Polar Vantage V3 vs. Vantage V2: Should You Upgrade?

Polar launched its new smartwatch in the Vantage series, the Vantage V3. They introduced biosensing instruments, AMOLED displays, maps, and so much more. Polar launched the Vantage V2 back in 2020, which is more focused on sports performance.

In this comparison, we’ll see that after three years, Polar succeeded in producing a better watch, and if you are planning to buy any of these watches, then stick here to find out the price, specifications, and performance you will get from these watches.

Polar Vantage V3 vs. V2: Specs, Availability, and Specs

Polar Vintage V3 vs. V2

The Polar Vantage V3 retails for $599, and it is available at Polar’s website or you can buy it from Amazon. The Vantage V2, on the other hand, launched at $499, which is $100 less than the V3.

The V2 offers more color options to choose from: Black, Silver, Silver and Gray-Lime, Black and Black, Red, and Black and Green. Whereas on V3, you get Sunrise Apricot, Night Black, and Sky Blue.

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Design and Display

At a glance, you can easily spot the difference: they changed the watch design, making it look a little bit bigger than the V2. Each device uses a round design and an aluminium watch case, making it feel premium, lightweight, and durable, which can protect it from any wear and tear. They tested V2 on military standards, whereas on V3, they did not, but that watch is still durable enough to survive.

The Vantage V3 weighs 57g with bands, which will feel lightweight on your wrist, and you can comfortably wear it all day. Whereas the Vantage V2 weighs even less at 52 g, making it more lightweight and comfortable to wear. It can also withstand underwater for up to 100 metres, but V3 can only go underwater up to 50 metres, which is still good but not as good as V2.

Both watches also come with five buttons: two on the left side and three on the right. Plus, they also offer interchangeable bands for a more comfortable feel and are tight enough to survive running and biking-like sports.

The Vantage V3 features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with 454 x 454 pixels of screen resolution, whereas the Vantage V2 features a slightly smaller 1.2-inch Memory-In-Pixels (MIP) display with 240 x 240 pixels of screen resolution. While you get Always On Display (AOD) functionality on both of these watches, the display is smaller, which makes it not the sharpest, but it is readable outdoors.

Performance and Tracking

Both of these devices can track multiple sports, which you will find handy if you are a sports lover like me. The V2 offers over 130 dedicated profiles, but the V3 added 20 more profiles, totaling 150 sports options to choose from, including running, cycling, swimming, soccer, and many more, covering a wide range of sports, and you’ll get detailed metrics according to your activity on your Polar Flow App.

Each device also offers a wide range of tests for an athlete, including running, cycling, fitness, leg recovery, and orthostatic, which will make it easy for you to get important metrics like VO2 Max, heart rate zones, power, and others.

Both watches show awesome GPS tracking capabilities with route tracking, GLONASS, Galileo, and Qzss support. You get route data accurately, even around trees and buildings. Plus, you also get trackback, which is a helpful feature for hiking and cycling. It is a GPS-based tracker that, once started, will guide you step-by-step until you finish your trail.

There’s also komoot-powered turn-by-turn support, a hill splitter that automatically detects all uphills and downhills by using your GPS-based speed and distance, and barometric altitude data. Plus, route guidance and backtrack, which will help you if you are exploring new routes, will guide you to get back where you started. While these features are available in both watches, offline map support is only available on V3.

Fitness Tracking and Sensors

The Vantage V3 introduced many new sensors and fitness tracking features. They introduced the Polar Elixir, which basically measures your cardiovascular activity, the autonomic nervous system, and body temperature—and converts it into digital data and insights.

The V2 features a Gen-3 optical heart rate sensor, and now they upgraded it with a Gen-4 optical heart rate sensor on the V3, which offered more advanced health metrics like blood oxygen saturation, skin temperature sensor, and ECG. The company also claims that it provides 25% more accuracy for sports like running and cycling.

Each device offers a ton of sleep features, including Nightly Recharge, which shows an overnight recovery measurement that will help you identify how well your body recovers from a demanding day. Sleep Plus stages will measure the heart’s beat-to-beat intervals using signals from an acceleration sensor and an optical heart rate sensor.

Plus, Sleep Wise will predict your daytime alertness by utilising your sleep tracking and biomathematical modelling and telling you how well you slept. All these features are available on both watches except nightly skin temperature, which will detect your skin temperature at night and then compare it with 28 days to detect any changes in your body.

Features

While these watches don’t support features like other smartwatches on the market that come in the same price range.

Both of these watches can show notifications when connected to your phone, but they lack features like contactless payments, third-party app support, and voice assistants, which you can easily find with other options like the Garmin Venu 3 or Forerunner 255.

They also offer music support when connected to your phone, which you use while doing your activities, like running.

Battery Life

The improved battery in the Vintage V3, which can now last up to 61 hours while using GPS and wrist-based heart rate and up to 47 hours with dual-frequency and wrist-based heart rate, and in watch mode, it can last up to 8 days, is a huge improvement.

Whereas the V2 only offers 40 hours while using GPS and in watch mode, it can last up to 7 days. While it is still good, it is not as good as V3.

Verdict

While both of these watches offer loads of features, the Vintage V3 offers much more advanced features and shows awesome fitness tracking capabilities too. If you neglect the price, which is $100 higher than the V2, then this watch wins by a good margin.

But in my opinion, there are so many watches available in the same price range that offer every feature. You can go for the Google Pixel Watch 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

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