Polar M600 – The First True Android Wear Fitness Watch
Finally, a new watch from Polar has arrived.
The Polar M600 has one feature that is completely different to the competition with respect to its software, that being its utilisation of Android Wear. Now, don’t be fooled, this isn’t just a smartwatch, it’s a fitness device with native functionality for GPS. Meaning, you can take this watch for a run without your phone.
Android Wear, why is it a benefit to the M600?
The answer is apps and a lot of them, over 10,000 and counting. The closest competitor to this is Garmin’s connect IQ store which is excellent, however limited by comparison.
Below is a table of what you can do with the M600, compared to what you can’t do with a Garmin Forerunner 235
|Polar M600||Garmin Forerunner 235|
|Reply to text messages||Limited functionality|
|Use google maps (full navigation)||Use TracBack (shows trail of direction)|
|Play music||No music|
|Voice commands||No voice commands|
|Translate (via voice commands)||No translation|
|Shazaam (finds song whilst it’s playing)||No functionality|
|Order an uber||No functionality|
Having Android Wear software built for the M600 whilst having Polar’s know how adds another dimension to what a fitness watch can be. The best use cases for Android Wear is normally for those who are time poor, but now this has changed.
The M600 native fitness apps are familiar territory to anyone owning a fitness watch. The apps cover multiple sports with built in functionality for weight training, running, cycling and much more.
As mentioned Optical Heart Rate is included, which is perfect for steady state cardio. If you participate in high-intensity training, weight training or CrossFit it’s recommended you purchase the H7 Bluetooth strap.
If you want to discover or be one of the first to try a truly smart fitness watch, this watch is a perfect choice.
The M600 comes in two colours and is available from $499. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or visit us in store.
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