HWM (Singapore) - - Front Page - by Kenny Yeo

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.


Dis­play 128 x 128 pix­els res­o­lu­tion


30 me­ters

Heart-rate mon­i­tor

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.

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