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Polar A360 Fitness Tracker -User Review | GadFit (Updated 29th May 2016)

November 19, 2015

Polar A360 ($199.95) is the first optical heart rate sensor ever from the Finnish based company. Amidst the grueling fight for consumer’s hearts, pun intended, Polar has finally entered the ring with the Polar A360. Targeted at gym goers, the GPS-less activity tracker has Polar’s in-house algorithm for heart rate measurements. I gave this debutante a few days and here’s what I have to say.

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IN SHORT:

Pros

  • 24/7 activity tracker. Tracks steps, distance, calories and sleep
  • Optical heart rate sensors
  • Smart notifications (Android availability in end Nov 2015)
  • Vibration enabled for alarms, idle alerts and notifications
  • Crisp and touch enabled display; visible under bright daylight
  • Multiple sports profile
  • 2 week long battery life with 1 hour of tracked training daily (smart notifications off)
  • Waterproof to 30m
  • Exchangeable wrist straps (Available from 2016)
  • Reads heart rate from Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart HRM
  • Compatible with Polar Club
  • Charges from a standard micro USB cable
  • Smart calories, calculates calories based on individual data
  • Estimates distance from in built accelerometer

Cons

  • High price for limited features
  • Truncated smart notifications
  • Does not measure 24/7 heart rate
  • No GPS
  • No autosync

LOOK AND FEEL

When it comes to optical heart rate sensors, the less ambient light, the more accurate the readings; this is with the assumption that the manufacturers have got their algorithm right. Garmin has come out with their own “light seal” and most other companies tend to advise consumers to tighten up which may cause discomfort. Polar A360 may look nothing out of the ordinary but put it on and it fits like a glove on the wrist. Clearly thought has been put into hardware design.polar a360 -on-handI love the wide-viewing angle full color TFT display with capacitive touchscreen. Visibility under low light conditions pose no problems to the Polar A360 and it also performs adequately under bright day light.polar a360 -removableThe tracker unit is removable and the changeable straps will be available from 2016 onwards. The band wears like a watch strap and feels comfortable. There’s only 1 button on the entire tracker since the display is touch enabled. You’ll see Polar’s proprietary optical heart rate module at the back.polar a360 -with-HRM-on-removed-from-strapThe charging port is at the back of the Polar A360 tracker unit. Any standard micro USB cables will fit the charging port which I think is great. An end cap covers the charging port when not in use and Polar has advised users to ensure the port is dry and clean before plugging in to charge.

FUNCTIONS AND DATA PRESENTATION

Heart rate measurementA360-HR-comparison-vs-H7

I compared the heart rate measurements from the Polar A360 against that from a Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart chest worn heart rate monitor transmitting HR readings to Polar Beat mobile app. The results are shown above. If you examine closely, you’ll notice that the Polar A360 HR graph appears smoother and displayed more dips compared to that of the Polar H7 heart rate monitor.

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. The HR is read once every second in exercise tracking mode. This is based on what I can tell from the exported CSV file from Polar Flow. As a potential user yourself, the question is not whether the A360 is accurate but whether you can live with the current level of accuracy.

Training modes and stat display

polar a360 Tracking-screenYou can set multiple sports profiles and commence tracking using those profiles. For example, you can have indoor run, treadmill run, floorball and many more. What this does is it allows the correct activity to be recorded like a diary within the Polar Flow mobile app and subsequently the web dashboard.

