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The Polar M600 is a one-of-a-kind watch. It's not the only one with Android Wear, but it's the first one created by a sports company like Polar. It's not an insignificant detail. Having a smartwatch with a GPS receiver and optical pulse sensor is relatively simple for any manufacturer. Doing so offers the user experience and Polar's training analysis platform is not.
This is where the Polar M600 can make any other smart watch pale into insignificance, whether it's Apple Watch or any of Google's proposals so far, because Polar's ace in the hole is the integration between an Android Wear watch and its Flow training platform.
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I've been testing the Polar M600 for a few weeks now, using it with both Android and iPhone, so I'm pretty clear on what the M600 excels at and what its weaknesses are. Come with me on the test and I'll tell you the best and the worst of the M600.
Well, well. A brand-new watch inside its box. What does the body want? Open it!
And while you're looking for where it opens, the first thing you'll notice is that it's not a regular GPS watch. No, this one has Android Wear!
A lot of box for little content, it seems... Inside you will only find the watch with its charging cable. And an instruction manual that I have already thrown away somewhere. You can do the same, in this test I will explain more things than you will find in it.
The strap has double locks and double pins, to make sure you don't lose it.
The Polar M600 has a new pulse sensor. It's different from what we've seen before in other Polar devices, not even close to what other brands offer. Now they've surrounded it with 6 green LEDs, when there are usually three. It's not due to lack of illumination...
As for the charging connector, it is proprietary (avoiding internal connectors such as the microUSB of the Polar M400 that has ended up giving many long term problems). It is similar to the one of the Polar V800, but it is not the same.
The screen is touch-sensitive, and you'll use it to move through all the menus on the clock, but there are two buttons. The one on the left serves to turn the screen on and off, or to return to the main screen at any time. In addition, two touches will activate "cinema mode".
The one below the display is called the "Polar Universe" button. When you press it you enter directly into the Polar training application. It also has other functions such as marking manual laps while you are training.
The strap can be easily removed, so that it can be replaced by a different one. Throughout 2017 there will be more options in terms of colours, at the moment it is only available in black or white. Red will be the first option available.
The truth is that the watch is a bit bulky, but it's more for the optical effect of its design than for the size itself (it's not much bigger than a Forerunner 35, for example).
And that's how you charge your watch. The connector is magnetic, so it's very easy to put in place.
And yes, the black strap is a real lint magnet. But since it's made of silicone, you can wash it as many times as you want.
The Polar M600, with Android Wear
The first thing that stands out about the Polar M600 is that it is a watch with Android Wear. This is what sets it apart from other training watches and what makes it unique.
Having an operating system like Google's allows you to expand the possibilities it offers tremendously. It's not a GPS clock with notifications. No, this is a complete intelligent clock, which also allows you to use it during your workouts.
As for its Android Wear side, the Polar M600 does not differ much from the rest of the options available with this operating system. In all of them the customization is limited to time spheres and to some specific application that may be included by the manufacturer, keeping a very similar menu structure.
In the case of Polar, it includes two specific spheres that combine the time with the activity monitor data.
As an Android Wear watch, the functionality with its analog Android operating system is very broad. Show and interact with notifications, send voice messages, query Google Now or even play music stored on the watch without needing the phone to do so (you have just over 2GB for music and applications). We also have an activity tracking application like Fit, but it is simply a mirror of the activity recorded by the Polar application.
The Android Wear application must be installed on the phone. Download from Play Store Without this application it is not possible to carry out any operation with the M600, and it also allows you to configure some of the notification features.
Although most of the modifications will be made from the settings menu of the clock itself.
From Play Store you can also install applications on the clock. These applications are completely autonomous, so once installed you can use them and consult the information you need without having the phone on you, provided they do not require an Internet connection.
But the biggest attraction of the platform is the notifications. Android Wear allows not only to show all the notifications that your smartphone sends, but also we can interact with them.
You can, for example, ignore notifications from your mail application, removing the notification on the phone as well, but without deleting the mail or marking it as read. The same is true for notifications from other applications such as WhatsApp.
Answering a message or an email dictating to the clock might have seemed like science fiction a few years ago (KITT, I need you), but when you're used to it, it's incredibly simple, especially for answering messages that only need a "yes" or "no" response.
But if there is something that we can highlight from Android Wear is the possibility of installing applications. And I am not talking about productivity or messaging applications (which also) but applications specifically designed for training, allowing to exponentially increase the possibilities that Polar offers us in the M600.
