Suunto 9 vs Garmin Fenix 5: Which Smartwatch you need?

Smartwatches are becoming a major part of our generation, and they will continue to be increasingly important as technology and technology innovation become more sophisticated and mainstream in the future.

And today we are back again with a new comparison of two very famous and demanded smartwatches i.e. Suunto 9 vs Garmin Fenix 5

Smartwatches help us in many ways, it builds a customized viewer to measure our changes, put a magnifying glass on the screen, show the time, show the weather, have a rich history of changes with an overview of how many changes we did.

If you do a report, you can assign and export tags and the watch will calculate the change automatically. A significant time saving and much much faster to set up the watch.

I think wearable technology will replace our smartphones one day in the future, even in today’s technologically advanced market,” he said. According to the results of a study done by IBM, the highest growth market of wearable technology among smartphones is not Japan and the U.S. but India, which is rapidly growing as the global leader in wearable technology. 

Suunto 9Garmin Fenix 5
Device TypeGPS Sports WatchMultisport GPS Smartwatch
Dimensions50 x 50 x 16.8 mm47 x 47 x 15.5 mm
Weight81 g / 2.86 oz85 g / 2.99 oz
IP Rating10 ATM10 ATM
Display1.44in Active Matrix LCD1.2in Sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP
Resolution320 x 300240 x 240
WiFiNoYes (optional to Sapphire models)
Battery Life2 weeks, 1 week GPS on2 weeks, 5 days GPS on
USBYesNo

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Suunto 9 vs Garmin Fenix 5

Suunto 9 and Garmin Fenix 5 both are great smartwatches but one is better than the second one, and today in our Suunto 9 vs Fenix 5 comparison we are going to find out which one is best and why. 

Smartwatches now a day can do a lot of things, and that is why many people tend to buy smartwatches and the sales are going up day by day. But there are tons of smartwatches out there and Suunto 9 and Garmin Fenix 5 are two of them.

In our comparison, we will first discuss the features and specifications of Suunto 9 and Garmin Fenix 5 one by one and then at the end, we will compare them both and tell you the winner.

Suunto 9Garmin Fenix 5
ReleaseJune 2018January 2017
Device TypeGPS Sports WatchMultisport GPS Smartwatch
BrandSuuntoGarmin
Box ItemsSuunto 9 Baro Black, USB cable, Quick Guide, Warranty LeafletGarmin Fenix 5, Warranty Guide, Manual, USB charging cable
Body
ShapeCircularCircular
Case Dimensions1.97 x 1.97 x 0.67 in or 50 x 50 x 16.8 mm47 x 47 x 15.5 mm
Case/BezelGlass fiber reinforced polyamide/Stainless steelFiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover/Stainless steel
Strap MaterialSiliconeSilicone or steel
Weight81 g / 2.86 oz85 g / 2.99 oz
IP Rating10 ATM10 ATM
Water ResistanceWaterproof up to 100 m (according to ISO 6425)Waterproof up to 100 m
ColorsBlack, All Black, Copper, Gold Leather, Lime. Titanium, WhiteBlack, Carbon, Rose Gold, Silver, Grey, Orange, Titanium, White
Other InformationInterchangeable BandsInterchangeable Bands
Display
TypeActive Matrix LCDSunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Screen Size1.4 inch (35.5mm)1.2 inch (30.4 mm)
Screen Resolution320 x 300240 x 240
Pixel Density
Multi-Touch
Screen ProtectionSapphire Crystal Display ProtectionSapphire (optional)
Platform
Operating SystemProprietary OSGarmin OS
Chipset
CPU
Memory
RAM
Internal Memory64 MB
SD Card SlotNoNo
Activity Tracker
DistanceYesYes
Heart Rate MonitoringYesYes
Calories burnedYesYes
Stress TrackingYesYes
Floors ClimbedYesYes
StepsYesYes
Sleep MonitoringYesYes
Connectivity
BluetoothYesYes
GPSYesYes
WiFiNoYes (but optional to Fenix 5S Sapphire, Fenix 5 Sapphire, Fenix 5X Sapphire)
NFCNoNo
USBYesNo
Quick Release BandsYesYes
Control
TouchYesYes
WatchfaceCustomizableCustomizable
Voice CommandNoNo
Personal AssistantNoNo
Smartphone CompatibilityAndroid, iOSiPhone®, Android™, Windows, Web App
Smartphone Companion AppSuunto appGarmin Connect App
Notifications
Activity AlertYesYes
SMSYesYes
EmailYesYes
Incoming Call AlertYesYes
Calendar ReminderNoYes
Weather ForecastYesYes
Sensors
AccelerometerYesYes
GPSGPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSSGPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
GyroscopeYesYes
Heart Rate MonitorYesYes
Proximity SensorNo
CompassYesYes
BarometerOptionalOptional
Vibration/Haptics engineYesYes
Other SensorThermometer
Sound
SpeakerYesNo
MicrophoneNoNo
Battery
Capacity
Battery LifeTime mode: Up to 14 days Mixed usage: Up to 7 days GPS Active: 25/50/120 hoursSmartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeks GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hours UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate
Standby120 hour2 weeks
Wireless ChargingNoNo
Charging TimeAbout 2 hoursApprox 2 hours
Quick ChargingNoNo
Other Information
PrimeNoNo
Star Rating(4.1/5)(4.3/5)
No. of Reviews1393748
Warranty2 Year of Product, 1 Year of accessories1 Year

