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Polar 710 vs the 720i(4 posts)

Polar 710 vs the 720isodade
Jan 27, 2003 8:00 AM
Does anybody know the difference? Their website has sucky information...

re: Polar 710 vs the 720idivve
Jan 27, 2003 8:36 AM
The only differences are the stainless steel "watch" body and the built-in IrDA communication for the 720i. This enables it to communicate with a PC through a built-in IR port or industry standard IrDA adapter. The 710 will require the propriety Polar IR serial or USB interface to communicate with a PC. I have the latter combination and it works perfectly. The cost of the Polar IR interface is actually cheaper (almost half price) than any IrDA adapter I've seen.
re: Polar 710 vs the 720iirregardless
Jan 27, 2003 9:14 AM
I also heard the newer version doesn't timeout until 30 minutes instead of 5 minutes for the older version.
Here is the response from Polarsodade
Jan 28, 2003 8:06 AM
The S710i is not available in the US. The S720i has now started shipping to select retailers. The S720i can download to the PC's IR port or external IrDA devices without using the Polar IR interface. Please note the external devices may require own drivers and settings.

The monitor ' timeout' feature has also been increased from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. You can be away from the receiver for up to 30 minutes before the receiver shuts off the receiving circuits. The target zone alarm is disabled
in the bike mode to eliminate cycling signal interference.

The S720i also has a new durable, lightweight steel frame design. It has a brighter screen for better visibility. It retails for $339.99.