And it also opens up the possibilities for use of external sensors, such as cycling power meters (the Polar application of the M600 only supports pulse sensors).
In short, a multitude of options that go far beyond displaying notifications on the clock screen.
However, all this is valid if we talk about synchronizing the clock with Android; if your phone is an iPhone we talk in other terms, and that is that despite being compatible the experience is not the same as we have with the operating system of the green robot.
The first thing that stands out is the control we have over the notifications on the phone, which is void. You can only see it or discard it from the phone. And in the same way, it doesn't allow you to start new messages or conversations. So the smart clock gets less smart when paired with an iPhone.
The battery life is drastically reduced. If paired with my Nexus 6p it is able to go beyond the 2 days duration (including training), when it is the iPhone 6 that is connected to the clock it costs to reach the day of duration. This is what the Apple operating system allows, which also favors your Apple Watch over any competing model.
And when the watch is away from the phone, it doesn't allow you to use the WiFi connection either. With Android, you can move to another location in your home or workplace and still stay connected to your phone, even if you're not in range of Bluetooth, as long as you stay on the same wireless network.
Another important point that iOS doesn't support is the impossibility of installing applications - you'll only get what's included in the clock. And don't think "I can install an application from a friend's phone and then use it. No, because to pair the clock with another phone you have to do a complete wipe, so it's impossible to jump around from one phone to another. And in addition to not being able to install applications, you can't transfer music to the clock either.
This should all change with the arrival of Android Wear 2.0 on the clock, but the update is still in development and Google has not yet clarified, specifically, what the compatibility improvements with iOS will be. It will allow the installation of applications directly from the clock using the WiFi connection (without needing the phone to do so), but this is the only thing that is clear. We still don't know if it will solve any of the other present and previously mentioned problems.
Android Wear Stick
It is clear that one of the main benefits of the Polar M600 is that it is based on Android Wear. With this operating system Google offers different manufacturers a platform from which to create complete and complex products without having to develop a platform independently.
In other words, it allows manufacturers like Polar to close the gap they have with Garmin and ConnectIQ when it comes to installing applications and clock faces to customize the devices. And not only that, but it provides the entire system of voice notifications and control that would otherwise be impossible to achieve. At first glance, it seems that Polar only has positive aspects thanks to the integration with Android Wear.
But as you've seen with iOS support, not everything is rosy. Android Wear also offers limitations to manufacturers, and since the operating system is completely out of their control, these are limitations they cannot overcome in any way, regardless of whether Google works on it.
The first example can be found in the operating system updates. When Polar introduced the M600He did it thinking that before the end of the year Google would already have the definitive version of Android Wear 2.0, thus arriving at the Christmas season with a very solid product recently updated to a new and shiny operating system. The problem is that Google has delayed the update againThis is not only a drawback for users, but mainly for the manufacturer, who loses strength in the most important months of a product's launch.
The new version of Android Wear will include the possibility of installing applications from the clock itself, something basic for iPhone users (who currently cannot install applications or dials in any way). And it will also update the platform's possibilities, which after almost 21 months without any major developments has actually become somewhat old. This is common to any other clock based on this operating system as they all suffer from the same problem.
But the Polar has its specific characteristics, as you will see below.
The Polar Universe
So far we have been checking the normal behavior of any watch equipped with Android Wear. Not much different from what we can find in any other model with Google's operating system. But if you press the button below the screen you will enter a totally different universe: the Polar universe. And once you press it you can forget that you are in front of a watch with Android Wear, because what you will find is something very similar to any other Polar watch.
Polar has done a fantastic job of adapting all its functions into an Android application - everything is exactly the same as on any other of its devices, both in terms of configuration and subsequent synchronization and training analysis.
Its main menu is quite reduced, but we don't need more. First of all you will find the training option.
The second option is "My Day". Basically the activity history of the current day.
This includes the data from the activity monitor and the workouts you have completed, and you can access the same information that the watch displays at the end of an activity.
But you can only have the activity data of the current day again. If you want to consult something from past days you must open the application on your phone or on the web, but we'll see that later.
You'll also find the training sessions scheduled for that day, if you have them created in the Flow calendar, because all the configuration must be done from your own platform.
Sports mode settings
The configuration of the Polar M600 is not done in the watch, but through its website. The negative part is that you need to be connected to make any change, no matter how small. So if you go out and before you start you realize that you forgot to activate a specific data screen, bad luck, because you need to make the change through the Polar website.
But not everything is negative. There are many positive points. To begin with, the initial configuration (and the subsequent ones) are very simple.