Polar has customised a whole slew of stat screens which the you can refer to during training. Given the limited display estate, Polar has restricted the displayed stats during training mode to 2 stats per screen. Here are some screen shots of the stats combination display during activity tracking.polar a360 -training-screens

  • Calories burned and heart rate zone graph
  • Time lapsed and current time
  • Heart rate zone graph and current heart rate
  • Current time and calories burned
  • Current heart rate and time lapsed

The display dims after a short while and subsequently goes off; most probably a battery saving measure. To have the screen come on again, just tilt the Polar A360 as if you’re looking at a watch and it’ll come on again. Alternatively, just press the button.polar a360 -keeping-light-onYou can also keep the display lit in training mode. Hold your finger on the display while in training mode, a light bulb pic will then come on and then just tap again and it will stay lit so you can read it while working out.polar a360 -stopping-trainingTo cease training mode, you’ll have to either long press (3 secs) on the single side button or long tap (3 secs) on the “Stop” icon to cease training.polar a360 -training-summaryOnce training has ceased, you can immediately access the training summary on the Polar A360 itself or within the Polar Flow app after syncing. The training summary on the Polar A360 itself is pretty straight forward and should provide the essentials if you need to know how the training went.Polar-A360-Flow-screen-capture-activity-trackingHere’s a screen grab of the Polar Flow mobile app detailing a tracked workout, a run in this case.  Polar implemented distance estimation with a hardware update some time in April 2016. I compared the estimated distance versus the distance tracked with Garmin’s Forerunner 735XT and Polar Beat mobile app:

  • Polar A360: 5.53km
  • Garmin Forerunner 735XT: 4.89km
  • Polar Beat mobile app: 5.04km

I would say for estimation purposes, the accelerometer calculated distance should do just fine in the absence of more trustworthy tracking devices.

Polar has enabled distance and pace estimation using the in built accelerometer of the Polar A360. While it’s not GPS accurate, it’s better than nothing and puts the A360 on par with Garmin’s Vivosmart HR in terms of features.

Smart notifications and vibration

polar a360 smart-notifications-and-idel-alertsThe inbuilt vibration motor alerts the user of incoming calls, messages, app notifications and calender events. The communication is one way so with the exception of picking up calls from the wrist band, you can’t actually reply or initiate any other commands.polar a360 truncatedWhat I particularly found lacking was the inability to expand the messages. This pretty much left me with no choice but to whip out the smart phone to read the remaining content of the message. If you refer to the screen grab above, this is the actual message.

“Hello Polar A360. This is an example of the truncated message.” I had my contact smudged out intentionally.

The vibration is used as a wake up alarm and also remind the user to get up and move after being idle for too long. Morning alarms and idle alerts can only be set from the Polar Flow mobile app. Thereafter it must be synced to the Polar A360.

24/7 activity tracking

polar a360 -main-screensThe Polar A360 is a capable all day activity tracker if you don’t need GPS functions. It tracks steps, distance, calories, heart rate and even the number of idle alerts that you managed to chalk up throughout the day. From the main screen you can see the time, “My day”, “Training” and “Fitness Test” which I’ll talk about later.polar a360 Daily-summary-and-walking-requirementsTapping on “My Day” brings up the current activity level up to that point in time. The Polar A360 is able to provide advice on what else needs to be done to reach 100% for the day.polar a360 -summary-activity-polar-a360As seen above, you could stand up for 4 hours and 59 minutes, or jog for 39 minutes to reach your set goal for the day.polar a360 -time-line-daily-summaryIf there are tracked activity sessions, you’ll be able to view them by scrolling up or down in the form of a time line. If you’ve hit your target for the day, you’ll also see a mini display show followed by multiple vibrations to reaffirm your efforts.polar-A360-mobile-app-screenThe tracked information is also presented in Polar Flow mobile app after syncing. Now because the Polar A360 does not feature autosync, you’ll have to manually sync if you wish to view the latest tracked stats on the mobile app, something which I found backwards and inconvenient.

Polar Flow’s user interface hasn’t changed much in the last year and it’s a breakaway from most other fitness tracker company’s app interface. Not the best I’ve seen but it gets the message across.

There are no options to add friends functions so you won’t be seeing a step challenge with friends on the Polar Flow.

