Polar V650 Review – Made for all Cyclists?

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Heart Rate Functions


Fitness / Sport Features


Ease of Use


Battery Life


Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into Polar V650

The Polar V650 is an advanced GPS bike computer with OpenSource maps, back to home, cadence (optional), power (optional), heart rate (optional) and barometric altimeter for accurate climb and descent data. The Polar V650 GPS Bike Computer has been tested and reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic.

  • Who Is It For?

  • Video Review

  • Pros

  • Cons

Polar’s own promotional video

Main Features and Functions

Key Features

  • FREE OpenStreetMap support
  • Bright Clear Colour Display
  • Training Benefit feedback post ride
  • Easy to operate via single RED button on front of unit
  • Configurable Displays for different cycling styles and training views (MTB, Road, Indoor, Other)
  • Optional Heart Rate, Cadence and Power support
  • Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate, Cadence and Speed sensor support
  • Emergency Front Light
  • Navigate BACK HOME function with as the crow flies directional arrow
  • Barometric Altimeter with ascent/descent and VAM (vertical meters per hour ascent speed)
  • Polar Flow web-service support (Mac and Windows PC)
  • Please also take a minute to watch my Polar V650 video review here

Disappointments / Improvements

  • A set of smaller stem mount ties (as per Garmin Edge)
  • An extra bike mount (as per Garmin Edge)
  • % Incline feedback WITHOUT having to purchase the Speed Sensor… (why is this anyway?)

More Features

Emergency Front Light

Training Benefit Feedback


Training Views

Summary of a Training Session


Route Follow

Top Alternatives

Next Model DOWN

The next model down in the Polar range of GPS bike computers is the Polar M450. The M450 is less than half the size of the V650. It does NOT support the OpenStreet mapping like the V650 does, and it has a monochrome display (no colour, no touch screen). The M450 has a couple of things the V650 does not  have (at time of writing review) like the Polar Fitness tests and Bluetooth synchronisation of data to Polar Flow App


In summary, the V650 is Polar’s answer to the Garmin Edge 510 with a little bit of 810/1000 thrown in. It’s NOT an autorouting GPS mapping device like the Edge 810/Touring Plus or Edge 1000, but it does show high resolution Open Source map detail, down to street names for an area 450km x 450km (it’s free, you simply highlight the area you want….. it’s a fantastic feature). The V650 is a competent GPS bike computer packed with performance monitoring functions and built in maps

Last Updated on September 25, 2019

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