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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.

Overall update about the blog

So, going forward, there is going to probably be no regular cadence to my blog, but I am going to start posting my thoughts related to my experience with GPS watches, fitness trackers, and other fitness technology.  There probably won’t be any formal “reviews”, but there will be nuggets of info related to specific things with the watches.

There will still be an occasional race report here and there, thoughts on training, updates on my running streak, and hopefully more interesting things.

Right now, here are the watches/gadgets in my possession  (although with reselling, testing, etc., this changes on a regular basis):


  • Garmin Fenix3
  • Polar V800
  • Suunto Ambit3 Peak
  • (outgoing) Suunto Ambit3 Sport
  • Epson Runsense SF-710S
  • (incoming) Fitbit Surge


  • Scosche Rythym+
  • Polar H7 heart rate sensor

Other watches/trackers I’ve tried/owned over the past 18-24 months that I no longer have:Garmin FR410, Garmin Fenix2, Garmin FR220, Garmin 920xt, Polar M400, Fitbit One, Fitbit Force, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Surge (again), Suunto Ambit2, TomTom Runner, TomTom Cardio.  It gives me a bit of perspective related to GPS watches and fitness trackers which I hope to use to better compare/contrast different watches.

We shall see where this takes me.

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.