SUUNTO 7 TEST: OUR OPINION ON THIS GPS WATCH

Price and competition
Suunto 7 is offered by the brand for 479 euros.

Among Suuntos, it is in the middle range for price and performance. The Suunto 3 is significantly cheaper at under €150 and the Suunto 9 Baro is more expensive at around €500.

Suunto 7 is more expensive than Samsung Galaxy Active 2 and cheaper than Garmin Fenix 6. This GPS watch with maps was released in January 2020.

In terms of design, Suunto 7 is an elegant and lightweight (70g) smartwatch. Relatively thin, it’s a little more discreet than other Suuntos and more Samsung-like. It’s still thicker than the Garmin Venu.

Suunto 7 is available in 6 different colors (silver, black, green, copper, pink, burgundy). It has 3 buttons on the right and one button on the left.
The 24mm wide silicone strap feels plastic. The advantage is that it guarantees a snug fit and is comfortable for most wrists thanks to its 18 notches in length. The bracelet system is familiar to regular Suunto users. Fortunately, it is easy to replace because it has a tendency to damage like other models of this brand.

This watch has a large color touch screen that is very responsive. The AMOLED screen displays beautiful color maps. It is logical that the clock screen size of 454×454 limits the interest in displaying the map. Otherwise, even in direct sunlight, the screen remains clear and bright.

Like the rest of the brand, Suunto 7 is quite durable and water resistant to a depth of 50 m (5 ATM). It can operate at temperatures from -20°C to 50°C and therefore withstands extreme conditions.

Thanks to the touch screen, starting this watch is quite easy. The explanations on the watch are clear and fairly easy to set up.

Par contre, il faut installer non pas une mais deux applications sur son smartphone afin de synchroniser cette montre: Suunto et Google Wear OS. Cela complique pas mal les choses. Suunto 7 can be connected to a mobile phone via Bluetooth Smart. Now you need to sync your Suunto 7 with the Suunto app available on Android or iOS. By installing the app on your phone, you can sync your settings and workouts.
The new Suunto app, which replaces the old Movescount app, offers much more information and features. With this app, you can view workout, activity, and sleep summaries, or even customize what’s shown on your watch. You can also view routes taken during your trips or import routes in GPX format.

Personally, I find the Suunto app very successful compared to Garmin Connect or Polar Flow. The report on each activity is presented quite well with a route map, collected data, a graph with heart rate zones or an altitude profile.

When testing, I found that using this watch is quite simple. He is friendly enough. The user interface is really a hit. Personally, I find it much easier to use than the Polar Grit X, for example.
Suunto is a brand known for its smartwatches, especially when it comes to outdoor activities and adventures. Suunto 7 offers many features that are unmatched in high-end Garmin watches like the Fenix 6. Suunto 7 offers free offline maps with detailed terrain, routes and contours. You can also display heat maps showing the most popular routes for 15 different activities. This feature is interesting in densely populated areas where there are many Suunto users. For each sport mode, data such as heart rate, speed, altitude and barometric pressure can be displayed. After activating the mode corresponding to their activity, the watch displays a specific data screen. Heart rate functions are also available thanks to the wrist-based heart rate sensor. The watch can provide information about heart rate zones, heart rate alarms, calories burned related to heart rate, or a percentage of your maximum heart rate.
This data from the heart rate sensor is also shared with training features such as training load and post-workout recovery. During the test, I could see that the heart rate monitoring was not very reliable. As a cycling watch, Suunto 7 displays cycling speed and average speed in real time or a real-time lap table with average heart rate, average power and average speed. It offers basic cycling, indoor cycling, commuter cycling, home trainer riding, cross country mountain biking, enduro mountain biking. As a swim watch, Suunto 7 is quite perfect because it is designed for pool and open water swimming. You can count the number of pool lengths and record other swimming metrics such as pool or open water swimming speed and distance, heart rate, stroke rate and type, motion efficiency (SWOLF), automatic intervals, or a split turn table. . Suunto 7 can display color maps offline. Whenever the watch connects to a Wi-Fi network while charging, local heat maps are automatically downloaded to the watch. These are good detailed maps. This is one of the main features of Suunto 7. With this map, you can see your route on the map, use your own route or other popular routes, use heat maps to discover new routes, or retrace your route to return to your starting point.

