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Tag Archives: Polar
Polar Starts to License Their Sports & Fitness Algorithms
Polar has launched a website aimed at selling their sports/fitness/physiological algorithms to other companies. With this new venture, they aim to make it possible for other sport/fitness/etc. companies to leverage Polar’s algorithms. This could be used in areas such as … Read More Here
Review of Polar’s New SleepWise Feature: Does It Align With Reality?
When Polar launched their Ignite 3 watch this past fall, they also announced a new feature: SleepWise. This new feature aimed to predict how your day would go, mostly in terms of alertness – and specifically, how you felt at … Read More Here
Polar Ignite 3 In-Depth Review: AMOLED Display & Multiband GPS!
Polar has just announced their newest watch – the Ignite 3. And despite being a watch typically focused on the mid-range price bucket, they’ve gone ahead and put their most advanced technology to date into it. It features a stunningly … Read More Here
Polar Pacer Pro GPS Running Watch In-Depth Review
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was the Polar Pacer watch. This was an era before GPS, before optical HR, and before countless other metrics that we didn’t even know would exist someday. Back … Read More Here
Random Buried Treasure Reminder: Komoot and Polar Give Free Map Region To Users
This will seem like an oddly timed post, but, it’ll make sense in a second. Maybe even more sense than my absurdly long title. Way back in October, before that entire Black Friday & Holiday sale craziness, Polar launched the … Read More Here
Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor: Very Long Term In-Depth Review
There’s arguably no tech product in my arsenal of products that’s been used as much as the Polar H10 chest strap, yet I never exactly got around to writing an in-depth review on it. Or, even a short review. In … Read More Here
Polar’s Vantage V2 SHIFT & Red Models + Unite & Grit X Features Firmware Update
In addition to today’s new Polar Grit X Pro & Pro Titan models that Polar announced, they also announced two additional Polar Vantage V2 models – the SHIFT & Red editions. Further, these models, as well as existing Vantage V2 … Read More Here
Polar Grit X Pro GPS Watch In-Depth Review
Polar has announced a handful of new watches today, but the main headliner is the new Polar Grit X Pro. It technically comes in two flavors – the base Grit X Pro which includes not only a new look, but … Read More Here
Tech Tidbits: Wahoo Adds Pan/Zoom, Moxy Kickstarter, and Polar Teasing
We’ve got three items to quickly run through on this mid-week edition of the Sports Tech Tidbits. Never quite as good as Timbits, but still good enough. Wahoo Adds Pan & Zoom: If your weather has turned crappy like mine, … Read More Here
A Look at Polar’s New Heart Rate Broadcasting for Apps like Zwift and Peloton
Polar starts shipping their previously announced Ignite 2 today, which was announced last month alongside the Vantage M2. Stashed away on the Ignite 2 is the beginnings of Polar’s new heart rate broadcasting feature, which enables it to broadcast your … Read More Here
Polar Verity Sense (Optical HR Sensor Band) In-Depth Review
Polar has launched an updated version of their standalone optical HR sensor, taking the existing Polar OH1 and adding new features and capabilities, and re-branding it as the Verity Sense. For those familiar with my reviews & testing, you’ll know … Read More Here
Polar Vantage V2 In-Depth Review
Today Polar has announced the Vantage V2, a touch bit over two years since they announced the initial Polar Vantage V & M series watches. Since that time those units have gotten numerous firmware updates (and even a Titanium version). … Read More Here
Polar’s Unite Fitness Watch: Hands-on Details and First Run
Almost exactly a year after announcing the Polar Ignite GPS watch, the company is back with another wearable – the similarly named Unite, which takes all the Polar Ignite features, slashes the internal GPS, and drops the price by $50. … Read More Here
Polar Grit X GPS Watch In-Depth Review
The Polar Grit X is Polar’s newest watch, focused on trail running, but also still a full featured multi-sport watch. I dive into all the details from accuracy to new features and plenty more. Read More Here
Polar’s New H9 Heart Rate Strap: Everything you ever wanted to know
Polar has announced today a new heart rate chest strap, undercutting slightly their higher-end H10 strap with a less expensive offering that ditches the onboard storage, while still maintaining the trio of connectivity choices (ANT+/Bluetooth Smart/5kHz). Essentially, it’s Polar’s perfectly … Read More Here
Polar Releases Major New Features to Vantage M & V Series
What’s New Remember back in June when Polar announced the Polar Ignite GPS watch? That unit had a huge amount of new features not previously seen on any Polar device. The $220 device was mainly targeted at non-endurance athletes though, competing … Read More Here
Polar Ignite GPS In-Depth Review
Back in June Polar announced their Ignite GPS watch. This new watch undercut the higher end Vantage M on price, but yet at the same time also added a slew of features that the Vantage series doesn’t yet have (most of them are coming in November to the Vantage M/V). While the Vantage series was aimed at more hardcore athletes, the Ignite watch aimed to straddle the soft squishy middle.
Polar’s Ignite GPS Hands-On: Everything you ever wanted to know
The Polar Ignite appears to be a significant turning point in Polar’s strategy, taking higher end functionality and offering it much lower. How well does it work thoug? I dig in. Read More Here
Polar OH1 Plus Optical HR Sensor In-Depth Review
And just like that, Polar now makes ANT+ devices. The Polar OH1 is one of two devices today that Polar has announced that are getting ANT+ compatibility. The other being the H10. But I cover that (and thoughts around possible … Read More Here
Polar adds ANT+ to two devices, contemplates ANT+ expansion to Vantage series
When you woke up this morning, I’m pretty sure the title of the post was the last bit of news you expected today in the sports technology realm. And if you weren’t at the ANT+ Symposium last fall, that surprise … Read More Here
Polar Vantage M Multisport GPS Watch In-Depth Review
It’s been nearly five months since Polar first announced the Vantage series watches, including the Vantage M and Vantage V. You probably saw my Vantage V review a couple months back. Since then I’ve transitioned to using the less expensive … Read More Here
Polar Vantage V Multisport GPS In-Depth Review
It’s been four months since Polar announced their new Vantage series of multisport watches. This series is currently comprised of two watches, the Vantage V and Vantage M. The V is the higher end multisport watch, meant to be a … Read More Here
Polar Announces Open API for App Access to Polar Flow
Today Polar announced the ability for app developers to access data within Polar Flow, via their new ‘Polar Open AccessLink’ API. An API (Application Programming Interface) is what allows applications and platforms across the internet to communicate with each other. … Read More Here
Hands-on: Polar’s OH1 Standalone Optical HR Sensor
*** Update: I have written the full In-Depth Review on the Polar OH1 Plus, check out that link for the most up to date information on the OH1 & OH1Plus*** Over the past couple of years, Polar has been continuing to … Read More Here
Polar M430 In-Depth Review
Polar’s latest GPS watch steps up to plate with what might be the most accurate optical HR sensor in a mainstream GPS watch. I dive into the details. Read More Here