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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great watch at a competitive price!

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    BobinVA
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    Although my trusty Garmin 305 is still working, I began thinking it might be time for an upgrade when a friend asked if that was a tablet strapped to my wrist! OK, so maybe it’s not that big, but there are smaller options available today. One such option is the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. In a much more reasonably sized package, I get all of the functionality of my previous sports watch and more. Right out of the box, the Spartan is charged and ready to go. What I thought was a very thorough user’s manual turned out to be about 5 pages of instructions repeated over and over in just about any language you can think of. No problem, I’ll find instructions on the web. The first thing I did was to download the Suunto Movescount software and check for a firmware update for my watch. This is a simple process and it goes quickly. Anxious to try out the watch, I disconnected and decided to give it a try. The watch comes pre-loaded with a number of “sport modes” that are already configured with the metrics that are most important for a particular exercise. For example, my main sport is running, so the basic setup for the running sport mode includes pace, heart rate, distance, duration, and more. There are 4 different screens for each exercise. The first question I had was “how do I configure these screens to display what I want to display in the order that I want to see them?”. On my Garmin, I was able to configure those screens right on the watch, but the Suunto doesn’t allow that. Instead, you have to go to the movescount web site. This is where you can change the settings on the watch, and then you synch those settings to the watch using the Suunto Link app. Once I learned that, I set up a custom sport mode with the metrics I wanted to see, in the layout that I prefer. I also deleted the sport modes that I wouldn’t be using. Using the Spartan is a breeze. One thing I really appreciate about the newer watches is that they don’t make you wait while they acquire a satellite signal for the GPS. You can simply choose your exercise, press start, and take off. As you complete each mile, the watch vibrates to let you know. It also has a heart rate monitor built in, which uses light to measure the heart rate right on your wrist. It’s not as accurate as using a separate chest strap, but it’s a whole lot more convenient. I did some running wearing both my old and new watches to compare them. The Suunto seemed to consistently track my runs as being longer distances than the Garmin, but I think that may change over time. Each time I synch the Suunto, it tells me it is optimizing the GPS, so I expect that to get better over time. Even so, it’s not a drastic difference, and who’s to say that the Garmin is right? The Spartan is thicker than a standard watch, but not largely so, and that means you can wear the watch all day long, not just when you’re exercising. It has the features of a fitness tracker, so it keeps track of your steps, stairs climbed, heart rate, etc. all throughout the day. You can even use it to track your sleep patterns, but I did not do that, since I can’t stand having something on my wrist while I’m sleeping. Maybe one of these days I’ll give it a try. It features several watch faces from which you can choose, but none of them are anything to write home about, and I didn’t see any way to import watch faces from other sources. While the Spartan is not a “smart watch”, it does connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and you can receive notifications from your phone for things like texts and news headlines. Although you can’t interact with the notifications from the watch, it’s actually a nice feature to have. I’ve never been able to see the value of the high-end smart watches, but I’ll admit that I do like being able to check a notification easily while driving without having to pick up the phone (which I shouldn’t be doing anyway, right?). Battery life is good, and I can get about 4 days out of a charge, using the GPS every day for about 45 minutes. Charging doesn’t take long, and it’s easy to connect it to the computer, synch my information, and charge it at the same time. The Spartan features lots of screens to help you keep track of your fitness. You can see a weekly summary of key metrics like distance run, average heart rate and average pace on a daily basis. That’s pretty cool, but it’s even better when you upload the data to movescount or other apps such as Map My Run. There, you can easily see your trends and keep track of your fitness over time. Overall, I’m very impressed with this watch. This is a tough category, and you have decide if buy in at a price point like the spot where the Spartan is, or do you go further and get a full smart watch such as the Apple Watch. At $279, this is a pretty good bargain, and you get a lot for the money. You don’t get a touch screen at this price, but I think that’s a reasonable trade-off. The buttons are responsive, and I prefer physical buttons when everything is sweaty or otherwise wet, so I would definitely not pay more for a touch screen. I’m very happy with this watch and am looking forward to getting a lot more use out of it. If you’re in the market for a GPS watch, you should definitely include this one on your short list!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Hardcore Athletic Training Watch

