Product Comparison Calculator

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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
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
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
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

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated June 23rd, 2020 @ 3:57 pmNew Window
Product Announcement DateJune 17th, 2018Oct 22, 2013
Actual Availability/Shipping DateJune 17th, 2018Nov 2013
GPS Recording FunctionalityYes (with Galileo too)Yes
Data TransferUSB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFiUSB & Bluetooth Smart
WaterproofingYes - 100mYes - 50m
Battery Life (GPS)Up to 32hrs in GPS-on, up to 85hrs in UltraTrac GPS (varies by model)50 hours
Recording Interval1S or SmartVariable
Satellite Pre-Loading via ComputerYesNo
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGood
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYEsNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesNo
MusicGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Can control phone musicYes
Has music storage and playbackYes
Streaming ServicesSpotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio
PaymentsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Contactless-NFC PaymentsYes
ConnectivityGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesNo
Group trackingYes
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNo
CyclingGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Designed for cyclingYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesNo
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesN/A
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesN/A
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYes
Crash detectionNo
RunningGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
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 sensor
VO2Max EstimationYEsNo
Race PredictorYesNo
Recovery AdvisorYesNo
Run/Walk ModeYesNo
SwimmingGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Designed for swimmingYesNo
Openwater swimming modeYEsN/A
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 Lengths14M/15Y TO 150Y/MN/A
Ability to customize data fieldsYesN/A
Can change yards to metersYesN/A
Captures per length data - indoorsYesN/A
Indoor AlertsYesN/A
TriathlonGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Designed for triathlonYesNo
Multisport modeYesN/A
WorkoutsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYes (As of Dec 6, 2013)
On-unit interval FeatureYEsYes (As of Dec 6, 2013)
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesNo
FunctionsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
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 DataYesYes
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoYes
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)YesYes
GeocachingVia GPS coordinatesYes
Weather Display (live data)YesNo
NavigateGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)YesNo
Back to startYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationYesNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesYes
SensorsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometric
Compass TypeMagneticMagnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYes
Pulse Oximetry (aka Pulse Ox)Fenix 5X Plus only
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYes
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesYes
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYes
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYes
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYes
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)No
ANT+ Remote ControlNo (can control VIRB though)Yes
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)Yes
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)Yes
Shimano Di2 ShiftingYes
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableYesNo
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableYesNo
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableYesNo
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableYEsNo
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)YesYes
Compatible with Firstbeat HR toolsYesNo
SoftwareGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressBasecamp
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin Connect
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneGarmin Basecamp
Ability to Export SettingsNoYes (profiles XML)
PurchaseGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
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DCRainmakerGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Tactix
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