Suunto Ambit 3 smart watch review
I did not know that there are European based technology companies capable of producing something like this. So I am pleased that I could get one for myself and try it out on the field. Here are my observations.
Briefly about Suunto company
Established in 1933 this company has always been known for its precision instruments. It all started with first liquid filled compasses made on an industrial scale, in the world. Which then developed to instruments for yachts, diving computers and consequently sports watches. This company can claim to be to the first to produce wrist sized portable computers which now developed into different ranges to cover a variety of sports and requirements. We like the fact that a lot of products are still handmade, innovative, high tech and produced in one factory which is located just next to its headquarters.
So what can I do with it?
|Track and brag
It allows to track all activities and displays it on the watch, movescount app and the website. Which, in turn, you can shared with your friends or potential sports adversaries. I like the feature where I can filter it by the date or sport undertaken.
In addition, I could see calories used up in the week – it adds up all the sports, walking and any other activity to show it all in one screen.
|Continue using Strava
The choice of sports in the menu includes: trekking, triathlon, running, cycling, swimming in the pool, open water swimming, indoor training and mountaineering. It will track your heart rate (separate heart monitor), distance, location via GPS, laps (automatic for swimming pool), average/top/lowest speed and elevation. Which it turn will be displayed in Movescount app/website or can also be synchronized with other apps like Strava.
I no longer need to get my phone out when jogging. Useful, safer and more convenient way of doing sports. Movescount website allows to check out the area, see what others have saved, create my own or follow established route – as long as I save it on my watch before going for the actual climb/run/swim/ride etc.
Alternatively set your destination on google maps and the watch will feed (via bluetooth) directions on its screen in text. I found this feature useful when cycling long distances.
| Prevent me from getting lost in a new town or country
Imagine you arrive to a new town, park your car and go for a long walk. No need to use the phone or google maps. Once parked I set my current GPS point and after the wondering around I can just ask to navigate back. The watch will show me the distance and direction to any of the saved points.
Even better for a new country. I saved my hotel’s location as soon as I arrived to Delhi. When I went for a walk with friends who knew the place I ended up separated in the crowd. Hey ho, without a worry I just followed my watch back to the safety of the hotel.
|Climb or ride huge (or not so much) mountains
This little gadget has served me with two purposes when riding up those Himalayan mountains on a motorbike (I am not ready to walk them up just yet):
Tracked my elevation and my progress for the day. It was great to see, but it is also useful for the awareness of the altitude sickness and etc.
It also was set to alert me on any potential storms coming. Considering frequently changing weather and dangers of getting stuck unprepared, the watch would notice sudden drop in atmospheric pressure and alarm me on that.
|Know the time, the date, day of the week…
It serves as a more than just a decent watch on a usual day. It will show time in two zones if you are travelling. Of course, will also display day of the week, seconds, chronograph as well as sunrise and sun set times based on your location.
It’s oversized design is great to just wear it to make a fashion statement if you are into that kind of thing.
And lastly, in watch mode the battery will last months and will take less than one hour to charge.
|And here are other main menu functions
Logbook – here you can refer to the past exercises recorded, your performance etc. I guess it could be useful when bragging about your achievements.
Displays – you can decide what is to be displayed on your watch.
Navigation – shows you the distance to your set point, or allows you to pre-set the route you need to navigate.
Recovery – calculates your recovery time based on the overall exercise you have done recently.
Exercise – allows you to record your exercise and performance. A long list of disciplines is covered.