Monthly Polar Roundup – November 2018

This month the Vantage appeared and is shipping in volume. We’re not expecting new devices from Polar now, but firmware updates should be pretty regular going forwards.

Polar Update
Polar Watches
Polar Bike Computers

Polar Update

There have been a few updates from various sites:

https://the5krunner.com/2018/11/08/polar-vantage-review-polar-vantage-m-review/

https://the5krunner.com/2018/11/06/polar-vantage-m-accuracy-polar-vantage-accuracy/

https://the5krunner.com/2018/11/04/polar-vantage-v-review-short-review/

https://gpsrumors.com/deep-dive-data-vs-information

https://gpsrumors.com/deep-dive-data-vs-information-2

https://gpsrumors.com/oops-something-went-wrong

https://gpsrumors.com/deep-dive-polar-vantage-v-structured-training-part-5-of-4-bonus-edition

Updates

Version 1.2.3 was released recently for the Vantage devices. Details below:

  • Lots of bugs fixed
  • High Continuous Heart Rate feature peaks fixed
  • Brighter backlight when using the light button (more improvements to backlight coming in future releases)

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High End Polar RCX 5 Released Mar 2011 this watch is very out of date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 This watch is very outdated and was even before the Vantage came out.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 Due to be announced 16th September at the Berlin Marathon and available for October in White or Black, with a special Orange edition through some retailers (possibly Strava?).
Midrange Polar RCX3 Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date
Polar RC3 GPS Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date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 Due to be announced 16th September at the Berlin Marathon and available for October in White or Black, with a special Orange edition through some retailers (possibly Strava?).
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.

5 Comments

  1. “Polar might have decided to exit the premium end of the market.” V800

    • Haha I thought I’d removed that! Thanks for spotting it.

      • thank you for keep updating us

  2. I hope for a new Polar for all sports, with a better screen than the Vantage.

    • To be clear, there is nothing at all wrong with the Vantage screen. It’s the best on any sports watch (and I have a lot of watches!!). They’ve made some decisions which make it hard to read in certain darker conditions. ALL of these things can and I’m sure will be changed in firmware. In the meantime maybe get the Vantage M as it’s relatively cheap for what is quite a lot of watch. I do like recovery pro though now it’s settled down a bit.

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