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Suunto 7 Review

A large crisp touchscreen with a plethora of Google-based app integrations, but unfortunately very difficult to use
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Suunto 7 Review
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Price:  $400 List
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Manufacturer:   Suunto
By Matthew Richardson and Amber King  ⋅  Apr 29, 2022
  • Features - 20% 8.0
  • Battery Life - 20% 3.7
  • Ease of Use - 20% 4.0
  • Accuracy - 20% 7.0
  • Design - 20% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Suunto 7 has a large, crisp touchscreen and Google Watch OS integration. While well-featured, we were disappointed in the ease of use and often felt frustrated. The features on this watch felt overwhelming and constantly in need of attention. We prefer the simplicity of more dedicated adventure/activity watches — this model is more dedicated to phone integration than activity tracking. Because of that, if you are in search of GPS recording but also want a high level of phone integration this model could be for you.
Google OS integration
Bright screen
Good touch interaction
Confusing interface
Short battery life

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Suunto 7 stands out for its large clear touchscreen and integration with Google apps and features. The watch itself has basic functionality, but its strong suit is a high level of phone integration. Unfortunately, this was often confusing and annoying to our testers who prefer less phone integration. If you are looking for a high level of integration then this model could be for you. If you have an Apple phone you may desire an Apple Watch instead, but if you aren't a serious athlete and have an Android this could be a perfect match — but you'll be limited by battery life.

Performance Comparison

suunto 7 - one of the brightest screens we tested unfortunately it comes with...
One of the brightest screens we tested unfortunately it comes with major sacrifices in battery life.
Credit: Matthew Richardson


This is a well-featured GPS watch. It includes the basics, such as GPS tracking, fitness tracking, and sports profiles (almost too many to count!) with some basic navigation. It has music control, Wear OS by Google (many features here), and a host of other options with third-party apps via the Google Play store. It uses the Suunto app, which offers nice features to view past runs, logs, and share your activities with friends. The watch itself isn't very featured without the use of a phone, but the integrations make it competitive with other competitors. It is compatible with Google Fit and the Garmin App.

suunto 7 - tools and widgets found on the suunto 7 integrate well with google...
Tools and widgets found on the Suunto 7 integrate well with Google platforms, but if you use Apple we'd recommend an Apple Watch.
Credit: Matthew Richardson

Notable Features:

  • GPS tracking
  • Sports mode (tens of options on the watch itself)
  • Tones and vibrations
  • Music control
  • Music storage with a downloaded app
  • Free offline outdoor maps with navigation (via an app)
  • Smart notifications
  • Touch screen
  • Integrations with: Google Fit, Google Play Store, Google Assistant, and Google Pay
  • Google translate
  • Works with Apple iOS and Android
  • Interchangeable staps
  • Shock, water (50 m), and dirtproof
  • Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass

Take a look at the Suunto website to see the full scope of all the features offered.

suunto 7 - we enjoyed the basic features of this watch while cross-country...
We enjoyed the basic features of this watch while cross-country skiing.
Credit: Amber King

Battery Life

The battery life for this watch is sufficient for any recreational athlete that doesn't need more than a few hours of GPS per day. Suunto claims a meager two days in smartwatch mode and 12 hours in GPS mode. During our tests, we actually got closer to three days in smartwatch mode with one or two activities, but we also weren't using music control or other apps that require a little more power.

During our GPS test, we got a little over 12 hours. We saw the GPS go from 100% to 80% during a three-hour run, which wasn't surprising for the estimated time. While this might last for a 50K run at best, it's not designed for super endurance events. However, it does have GPS battery saver mode, which will give you a little more juice. Charging it took only 70 minutes in our tests (the manufacturer claims 100 minutes) when charging from a wall port.

