The Polar Loop 2 is the second-generation to the Finnish company’s activity tracker. It follows the firm’s years of creating sports watches and wireless heart-rate monitors. With this activity tracker, Polar is looking to compete with the likes of Fitbit, Misfit, and Jawbone for the finest fitness band on the market. However, this 2nd iteration to the Polar Loop is not far off from its predecessor.
Can the Polar Loop 2 Take on the Likes of Fitbit?
First of all, the Polar Loop 2 has a very near identical design to the original Polar Loop. It uses the same built-in sensors to track your various activities. There are also some features that are inspired by current smartwatch technology. Also, it will be compatible with Android, Windows, and iPhone smartphones.
It still has that same soft, rubbery silicone wristband found in its predecessor. It also has that stainless-steel metal buckle to keep the band secure on your wrist. Now, this 2nd generation model is now lighter and slimmer. It only weighs 2-grams as it is made from a TPU plastic. However, it is still nowhere near as thin as Jawbone’s fitness trackers. For those who are in the know in the activity tracker sector, you may find Polar’s offering to be similar to the Mio Fuse.
The 2nd Polar Loop is available in either Sorbet Pink or Powder White. There is also a Swarovski-crystal emblazoned model for those fashion-eccentric individuals that want to make their fitness tracker really stand out.
As for buttons, well… button, then there’s only a single capacitive one which rests alongside the display. This button requires only the softest of touches for it to activate. It will allow users to scroll through various screens, and will allow viewing of time, step count, and calories burned. Aside from the button, there is also an activity bar, which works pretty much the same way as Garmin’s Vivofit trackers. The device will also suggest certain activities to fill up that bar.
There’s nothing really to say with regards to Polar’s new contender in the fitness band market and its differences. Simply speaking, the changes are not as radical as you would hoped it to be. Tracking accuracy is still fine, but the motivational features just do not have the desired effect.
The Polar Loop 2 is an update to its predecessor but it is an uninspiring one at that. Many would want to expect more from this new offering from the Finnish company, but it just doesn’t quite cut it.