42 facts in comparison
Dustproof/water resistant at depth equal to or greater than 1 meter.
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
Polar RCX3 GPS
These devices will not experience water damage, e.g. in the shower. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.
GPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
A heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.
This measures barometric air pressure. It can predict weather changes, for example a sudden drop in air pressure could mean a storm is coming. When calibrated correctly it can be used to determine altitude, which helps GPS devices to lock on quicker and with greater accuracy.
An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.
A compass is useful in games, map and navigation software.
3D compass is a compass that will show accurate readings also when the compass is tilted. Therefore you don’t need to keep the compass on level ground to get steady readings.
It tracks how far you travel.
Your activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.
Measuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
With a route tracker you can add your route onto a map. It is helpful if you plan to do the same route again, or want to share it with your community.
This is useful if you are on a strict training diet or if you are trying to lose weight. It can also help to boost your motivation.
This feature enables you to track your route and reverse it in order to guide you back to where you began your journey.
ANT+ is a wireless protocol similar to Bluetooth Smart, and is very power efficient. It is mainly used for fitness monitoring devices such as heart rate monitors and cadence sensors to connect to other devices, eg. sports watches, smartphones and cycling computers.
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
There is less chance that you will run out of battery during an adventure.
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire (HR)
With a longer battery life, you don’t have to worry about charging the device as often.
Tech4o Traileader Jet
With a long battery life, you can train for several hours a week and only have to recharge the device every few weeks.
Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T-7
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
Your tracking data is uploaded via your smartphone or computer, and is available to view on the manufacturer’s online portal in the form of reports and graphs.
It can provide you with information about the likelihood of a thunderstorm. This could be very useful to plan your day.
With a stopwatch you can time yourself.
It can provide you with the exact time when the sunset or sunrise will take place. This feature will help you to plan your day by knowing when daylight starts and finishes.
Friends using the same app can be integrated with your account, allowing you to compete with them. This increases your motivation and makes it more enjoyable.
An altimeter can track elevation, ascent and descent using GPS or air pressure. It is particularly useful if you travel on hills or mountains.
Waypoints are locations or landmarks worth recording and storing in your GPS. These are locations you may later want to return to, for example favorite restaurants, bars etc.
Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.