And you've got plenty of sports to choose from as well. Instead of just having a running and cycling profile alongside a generic one for everything else (as is the case with other manufacturers); at Polar you can go crazy and create profiles for things like ping pong or yoga. Not that it has a specific function for this, but it does allow you to set up the screens independently and, by synchronising the activity, be able to identify what you were doing that day.
After selecting the different sports you want to have available you can edit them to set the different parameters in each of them. First the basic settings (and which will be common to all your Polar devices), such as speed or heart rate zones and automatic laps.
But the most important part is the configuration of the data screens. The Polar M600 supports up to 8 different screens, with a maximum of 4 data per screen. Depending on the amount of data you select, it will be shown with a larger or smaller size on the screen.
At this point it is important to note that it does not allow us to select "cadence" as a data field. Although the watch is capable of recording it and it appears later in the activity summary, it is not possible to see this data during training. Something that I miss and more than one would appreciate.
All the changes you make will appear on the clock at the next sync you make. If you made the change before you went running, simply open the Polar Flow application on your phone and it will be enough.
Training with the Polar M600
With all the profiles set up on the watch it's time to go training. You know, you simply press the center button and you'll enter the Polar training application, where you select the sport you want to practice.
Before clicking on the screen you must wait for a GPS signal and heart rate. While you are looking for both circles will have an animation, being fixed when you can start your training.
When you are running (or playing any other sport) you will have access to the data screens that you have configured from the computer. They can be data or graphics, depending on what you have selected. These screens can be accessed by scrolling down.
And if you scroll to the right you will have two predefined screens. Firstly a summary of the current lap.
And if you scroll one more screen you will see the total summary of the training until that moment.
Data such as distance travelled, average and maximum speed and heart rate, zones, etc.
The data on the screen is perfectly visible, whether you're training day or night. The quality of the M600's LCD screen is very high, with a resolution that ensures that any graphics or data will be clearly seen.
As for the lighting, by default you can have it off to increase the battery life, turning it on when you click on it or when you turn your wrist. There is a second option, which is to leave the screen always on. You can activate the option by sliding it from above while you are training.
I always use the second option, because even though the wrist turn is perfectly recognizable in most cases, those tenths of a second that it takes until the screen is turned on seem like an eternity.
Obviously because of the type of screen used, the word "backlighting" has a different concept here. If in any other clock you simply turn on the screen lighting to see it in the dark, here it is necessary to do so either during the day or at night because the screen will otherwise remain off.
While you are training, if you have activated the option, the clock will automatically mark the laps at the distance you have set, showing a lap summary on the screen. Although it is easy to go unnoticed, because the vibration is not excessively powerful and the M600 does not have audible warnings.
You can also set up your training computer to monitor your performance during a training session, for example, by pressing the button below the display (called the Polar button) to set up a lap. The data displayed will be the same as for automatic training.
And when you've finished training (or want to stop the activity momentarily) you'll need to slide the screen to the left, where you'll find the pause button.
On the next screen you can resume the activity by pressing the green button, or stop it permanently by pressing and holding the red button.
Once the training is finished, you will be able to see the summary of the activity, which is the same one we have seen before for the "My Day" section.
Finally, as far as the use of sensors is concerned, it only allows connection to an external pulse sensor via Bluetooth. But it does not allow the use of footpods, power meters, cadence/speed meters, etc. At least with the Polar application, but as the watch is based on Android, it opens up a world of possibilities...
Reviewing the activities
As soon as the phone and the clock meet again, the activity you just did will be automatically synchronized with Polar Flow (and with Strava, if you have automatic synchronization enabled).
You can then review all the training details both in the mobile application and on the Polar website.
And not just the training details, but also the daily step and calorie activity coming from the activity monitor.
As for the activity data, you will have the classic data and graphical view together with the activity map, and if you have marked manual laps, this is where you will also be able to consult them.
By the way, it's also in Polar Flow where you can create workouts that synchronize with your watch.
You can design your workout and set a date for it to take place, in which case the clock will alert you the day it's time to do so.
Optical heart rate sensor
The Polar M600's optical pulse sensor is new. It is not the first optical sensor from Polar (the Polar A360 was the first device of the brand to release this technology), but it is the first to show this configuration. 6 green LEDs surround the optical sensor to try to ensure a good reading of the pulse.
The sensor makes a small bump on the back of the watch that brings it closer to the skin, to try to ensure constant contact and avoid erroneous pulse readings.
