Featured in this comparison chart, are; the Polar Ignite – An outstanding fitness smartwatch with some very nice interesting features, joined by the Garmin Forerunner 245 – another comprehensive fitness tracker with remarkable battery life, and the Suunto 5 – the latest fitness smartwatch from Suunto, and an all-around activity tracker ready to track your active life.
One interesting thing is that these three shares quite a lot of fitness tracking features in common, and also are moderately priced which makes this comparison of the Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5 a very interesting one for fitness enthusiasts looking for a moderately priced fitness smartwatch that helps manage your fitness goals effectively and effortlessly.
Head-to-head, we compare specs and features of these three to help you make a perfect choice.
Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5 Specs Compared
|Polar Ignite||Garmin Forerunner 245 Music||Suunto 5|
|Device name||Polar Ignite||Garmin Forerunner 245 Music||Suunto 5|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport Smartwatch||Fitness/GPS smartwatch||Fitness/GPS smartwatch|
|Predessesor||__||Garmin Forerunner 235||_|
|Successor||__||Garmin Forerunner 255||Suunto 7|
|Released date||June, 2019||April, 2019||May, 2019|
|Display type||IPS Transflective LCD||Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)||Active Matrix LCD|
|Display size||1.2 inch||1.2 inch||1.3 inch|
|Display resolution||240 x 240 pixels||240 x 240 pixels||218 x 218 pixels|
|Pixel density||__||282.8 PPI||Unknown|
1 physical button
|5 buttons, (Not touchscreen)||(Not touchscreen) 5 physical buttons|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dimension||43 x 43 x 8.5 mm||42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm||46 x 46 x 14.6 mm|
|Weight||35 grams |
|38.5 grams||66 grams|
|Casing material||Glass fiber reinforced polymer||Fiber-reinforced polymer||Glass fibre reinforced polyamide|
|Strap/band material||TPU (Black and silver)|
Silicone (other colors)
|Bezel Material||Stainless steel||Fiber-reinforced polymer||Stainless steel|
|Strap size||20mm||20mm||22 mm |
130-230 mm (Lenght)
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 22mm||Yes, 20mm||Yes, 22mm|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Mineral glass crystal|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 3ATM||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Memory card slot||No||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth LE||Yes, and ANT+||Bluetooth v4.2 LE|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||No||Yes||No|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||No||Yes||Yes, with Suunto smart sensor|
|On-screen workout modes||No||No||No|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||_||Proprietary OS||Unknown|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||GPS and wrist-based heart rate: 17 hrs|
Watch mode with heart rate: Up to 5 days
|Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days|
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
|Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days|
Mixed usage: Up to 7 days
GPS Active: 20h / 40h
|Charging type||USB cradle||USB charging cable||USB cradle|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours|
|Battery saver mode||Yes||No||No|
|Compatibility||Android and iOS||Android and iOS|
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|Companion app||Polar Flow app||Garmin connect IQ||Suunto App|
|Polar Vantage M||Garmin Forerunner 245||Suunto 5|
|USB cradle||USB charging cable||USB cradle|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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|Official Site||Official Site||Official Site|
Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5 Features Compared
Which Should You Buy?
It’s important to note that any of these three will comprehensively track your active life. Each of these has got a long list of fitness tracking features with differing perspectives on the style of activity tracking.
However, going by design and price, the Ignite with the most outstanding design is the best choice for women and is also a comprehensive fitness tracker with impressive long battery life.
The Suunto 5 on the other hand, is the best choice for triathlon athletes, also a comprehensive fitness tracker with long battery life.
And, for hikers and extreme activity tracking, the Forerunner 245 is the best choice, while also being a comprehensive fitness tracker with pulse ox sensor and incident detection feature that ensures you get the needed help when an accident occurs by sending your location to a preset emergency contact.
Here’s how they stack up;
|GARMIN FORERUNNER 245||Comes with a pulse ox sensor, and a comprehensive fitness tracker with the longest battery life. A great choice for men and women.|
|POLAR IGNITE||The lowest price, yet a comprehensive fitness tracker with long battery life, while also being the most stylish with the most decent appearance. The best choice for women.|
|SUUNTO 5||Also a comprehensive fitness tracker with a long battery life, and the best choice for triathlon athletes and Pros alike. The best choice for men.|
The Garmin Forerunner is an outstanding fitness smartwatch with a pulse ox sensor, a long battery life while also being a comprehensive fitness tracker featuring inbuilt incident detection that ensures you get the needed help when an accident occurs. It’s no doubt a great choice, and is our preferred choice.
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