Suunto 5 vs 7 vs 9 – Which Should You Buy?

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This comparison is a very important one especially if you intend to get yourself a Suunto smartwatch. Suunto is one of the biggest names as far as fitness and health tracking is concerned. The release of Suunto 7 – a Wear OS smartwatch powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chip looks like a move from the proprietary platform that powers other Suunto smartwatches, but only time will tell with the release of newer Suunto watches. The Suunto 7 being a Wear OS smartwatch is smarter and comes with smart features like music storage, Google pay, Google voice assistant, and tonnes of watch faces, but then it lacks many of Suunto’s in-house fitness features that are present in other Suunto smartwatches. In this post, we compare the Suunto 5 vs 7 vs 9 specifications, features, and prices to find out which of these three is the right investment for you.

Suunto 5 vs 7 vs 9: Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Suunto 5 Full Specs and features

Suunto 5 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Suunto 7 Full Specs and features

Suunto 7 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Suunto 9 Full Specifications

Suunto 9 Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $234.42 $399.00 -
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Suunto 5 Suunto 7 Suunto 9
Device type Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch Fitness/Sport smartwatch
Gender Men Men Men
Release date May, 2019 January, 2020 June, 2018
Predecessor Suunto 3
Successor Suunto 7 Suunto 9 Baro
Versions
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 46 x 46 x 14.6 mm 50 x 24 x 15.3 mm 50 x 50 x 16.8 mm
Weight 66g 70g 72g
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Glass Fiber, Polycarbonate Glass Fiber, Polyamide Glass Fiber, Polyamide
Strap material Silicone Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 24mm 24mm
Screen protection Mineral Crystal Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM 10 ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Burgundy, Graphite/copper, White Black/lime, Graphite/copper, Rose-gold Black
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.39 inch 1.4 inches
Display type Active Matrix LCD 1000nit, AMOLED Active Matrix LCD
Display resolution 218 x 218 px 454 x 454 px 320 x 300 px
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 5 Physical buttons 4 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling No No No
GPS BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS BEIDOU, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS, QZSS
NFC No Yes No
Wi-Fi No Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n No
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM 8GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None
SIM type None None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music No Yes No
Loudspeaker No No No
Microphone No Yes No
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes No
Ambient light No Yes No
Barometer No Yes No
Compass No Yes Yes
ECG No No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No No No
Thermometer
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No No
Blood Pressure No No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes No (third-party app) Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes No Yes
Incidental fall detection No No No
Menstrual cycle No No No
VO2 Max Yes No Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes Yes
On-screen workout No No No
Sport modes 80+ 70+ 80+
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
Battery life GPS: 20hrs, Regular: 7 days, Standby mode: 14 days GPS tracking: 12hrs, Regular: 2 days+, Watch only: 40days GPS tracking: 25/50/120hr, Regular: 7 days, Standby mode: 14 days
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 2hrs 2hrs 2hrs
Solar charging No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Snapdragon 3100
CPU
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS Wear OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Suunto App Suunto App Suunto App
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS
Payment system None Google Pay None
Interchangeable strap 22 mm 24mm, Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command No Yes, Google Assistant No
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Straps, Suunto 5 Charger, Manual, Straps, Suunto 7 Charger, Manual, Straps, Suunto 9
Price$234.42$399.00

Suunto 5 vs 7 vs 9: The Differences

Suunto 5 vs 7 vs 9
Although the Suunto 7 is smarter, the Suunto 9 is more durable, has more fitness tracking features and the longest battery life. (Source: Suunto)

From the tables above, you can see that Suunto 7 is a smarter smartwatch. It comes with 8GB of music storage that allows you to store your favorite tracks and as well stream with popular streaming services like Spotify.

Similarly, Suunto 7 has a better display, with AMOLED that’s more colorful and brighter than Matrix LCD used on the other two. The ambient light sensor is also present in Sunnto 7 but not in Suunto 5 and 9. This automatically regulates the brightness of the display.

Furthermore, you get more access to tonnes of watch faces from both Suunto and the Google Play store, unlike the Suunto 5 and 9 which have only watch faces from Suunto. There’s also Google Pay that allows you to make a payment on the go directly from the Suunto 7.

However, Suunto 5 and 9 are more comprehensive activity trackers. Each of these two will track your VO2 max., and stress as well as features multisport sport modes, the Suunto 7 lacks these fitness tracking features. Although, you may have to use a third-party app to be able to measure VO2 Max. and stress with the Suunto 7.

You should also note, that the Suunto 7 features a barometer that gives you more accurate altitude information, unlike the other two that rely on GPS which reacts quite slowly to altitude changes. Moreover, the Suunto 7 features FusedAltiTM that combines the accurate and fast reacting profile of barometric and uses GPS altitude to set the altitude reference for a profile.

The Suunto 5 and 9 both have longer battery life that will see each of these two last longer than the Suunto 7, this makes any of these two a great choice if you intend to track long-term activities.

Which is Better?

The Suunto 7 is a smarter and more productive watch. (Source: Suunto)

In all, each of these three is an outstanding smartwatch, but the Suunto 7 is a smarter smartwatch, while the Suunto 5 and 9 are more comprehensive activity trackers. The Suunto 7 featuring microphone, music storage, music streaming, Google Pay and Google Assistant (thanks to Wear OS) improves your productive life significantly, but I’ll go with the Suunto 9 as far as fitness tracking is concerned.

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