Polar have a new entry-level watch for runners.
One of the great things is that now ‘entry level’ watches need to have optical HR and GPS. Polar meets this criteria.
But look at the price: $150/€150/£120. Nice.
The battery level is stated as 6 hours of training time with GPS on. That’s just about OK for most runners when you bear in mind that you will degrade the battery life as you use it through the day. So there should hopefully be enough for your up-to-90 minute evening run. At this price point I’ll say that’s Ok – ti’s pretty similar to the Apple watch…at THAT price point I expect MUCH MORE…c’mon Apple, keep up.
Obviously it’s also an activity and sleep tracker and connects to your smartphone for ‘advanced’ call notifications that include social media notifications rather than ‘just’ SMS and call notifications.
It’s nice-enough looking and the straps can be changed. The actual screen itself is not too high resolution but, as always, Polar seem to design around that and make it look much better with a good watch ‘shell’.
Polar’s app and online FLOW service are VERY GOOD.
Until we get some hands-on time with this nice-looking baby then the jury will be OUT as far as GPS accuracy and OPTICAL HR accuracy goes. Also, as with most sports watches, smartphone compatibility may or may not be right for your smartphone. Still, Polar have been working HARD on all these areas with the newish additions to their range: A360 and M600. So they will be acutely aware of the issues. Let’s hope they get it right first time.