Nothing much to report in Polar land at the moment. We’re not really expecting much from them, although it’s possible they are working on a new bike computer as GPLama has been calling 2019 “the year of the head unit”. He’s obviously seen the Wahoo Roam while travelling and I guess it’s possible/plausible that his buddies also have a Polar unit. Literally no evidence of this though…
Polar did recently add Ant+ to their H10 heart rate strap. This works just fine so a big well done and thanks to Polar! Adding it to an existing unit is a winning move but adding it to something as old as the H10 makes them heros here. I have a lot of love for Polar, I just wish they could improve their code quality and become a bit more agile with regular releases and a customer feedback mechanism.
Nothing on the FCC site this month.
There have been relatively few updates this month:
Version 3.1.7 was released recently for the Vantage devices. Details below:
- Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages are now available.
- Phone notifications now show the most common emojis.
- Enhancements to existing features.
You can keep an eye on further updates at the following links:
|High End||Polar||RCX 5||Released Mar 2011 this watch is very out of date|
|Polar||v800||Don’t buy. This watch is very outdated and was even before the Vantage came out. Consider this only if it’s very cheap and you really want a Polar for multisport. The M430 is much cheaper and does almost everything the V800 does.|
|Polar||Vantage V||Launched September 2018 so not expected to be replaced until 2021 at the earliest|
|Midrange||Polar||RCX3||Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date|
|Polar||RC3 GPS||Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date|
|Polar||m400||Finally updated. This is a very old watch for a current model (2014) but is very cheap and still works well.|
|Polar||m430||Launched April 2017 and based on M400 so shouldn’t be buggy. Replaced by Vantage M but given the price this watch is still a good investment.|
|Polar||Vantage M||Launched September 2018 so not expected to be replaced until 2021 at the earliest|
|Budget||Polar||M200||Buy, this was released Oct 2016 so we wouldn’t expect a replacement until late 2019 given the relatively slow update cycle at Polar|
|Smartwatch||Polar||M600||Released in Aug 2016 this was updated with new Androidwear in 2017. Given the fast pace of Android here I would not invest at this point in the life of the M600|
Polar Bike Computers
|High End||Polar||v650||Wait, this is very old for a current model and overdue for replacement (Jan 2014). This device is now so long overdue for replacement that Polar might have decided to exit the premium end of the market.|
|Polar||v650.next||Overdue, expected announcement at…who knows! This device is now so long overdue for replacement that Polar might have decided to exit the premium end of the market.|
|Midrange||Polar||M450||Replaced with….identical hardware and a new firmware. Normally I’d say buy if cheap, but Polar abandoned this for no reason so buyer beware.|
|Polar||M460||Launched April 2017 this is M450 hardware with new firmware. Given the treatment of M450 owners I’d say be careful buying this. Yup, Amber warning for a “brand new” device. That’s a first for me.|