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Polar V650 Cycling Computer
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- Advanced cycling computer with integrated GPS and unique Smart Coaching training features. Includes Polar H6 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor
- Large 2.8 inch color touch screen- easily monitor training data even at high speeds. Water resistant :IPX7
- Provides accurate altitude data with barometric pressure sensor;New bike mount allows solid and easy mounting
- Instant data sync, training analysis and sharing via Flow app and web service. Plus, Polar Flow syncs with Strava.
- Seamless connectivity with compatible Bluetooth Smart heart rate and cycling sensors
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Get deeper insight and analysis on your training with the V650 and plan future rides in the free Polar Flow web service. Share training session data with friends in Strava by connecting your Flow account.
Analyze every detail of your training with Polar V650 – the smartest cycling computer you’ve ever seen.
With the V650 you can follow your ride with integrated GPS and get the most accurate altitude data with a built-in barometric pressure sensor. The V650 brings together all the essential features ambitious cyclists need to boost their performance and get an edge over their competitors. The V650 also gives you instant feedback after your session.
- 2.8” color touch screen
- Integrated GPS
- Built-in barometric pressure sensor
- Free maps with location info and travelled route (software version 1.2 and above)
- Compatible with Bluetooth Smart heart rate and cycling sensors
- Polar Flow web service
- USB charging
- Connect your Flow account with Strava to share V650 training session data with friends in Strava
Built-in GPS and Barometric Pressure Sensor
The V650 tracks your ride with integrated GPS and gives you the most accurate altitude data with the built-in barometric pressure sensor.
The V650 also includes free maps (software version 1.2 and above). After enabling the maps, you’ll see your location and route on a map during your rides.
Bluetooth Smart Cycling Sensors
Boost your cycling performance with Polar Bluetooth Smart Cadence and Cycling Speed sensors: find out what your most efficient pedaling rate is and measure your speed and distance accurately. Measure your power output in watts with Kéo Power and get instant feedback on your performance. (Sensors sold separately, not included.)
2.8 inch color touch screen
Get motivating feedback immediately after training. When you want to know the effect of a training session, Training Benefit will tell you exactly what you need to know. You get a quick overview after each session and further in-depth analysis at Polar Flow web service.
Adjustable Bike Mount
The V650 comes with an adjustable bike mount that fits firmly around the handlebar or stem of basically any bike, without leaving any marks on it.
The front-mounted smart visibility LED light of the V650 turns on automatically in low-light conditions, enhancing visibility and allowing you to be seen when riding in the dark.
The V650 can be conveniently recharged with a standard micro USB cable. In training mode, the battery life is 10 hours.
Style Name: With Heart Rate Monitor
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I still generally like the V650. I find the GPS works very well. I never have any issues with GPS.
Occasionally, the V650 unit has trouble pairing to the speed and cadence sensors on the bike or with my H7 HRM. I select "Search for Sensors", and it usually finds them right way. It is important that your HRM is not paired to another device (such as a Polar Loop or your phone), as it will only pair to one device at a time and you must un-pair it with the other device before it will pair with your V650.
I do find the V650's screen hard to read in bright sunlight while wearing sunglasses. For example, it is tricky to see if you are paired to all the sensors in bright light. Unfortunately, the backlight times out before it is done pairing. On the screen, little green circles stop flashing when you are paired - which is very tough to see in bright light - especially if the backlight turned itself down. It would be better if a larger icon popped up for each sensor when you pair. (Also, since I sync after every ride, I end up charging the V650 with only a few percent of battery use. Let the backlight stay in bright mode for criminy sakes!) Luckily, it usually pairs just fine.
I've found the case of the V650 to be pretty slippery. You have to be careful holding it so as to not accidentally touch the touch screen or the side button, and it is easy to have it slip around in your hand. A little more grip to the surface, especially around the edges, would be appreciated.
