It’s not a secret that I like the Polar ecosystem and some of their watches, being constantly tempted to use my Vantage V (more recently the V2) even if I had Garmin’s feature full temptation around all the time – I still exchange from time to time my Fenix to the Vantage.
Polar isn’t perfect, but has some elements that I like – and their R&D efforts are highly appreciated. With the recent launch of Polar Pacer Pro, I spent a bit of time thinking how the Vantage V3 should look like or what needs to change in the Polar ecosystem to have the V3 as the main watch, so I created a wishlist:
- I like very much the look of the Vantage V2 and Pacer Pro looks similar but smaller, with a different set of materials. I still prefer the larger size of the V2, after using Fenix 7X it’s hard to go to something less than 47mm in size .. so keep the size of the V2, use the same good materials but a larger screen with smaller bezels are really expected
- “Resume later” function that I’ve learnt to love with Garmin is something that would really make a difference when recording walks or casual bike rides.
- Better GNSS accuracy – Garmin proved with the recent Fenix/Epix that this is achievable, Coros also proved it – sure, it means more than just changing the chipset – but it does make a difference
- Improve sync with the mobile app – it is so slow from time to time, it just begs me to go back to Garmin Connect which some may say is bloated and not intuitive and some more .. but it is clearly faster
- Slimmer and accurate oHR sensor – I like the looks of the Pacer Pro one, if it delivers as well on the accuracy – the ”bump” from VV2 Precision Prime is not always a joy
- Improve notifications management – I get it, Polar is not a smart watch, but in this day and age people expect at least to separate calls from other notifications, not to be forced to the all or nothing approach Polar has – it forces me for example (on iOS) not to have the smart notifications active even though I’d love the call notifications (and yes, during the workouts as well)
- battery life – if we could get 7 days instead of 4, with the same training sessions, that would be great; I’m not asking for the 20+ days other watch makers offer, but 7 would be definitely better
- The Flow ecosystem needs some additional focus
- Integrations both ways with third party platforms would allow the users of Training Peaks to use the Polar watches as it would be easy to plan and execute workouts this way
- Search improvements – filters with text is something to expect now, nobody would try to remember the exact date of some event, but they know something about the name of the city where they run their second marathon for example
- Gear management – simple but useful
- Running plans refresh – could we have some running power driven plans as long as power is supported and advertised?
- Move more of the data from the watch to the Flow and display it – ANS data after sleep for example, Serene sessions ..
- Extend support for Stryd, that would be nice .. Coros did it, Wahoo did it .. it might happen with Garmin
- Support for ANT+, as so many sensors are using it and Bluetooth channels are limited
I’m not looking at maps, music storage, payments and other aspects that may take away the athlete focused approach, but some improvements could bring people from other brands to Polar to explore the capabilities of a nice ecosystem.
I’m not holding my breath, in the recent 2-3 years I haven’t seen a strong investment with Polar in terms of software development, but that’s why this is a wish list.
Be well and train, regardless of your watch of choice!