Watch review Polar m400, during which we were writing is incredibly difficult to find flaws that would be a little bit balanced the numerous advantages of the device.
Since the advent of watch review Polar m400 on the market, we have assumed that this would be the best combination of price and quality in the segment of low-cost watches for jogging. So, in general, it happened: after a long test, we collected a lot of interesting observations that and want to share.
This watch manufacturer has combined a full activity Tracker, Smart Watch, and GPS-clock. Before that, I enjoyed many devices that individually monitored the sleep traversed steps and calories burned throughout the day, but always wanted to combine these functions in one device.
In my opinion, the company managed to do quite well, while maintaining an affordable price.
Appearance: watch review Polar
The watch review Polar has thin (11.5 mm) and lightweight (56.6 grams), which may seem high unless those who are already accustomed to wearing a small fitness tracker. On the other hand, for those who are used to a large multisport watch, this model will feel light and elegant, which is quite possible to wear in everyday life, but with a business suit certainly not dress.
The model comes in black, white, pink and blue colors, and has as great and contrast backlit display, as well as her older sister V800.
The strap is made of very soft and pleasant to the touch of silicone. He fastened a double metal buckle, and the rest of the strap can be hidden under a silicone loop.
On the inside of the clock, which is made of metal, is a micro USB-port for charging. It is the perfect solution taking into account the fact that there is a property of chargers permanently disappear or stay at home (especially when you go to another country in the competition). Port closed with a rubber plug that provides hours of water resistance even at a depth of 30 meters. Therefore, you can safely take a shower in the hours and even swim.
The only disadvantage of this arrangement is the port that you cannot charge the watch review Polar on the go on your wrist. This option is typically used ultra-marathon runners when you need to recharge the watch during the very long run.
The rest of the runners who expect to exercise in the usual urban environment, nothing to fear – the battery holds about 8 hours in GPS-mode and 2-3 weeks in a normal, everyday operation.
On both sides of the body of watch review Polar are 5 buttons (backlight, up, down, end and beginning of the activity). The buttons are easy to press and they are easy to find in the dark, but they practically do not protrude from the body that prevents accidental operation.
Run: watch review Polar
The first thing that will offer you hours upon entering the menu “Running” is a recommendation to “stand still”. This is to speed up the search signal GPS. However, the search for satellites, there is no problem and the maximum waiting time is about 30 seconds.
After the start of training, the display indicators will pace, average pace and distance. All parameters and display parameters can be changed via the service Polar Flow. Initially, the watch has 6 displays, three of which are given under indicators of heart rate. This is not surprising, as the Polar has always paid much attention to accurate measurement of the heart rate. In addition to the usual index of the pulse, the display shows the graphic heart rate zones and the percentage of your stay in these areas.
The treadmill workout can be performed in normal mode, and setting the intervals and purpose.
Settings interval training is quite scarce and they can only be set with the parameters of duration and distance. But using Polar Flow, the intervals can be adjusted much more flexible. You can also set a timer time, rough finish. By enabling this feature for a run in 5, 10, 21 and 42 km, you’ll see the estimated time of the end of the exercise, which is useful during the competition.
Graphs heart rate and heart rate zone in the Polar Flow
The watch review Polar M400 differs from most of its competitors that are not rounded figures of pace during a workout. In other words, you are right in the run will see the exact rate figures: for example, 5:12 min / km instead of 5:10 or 5:15, as was shown to other devices.
After the workout, the watch will show the main results: average and best results of speed, distance, pulse, and result in a circle. Also, if during exercise you set a personal record, the watch will tell you about it, and will give the virtual congratulate Cup.
The results are workout Polar Flow.
After synchronizing with your smartphone data is uploaded to the training Polar Flow, where you can see detailed performance run.
Bike: watch review Polar
Mode “Bike” imposed in hours separate menu, although its functionality is not much different from the run mode. At this point, the display is preset to display the speed in km / h, instead of minutes per kilometer, in the run.
Unfortunately, the watch review Polar M400 does not support any of the bicycle sensors other than heart rate, which, however, should not have expected from a run-oriented watch in the budget price category. But even without a speed sensor, watches an excellent job with the role of bike computer with GPS-module.
The hours can be adjusted and other sports in which the watch will count the pulse and during exercise.
Accounting training effect
Now that the precise parameters of GPS data and heart rate is no surprise, in the forefront in the fight for the attention of brands beyond the ability of users of interpretation of these data. Not just to know your speed or average heart rate, it would be good also to understand how these numbers can be used in the training process.
Based on figures collected during the training, including the variability of the heart rate, the system gives a summary of the presumptive your physical condition. In addition to understanding the progress in training, using this information, you will be able to build a better recovery process.
Another runner to help coming short news reports after the end of the workout. Depending on the duration and intensity of training, the system tells the body what features you trained. This may be speed endurance, uniform training of basic bodily functions, etc.
Short information about the type of training
Running Index is an indicator that is used by many manufacturers to determine the progress of a runner. Polar interpret these figures in its own way and offers a detailed table to determine the level of athlete.
In my case, this figure has not converged with the figures of other brands, but it’s nice that the Polar took me to elite athletes.
Activity Tracker: watch review Polar
As we mentioned, the watch review Polar M400 combine full hours and activity tracker.
The watch review Polar is passed the number of steps per day reminded when it’s time to move and offer different options to fill in missing activities. If you have not been very active during the day, the watch may well offer to wash the dishes 1.5 -2 hours or take a walk on the street – you choose.
The watch review Polar M400 also monitors the duration and quality of sleep. Opening themselves determine the time of your bedtime and awakening. Unfortunately, the watch cannot wake you up in the light phase of sleep. It is very convenient and useful feature that could easily be implemented as a device detects light and deep sleep.
The report and the results of the day are available in the mobile application or website where all the activities laid out in part with the corresponding color.
Results of the daily activity of a dream, passed the steps and calories burned
Depending on the purpose of the daily activities that you put in the application, the watch shows you the percentage of achievement throughout the day. In order for this information to be relevant, you must first select your Polar Flow appropriate level of daily activity.
Synchronization with smartphones and Polar Flow
Well, of course, not without M400 features Smartwatch. Message notification, calls, and E-mail are implemented here is just great.
The watch can display Cyrillic, and even to accept or reject an incoming call. Notifications implemented so well that at first even begin to believe in the myth of the possibility to get rid of the habit of constantly climbing into his pocket for a phone at every notification. But there it was, emails, Facebook huskies and still have their own.
Polar Flow mobile
More recently implemented the ability to export the Polar training files GPX, CSV, and TCX. With this workout data can be uploaded to other platforms, but still we have to do in a manual mode (which is not very convenient, especially when you consider that in most other platforms, this process is automated).
Conclusions: watch review Polar M400
As we expected, watch review Polar M400 were among the best sports watches in its price segment. The ratio of broad functionality and an affordable price makes this watch a great option for both novice athletes who have just decided to take themselves and experienced athletes who need accurate records of training processes.
If the active sport has not yet become part of your life, the M400 can be a good motivation to start. Quite often data about “lazy” days can be a magical kick to get together and go out for a jog.
For runners who are engaged in regular, M400 could be decent new clothes the old watch and cause new sports records.
The cost watch review Polar M400 at the time of publication of the material is 250$.