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Polar A300 Fitness Tracker and Activity Monitor
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- ACTIVITY TRACKER: Waterproof fitness monitor motivates you to reach your daily goal by tracking your steps, distance, and calories burned 24/7
- ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Vibrating inactivity alerts help you keep moving throughout the day
- SLEEP TRACKER: Automatically tracks your sleep time, quality of sleep, and sleep patterns
- COMPATIBLE: Compatible with H7 Heart Rate sensor for continuous, accurate heart rate
- CUSTOMIZE: Design your A300 fitness tracker to fit your style with interchangeable wrist bands in different colors
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The A300 tracks your moves 24/7. It shows your steps, distance, and burned calories. Let the A300 guide you and show you different ways to reach your daily goal.
Color: Black | Style Name: With Heart Rate
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During setup of the Polar, you can choose between three activity levels for your profile. Based on the level you choose, a daily goal is set for you. Unlike the Fitbit and Garmin, the activity goal can be reached in three ways (intense or moderate exercise, or steps). For example, on days I do a cardio based workout, I typically reach my activity goal by the end of the workout. On my rest day, I may have 12,000+ steps yet I still have not reached my activity goal. On a strength training day, I accomplish a large percentage of my activity goal, but I might need to take a walk around the block to meet the goal. With the Garmin and Fitbit, I would often begin my day with an intense 500+ calorie burn workout and still end the day without reaching my goal because I didn't get the purposed number of steps.
The Polar A300 has a number of advantages over other fitness trackers. Here are some that stood out to me:
* It's waterproof;although Garmin devices are also waterproof, Fitbit is not.
* Battery life: I am going 2-3 WEEKS between charges even though I use the Polar connected to a heart rate monitor for at least an hour per day. The other activity trackers that I tried required charging every 3-5 days.
* Heart Rate Monitoring: Wrist based heart rate monitoring is simply not as accurate or dependable as a chest strap. With both the Fitbit Charge HR and the Fitbit Blaze, a good sweat would prevent the device from detecting my heart rate. The heart rate on the Garmin Vivosmart HR was always lagging or just plain wrong (way off). Neither of these will pair with a chest strap. At first I thought it would be useful to know my resting heart rate; a head-up when I'm over training or getting sick, but with the way the Garmin averages the resting heart-rate, it doesn't work for this purpose. I also found that I am very aware of an increase in my resting heart rate and I don't need a device to show this. There was no real benefit to 24 hour heart rate monitoring.
The Polar A300 does not do 24 hour heart rate monitoring or even wrist-based heart rate monitoring. It connects to the Polar H7 chest strap. Even better, I've been able to pair the Polar with my Scoshe Rythym + arm band Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor with Armband, Black since I'm not crazy about wearing a chest strap. I can choose the type of activity that I am doing and set the watch to record. I can also pause the workout on the watch, view the current heart rate, heart rate zone, time, and calories burned. (Note that you do not get smart notifications if the watch is in workout mode, a feature I love).
The Polar A300 does not calculate a resting heart rate, but it does do something better: the Polar OwnIndex Fitness Test (similar to a V02 max test) to measure cardiovascular fitness. To take this test, you simply put on the chest strap and lay still for a minute or two. The first time I took this test, my score was a 42 (which was great for a 36 year old female!). The app instructed my to take the test again in 6 weeks to see if I've improved. I'm looking forward to the next test; I like having a goal to work towards (beating my previous score).
* Smart Notifications: the Polar A300 does vibrate when your phone is getting a notification, text, or call. You have the option to answer or decline a call, but you cannot respond to a text (none of the trackers I tried offered that option). You only get a line or two, so you can't always see the full message. The Fitbit Blaze was slightly better for receiving text messages because you could read the whole message.
* Time to Move! One of the great features of the A300 is the "Time to Move!" notifications. Even after I reach my activity goal for the day, the watch will vibrate if I've been sitting for more than an hour. I found it so ironic that the Fitbits did not have this capability.
* Display: The time and date are always displayed on the Polar A300; it does not require some elaborate wrist movement to may the display turn on (and yet the battery life is still so much better than the other activity trackers!).
* Durability: This is a functional watch; it does not have a touch screen. I purposely chose the A300 over the A360 because I'm pretty rough on watches. I don't want to worry about scratching a delicate screen. I wanted something that worked well, not that just looked pretty and that's what I got. The Polar A300 has a comfortable band and seems to hold up to most anything. I read some reviews that the band was too long for some women, as it is unisex, but I have not found that to be the case. I have very small wrists and the strap does come all the way around my wrist, but it's held in place with the ring around the band.
