Polar Vantage V M Review

Polar Vantage v3.0 Firmware (Feb 2019 update)

Today we have a significant firmware update for the Vantage Series as the Vantage M receives smartphone notifications, Back-to-start functionality as well as a ‘sleep’ watch face. The Vantage V receives those same updates as well as route guidance. Favourites have also made a welcome appearance too. The major areas of functionality are now in…

Polar Vantage Review - New Screens

Firmware v2.07: Polar Vantage – available now

December’s v2.07 firmware has today been released for both Polar Vantage models; reviewed earlier here in detail (Polar Vantage Review) Changes made by Polar are stated to be these: Stopwatch, countdown timer and interval timer (image below) Button and touch lock Brighter backlight when looking at the display during training Speed sensitivity improved (faster reaction…

Suunto 9 Review

Suunto 9 – gets GLONASS, more firmware stuff for the SPARTANs too

Suunto have just updated the Suunto 9 model with the ability to enable/disable GLONASS on its new Sony GNSS chip. Firmware details: suunto.com The GLONASS enablement is squirreled away in the navigation menu, which is slightly unusual. Perhaps Suunto only see it being worth using in scenarios related to navigation rather than sports performance (ie…

new MOTIV Ring – Major Firmware Update & Colours

The MOTIV Ring, which I am about to add to the review list, has just announced a major new firmware upgrade in addition to some new colours. MOTIV Ring vs Oura Ring – These are the two main activity/sleep trackers that come in a ring format. Both do what they set out to well. However…

spartan firmware

State of the SPARTAN – After Suunto’s Firmware v2.0.40 (May 2018)

Suunto’s entire SPARTAN family are receiving the latest May 2018 update. It’s a notable update which includes features that even Garmin don’t yet have and includes other features that should have been there some time ago. Firmware is currently: v2.0.40 which superseded a slightly earlier v2.0.34 release (and the prior release I had was v1.12.36…

Polar V650 V650N New Firmware

New Polar V650 Firmware refresh

The Polar V650 seems to have had a similar refresh to the M460 from last year. Despite rumours from earlier in the month and various listings of a Polar V650N model; it seems that it’s just the firmware that’s been updated. The firmware updates seem broadly in line with what was added to the M450/M460.…

Review Favero Assioma Duo Uno Power Meter Pedal

Assioma – New V2 Firmware For Super Accuracy

Favero have made public their new IAV Power system. This is an entirely new calculation algorithm for Favero and it bases power calculation on Instantaneous Angular Velocity (IAV). Favero believe they are the only power meter pedal company currently able to deliver this calculation because of their pre-exiting, inbuilt, high-precision gyroscope. So What? It’s a…

Changing Zones For Running Spartan

Suunto Spartan – HR Zones – New Feature Release

Today’s new SPARTAN firmware release is a combination of ‘meh’ and ‘oooh’. There are some general stability improvements and better connectivity. Some people experience issues when first connecting to the HR belts…that is addressed. So that’s definitely bug-fixed mehness. Then the firmware also introduces HR Zones on to the watch. This is no huge secret…

Suunto Spartan Baro Review

Suunto SPARTAN Improved STRYD Support But Needs More

It’s taken a while but Suunto’s SPARTANs now appear to properly support the STRYD footpod. The word “TaDa !”, springs to mind. Prior to firmware v1.11.56, STRYD could be paired as either a footpod (pace, etc) OR as a POWER pod (only power). So if you wanted ACCURATE PACE and POWER then you would have…

Suunto Spartan Ultra - Clever Little Magnetic Charging Thingy

Suunto SPARTAN gets GLONASS – so what?

Today’s new firmware for the SPARTAN is annoying as I now have to re-do a GPS test I did last week 🙂 although hopefully this line from the Suunto update notes “This update also brings a new GPS firmware to improve general tracking accuracy” suggests that the test might be worth re-doing and will find increased…

Polar Intrigue or Polar Opposite? Strava?

It’s rare that a firmware update is intriguing. Welcome; perhaps. Tardy; perhaps. Feature-full; perhaps. But ‘intriguing’, c’mon! Polar’s M450 is ‘preparing for upcoming software releases’ (below). I’m not sure why the firmware couldn’t be released at the same time as the ‘upcoming software releases’. Presumably this upcoming stuff will be on Flow? It could be on…