Suunto wants to make a dent in the sports-watch market with the Spartan Sport

rain gear, running
It’s safe to say that there are plenty of sports-oriented smartwatches available now, whether you’re actually into sports or you just want a device to use on a day-to-day basis. Suunto, however, is looking to make a dent in this space, and is adding a new device to the Spartan sports watch lineup it announced last month.

The new watch is called the Spartan Sport, and is being touted as a “strong and sleek multisport GPS watch for athletes.” In other words, this device is one of the growing number that have GPS. The Sport is a cheaper alternative to the Spartan Ultra.

Design played a big part in the creation of this watch, it seems. While the watch is a sports watch, it’s not so chunky that you couldn’t wear it in other situations. Of course, this could also be helpful for when you are doing sports — as Suunto notes, “many athletes prefer a low-profile fit on the wrist over extra-long battery life.”

suunto-spartan-sport

Of course, that’s not to say that the device has a sub-par battery life. It will most certainly get you through the day, as it lasts 16 hours on a single charge.

Apart from GPS and a 16-hour battery life, the device offers pre-set modes for tracking as many as 80 different activities. It obviously tracks the major sports — running, cycling, swimming, triathlons, and so on, but it also tracks things like skiing. You can also set interval modes for when you’re training using a combination of different sports.

The Sport is aimed at providing accurate fitness tracking through its GPS and accelerometer, however it doesn’t come cheap. The device costs $549, and comes in black, white, blue, and “sakura” (the Japanese word for cherry, used here to mean pink). You can get one for yourself from the Spartan website.

Mobile

Just $275 bags you a 4G LTE Sony Xperia C4 at Best Buy, and it’s ready for Android 6.0

The Xperia C4 is the latest device to explode onto the selfie scene. It's a big, 5.5-inch smartphone with a 5-megapixel front camera, equipped with an LED flash, and a wide-angle lens. Best Buy now sells the 4G LTE version at a great price.
Mobile

This 3D Touch-style tech could mean Android phones will get pressure-sensitive screens

Android fans looking enviously at the iPhone 6S's pressure sensitive screen may not have long to wait before they can buy a phone with similar features, thanks to Synaptics new ClearForce technology.
Mobile

Which phablet is better: Apple’s or Google’s? Nexus 6P vs. iPhone 6S Plus

Google and Hauwei are entering the phablet war, taking on Apple's iPhone 6S Plus with the recently-announced Nexus 6P. Here's how the two flagship devices compare with one another in terms of hardware, software, and features.
Mobile

Sony once again considers leaving the mobile market if new Xperia phones fail to sell

Sony is very hesitant on selling its mobile unit, but if it continues to stay in the red after 2016, it might consider selling the mobile business. CEO Kazuo Hirai does intend to stay in the mobile market for a while yet, though.
Mobile

Nexus 5X vs. Nexus 5: Was it worth the wait?

Here's a quick comparison of the Nexus 5 and its successor, the Nexus 5X. We have a chart comparing tech specs, and we take a look at exactly what has changed. Join us as we pit Nexus 5X vs. Nexus 5.
Mobile

Samsung Pay wasn’t breached in state-sponsored LoopPay hack, executives say

LoopPay, the company behind a core technology of Samsung Pay, suffered a network breach at the hands of Chinese hackers earlier this year. Payments information wasn't compromised., LoopPay claims.
Mobile

With Marshmallow, Google sweetens Android rather than rewriting the recipe

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, is a small but meaningful improvement upon its predecessor. We reviewed the latest version of the OS on last year's Nexus 6 smartphone.
Android Army

The ChargeStand is the phone stand and portable battery that you’ve always wanted

Ventev Mobile's ChargeStand is a logical merging of two very useful smartphone accessories: a stand and a portable battery. And uniquely, it's compatible with both Apple and Android devices.
Mobile

Gionee’s 24-megapixel Elife E8 camera phone gets a little cheaper for Indian launch

Chinese smartphone maker Gionee released the Elife E8 phone with a 23-megapixel camera, that thanks to some special tech, takes pictures that make them look like images with 120-megapixels.
Mobile

This cool bezel-less, octa-core smartphone may be one of the first to run Android 6.0

Have you heard of Elephone? Possibly not, but the Chinese company has started teasing a phone that sounds really interesting. It's called the P9000, and the bezel-less screen will show Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Mobile

SwiftKey Neural launches today and it’s the mobile keyboard app of the future

What if your smartphone keyboard could predict your entire sentence? SwiftKey is now using neural networks to better predict what your will type based on the context of a sentence rather than just relying on past history.
Mobile

You can now back up all your WhatsApp messages onto Google Drive

WhatsApp and Google have announced a new partnership that allows Android users to backup all their messaging data through Google Drive, meaning even if you lose or destroy a device, you don't lose all the information.
Wearables

This Google-powered jacket from Levi’s is more than just a jacket

The Levi’s and Google jacket lets you look good and stay on top of your daily tasks with access to the information you need, when you need it.
Mobile

Habla español? Now Google Assistant does too, on phones at least

Google has just announced developer support for several new languages, including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Indian English. But in our testing, Assistant could use its own assistant...