I chose the A300 over the M400 because I am not a runner and I don't need GPS. More than that, I read that the M400 does not have a vibration feature. I haven't tried the M400, so I can't say for sure, but this was important to me.
Overall, this is a great device; it's perfect for my lifestyle. I highly recommend to anyone who wants a fitness tracker that can monitor workouts, daily activity, and sleep.
Frankly I am not sure who is heading the development team in polar and responsible for the roll out of Firmware update
this guy should be fired NOW!
so A300 used to have a feature that was amazing for me and many out there,
the zone lock ... (I dont mean "fat burn" or "Fitness improve" Zone Lock) No I mean, Zone 1 - 5 Lock manual with vibration
it was an amazing feature, BUT ...... some genius at polar decided .. that nah lets remove that feature cause hey ...
lets annoy our loyal customers right !
so now you CAN NOT lock zone ( I mean a specific zone ) on A300, You either do it predefined on phazed training on Polar flow website in which you cant change once added to your device (meaning u can unlock or lock or change timing ) OR .... the simple fitness or fatburn mode Lock
THIS IS SIMPLY SO ANNOYING ... its like buying a car with auto transmition , and one day you come and find it has been changed to Manual because of an update from the manufacturer !!!!
I certainly hope Polar would rectify this catastrophe, I shouldnt be afraid to upgrade my Firmwire since I might lose a feature that my watch has!!
for this I am deducting a star , frankly I am so furious i want to give it 1 star but still it is a good watch with out this feature,
the annoyance is removing a feature the watch used to has !!
the watch is still great , but mind you, You can buy something and then a few month find that some features are GONE !!!
Hopefully someone from polar will read this and rethink what the company is doing to its customers !
Well since I am fitness geek, NASM fitness instructor certified and I almost own every HR on the market (yeah I am that of a geek :)) here is my review on the latest Polar A300
well First Description,
if you are familiar with the Polar line of products you will know the FT's product line, so basically this is the new generation of the FT4/7/40/60 and so forth,
what Polar used to do at first is split its option on various models so You wont find one model having all of the features which was some what annoying, so FT4 will have some features that FT7 wont have so upgrading then didnt mean you will get all the options, just different ones, yeah annoying,
so what Polar have went and done is have it all combined into one product,the A300
the watch it self is strangly very comfy, strap is so elastic and sturdy at the same time, I know alot of rs300x owners out there have suffered from the bands but I think this one is here to stay, + if you happen to break it, yes you can buy another on in various colors so very nice design and you can have different straps for different occasions (yes pink is available for you ladies)
well what can I say, it simply and finally has combined most of the options of the FT series+ activity monitor of the loop except ofcourse the more sophisticated options which will be found in the higher M400 (Runners) and the V800(Tri) models
so in short you would have the ability to:
view Heart rate indicator (fat burning zone/fitness improvement zone)
ability to view calories burnt
time spent in each zone
5 heart rate zones
and also many more viewing modes that can be adjusted when you hook the watch to ur USB laptop through flow website, and upload your activity there, (also from there you can setup def profiles for diff sports, and Fav workouts , meaning you can setup for example a fav with title "insanity" or running with thier diff options and targets.
so from there you can have a target workout (based on time/ calories/ distance)
phase workout (warmup/ run / cooldown) with Vibration and sound alerts (very cool)
it will work with the simple coded polar heart rate or a BlueTooth 4.0 + its water proof so you can use it while swimming (huge + since most other brands still dont have this option)
on the down side you will find it lacking the ability to separate the activity from the workout , meaning for example you want your workout to be not added to your overall daily activity because you want to burn activity based on the daily movement activity , this is till now not possible to my knowledge, so for example my activity target will be hit in the morning with my regular workout ...but with the ability to upgrade the firmware from the PC polar might add this option.
its a very nice little gadget , for me it hits the dot for every one who is not into a specific sport
so if you are into say workout dvds (Insanity/ P90x's/ T25), cross fit, regular swimming (not competitions) and so forth this is def for you,
finally polar has summed all its cool options in one device, plus still having the fitness test to calculate the vo2 Max is def plus, keeps your burning fat calculations very accurate.
battery life is very good, I would go for a week + with workout and daily use before I need to charge
so inshort if you are a fitness enthusiast but not so much a pro (runner or tri, need more analysis on Pace, stroke and so forth)
this is def for you, plus the diff colors will make it never boring
Great work Polar :),
if you need any further info let me know in the comments , I usually take 2 days max to reply