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Polar M430

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 reviews of Polar M430. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People really like the durability and performance. The reliability and size are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the design, and there are some mixed comments about the price.

usability, size, reliability, performance, durability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Polar M430 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 100/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Mark Jansen (

Polar M430 review


What it lacks in smart functionality, the M430 makes up for with a suite of fitness tracking tools.

Excellent fitness stats ; Personal coaching for running ; Comfortable to wear ; Built-in GPS ; Heart rate sensor

Outdated design ; Notifications are terrible ; Software lacking in certain areas

While we had our nitpicks with it, namely the need to use the Polar Flow desktop app and its touchy connectivity, there’s still a lot to love about the Polar M430 if you’re not put off by its visuals. With the capability of tracking a healthy helping...

Expert review by : Victoria Song (

Polar M430


The Polar M430 is a great fitness tracker for runners, but a bit too pricey and sporty for more casual use.

Built-in optical heart rate monitor and GPS. Tracks indoor activity. Vibration alerts for push notifications. Thin, perforated strap.

Sporty design and colors not for everyone. Can't swap bands. Slow syncing and unintuitive app design.

If you're a regular runner or training for a marathon, the Polar M430 is a solid tracker. It has a comfortable, breathable band, its screen is easy to read outdoors, and Polar emphasizes helpful stats for runners like heart rate, distance, and splits....

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Polar M430 In-Depth Review


It's been a few months since Polar first announced the M430, which builds upon their previously popular M400 GPS watch aimed primarily at the running crowd. While the M430 is a modest upgrade to the M400, it does bring with it features that enable it...

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Hands-on: Polar’s M430 GPS watch with optical HR


Today Polar announced their latest wearable, the M430. This unit follows in the footsteps of the by adding in an optical heart rate sensor as well as a handful of other small (but desired) features. While this watch lineage has previously been somewhat...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Kieran Alger (

Polar M430 review


Simple, smart and effective

Good battery life ; Easy to use ; Reliable and accurate

Annoying charging lead ; Not the best looking ; Some smartphone syncing issues

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 tracking, better GPS, sleep tracking and smartphone notifications to create one of the best...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Computer Shopper (

Polar M430 review: A super-accurate running watch


It's big, fat and hard to live with permanently, but the M430 is much better when you break it out for running specifically

Sensational battery life ; Straightforward app ; Very accurate

Ugly ; Uncomfortable to wear for extended periods

Therefore, it all comes down to exactly what kind of fitness tracker you’re looking for. If you’d prefer a stylish watch or band that never needs to be taken off, the M430 doesn’t fit the bill. If, on the other hand, you just want a super-accurate...

May, 2018

Expert review by : Alan Martin (

Polar M430 review: Brilliant function over functional form


The Polar M430 won't win any beauty contests, but its performance is tough to beat

I have two opinions about the Polar M430 and bear with me because they’re a bit contradictory.

Oct, 2017

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black, Orange / Grey / White
Protection features:Water Resistant


Display Resolution:128 x 128

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):Y


Internal memory:8

Packaging Content

Chest strap:N


Activity monitoring:Y
Auto training program adapting:Y
Automatic daily activity detection:Y
Barometric altimeter:Y
Built-in distance meter:Y
Calories burned:Y
Clock mode:12h/24h
Distance system of measurement:Imperial, Metric
Distance traveled:Y
Fitness test:Y
Heart rate monitor:Y
Heart rate-based calorie computation:Y
Interval training:Y
Keypad lock:Y
Languages support:CHI (SIMPL), CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, FIN, French, Italian, JPN, NOR, POL, Portuguese, RUS, SWE, TUR / Simplified Chinese, Czech, Danish, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish
Motivating feedback:Y
Personal goals:Y
Quality of sleep:Y
Race predictor:Y
Recommended activity:Cycling, Rowing, Running
Recovery advisor:Y
Recovery time suggestion:Y
Running dynamics:Y
Smart notifications:Y
Training effect measurement:Y
Training program duration:105
Training programming:Y
Vibrating alert:Y

Ports & interfaces



Battery Capacity:240
Battery life (GPS mode):8
Battery life (power save mode):30
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Type:Built-In


Compatible operating systems:Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8\nMac OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8

Weight & Dimensions