There’s something utterly satisfying about being able to count your steps. It’s like you care about walking because you want to post that you walked 35,000 steps. And that was totally me while traveling through Europe.
Now, I had a bunch of trackers. Having something that looks like a watch rather than a fitness tracker is also a lot more satisfying. This watch is called Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR, but is it worth it?
Before we get started, let me just say, I walked thousands of steps with this. I’ve been in four different countries with it. I walked up mountains. I’ve used it in all kinds of conditions. I know this watch very well.
Let’s compare the prices.
This costs around €279. Around the same price of a smartwatch. The difference? This is not a smartwatch.
If I’m paying for something that gives me information anyway, then I’d prefer if it was at least a smartwatch. Of course, it being a smartwatch would have benefits. But it not being one also has benefits.
It Has a Good Battery Life
If there’s any reason to get this device, it’s for that.
The reason behind it? It’s not a smartwatch. It does however still provide people with notifications such as from Snapchat. I like that. Fitbit didn’t do that. It also has a screen that has colors. For me, the battery lasts around 5 days. That’s incredible if you ask me.
I do however know that because the battery life is so good, a few things were sacrificed on. For instance, 24-hour heart rate monitoring which is also a 2-star minus right away. I really care about this. I want to know when my heart rate goes up during the day without having to be in a special heart rate sensor section. That’s why I loved my Fitbit Charge 2. However, it does come with a better heart rate sensor than the Fitbit provides so a plus for that. What’s the point of accuracy if it doesn’t continually track you though?
It Does Have GPS
I think every tracker needs this. Not every tracker has this. GPS on this? I like it. I really love the feature where you can get your coordinates. It’s very handy if you want to save a certain location on the go. I would love if you could access some kind of a map on it though for navigation.
You can track just about any sport. That’s cool. I also don’t really believe in tracking football unless my tracker is on my foot though. It does, however, do a pretty good job on what it says it’s meant to do.
For instance, it’s waterproof. Once again, something Fitbit missed out on until their latest device. If you offer a watch that is meant to provide technology, I require it to be waterproof. This does not fail.
Ridiculously Bad at Sleep Tracking
It works, sometimes. Sometimes it tracks nothing. That’s all I’ll say.
Suunto Spartan? More like a snail.
Okay, maybe slightly exaggerated, but, it’s slow. Not good enough for 2017. It’s just not smooth. Maybe that’s why it’s not a smartwatch. It just slows you down.
THE WORST THING
Ladies and gents. It is, with sadness that I have to mention this again, it seems like fitness trackers love to have this problem, I mean my last 7 trackers had this, lack of a normal real charger. Why does every company have to make some special cable? WHY NOT GO USB-C?
I lost my cable while traveling through Europe. I was averaging 20,000 steps a day. And it was increasing. Then I lost my charger. All that cool data I could have got from this trip, including my sleep, even with the bad sleep tracker, automatically gone.
Is This Suunto Spartan Worth It?
It’s worth it if you are looking for a watch with a decent design that survives. It has great GPS and a great heart rate sensor that doesn’t do what I would like. If you lose thing easily, it might not be a good choice. I like it. I like it a lot. it offers more activities than it’s long name. Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. That is pretty long.
But at that price point, I would choose a smartwatch that delivers on my needs.
If I was to rate this, it would get a 6.5 out of 10.