I'm I the only who believes Suunto 9 is more of a SIDEGRADE than UPGRADE to Ambit 3 peak?
Sure the touchscreen, colors, and graphs are nice features, but what about other features from previous watches??
Important functions that I am unable to do with S9:
-Lock screen (every time I look at the watch, it’s NEVER on the time screen!)
-Define coordinates (The reason I fell in love with Ambits) (also very important for land navigation in the military)
-Laps in stopwatch
Other functions that need improvement:
-Wrist HR (useless; no matter how tight or loose the watch is, never reads)
I have yet to try running outside but from what I’ve read so far, the GPS accuracy on Ambit is superior. True till this day?
Hi @Mike-P I think that never Suunto defined the Suunto 9 as upgrade of Ambit 3, or a step up.
agreed! you can’t compare S9 to Ambit. It is a complete new watch for athletes with different requirements. Of course the overlaps are significant, but the S9 is more of a smartwatch where the Ambit is the do-it-all and survive everything tough guy is.
@TELE-HO Interesting observation, I never thought about it that way. I still have both watches but I wear the Ambit a lot more. what do you think about the wrist HR though? is it worth it?
@Mike-P OHR works perfect for me. But as you read it is an individual thing. But honestly, I do not believe in training for pulse
wrist HR might work well for most. For me it is not an option as I have my watch relatively loose for several reasons. And on skitours I mostly stick the watch body out a small gap between the light softshell jackets sleeve and the glove… some garment will for sure cover the LEDs and hence will give bad readings. Plus on long road bike tours I put the watch on the handlebar adapter and then I would need a chest strap anyway
I agree ambit 3 p and ssu/9 are not the same kind of watch. We hardly say ssu/9 is upgraded from a3p.
Ambit series are over . Suunto is building another line to implement with modern elements.
Just like a reboot of old movie , they are not continuous in story, but they repeat the story with another way.
It reminds me the song Painkiller from judas priest, and covered by Death, they are the same song but the solo in death version is completely rewrote with a deep sad feeling. They are the same song but not the same one.
You have forgotten “drill log” for swimming
@zhang965 Seems like most of you do not run ultras. FusedTrack is the most amazing feature since having GPS track runs!!! It does not matter if I use Performance, Endurance or Ultra mode. I don’t have to charge my watch ever during a race and it will last for the longest single event I may attempt (70h) or 3day fastpacks! Plus, the watch is easy to use and I like the UI, my zones for HR or Power allow me not to put those fields on the screen.
#2 and this is a biggie. Do you forget that in navigation the ambit went as the bird flies??? The S9 has the distance based on the route, another major deal.
All the others that we get with SA! Immediate route drawing and transfer from the phone. Offline sync.
@Mike-P Ambit series are over! Was and is a great watch but Suunto isn’t alone in market and have to make new models, new UI, new ressources.
Now we have a almost perfect watch, great design, build, great battery, with Galileo support, fusedtrack, navigation, sport profiles, graphs, and a SA more and more complete (right now with laps) and route design, announced POI and waypoint.
Good job all Suunto personnel! Well done!
Is in one step to be a champion. After SI. No more is needed.
S9 is more of a smartwatch where the Ambit is the do-it-all and survive everything tough guy is.
I would argue that Ambit3 is a “smarter” watch than S9. Ambit3 can run arbitrary apps in sport modes and has more customization. S9 is shinier with graphics interface and more comfortable but dumbed down compared to Ambit3.
I don’t get you, all s9 users should run ultras ? I even don’t do any sport, i use s9 as a dress watch,
#2, I did say s9 is a watch with more modern elements than a3p, s9 is more adapted for nowadays.
@zhang965 even people that don’t make ultras benefict with battery impact. Well is not battery but more less consumption of gps chipset. People with S5 is amazing to get 20 hours in performance mode.
I still don’t understand the argument, I said odd numbers have more modern elements (eg battery improvements)
my point was, Suunto odd numbers are not compatible with old ambit series, you cannot say apple is an upgrade of a coca cola, they are not the same stuff, the odd numbers are new beginning point for suunto.
@zhang965 Seems like most of you do not run ultras. FusedTrack is the most amazing feature since having GPS track runs!!!
I run ultras. I’ve never ever used FusedTrack because the battery life in Performance mode has been sufficient so far. There are very few ultras that might require 30+ hours to finish. So FusedTrack is a feature that I might use once per year or perhaps never. I would be far more excited if FusedTrack worked in Performance mode for better accuracy on switchbacks.
@silentvoyager said in I'm I the only who believes Suunto 9 is more of a SIDEGRADE than UPGRADE to Ambit 3 peak?:
Ambit3 can run arbitrary apps in sport modes and has more customization
that is totally true! the ambit apps are top notch!!
@silentvoyager who knows…
Apps apps apps ;-_)
which “apps” are you all using on the ambit? an for what sport? (sorry of topic again )