I’ve been testing my third S5 unit for a couple of weeks.
Good news is, that it tracks my walking steps now pretty accurately. Not just 60% of them like previously, which was frustrating.
Bad news is, that the problems with running (cadence, steps) persist. I’ve run some 10 runs with new watch, and it gives only about 60% of steps, and cadence mainly locks to ½ rpm (see previous posts and graphs)-
Today I finally ran a longer run with the watch on my right wrist. I did not like it, but the results are interesting. The steps problem is pretty much the same, only 62% of the steps counted. But the cadence problem is little different. Cadence locks more to correct value, but some half values are still there (and they can be corrected by sw).
@jamie-bg yes i agree with you. And for me it wasn’t reason why i bought this watch so it is just nice bonus to have at least some results. I bought suunto 5 because i like design and features of suunto watches for gps tracking and recording activities.
@łukasz-szmigiel gps + galileo looks best. With manual pause. I did exactly same hike today as few months ago. Now distance is correct and accuracy quite good. I see zig-zag on route but it is not much and didn’t increase distance so it is ok. And even elevation and ascend descent was correct. I must say after some time i am happy with result.
This feature is so important to me, I have sent my S5 back. Otherwise I really liked the watch. OHM didn’t work for me (but that was expected) and the strap was too short for my wrist, but the S5 is built solidely and GPS worked fine. And of course I dislike the Suunto App.
Have to go for Polar now as I see the Garmin world with my woman’s watch and really don’t like it.
I hope Suunto will introduce the individual HR zones in the next years and create a web based platform again. Then I will be back to Suunto.
@S-Boardman Are you syncing with Suunto App once per day? Is the green GPS icon lighting up on the watch prior to your start? It is possible that you do not have a current AGPS file and the watch does not “know” where you are. The route will not show properly under those circumstances. To check AGPS on the watch go to Settings/General/About and make sure the AGPS file is current. If not you need to sync with SA and ensure GPS is optimized and a current (today’s date) AGPS file is present.
I’m probably quite late for this party but as I also upgraded from a Spartan Trainer to the Suunto 5, let me just chime in for whoever has this same question in the future.
vibration is weaker
it doesn’t sync to Movescount (but by now the Spartan Trainer probably doesn’t sync to Movescount anymore either)
you can now actually use the vibration as a wake-up alarm (both in absolute time as well as relative to sunrise in case you want to wake up in time for a sunrise pedalboard session or anything) and even though the vibration is weaker than the Trainer, it does wake me up
you get this visual representation of the sunrise and sunset times on your homescreen, which I really appreciate
it also shows moon phases (for whoever appreciates that)
depending on which Spartan Trainer you have now, you may not currently have a stainless steel bezel which the 5 does have (painted or plain)
battery lasts a bit longer
there are a couple of SuuntoPlus features which you might appreciate. I personally like the “loop” and “sprint” functions thereof.
Compared to other Suunto watches, it indeed does not have a built in compass (though if you’re moving, it can show your heading which is useful too). The external GPS antenna doesn’t bother me. Like the Trainer, the unit is smaller than the Ambit 2S and Ambit 3 Peak (which I also have). If the 9 offers you something that you really want/need then of course get that. But if you were happy with the Trainer then you’ll likely also appreciate the 5.
Totally agree, for me:
Rise to wake woks only during day but it is not needed and not visible during day. It only consumes battery.
Brightness with every button press and every notification is not needed and undesirable during day and really disturbing during night.
Removing toggle mode (or removing any existing feature of watch after sell to customer) is big step back and deal breaker for me when i will consider new watch.
And in terms of battery consumption, it almost looks like suunto wants to battery die faster so people buy watch more often. Because there is no rational reason to force backlight during day when it has no added value, it just drain battery. And even during some light conditiones i noticed that contrast of screen is worst with backlight.
I will take it to extreme here but when suunto is able to remove toggle mode (for some people important feature), what stops them to remove alarm, date, stepcounter or other feature that they will decide it is not needed in future.
@isazi yes, thats what I meant 🙂 Did about 10 walks and no fitness level - then first run (which was actually not very much faster than walkin back at that time 🙂 ) and after this one run fitnesss leve was shown 🙂
@łukasz-szmigiel yes if this message wasnt pop up so often it would be better even without arrow just dot is enough to see if i am on track. Map view is good with a ability to zoom in and zoom out which is great. I was able to switch from message to map view but it must by done manualy by button.
First of all. I am not 25 old year dude, meaninng i have impaired vision, so I need glasses for small fonts on phone. Just wait, you all soon will be there also
As an older user who approaches 50 I agree with every single of your points, but especially the small size of the screen which restricts the application features so much.
I can’t use default fonts any more - too tiny for me. But when I switch my phone to large fonts I get this:
In general the app looks really ugly and borderline unusable with large fonts because so much space is wasted, all margins are really wide, but at the same time there are overlaps in multiple places.
Movescount mobile web page, looks so much more elegant and usable on mobile phone. I don’t even mention the regular web page which is light-years better than Suunto App will ever be. This whole story with abandoning Movescount makes me very sad. I’d switch to another brand but still don’t see a better alternative to Suunto. However, I am pretty sure, that once I’ll have to use SA as the only option I’ll hate it so much that that will force me to switch to something else.