Suunto Spartan Ultra
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
These devices will not experience water damage, e.g. in the shower. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.
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Polar RCX3 GPS
Sapphire crystal glass is an extremely durable material, which is surpassed only by diamond in terms of hardness. A sapphire crystal display is stronger and more scratch resistant than toughened glass such as Corning Gorilla Glass.
GPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
A heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.
This measures barometric air pressure. It can predict weather changes, for example a sudden drop in air pressure could mean a storm is coming. When calibrated correctly it can be used to determine altitude, which helps GPS devices to lock on quicker and with greater accuracy.
A compass is useful in games, map and navigation software.
It tracks how far you travel.
Your activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.
Measuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
Allows you to set your own goals, such as reaching 15,000 steps in a single day.
This is useful if you are on a strict training diet or if you are trying to lose weight. It can also help to boost your motivation.
Multi-sport mode allows you to easily switch between tracking different sports such as running, cycling and swimming. This is ideal for those who need to change quickly between different activities, eg. triathletes.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.
It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
There is less chance that you will run out of battery during an adventure.
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire (HR)
With a long battery life, you can train for several hours a week and only have to recharge the device every few weeks.
Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T-7
The battery can be recharged and used over again.
In power save mode you can still check what time it is and other basic functions. A long battery life is good if you wear the device day to day.
Casio Pro Trek PRW2500T-7
Vibrating alerts have a variety of uses, such as interval training.
You are awarded achievements for reaching goals, helping to encourage you and keep you motivated.
The device can wake you using vibration, so as not to disturb anyone else sleeping in the room.
Your tracking data is uploaded via your smartphone or computer, and is available to view on the manufacturer’s online portal in the form of reports and graphs.
With a stopwatch you can time yourself.
Friends using the same app can be integrated with your account, allowing you to compete with them. This increases your motivation and makes it more enjoyable.
You can upload different maps to your device. It is handy for people who like to explore new places.