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    Daddio
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    Compared to others on the market, the Suunto Spartan Trainer gets a lot of things right, but falls short in comparison to other fitness watches on some of the more casual features. Pros: - The Suunto Spartan Trainer is noticeably more comfortable than for example the Fitbit Charge 2. The Spartan Trainer, being more of a traditional watch form factor fits the wrist better and the strap material is more pliable and pleasant feeling than the Charge 2. Its overall design is very similar to a traditional watch. It’s more attractive to look at and fits in with day-to-day and business attire. - The user interface on the Spartan Trainer uses physical buttons rather than a touch screen which makes scrolling between function screens easier and more consistent. - The actual user interface is crisp and clean with simple bold colors which you can change to your taste. The intuitive control layout is used consistently throughout the entire experience. - This is a fitness watch aimed squarely at the hard core Iron Man, Alpine Skiing, Tough Mudder Running, etc. Athlete. - The GPS mode is accurate and makes getting lost on longer off road runs less likely since it allows you to retrace your steps using a “bread-crumb” mechanic. Cons: - The Phone App is not great. Though very attractive, it lacks the Social Motivation and positive feedback from other fellow Suunto Spartan users that you get with the Fit Bit App user experience. - My personal experience during the initial syncing of the device via Bluetooth seemed unnecessarily frustrating. Using an Android OnePlus 3 phone, I went through the normal Android steps to pair the Spartan with my phone. According to my phone’s Bluetooth settings it was paired with the Spartan. However, the Suunto App on my phone refused to recognize the Spartan watch. I ended up removing and reinstalling the App at least five times before finally getting it to pair using the Suunto Moves App. This finally allowed the App to recognize the Spartan device. Because of this experience I ended up not using the Suunto Spartan App for several days and only using the Spartan watch itself to view my data. In summary, the watch's hardware is fantastic and if it was compatible with Fitbit software I would drop my Charge 2 in a heartbeat. As it stands I have a difficult decision to go with a better device (the Spartan) and be by myself or go back to my Charge 2 and enjoy the superior Fitbit ecosystem and social interaction/motivation. When it comes down to it, I’m not personally a hardcore Iron Man, Alpine Skiing, Tough Mudder running athlete. So, I’m not the primary target for the Suunto Spartan Trainer. I prefer the more informal social competition and motivation of my friends and coworkers who all use Fitbit devices. That's why I can't recommend it to one of MY casual fitness sports friends. They'd have the same problem of great device but no social interaction. While the Fitbit is definitely less comfortable and less attractive than the Suunto Spartan Trainer the Fitbit ecosystem is a different type of draw. HOWEVER, if you and your friends are into hardcore personal sports, the Suunto Spartan is the watch for you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, light-weight and looks great.

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    Orion
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    The Suunto Spartan Trainer is the first fitness watch I’ve owned. I’m not an overly active person however I do go to the gym a once or twice a week and have been wanting to keep a closer eye on my pulse and general activity. I don’t run trails or do much hiking however the GPS and maps available on this watch have motivated me to try and do some more outdoor activities, including running, once the weather warms up a little more. The watch arrived neatly packaged with a charging cable, quick start guide, warranty and 3-step picture instructions on how to charge it. The watch came fully charged for me however I did have to plug it in to get it started for some reason. The quick start guide is a little short of 100 double-sided pages long, 3 of which are in English and the rest is various other languages. The buttons on the watch are not immediately intuitive and there is a learning curve. I think more instructions included in the box would have been nice. I was able to find a .pdf of the user manual and highly encourage any new owners or potential owners to take a look. After reading the manual and using the watch for about 30 minutes I was able to learn the general navigation of all the menus and submenus. You can find the user manual here: http://ns.suunto.com/Manuals/Spartan_Trainer_WristHR/Userguides/Suunto_Spartan_Trainer_WristHR_UserGuide_EN.pdf The watch itself is extremely comfortable to wear and I think it looks great. The rubber strap is soft, the heart rate sensor is undetectable on my wrist and overall it’s very light-weight. The screen is fairly easy to read in a well lit room or when in the sunshine however if it’s dark at all you will have to press the button to activate the light, which only stays on for about 5-6 seconds of inactivity before you have to press it again. The step tracker seems to vary a bit and definitely isn’t perfect however I think it will give me a good measuring point for myself to increase upon. The heart-rate sensor needs to be activated for a few minutes of warm-up activity before it will give an accurate reading but overall I’m satisfied with the heart-rate tracking performance. The battery lasts a long time, I was able to wear it an entire week on one charge, which was really impressive, however I would trade some battery life time for a brighter screen. I like that this watch will work with quite a few other apps and will probably explore my options as I think the Suunto app is somewhat limited and geared more towards runners. To update the watch I had to download the Suunto Link program onto my computer and connect the watch with the provided USB cord. The update took about 15 minutes. The Suunto Link software can be found here: http://www.suunto.com/Support/software-support/suuntolink/ My general impression of this watch is that’s is a pretty solid, well built watch with your standard fitness tracking software but nothing too fancy or top-of the line. I think the price is a little high and would try to get this watch when it’s on sale, also be sure to explore all of your options as there are many fitness watches on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    NIce looking watch, tons of features

