POLAR V800 GPS WATCH
ULTIMATE TRAINING COMPANION
Ultimate training companion
As far as sport GPS watches go, the Polar V800 is one of the more compact and elegant looking ones around. It has a nicely sized LCD display that measures 23mm by 23mm with a display resolution of 128 x 128 pixels, which for its purpose is sufficiently clear and easy to read. The display is also protected by Gorilla Glass so it is extremely scratch-resistant. The case comes in at 12.7mm thick and features a nice brushed finish. This brushed finishing extends to the rubber strap too, which, incidentally, is comfortable to wear, but a little difficult to put on due to the fussy keeper. Overall, the watch looks stylish and sporty.
As with many Polar watches - or training computers, as they sometimes like to call them - the V800 comes with a set range of features plus additional sensors if you need it. As a GPS training watch, the V800 obviously has built-in GPS plus a rich set of training features. It can be set for running, swimming, cycling, indoor sports and it also has a multisport mode for times when you intend to do more than just run and swim. This tracking feature also integrates nicely with Polar Flow, which can be accessed via an app on your smartphone or online, that shows detailed analyses of your training sessions including your routes, speed, heart rate, effort and more. You can compare your own performance to that of other users to see how you stack up. And during the times when you are not training, the V800 acts as an activity tracker and counts your daily steps and calories burned.
What is conspicuously missing though, is an integrated optical heart rate sensor. If you need heart rate monitoring, it can be paired with the Polar H7 sensor that straps across your chest and connects via Bluetooth to sync heart rate measurements and recordings. What we found was that strapping something across your chest isn’t the most comfortable thing to do, and while it stays in place well during running exercises, it tends to slip during swims. The H7 can be purchased separately or as a bundle with the V800.
All things considered, the Polar V800 comes with a nifty set of useful features, is also comfortable to wear and also looks stylish. The V800 is pricey to be sure, but it works well and fitness enthusiasts would be hard pressed to find a more complete and well-rounded alternative.
AT A GLANCE
Display 128 x 128 pixels resolution
Heart Rate Strap
Price $699 (with heart-rate sensor) r) Polar’s Flow app offers detailed analyses of your training sessions. CONCLUSION An excellent training companion for your wrist, but a more robust heart rate sensor harness would have been preferred.