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The Reason I Won’t Wear the Polar V800 as My Day-to-Day Watch (and other annoyances)

The main reason: The Polar V800 ignores iOS’ “Do Not Disturb” mode for notifications.  That is a complete deal breaker.

Other things that annoy me:

– When syncing from your phone, it can take a while (minutes, hours?) to sync the map data to Polar Flow Web (it still hasn’t from yesterday… so who knows if it ever will — I remember this being an issue last time I had a Polar watch too)

– With the Polar V800, you can’t acquire GPS signal if you are moving.  I’m sure this is with good intentions, to get the best GPS signal, but no other brand does it and it is EXTREMELY annoying.

– I’m not sure if it’s my cable, my V800, or my computer (or some combination therein), but I have the most difficult time getting it to sync with Polar FlowSync on the computer with a USB cable.  It works about 2% of the time.

– The V800 randomly (quietly) chirps with no indicators/notifications on the screen

– Coming from Suunto/Garmin, the “Start” button is not also the “Pause/Stop” button, but in fact the “Lap” button.  I’m pretty sure every time I’ve used a Polar M400/V800, I’ve hit the “Lap” button at the end of an activity before actually pausing/ending it with the “Back” button.

Quick Polar V800 Random Thoughts/Notes

– With the newest firmware (1.5.1), the Polar V800 allows for charging while an activity is running – or so it appears anyway, it doesn’t kick you out of the activity.  This would be be amazing for ultra running.

– Polar FlowSync works with Windows 10, although I had to “Run As Administrator” to get it to actually sync.

– Notifications are cool, but they are delayed compared with the Garmin Fenix3 (literally 5-10 seconds after sometimes).

– Polar Flow (web) overall feels way more polished since the update yesterday, at least versus my previous experience earlier this year.