It is common for other devices to use the pulse sensor throughout the day to record pulse and trend data, as well as to calculate the resting heart rate. This is not the case with the Polar M600, as the sensor is only operational when you are doing an activity, remaining inactive for the rest of the day. You can take your pulse at any time through the Google Fit application, but that record will not be saved or synchronized anywhere.
So there's nothing more to discuss about heart rate when we're not in the activity. So let's discuss what we do have while we're training.
Let's start with a race at a constant pace, simply running on the flat with no change of pace. This time, in addition to the Polar M600 (yellow line), I'm wearing a Garmin Forerunner 35 (blue line) and a Garmin Fenix 3 connected to the HRM-Run sensor on my chest (purple line)
Perfect behaviour of the sensor of the Polar M600 during the whole activity. The only one that deviates is the HRM-Run sensor at the beginning of the activity, something common when it's cold and we haven't started to sweat yet to guarantee a good conductivity with the sensor. It's curious to see how the two optical sensors fully coincide in their registration while the chest sensor is totally absent-minded, considering how optical sensors are always suspected.
We go with another test with the same protagonists, although this time with different colors. Here the M600 is the purple line. It is a progressive rhythm training, with a rest before doing five 200m sprints at full speed. That rest are the two straight lines that can be seen in the graph. Although the data of the Fenix 3 does not appear until the intervals, because I had decided it was too early to connect with the sensor and at the stop I had to do it manually.
Again you can see how the Polar M600 records the heart rate perfectly, at least during the progressive race period. In the final sprints it manages to do the first one perfectly, falling a little short in the following two. The fourth and fifth interval records it satisfactorily, much better than the Forerunner 35 which at that stage of the training seems to be even more tired than me.
Then another race at a constant pace but at a higher intensity, going around the Z4 and Z5 and bringing the heart rate closer to cadence rates (a complicated situation for the optical sensors, because sometimes when the "hits" of the cadence coincide with the optical pulse it causes the graph to be totally distorted by the similarity between both signals). The Polar M600 in blue, this time introducing the Fitbir Charge 2 optical sensor into the equation.
Again you can see how the start of the activity is complicated for the chest sensor, which needs more than 6 minutes to get into the right rhythm. Meanwhile the sensor of the Polar M600 is working at full capacity from the start, even if it is momentarily lost for a few minutes, however it is able to recover and finish the activity correctly.
An incorrect reading for some undetermined reason, because at that time I neither moved the watch nor was I doing anything strange.
Next is another activity with fartlek intervals. The work part includes 20s segments at a rate of about 3:20 with 10s rest. This is the most difficult thing an optical sensor can face. In blue the line of the Polar M600, which appears with a little delay because of the difference in the time codes, not because of the sensor's default. Simply the Suunto Spartan Ultra did something strange by marking the times in the activity file, so when comparing the graphs they do not match.
I was also carrying the Fitbit Charge 2 that day, but the activity file has no GPS data so it is not in a standard format (unexplainable, but true), so with the invaluable help of Suunto and Fitbit, this is the comparative graph of the activity.
I don't comment anymore on the strange start of the Suunto sensor, as you know why. As for the training itself, I had to do two blocks of 4 minutes warm-up and 4 minutes work summarized in 8x(20s to 3:20, 10s rest). Between the two blocks a few minutes of stretching.
In the case of the Suunto sensor, you can see the 8 intervals in each of the two blocks perfectly. In the case of the Polar, it records the approximate intensity, but not with the same precision as the sensor in the chest. The intervals are more "crowded" and in some of them it is not possible to identify them correctly. But as I say, it is the hardest test we can do with an optical sensor because of the rapid changes in exercise intensity.
So far we have seen high intensity running activities, but there will be many who are not used to these rhythms of work. How does the sensor behave when the intensity is much lower? Well, I have also prepared a test for this. Light jogging, followed by a period of walking; to again jog a little and then walk again. The line of the Polar M600 is the purple one.
Good general recording by the Polar, both when jogging and during the walking periods. Much better than the Fitbit sensor, which records satisfactorily when jogging but loses the line completely when walking.
So far, we've reviewed running practice. Let's go see a cycling one.
The start is good, following the other two sensors correctly without any major problems, but around the 28th minute it seems that the Polar M600 decides to take a totally different route, choosing a much easier path. At that moment it got lost and did not regain the tone at any point during the whole training. I can tell you little more about it, 2/3 of the training in which the Polar M600 is a disaster.
