Suunto 7 + Wear OS | Hands-on details & interface walk-through


Suunto 7

Suunto 7Yesterday, I posted some thoughts and details on the Suunto 7 with Wear OS here as well as a small review on the new mioPOD. There is plenty more detailed content coming up this month and things are really busy here including a full review on the Suunto 7 to coincide with the availability of Suunto’s impressive new offering later in the month.

Some of you were asking for some more detailed info now, which I don’t, unfortunately, have time for. However here are a couple of resources for you (reproduced with permission) which should help and perhaps also introduce you to a blogger who you may not have come across.

First up is Gerald’s video walk-through of the Suunto 7. He’s had pre-production devices in use probably longer than anyone else (ie like 6 months).


Secondly here is an edited excerpt of some of the content from Gerald’s post if you prefer reading to watching.

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Suunto 7 on trail

A Multiply-Stunning Watch

In several ways, the Suunto design and expertise combined with the full WearOS experience means that this watch is a stunner.

Design and Adventure Durability

On the outside, the Suunto 7 follows the elegant, rugged, adventurous and minimalist design language that Suunto began with the Spartan Ultra. The Suunto 7 takes this approach to new heights, though. I “only” have it in the version with a black-lime silicone band which, providing full disclosure, has become a bit duller after a few months of use. Even leather (and textile) watch straps should become available. Of course, it’s a tough reinforced polyamide case with stainless steel bezel and touch-enabled Gorilla glass screen, all tested to Suunto standards.

Oh yeah, waterproofness is rated to 50 m.

Electronics and Battery

Many WearOS manufacturers shy away from giving out details about the system they use inside their watches; Suunto is beautifully straight about it – and for good reason:

The Suunto 7 runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, which is the current top-of-the-line system for WearOS.

Between that and Suunto’s expertise, the battery is designed to last up to two days (48 hours) in smartwatch use and up to 12 hours in sports use. As usual with WearOS, “up to” is a bad claim to make as things differ strongly in real-world use, depending on use and conditions.

In real life, GPS- and HR-enabled sports tracking currently tend to run for between 5 & 10 hours. This still means that your average workday with a training session will typically not be an issue; a WearOS watch is never meant for an ultramarathon or a weekend outing with a full day’s recording and without a recharge.

For that, there are still watches like the Suunto 9.

Still, for WearOS, easily getting through a day, probably through a second, is a step up. Until battery technology seriously improves, that is unlikely to change.


The screen is deep black when it is in a battery-saving off mode.

Use it as an always-on screen or use it through a tilt-to-wake move of the wrist, either way, it illuminates beautiful full colours which render everything crisply.


Suunto’s Heatmap Watchface

The standard watchface of the Suunto 7 shows the beauty of the device and immediately points to one of the things the watch makes good use of: maps! Among them, Suunto heatmaps.

The way this works is that, first of all, the watch simply gets GPS fixes in the background and loads the heatmap to show one’s current surroundings via the connected smartphone.

The heatmap can be set to different zoom levels:

  • Nearby (2 km)
  • Neighbourhood (4km)
  • City (8 km)
  • Metropolitan (15 km)



  • It can also be set to show different sport’s tracks, such as “All Trails” or only those from running or trail running or even downhill.
  • In addition to the big digital time display on this watchface, there are also two small areas for data fields.

Offline Heatmaps

Offline maps mean that it is not only possible to run with one’s smartphone and remain connected, but also possible to leave the smartphone at home and still have those beautiful maps.

Next, I immediately want to point out one headline feature: When the watch is on the charger (overnight) and connected to WiFi, it also downloads maps of the surroundings (“local maps”) for offline use, so they will be available in the Suunto app even without the phone. One can also choose custom maps for such offline use.

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2 thoughts on “Suunto 7 + Wear OS | Hands-on details & interface walk-through

  1. I’m not the right guy to sell this watch too, but I always have screen envy when I see new smartwatch announcements, and shake my head at my dull grey Garmin screen…

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