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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
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series SE
Bia GPS
Bryton Cardio 60 Multisport Watch
COROS APEX
COROS Pace 2
CycleOps Joule 2.0 (Original)
CycleOps Joule GPS
Epson ProSense 307
Epson SF-810
FINIS Swimsense
Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit Sense
Fitbit Surge
Fitbit Versa
Fitbit Versa 3
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
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)
Garmin Fenix 5S Plus
Garmin Fenix 5X Plus
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar Series
Garmin Fenix 6 Series
Garmin Fenix 6S Pro Solar
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
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 745
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 Venu SQ
Garmin Vivoactive
Garmin Vivoactive 3
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Garmin Vivoactive 4
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin Vivosport
Hammerhead Karoo
Hammerhead Karoo 2
Leikr GPS
Lezyne Mega- XL 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 Grit X
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
Polar Vantage V2
Samsung Galaxy Active
SIGMA ROX 12 SPORT
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
Wahoo ELEMNT
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT
Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT Bundle
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM
Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM - Bundle
Wahoo RIVAL GPS Watch

Comparison Results:

Function/FeatureGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 1st, 2020 @ 5:38 am New Window
Price$699/699EUR$499$449$599 (non-baro is $499)
Product Announcement DateJune 17th, 2018Mar 29th, 2017Jan 6th, 2014June 5th, 2018
Actual Availability/Shipping DateJune 17th, 2018Mar 29th, 2017May 2014June 26th, 2018
GPS Recording FunctionalityYes (with Galileo too)YesYesYes
Data TransferUSB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFiUSB/Bluetooth Smart/WiFiUSB, BLUETOOTH SMARTUSB & Bluetooth Smart
WaterproofingYes - 100mYes - 50mYes - 30mYes - 100m
Battery Life (GPS)Up to 32hrs in GPS-on, up to 85hrs in UltraTrac GPS (varies by model)Up to 24hrs in GPS-on, up to 50hrs in UltraTrac GPSUp to 50 hoursUp to 120 Hours
Recording Interval1S or Smart1S or Smart1sVariable
Quick Satellite ReceptionGreatGreatGoodGreat
AlertsVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/Sound/VisualVibrate/Sound/VisualSound/Visual/Vibrate
Backlight GreatnessGreatGreatGreatGreat
Ability to download custom apps to unit/deviceYEsYesNoNo
Acts as daily activity monitor (steps, etc...)YesYesYesYes
MusicGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Can control phone musicYesYEsNoNo
Has music storage and playbackYesNoNoNo
Streaming ServicesSpotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadioNoNoNo
PaymentsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Contactless-NFC PaymentsYesNoNoNo
ConnectivityGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Bluetooth Smart to Phone UploadingYesYEsYesYes
Phone Notifications to unit (i.e. texts/calls/etc...)YesYesYesYes
Live Tracking (streaming location to website)YesYesNoNo
Group trackingYesYesNoNo
Emergency/SOS Message Notification (from watch to contacts)NoNoNoNo
Built-in cellular chip (no phone required)NoNoNoNo
CyclingGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Designed for cyclingYesYesYesYes
Power Meter CapableYesYEsYesYes
Power Meter Configuration/Calibration OptionsYesYesYesYes
Power Meter TSS/NP/IFYesYEsNPNo
Speed/Cadence Sensor CapableYesYEsYesYes
Strava segments live on deviceYesYesYesNo
Crash detectionNoNoNoNo
RunningGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Designed for runningYesYesYesYes
Footpod Capable (For treadmills)YesYEsYesYes
Running Dynamics (vertical oscillation, ground contact time, etc...)WITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR)WITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (NOT VIA OPTICAL HR)NoNo