Compatible with Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart HRM

polar a360 -and-Rhythm-+If you’re picky about the accuracy of the heart rate measurements, fret not. The Polar A360 also allows the you to use it as a display while it collects heart rate mesurements from other heart rate monitoring devices. I was able to use a Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart chest worn heart rate monitor with ease. You’ll have to wear your Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart HRM and commence activity tracking on your Polar A360. You’ll be asked if you would like to pair with the HRM once it connects.

Just to take things further, I was also able to connect a Scosche Rhythm+ to feed the Polar A360 with readings easily.polar a360 -fitness-testIn using an external heart rate monitor, you will also activate the fitness test. You will need the Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart HRM in order for this function to work. Lie down for 5 minutes with the Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart trapped on and connected and you’ll receive your aerobic fitness measurement based on Polar’s OwnIndex.

Web Dashboard

Polar-flow-wed-dash-capturePolar Flow also has an online web dashboard where you can explore your tracked stats in detail in an easier to view format. This is where you can plan your training, join interest groups and so much more.Polar-flow-summary-sleepAn update just a month back has added a new progress summary for users. You can choose which stats you would like plotted in the box and line graphs for ease of comparison over a month.Polar-flow-summary-benefitsI particularly liked how the new progress summary gives you an overview of the month, how many inactivity alerts you received and the activity benefits.

ANYTHING ELSE?

The Polar A360 is waterproof to 30m. That being said, Polar has stressed that the charging port should be dry before being plugging it in for syncing or charging.polar a360 -settingsThere’s an airplane mode where Bluetooth connectivity and wireless syncing will be turned off. That means no more smart notifications and also conservation of battery.

Optical heart rate sensors can be tricky. It’s a whole new can of worms testing heart rate accuracy during physical activities, sedentary activities and during rest. I was hoping the A360 would feature all day heart rate measurement; even if it’s just intermittent readings during sleep. Perhaps what’s holding Polar back is their pursuit for a high level of accuracy that corresponds to that from chest worn heart rate straps.polar a360 -facesThe home display screen is customisable and you can choose from 4 designs that are already in the Polar A360.

The other thing which I thought could improve is the truncated smart notifications. Take for example Whatsapp messages, even pseudo smart devices like the Vivoactive and Microsoft Band 2 expands to display the entire message. In the case of the Polar A360, you’ll need to whip out your smart phones if you wish to see the entire message.

Battery life is advertised as 2 weeks with an hour of training per day, this is with the smart notifications switched off. I had the Polar A360 for about a week and I’d say it lasts about 5 full days with smart notifications switched on and an hour of training daily. Not bad at all.

One reader by the name of Mark listed his experience under the comments section which I thought might be useful for readers to take note. Unfortunately it’s too far down the list of comments so I’ve obtained his permission to list it out verbatim. I think everyone’s experience differs and it’s always good to hear different perspectives.

“I bought an A360, tried it out for a few days, and returned it. I found that the heart rate monitor was not accurate enough for me. I’m use to the accuracy of my M400. It was off by about 10-20 beats. That’s enough to put me in a different level. My level 3 goes from 91 to 103 based on a max of 130. If the watch is off by 10 to 15 beats, it’s not very helpful. I contacted Polar and asked them how I could make it more accurate. They said use a strap. But that’s why I bought this in the first place. I didn’t want to use a strap. So I tried it with a strap and it worked fine. I decided if I was going to use a strap, I might as well stick with my m400. I also found there was no way to keep the display on all the time. It is very annoying having to flick one’s arm every time you want to see the time. I found it didn’t go on some time when I wanted it to, and it did go on some time when I didn’t want it on. When it does go on, it’s for only a few seconds. It doesn’t give you enough time to examine your data. I did find the watch extremely comfortable. I was very disappointed though that it didn’t work out.”

Polar A360 IN A NUTSHELL

polar a360 -second-featureThe Polar A360 is the amalgamation of the Polar Loop 2 and Polar’s proprietary optical heart rate sensors. I’ll put my money on Polar delivering a GPS enabled wrist based heart rate activity tracker in the near future. Specifically, something with the likes of the value-for-money Polar M400.

