Smallest ever GPS watch
GPS-endowed wrist watches always sound like a great idea in theory. But alas in practice they are usually so huge that you inevitably strain a minor muscle or two picking your wrist up to look at the data.
I might yet be convinced by the Suunto X9i, which the maker claims is the smallest and lightest wristop computer with GPS and from the pic it seems much more slight than normal.
Aimed more at serious super fit athlete types than trad GPS systems, the X9i also features a variety of apps that enable the user to track their current speed and distance etc.
Even cooler is the, ahem, Hansel and Gretel mode (our name, sadly not theirs), which instantly explains to the user where they have come from and how they can back there. Users can also hook up the device to a PC and download digital maps on to it.
Other features include an altimeter, barometer, digital compass, thermometer, and an extensive memory. Oh, and it tells the time too. It is on sale now for £350. More from here
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I bought a suunto x9i to use during the Grand Canyon hiking and I had some bad experiences:
1- The unit came with Mfg defect – the battery is not charging completely.
2- The suunto tech service where I live does not know how to fix it.
3- The suunto´s warrant is not international, so if you are abroad you are not covered.
Based on the points listed above I would think before to acquire a USD500 GPS unit with suunto.