Garmin Forerunner 220 Versus Polar RC3 by HRWC

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Garmin Forerunner 220 versus the Polar RC3 GPS watch as compared by the testers at the Heart Rate Watch Company.

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Polar RC3 Does Have Cycling Features So Makes A Better Choice For Cyclists That Run.

Polar has lagged the industry a bit in both adopting GPS and getting in to newer features.

Garmin Forerunner 220 is a newly released runners GPS watch from Garmin and the Polar RC3 is a running and cycling GPS watch from Polar according to the Heart Rate Watch Company.

"This comparison will focus more on the two watches as running watches because the Polar RC3 has some cycling features the Forerunner 220 does not have,says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "Thus, if you are a runner and a cyclist then the Polar RC3 is a better option."

"In assessing the different features of the watch, we like to look at key areas of strengths and differences between the products," says Squire.


Garmin Forerunner 220 has Bluetooth Smart giving it the ability to directly transfer data to Smartphones while the Polar does not have this and can only transfer data wired to a PC. "Polar has lagged the industry a bit in both adopting GPS and getting in to newer features," says Squire.

Screen Readability

Garmin has a much higher resolution screen at 108px by 108px and the screen is in color so it is a better overall quality screen than that of the Polar RC3 according to Squire.

Satellite Acquisition

The Garmin acquires satellites in under 15 seconds whereas the Polar takes closer to a minute according to Squire. "There are a few watches out there now, like the new Garmin's and the TomTom GPS watches, that acquire satellites really fast," says Squire.

Water Resistant

The Forerunner 220 is good to 50 meters whereas the Polar is just IPX7, so you really don't want to swim with it according to Squire.

Run Features

Both GPS watches display time and date, distance, pace, heart rate and all the basics according to Squire. "The Garmin 220 has vibration and audible alerts, whereas the Polar just has audible alerts," says Squire. He adds, "The Garmin weighs 1.4 ounces whereas the Polar RC3 weighs about 1.95 ounces, so the Garmin is lighter."


The Garmin Forerunner 220 wins the competition for best running watch over the Polar RC3 according to Squire. He adds, "For cyclists it is a different matter and the Polar RC3 would be the better pick."

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