Suunto 7 supports visual route

and waypoint navigation. While walking, you can change the zoom level of the clock.
With this GPS watch, you can record, view and share routes. These courses are created in the Suunto app and then synced to your watch. Suunto app allows you to create your own courses or download them from the web in GPX format. During training, you can control the display of these cards. You can choose an outdoor map or a traffic map that will show you the popular routes around you. This connected watch is equipped with a GPS sensor that activates fairly quickly. Collects signals from GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, BEIDOU systems to display distance, speed and location on a map. Measure altitude with GPS, the built-in barometric altimeter, or a combination of the two (FusedAlti™).

In our test, the GPS tracking proved to be accurate. With Suunto 7, I found metrics such as distance calculation and average pace to be consistent.
With Suunto 7, you have many options for tracking your fitness/health data. You can use the default Suunto app or Google Fit or even a third party app downloaded from the Play Store.

By default, you can access your fitness guide using the Fitness button in the top right corner of your watch. You can then see continuous monitoring of your heart rate, calories burned, stress level, or sleep quality.

In terms of activity tracking, Suunto 7 provides some interesting information like calories burned, pedometer, physical activity goals, or even monitoring your minimum daily heart rate. Depending on the heart rate, the watch collects health monitoring statistics such as stress levels, abnormal heart rate alerts, or even breathing rate.

The Suunto smartphone app

has a lot of data to explore. You can examine your fitness and fatigue levels, calories burned. Again, I find the interface very successful and very easy to use. The app now also lets you track things like step count and sleep quality. In the test, the count of the number of steps was generally quite accurate.


The integration of Wear OS into Suunto 7 offers convenient smartwatch features such as the ability to download apps from the Google Play Store, pay with Google Pay, view notifications on smartphones and access the Google Fit suite of apps.

If you’ve used a Wear OS smartwatch before, the experience will be very familiar to you. You can swipe up from the main watch face to show the notifications panel, swipe down to show quick settings, and swipe left to show thumbnails (widgets).

Overall, switching screens and launching apps on the watch is a pretty smooth process. Suunto 7 can connect to Spotify to listen to music offline. A smartphone is not required to listen to your favorite songs. Just plug in your Suunto 7 running headphones and start playing on your watch.


Everyone uses their watch differently. Autonomy during normal use was not enough for more than two days.

Thus, the range in GPS mode is quite limited for use in endurance sports such as mountain biking or trail running. You will have to think about recharging it very regularly.

By default, the screen is always off to conserve battery power. You usually turn the muniek to check the time on the clock or see the readings during a workout.

To extend battery life, you can put your watch into flight mode and then turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Even with these little tweaks, the battery life of the Suunto 7 remains very disappointing, unlike the Suunto 9 Baro, for example. Once the battery drops below 10%, the watch displays a very basic screen that only shows the time and date and no longer provides access to smart features. In this one-hour mode, Suunto 7 can last more than 30 days if it is 100% charged. But in this case it was possible to buy a classic watch.

Luckily, charging doesn’t take long. The patented winder fits perfectly into the watch with a handy magnet system. When your watch is charging, check for updates or download offline maps of your surroundings. Suunto 7 is a connected sports watch for running, walking, sprinting, all cycling/mountain biking and swimming. This is Suunto’s innovation as it works with Google’s Wear OS and displays color maps. In my opinion, this model is not entirely successful. As for the battery life, it does not last long. The autonomy is too low to make big exits.

In terms of user interface, this watch is overly complicated. In addition, it is quite expensive. In short, you can also choose another model if you are looking for a watch for outdoor sports. Buy Suunto 7 if…
You need a smart watch to do sports in the city.


If you’re looking for a smartwatch for running or cycling in the city, Suunto 7 is a good choice thanks to its fairly lightweight design and nice color touch screen. You love the sporty features of Suunto.
Although Suunto 7 runs Wear OS, the Suunto app with maps and sports modes is well designed.

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