Run, swim and bike yourself to a state of greater fitness with the Polar V800 Smart Watch. Even when you’re not snowboarding or skiing but want to maintain your stamina smart watches are a great addition to your sports gear. The V800 is Polar’s flagship ‘multi-sport’ watch, which means its basically a more complex and beefed up version of the well known Polar M400.
This smart watch looks and feels robust, very robust. Its glass screen is bounded by aluminium with alloy buttons, which merges smoothly into a stainless steel back cover. Although its 12.7 millimetres thick, it’s not that bulky that it gets in your way while training. Its black strap looks stealthy, yet Polar also offers a retro red and blue strap for those of us who like to stand out. The strap conceals the V800’s charge & sync port and features a double buckle that looks solid and fits comfortably.
Its screen is a backlit monochrome dot matrix LCD number screen that stays nicely clear in different light conditions. Although its not a full colour display it presents the information clearly and also provides a range of different watch faces you can choose from. The gorilla glass is strong, enhances waterproofing while also adding a premium feel. The watch has a strong battery life with 13 hours of training time and with no fewer than 50 hours when you switch the watch in GPS low power mode.
To get started with the V800, you will need to download Polar’s software on your computer and create an account with the so called ‘Polar Flow’ the company’s online portal for viewing data. You can also download the Polar Flow mobile app on your smartphone or tablet and sync your data via Bluetooth from the watch to your mobile device. The app does a pretty good job of displaying your fitness data in an easy-to-read format while providing a variety of metric such as: distance, pace, speed, heart rate and evaluation. The Polar Flow app also seconds as a social network with an interactive map that shows an overview of recent workouts by fellow Polar users all over the world. It’s a great tool for finding other athletes in your area.
When using the watch you will notice the GPS locks in over a minute, but once the V800 has worked out where you are it drops to around 20 seconds. Its GPS is precise, capturing your urban or mountain training routes with accuracy most of the time. Overall the Polar V800 has excellent build quality and fits comfortably around your wrist. It’s easy to get up and running and provides you with useful data right from the start. The mobile app gives plenty of data and lots of tools to motivate you even further. The strong battery life and bright screen are plus points to.
- Has a strong and accurate GPS signal.
- Easy to use and connect mobile app.
- Can also double as a cycling computer.
- Able to measure your recovery status.
- Battery life could be better with GPS.
- Feels a little bulky but still practical.