Not that I had to do it yet, but I like the fact that the battery is replaceable by the user. The battery is a standard Lithium cell CR 2032 button battery that you can buy pretty much anywhere. The back of the watch tells you what direction to turn the cap and even reminds you what type of battery to use. I have had some watches in the past where you had to spend at least $45 to send the watch away for battery replacement so it’s nice to see Suunto taking care of its users with these little details.
The buttons are large and have a grated texture to them for extra grip that makes them easy to push with bare hands, thin gloves or either or soaking wet or covered in dirt.I also really like the fact that the alarm function on the watch is loud! I hate having watches that have crappy quiet alarms. I am now confident that the alarm in this watch is loud enough to wake me up no matter how long a night I’ve had.
I would be a bit concerned about the rotating compass bezel as it is plastic and I am not sure about the longevity of rotation mechanism. When I rotate the bezel, it’s initially a bit stiff to rotate amongst each click. I am sure over time the clicks will get less stiff and the bezel will be easier to rotate.
Like any watch, basic things must be done to get the watch up and running. After spending about 15 minutes with the user manual, navigating around the different modes and displays of the Suunto Core interface is pretty straight forward. If I didn’t take the 15 minutes with the manual, the Core would have been a bit frustrating to figure out. The manual is written in 8 different languages (EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, NL, FI, SV) and is relatively easy to follow.
More Than Just a Watch
Asides from the Core telling you normal “watch” information like Time and Date, the Time mode also has the following standard features that most digital sports oriented watches have including stopwatch, dual-time and a countdown timer. The other interesting feature that I liked was that the Sunrise and Sunset times are configurable to the location, region and city that you are currently in. Knowing the Sunrise and Sunset times is relatively important for outdoors enthusiasts as available daylight is crucial for planning your time in the wilderness.
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