Polar Ignite vs Grit X vs Vantage V compared

Polar Ignite vs Grit X vs Vantage V – Specs and Features Compared

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Polar has released the Grit X, a rugged and durable smartwatch with MIL-STD-810G rating, so also is the Vantage V released in 2018. These two are some of the most sophisticated multisport GPS smartwatches loaded with lots of activity tracking features. Also featured in this comparison alongside these two is the lower-priced Ignite. Each of these three is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. Head-to-head, we compare the full specifications and features of these three so you know the differences.

Polar Ignite vs Grit X vs Vantage V Specifications Compared

 Polar IgnitePolar Grit XPolar Vantage V
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Price:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Battery:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Price:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device namePolar IgnitePolar Grit XPolar Vantage V
Device typeFitness/Sport SmartwatchFitness/Sport SmartwatchFitness/Sport Smartwatch
Predessesor______
Successor______
Released dateJune, 2019April, 2020September, 2018
Ideal forUnisexMenMen

DISPLAY

Display typeIPS Transflective LCDMIP transflective LCDMIP Transflective LCD
Display size1.2 inch1.2 inch1.2 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Pixel density______
Input typeTouchscreen
1 physical button
Touchscreen
5 physical buttons
Touchscreen
5 physical buttons
Always-onYesYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension43 x 43 x 8.5 mm47 x 47 x 13 mm46 x 46 x 13 mm
Weight35 grams
(including straps)
64 grams
(including straps)
66 grams
(including straps)
Casing materialGlass fiber reinforced polymerStainless steel/
Glass fiber reinforced polymer back
Stainless steel/
Glass fiber reinforced polymer back
Strap/band materialTPU (Black and silver)
Silicone (other colors)
SiliconeNylon/TPE
Bezel MaterialStainless steelStainless steelStainless steel
Strap size20mm22mm22mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 3ATMYes, 10ATM (MIL-STD-810G)Yes, 5ATM (MIL-STD-810G)
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black
Silver
Yellow
White
Black
Gray
White
Black
Orange
White

MEMORY

RAM______
Internal storage______
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth LEYesBluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo
Wi-FiNoNoNo
NFCNoNoNo
GPSGPS/GLONASSGPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS/A-GPSGPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS/A-GPS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
StepsYesYesYes
Floors climbedNoYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYes
StressYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenNoNoNo
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNoNo
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoYesYes
Preloaded maps___
On-screen workout modesNoNoNo
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNoNo

MEDIA

AudioNoNoNo
Music streamingNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterNoYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Pulse Ox.NoNoNo
ECGNoNoNo
Thermometer___
Other sensors------

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)___
Chipset___
CPU___
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 165mAh346mAh320mAh
Battery lifeGPS and wrist-based heart rate: 17 hrs
Watch mode with heart rate: Up to 5 days
GPS and wrist-based heart rate: 40 hrs
Watch mode with heart rate: Up to 7 days
GPS and wrist-based heart rate: 40 hrs
Watch mode with heart rate: Up to 7 days
Charging typeUSB cradleUSB cradleUSB cradle
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYesYes
Solar powerNoNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraNo_No
Music controlYesYesYes
Find phoneYesYesYes
Text responseNo_No

MISC

Payment systemNoneNoneNone
Compatibility Android and iOSAndroid and iOSAndroid and iOS
Companion appPolar Flow appPolar Flow appPolar Flow app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Polar Vantage MPolar Grit XPolar Vantage V
StrapsStrapsStraps
USB cradleUSB cradleUSB cradle
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide
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The Differences

Polar Ignite vs Grit X vs Vantage V Features Compared
  1. Design
  2. No doubt each of these three has got a remarkable design that’s both stylish and elegant. Each of these three is sturdily built with some of the most durable materials on the market. Reinforced glass fiber has been used for the case of these three, except for the Vantage V and Grit X which both have a stainless steel case that makes these two more durable. Moreover, the black version of the Grit X has a DLC coating which is a premium material and more durable.

    The Ignite which has the smallest case size is the most compact out of thee three, it also weighs the least which makes it a more comfortable wear. Moreover, it also has the most vivid display which weighs on its battery life unlike the Grit X and Vantage V powered by a MIP LCD that consumes less power and also easy to read outdoors. The Ignite is also easy to read outdoors thanks to its transflective display.