Until then, I personally thought Polar met its primary objective of delivering an acceptably accurate optical heart rate activity tracker.

The Polar A360 is available in in black and white at the recommended retail price of $199.95 with more colour straps available in 2016 You can buy the Polar A360 from Amazon.com where there’s usually a small discount and free delivery depending on where you reside. In return, you purchase helps to fund the running of this site. As always, thanks for reading!

41 Comments

  • Reply blake November 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    “Unable to estimate distance with in built accelerometer” so it won’t show how far I’ve walked for the day? Only if I specifically set an activity?

    • Reply Michael S November 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Hi there,

      I realised my comment might have sounded misleading and have amended it. The Polar A360 will show you how far you’ve walked for the day based on the in built accelerometer. It just will not show the step count nor distance for a particular activity tracking session. For example, you can track a run but both distance and steps will not show up for that particular tracked session. However the overall step count and estimated distance will reflect that.

      • Reply blake November 20, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        Thanks for the clarification, that seems rather odd. Hopefully they fix this in a firmware update.

        • Reply Michael S November 21, 2015 at 2:21 am

          I’m unsure if it’s a software issue and I highly doubt that. The GPS-less A360 was geared towards gym goers. Tagging the activity as a run probably helps in recording it correctly within the Polar Flow platform, nothing more. Similar to the Polar M400, tracking an activity as an indoor run does not give you any estimated distance if I remember right. This is where some of Garmin’s products shine over Polar’s.

  • Reply Michelle November 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Yaay I finally found a full review on the A360…thanks so much!

  • Reply Rick B. November 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Hey Michael – great review! Thanks so much.

    Question: when not in a training session, what is the behavior of the a360? I would probably wear this all the time and I’m wondering if the display dims automatically when user is inactive? And if so, then it probably lights up with motion – so is it blinking on and off all day long?

    Thanks!

    • Reply Michael S November 23, 2015 at 2:07 am

      Glad you found the review helpful Rick. When not in a training session, the display lights up and dims after a short while. It is activated when you lift it up like a watch so there’s some in built algorithm that recognises this. Either that or you can manually activate the display by pressing the button. In battery conservation mode, it won’t be able to track training and goes into perpetual dimmed mode.

      As you’re said,the display comes on for a short while and is off most of the day.

      Hope that helps
      mike

      • Reply Rick B. November 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

        Thanks, Mike. That does help. I think I will be ordering this and when I do I will use your Amazon link.

      • Reply blake November 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        ” In battery conservation mode, it won’t be able to track training and goes into perpetual dimmed mode.”

        Is this for when the battery is close to dead or when the user is in every day steps mode like a regular polar loop? In this mode it still tracks steps, sleep etc right?

        • Reply Michael S November 23, 2015 at 11:50 pm

          Hey Blake,

          That’s when the battery is close to dead. In this mode, you won’t be able to track workouts but it still tracked steps. As for sleep, I’m unsure about that. Didn’t manage to test that portion though. Even in the low battery status, I was still able to go about my day for more than 12 hours with normal activity tracking.

          Mike S

  • Reply Alvaro November 28, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I was looking for an in depth review of this product and was finally able to find, thanks!
    I’m solely an indoor type of exercise guy (HIIT / crossfit) and was craving for a product like this one. I’m biased towards Polar due to its fairly accurate algorithms, but am tempted between this product and the garmin vivo smart. However (and even though the higher price tag of the A360), specifically for my needs, I think the polar suits best me.
    Could this the be paired with any compatible bluetooth HRM and still be accurate?
    Or would the best bet for those of us that do HIIT and/or fit is to buy the H7?
    Thanks in advance !!

