Suunto Ambit 3 Sport

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Suunto Ambit 3 Sport Review Facts

The Ambit3 watch, one of Suunto’s most dynamic smartwatch models, is a durable and versatile device built for the outdoors. Its technological capabilities include GPS, internet connectivity, route altitude and navigation, speed and distance measures, and Bluetooth compatibility. Boasting numerous multi-sport capabilities, this watch is ideal for swimmers, cyclists, and runners. In addition to its built in features, the Ambit3 also grants access to Suunto’s app store, where the user can choose from hundreds of applications ranging from watch appearance customization to workout routines. This watch also comes in a variety of colors and is composed of mineral crystal, elastomer, steel, and polyamide. Overall, this model is a fantastic choice for any athlete looking to further their training or improve their workouts.

Pros
  • Long Lasting Battery Charge
  • Water resistant
  • Large app selection
  • Numerous accessories for simple customization
  • Uses for over 20 sports
  • Easy for beginners to use
  • Durable yet lightweight
Cons
  • Inability to delete or edit training moves from logs
  • Doesn’t have settings for some major languages
  • Only connects to iOS devices
Size/Weight

Size/Weight

Compared to similar watches on the market, the Ambit3 is more lightweight and generally less bulky in both feel and appearance. It weighs 3.14 ounces which makes it comfortable to wear while working out or just for day-to-day leisure wear. Unfortunately, some purchasers have complained that the band of the watch easily shows scratch marks but still vouch for the durability of the watch in that it doesn’t break or malfunction in any way. The combination of the steel and mineral crystal clock face prevent the watch from getting unnecessarily weighed down.
Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart Rate Monitoring

Much like Garmin’s line of GPS watches, Suunto’s Ambit3 does not have a built in heart rate monitoring function, but instead sells a device compatible with the watch for a relatively inexpensive price. When connected to the heart rate monitoring device, the watch can track your beats per minute, average heart rate, calories burned, and many more nuanced measures. Additionally, there are apps in the Suunto mobile store available if the user needs an even more detailed account of their heart rate or other aspects of their health.
Mobile Device Pairing

Mobile Device Pairing

Perhaps the biggest design flaw in the Ambit3 is the fact that it only pairs exclusively with iOS devices. This cuts out the other half of the market that owns Android devices and probably would opt to purchase a different watch because of this factor. Suunto has begun to develop compatible software for Androids, but it is still in the premature stages. For those with an iOS device, however, this product has no issues with pairing and notifies the user when they receive emails, text messages, and notifications pertaining to the watch itself. It also allows you to use your smartphone as a secondary watch display.
Sport Modes

Sport Modes

This watch has a lot of uses for a variety of sports and activities, including swimming, running, cycling, golf, hunting, badminton, and many more. These modes can be customized in up to 8 different displays as well. With such a broad range of sport modes, this makes the Ambit3 more advantageous than many other GPS watches. A few of the sport features include measuring speed, distance, real time GPS tracking, lap intervals and stroke efficiency for swimming, and average running pace just to name a few. With such a huge selection of modes to choose from, the training possibilities are endless.
Accessories

Accessories

In addition to an array of colors for the watch face itself, the Ambit3 has several wristband options that vary both in color and texture. You can choose from sapphire blue, peak black, or sapphire silicone priced in the sixty dollar range. Suunto also sells accessories including bike sensors, adapters, and sensor belts in multiple sizes and shades. While offering these options is a good start for Suunto, they definitely need to expand their horizons if they want to compete with other brands on the basis of customization. Customers have given generally positive feedback regarding the comfort of the wristband.
Notifications

Notifications

Since this product is a smartwatch, it easily pairs with any iOS device to deliver notifications to the wearer. Examples of this include text messages, emails, missed calls, weather updates, and notifications from any software downloaded on the watch. While the user can’t send texts or make phone calls through the watch itself, this is still a great feature for when you are working out and have to be hands-free, but still want to be aware of when someone is trying to contact you. This is all made possible through the Ambit3’s high accuracy GPS satellite system.
Apps & Widgets

Apps & Widgets

Movescount is Suunto’s main activity app that acts as an online community for users of the Ambit3 and other Suunto GPS watches. There, users can share their athletic journey with the world, record their workouts, explore nearby frequently used routes in their area, or even share their own moves to Facebook using a 3D movie map of their workouts. It is Bluetooth compatible and a highly social experience for the user. Another benefit of Movescount is that it provides you with further analysis and insight about your training in order to help you improve your fitness lifestyle.

Within Movescount there are hundreds of applications with uses for fun, training/performance, tools for daily use, or environmental purposes. Some interesting features of the environmental apps include displaying the next time of the high or low tide, time of the next sunset or sunrise, altitude, or pressure at any time or any location. Movescount does not have nearly as many apps as other app stores, but the options it does have are applicable to many more obscure sports like kayaking or paragliding.
Metrics and Analytics

Metrics and Analytics

From measuring running speed to lap pace for swimmers, there is no shortage of statistics measured by this product. The Ambit3 has a built in barometer that predicts weather changes, an altimeter that detects movement and pressure depending on the altitude, can record your heart rate, average distance cycled, ran or swam, and provide other fitness metrics for nearly every sport or exercise. Suunto also offers how-to videos and training analysis to assist you with your routine. All of the information measured is kept in a log for review at any time. Chances are if you think of a fitness metric, this watch can definitely measure it.
Key Features

Key Features

• Large selection of apps for different sports via Movescount
• 30 hour battery life
• Real time GPS tracking
• Bluetooth compatibility and mobile pairing capability
• Lightweight steel frame
• Easy social media sharing
• Customizable button lock
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Apart from Suunto’s lack of accessibility for Android users, the Ambit3 is one of the best choices for anyone looking to buy their first smartwatch or for those who simply want to replace their current one. It’s durable, lightweight, stylish, and has tons of apps and sport modes to choose from. Moreover, it can be personalized, combined with other accessories, and used as a tool for social networking and becoming part of a bigger community of athletes. Because of its user-friendly interface and reliability in all kinds of environments, this product has received incredibly positive praise from purchasers. This watch is one of the best in its class, and is currently on sale through Suunto’s website which makes it a real steal of a deal.