This comparison will only look into swimming features of the watches as we focus our series on the swimmers’ needs. Some of the watches have many more features (for other sports or typical for smartwatches) but we will compare only the features needed in the pool or during open water workouts. At the same time, recent news of the discontinuation of Garmin Swim model may cause its price to surge and make it harder to purchase.
This comparison looks at the capabilities of Garmin Swim and Moov Now
Garmin Swim doesn’t have as many swimming features as some of the devices we compare in this section.
Garmin can track and display laps/distance, pace, time and lets you create a set on the watch. In addition, you can switch to drills mode.
Surprisingly, simple, screen-less Moov Now to those features adds some very interesting ones like stroke distance and recognition and turn times! On the other hand, it lacks drills and kicks. The obvious downside is a lack of the display as Moov Now device is just a sensor and all the info can be displayed only on the screen of the smartphone after you sync the tracker with the Moov application.
When it comes to accuracy, both have critics pointing out in their reviews and comments the problems with lap counting in some cases, but there’s also a group of users who love how simple and fast Garmin is to add a lap after a turn. We can’t speak to the speed of Moov because there’s no real-time feedback for swimming (for other activities the feedback and coaching are provided by the smartphone app and requires for you to have your phone with you).
Moov application for Android and iOS gives you three ways to analyze your swimming workouts. You can see the simple highlight of the training session, lap by lap graph and a detailed view with stroke count and distance and details about turns.
Garmin uses Garmin Connect that is available both on the desktop and as a mobile App and is a very comprehensive set of analytics limited only by the features of Garmin Swim itself.
Both of these products are a starting point for a swimmer but the lack of the screen may be a problem to some of you. On the other hand, we like the Moov App a little bit better as it seems more modern and easier on the eye.
If you love swimming and want to see your progress, achieve your goals and make your workouts more effective you can also try Swimmo Training Watch and App with all the features you need and unique real-time feedback to guide you while you’re in the pool!
Fully automatic and accurate with and without professional turns.
Set your goal and swim at a predefined pace. Smart vibrations will tell you when you need to speed up or slow down.
Stay in your chosen heart rate zone and burn calories more effectively. Smart vibrations will let you know when you need to push yourself harder or slow your pace down.
Swimmo communicates specific actions via unique vibration frequencies.
Using Swimmo App you can quickly create your own training goals that are best suited for you and your needs. Sync them wirelessly to Swimmo watch from your smartphone.
Simple charts and detailed views of the training sessions are always with you in a dedicated mobile app for Android and iOS.
Advanced algorithms based on pulse deliver more accurate data about calories you’ve burned.
Designed to be easy to use in the water. You don’t need to press any buttons to use your Swimming Training Watch. Simply rotate your wrist and tap the screen to gain full control over your watch.
Share your swim data with your friends via Facebook and other fitness apps. Compete, compare, and cheer each other on.