    • Reply Michael S November 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

      The A360 can be paired with Polar H7 and in my review, I was also able to pair it with the Scosche Rhythm + optical heart rate sensor. That being said, I did not try to pair any other brands of Bluetooth heart rate monitors. Once paired to a Bluetooth HRM such as the H7, it takes the HR readings from the H7 instead so the accuracy will be that of a chest worn HRM.
      It’s really a matter of preference. It does give you bragging rights when someone in the gym asks you what the device is. Other than that, a Polar H7 paired to a compatible smart phone running Polar Beat mobile app will work equally fine and probably be more accurate. That’s assuming you’re not interested in the 24/7 activity tracking and smart notifications.
      Just for your interest, the Garmin Forerunner 225, which is GPS enabled and has optical heart rate sensors, is going for a mere $50 more than the Polar A360’s RRP of $199.
      Glad the review is useful 🙂

  • Reply Berry December 2, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Hi Michael,

    Have you tried swimming with it? I’ve read some activity trackers do not accurately read heart rate during swimming. Also those trackers seems to register water as taps on the screen.

    Thanks.

    • Reply Michael S December 2, 2015 at 2:50 am

      Hi Berry,

      I wouldn’t bother tracking my HR while immersed or swimming. There are a few reasons. No matter how tightly you’ve strapped the optical heart rate sensors around your wrist, rigorous upper limb movement will surely create that gap between the optical heart rate sensors and your skin. So with a layer of water disrupting the readings, it is unlikely your readings will be accurate if you do get any readings at all.

      When I reviewed the Mio Fuse, another optical heart rate sensor activity tracker, it was indicated in the manual that “the accuracy of the heart rate monitor may be reduced in cold water or if you are using large arm movements.” Optical heart rate sensors work by detecting blood flow near the surface of the skin so when you’re cold, blood flow to the skin surface reduces due to vasocontraction. That’s also the reason why most optical heart rate sensor companies will advise a warm up if the user is unable to get a reading at first.

      I wouldn’t recommend using optical heart rate sensors for swimming based activities if I’m trying to get HR readings. You can explore the Garmin Swim or Tri series of heart rate monitors if you’re interested. Those are made specifically for swimming.

      As to your observation, touch displays and water have never gone well together. It either prevents the correct response or, at some angles of water contacting the display, mimics taps. I didn’t try that on the A360, it’s purely based on my past experiences with other touch screen enabled activty trackers.

  • Reply rich December 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I’m a little confused with how accurately it tracks distance covered. I’m looking to track how much ground I cover when playing football (soccer). Will this be able to tell me even though it doesn’t have GPS? and how accurate will that reading be?
    Thanks – good review!

    • Reply Michael S December 6, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Hi Rich, glad you liked the review!
      It tracks distance based on the number of steps taken.
      I extracted this from Polar’s website that applies to all its devices when it comes to activity tracking.

      The distance calculation is based on the steps you have taken. For the distance calculation Polar device has to know how long your steps are. Polar has developed and patented a method for estimating stride length, which takes into account your pace. The method utilizes your height and stride pace in the calculation. You have given your height when starting to use your Polar Device, and the stride pace can be tracked from your wrist movements. When the number of the steps you have taken and your stride length are known, the distance can be calculated accurately.

      The distance can be calculated accurately for sports in which the pace is steady, like walking or running. In sports that require equipment, like skating, skiing and cycling, or in sports in which the pace is not steady, the distance will be underestimated.”

      So a sport like soccer that involves inconsistent pace will likely be underestimated or inconsistent. For me personally, the Polar A360 was able to track the session’s HR data but not tag a distance to the session; even though the distance is still tracked and added to the total for the day.

      Hope that helps!
      Michael S

  • Reply Sam December 6, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Great review. I recently purchased this tracker (5th different model that I’m trialing). I’m not used to Polar setups … I couldn’t find much help on how to use this device from a new user viewpoint, but I think I was able to figure it out. What I don’t seem to get are the ‘inactivity’ notifications. I’ve worn it for 2 days so far, and just watching football on tv, nothing has alerted me to move .. I set it to silent and with sound in Polar Flow. Just curious if you know the time interval that it tracks before issuing ‘inactivity’ notifications?

