Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch7/10 (Expert Score)
At its initial release, the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch was systematically equipped with a barometric altimeter. So we had two names: Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch or Suunto 9 Baro to designate the same watch.
What the athletic layman fitness tracker Fitbit is, the endurance athlete is his sports watch Suunto. With the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch, the Finnish manufacturer has now presented its latest model and does a lot different from the competition and yet the innovations in the target group are likely to provide much joy.
Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch mainstream
Suunto was previously the manufacturer, which moved slightly away from the brownfields such as Garmin, Polar and Fitbit. There was not hell out of chasing after the competition and trying to adapt one or the other innovation with its own product or outdo.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch offers no features such as music playback or contactless payment via NFC, but the desire for a longer term and higher accuracy.
Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch
Of course, the improvements are in the foreground here, so as not to reduce the sports watch, the following short portrait should describe the Suunto 9:
- GPS sports watch
- 24/7 fitness tracker
- optical heart rate measurement
- waterproof up to 100 meters
- Weather features
- Sunrise – / – sunset
- storm warning
- air pressure
- 80+ sports modes
Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch weighs 81 grams due to the robust material choice consisting of stainless steel and sapphire crystal glass. The bracelet has a standard width of 24mm with a circumference of 130 to 230 mm and can be changed easily. The transflective LCD display offers a resolution of 320 × 300 pixels.
In essence, the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch is based on the previous top model, the Spartan Ultra, but offers some promising new features.
Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch battery life
The biggest attention is probably the introduction of a new power management, thanks to on and off switchable functions and the change between the profiles for battery life of up to 120 hours provides – and that with activated GPS.
The Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch differs from the factory three different operating modes:
An additional custom mode allows settings between the standard profiles.
Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch energy management
What lies behind the modes is essentially the sampling rate of the GPS position, which can be between one and 120 seconds, depending on the profile.
More settings apply
- To dye
- Vibration feedback
- optical heart rate measurement
An indication of the remaining time for the selected profile allows you to check whether the battery lasts until the end even before the start of an activity.
If a sports venture takes longer, you can also change the profile with the Suunto 9 during the recording, to ensure the data collection with a few drawbacks.
If this is not enough, the Suunto 9 switches to Chronos mode when the last battery reserves are reached in order to at least make it possible to read a target time.
In order to avoid such emergency situations, Suunto 9 tries to determine from the past activity history when and to what extent activities take place regularly. If the Suunto determines in advance that the remaining battery charge would not be sufficient, she reminds to load the clock in time.
To make it clear: benefit from the innovative power management, especially athletes on the long and ultra distances, but also notorious charging-Vergesser.
FuseTrack – Support for GPS
In addition to power management, the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch has a second innovation, called FuseTrack by the manufacturer.
This is a technique that evaluates the data from the accelerometers to improve the accuracy of track profile recognition and speed.
These are very specific disciplines attributed to the GPS, but perfectly complement the aforementioned power management in the case where the sampling rate of the GPS is set a little more generously. Currently, this technology delivers plausible values exclusively for running. The recognition of other movement patterns is at least conceivable.
Availability and prices
The Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch is already available on the manufacturer’s website in black and white and is scheduled for delivery on June 26, 2018. The product images suggest additional color variants at a later date. The EIA for both announced models is 599 EUR.
- he many options to optimize the use of the battery.
- The technology and operation of FusedTrack.
- The lack of maps for navigation and tracking.
- The absence of musical functions, as much the control of the music on the smartphone as an autonomous reader in the watch
- A big lack of ability to configure advanced split.
Specification: Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch
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12.5 x 9 x 9.5 cm, 77.1 g
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