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Polar returns to the field of sports and activity watches with the M600. Designed for athletes who are already demanding, this tocante has the distinction of also operating under Android Wear. But is this last feature a real advantage?
The range of Polar sports watches is expanding. Already large with consumer watches like the A300 , others for more discerning athletes, such as the M400 , or even downright “pro” like the V800 , it is now complemented by the M600. Launched at € 350, this large rectangular screen watch is obviously complete to follow its sports training and daily activities, but also tries to innovate by adopting Google’s Android Wear platform. The door open to a wide range of extended functions and, perhaps also, to certain disadvantages
Best Polar M600 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020
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Rather opulent with its Gorilla Glass 3 screen of 3.1 x 3.5 cm (2.2 x 2.4 cm display area for 240 x 240 px), waterproof to 10 meters (IP X8), integrating a GPS and 4 GB of storage space for music, the Polar M600 also has a cardio sensor. This is the first one we come across with 6 LEDs. According to Polar, he would be more precise in his feedback, an argument that is difficult to verify on the ground. The watch has two buttons: one for navigation on the side, the second to launch a workout just below the screen.
Releasing a feeling of robustness, even if it can be found a little invasive on the wrist – it does however weigh only 63 grams -, the M600 is supplied with a proprietary charger which is magnetized on the back of the watch. Good point: the electronic module of this watch can be detached from its strap. This makes it possible to consider replacing a damaged bracelet, or even to replace it with another color or another material the day that Polar wants to develop this type of accessory.
Working with the Polar Flow app, thanks to which you can record your training sessions – but also plan them – the M600 is also Android Wear compatible. This allows him to take on the package of functionalities made available to manufacturers by Google, such as notifications from a smartphone (Android, but also iOS), SMS, voice searches, access to music, etc.
The daily sensor
Rather easy to access despite the extent of its functions, the M600 is a connected watch that is pleasant to live with. Easy to implement, its daily use proves to be rather intuitive; we tested it for 8 days paired with an iPhone 7 Plus.
However, there is a lack of harmony of presentation between the purely Polar screens and those dedicated to Android Wear. The two universes coexist, can meet (one can launch a training directly using the central button or by triggering it in Android Wear, for example), but the union operated still seems to lack harmony. It’s almost as if Polar is trying to effect a forced marriage. The need to go through two applications on the smartphone (Android Wear on one side, Polar Flow on the other) also complicates the task a little.
And we come to wonder what relevance can Android Wear have on a high volume sports watch, which will not necessarily be worn on the wrist 7 days a week. As much as we can understand that horological watches engage in this breach, as much, here, we start to wonder … Of course, it is very nice to find in Android Wear many customization screens and other applications to increase the functionality of his tocante, but is this really what what will a Polar customer look for, who will spend € 350 (or € 30 more than an Apple Watch Series 1) in the M600 whose primary purpose is to be a sports watch and an activity sensor? Note, of course, that the M600 fulfills its mission perfectly at this level.
We know and appreciate this interface well. Clear, readable colored but not too much, it offers several screens on a smartphone: Flux (to access the results of its daytime activities at a glance); Activity (to access a daily, weekly or monthly pie chart); Training (to find the calendar of its sports sessions); Notifications. It’s pretty well done.
Thanks to the cloud and despite our failure to synchronize from a computer, this data is automatically found online with maps (also accessible on smartphones), heart rate curves, etc.
We still love the little “Relive” function which creates a small music video of the outings, emphasizing certain data (maximum attitude, etc.).
In addition, a small personalized assessment is even offered. The whole can be simply shared.
On its website, Polar announces that the autonomy of 2 days for the M600 ” when it is connected to Android devices “. Is forgetting to mention iOS devices fortuitous? Finding: linked to an iPhone 7 Plus, the M600 barely “takes” two days in normal use, a day and a half with an activity recording of about two hours with geolocation. This is little.
And the M600 doesn’t warn anyone when their heartbeat is going to stop. A little sending of email, as is proposed on the Fitbit Blaze , for example, when going to refuel, would not be too much. Especially since Android Wear allows it, right?
Excellent sports watch, perfect activity sensor, the Polar M600 wants to do well … probably too well. Beautifully made, it is a little too bulky to claim to be with us 24 hours a day. And she lacks autonomy. Above all, the presence of Android Wear is questionable on a product more “sport” than “lifestyle”. On the question, opinions will undoubtedly remain divided, with activists from both sides who will defend their arguments.
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