The rest of the cycling training I have done has been very similar. What we are going to do, it seems that this sensor does not get along very well with the activities on two wheels, although in those occasions you could use any external sensor through Bluetooth, since the M600 allows to pair with an external pulse sensor, obtaining this way the heart rate data.
In summary, what is my opinion about the optical sensor of the Polar M600? Well, despite not being too bright in cycling training, we must remember that this is usually the case with most optical pulse sensors. In this case the behavior it has had has reminded me of the first iterations of Garmin's Elevate sensor, which now offers a better performance.
As far as running with it, the result has been good. Quite good. Yes, with some small errors here and there, but overall the result is satisfactory. Much more than the results of the sensor of the Polar A360 that they presented before. And good enough that I had no problem using it as a pulse sensor during all my training.
The GPS tests that I perform are specific. I simply use as a basis my training, by areas I know and points that I identify that are often problematic with the GPS signal. Black spots that by how the signal bounces from the satellites or by difficulty in coverage can present more or less of a problem.
And to confirm that the reception they make is correct I accompany it with different devices. Logically I know where I have passed and where not, but through graphics it is much easier to show you.
There are people who use other systems, like having a pre-configured route and comparing records on it. But in my opinion this is not a valid method, since it doesn't take into account changes like weather differences, differences in the foliage of the trees depending on the season, the hand you are holding the device in (yes, it is also a differentiating factor), etc. That is, managing a database of trainings on different days won't always give the same result. That's why I prefer this kind of tests in which I compare the data under the same conditions. So below I will show you excerpts from some of my trainings. Remember that you can click on any image to see it enlarged.
In this first example, in addition to the Polar M600, I'm wearing a Garmin Forerunner 230 and a Fitbit Charge 2 wristband (whose GPS is an iPhone I'm wearing at the time).
On the straights there are usually no problems, especially when the speed is a bit faster. It is in the turns where we can see strange things. In this first image you can see how the M600 makes both turns almost perfectly (cutting a bit the first one), but both the FR230 and the iPhone go long in the curve.
In areas of good coverage, the usual is that all units coincide perfectly in the recorded track. Slight deviations, but also caused by the different location of the device (in the case of this test the iPhone is the most complicated of the three to go in the waist within a Spibelt).
In the next capture it's the M600 that goes a little long in the curve, although the other two cut it too much. But we're talking about a difference of 30cm over the actual passing area in a pretty narrow turn. So, a good result from the other contenders who didn't choose to draw a simple straight line.
It is in the areas of greater complication in the reception where the problems are perceived better. In the lower part of the route, running by the zone of docks of the port, I go stuck to some buildings that complicate the reception. To the return, the passage of the avenue is quite covered by trees, to which is added buildings to both sides of the street.
It's usually a sticking point in all the tests I do. The one with the worst performance is the iPhone, while Garmin and Polar have some ravings. But given the circumstances of the area, it's not striking. The Polar also has a slightly more unstable line, and highlights a quite remarkable cut in a curve.
More areas with complicated tree cover.
The first turn the Polar M600 nails it, while the other two devices go long again. In the second turn, entering again in a good coverage area, the M600 and the FR230 nail it again while the iPhone takes time to recover the signal after leaving the tree area.
Another different day, this time a short training series. The other watch I compare the graph with is a Suunto Spartan Ultra, with the latest update released to correct some GPS reception problems.
Except for a small difference in the arrival at the area of the promenade, in which the Suunto traces in a correct way, both graphs coincide almost completely in every moment. Good result of both clocks.
Let's go now with a road trip by bike, ending with a series. At first sight everything fits perfectly.
And that's right, when the reception is good and the speed high, you get perfectly aligned tracks.
The M600 performs very well at all times, even on the wrist.
This area is a canyon in a river. The location of the Edge 520 is perfect, as it receives a perfect signal at all times. On the other hand, the watches that go on the wrist have it more complicated because they are not oriented towards the sky. We can see that on the way, both the Polar and the Edge coincide at all times and the FR35 fails a little when making the turn.
The lap is exactly the same with the M600 and the Edge 520 marking the track on its side of the road, but the Forerunner 35 gets totally lost and goes into the mountains.
What about the repetitive turns in the series? It's like running, but faster.
Again we see the same difference as before, the Edge 520 and the Polar M600 are completely identical on the tracks, marking the pivot points exactly the same.
The Forerunner 35, on the other hand, gets lost a lot more, but in its defence, the Garmin has intelligent data recording, which hurts it in tests like this where I make tight turns.
