Polar has made some significant updates to the V800 over the last few months. The biggest update happened last week so I decided to get on board right away and start testing it out.
I had anticipated that Polar would be including in their update a direct link to Strava. I am addicted to Strava. Admittedly the Polar Flow app is much better for analyzing your data and getting a better picture of your interval splits and heart rate. However, after I’m finished geeking out about my splits, I upload my file to Strava so I can populate the online leaderboards and seeing how many strava segments I can win. Before I go on about the fun updates Polar did make, I’m going to show you how you can upload your data to Strava from the Polar Flow app.
Step 1. Link you workout from your watch to Polar Flow (done via the Polar charger or the Iphone app) This is easily done via the watch by pressing the bottom left side button down for a second or two until you see it syncing.
Step 2. Go to the flow.polar.com, to your diary and click on the route you want to upload then EXPORT the file to your desktop.
Voila! You now have your Polar run on Strava and all is good in the world again. One update Polar made was regarding a small glitch in the watch, where on 3rd party applications, it would show I ran at 3am. This glitch has now been fixed and if I’m running with my friends, we now link up on our apps.
Apart from a few minor tweaks, Polar did make a very interesting notification update. Make sure you plug your V800 into your computer and connect with Flowsync to first ensure you have the latest update on your watch. After the update is complete you enable notification in the general settings on your watch. Turn on the Bluetooth on your iPhone and re-sync your watch to the polar app. Once the watch has been synced to your Iphone (android coming soon), your twitter, facebook, email and any other notifications you want to add will go directly to your watch.
I will admit, hearing about this feature frightened me. As someone who is an uber user of social media, I feared this feature would make me even that much more connected. I decided to put this to the test. I set up my iphone so that only the notifications I really wanted would go to my watch. This was actually a good exercise in clearing off some notifications that I really didn’t want anyway, hence saving some battery life on my phone. Since I brought up battery life, a warning. In order for this feature to work, you have to have your Bluetooth turned on at all times on your iphone. This will drain your battery both on your phone and your watch faster. In my 5-day experiment, I didn’t notice a huge difference, and that was probably because I did end up turning off quite a lot of unnecessary notifications.
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email are all now streaming to my watch and so far I’m not annoyed. As someone who belongs to three very active ongoing Facebook chats, my phone is constantly buzzing, bleeping and ringing. Now with the watch notification, I can quickly glance down and decide what to respond to immediately or what can wait. My verdict? The Polar watch notifications may actually keep my head up while staying better engaged with my environment rather down facedown in my phone.
Further into the feature, you can set you’re own “sleep mode” so the notifications don’t keep you up while you’re trying to get some shut-eye. The notifications are also automatically disengaged, once you put the watch into sport mode so you can focus and enjoy whatever activity you’re doing. The feature also allows you to answer a call or send it to voice mail. I figure this is pretty handy especially when you’re driving.
Overall, I’m happy with the update and impressed with how easy and fast it installed on my device. For those of your who own or are thinking of getting the M400 watch, this feature will be available to you in the very near future, so stay tuned!