    • Reply Michael S December 7, 2015 at 12:42 am

      Hi Sam,

      It’s 55 minutes before the buzz goes off. If you still don’t get up and move for 5 minutes, an inactivity alert will be indicated in the app. There’s a chance that the A360 recorded your TV watching as sleep. You can look at the Polar Flow app to check this. I’m assuming you were watching TV in the night?

      Michael S

      • Reply Sam December 7, 2015 at 1:50 am

        Thanks for the reply, Michael. I checked the Polar Flow app … there is no indication of inactivity alerts. I’m wondering, that since I use the Android app, that it is not registering the settings on the device .. at least until Polar gets the Android app up-to-par with iOS app.

        • Reply Michael S December 8, 2015 at 3:03 am

          Hi Sam,

          I also periodically pair the fitness devices to Android smart phones and I use a Google Nexus 5. I could see the “Inactivity stamps” on the main dashboard and I could also see the “Inactivity alert” settings under “Settings” then “Notifications.”

          If you’re not seeing those, perhaps it might help to drop Polar Support a note.
          Mike

          • Sam December 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

            That’s strange .. I did call Polar Support .. rep did not know why the ‘Inactivity alert’ settings were missing. He recalled an internal email that said an Android update was slated to be released this week. He said to wait for that to be installed and see if it remedies the ‘missing’ elements, and if not to call back. So, I wait for the update to be released .. not holding my breath, but we’ll see.

          • Sam December 11, 2015 at 4:02 pm

            The new update came out and Android notification settings are active now. However, the ‘Inactivity Alert’ does not appear to be working. It is interesting though, that just before I updated the firmware, I received the first and only ‘Inactivity Alert’. After the firmware updt, I have yet to receive another.

          • Sam December 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm

            15 min after my last post .. I started getting ‘Inactivity’ alerts. Weird .. I’ve been working at my desk ever since I’ve had it … only 2 move alerts, so far

          • Michael S December 14, 2015 at 1:54 am

            Thanks for the update Sam. I would be fair to think the new update and any subsequent ones will take some time to iron out the kinks.

  • Reply Mark December 8, 2015 at 1:46 am

    I bought an A360, tried it out for a few days, and returned it. I found that the heart rate monitor was not accurate enough for me. I’m use to the accuracy of my M400. It was off by about 10-20 beats. That’s enough to put me in a different level. My level 3 goes from 91 to 103 based on a max of 130. If the watch is off by 10 to 15 beats, it’s not very helpful. I contacted Polar and asked them how I could make it more accurate. They said use a strap. But that’s why I bought this in the first place. I didn’t want to use a strap. So I tried it with a strap and it worked fine. I decided if I was going to use a strap, I might as well stick with my m400. I also found there was no way to keep the display on all the time. It is very annoying having to flick one’s arm every time you want to see the time. I found it didn’t go on some time when I wanted it to, and it did go on some time when I didn’t want it on. When it does go on, it’s for only a few seconds. It doesn’t give you enough time to examine your data. I did find the watch extremely comfortable. I was very disappointed though that it didn’t work out.

    • Reply Michael S December 8, 2015 at 2:54 am

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. It is much appreciated. I believe it is important the readers get various perspective on how the actual usage on the fitness device is, from fit to HR accuracy for different individuals.Unfortunately your comment is too far down the list and might be missed easily. Would you be all right if I were to paste your comment, verbatim, into my review please? Let me know how you feel about it.

      Michael S

      • Reply Mark December 8, 2015 at 6:38 pm

        That would be fine with me. You can do whatever you’d like. I don’t think I wrote the greatest review though.

