Technology changes daily. The Polar Vantage M GPS Watch puts the future on your wrist. The Vantage series is the only wrist-based heart rate solution on the market that utilizes both optical sensor and bio-impedance technology, which overcomes erratic readings caused by movement. After your workout, you’ll get a complete picture of your training effort with Polar’s new Training Load Pro analysis. This next generation advancement, along with Polar’s scientifically-validated smart coaching feature, sets a new standard for athletes. And, an ultra-long battery life means the Vantage M doesn’t stop until you do. Push yourself with Polar.
|Activity||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
| Continuous heart rate |
Follow your heart rate around the clock with Polar’s continuous wrist-based heart rate solution.
Continuous heart rate complements Polar’s 24/7 activity tracking. The combination of continuous heart rate measurement and 24/7 activity tracking takes into account the intensity of your activity more comprehensively – even activities with very little arm movement (such as cycling or walking with grocery bags) can be counted towards your daily activity goal and calorie burn more accurately. The heart rate graph in the Polar Flow app and web service shows how your heart rate varies during the day. You’ll also get to know your highest and lowest daytime heart rate and your lowest night-time heart rate.
Polar’s continuous heart rate solution is intelligent, dynamic and optimized to complement 24/7 activity tracking in the best possible way. Your wrist unit checks your heart rate at regular short intervals, and if it detects that your heart rate is elevated, it automatically starts to record it. When your heart rate goes down, the recording stops automatically. The automatic heart rate recording also begins when the accelerometer on your wrist unit detects a high activity level. This way, your Polar device makes sure you get credit for all those important active moments in your day.
|24/7 Activity Tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Steps and Distance||Yes||Yes|
|Sleep Duration and Quality||Yes||Yes|
|Training||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
|H10 heart rate sensor required||Yes||No|
|Running power from wrist||Yes||No|
|via 3rd party sensor||Yes||Yes|
| Running Program |
Train for a running event with a personalized and adaptive running plan in Polar Flow. Choose one of four events, 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon, and get a comprehensive training plan that fits you and your goals.
Depending on your choices and activity levels, you will receive a personal running program that can range from 9 to 15 weeks in length. Running Program also offers a base-building phase that can work for months before the start of the actual running plan.
Running Program gives you easy-to-follow instructions, motivational guidance and supportive exercises with video instructions that take the guesswork out of training.
During individual training sessions, compatible Polar products guide you in real-time. You can see your target heart rate zone and target duration and adjust your training for optimal results.
|Training Load Pro (cardio load, muscle load, perceived load)||Yes||Yes|
| Speed and distance from the wrist |
Measure your speed and distance from the movement of your wrist. Use running related sport profiles or walking and let the accelerometer track your distance and speed - indoors and out.
For accurate readings, remember to specify on which hand you wear your watch, and other physical settings.
|Running cadence from the wrist||Yes||Yes|
| GLONASS |
GLONASS is a global satellite navigation system that provides speed, distance and route data for your outdoor activities. It works together with the built-in GPS to provide the best possible accuracy for your data.
| Wrist-based heart rate measurement |
Polar wrist-based heart rate measurement integrates heart rate into a device that can be worn on your wrist. It enables you to quickly and easily check your heart rate by activating the training mode in your device. It measures your heart rate accurately and easily, and gives training guidance on how to train at the right intensity. Polar wrist-based heart rate measurement is based on Polar's proprietary optical heart rate algorithm to give the best possible results, with an emphasis on both design and functionality.
One of the key factors to accuracy in wrist-based heart rate measurement is ensuring a proper fit. The watch should sit behind the wrist bone, with the back of the watch fitting snugly against your wrist, but not so tight as to prevent blood circulation or feel uncomfortable.
|Heart Rate zones||Yes||Yes|
|H10 heart rate sensor required||Yes||No|
| Altitude, ascent/descent |
Allows you to identify your current altitude and to determine altitude-related conditions. Your current altitude is shown as meters/feet and ascended and descended meters/feet. Altitude is measured either with GPS or an atmospheric air pressure sensor (V800, V650, M450, M460).
|User-adjustable training displays||Yes||Yes|
|Cadence sensor Bluetooth® Smart features||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
|Speed sensor Bluetooth® Smart features||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
|Stride sensor Bluetooth® Smart features||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
| Cadence |
Measures your running cadence by counting how many steps you take in a minute. The sensor measures your current, average and maximum cadence values. You can see your cadence on your wrist unit during your run and in the Polar Flow app and web service afterwards.
Cadence can be calculated as the total number of steps you take or as the number of steps one foot takes in a minute. In Polar products, cadence is calculated as the number of times one foot hits the ground. If you want to know the total number of steps you take in a minute, multiply the cadence value from your Polar device by two.
|Average stride length||Yes||Yes|
|Device||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
|Setup via mobile||Yes||Yes|
|Color touch display||Yes||No|
|Display texts in languages||Danish Czech Dutch English Turkish Swedish Spanish Russian Portuguese Indonesian German French Finnish Italian Polish Norwegian||Danish Czech Dutch English Turkish Swedish Spanish Russian Portuguese Indonesian German French Finnish Italian Polish Norwegian|
|Date and weekday indicator||Yes||Yes|
|Time of day (12/24h)||Yes||Yes|
|Bike settings for three bicycles||Yes||Yes|
| Firmware update |
Allows you to update the software to the latest version with a USB.
|Flow||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
| Running Index analysis |
See how your running performance is developing. Based on your long-term progress, Running Index analysis predicts your event finish time for 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon runs.
|Instant activity and training analysis||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced activity and training analysis||Yes||Yes|
|Sport profile settings||Yes||Yes|
|Data transfer||Polar Vantage V||Polar Vantage M|
|Compatible with PC Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and later||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, and later||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Polar Flow web service||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Polar Flow mobile app via Bluetooth Smart||Yes||Yes|
|Training history export (from polarpersonaltrainer.com to Polar Flow)||Yes||Yes|
|3rd party compatibility||Yes||Yes|