Polar M600 – Summary Screens (nice) and Easy run vs STRYD HR and BSOD

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This is the test that is the lull before the storm for the M600. A nice easy run. I also ran with a 920XT and a STRYD HRM. So really the test is the M600’s oHR vs. the STRYD’s pod. I’m only using the STRYD as I’ve been playing with STRYD quite a bit recently and wanted to make double sure it was working for tomorrow.

The STRYD had a bit of a bizarre spike, oops, perhaps suggesting that for a test a Garmin or Polar HRM might be a better comparator. As expected the two tracks are very similar. The Polar might lag a little at the start and has a funny twitch as I stopped to chat to someone.

That’s not very interesting I guess. Tomorrow’s threshold test will be 🙂

Polar M600 BSODThe following images are interestingish though. Here is the BSOD equivalent which you get if you do lots of bizarre key presses just as the watch is turning on after a depleted battery.

The solution of course is ctrl-alt-delete. Except with only two buttons that isn’t quite so possible on the M600. So press and hold both and it boots up. Or you could follow the instructions on the screen if you had brought your glasses along.

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After my glorified walk (run) I thought I’d construct some post-workout iamges of what pops up. these are actual screenshots but they cover more than one screen so I have manipulated them to put them in sequence. Essentially the watch face scrolls over these images displaying a section at a time.

polar-m600-post-workout-summaryTapping the ‘My Day’ icon (not shown) gives these two summaries. One of the ‘workout’ and one of the activity status for the entire day. Clicking on the activity tracker gave me a nice animated graphic and then told me I’d achieved my target. Ta da!

But the other icon re-displays today’s workout summary.

Really I’m writing this post as the workout summary called me an ‘Elite Athlete’. Lol, I’m not, don’t worry but I feel better for it 🙂 Maybe the HR zones are wrong? I’ll have to look into that.

It really is a nice graphic though. Probably if we analysed it it would be nearly exactly the same as on other, earlier Polars. Just that this is in glorious technicolour. It does look really nice on the watch, especially the bar graph.

This just reminded me that I know that all some of you ever wanted was a V800 with a tasty screen like this! A few other bits too, but something REALLY like this. January anyone?

14 thoughts on “Polar M600 – Summary Screens (nice) and Easy run vs STRYD HR and BSOD

  1. I wish there was a webiste which would provide an “accuracy rating” for each GPS watch with a wrist heart rate monitor. There are so many alternatives but it seems that all watches get some degree of criticism (Fenix3HR, Apple Watch, M600, etc.). I am still not sure which ones are acceptable and which ones are down-right awful 🙁

  2. Hi! Could you please tell me what software do you use to compare the 2 hr graphs like above? Thanks in advance!

  3. I’ll admit, the screen aesthetics on my a360 is probably the main reason I like it so much, and why I was so excited by the announcement of the M600. But the 1 day battery life (on IOS) of the M600 compared to the 6-7 days of my a360 and perhaps just the size & bulk of the m600 really put me off. If Polar brought out a new a360 with GPS built in I’d buy it in an optical heart beat.

  4. I’ll admit, the screen aesthetics on my a360 is probably the main reason I like it so much, and why I was so excited by the announcement of the M600. But the 1 day battery life (on IOS) of the M600 compared to the 6-7 days of my a360 and perhaps just the size & bulk of the m600 really put me off. If Polar brought out a new a360 with GPS built in I’d buy it in an optical heart beat.

    • I like the a360. if the a360 had gps unfortunately it would then have a battery life of about 1 day! yes the m600 is bulky in comparison to an a360 kind of product BUT it is not especially bulky compared to a sports watch – it’s nearly the same size as a V800 for example/

  5. I got the same screen once I updated the watch. It doesn’t seem to say ‘elite’ though ?

    I am using the watch with iOS and get about 3 days from the battery with all notifications on and a workout everyday.

    • I think maybe you can tell FLOW that you train 20 hours a week? I vaguely remember a setting like that? try maxxing that out and your wish to be an elite athlete could come true within a matter of minutes… 🙂

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