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Suunto - Spartan Trainer GPS Heart Rate Monitor Sports Watch - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Can't update firmware w/o Windows or Mac PC

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    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    Watch was almost fully charged when I took it out of the box. No instructions on how to charge it. See photo attached to see what to do. The included Quick Guide has very little information on how to use the watch. This is strange and might make some customers feel uncomfortable. Had to wait overnight before the the watch face showed up with time. Display was dim until I pressed a button on the right side of the device. Then it was readable but still not very bright. Guess the developer opted for maximum battery life.This watch is built rugged. Although I don’t do watersports anymore, I’m confident it is waterproof per product specs I’m confused about the procedure to update firmware. Looks like U have to download the files to a Windows or Mac PC and that there’s no way to do it directly from the device. That’s a big drawback in my opinion. Some people spend most of their on mobile except at work. Using the companion app is simple to use. But still trying to view results on the watch. This is going to take some time. Might make a comment later on my review so verdict is still out for now. If U use the website, there are many options listed to track exercise. Very impressive. Starting exercise tracking from the website is a good convenience as I do all my exercise starting from where I live. Using movescount Android app and website to keep track of my walking activity and circuit training activities. I have a Moto 360-2 Android Wear watch and have never tracked gym activity because I don’t like bringing my phone into the building. With the Suunto I don’t have to worry about this as it is a dedicated stand alone device. Big points here. Watch band is wide so don’t think it’s for females.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK Training Watch

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    masc360
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    I do not want to be overly negative in my review but let me start by saying that I really like the design of the Suunto Watch. It fits my style very well and I find it pleasant to look at and even to show it off. The watch functions relatively well but I have noticed a lot of issues while using it. The first thing is the Step Counter on it is an absolute joke. While I was setting the watch up I was sitting on my couch I was slightly moving my arm around getting the watch and fitting it in a comfortable position and when I look at the step counter it had said I had taken 32 steps already. This has continued throughout my time using the watch. just going about my normal business I will take a look down and see my steps have increased by several hundred or thousand. My job requires me to sit for long stretches of time. So the step reader is incredibly innacurate. The phone is also very particular on where it has to be on your wrist to get a good reading for the heart monitor. The phone would eventually slide down from where I would have it and began to display incorrect heart rate information until I adjusted the watch on my wrist. Also the connectvity to my phone has not been great, I do not recommend using it for notifications I kept having issues where a notification would pop on the watch, I would dismiss it on the watch and phone and it would notify my a couple more times on the watch about the notification even if it was something I had deleted several minutes ago. All of the other basic functions of the watch seem to work very well and the watch is very easy to use, its very easy to scroll through the different options and get to where I need to go on the watch. I wish I could love this watch and recommend it to everyone I know, but all of the issues I experienced using the watch left me not feeling great about it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    True X-Fitness Watch and Smartwatch

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    teasten
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    The Suunto Spartan is a true outdoor sport and fitness watch. This means it's for outdoor sport and fitness FIRST and foremost. If you're looking for something that is well built, rugged, waterproof and that will survive skiing, swimming, surfing, hiking, etc. AND track your vitals, measurements and movements then the Spartan is for you. The big selling point on the Suunto Spartan is MovesCount, their online community where you can track, self-assess, and compete against like-minded individuals in your field. If you're just after a smartwatch and something to wear to the gym, this is probably not the best watch for you. I only gave the watch 3 not 4 stars, as there are some frustrations with the watch. The menus in the watch are not intuitive and the 5 buttons on the watch do not make using it easier. There's no silent alarm (not that I can find) which seems a miss as Suunto have a great sleep analysis tool so you should wear this at night but then can't use it to discretely wake up. You can't just dive in and check your pulse/heart rate at will (the watch has a heart rate monitor but it only works and measures and reports to the app. Not a bad thing, but worth letting you know - the screen is not hi-res, but that's a trade off for great battery life which is a higher priority. It does provide SMS and call notifications, so it works as a Smartwatch but it's definitely not a Smartwatch first (you can set this up and use it without ever connecting it to your phone). I have written Yes I would recommend this to a friend, but the real answer is Maybe. If you're an athlete yes. If you're not. No.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    LIGHTWEIGHT SPORTS WATCH

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    DAHinAZ
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    The sports watch was nicely packaged with easy to understand instructions for first use. It was easy to put on and I liked the rubber watch band. It was lightweight and attractive and the large dial was easy to read. The menus were easy to navigate and were intuitive. My PRAISE ends here. I'm not a real sports-minded person, but I did like - I THOUGHT - the tracking of my "daily steps", until I found that it didn't work properly. My first clue that something wasn't "quite right" was my second day of use. I had been walking around (in/out) of the house and felt the number was "too high" by the end of my work day ... but then I thought, maybe I did take more steps than I thought. After having the watch sit on my dressing table overnight, when I put on in the morning, it already had 95 steps recorded. How is this possible from just sitting there? About 2 hours later, the "count" was up to 990 and I knew something wasn't right, because I had been sitting at my desk for most of that time. I finally took off the watch and stared at it for a few minutes. Sure enough, without moving the watch, it was clicking off "steps" .. which I was not doing. Maybe this watch is good for other sports, etc. but for my use, it wasn't effective nor accurate. SORRY....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Suunto needs more instructions

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    mskelbel
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    This sports watch Is complicated to use. It has a tiny start up guide that only really shows you how to update the watch using your computer. Update went pretty smoothly. No instructions for the 5 buttons so I’ve been fumbling with them for a while now. Buttons don’t follow the same pattern of how it works on every screen. You can click the lower right button to scroll down on the main screen, but if you go into another screen, it does something different. I am able to navigate to the steps and then the heartrate, but heart rate monitoring is not constant. It only starts when you go to that screen. The display is dimmed initially and you have to push a button to get it to brighten. Even then it’s not very bright. There’s a few options for the clock display. The one good thing I liked about this watch is the battery life. It lasts an entire week! I've used several different types of smart watches and this by far was the most complicated to use. They got it right with the battery life, but they need to work on their instructions for use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great For Fitness But So/So For Smartwatch

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    Mikepas
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    I've been using the Suunto Spartan Trainer for a few weeks now and I can safely say that if fitness tracking is your main use case for this device then you'll be well served. If you want it primarily as a smart watch substitute then be prepared for disappointment. For comparison I alternated between my Apple Watch Series 3 and this and on one occasion wore both on different wrists. To me it seems that the Suunto is the better device for tracking things like heart rate and pedometer while for GPS tracking of your walk or run then the Apple Watch held a slight advantage. One big drawback to the Suunto is the lack of touch screen interface. While many probably won't think this is an issue after you've been spoiled by touch screen phones and watches you do notice the "pain in the butt" factor. Another thing to keep in mind is the odd clip arrangement for charging the watch. I was able to go a day and a half between charges so if you plan to charge overnight you'll be fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend