Among the major and difficult competition on the market, Polar’s new fitness tracker is efficient and durable, coming in to compete with a powerful battery and vertical design.
- This is Polar’s first wrist-wearing, heart-monitoring device
- It has a powerful battery that can last up to nearly two weeks of regular use
- It holds all the basic functions, but notably lacks a GPS
- Polar’s A360 will arrive in November, for $200
Smart watches, and fitness trackers are finally entering mainstream. This has been apparent for a while now, and it’s about time that most manufacturers would enter the market. Moving from Microsoft, to Apple, to Fitbit or Jawbone, Polar is now introducing its own brand of wrist-trackers. And, it finally entered the fold with its heart-monitoring feature.
The option is one of the most sough-after for most fitness enthusiasts. It provides with useful information, but has been oddly lacking from Polar’s products in terms of “strapless monitoring”. Their chest-worn heart rate monitors had been deemed as good enough. Until now.
Polar will be introducing their A360 fitness tracker in November. It will arrive in a simplistic, yet interesting vertical design that sets it apart from the majority of their competition. The rectangular colored LCD display is a reminder of Microsoft Band that might end up being more comfortable to wear.
It will enable notifications, incoming calls, texts, emails, or calendar events. And, like any other fitness tracker, it will keep an eye on your steps, calories burnt, sleep, and, notably, your heart rate. These are simple yet vital features to any tracker on the market, that has pushed them into the forefront of workout gadgets. It’s only surprising that Polar has waited this long.
However, it could potentially be for the better.
The Polar A360 fitness tracker promises an excellent battery life, to last up to 12 days. This will include a general tracking of your activity, along with a 1 hour long workout session every day. It’s nearly the double battery life of most trackers out there at the moment. However, there’s always a catch, and this is no exception.
Polar’s A360 will only track your heart rate while you’re working out. Meaning that it will not be very useful for those who wish for a wrist wearable that will continually monitor their heart. Instead, Polar’s device seems more focused on the actual training sessions.
Another key point that is missing is the GPS, though it has been suggested that it’s entirely understandable given its price. The Polar A360 fitness track will arrive next month for $199 in both black and white versions. Those who wish for a colorful bright green, pink, or blue will have to wait a little while longer, as they will launch “shortly after”.
The wrist wearable will also sync with Polar’s mobile app, be it on an Android or iOS devices.
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