Garmin fenix 5 Sapphire vs. fenix 3 HR vs. vivoactive HR vs. Forerunner 235 vs. Forerunner 735XT – comparing features of actual garmin wearables with optical heart rate monitoring.

  • The multi-purpose, feature rich fenix 5 Sapphire
  • The multi-purpose fenix 3 HR
  • The day-to-day allrounder vivoactive HR
  • The running watch Forerunner 235
  • The triathlon watch Forerunner 735XT
Devicefenix 5 Sapphirefenix 3 HRvivoactive HRForerunner 235Forerunner 735XT
Retail price$699,99$599,99$249,99$329,99$449,99
Amazonfenix 5fenix 3 HRvivoactive HRForerunner 235Forerunner 735XT
Physical, Display, Battery
Size1.9” x 1.9” x 0.6”2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6”1.19″ x 2.24″ x 0.45″1.77″ x 1.77″ x 0.46″1.75″ x 1.75″ x 0.47″
Weight3.1 oz (87.0 g)3.0 oz (86.1g)47,6 g1.5 oz (42g)1.4 oz (40,2g)
Display Size1.2” (30,5 mm)1.2” (30,4 mm)0.80″ x 1.13″ (20.7 mm x 28.6 mm)1.23″ (31,1 mm)1.23″ (31,1 mm)
Display Resolution240 x 240 pixels218 x 218 pixels205 x 148 pixels215 x 180 pixels215 x 180 pixels
Touchscreen
Color Display
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ionRechargeable lithium-ionRechargeable lithium-ionRechargeable lithium-ionRechargeable lithium-ion
Battery Life
  • Smartwatch: 2 weeks
  • GPS: 24 hours
  • UltraTrac: 75 hours
  • Smartwatch: 2 weeks
  • GPS: 16 hours
  • UltraTrac: 40 hours
  • Smartwatch: 8 days
  • GPS: 13 hours
  • Smartwatch: 9 days
  • GPS: 11 hours
  • Smartwatch: 11 days
  • GPS: 14 hours
  • UltraTrac: 24 hours (without oHR)
Waterproofness10 ATM (100 m)10 ATM (100 m)5 ATM (50 m)5 ATM (50 m)5 ATM (50 m)
Vibration Alert
Recording Smart
Recording 1s
QuickFit Bands
Internal Sensors
GPS & GLONASS
Altimeter
Accelerometer
Compass
Gyroscope
Heart Rate
Temperature
External ANT+ Sensors
Bike Speed / Cadence
Footpod
Heart Rate
Muscle Oxygen
Power Meter
Temperature
External Bluetooth Sensors
Heart Rate
External ANT+ Accessoires
Electronic Shifters (e.g. Shimano DI2)
VIRB control
Varia Light
Varia Radar
Varia Vision
Connectivity
ANT+
Bluetooth LE
USB
Wi-Fi
Devicefenix 5 Sapphirefenix 3 HRvivoactive HRForerunner 235Forerunner 735XT
Designed for
Activity Tracking
Cycling
Every Day Watch
Golfing
Indoor Run / Cycle
Running
Skiing
(XC ski)
Strength
SUP / Rowing
Swimming
Triathlon
Walking
Activity Tracking
Daily Step Count
Distance Traveled
Intensity Minutes
Floors Climbed
Calories Burned
Sleep Statistics
Auto Goal
Move Alert
Running / Sport Features
Running Dynamics
Race Predictor
Auto Pause
Auto Lap
Virtual Partner / Racer / Pacer
(no pacer)
Personal Records
Strava Live Segments
Strava Suffer Score
Advanced Workouts
Interval Training
Triathlon Features
Multisport Mode
Multiple Bike Profiles
Heart Rate
HR Broadcasting
HR* Widget
7 Days RHR**
HRV***n/a
Heart Rate Zones
Firstbeat Training Features
Training Status
Training Effect
Training Effect 2.0
Training Load
VO2max Estimate
Recovery Advisor
Performance Condition
Stress Score
Lactate Threshold
Functional Threshold Power
Heart Rate-based Calorie Comp.
Outdoor / Navigation
TracBack
Back To Start
Waypoints
Courses
Go To
Map Screen
MOB
Project Waypoint
Sight ‘N Go
Devicefenix 5 Sapphirefenix 3 HRvivoactive HRForerunner 235Forerunner 735XT
Preloaded Widgets (fenix 5: needs to be checked)
ABC
Activity tracking
Altimeter
Barometer
Calendar
Calories
Compass
Controls
Dog Tracking
Floors climbed
Golf
Heart rate
Intensity Minutes
Last Run / Ride / Swim / Sport
Lights
Music Controls
My Day
Notifications
Performance
Sensor Information
Steps
Temperature
VIRB
Weather
Additional
Connect IQ Support
Find My Phone
Live Tracking
Group Tracking
Move IQ
Smart Notifications
Smartphone Music Control
Ressources
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Devicefenix 5 Sapphirefenix 3 HRvivoactive HRForerunner 235Forerunner 735XT
Amazonfenix 5fenix 3 HRvivoactive HRForerunner 235Forerunner 735XT

HR: heart rate, RHR: resting heart rate, HRV: heart rate variability

5 Garmin optical heart rate (OHR) wearables compared! was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by Joachim Bardua

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