We love gadgets! And it was love at first sight when we saw the new Suunto Ambit3 range – they’ll be here soon. Find out more about the Ambit3 below and how you can grab some early stock.
We’ve had lots of demo models of the Suunto Ambit series of watches and have used them extensively. We’ve used them for all manner of outdoors activities and they’ve been everywhere with us – in all kinds of weather and conditions. When we heard about the new Ambit3 we were interested to see what’s new with the Ambit3.
It turns out that there’s plenty to shout about with the Suunto Ambit 3 watch. Apart from the physical changes (facias, bodies and straps have all been tweaked) there’s some fairly big changes gone into the software, how it connects and what you can connect with it. We’ve highlighted some of the key details below.
Firstly, it’s worth pointing out the models. Suunto have made an effort to define the Ambit3 range a little bit more and whilst there’s more updates in the pipeline, the Ambit3 range broadly splits into The Ambit3 Sapphire model (as before – a premium cased model), The Ambit3 Peak (all the features for explorers and mountaineers), The Ambit3 Sport (for multisport users – those who run, bike, swim, etc). For the meantime, the Ambit2 R model will remain (as it’s only recently been released).
In terms of functionality, the main differences between the Suunto Ambit3 models will remain the same – the Sapphire and Peak models will feature an altimeter/Barometer and have extended battery life, the sport models will not feature an altimeter/Barometer and will have a shorter battery life (still 25 hours using GPS functions).
The great news is that the Ambit3 range will feature a Bluetooth connection. This means that at launch, the Ambit3 range can connect to an app for iPhones and iPads (with apps for other smartphones coming soon) and data can be sent to the movescount system without the job of getting home, connecting the charging cable, etc, etc.
The bluetooth connection also means that you can have control of the watch to send data to the watch on the go - making changes to metrics, setups and settings whilst on the move, in the car or office or away. Display screens on the watch can be set up and altered much more easily.
With the Ambit3 bluetooth functionality, it also means that your smartphone can act as a slave display for the Ambit watch - this could prove really useful for some of the mapping info or when you want to have a clearer, bigger display to read from.
Suunto have also built in 'push' notifications to the Ambit3 range - which means that the watch can display text message headers and all sorts of alerts! (useful most of the time and easy to turn off for those difficult ridges, ultra races or fast downhill sections!)
Suunto have also integrated your phone's camera into the app and it can overlay data into shots (again not advisable for those fast downhill sections!)
Movies are also integrated to the Suunto Ambit3 movescount app. Again, data overlays can be used and the media shared.
Suunto have also enhanced the programmable data with the Ambit3 - there's more information accessible in the watch and app on recovery times and exercise history.
The Suunto Ambit3 app will also make it easier to share 'moves' and data with Facebook, Strava, YouTube, Twitter and Google+ With all the new functions, there should be some great pictures, movies and data to share.