|Included Components||Polar M430; Charging cable; Getting started guide|
|Item model number||90080281|
|Package Dimensions||11.6 x 9.6 x 7.6 cm; 220 Grams|
Polar M430 GPS Running Watch
- Integrated GPS - running Watch tracks speed, distance, pace and routes.
- 24/7 activity tracking - Track your daily activity, including steps, calories and sleep with the guidance to help you reach your activity Goal.
- Optical heart RATE monitor - continuous, accurate heart RATE without a chest strap via a 6 LED optical sensor.
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The Polar M430 GPS running Watch is a wrist worn fitness watch Designed to help track and enhance your running performance. Polar M430 GPS running Watch measures your heart rate from the wrist. Just tighten the changeable Wristband and you’re ready to train. Track your speed, distance and route with the built-in GPS. The waterproof Polar M430 goes where you go. It tracks your 24/7 activity, steps, burned calories, sleep time and quality. Running program is a free running plan made just for you and your needs. Simply select the distance and date of your race and let Polar guide you towards your goal.
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Cons: the initial setup, poor customer support, and frequent sync errors. (More on this below.)
Delivery was extremely fast, but setting up the watch was a real pain. I tried it twice via phone (Android), failed both times at firmware update, having lost the Bluetooth signal (why does a product that's being sold for two days need a new firmware is another question). Finally I connected it to a computer where the setup, update and sync completed in a reasonable amount of time, and I only had to resync once because of some error.
The watch itself looks nice; similar to the M400 but different enough with its smoother touch and new wristband. If you had an M400 before, there won't be surprises, the menu is practically the same.
I'm yet to try it in action, when the pain of setup will have dwindled.
Update #1: now that I have used it in action, one more star. The M430 is just great, the fifth star is missing due to it taking three attempts to sync.
It is lighter than the M400, and while a couple of extra holes in the band don't seem to achieve much, it does help with the sweating.
The heart rate is more accurate than it was on the M200 (smooth raises and drops on the graph as I pedaled up slope and downhill, instead of noticing halfway that "hey, looks like we're doing something, let's crank it up from 90 to 155" ), even with indoor training where the wrist isn't in a predictable position like it is when running.
The buttons are quick to react, the menu is easy to use.
Finally, the silent (buzzing) alarm is here. Being an early raiser married to a late sleeper, a quiet way to wake up is cherished.
And now to the GPS.
Is it accurate? Probably is. It measures the same distance my other watches measured, give or take a few meters. But... It finds a GPS signal instantly. Right away. No waiting.
Remember when on cold, dark late autumn mornings you had to wait for a minute or two in the icy rain and wind for the GPS signal? Or when you wanted to measure the distance from the supermarket to your doorstep to prove it is *exactly* one mile*, and your husband and sister politely laughed at you while you waited for your watch to find that signal? Never again!
To summarize: set it up using a computer, be patient with the phone sync, enjoy the watch.
Update#2: Attached is how a 6k run looks with the good old H7 sensor, vs the M430. There are differences, but they are minor, and the two graphs are practically the same.
Update#3: as expected, the HR accuracy is somewhat worse during weightlifting-type activities. (attached a second picture) Here I did some front- and back squats, followed by four minutes of deadlifts alternating with burpees (during which I placed the phone recording the H7 on a nearby shelf that was too far for this Bluetooth protocol, hence the gaps). The proportions are more or less there, but the numbers differ significantly. This is something I was expecting following my adventures with the M200; the accuracy improves with the band being tightened just the right way, and if one manages to sweat moderately, but (a) few are lucky enough to remain fresh and dry after 30 deadlifts and burpees (b) even then it is far from accurate.
If you want accuracy, go with the chest sensor.
I'll try biking next.
The watch stopped syncing. It connects, then claims that sync is completed after 1-2 seconds. I have to plug it into a computer. Disappointing.
After reinstalling the Polar Flow client, it syncs again, who knows for how long.
I think I figured out the sync issue. For whatever reason, the phone app switches the device off after every couple of syncs. Switching it on again (Settings - Devices) usually helps; if it doesn't, connect the watch to a computer or reinstall the app.
I'd like to mention how poor support from Polar was. I reported the sync issue to them, detailing all the troubleshooting steps I took; they responded after several days with a canned response suggesting some troubleshooting steps - some I wrote them to have tried already (wasn't even the full list), and nothing since.
The final verdict is 3 stars.
I've used their watches, heart rate monitors and Polar flow for at least 10 years. I've never had a problem with their products so my concerns do have some basis.
This is a very good product but I suggest you look elsewhere for an M430.
The other buttons dont get stuck; however, the button action is very unsatisfying and gives very poor feedback.
I began the Polar warranty process online. Unfortunately, Polar does charge for shipping for repairs.
Great initial value with great features; however, I can’t recommend this product due to its poor build quality. You can see in the photo that I uploaded that the button on the bottom right is flush to the watch surface.
I was pleasantly surprised that it does cadence measurements without needing a foot pod! After doing research on why cadence is important, I was really hoping to find this feature without needing to buy a separate foot pod, and I think that the Polar was the only one that offered it on the watch without needing a foot pod.
I'm hopeful that the syncing can get sured up with updates, but the proprietary charging cable is a big disappointment.