Monthly Polar Update – October 2018

This month we’ve moved slowly closer to the release date of the Vantage series devices. Currently there is no clue on further new devices such as a new bike computer.

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Polar Bike Computers

Polar Update

While we wait for the devices, there have been a few updates from various sites:

https://gpsrumors.com/deep-dive-polar-structured-training-part-4-and-conclusion

https://the5krunner.com/2018/10/08/polar-vantage-roadmap/

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/10/tidbits-vantage-powertap.html

Polar Watches

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
High End Polar RCX 5 Released Mar 2011 this watch is very out of date
Polar v800 This watch is very, very old (2014!). It’s finally been replaced by the Vantage V.
Polar Vantage V Due to ship in November 2018 following the launch in September 2018
Midrange Polar RCX3 Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date
Polar RC3 GPS Released Mar 2012 this watch is very out of date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 so not too old, and still very much functional. Replaced by the Vantage M.
Polar Vantage M Due to ship in November 2018 following the launch in September 2018
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.

6 Comments

  1. Hey. Think you need to update a lot of the text. Next to e.g Vantage V and M it says “…due to be annonunced…” Also the V800 and some others 🙂

    • Thanks! I thought I’d updated that last month so didn’t even bother looking this month. Must try harder next month 🙂

  2. The M600 uses the latest WearOS 2 version of ‘Android’.
    I would describe the WearOS hardware updates available elsewhere thru the new snapdragon processor as ‘incremental’.
    if i had to buy a WearOS sports watch it would probably still be the M600…at least for now.
    I’m not so sure the Vantage M is a replacement for the M430 eg M is a fully competent ‘proper’ tri watch and M430 is not.
    The V650 is a very competent bike nav that is VERY reasonably priced for what it is. I could quite easily use the V650 as my main device.

    • But given the purpose of this site, the v650 is definitely not a spring chicken and so buyers remorse is highly likely 🙂 Similarly with the M600 – it may well still be good, but it’s not new! I think the M430 is proper multisport now though isn’t it? Which would make it the predecessor to the Vantage M.

  3. What do you all think about m430 under $180-200, its a good choice for now.

    • The m430 is a great device. Aside from the monochrome screen looking old fashioned (but WAY more readable!) it does everything a runner would need and enough for swimmers and cyclists that it’s good for the average person. At the low price it’s a great deal but don’t expect updates going forwards, I’d think of that as a finished device and you get what you get.

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