Polar M430

Polar M430

Polar M430 Features

  • Activity and Calories Burned tracking
  • Heart Rate monitoring
  • GPS Tracking
  • Distance Walked and Steps counting
  • Auto Sleep Monitor
  • Water Resistance (3 ATM)
  • Twenty Day Battery
  • 1.4" Monochrome LCD Display

Polar M430 Specs

Basic Info

Wear TypeWristband

Activity & Fitness Tracking

Sleep Analysis / Sleep Time
Heart Rate / Pulse
Stairs / Floors
Exercise Tagging
Smart Coach
Goal Setting
Inactivity Alert

Additional Features

Watch / Clock
Alarm Clock
Music Playback
ReportsActivity, Sleep

Smartphone Remote Features

Caller ID
Music Control
Call Control
Camera Control
Find Phone


Duration20 days

GPS/HR mode: 30 hours

Battery TypeRechargeable Battery

Physical Specs

Water Resistance
IP Rating3 ATM
Weight51 grams


Display TechnologyLCD Screen
Display Size1.4 inches
Screen Resolution128 x 128 pixels
Color Display
Touch Screen


OS X / Mac
Windows Phone
Web Portal
Social Features



Sports and Fitness Activities

Best For:
  • All-Day Activity
  • Running
  • Training
  • Walking

Polar M430 Review

For a goal-driven runner, the Polar M430 is a highly capable tool with solid based wrist heart rate tracking and GPS. In Europe alone, this running watch is a top-seller. However, what do the expert runners feel about this wearable? And is the timepiece only used by joggers or are there other professionals using it.

Pros / What Customers Like:

  • From newcomer to expert runners found the watch combines simplicity with capability at the right price.
  • Users found the retro feel fantastic and it has a compact, lightweight design with uncomplicated use. Another notable mention by all is the three stunning colors available.
  • Joggers found the new improved six LED optical heart rate sensors comfortable on the skin and accurate.
  • Consumers found the five button controls easy to use during their runs. Furthermore, they love the fact that they could set up intervals easily during a mid-run.
  • Professionals found pairing and setting up the device with their smartphone easy, but does fail at times.
  • One marathon runner mentioned that they could set up their max heart rate, height, weight and more using the Polar tailored app. Furthermore, you can use it with 3rd party apps.
  • Another advantage athletes found helpful is receiving smart notifications directly from their phone to the watch screen.
  • Coaches and joggers found the GPS and heart rate reliable, but swimmers found the heart rate accuracy drops when in water. They found the pace, speed, and distance using the GPS tracking fantastic.
  • One more nice touch loved by consumers is that they can provide the app with feedback on how they slept. With the sleep tracking stats collected throughout the night and your feedback it helps you to improve your sleep.
  • Lastly, one of the biggest highlights for all marathon runners is the outstanding battery life. Further, you can extend the battery with the GPS accuracy setting.

Cons / What Customers Don't Like:

  • Executives found the fitness watch more suitable for working out and not great to wear as a day-to-day life timepiece. But they did like the customizable watch faces.


If you are goal-driven and training for a marathon, the Polar M430 is capable of coping with your running ambitions. You will be surprised how well it works for general running fitness as well. The wearable has a rich feature set with fantastic all-day activity tracking.

Compatible Applications

  • Strava
  • MyFitnessPal
  • TrainingPeaks


Manufacturer Website: polar.com


Expert Reviews and Ratings

  • impulsegamer.com • Expert Review by James Wright

    So at its core, the Polar M430 Running Watch is a very adept GPS smart activity tracker for runners and if I could add something ... Full review

    4.7of 5
  • titaniumgeek.com • Expert Review

    The Polar M400 on which the M430 is based was a very good device. The M430 is a strong update, and it’s nice to see ... Full review

    4of 5
  • techadvisor.co.uk • Expert Review by Henry Burrell

    The Polar M430 is an excellent combination of no-frills simple yet completely fully featured. It is unobtrusive in the simplicity of its hardware yet can ... Full review

    9of 10
  • cardiocritic.com • Expert Review by Tristan Haskins

    There is no doubting that the Polar M430 will become one of the most popular GPS running watches of 2018 and beyond. Full review

    5of 5
  • arstechnica.com • Expert Review by Valentina Palladino

    A thoughtful update makes the M430 a better running watch than Polar's M400. Full review

  • alphr.com • Expert Review by Alan Martin

    If you just want a wearable for race day, this is hard to beat. If you’re looking for a dressy smartwatch that also happens to ... Full review

    5of 5
  • dcrainmaker.com • Expert Review by DC Rainmaker

    On the face of it, the Polar M430 may not appear that exciting compared to the M400 of a few years ago. After all, from ... Full review

  • inspectorgadgets.ru • Expert Review by Слава

    Проведя почти месяц с Polar M430, мы можем смело делиться своим опытом использования. Так вышло, что мы тестировали их параллельно с Polar V800, и на ... Full review

  • wareable.com • Expert Review by Paul Lamkin

    The Polar M430 isn't the top-end Polar running watch – that honour belongs to the V800. But, given the V800 is older than your nan ... Full review

    4of 5
  • techradar.com • Expert Review by Kieran Alger

    A highly capable tool for goal-driven runners, the Polar M430 takes nearly all the best bits from the best-selling M400, adds solid wrist-based heart rate ... Full review

    4.5of 5.0

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