Both watches are excellent for cycling and running, we'd give the Suunto Ambit 2 the edge in cycling but the Garmin Forerunner 620 wins hands down for running because of vertical oscillation and lighter weight.
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Bozeman, MT (PRWEB) September 22, 2013
Garmin Forerunner 620 was announced last week and immediate questions came up about comparing it with Suunto Ambit 2, which is what the Heart Rate Watch Company has done.
"Both watches are excellent for cycling and running, we'd give the Suunto Ambit 2 the edge in cycling but the Garmin Forerunner 620 wins hands down for running because of vertical oscillation and lighter weight," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company.
Ambit 2 and Forerunner 620 both receive ANT+ power meter data, cadences sensors, heart rate and more.
Suunto Ambit 2 watches range from 2.7 to 3.1 ounces depending upon model while the Garmin Forerunner 620 weighs a mere 1.6 ounces.
Suunto Ambit 2 wins here with 15 hours at one second recording whereas the Garmin Forerunner 620 will last about 7 hours. This battery life differential explains where a lot of the additional weight comes from.
Both watches are water resistant to 50 meters however the Suunto Ambit 2 will measure laps, strokes and distance in the pool, so it is a better choice for triathletes.
Garmin 620 offers both Bluetooth Smart and Wifi connectivity for wireless data transfer, while Suunto Ambit 2 only has the hard wired option.
Ambit 2 and Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire use barometric altimeters for more accurate onboard altitude, while Ambit 2S and Garmin 620 only have GPS based altitude. "Garmin can correct altitudes once downloaded using their map data base if you check the altitude correction feature in the Garmin Connect software", says Squire.
Suunto Ambit 2 offers trackback on screen navigation and 100 waypoints with a three dimensional compass plus temperature data, while Forerunner 620 has none of these features.
"Suunto Ambit 2 is the better choice for a sports person that does triathlon or is oriented toward navigation in outdoor adventures," says Squire. He adds, "Garmin Forerunner 620 is the better running and fitness watch but planned duration's per workout cannot exceed 7 hours."
"Both the Suunto Ambit 2 and Garmin Forerunner 620 are on sale at the Heart Rate Watch Company and you can call us at 866-586-7129 to get real expert perspective on which product is right for you," says Squire.