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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
Bia GPS
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
SIGMA ROX 12 SPORT
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
Wahoo ELEMNT
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated May 18th, 2018 @ 7:42 amNew Window
Price$199$249$169
Product Announcement DateApril 18th, 2018July 1st, 2015June 4th, 2015
Actual Availability/Shipping DateApril 18th, 2018July 31st, 2015July 2015
GPS Recording FunctionalityYesYesYes
Data TransferUSB & Bluetooth SmartUSB & Bluetooth SmartUSB/Bluetooth Smart
WaterproofingIPX7IPX7IPX7
Battery Life (GPS)15 hours15 hours12-17 Hours
Recording Interval1-second and Smart1-Second or Smart1-second
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesYesYes
Quick Satellite ReceptionYEsYesGreat
AlertsAudio/VisualAudio/VisualAudio/Visual
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYes (Data Fields)YesNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)NoNoNo
MusicGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Can control phone musicNoNoNo
Has music storage and playbackNoNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Bluetooth Legacy (pre-4.0) to PhoneNONoNo
Bluetooth Smart (4.0+) to Phone UploadingYesYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYesNo
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesYesNo
Group trackingNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)YesYesNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Designed for cyclingYesYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesYesYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFNoYesNo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesYesNo
Crash detectionNoYes
RunningGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Designed for runningN/AN/ANo
VO2Max Estimation(CYCLING YES THOUGH)(CYCLING YES THOUGH)(For Cycling, yes)
Recovery Advisor(CYCLING YES THOUGH)(CYCLING YES THOUGH)(For Cycling, yes)
SwimmingGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Designed for swimmingN/AN/ANo
TriathlonGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Designed for triathlonSorta (Extended Display Mode)N/ANo
Multisport modeNoN/AN/A
WorkoutsGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Create/Follow custom workoutsNoYesYes
On-unit interval FeatureNoYesYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityNoYesSorta
FunctionsGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Auto Start/StopYesYes
Virtual Partner FeatureNoYesSorta
Virtual Racer FeatureNoYesNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesYesYes
Day to day watch abilityNoN/ASorta
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataNoN/ANo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoN/ANo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)NoN/ANo
GeocachingNoN/ANo
Weather Display (live data)YesYesNo
NavigateGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesYesNo
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesYesNo
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)NoYes for maps (but not routable)No
Back to startYesYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route Creationvia phone appNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesYesYes
SensorsGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometricBarometric
Compass Type-GPS
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyNoN/ANo
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesYEsNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableNoNoNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesYesNo
ANT+ Weight Scale Capable-YesNO
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYesYesNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYesYesNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoYesNo
ANT+ Remote ControlYesYesNo
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)NoWith appsNo
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)NoYesNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingNoYesNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableYesNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableYEsNoYes
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableNoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableYesNoYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYesNo
Temp Recording (external sensor)NoNoNo
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsNo-
SoftwareGarmin Edge 130Garmin Edge 520Polar M450
PC ApplicationMac/WindowsGarmin ExpressPC/Mac
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectPolar Flow
Phone AppiOS/Android/WindowsiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNo
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