Suunto 7 WearOS Smartwatch is a gamechanger for Suunto

Combining Sports and Life

Some of the best sports watches like Garmin and Polar use their own software. It might be great for the sports side of the watch but as a smartwatch, it's limited due to the lack of a dedicated app store.


The Suunto 7 on the other hand uses Wear OS, which allows it to have features Garmin and Polar watches can't like automatic Gogle Assistant integration, Google Play Store, and Google Pay.


For Suunto, this is probably what it means to combine sports and life. By using WearOS for its smartwatch features and its own sports software for the easy one-button access to more than 70 sports modes and offline maps, it's great not just for tracking your sports activities but for everyday use as well as a smartwatch. With Wear OS you can use it on both Android and iOS devices.


It has GPS, heart rate sensor, and more to give you detailed insights so you can train smarter to reach your goals especially when you connect to popular services like Strava, Endomondo, and TrainingPeaks.


With 8 GB of internal storage (5 GB usable), you can download music to your watch and listen via bluetooth headset without relying on your smartphone.


The Suunto 7 does not come with cellular connectivity but there's wifi for downloading offline maps, apps, music, software updates, and more.


It's waterproof, shockproof, and dirtproof. It has touchscreen but it also has physical buttons so you can use it with gloves on or when your hand are wet or dirty.


One downside to the fancy features is that it drains the battery quite a bit. You can still use it as a smartwatch for up to 48 hours without charging and have 12 hours of GPS tracking. But it's not ideal when you have to spend multiple days without access to a charging outlet.

Pros

  • Access to Google Play Store
  • Better smartwatch features compared to Garmin or Polar
  • 4 physical buttons removes reliance on touchscreen

Cons

  • Battery life not great
  • No multisport and triathlon support

Conclusion:

Because of WearOS and its own software, the Suunto can better compete with the likes of Garmin both on the sports and smart side of the watch. It comes at the cost of a lower battery life though.

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