As you know, I’ve recently switched GPS watches and am loving my Polar V800. I don’t want this post to be about bashing my old GPS watch but every time I go out and run I am amazed by some of the rad things the V800 does that I always wished my old one could.
I mean there are tons of things the V800 does that my other watch couldn’t simply because it is a higher-level, multi-sport training watch but it’s some of the little functionalities that make me smile every single time I run with it.
1. It vibrates!
This is such a small thing but I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that the V800 vibrates some of it’s tones instead of only offering a chime option. When I run long road runs, I usually listen to music and I love that I get a little buzz at the km markers etc. instead of having to listen for the chime and look down.
2. It can track splits for each km AND custom intervals too!
This one used to drive me insane with my old watch. If you set a custom interval timer, all of your data was organized according to those intervals only (i.e. 10:1 intervals). You simply couldn’t get it to also provide you with data for each km if you were also using custom intervals. I like both. Even though I run 10:1 intervals a lot of times, I’ve always still been interested in my per km splits but could never do that with my old watch.
My lovely V800 gives me both! I can easily switch between the automatic per-km splits and whatever data points I set with the custom interval timer. You can even have it divide the data into a few preset intervals like 0.5km, 1km, 2km etc. This makes a data nerd like me so happy.
3. It records temperature too!
Again, just a small thing but it makes me happy. My old watch would only give a single temperature reading when you finally uploaded your data but with my V800 I can set temperature to be one of the data fields displayed right on the watch and I love that.
4. The autopause works really well!
Autopause is a pretty common option on GPS watches I think but it was always really slow and sluggish on my old watch. When I would be at the track, it was always just easier to manually stop and start my watch because it would take forever to actually sense that I’d stopped and then to restart again after I’d moved. My V800 is super quick and stops timing when I break for a drink and it back up and running just a few steps away. It makes running intervals at the track so much easier!
5. It syncs wirelessly with my phone!
One of the things I really love about my Polar is that there is a whole Polar Flow iPhone app that can be used to view and analyze your data. I find this feature so handy when I’m travelling or not able to get to the computer to view my data. Or you know, when I’m home after a big race and too lazy to do the whole connect-to-the-computer-and-upload thing. A simple few button presses on my watch and bam, the data is all there.
6. It has far better data analysis capabilities!
I’m a bit of a data nerd and really enjoy looking through all of my data after a big or important run. My other watch had a decent little online program for checking it out but the Polar Flow website is far beyond. One of my favourite things is how you can specify a segment of your run and Flow will show you the data just for that segment. This little trick is awesome for looking at a particular part of your run in more detail, something I could never do before.
7. It can last more than a day without charging!
The battery life on the Polar is almost ridiculous. Especially considering that it has a full time activity tracker and everything, I feel like I rarely ever have to put it on the charger. It’s amazing. My poor old watch pretty much needed to be charged after every run which was super inconvenient.
Now like I said, the V800 does many more amazing things than what I’ve mentioned here and it’s capabilities go far beyond. As I’m getting to know my little blue beauty however, it’s these simple things that I really notice because it makes using this watch so easy, like it’s not even there. And I love that.