Let’s have a look at how Polar shows the daily tracking data from the Vantage V in its Polar Flow app.
The “what” of comparison data between Vantage V and Fitbit Charge 3 is in an earlier post, the “how” of how the app shows that data comes here:
Current Day Overview – App Start Screen
Similar to the Fitbit app, the Polar Flow app also starts out with an overview of the current day.
Here, you see the times you have spent in different activity zones (or not wearing the watch) in a 24-hour circle.
On the very top, you can get into the menu.
Opening that would remind you that this is only a display of “Activity” you get here.
There are also pages for the (social) “Feed“, “Sleep“, “Training” and “Notifications” (from Polar).
In addition, the menu leads to the set-up of sport profiles, getting and setting information about one’s devices, general settings and support.
Time Frame Selection
Following on top is a selection of day, week or month views and, right underneath, an indication of the time for which the data is displayed.
When opening the app, the “Today” view is shown, but it is possible to swipe to earlier days. And of course, selecting a week or month view, this shows for what week or month the data is being shown.
Daily Tracking – Activity – Data Display
Next up comes a summary of how much time was spent in which activity zone (giving the hours and minutes). You can tap on those entries to get info on what they represent.
24-Hour Day Circle
The main part of the first screen is taken up by the circular display I already mentioned.
Here, the full circle presents the 24 hours of the day; times spent in different activity zones (or not wearing the watch) are marked in the same colors also used above to indicate those zones.
When sleep or training was recorded, their data is marked extra (with a bed symbol or the symbol for the type of activity that was done).
The lowest heart rate in sleep, and the lowest and highest heart rates during the day, are also marked with the value they had.
Tapping on that number opens an info box telling what data is being shown there and when exactly which value was recorded.
If the highest heart rate of the day was during training (as is normal) or if other data coincides, those get combined into those bubble markings; info boxes then open to show the info for all that data.
Daily Goal Status
Underneath that circle display is a bar showing the percentage of the daily activity goal that has been reached, the “Daily Goal Status”.
Scrolling down, there is a summary of steps, distance, active time, calories burned and inactivity stamps.
This is followed at the bottom by sleep data.
Strangely, when I recorded my sleep, this only shows the total sleep time. When there is no data, however, it shows fields for “night sleep”, “restful sleep” (percentage), “restful sleep” (duration), and “restless sleep”. Not sure what’s up with that; it may be that fields set up for the “Sleep” page in the app are being shown there, erroneously, when there is no data… except that other data is being shown there.
Activity Percentage Circle
Tapping on that circle display “turns it around” into a circular pie chart giving an impression of how much of one’s day was spent in which activity zone and immediately showing the “active time” in the middle.
Tap on the color sections representing different activity zones, and those are highlighted and their data (duration) is shown in the middle.
HR Graph and Activity
In the same line showing the day or date range for which data is currently being displayed, on the right, there is a little “line graph” symbol (and on the left, an “info” symbol which would tell you about this, as well).
Tapping on this symbol shifts from the circular display to an HR graph.
This gives an interesting overview (if a rather busy, close-cropped one) of how one’s heart rate went during the day.
Lowest/highest heart rates are again marked right on that graph; sleep, training, activity zone times are marked in two bars underneath.
Long pressing on those bars pops up more detailed info on time, heart rate, and activity intensity which one can slide through, by the way. (This is again explained in an “info” pane opened by tapping on the “i” symbol… and closed only by tapping the “x” at the top left corner.)
Get back to the circular day display by tapping the symbol for it on the right of the date (range) display; this symbol changes between HR graph and circular to help get back to the respective other view.
Week and Month Views
The overview over a week or a month switches to a HR graph-like display, anyways. (After all, a 24-hour circle would not make sense there; a week or month circle show nothing meaningful.)
Towards the top, one still gets an indication of the date range being shown and of the total time spent in the different activity zones.
Below that is the percentage of daily goal completion… but then, on the main part of the screen, things get complicated.
Week/Month Overview Chart
The bars and graphs there are fairly confusing as they show multiple things:
The bars in the first view here represent a full day and show (as the circle display does it in its second “activity percentage” view) what part of the day was spent in what activity zone.
A line connects all the low-to-high activity sections to give an indication of how much of the day was spent being active and, especially, how that changed over the course of the week/month.
Three additional graph lines on that chart show lowest sleep heart rate, lowest and highest heart rate during the day.
One can tap-and-hold on that view (and slide) to be shown those heart rate values.
Red dots underneath the date indicators show which days were training days. (This can be somewhat helpful as or when activity goals were achieved on days with less time spent being active, but having done a training session.)
Goal Completion Bars
A second display of this overview is also available (with a push on the symbol for it on the date line).
In that view, the vertical bars only show the percentage of goal completion, with a full bar indicating that 100% of the activity goal (or more) was achieved.
(Strangely, when I took the screenshot, the numbers on the left of the bar graph still indicated hours of the day. After some swiping through time, they changed to show the percentages.)
The HR graph lines are shown the same as in the other view.
Further Summary Data
Weight trends, if synced from a Polar scale or manually entered, otherwise with always the same value, are shown below the “Daily goal completion average” in the “Month” view (but none other).
Both week and month overview, at the bottom of the screen, show the totals and daily averages of steps, distance, active time, and calories, as well as inactivity stamps (if the app/device is set up to use those… and can be set up like that; I don’t think the Polar Vantage supports this feature).
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