polar ignite vs garmin forerunner 245 vs suunto 5

Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5 Compared

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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 a 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 share 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

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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Price:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device namePolar IgniteGarmin Forerunner 245Suunto 5
Device typeFitness/Sport smartwatchFitness/Sport smartwatchFitness/Sport smartwatch
Predessesor--Garmin Forerunner 235--
Successor------
Released dateJune, 2019April, 2019May, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisexMen

DISPLAY

Display typeIPS TFT LCDTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Matrix LCD
Display size1.2 inches1.2 inches1.3 inches
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels218 x 218 pixels
Density------
Input typeTouchscreen plus
1 physical buttons
5 physical buttons
(Not touchscreen)
Touchscreen plus
5 physical buttons
Multi-touch------

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension43 x 43 x 8.5 mm42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm46 x 46 x 14.6 mm
Weight35 grams
(including straps)
38.5 grams
(including straps)
66 grams
Casing materialGlass fiber reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymerGlass fiber reinforced polycarbonate
Strap/band materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialStainless steelFiber-reinforced polymerStainless steel
Band size20mm20mm22mm
Screen protectionCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3Mineral crystal
Water resistantYes, 3ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Color(s)Black, yellow, whiteSlate gray, berryBlack, white, burgundy

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storage--200 hours of activity data--
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, Bluetooth v4.2Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Yes, Bluetooth v4.2
Wi-FiNo--No
NFCNoNoNo
GPSYes, GPS/GLONASSYes, GPS/GLONASS/GALILEOYes, GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoneNoneNone
SIM slotNoneNoneNone
Band------

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Facebook, third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

AudioNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AltimeterYes--Yes
Accelerometer YesYesYes
Magnetometer ------
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYes----
Gyroscope Yes----
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensors--Compass and Pulse Oximeter--

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset------
CPU------
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-polymerNon-removable Li-polymerNon-removable Li-ion
Battery capacity 165mAh----
Battery lifeGPS and wrist-based heart rate: 17 hrs
Watch mode with heart rate: Up to 5 days
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 24 hours
Standby mode: 14 days
Mixed usage: 7 days
GS active: 20 hrs
ChargingUSB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hours

MISC

Payment systemNoneNoneNone
Compatibility Android and iOSAndroid and iOSAndroid and iOS
Companion appPolar Flow appGarmin connect appSuunto app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYesYes
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Polar IgniteGarmin Forerunner 245Suunto 5
StrapStrapStrap
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
----Warranty leaflet
User manualUser manualUser manual

PRICE

About $230About $330About $340

What’s the Difference?

Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5 Features Compared

  1. Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5: Design

  2. The most befitting smartwatches to wear while working out indoor or outdoor should be lightweight, comfortable to wear, have long battery life, and can easily be viewed outdoors under direct sunlight.

    Well these three fulfill all these criteria, however the Polar Ignite takes it a little further with its incredibly slim design that makes it the sleekest among the three, while also having the least weight that off course makes it the most befitting wear for sport activities.

    It’s no doubt, a perfect definition of what a fitness smartwatch should be.
    The slim stainless steel bezel on the Ignite and Suunto 5 leaves these two with a more stylish design, and off course makes fashion statement of some sought, but then the Ignite with a slimmer bezel has a specific characteristics appearance that makes it the most suitable choice for women.

    Although, the Forerunner 245 with the smallest case size is also a great choice for women, while the Suunto 5 is most befitting for men.

  3. Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5: Fitness Tracking

  4. These three being outstanding fitness smartwatches are comprehensive choices for tracking your active life. Each of these will track your complete sleep cycle, calories burned after an activity, steps, distance, pace, routes, track your fitness level/ VO2 max, continuous heart rate tracking – all the essential features for the pro athlete with each having specific sport profiles that allow you choose your preferred workout modes from the numerous sport modes available.

    However, the Suunto 5 features multisport mode and recovery option that helps you see how well your body is recuperating from previous exercise. This makes it a great choice for triathlon athletes and professionals alike.

    On the other hand, the Ignite which offers over 100 sport modes, plus the new FitSpark training guide that offers ready-made daily on-demand workouts that match your recovery, fitness level and training history helping you choose your preferred workout mode effortlessly. There’s also the Training Load – that quantify the strain of your training sessions, helping you see how well your training strain your body.

    While, the Forerunner 245 comes with a pulse ox sensor that monitors your blood oxygen level giving you insight on how well your body utilizes oxygen – a very essential feature that gives you insight on your sleep quality, and also a great deal for climbers.

    There’s also the body energy battery monitoring feature that uses collected data to gauge your energy level – A feature that help you know how active you’re to embark on the next workout activity. So, that you can achieve more fitness goals, but don’t break down.

  5. Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5: Battery Life

Interestingly, these three devices have some of the most impressive battery life on the market that lets you go long on a single charge.

However, the Forerunner 245 takes it a bit further with its about 7 days long battery life on smartwatch mode and 24 hours in training with GPS and heart rate tracking which makes it the best choice for anyone engaging in extreme workout activities.

Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5: Which is Better?

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 perspective to 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 an impressive long battery life.

The Suunto 5 on the other hand, is the best choice for triathlon athletes, also a comprehensive fitness tracker with a 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.
Our Pick

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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4 Replies to “Polar Ignite vs Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Suunto 5 Compared”

    • Jude Simeone

      Based on size and appearance, Yeah. The polar ignite is the best choice for women among the three watches, while the Suunto 5 is more befitting wear for men than the other two – Editor’s opinion.

      Thank you for visiting .

  1. Paul Allen

    Ridiculous editiors opinion in 2019.

    Not all mens wrists are bigger than womens wrists. Or perhaps women simply can’t cope with the extra few grams?

    They both allow wrist of between 130 to 210mm.

    Also the “best choice for women” isn’t a multisports watch, whereas the “best choice for men” is.

    you’d think THAT would be important, rather than which one is “more feminine” looking.

    “Women, know you place. The Suunto 5, is a MAN’s watch. It’s not for the likes of you. Forget about silly multisport.”

    • Jude Simeone

      I respect your opinion Allen. Like I said, I’d made my recommendations based on appearance and size of which the polar Ignite has the least and most potable design. If there’s any watch out of these three that will look nice on women,I think it’s the Polar Ignite, otherwise these three are nice fits for men.

      We really appreciate your time, thank you.

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