        What I was trying to say was that I thought the accuracy would be 3 or 4 beats off from what you’d get with a strap. Instead, it turned out to be highly unpredictable and about 10 to 15 beats off. It would seem to be on the high side. After my workout it recorded over 600 calories, where I usually do a little over 400. The only time it seemed accurate is when I turned it on and it gave me a resting heart rate that seemed about right. Since I’m on medication, my monitor usually reads in the 90’s, so I don’t think I’m asking too much of a monitor to give an accurate reading in the 80’s and 90’s. I thought when I contacted Polar they would give me advice as to how to make it more accurate, but unfortunately all they could tell me was to use a strap if I wanted accuracy. I even shaved my arm where I put my watch to see if that would help, but I don’t think it did. Hope some of this might be helpful.

  • Reply Teo December 9, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Just a small observation, the USB port used for charging is a micro-USB, not a mini (practically no device has mini ports anymore) . In practice this means you can charge the device with a standard mobile phone wall charger instead of an wonky special cable, a huge difference to competing products. The cable is the first thing to forget when travelling.

    • Reply Michael S December 10, 2015 at 2:45 am

      You are correct Teo. The micro USB port is really a bonus. I’ve amended my article to reflect the correct term. Thank you.

      Mike

  • Reply Roxanne December 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I borrowed an ex of a360 from polar.
    Did three tests. On my left wrist I had a300+h7 and on the right wrist a360.
    On my extreme spinning hour the difference in calories was 350. A360 shows lower puls and calories all three times.
    The guy at polar told me that he himself never would stop using the chest strap since it’s the closest to a accurate result you can get. And that the a360 is something they “had to produce” to keep up with other manufacturers that already has led-displays and heart rate in wristband.
    But I prefer a “boring “display bulky looking watch( that can take a punch or two) but shows accurate heart rate over a more “fun” watch with a display that is much more sensitive and shows inaccurate heart rate results any day.
    After all..for me the accurate results are more important than looking cool 😉 .
    And the guy at polar told me, heart rate in wristband can never show the same reliable results as a chest strap ( ecg, electrical impulses directly from your heart)!
    And it don’t have gymlink. So you can’t see your pulse all the time( for example on the monitor on spinn cykle monitor in front of you), if you not want to shake your arm trough out the whole workout….

    • Reply Michael S December 21, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Hi Roxanne,

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience with the A360. I’m sure optical HRMs at present will in no way compare to the accuracy levels of a chest worn HRM. But we can’t deny that there’s a growing group of consumers who are looking for convenience and decent estimate of their exercising heart rate. And I’m surprised the “guy at polar” actually informed you the A360 was something they had to produce!

      Michael S

  • Reply S Balint March 15, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Michael,

    I found an Easter egg in the Polar A360 band. A flappy bird like game, I can send you a video. Are you interested?

    Regards
    Balint

    • Reply Michael S March 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Sure Balint, send it over!

      Mike

    • Reply michael Aneca May 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Hi,

      sounds like fun. Can you share the video on youtube?

      thx in advance,

      Michael

  • Reply John March 18, 2016 at 1:28 am

    if you hold your finger on it while in training mode a light bulb pic will come on and then just tap again and it will stay lit so you can read it while working out

    • Reply Michael S March 18, 2016 at 1:31 am

      Thanks for the tip John!

      Mike

  • Reply Jamie Cain September 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I like that during your workouts it displays the beats per minute along with colored bars that represents the different heart rate zones. There’s also a white bar that shows how much time you spent in each zone. I have a Polar H7 HR chest strap and the a360 very quickly pairs with it. I dislike that it doesn’t show you the steps or the distance while you are jogging. Therefore it’s perfect for those who do a lot of lifting, high intensity training, rowing, etc. but not if you just want to use it as a regular tracker for your daily jogs.

  • Reply Dan February 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Hi, can I see my heart rate recording rate 1s, 5s, 15s, 60s like I do with my Polar RS400? Also does the Polar FlowSync records all my HR data?

    • Reply Michael S February 18, 2017 at 1:37 am

      Hi Dan,

      The A360 records HR every second. So you can actually DL the HR data from Polar Flow as well in editable excel format.

      It doesn’t do 5/15/60; strictly per second recording.

      Hope that helps!
      Mike

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