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    Chuck
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    The Suunto Spartan Trainer HR is a very nice looking watch that has enough features to satisfy even hardcore users. The watch is large enough to allow you to easily view stats when you're training, but it's not so large as to make the watch look gaudy if you want to wear it for more than just training. I also like that I can change the face. Although there aren't a ton of faces, it does allow you several options, and I assume they can add more if they choose to. I've actually been wearing this watch as my main watch for a few weeks, and it's extremely comfortable. It seems rugged enough, but I will probably invest in a cover for the face since most of my watches have scratches on the face where I've slammed them into a corner when reaching for something. The watch interface is fairly intuitive (a slight learning curve if you hate reading manuals), and navigating through the interface is very easy using the five buttons. I personally like the buttons instead of having to rely on a touch screen. The screen is quite easy to read, but if it's too dim, just hit a button to momentarily activate the back-light. I've been fairly busy since I got this watch, so I haven't used every feature it offers, but I have taken several 5+ mile runs and the GPS tracking is almost spot on. You can create your own routes if you want, and one interesting feature is the ability to mark points of interest, which would be really nice on long outings. I was initially disappointed in the heartrate accuracy, but it improves greatly once you 'break a sweat'. I do wish the HR monitoring was more accurate when not training. One other thing I've noticed is that the 'step tracker' can be fairly inaccurate. For instance, while working at my desk for a few hours, I was surprised to see I had managed over 500 steps. I guess it has something to do with wrist movement, so I'm hoping this is fixed in a firmware update. I've been getting about 6 days of battery life which will most likely drop when I have more time to bike, but I'm sure the battery life will be more than adequate. Overall I'm quite pleased with the watch. It looks good, feels great, and does a good job of tracking what I'm interested in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good starter

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    BradleyFl
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    Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. First impressions. The watch seems like it’s going to hold up for a while. Mostly rubber and plastic means no rust or corrosion. Getting sweaty will not have any effect on these materials. There are 7 buttons and no touch screen. A touch screen would be hard to deal with while working out. Using the watch. I have 2 negatives about this watch that may not apply to younger people. First, the display is smaller than I would like to see. It has a 0.16” (4.06mm) black ring surrounding the display that seriously reduces the display area. I have no idea why they would do this. Since this is not a touch screen why block out display area. Second, the backlight is very weak. With older eyes and outside, where you’ll probably be using the watch, the display is almost impossible to see. The backlight and contrast are too low for older eyes. Bright light and shadows can make the display almost disappear, even with the backlight on. Functionality. While my knees will no longer allow me to run or jog, I still enjoy swimming. Swimming is easy on the knees and allows for a close to complete workout. The watch fairs well in a water and keeps an accurate stroke and distance count. The heart rate monitor is hit or miss. At one point I’m going as fast as I can and the heart rate monitor says 65 bpm. At another point I’m slowing down and it shoots up to 165 bpm. This can’t be counted as a negative because they state very clearly that the watch should be paired with a heart rate sensor if accurate information is needed. Wrist monitoring heart rate is still not accurate. They even go as far as to say to move the watch up your arm, make it tighter. With them admitting right up front that the heart rate monitor on the watch may not work well for everyone clearly removes this as a negative. Battery life is fantastic. I have the heart rate monitor set to only be active while working out. So far it’s been a full week of workouts and the battery is still at 75%. You can sync the watch with your computer or phone and set workout routes and points of interest. Where I live there are no points of interests. There are a lot of good walking paths, but they are over run with college students, a crowd I tend to leave to themselves. I’m not completely sure if the GPS functionality is worth it. On a slightly overcast day it would get and then lose the GPS signal. If walking or running in a wooded area I think the tree canopy would render the GPS sensor useless. There are 7 buttons, as already stated. Remembering what one to press, to get what, is confusing. This will go away with more use. I do not like that I can not pick my city. I have to pick one in my time zone and call it good. Maybe I missed something in the software, if setting your exact city is something you want, look into this first, I could have just missed it. Overall this workout watch is a good basic starter. Lots of functionality with great battery life. Make sure that the functionality you’re looking for is in this watch before being swayed by the price. Just because it’s $50.00 less than the next one up doesn’t make it a better deal if the one thing on the top of your list is missing. The manual is free to download, I recommend you download it and read up on the things you’re looking for before purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Training Watch

