Launched last year, the Suunto Ambit
brought a new level of functionality to the GPS watch market. Not only could its GPS keep tabs on your speed, distance and vertical, but it allowed for full navigation functions, routing you in and out of the great outdoors. Suunto has now revealed the second generation of Ambit watches with something for both explorers and athletes.
One of the big sports-based breakthroughs of 2012 was the integration of GPS navigation into sports watches. Watches like the Garmin Fenix
and Suunto Ambit
offer users the ability to create tracks and navigate routes from the wrist. We're barely into 2013, and the GPS sports watch has made another big step: color mapping.
GPS tracking is great for athletes and fitness freaks, but not everyone wants to be weighed down by a big, expensive watch. That seems to be the thinking behind the new GPS Track Pod from Suunto. The device strips GPS tracking down to its most basic, compact form, providing performance data without the price or complications of a fitness watch or gadget.
A few months after launch, the Suunto Ambit GPS watch
found itself in a predicament with some hard-hitting competition from the lower-priced Garmin Fenix
. Not surprisingly, Suunto has been busy updating the Ambit ever since. Its official 2.0 update went live earlier this week, and brings the potential for a variety of new functions by way of apps. Your other portable electronics have apps, why not your sports watch?