The sporty looking Polar A370 is the replacement for the A360 and brings with it a few key updates. The look remains the same but it comes with better heart rate tracking, new continuous heart rate monitoring, vastly improved sleep tracking, and a slightly better battery life. Even with all the changes mentioned, does it measure up in fitness watch comparisons? It certainly tries to do a lot. It has a huge variety of sports modes to choose from and neat functionalities that set it apart from other fitness watches. Where it feels limited is in the fact that it must be connected to a Smartphone for GPS tracking. Keep reading to find out if the Polar A370 fitness tracker is the watch for you.
The watch is GPS connected. That means it's not GPS enabled but it can harness the GPS from your Smartphone to relay information to you and track your workout. It also connects to your Smartphone to allow you to view notifications (calls, emails, etc.) on the watch face.
Runners can also use ready-made training plans that are compatible with the watch. Training Benefit is a feature that lets you know how hard you've worked. A fitness test is also available for use but it requires a separate heart rate strap, which seems kind of strange considering the watch comes equipped with an optical HR monitor. The watch also lacks an auto pause feature which might be a deal breaker for avid runners. If you stop, the watch will just keep recording. An internal accelerometer means the watch can be used without needing to connect to your phone for GPS. An accelerometer is, of course, a lot less accurate than GPS but it's a decent option for those who want to be able to track runs indoors.
The watch comes bundled with a charging cable. It charges via micro USB. The watch itself features a micro USB port with a small cap. Reviewers complained about this particular type of charging because the cap is very easy to misplace.
- Continuous heart rate monitoring (via optical wrist monitor)
- Provides step count, calorie burn info, and various pieces of data for activities (like distance and pace)
- Various sports modes available
- Training Benefit gives you idea of how hard you worked
- Polar Sleep Plus Analysis is a new and improved sleep tracking feature that works exceptionally well
- GPS compatible (which means you'll need to be connected to your phone to use it)
- Smart notifications (via Bluetooth connection with a Smartphone)
- Works with Polar app and various other fitness apps like MyFitnessPal
- Interchangeable bands made of silicone
- Full-color screen
- Charges via micro USB (USB port is covered by a small cap on the device itself)
- Accelerometer allows users to track indoor runs or runs without GPS from phone
- Bluetooth connectivity
Runners will probably be better off spending a little bit more money for a GPS enabled device. However, someone looking to accurately track sleep will get a great bunch of data from the A370. For most people, the Polar A370 will either feel a bit too complicated or too bare bones. The fact that it's waterproof is definitely a point in its favor but it's limited in its ability to actually track swimming.
It's a nice fitness tracker for those looking for something sporty. Those seeking a watch with a premium look will want to look elsewhere.