Questions about software improvements
I recently picked up a Suunto 5 and while it has most of the features I’m looking for, I notice that there are some ways it could be improved easily by some software changes.
For instance, the watch continuously monitors the number of steps taken throughout the day. Having the ability to turn this off and use the watch strictly to tell time could save a lot of battery for those who use the watch on multi day outdoor trips and strictly want GPS and heartrate. This will allow it to compete better with other watches that are heavier and have larger batteries.
Having an option to turn off the watch would be even more. Is this possible in the future for this watch?
I noticed some older Suunto watches had the ability for GPS tracking at more intervals than the newer watches like the Suunto 5. Could more intervals for recording be done? Let’s say 2, 5, and 10 seconds.
@activejiggy I don’t think that changing the step counting will affect the battery very much.
Something to realize with the Suunto 5 (I assume this is the non-Peak version?) is the altitude is determined using GPS. If you use any GPS other than Performance mode the altitude/ascent/descent will not show in the watch as 1 min GPS fixes do not allow for determining altitude changes.
The 2, 5 and 10 sec fixes will not improve battery by much, that is why they were not implemented. In the Ambit series these were to provide a reasonable GPS track with some battery savings. In watches that have a compass, Suunto has developed FusedTrack so your GPS tracks are very good even with a 2 min GPS fix.
For the Suunto 5, this watch does not have a compass so FusedTrack is not possible.