Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch
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- GPS WATCH: Built-in GPS technology keeps track of your pace, distance and altitude
- FITNESS TRACKER: Tracks your workouts, steps, distance, calories burned, sleep quality, and activity 24/8
- WATERPROOF FITNESS TRAINER: Use the fitness tracking watch to keep an eye on your running cadence to improve your running efficiency and avoid injuries in all weather conditions
- ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Compatible with H7 Heart Rate sensor to train at the right intensity with target heart rate zones
- SOCIAL SMARTWATCH: Plan, sync and share your training using the Polar Flow app and web service
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This item Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Black)
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|Batteries are Included||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Are Batteries Required||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Display||digital||128 x 128 pixels, Digital Display||180 x 180 pixels, Color display||180 x 180 pixels - LCD, Color Display||LCD|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 5 x 4 in||0.5 x 1.4 x 1.6 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||1.8 x 0.5 x 1.8 in||1.79 x 0.62 x 2.25 in|
|Item Weight||0.25 ounces||1.6 ounces||1.44 ounces||1.6 ounces||1.52 ounces|
|Sport Type||Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Camping_&_Hiking, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Exercise_&_Fitness, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Ice Skating, Lacrosse, Martial_Arts, Outdoor_Lifestyle, Pilates, Polo, Racquetball, Rugby, Running, Skateboarding, Snow Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track_&_Field, Volleyball, Yoga, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Camping_&_Hiking, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Exercise_&_Fitness, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Ice Skating, Lacrosse, Martial_Arts, Outdoor_Lifestyle, Pilates, Polo, Racquetball, Rugby, Running, Skateboarding, Snow Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track_&_Field, Volleyball, Yoga||running||Wireless||Wireless||Basketball, Bowling, Camping_&_Hiking, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cricket, Dance, Exercise_&_Fitness, Field_Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Outdoor_Lifestyle, Running, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track_&_Field, Triathlon, Yoga|
|Style Name||With Heart Rate Monitor||—||Without Heart Rate Monitor||New||Without Heart Rate Monitor|
Developed for runners who want a comfortable and durable running watch with sporty design and advanced GPS and training features. Track and record running as well as your other exercise, and monitor your performance accurately. Connect with the Polar Flow mobile app and stay active and motivated.
Color: Black | Style Name: With Heart Rate Monitor
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And the watch started out great, with useful and fun features. But all the features in the world are useless if it doesn't do one fundamental thing right: Be a dependable stopwatch:
I went out on a 20 miler 2 weeks after getting the watch, and at about 10 miles in, I look at the watch and it says: "Something went wrong. Press OK to reset M400." ('Something went wrong' being an unintentionally comical understatement.) After pressing the OK button, the watch restarted -- with the entire previous 10 miles wiped
If you're in training, you know this kind of thing is important. SUPER frustrating.
But it was just one glitch, probably a fluke, right? I sent the watch back for an exchange to Amazon, and got a brand new one. And now I could get on with my life and everything would be fine. Until this morning, when out for a run and the watch crapped out the EXACT SAME WAY. ("Something went wrong.") Heartbreaking.
2 watches, 2 total system failures, 4 weeks of ownership. I can't go through this again. I'm done with the Polar M400. (Back to my old Timex Ironman, which still works the same as the day I got it.) Maybe my experience is atypical, but i'm getting down on record for your benefit, runner-who-is-thinking-of-buying-this. Be careful.
PS. Sent an email to Polar customer service and received their response before writing this review. I described the situation the same way that I have above, and their response was essentially a perfunctory apology and a request to send the watch to them for warranty repair/replacement. Not a wholly unreasonable response, but not one that convinced me to continue with their product. At all. It's going back to Amazon for a full refund.
**UPDATE #1**: I wrote the above review within hours after the second M400 crashed, and I'm not sure if you can tell, but I was pretty upset. I ended up immediately sending the Polar back and ordering a Garmin Forerunner 10 to replace it. And after a couple of days with the Garmin, as much as I hate to admit it, the M400 spoiled me. In comparison, the Garmin seemed clunky and inconvenient. I just didn't like it.
So after going back over the reviews at various websites, and after some deep ruminations, I've decided to give Polar one last try. Hopefully this is a case of "Third time's the charm" and not "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me three times, and I've got to be some kind of world-class idiot." Depending on how things go, I'll revise this review.
Now I got replacement and here is an interesting thing. It actually syncs and all information is related from watch to Polar Flow application on my Samsung S6 phone. But...at the end of a sync it (watch) informs me that sync is failed. But it hasn't. It is just a glitch that doesn't recognize completed sync. Still, it shouldn't be like this...thus I leave my 1 star evaluation of a product. Polar please do fix your software!!
You know your product is superior to fitbit because of chest strap with a monitor that calculates heartbeat so much better than fitbit...but I never had a problems with Bluetooth and sync on my fitbit as I do at your device. Fix it!!!!
So I've owned this watch for a couple of months now, and run about 120 miles with it. I had a Garmin 10 before, and wanted something I could connect to a heart rate monitor. I use a Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband ( http://www.amazon.com/Scosche-RHYTHM-Heart-Monitor-Armband/dp/B00JQHTJS2 ) and it connects quickly to the M400 without any problems at all. I also wanted to replace an old Fitbit Flex fitness monitor with something better - and the M400 does the job very well.
Good points about the Polar M400:
* It's surprisingly comfortable with a very nice soft strap that isn't too long (even though it looks like it is)
* Battery life is pretty good (about 6 to 8 hours running, or a week or two if you just read the time)
* Conveniently, the Scosche Rhythm+ has a battery life that's about the same (8 hours)
* USB charging is very practical (easy to find a cable)
* Sync to computer via the USB cable is very quick and easy and 100% reliable
* There's a "return to start" feature that I haven't used yet, but would be great in an unknown city
* It syncs directly to your cellphone (using Bluetooth low-energy) but see below for more info...
* It's compatible with the Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband - super comfortable!
* Waterproof (unlike my dead Fitbit Flex)
* The interface is very intuitive - up, down, back, etc - it's super-easy to use
* The data screens are configurable via the Polar Flow website
* The watch looks pretty good when you wear it as a regular watch
* The price is great, considering everything it does
* There's a measure called the "Running Index" that indicates a heart fitness level - pretty cool
* The watch includes its own fitness test to help measure your VO2 max
* The Polar Flow website is actually pretty good, with a clean layout, great info and nice maps
* The Polar Flow maps can even show you a "street view" style animation of your route!
Bad points about the Polar M400:
* The sync to mobile device (cellphone, iPad, etc) can take a long while - e.g. 5 minutes
* The sync to mobile often fails the first few attempts over Bluetooth (with my Nexus 4)
* The face can be hard to read in poor light (but you can configure it to show black on clear if you prefer)
* Sometimes after downloading a TCX training data file, it's impossible to upload to RunKeeper coz it's "corrupted"?
* There's no easy way to export your training data to RunKeeper or Facebook, or anything at all really.
* Sometimes (very occasionally) it loses the GPS signal and the training route goes way off the roads you ran.
To summarize, it's definitely worth the money, and ticks most boxes, but it could be better and doesn't deserve 5 stars. Garmin's latest 220 would probably be a 5-star watch if you've got the extra cash - see http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Forerunner-220-Black-Red/dp/B00FBYY6CI/ref=sr_1_1