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Polar M600 review: A solid blend of fitness and smart watch

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While the style almost definitely won't be for everyone, there's a really attractive proposition in having an Android Wear smart watch that is capable of working as a comprehensive fitness tracker.

The good

  • Completely waterproof
  • Lightweight design
  • Integrated GPS
  • Comprehensive activity results
  • The benefit of Android Wear in a fitness tracker

The bad

  • Battery life
  • No automatic fitness tracking
  • Silicone strap is a dust magnet

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Smart watches and fitness trackers may offer similar functionality in slightly different form factors, but in the majority of situations they cater to completely different audiences. Polar's new M600 Android Wear smart watch is obviously designed by the Finnish company to try and bridge that divide, and for the most part the result is successful.

There are still some fundamental challenges when it comes to using a smart watch as a fitness tracker (*cough* battery life *cough*) but so long as you’re prepared to forego sleep tracking and charge the M600 every night, the tracking elements of the watch are well worth your time. Polar’s dedicated tracking button makes getting active simple, while the Polar Flow app does a solid job of keeping tabs on your fitness activities.

Design

  • Completely waterproof
  • Lightweight design
  • Silicone strap is a dust magnet
Polar M600 review

Performance

  • Lacklustre battery life
Polar M600 review

Features

  • Integrated GPS
  • Comprehensive activity results
  • The benefit of Android Wear in a fitness tracker
  • No automatic fitness tracking
Polar M600 review

Verdict

While the style almost definitely won't be for everyone, there's a really attractive proposition in having an Android Wear smart watch that is capable of working as a comprehensive fitness tracker. Notifications on fitness devices has always been an area of disappointment, and Polar seems to have delivered here by combining the two fields through its very good Polar Flow fitness software.

If you’re looking for more of a smart watch with notification capabilities and some fitness tracking on the side, the Apple Watch Series 2 is the obvious competition for iOS users. For the more fitness savvy, the Fitbit Blaze is also worth taking a look at.


Pricing and availability

Polar sells the M600 via its online store for $499, and it can also be picked up from Harvey Norman stores around the country.

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You can follow your daily activity, calories burned and amount of steps taken. You can also use the Polar Flow web service and the downloadable mobile app to plan, sync, and share your training.

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Specifications

Polar M600

General

Face Size
33mm
Internal Memory
4GB
Battery Life
Up to 2 days

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
Blueooth 4.2

Features

Accelerometer
Yes
Built In Microphone
Yes
Calories Burned
Yes
Distance
Yes
Dustproof
Yes
Gps
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes
Water Resistant
Yes

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2 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Carlos
    September 2, 2016

    Do you know if the watch is capable of tracking pool swimming? things like number of Laps, strokes or stroke recognition?

    Thanks

    Carlos

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Dee
      September 29, 2016

      Hi Carlos,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve read in one of the forums that Android wear has a pool swimming app which could probably work on this device since it operates on Android and is also waterproof.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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