Updated: May 23
After having used the Suunto 7 Smartwatch for the past 6 months, it’s time to share my thoughts.
We all know the main features, attractions and uses of Suunto Sport Watches, so I won’t be covering the basics. Instead, I’ll be discussing my three personal favourite things about the Suunto 7 - and they might not quite be what you’d expect.
Let’s get into it.
1. Google Assistant
This comes in first as it’s my favourite aspect of the watch, without a doubt.
I’m quite a fan of “smart living” and automising your life. The simplest iteration of this comes in the form of smart bulbs, smart switches and smart plugs. Sure, I’ve set up multiple routines and conditions for when something should operate, but sometimes I like/need to change things up.
Now, I do it all from my watch.
Turn on the lights, turn down the brightness, change the colour of this room, turn on the heater, turn off the kitchen lights at my mom’s house (that’s just for fun) etc.
Operating your home appliances from your watch is not only convenient, but it also makes you feel like James Bond, which is probably the best part about it.
Of course, there’s more to it than just that. Sitting at my desk I can ask my watch how to spell “logorrhea” or “manoeuvre” and other extremely challenging words. I can ask if the shops are open, how long it’ll take me to get there, what the weather is like or to simply start a timer, do some maths or convert units.
There are even more fun ones, such as learning a fun fact or playing a game with Google.
You could do all of this with your phone, sure, but if you’re like me, the location of your phone is often a mystery, besides, your watch is literally with you 24/7. It’s so much more convenient.
2. Google Breathe
I do not use this as often as I should, but I’m always grateful when I do.
There are multiple relaxation apps, browser extensions and reminders that you can use, but none are as simple or easy to use as your watch.
I’ve set a tile on my Suunto 7 to Google Breathe, with standard durations of two and four minutes. All I need to do is swipe right a couple times and hit start. The simplicity is ideal in moments of high stress.
Overworking has been glorified over the past few years, something I personally fell victim to. The more I worked and the harder I worked, the more success I would see, surely? Not so. Since this realisation I’ve been attempting to curtail my “normal” working hours to something more sane - but this, too, comes with its own stressors.
Thoughts of “it’s not enough”, “you’re too slow”, “I won’t finish in time”, “look what this other person has accomplished” crowd my mind and lead to nothing good. There are steps that can be taken; walking, exercising, breaks etc. but sometimes it builds up all too quickly.
Swiping right on my watch a few times and starting a breathing exercise is sometimes the real saviour. It’s guided with both visuals and haptics, so it’s not uncommon to find me lying on the floor of my office with my eyes closed.
It’s hard to start. It’s wonderful to do.
3. Endless Watch Faces
This is something I’ve noticed fazes very few people in my Suunto circle. Most people select a watch face they like and then that’s them for the next few years.
Even with my Suunto 9, I would change watch faces and colour themes at least once a month, often more.
The Suunto 7 with Google Wear OS has now opened a whole new world of watch faces, a world that is constantly updating. I barely have the same watch face for more than a week at a time, much to the vexation of many of those around me!
I think it adds a little more colour and creativity to my life. My moods and feelings change, and now, my watch can change with them.