Still on the topic of smartwatches… if outdoor adventures and fitness is your key usage, Suunto 7 GPS Sports Smartwatch could be the answer. But here’s the thing… while we understand Suunto’s area of focus (we still remember the pre-smartwatch sport watches era), we are little confused by the design.
It feels like Suunto is holding back on the sporty design by throwing some shiny bits to appeal to those who do not fancy “the too sporty look,” but then it went on to market it as “adventure-proof” GPS sport watch. Surely, those shiny bits on the bezel and the buttons are not adventure-proof, are they? Just saying…
It is also marketed as a state-of-the-art smartwatch which is debatable because, most smartwatches share pretty much the hardware and so… Also, it is presented as a premium smartphone, so brace yourself for a price shock. Then again, this is Suunto and therefore, Garmin-equivalent pricing is expected.
Under the hood, it gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 and 1 GB (maybe?), and 8 GB onboard storage. Here are the key highlights:
• Weight: 70g
• Bezel: Stainless Steel
• Watch Case: Reinforced Polyamid
• Strap materials: 24mm Strap (available in assorted silicon, leather and textile
• Display: 1.39-inch AMOLED circular display
• Navigation: GPS, Glonass, Galileo
• Battery Life: Up to 12 hours in GPS tracking mode or up to 48 hours in daily use*
• Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)
• Operating System: Wear OS by Google™
• Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 3100 Platform
• Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC,
• Sensors: Altimeter/Barometric, optical sensor (heart rate)
• Compatibility: iOS and Android
Now, the golden question: how much is it? It’s $499 – a price that puts the Suunto 7 GPS Sports Smartwatch on the high side for smartwatches.