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    Technopackrat
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    I've been using a competing brand GPS sports watch for about a year and heard great things about the Suunto so I thought I would give the Spartan Trainer Wrist HR a try. Out of the box setup was pretty easy. As instructed I installed SuuntoLink on my PC and MovesCount on my smartphone. SuuntoLink lets you sync your GPS info and saved routes onto your watch. It also allows easy firmware updates to the watch. The button learning curve is a little steep. It didn't seem intuitive for my liking. Also the backlighting level can be set but of course you'd want to keep it as dim as possible to save battery life so a tilt and raise sensing for backlighting would have been a great addition to keep you from having to use a second hand to push the backlight button. While the GPS waypoint system includes a compass like face to lead you through your points a true compass would have been a great addition. While I did see what appeared to be a compass on some of the website images I'm assuming that those were more in relation to the GPS mode. A recent back injury has prevented me from giving the watch a thorough test of the primary reason for the watch which is to track time, performance and recovery during workouts. My biggest draw however is the heart rate monitor. With recent surgery I've been told by the doctor that a sign of internal leakage was a racing heart beat so it's very important for me to monitor my heart beat so I set the watch to give me a daily HR which is a 12 hour window in graph mode. I do wish there was a way to set a notification if your heart rate exceeded a set value. Another feature I really don't care for is after an activity it will ask you how you feel. I suppose if you are working out daily it would give you a snapshot of level of exertion with your self-evaluation on how you feel after the workout. I suppose it would help you gauge the level of exertion of your next workout. I did however use it linked via Bluetooth to my Android phone and was able to receive notifications via the watch. The notifications were fairly easy to read and gave me a vibration to let me know that a notification happened I still dislike having to press the back-light button to be able to read the message. Other than a few things that are more personal preference I think this is a real winner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Sports Watch

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    RedScorpion
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    The Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR is a very powerful sports watch. With navigation features, you can set up routes. You can also view the common routes in your area to plan ahead. The watch face is very easy to read and the tools included on the watch are great. The battery life depends on how you use the watch. Using GPS and heart rate features pull battery, but so far my watch has managed a few days on one charge. The watch syncs with my iPhone to provide notifications for everything from Facebook and texts to my daily bible verse. This is not a touch screen device and I don’t believe you can respond to texts from the watch, but still it is very useful when quickly wanting to glance at a text or incoming Facebook notification. Only real downside at this point is the awful Movescount software used to sync your watch with the phone. Suunto is currently developing a new app which is in Beta, but neither app directly imports my heart rate, steps, and sleep into Apple HealthKit. This makes no sense to me. The watch is obviously recording the data and I can read the statistics from the watch itself, but for someone who is really entrenched with syncing all health data to their smartphone, this may not be the best solution. The watch is great. I recommend it, but not for people wanting a tool to integrate all data into Apple HealthKit. Maybe the new iPhone app will eventually get there, but in its current state, the Movescount software is easily the weakest link. Also, the heart rate monitor may not be as accurate as some would like. I have serious questions about its accuracy. However, the rest of the watch features are amazing at the current list price. I just wish the apps and phone integration worked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best fitness tracker for < $250 and thin wrists

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    cinsteadofak
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    I would not have thought to consider the Suunto Sport fitness tracker due to its large size and my thinner wrists, but Suunto was able to make the Spartan Trainer just the right size without eliminating key features. This GPS/fitness tracker would be perfect for anyone who is active in just about any sport. Setup Setup was pretty straightforward, as I plugged it into my laptop, downloaded Suuntolink, and updated the device while optimizing the GPS, and synced the settings. I also downloaded Movescount on my phone, so I could better track the details of my activities. I was surprised to find this watch lacked a touch screen and a magnetic charger. The tracker is held in place with a spring loaded clip, which obstructs a tiny part of the left side of the screen. I was not impressed with the mobile app. It currently lacks key features which are included in the web based app. Battery After 2 days of constant use, I found my Suunto still had over 50% battery life left. I am sure it could easily last for over 4 days, but I never tested it. Pros Great wrist heart rate monitor Water resistant to 50 meters Best bang for the buck Tracks about any sport Perfect for thin wrists Cons Spring-loaded charging clip No touch screen Mobile app missing functions included in web app Smart features limited to displaying phone calls, text messages, and emails. I would highly recommend this device for someone looking for basic feature tracking (HR, steps, GPS) while not requiring smart watch features. You will not find a better device for under $250 that will meet your needs. However, if you are looking for a smart watch or require a lot of features and have a larger budget, there are better choices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Activity Tracker That Happens To Tell Time.

