Polar Loop: Data & Connectivity

This category was tough for the Loop due to relatively basic functionality and a penalty for proprietary charging & syncing hardware (one cable serves both purposes). Polar has a tradition of using docks to support syncing and in my experience their gear has been very reliable. Even so, without these key components you’re really left high and dry. The specifics:

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The Loop gets credit for a scrolling display that shows the time, goal status, heart rate (with the optional chest strap), steps, and calories. There’s also an iPhone app (but no Android counterpart) and yet another Polar Web property to track your progress. Polar needs to simplify its portfolio of Web sites or at least ensure a consistent experience across its properties, including the display of previously uploaded data. Despite being in the fitness tracking business for years, Polar still doesn’t offer any way to download your data. Finally, battery life is average at an expected five days without a charge.

Let’s move on to Functions.

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