If GPS life is a priority, you will want to consider other models that put more importance on this attribute. We often found ourselves approaching the 12-hour mark on outings and we would be worried about having to reduce GPS accuracy to lengthen the life of this watch. If you are an active user, Suunto claims 18 hours of smart-watch use on a full charge with 4 hours remaining for GPS activities. This likely means you will be charging your watch every day, which was our experience during testing.

suunto 7 - we felt like the battery was always drained, requiring frequent...
We felt like the battery was always drained, requiring frequent charges.
Credit: Amber King

Ease of Use

Of all the watches we tested, we felt the Suunto 7 was the least intuitive and the most challenging to figure out. This is pretty much a deal-breaker for us and we could only recommend this watch if you are looking for more smartphone-specific features. You'd also want to consider an Apple Watch at that point if you use Apple.

If you are a dedicated smartwatch user this difficulty of use may be understandable, however we couldn't accept this on a daily basis, especially during activities where we depend on our watches for metrics and, to some extent, safety. The touch gestures on the Suunto 7 felt inconsistent and the button mapping was strange. To be fair, this watch was by far the most unique, which could be why it gave us the most trouble.

The dedicated Suunto app is easy to use, with automatically synching activities. A notable fact is the app can only have one watch device on it at once. So if you have multiple devices (like we did for testing), you have to disconnect and reconnect the watch you want to use. Overall, we like the touch screen capabilities that worked even in cold weather, but the overall design isn't very intuitive.

suunto 7 - featuring a touch screen and dedicated buttons, this watch has many...
Featuring a touch screen and dedicated buttons, this watch has many modes of interaction which at times can get confusing.
Credit: Matthew Richardson


Accuracy is okay on the Suunto 7 but not great. We tested GPS on a known 10.8-mile bike ride, and it reported back 11.01 miles as the final distance. Even though this distance is only 0.3 miles off, this is a lower accuracy than many of the other tested watches. On the map, it was clear that the GPS wasn't picked up along sharper corners and through steeper canyoned sections of our ride.

suunto 7 - the distance logged after our 10.8-mile ride. a little off.
The distance logged after our 10.8-mile ride. A little off.
Credit: Amber King

The heart rate accuracy, however, is good. The watch has a larger fit, but the band is flexible, making the fit a little better. We noticed it did an excellent job keeping contact and attaining a heart rate reading during runs. During our resting heart rate tests, the variation in beats per minute (bpm) was between 1 to 7, which is quite good.

suunto 7 - the accuracy of the heart rate monitor works well thanks to the...
The accuracy of the heart rate monitor works well thanks to the hinged strap design which fits different shapes of wrists.
Credit: Matthew Richardson


This watch looks sleek and stylish. The removable hinge design straps are easy to replace and fit many different types of wrist sizes. The screen is also quite large, with big fonts that are easy to see while exercising in both high and low light. The screen size is 35mm (measured), and those that like touch screens will appreciate its functionality. The screen is bright and crisp and while the battery life suffers because of it we think it's one of the best looking we tested.

That said, we did find the buttons at an odd location for right-handed folks that wear the watch on their left hand (start and stop are close to the wrist and harder to use). Design opinions are fairly specific so choose what you like best. If you desire a large bright touch screen, this could be for you. If you desire longer battery life with a larger screen there are other options in a similar price range.

suunto 7 - a larger watch face that's easy to see, but a bit bulky for our taste.
A larger watch face that's easy to see, but a bit bulky for our taste.
Credit: Amber King


We cannot recommend this watch at this price point based on the difficulty of use. Of course, Suunto has created a great-looking watch but that's not enough to price it this high, especially with today's competition. If you desire high integration with an Android and care less about athletic features this could be the perfect model. For others, we would recommend looking elsewhere for a model with better battery life and a more natural user interface.


If you are in the market for a GPS watch that prioritizes phone integration then this is the model for you. Suunto is known for its designs and build quality and this one excels in these metrics. Unfortunately, we can't recommend this model due to the confusing interface and high level of difficulty while learning the unit. Our ideal GPS watch is dedicated to performance and use while in activity. If that isn't your priority, this could be the perfect model, especialy if you have an Android. If you use Apple but still desire a more specific smartwatch we imagine an Apple Watch would better suit your needs.

suunto 7 - enjoy this watch on any outdoor mission. just know we don't think...
Enjoy this watch on any outdoor mission. Just know we don't think its of very high value.
Credit: Amber King

Matthew Richardson and Amber King