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    PapawJeff
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    Nearly anything your into for staying active and fit there is an app available to help you track or trek to your exercise for the day. And if there happens to not be an app you can possibly make one if your the least bit computer savvy. Hiking, walking, PT, cycling, exercise equipment use, you name it this will be your companion to track your exercise or even your location with its built in GPS. The GPS can track and record the path you took and you can drop breadcrumbs along the way to mark point of interest so that you know its coordinates for a return visit. That would also be handy for marking a Geocaching location. It had dual time zones and the watch face has several options you can scroll thru and select and change as the mood or current use would do better with. I find the setting of it to be a bit cumbersome but that may improve as I become more accustomed to it. I'm not a big fan of its proprietary clip on charging system. Thats just another cord I need to pack along to charge the device when its needed. This will never replace my watch for daily wear, but it will on an active weekend or evening for sure

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice watch that grows on you...

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    knamed2016
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    First I would like to say this watch has a very nice feel and look to it. It was noticed the first day I wore it. The next thing I want to touch base on is that it only does measurements in metric or imperial. To a normal person in the USA that through me off and the only way to change it back to metric was to reset the watch completely. Honestly now there is way to set it after I updated the bios so I am not sure if it was there I maybe I did not find it. There was basically very little to no documentation included. The website seemed like it was an after thought at least for new items. It did seem that it was well positioned for their older items. The battery life when you don't have the screen set to stay on all the time is definately a plus. It lasted for about a week with normal use. I was happy with how it told me that the hours that I was actually asleep and found that portion relatively accurate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A cool product

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    BargainBin
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    This is my first trainer sport/smart watch. When I first powered on the watch, I did not know that I needed to update the watch because the 'blinking down arrow' on the watch did not make it obivious until I read the instructions again. Overall, the buttons are easy to use, the user interface is also nice, the battery life is terrific (I think my watch only lost 5% battery within 24 hours), I love that it is water proof (up to 164 feet), and I liked the Movescout mobile application because it can connect to my mobile phone. I would like to see a touch screen feature, USA time zone settings, and more watch face options. I did not fully run with this watch to fully test out the heart rate feature but the GPS on the watch works better than the mobile phone's GPS for sure when it comes to tracking and mapping my location.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So complicated!

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    EAR1965
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    The instructions are...missing? Scattered? The booklet give 5 very small pages of info. With the app on my phone and my desktop I think I have figured out a few things. There are so many things this watch can do yet I am still trying to figure out how to count my steps! Once the weather is nice I am really looking forward to the bike features- both mountain and road. This will help me to keep in shape!!! The watch looks great!!! Very sleek and comfortable. Charging is normal with the special charger. Battery seems to last a while. On day 2 and still at 90%. What I would like to see with items like this is instructions easily written for those of us that are not so tech savvy. In one place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good hardware, average software

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    This is my first activity training watch and overall I'm pleased with it. Wearing the watch feels comfortable and the screen is nice and sharp. When the backlight is off it is very dim and a simple button push lights it up. The advantage is very long battery life but I decided to have the backlight stay on longer at the cost of battery life. I find the menu to be laid out well and easy to navigate, at least once you learn the functions of each of the buttons. There's a wide variety of activities to choose from. One problem is that the step count is not very accurate. Just moving your arm while sitting at a desk adds 5-10 "steps" so even after several hours of sitting at my desk I had like 1000 steps! Other than that, the functions of the watch work well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Well

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    doop22
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    It's a pretty good watch, has neat features like the GPS map movie thing. But a couple issues I had were its step tracking, pretty much you can raise and lower your hand in class and you'd be credited for 2-3 steps. The other is notification from phone, it'll alert you to notifications and show the content on display but if you're unable to look at your watch, there's no way to check prior notifications to check what's important and not prior to going to check your phone. Other than those minor complaints it's a good watch the functionality of it are useful

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It gets the job done

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    It doesn't start my car or cut on my stove but it's simply tracks my movements like it's supposed to I haven't been able to activate the Sleep feature so I can't talk to that the battery best I can tell runs about 40 hours until it needs to be recharged. The functionality is there the capability is there it's not the cheap generic when you get at 7-Eleven but it's not the $300 one either. Goldilocks might say it's just right.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great watch for active lifestyle

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    HUNTER
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    This is a great watch if you are an active person. It tracks heartbeat very accurately and your steps. Overall it's also very comfortable. I wore it for 2 weeks straight and didn't take it off once and over time didn't notice it was still on. It's not that stylish. Not many sport fitness watches are, but it does the job. The GPS is also very cool to map my runs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool looking functional watch

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    Samson
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    This is my first Suunto, but I've followed the brand for awhile now. Watch face is clear and easy to read, brightness isn't an issue at all. GPS features worked well for me, no issues syncing satellites or losing signal along a route.The watch synced up with my iPhone easily, and the app worked well. I wish this was a touch screen though for easier use.

    I would recommend this to a friend