Polar M600 Sports Watch Powered by Android Wear
If you are looking for a solid Android Wear sport watch with GPS and accurate heart rate monitoring then the Polar M600 is your choice.
Polar is a big gun in the fitness wearables space. The company has been making fitness devices since the eighties so they know what they are doing. A lot of their stuff is aimed at the high end athlete but their latest device the M600 sports watch targets you and me.
The M600 is Polar’s first fitness watch to use Android Wear and unlike all Android Wear watches to date it doesn’t try to look like a dress up watch. The M600’s Polar ancestry is clear..the device is big and a tad on the clunky side in Black, White when it becomes available in early fall and Red a little later. The body easily pops out of the strap to change strap colors.
I was really pleased when the folks at Polar sent me a pre-production sample to try out. This post is sponsored by Polar in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. My trial unit is black and it fits my smallish wrist really well and doesn’t look as big and clunky as it did in the box. As it turns out I am comfortable wearing it anywhere and anytime..on the bike or at a fancy restaurant. And speaking of comfortable the silicone strap is surprisingly pleasant on the wrist.
Comfortable and powerful…take a look at these specs:
Smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher, or iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or higher
MediaTek MT2601, Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor based on ARM Cortex-A7
4GB internal storage + 512MB RAM
1,30″, 240 x 240 pixels, 260ppi transmissive TFT display, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
2 days / 8 hours of training (with Android phone), 1 day / 8 hours of training (with iPhone)
Heart rate sensor
Optical heart rate measurement with 6 LEDs
Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration motor, Microphone
Suitable for swimming, 10 meters, IPX8
Bluetooth® 4.2 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
2 buttons: power button and front button for quick training control
GPS and Glonass
Two things stand out for me..The Android Wear operating system is a mature watch OS that offers lots of features. A huge choice of watch faces and hundreds of apps are available from the Google Play Store. The other big deal is the serious waterproofing which means I can measure my activity while swimming and don’t have to worry about protecting my watch if I get caught in a downpour while biking. The waterproofing does mean a proprietary charging cable..wireless charging would be nicer.
Now to actually using the M6oo, I wore it every day for two weeks in the middle of a serious heat wave and had no sweating issue with the silicone band. I used the Polar Activity face which showed how I was doing on my activity goal along with the time and date. As you can see have been a bit lazy today spending most of my time at the computer. The M600 has nudged me a couple of times to remind me I am being inactive.
The GPS was bang on for my bike rides and the 6 LED optical heart rate sensor seemed to me to be accurate based on previous measurements with professional devices. The heart rate numbers showed by the M600 matched with how I was feeling.
I Used the M600 with Android and iOS smartphones. Obviously the experience was more satisfying with the Motorola Moto G4 Plus because of the full Android compatibility and the ability to load apps from the phone. On my iPhone 6 I was pleased to see there was a version of the Polar Flow fitness app that worked just as well as the Android version. Notifications also worked well with the iPhone. That said if you want the full experience Android Wear works best paired with an Android Smartphone
I was really pleased with the logging, nice graphics on the smartphone apps and the web app is solid with all the information you could possibly want to monitor your fitness activities.
Overall, I am impressed with the Polar M600 Sport Smartwatch. It is certainly the most accurate and versatile fitness wearable I have tried and the Android Wear makes it no slouch when it comes to smartwatch features. It was also comfortable to wear even on really hot and humid days. The styling is a bit geeky but it didn’t feel out of place anywhere I wore it.
The Polar M600 is competitively priced at $399.99 and will be available in September at a wide variety of sporting goods stores and fitness clubs. You can preorder online at Polar.com