The “time” has come – to keep a closer “watch” on two of the finest GPS-enabled wrist watches in the market, the Suunto Ambit and the Garmin Fenix, and determine the winner. Both these timepieces sport state-of-the-art features and modern looks hence choosing the better watch is not exactly a walk in the park. Nevertheless, here’s a feature-wise assessment of these two leading temporal devices:
Naturally this area deserves top billing. Both watches have common facilities such as a three-dimensional compass and adept GPS precision. However there are some vital differences too:
The Ambit’s compass functionality is more refined providing you with real-time charts on its display. The 3D mechanism works intuitively and the charts furnish accurate directional information. In addition, the Ambit provides slightly higher GPS exactness aided by its supremely rapid GPS lock and Find Back features. The device also allows you to input preferred way points in your route; you can enter 100 enhanced points of interest.
The 3D compass on the Fenix, meanwhile, is not as user-friendly as set up is a mite difficult and lucid instructions are not forthcoming. However, Garmin has armed the Fenix with multiple screens that display valuable cartographical and compass-related data to assist guidance. The way point guidance system is more assured here; you can input 1000 way points across 50 routes. Further, there is a nifty attribute that calculates your estimated arrival time founded on your average speed.
Basic Watch Facets
The Ambit has a reasonably slim, attractive profile. It sports a crystal glass dot-matrix display housed in aluminum sheathing. The watch, which is available in black and silver hues, boasts such facets as:
- Recovery Time, Fused Speed, and Logbook backed by Movescount knowhow.
- Water-resistance up to 100 meters.
- Weather and temperature gauge.
- Wireless ANT connectivity.
- Basic backlight.
The Fenix similarly has a fetching appearance and may be worn as a lifestyle accessory. Its monochrome LCD glass display exudes 70 by 70 pixels. The watch, which is available in a black shade, is equipped with the following aspects:
- A dial that depicts times in different time zones. Importantly, if the GPS function is activated, the Fenix intelligently alters your default time zone whenever you travel and displays the time in your destination time zone.
- An advanced backlight that can be activated for different time lengths including perpetually.
- Water-resistance up to 50 meters.
- Attributes such as an embedded Basecamp application, Geocaching, Solar and Lunar data, TracBack, and hunting calendar all backed by Garmin Connect technology.
- Wireless ANT and Bluetooth connectivity, the latter absent in the Ambit.
Both timepieces possess a commendable Barometric Altimeter that furnishes valuable data concerning velocity, temperature dynamics, ascent, descent, and related fields. Further both watches facilitate USB connectivity with computers.
The Ambit embeds a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that is rated to last 50 hours in outdoor (GPS) mode, up to 15 hours in training mode, and up to 30 days in standard watch mode.
The Fenix too entrenches a rechargeable battery that is engineered to last 50 hours in GPS mode, up to 3 weeks in sensor mode, and up to 6 weeks in watch mode.
The Ambit is slightly costlier ($479) as compared with the Fenix ($399). Ultimately, the better timepiece is the one matching your tastes and preferences.
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