    While the Grit X has a massive 10ATM(waterproof up to 100 meters) waterproof rating, Vantage V has 5ATM which is higher than 3ATM of the Ignite. Moreover, the Grit X and Vantage V certified MIL-STD-810G are rugged devices ready to withstand harsher conditions.

  3. Fitness Tracking
  4. Like every other Polar smartwatch, each of these three is fitness-focused and well equipped to track your active life comprehensively. Each of these three is equipped with an inbuilt GPS, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and altimeter. These enable each of these three to track your complete sleep cycle, continuous heart rate monitoring, outdoor activities, calories, stress, fitness level, and more. However, the new Grit X comes with additional activity tracking features which may come to older models in future updates.

    The table below highlights activity tracking features present in each of these three and the differences.

    Activity Tracking FeaturesIgniteGrit XVantange V
    Swimming Metrics
    Polar Grit X automatically detects your heart rate, swimming style, distance, pace, strokes and rest times. Distance and strokes get tracked also in open water swimming.
    YesYesYes
    Fitness Level Test
    Test your fitness level easily in just 5 minutes without breaking a sweat.
    Learn more
    YesYesYes
    Breathing Session For Stress Management
    Relax your body and calm down your mind with the help of a guided breathing exercise
    YesYesYes
    Complete Sleep Monitoring
    Tracks your complete sleep cycle including stages and time spent in each.
    YesYesYes
    Training Benefits
    Get motivating feedback immediately after training describing the effect of the session. Learn more
    YesYesYes
    Weather Update
    Check current weather info and a 2-day forecast straight on your watch
    NoYesYes
    Continuous Heart Rate Tracking
    Tracks your heart rate continuously to give you a comprehensive view of how your heart behaves during the day as well as calories.
    YesYesYes
    Track Calories
    Know exactly how many calories you’ve burned based on your weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard you’re training.
    YesYesYes
    Running Program
    Get a personal and adaptive training plan that fits you and your goals.
    Learn more
    YesYesYes
    Route Planning With Komoot
    Plan your route on Komoot, import it to your Polar Grit X and let the turn-by-turn guidance take care of navigation for you.
    NoYesNo
    Route Guidance
    Upload your route to your Polar Grit X and stay on the right path with real-time guidance.
    NoYesYes
    Running Index
    Get an estimate of your running VO2max and see how your running performance is developing.
    YesYesYes
    Training Load Pro
    Quantify the strain of your training session and see how your training strains the different parts of your body.
    YesYesYes
    Hill Splitter
    Get detailed data about your performance on the uphill and downhill sections of your session
    NoYesNo
    FuelWise
    Learn to refuel and maintain adequate energy levels during your long training sessions.
    NoYesNo
    FitSpark Training Guide
    Polar Grit X and the FitSpark™ training guide make sure you’re prepared for your pursuit to conquer the trails with ready-made daily workouts that match your recovery, readiness, and training history. Learn more
    YesYesYes
    Energy Sources
    See how your body uses different energy sources during a training session. Polar Grit X divides your energy usage into carbs, proteins and fats.
    -Yes
    Running Power
    Get more comprehensive insight into the intensity of your running sessions.
    Learn more
    -YesYes
    Recovery Pro
    See how recovered your body is and get recovery feedback. Learn more
    NoNoYes
    Strava Live Segments
    Make your runs and rides more exciting with Strava Live Segments. Get alerts about nearby segments, see real-time performance data during a segment and check your results right after you finish.
    NoYesYes
    Multisport Training
    It allows you to do multiple sports in one training session and seamlessly switch between sports without interrupting the recording of your training.
    YesYesYes
    Inbuilt GPS/QZSS/GLONASS/A-GPS/GALILEO
    Built-in GPS provides accurate speed and distance measurement for a range of outdoor sports, and allows you to see your route on the map in the Polar Flow app and web service after your session.
    Yes
    (lacks QZSS & Galileo)
    YesYes
  5. Battery Life
  6. The battery life of each of these three is impressive, with any of these three you should get multi-days of long battery life from a single charge. However, the Grit X and Vantage have about the same battery life of a week(usage differs) which is longer than that of the Ignite.

Polar Ignite vs Grit X vs Vantage V – My Verdict

Clearly, each of these three is an outstanding fitness-focused smartwatch with a decent design, loaded with lots of activity tracking features, and a long battery life that lets you go longer. However, the Grit X with additional activity tracking features is the most comprehensive activity tracker out of these three.

On the other hand, the Ignite which is way cheaper is a decent alternative.

Watch the Polar Grit X Review

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