Vantage Firmware

Below is the information from Polar (copied verbatim!) from The Polar Site. I’ve installed this without issue on my watch and everything seems to be working. This is a huge step forwards for the Vantage and adds most of the missing functionality to make it work in most normal training scenarios. Although I think Polar got here faster than most of us thought they would, I also feel that they need to make update cadence more regular. We don’t need 5 new features in each update, just drop whichever features are ready once a month. Some of these things could easily have been delivered in a smaller update earlier while we waited for the big stuff. If Polar are to compete with “the big boys” then they will need to really grasp the concepts of modern development and delivery. I certainly don’t want an update every week or fortnight, but quarterly is not enough here. The problem isn’t even just lack of updates, it’s that the feedback loop they have is too slow. Because right now they already have plans for the next release, that means that something I feed back to them today, the day after release, won’t be in firmware for at least 6 months. That’s 6 months in which Garmin will have had probably 6 firmware cycles. Garmin will have implemented, got feedback, changed, got feedback and then perfected a feature. Meanwhile, I’m still not really happy with the backlight functionality on the Vantage V after a couple of updates. It’s at least another quarter until I see whether they fix the backlight.

You know what though? My Vantage is my current day to day training watch. I just like it more. I still take the Fenix for outdoor running because it has music and maps, but the Vantage is the one I use to track the training at the moment because (as I previously wrote) it displays the information better which leads to better training outcomes.

11.02.2019

There are new firmware updates available for both Polar Vantage V and Vantage M.

This year’s first release brings a bunch of new features to your Vantage. The latest additions include the Back to start and Route Guidance (Vantage V only) navigational features. Also in the mix are Phone notifications, Do not disturb, Sleep watch face and quick menu.

Back to start guides you back to the starting point of your session making it a useful feature when exploring new places. Just follow the arrow on the display to find your way back.

Route guidance (Vantage V only) lets you discover new routes from other users in Polar Flow and third-party services. Mark interesting routes as favorites in the Polar Flow explore view or import GPX or TCX routes to Flow from other services and sync them to your watch. Your Vantage V will keep you on track and guide you all the way. For instructions see Route Guidance on Vantage V.

Phone notifications keep you connected with alerts from calls, messages and apps. You’ll get the same notifications on your Vantage that you get on your locked phone screen. Available for iOS and Android.

Do not disturb lets you switch off all phone notifications. The automatic backlight gesture, sounds, vibration and watch notifications are also off making it a nifty feature for nighttime use.

The Sleep watch face lets you check your last night’s sleep details and rate how you slept conveniently from your watch. Just swipe left/right or use the UP/DOWN buttons to find it from the time view. Already awake? is shown on it after four hours of sleep is detected. To speed up the sleep metric calculation press OK after waking up to stop tracking your sleep and to get your sleep summary. Follow your sleep stats in the Flow web service and app to know more about your sleep quality and patterns in the long-term.

We’ve also added the handy quick menu which gives you easy access to favorites, timers, routes and Back to start. It’s available in pre-training, pause and transition mode with the LIGHT button.

Update your watch on your computer via FlowSync or on your mobile via Flow app.

Version number: 3.0.10

Release date: February 11th, 2019

Improvements/fixes in this release:

  • Some manual laps missing from Flow fixed
  • Bike power sensor calibration issues fixed
  • Some oopses fixed
  • Bug fixes

8 Comments

  1. Horrendous and not very visible display (there are sports watches with active sensors and Oled screen that last weeks)
    Imprecise sensors that are always better (it’s a watch that costs 500 euros)
    Polar has left the Professional sector with this Vantage

    • What watch with an OLED gets that kind of battery life when running GPS?

    • I’m also curious, please share details.

  2. Still no ability to ‘Change Phase During a Phased Session’. Used to do this a lot on my M400 to incorporate warm up and cool down into flexible length workouts.

    • The ‘start next phase’ is indeed a nice function. I alsi use it regularly on my v800. Might be a valid feature request?

  3. Anyone else having problems with route guidance? When it’s on, the watch stops (please press a button to reset) on every hard turn (over 90 degree angle)?

    It’s unusable for my “let’s follow this track” trail runs.

  4. I had online chat yesterday with Polar rep and raised concerns about Vantage performance versus V800.

    Comments from Polar:

    “Polar V800 is known to be one of the best GPS devices on the market with its top-performing antenna. The downside of the V800 antenna is that it requires a lot of space and therefore makes the device rather large. What is more, the GPS chip of the V800 consumes considerably more power than that of the Vantages products. Polar Vantage is optimized in terms of battery life, GPS performance, and size.”

    “the GPS chip is still very accurate. we have released updates aiding the accuracy. The user reviews could also have been before the updates”

    “Optical OHR also does not work well in cold conditions, which many of these older V800 users do not know which we do inform them off due to the blood flow in your arms. this is the case for all optical HR sensors.”

    • I find the Vantage GPS to be inline with other watches when it works. Occasionally it goes nuts but I’m certain that’s firmware and no worse than Garmin on my Fenix 2 and early Fenix 3 firmwares.
      The v800 is considered to be the best out there, but man is that a big watch! if you need instant pace you’ll want a footpod anyway. If you don’t need instant pace for intervals then GPS, even poor GPS is just fine and is technically more accurate than footpods when changing terrain and elevation since GPS can measure distances while footpods can’t.

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