All in all, as you can see there are not many problems with the GPS of the Polar M600. It won't be the best of the best, but I really haven't seen anything important to report. Anyway, there will never be a clock that performs 100% of the tracks with the maximum perfection, there will always be some point where it gets lost and another unit has obtained a better record.
The truth is that at this point the Polar M600 is doing a good job again.
As you may already know, if you're after a smart watch, where you can find more problems is in the autonomy of this type of devices. And that is because by technical specifications they are real battery eaters. Processor, TFT screen, operating system ... everything is designed for pure performance, not to maximize battery life.
The Polar M600 does not escape these problems, although it is true that in this aspect, the intelligent watches have advanced slightly since they began to arrive on the market. If before it was obligatory to charge the watch every night - and it was necessary to know how to manage the use well to arrive at night - with the Polar M600 it is possible to extract two days of normal use without fear of not arriving at the end of the second day. And that, including sporadic use of GPS and optical pulse sensor with one or two training sessions.
But as I emphasize every time I have the opportunity to use such a device (last time, the Apple Watch Series 2The daily autonomy depends a lot on your use, which can be similar to mine, or totally different, so it all depends on how many notifications you receive, how many queries you make with the clock or how many times you open an application on it. It is impossible to evaluate the battery life of any other user with my use.
Once I've clarified, I confirm that my results have been similar to what Polar claims. Just over two days of battery life (including workouts) when paired with Android, and close to a full day if your phone is an iPhone.
As for the battery life in activity, Polar indicates that it reaches up to 8 hours with the use of GPS and pulse sensor. In my experience I would say that it is somewhat higher than that. How much? It is difficult to establish, as the clock does not behave the same way when moving as it does when recording the activity in static.
In fact I tried to perform my usual test of autonomy by leaving the clock on the roof until the battery was exhausted, but after leaving it 12 hours recording and seeing that there was still almost a 50% battery left, it was clear that this test would not be determinant to see its performance, and that is that by standing in the same place without movement the behavior and consumption of the clock changes completely.
The Polar M600 is a one-of-a-kind watch, a rare advert. Until now, we had found intelligent watches with some sports functions in the wearable market, or watches for sports with small intelligent touches, until Polar decided to bring together the best of both worlds and create the M600.
It is the first of many Android Wear watches with training possibilities, but at the moment Polar is already ahead. The integration they have managed to achieve between their platform and Google's operating system is very good. So good, that someone who does not know in depth how these types of devices work and the complexities they pose when developing them will not stop to think about it. Because, simply, it works. It is the best sign of a job well done, that something that can pose many problems goes completely unnoticed.
Polar's movement has been clever. It was only a matter of time before someone launched a clock of this kind. They don't currently have a platform capable of installing applications or allowing basic customizations such as the clock face. And creating something like this from scratch is not easy, especially considering the number of developers who can devote themselves to such a task.
With the adoption of the Google platform they manage to avoid many complications. They do not have to test compatibility with hundreds of different phones, nor worry about the operation or features of the notifications, everything is integrated into the platform itself. And that simplifies their work a lot.
But the choice of a platform like Android Wear also forces certain compromises. If the Polar M600 is a perfect companion to any compatible Android phone, with Apple's terminals it's a lot more complicated, at least for today. No possibility to install applications, with some performance problems and with difficulties to update the Polar Flow application.
If the main advantage is that the development of the operating system is totally in the hands of Google, it is also their biggest problem: it is something totally alien to them. And an update such as Android Wear 2.0, which should already be on the market, has been delayed for the third time. This also makes their work difficult, and is something that is totally beyond their control. Simply accept what Google offers them.
At this point I would like to remind you that what you should not do is buy the watch now under promises of future updates, because we do not know when or in what condition they will arrive. Make your purchase based on what the watch offers now, not depending on possible future improvements that could come to the platform.
Despite all this, the truth is that in terms of pure performance, regardless of its function as a GPS watch, it is one of the best options for watches with Android Wear. The optical pulse sensor is quite good, at the level of what other brands like Garmin offer, and the GPS performance is up to any of their traditional watches like the M400 and V800.
This doesn't mean that Polar will forget about its platform and switch to Android Wear from now on. Not at all, proof of this is that its latest presentation (the Polar M200And they've totally ruled out that the V800's replacement will follow in the footsteps of the M600.
The platform is not yet mature enough for a high-end multi-sport watch (mainly because of its autonomy), perhaps later on. But for the M600's target audience, Polar has created a fairly rounded product, in the hope that the new version of Android Wear can make it even better.
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