The left side button is easy to inadvertently push - either when holding the unit or when you toss it in your pocket. (I regularly remove the V650 from my bike to prevent theft or to sync). Hitting the side button can take it out of "Lock Display" mode, allowing all your settings to get changed if the screen is touched - like if it is in your pocket. I've had a few frustrating moments when half way through a ride, I discovered the settings were altered. Polar needs to fix this - unfortunately, to do so is probably a hardware fix and not a firmware fix.
I bought the speed and cadence sensors to allow the V650 to show "inclination", or the grade percent of the road. I found it does work, but it is not very accurate - the inclination readings in percent are quite a bit off from what Google Earth says the road grade is - that is they read way under. A 10% grade might register at only 4 or 5 % on the V650. Therefore, I have set the unit to display altitude. So don't bother with the speed and cadence sensor kit unless you really want to see cadence. You already get speed from the GPS in the V650, so the speed sensor only provides a slightly more accurate reading - a very minor difference.
There are still a few bugs in the software and Polar Flow. For example, when I look at the altitude profile of my ride on Polar Flow on the web, it is correctly displayed. When I view the same profile on my phone, it says it is in "Feet", but it displays in meters - it is very obvious someone forgot to make the conversion from meters to feet in the Polar Flow app for iOS. ******END UPDATE*****
I love the V650. I've used the Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitor with my iPhone 6 for several months and finally decided to add the V650. First of all, the H7 HRM with an iPhone and the Polar Beat app will get you almost as much data as the V650. So it is a much cheaper way to go. With the H7 and the Polar Beat app, you can record average and max heart rate, average and max speed, elapsed time, etc. and map your ride from the phone's GPS. All of the data and your route map uploads automatically to the Polar Flow website, were you can maintain a diary of all of your workouts. The same data is viewable on your phone.
With the V650, you can see on the display all of the same data the H7 records, plus some additional data. I like the ability to see the data real time while riding my bike. The display is large, easily read and worked well, even in bright sun light and while wearing sunglasses. There are many customizable views available to see your data while riding.
The V650 paired easily with my previously purchased H7 HRM. I did find out that I needed the "Polar Flow" app to see the V650 data instead of the "Polar Beat" app. Both are free apps and I had no trouble getting both up and running. I also figured out I need to make sure the Polar Beat app is shut down on my phone in order for my H7 HRM to pair with the V650 using Bluetooth.
One major difference with the V650 vs. my previous experience with the H7. The H7 transferred data to my phone and that data was uploaded automatically. This does not occur with the V650. You must sync to a computer with USB and Polar's FlowSync software to upload the data to from the V650 to Polar's Flow website. At this time, you cannot sync your V650 wirelessly. The end result is the same, all of your data can be viewed online and shared with friends or family. A few minutes after syncing the V650 to a computer and the data for each ride is viewable on your phone using the Polar Flow app.
The V650 does collect additional data (compared to the combo of an H7 and the Polar Beat app on an iPhone), including altitude from its internal barometer. I found if I calibrate the barometer to the known altitude of my home before each ride (takes about 10 seconds to accomplish) then the altitude readings are pretty accurate. I went to Google Earth to see the altitude at my home, but you can see the altitude on many car GPS units too. I'd say after calibration, the V650 is accurate to maybe plus or minus 10 ft (3m). Since the weather changes, it is important to calibrate before each ride. During the ride, the V650 records all of the vertical feet you climb or descend on a ride.
The V650 can also read a speed sensor and cadence sensor via bluetooth. I've ordered the Polar speed and cadence sensors but have not yet tried them. I tried a Wahoo SC, but it would not fit my bike due to a conflict with my fat tires and fenders. One feature that sold me on the V650, was the ability to display the "inclination", or the grade of the road. Inclination can be displayed in degrees or percent. I like the idea of seeing if the hill I am climbing is a 10% grade or whatever. I discovered, however, to see inclination, you must have the speed sensor in combo with the V650. I found this out at the forum for the V650 at Polar's website. Kudos to Polar for maintaining a forum for users to share information.
Updates are giving it parity with GPS units costing double the retail price.
Color screen is sharp and easy to read. GPS lock is quick, Bluetooth connectivity ties in with my HR monitor and speed/cadence sensor. Lack of Ant+ a non issue for me, and I've not invested in any Ant accessories.