Running PowerWith extra sensorWITH RD POD, HRM-TRI OR HRM-RUN (or 3rd party Stryd/RunScribe)With extra sensorWith extra sensor
VO2Max EstimationYEsYesYesYes
Race PredictorYesYesYes, via Race PaceNo
Recovery AdvisorYesYEsYesYes
Run/Walk ModeYesYesYes, via timersNo
Track Recognition ModeNo
SwimmingGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Designed for swimmingYesYEsYesYes
Openwater swimming modeYEsYesYesYes
Lap/Indoor Distance TrackingYesYesYesYes
Record HR underwaterWITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM (Not with optical HR)WITH HRM-TRI/HRM-SWIM (Not with optical HR)With Certain Polar StrapsYes
Openwater Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YesYesYesYes
Indoor Metrics (Stroke/etc.)YEsYesYesYes
Indoor Drill ModeYesYesNoNo
Indoor auto-pause featureNo (it'll show rest time afterwards though)No (it'll show rest time afterwards though)YesNo
Change pool sizeYEsYEsYesYes
Indoor Min/Max Pool Lengths14M/15Y TO 150Y/M14M/15Y TO 150Y/M20M/Y to 250 m/y15m/y to 1,200m/y
Ability to customize data fieldsYesYesYesyes
Can change yards to metersYesYEsYesYes
Captures per length data - indoorsYesYesYesYes
Indoor AlertsYesYesN/ANo
TriathlonGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Designed for triathlonYesYesYesYes
Multisport modeYesYesYesYes
WorkoutsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Create/Follow custom workoutsYesYesYesNo
On-unit interval FeatureYEsYEsYesYes
Training Calendar FunctionalityYesYesYesYes
FunctionsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Auto Start/StopYesYEsYesNo
Virtual Partner FeatureYEsYEsYesNo
Virtual Racer FeatureYesYesNoNo
Records PR's - Personal Records (diff than history)YesYEsNoNo
Day to day watch abilityYesYesYesYes
Hunting/Fishing/Ocean DataYesYesNoNo
Tidal Tables (Tide Information)NoNoNoNo
Jumpmaster mode (Parachuting)YesYesNoNo
GeocachingVia GPS coordinatesVia GPS coordinatesNoNo
Weather Display (live data)YesYesNoNo
NavigateGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Follow GPS Track (Courses/Waypoints)YesYesYesYes
Markers/Waypoint DirectionYesYEsYesYes
Routable/Visual Maps (like car GPS)YesNoNoNo
Back to startYesYesYesYes
Impromptu Round Trip Route CreationYesNoNoNo
Download courses/routes from phone to unitYesYesYesYes
SensorsGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
Altimeter TypeBarometricBarometricBarometricBarometric
Compass TypeMagneticMagneticMagneticMagnetic
Optical Heart Rate Sensor internallyYesYesNoYes
SpO2 (aka Pulse Oximetry)Fenix 5X Plus onlyNoNo
Heart Rate Strap CompatibleYesYesYesYes
ANT+ Heart Rate Strap CapableYesYesNoNo
ANT+ Speed/Cadence CapableYesYesNoNo
ANT+ Footpod CapableYesYesNoNo
ANT+ Power Meter CapableYesYesNoNo
ANT+ Weight Scale CapableNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Fitness Equipment (Gym)NoNoNoNo
ANT+ Lighting ControlYesYesNoNo
ANT+ Bike Radar IntegrationYesYesNoNo
ANT+ Trainer Control (FE-C)NoNoNoNo
ANT+ Remote ControlNo (can control VIRB though)No (can control VIRB though)no (but can control GoPro)No
ANT+ eBike CompatibilityNoNoNoNo
ANT+ Muscle Oxygen (i.e. Moxy/BSX)YesYesNoNo
ANT+ Gear Shifting (i.e. SRAM ETAP)YesYEsNoNo
Shimano Di2 ShiftingYesYEsNoNo
Bluetooth Smart HR Strap CapableYesYesYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Speed/Cadence CapableYesYEsYesYEs
Bluetooth Smart Footpod CapableYesYEsYesYes
Bluetooth Smart Power Meter CapableYEsYEsYesYes
Temp Recording (internal sensor)YesYEsYesYes
Temp Recording (external sensor)YesYesNoNo
SoftwareGarmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)Garmin Forerunner 935Polar V800Suunto 9 Baro
PC ApplicationGarmin ExpressGarmin ExpressPolar Flowsync - Windows/MacPC/Mac
Web ApplicationGarmin ConnectGarmin ConnectPolar FlowSuunto Movescount
Phone AppiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/Android/Windows PhoneiOS/AndroidiOS /Android
Ability to Export SettingsNoNoNoNo
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