Polar has launched its very first Android Wear device, and just like the rest of its wrist-worn gadgets, it's designed with the fitness fanatic in mind. And it could be just what the Android Wear market needs to get back on track. With new announcement from Google's wearable OS being quiet of late, a partnership with Polar is just what the doctor ordered.
The Polar M600, although Android Wear based, still has its own set of unique features, thanks to the manufacturers years of experience in the fitness market. And it looks really impressive.
Using its advanced built-in sensors it can tell you exactly how many calories you've burned based on your weight, height, age, gender, individual maximum heart rate and how hard you're training, rather than just making guesses based on steps and pace. It also uses all your data to give you feedback on your activity on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
After each training session, it gives you immediate feedback describing the effect of your run, bike ride or swim. As well as that, you can train for a specific running event using its training program feature, choosing from four different targets. Whether you have a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon coming up, the watch sets up a schedule to get you ready for it.
It's not just a fitness tracker though, it can also track your sleep at night so that you can see how healthy your resting patterns are and - like many other fitness trackers - it can give you a poke when you've been inactive for too long. And, so that it's not just a vague, generalised tracker, you can set up multiple sport-specific profiles to more accurately train for each individual sport.
All this information is displayed on a square 1.3-inch 240x240 resolution screen which uses transmissive TFT technology and is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Inside, the watch features a 500mAh battery which Polar claims will give you two days use, and up to ten hours of continuous training.
To measure heart rate accurately, Polar has equipped the device with its own bespoke 6 LED-based system. There's also the usual selection of sensors; including the accelerometer and gyroscope for tracking motion, and the ambient light sensor, vibration motor and ambient light detector.
Perhaps more important than all of those sensors is the GPS, which means it can quickly and accurately track your location without the need of a smartphone. So you'll be able to take it out and leave your phone behind. What's more, the watch is built with IPX8 water resistance, which means you can go swimming in depths up to 10 meters, and it'll be just fine.
The Polar M600 is available to pre-order now for £264.50, and comes with either a black or white silicone strap.