A360by Polar

  • A360
  • A360
  • A360
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
76%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The A360 includes an optical heart rate monitor so it doesn't require a separate chest strap.
  • The A360 is stylish and comfortable to wear, and its color touch screen is attractive.
  • It's an around-the-clock tracker that monitors a variety of activities and is waterproof so it can be worn while swimming.

CONS

  • Compared to similar fitness trackers, the Polar A360 is priced on the high side.
  • It lacks GPS for tracking runs and outdoor activities.
  • The heart rate sensor does not offer continuous tracking and is less accurate than a chest strap.
Polar is known for its heart rate monitors, but the A360 is the first of the company’s wearables to bring heart rate monitoring to the wrist. This device serves as a standard activity tracker--counting steps, distance, and calories, and reminding you to move--but it also includes guidance for users looking for more activity. Its Activity Guide encourages you to reach daily goals and offers suggestions on how to do so, and the A360 offers regular feedback showing how your activity benefits your overall health. It tracks a variety of sports and activities and connects to your smartphone to deliver notifications to your wrist.
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92%

Another highlight of the A360 is that it is waterproof up to 30metres and is quite a good looking smartwatch or fitness tacker. I like the e…

Another highlight of the A360 is that it is waterproof up to 30metres and is quite a good looking smartwatch or fitness tacker. I like the elongated screen with two silver bars on each side the screen that gives the A360 that prestige look and feel.

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81%

While testing the Polar A360 heart rate sensor I’ve found the results inaccurate in most situations. For example, the HR results of the Pola…

While testing the Polar A360 heart rate sensor I’ve found the results inaccurate in most situations. For example, the HR results of the Polar A360 compared to the Fitbit Surge and a Garmin strap HR monitor were different even for a 15 minutes run.

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80%

One of the device's best selling points is easily its color touchscreen interface, which is responsive and intuitive. Arguably it's more int…

One of the device's best selling points is easily its color touchscreen interface, which is responsive and intuitive. Arguably it's more intuitive than watchOS or Android Wear, though that's slightly unfair given how much more those platforms are expected to do.

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70%

The A360 has a very stylish design. Clearly much thought has been put into making the device attractive. The wide-viewing angle full colour …

The A360 has a very stylish design. Clearly much thought has been put into making the device attractive. The wide-viewing angle full colour TFT display with capacitive touchscreen is crisp and vivid, and easily viewable in bright daylight.

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70%

The screen is possibly the easiest to read among comparably priced fitness watches, and it's svelte enough for women to wear without discomf…

The screen is possibly the easiest to read among comparably priced fitness watches, and it's svelte enough for women to wear without discomfort.

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60%

The Polar A360 could have been a brilliant addition to the current glut of activity trackers, but it's let down by some pretty major issues.…

The Polar A360 could have been a brilliant addition to the current glut of activity trackers, but it's let down by some pretty major issues. The heart rate data accuracy issues along with the omission of distance tracking stand out as the biggest flaws.

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Finally, on the wrist strap, it’s just not very good. On average the pod will detach from the strap and start to fall out about once every …

Finally, on the wrist strap, it’s just not very good. On average the pod will detach from the strap and start to fall out about once every 3-4 days.

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Compared to the chest strap heart rate monitors, it’s still not quite there yet but for me personally, I can accept the minor lack of accura…

Compared to the chest strap heart rate monitors, it’s still not quite there yet but for me personally, I can accept the minor lack of accuracy given the convenience of a nearly all-in-one device.

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It’s very pretty and very well made. Unlike very, very many activity trackers this one is actually wearable. It is about as far from a cheap…

It’s very pretty and very well made. Unlike very, very many activity trackers this one is actually wearable. It is about as far from a cheap piece of plastic tat as you can get. I am certainly NOT ashamed to wear it. I like the aesthetics a LOT.

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As for the heart rate monitor, it was somewhat accurate, but not as accurate as a chest strap monitor. Cycling was spot on, but other activi…

As for the heart rate monitor, it was somewhat accurate, but not as accurate as a chest strap monitor. Cycling was spot on, but other activities like running and weightlifting fell a little short of expectations—still far better than other optical sensors and an accelerometer alone.

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