Polar M600 review

A smartwatch with comprehensive fitness tracking chops

Polar M600

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Polar's M600 might look just like a standard fitness tracker, but it's all smartwatch inside. Stocked with 4GB of storage and full access to the Google Play Store, these factors make it nearly as good a choice as any smartwatch that's currently available, but less good-looking than most.

Who's this for?

For those who want a smarter-than-your-average fitness tracker. Android Wear still has problems, but with Android Wear 2.0 coming sooner than later, the Polar M600 aims to be one of the most future-proof fitness-focused smartwatches to be released in 2016.

Should you buy it?

For an Android Wear smartwatch with fitness chops, you can currently do no better than Polar's M600. It offers the most intuitive third-party integration with Google's wrist-based OS we've seen yet, and the comprehensive set of workout options should be exactly what most generalist gym visitors are looking for.

However, seasoned fitness user might be better served by a dedicated tracker, like the Garmin Fenix 3, TomTom Spark 3, or any other GPS-stocked wearable that doesn't dedicate precious processing and battery resources to running a battery-guzzling mobile OS.

Cameron Faulkner

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