Nov 22, 2016
Fitness tools with a mobile bent make sense, and Polar is a leading entity in this space; it’s M400 Fitness Watch looks to be a great option for those that want something that does the job of tracking health strides in a relatively unobtrusive way.
So, what do we get?
In testing, I liked the fact that I could get it going with a touch or two. It did take me a few goes (and false starts) to get comfortable, but it worked well overall. The default screen is effective in monochrome default, and the simple activity bar makes sense. The brightness toggle is also a nice touch.
The companion application works well to expand upon the functionality of the unit. It possible to get data to Google Fit, Google Calendar and Polar’s own fitness utilities via the app and Bluetooth. The app allows one to manage units of measurement, device usage, profiles and more. The app works well to be an extended device manager, and syncing data didn’t take too long.
Now, one aspect of the watch that does resonate is the ability to sync the watch with Android devices via the aforementioned app. As long as both are running and synced, the watch will get notifications from the device. Now, these notifications cannot be acted upon, say, as would be possible on a “true” smartwatch, but are great for basic info on any number of situations.
The Windows component feels a bit clunky, and I did not like that it was necessary for setup; fortunately, beyond updating, there isn’t be a need for it as far as I can tell.
For folks who are still not completely sold on smartwatches for everyday use, or who might strongly lean towards an emphasis on fitness and health tracking, the M400 is a great option. It works well as a standalone product, but can also add functionality here and there via connected smartdevices and/or Polar itself.