Polar Flow Sync is okay for a synchronization app; but Bluetooth sync to phone would be much easier. - Per Polar updates bluetooth sync to iPhone is coming soon!!
Offline maps are a great feature for tracking route. Haven't successfully used route guidance as its limited in functionality as only can import from Polar's flow. Needs to support route imports from third party sites.
I have successfully paired with my Mio HR monitor and Topeak PanoBike Bluetooth Speed/Cadence sensor. This has allowed me to use the Polar V650 on my trainer letting me track speed/cadence/hr while spinning in one place.
When i get back on the road I'm excited to have the inclination featuer work as well.
Update: Received a second unit. Here are some observations.
The bike mount is very poorly designed. It looks similar to garmin, but it is not compatible. Also it does not securely attach the unit to the bike and v650 wobbles on every bump and eventually slides to the side and have to be manually returned to the "face-up" position. Mount design is close to idiotic, rubber padding is slippery and base is not compatible with zip ties. I tried different things, but i did not come up with acceptable solution yet.
Connecting to computer, updating and syncing with polar flow works flawlessly (win10 64bit). The unit can only hold about 300x300 miles of map at any given time, so if you ride in different areas you would need to update the map by re-positioning the selected area.
GPX routes can be loaded to the unit, by adding them to the favorites on polar flow website and then syncing. Syncing with polar flow website can be done using polar flow app on the phone, however there is no way to add a particular route to the unit directly from the phone. The maximum number of routes is 20 (polar website can have more routes but only first 20 are synced).
There are only two physical buttons and all operations use touch screen. Big red "home" button is to start/stop recording and small button on the side is for syncing and turning the unit on/off. Switching between different views can only be done by swiping, which is not particularly easy during the ride. It would be nice to have physical buttons for scrolling through the views.
Views are fully customizable, except for map view which does not have any customization options. There are a lot of preset views that can show speed, elevation, total time, ride time, distance, power (if you pair with compatible power meter), heat rate, averages, maximums, etc. All displayed values seems to be very accurate.
Battery life is decent, The drain is about 10% per hour of riding with map and full backlight. It can be charged using mini usb connected to external battery pack - so this is not an issue at all. Note that mini usb connector is not reversible, so it is a bit more troublesome than lighting connector. It does not support wireless changing.
The unit works really well in the heat. My iphone shuts down after about 20 min when I put in on handlebar in direct sunlight. Polar v650 worked in direct sunlight at 35C (95F) for 6 hours straight without any signs on malfunction. Screen is perfectly readable in direct sunlight while wearing polarized sunglasses (it is readable without sunglasses as well).
The polar v650 does not have any navigational features. It shows you the map, route and current position. But it does not warn you before the turn, there is no beep or any indication on the screen that the turn is coming (no turn arrows etc.). Map views are not customizable. Unit does not show how many miles until the next turn, does not show the street name or even the direction of the turn. For example if your route intersects itself at some point it will show you that route continues in both direction. Basically there is no route guidance, no navigation, no turn-by-turn directions. It shows the map just like cyclometer app without any attempt to guide you. It does not warn you if you deviate from the route.
Synchronization with phone works well, but very slow. It takes about 5 minutes to upload a ride info. Synchronization with PC via USB is much faster.
Overall it is a reasonable bike computer considering the price point. It has some potential (i.e. polar might even add navigation in the next firmware update). I wish it had some navigational capabilities, better mounting bracket and physical buttons for scrolling the views. But it works well in the heat, has good battery life and shows accurate speed, distance and HR.
Update (2016-07-11): After several rides with v650, I started to like it. It really works well, interface is well designed, battery life is impressive, no issues with syncing (with PC and phone). Upgraded rating to 4 stars. The only negatives: very poor bike mount and lack of navigation options (would be nice to have: arrow on the screen to show direction of turn, distance before next turn and beep 100m before the turn).
Update (2016-10-30): Got a new front mount for v650 from polar. Polar also made some updates to the software, which make this unit even better. I really like it. Updated rating to 5 starts.
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