Polar Pacer Pro Vs Vantage M2 Comparison: 5 Major Differences

Polar Pacer Pro and Vantage M2 are priced similarly ($300) and offer many of the same features for runners. But there are some key differences that could make one a better choice for you than the other.

If you want to save yourself the trouble of reading the entire post to find out which Polar is better, you can take our words and invest your money in the new Pacer Pro.

The watch offers several improvements over Vantage M2 without charging you any additional money.

In this post, we’ll compare the Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage M2 side-by-side in five different categories.

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Polar Pacer Pro Vs Vantage M2 Comparison:

There are many similarities between Polar Pacer Pro and Vantage M2 as they both come from the same company, so we will focus only on the key differences between the two.

Interface:

Polar added a faster processor (x2) and more memory (x7) to the Pacer Pro, which results in a more responsive interface. The watch also has a new always-on color display that makes it easier to see your stats at a glance.

Pacer Pro supports smartphone push notifications now during workouts. The overall experience on the watch is more polished as well.

Running Metrics:

Pacer Pro offers ‘Running Power’ a feature previously included in premium watches like Polar Ignite and Polar Grit X Pro. You won’t need an external sensor attached to the watch to get advanced running metrics (including Running Power) as you might in the Vantage M2.

Moreover, the Pacer Pro features the Running Performance Test and a new Walking test. The running performance allows you to see how your VO2 Max and running economy have changed over time.

Polar Vantage M2 doesn’t support Strava Live Segments which certainly gives an edge to the Pacer Pro, especially in the Strava community.

Navigational Features:

Vantage 2 is lacking in the navigational features department as it lacks a barometric altimeter sensor which pacer pro has. The latter double as a hiking watch where it can record your ascent, descent, and location.

Like Garmin watches, it offers a breadcrumb trail (back to track) in case you get lost on your run. You can download routes from your phone to the watch, but you first have to create them on the polar flow app or website. Also,  you can follow a GPS track live on the watch and can create waypoints.

In addition to this, Pacer Pro offers support for Hill Splitter and Komoot route planning.

Water Resistance:

Polar Pacer Pro offers 5 ATM water resistance that roughly translates to up to 50m submergence in water. Vantage M2, on the other hand, is water-resistant only up to 30m.

You can swim in the pool and shower with Vantage M2, but the Pacer Pro goes a step ahead and support open water swimming.

Battery Life:

Polar Pacer Pro offers up to 100 hours of battery life in GPS tracking mode while Vantage M2 can go on for up to 30 hours. In the battle of battery endurance, Pacer Pro is the clear winner.

However, both watches take the same time to charge (2-2.5 hours).

Final Verdict:

Polar Pacer Pro is the better watch out of the two. It’s more polished, has a better interface, and offers advanced running metrics (without any external sensor), and navigational features. It is basically a cross Vantage V2 with M2 Watch with all the features of these two but priced the same as M2.

Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage M2: Comparison Table

Product NamePolar Pacer ProVantage M2
Price$299$293
PredecessorVantage M2Polar Vantage M
Models45 mm46 mm
Release DateApril 2022March 2021
Parent CompanyPolar Polar 
Operating SystemProprietary OSProprietary OS
CompatibilityAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS
Competition
Suitable ForFitness/Running smartwatchFitness/Sport smartwatch
SensorsGPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, Precision Prime, Barometer, Magnetometer compass, Accelerometer, TEMP RECORDING (INTERNAL SENSOR)GPS, Glonass, QZSS, Precision Prime, Barometer, Magnetometer compass, Accelerometer, TEMP RECORDING (INTERNAL SENSOR)
Dimensions, Weight45 x 45 x 11.5 mm | 41 g46 x 46 x 12.5 mm, 45.5g
Band Size20mm22 mm
Build materialsNylon WristbandSilicone
ColorsCarbon Gray, Snow White, Midnight Blue, Autumn MaroonBlack & gray, Champagne & gold, Copper & brown, Gray & yellow
Waterproofing5 ATM3ATM
Display Size1.2 Inch1.2 inches
Screen Type & ResolutionMIP, 240 × 240 pixelsLCD, transflective, 240 × 240 pixels
Pixel Per InchNot specified282.8 PPI
Screen ProtectionGorilla GlassPMMA laminated glass
Always-on DisplayYesYes
Rotating BezelNoNo
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth
Companion AppPolar Flow appPolar Flow app
Storage32MBUp to 90 hours of training with GPS and heart rate depending
ProcessorHyperfast, high-performance core processorN/A
RAM5MBN/A
Notification AlertYesYes
Calendar, WeatherYesYes
Offline SpotifyNoNo
Timer & AlarmYesYes
Customizable Watch FacesYesYes
Voice AssistantNoNo
Music Storage, ControlJust Control the musicJust Control the music
Third-Party AppsYesYes
Make calls, send texts & EmailsNoNo
Browse WebNoNo
Contactless PaymentNoNo
Built-in GPSYes(GPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS)Yes(A-GPS, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS)
Heart Rate TrackingYesYes
SleepYesYes
StressYesYes
Blood OxygenNoNo
ECGNoNo
Bioelectrical Impedance AnalysisNoNo
Steps, CaloriesYesYes
Menstrual cycleNoNo
Sport ModeYes(130+)
Sync Data With Strava or Apple HealthYesYes
Battery PerformanceTraining mode: up to 35 hours, Watch mode: up to 1032 hours, Power save training mode: up to 100 hoursContinuous GPS tracking: 40hrs, Smartwatch mode: 7 days
Battery Size273 mAh230mAh
Charger TypeNot specifiedCharging dock
Fast ChargingYesYes (1 hour)

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