What Is The Polar A300?
This 2015 Polar A300 Fitness Tracker watch is designed to track your physical activity. Polar has been a reputable entity in the fitness device industry for quite some time now, and it was interesting to see the calibre of products they release now that the wearable technology industry is so saturated. I got my hands on the black and blue bands and my first impressions were really good.
The band is made from a high quality silicone with a super smooth matte texture and a plastic buckle. Probably the coolest thing about this watch the the ease of band changing. Watch the video for a demonstration! Probably the simplest band change on the market!
Moving on to the design of the face itself, I really liked the rectangle/square look with clear and easy to read directions to go with the 5 buttons. Another positive is that the face is very flat on the wrist rather than being thick and protruding upwards.
As for the display, you get a tri-tone view and the use of 5 buttons controlling the back light, a back button, two scrolling buttons and a select button. From here you can select your activity type, check the time and check your activity progress.
I found that I can get 24 full days of usage out of the watch before it needs charging, which to me was incredible. Polar says on its website that the watch can last for 26 days on normal activity mode and only 8 hours on continuous GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring. Seeing as I used both of those features, my battery life turned out to be 24 days. This time is far better than the Basis Peak or FitBit Surge.
To charge, you have to do something fairly uncommon. First, take the band off to release the ‘computer’ of the watch. Then by aligning the protruding part of the ‘computer’ into the USB, you’ve got charge. Again, you can watch the video for a demo. Something that I was really happy with was the charging time. It only took about an hour at most to fully recharge the battery from dead. So if the watch died during the day, you could have it ready to wear right after napping.
The Polar A300 is a fantastic fitness watch. The sheer scale of what it’s able to do is something to be admired. Its ability to perform to this standard and do it in a way that is simple and easy to use is a whole other ball game. As for all of my fitness watch reviews, I took the watch out on a few different activity types: Walking, Running, Cycling and a new addition, Swimming.
It’s important to point out that I was also using the H7 Heart Rate Monitor to track my heart rate to a heightened level of accuracy.
Performance for me is something that ranges from the speed and functionality of the watch, the accuracy and the ease of data interpretation.
In wearing the Heart Rate Monitor, all my readings were super accurate and actually provided me with a far more in depth breakdown of my activity sessions. In addition to the great mobile app, Polar offers an online browser view of your performance and fitness schedule. I was sceptical about a browser version, but having used it and understood it, it is actually made perfectly sense for someone who is serious about their fitness and tracking progress. Although it’s not necessary for every person, it’s certainly a valuable tool if you’re serious.
To end on a positive, the watch can accept notifications from your smartphone. Text messages, phone calls, emails, reminders and calendar updates and it all works perfectly. I loved this feature. When using this watch, you’ll find you get the best use out of this feature if you have your earphones plugged into your smartphone. This way, you can read the message on your watch, and speak your reply into your earphone mic. One thing that sets this watch apart is the ability to answer a call from the phone itself. You can’t speak into the watch, but you can remotely answer the phone from your wrist.