Monthly Polar Roundup – February 2019

The Vantage has now been shipping for a while. We’ve had the first round of firmware updates and it looks like the next is not far off and will arrive this month. DCRainmaker said he’s testing the beta right now and it’s looking like the expected features are present and working.

Polar Update
Polar Watches
Polar Bike Computers

News Updates

Nothing on the FCC site this month.

There have been relatively few updates this month:

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/02/polar-vantage-m-multisport-review.html

Firmware Updates

Version 2.0.7 was released recently for the Vantage devices. Details below:

  • Stopwatch, countdown timer and interval timer
  • Button and touch lock
  • Brighter backlight when looking at the display during training
  • Speed sensitivity improved (faster reaction to changes in speed)
  • Fixes for cases where distance is missing from the beginning of a session
  • Fixes for cadence from the wrist
  • Fixes for pool swimming distance. Most of the issues with units when swimming also fixed
  • Some oopses fixed
  • Some touch UI freezes fixed

You can keep an eye on further updates at the following links:

https://www.polar.com/en/vantage/updates

https://support.polar.com/en/updates

Polar Watches

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
High End Polar RCX 5 Released Mar 2011 this watch is very out of date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 This watch is very outdated and was even before the Vantage came out.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Midrange Polar RCX3 Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date
Polar RC3 GPS Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date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

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
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.

2 Comments

  1. No reason to buy a Polar…

  2. The best in the game!

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