSync (PC/Mac)PC/Mac
Web ApplicationPolar Flow (Web)Suunto Movescount
Phone AppiOS/AndroidiOS/Android
Ability to Export SettingsNoNo
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