Suunto 9 Review

Suunto is a Finland based company which has been with us for the last eight years. Yes you heard it right, 80 freaking years. And they are making a lot of types of devices such as compasses, dive computers, sports watches, and precision instruments. They are selling their products worldwide. 

Suunto 9 vs Garmin Fenix 5
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Suunto 9 is one of their products from their vast product line ups. And if you are into any kind of adventure sports or anything like that then you need a tough and robust kind of smartwatch that can handle the dirt and dust and all the vibrations and shocks of your outdoor activity.

Suunto 9 is for you there, it comes with many advanced health tracking features and amazing battery life, all in one package.

It comes with tons and tons of features for all kinds of outdoor activities that you can track with the Suunto 9 and today in our review and detailed Suunto 9 vs Garmin Fenix 5 comparison, we are going to see how it is best and how it goes with the Fenix 5.

Screen and Design: The design of the Suunto 9 is somewhere between classic and modern look, you can easily take this to your meetings as well, and it can also go to your party look as well.

It comes in a circular design the body of the Suunto 9 is made up of Stainless Steel and the case is made up of Glass-fiber reinforced polyamide material. Suunto 9 was released to the market in June 2018. And it is gaining fame from that period of time.

The screen size of the Suunto 9 is 1.4 inch (35.5mm) in diameter and the screen is Active Matrix LCD display, which can produce vibrant colors and it is easily visible at the outdoors as well.

The resolution of the screen Suunto 9 is 320 x 300 pixels, we cannot find the information about the pixel density of the Suunto 9 anywhere on the internet and not on the box itself.

The glass of the screen of the Suunto 9 is protected by the Sapphire Crystal, which means it can easily handle the minor scratches without much problem.

The brightness of the screen can be controlled from the setting itself, and you can even save the battery by using the power saver mode that comes with the watch.

The only problem with the display of the Suunto 9 is that it easily gets fingerprint marks on itself, that can create some problems. And there is no lift to wake system with the watch, you have to press the button or use the settings to always on.

It comes with eight different watch screens to choose from.

The Suunto 9 comes with silicone bands of 24mm size, that you can easily change wherever you want, a small lock can be used to remove the band from the watch.

The band is wide enough to fit any size of a hand, the weight of the Suunto 9 is 81 g / 2.86 oz which is light enough to carry the whole day.

Battery life: The best feature of the Suunto 9 is battery backup, it has 120 hours of standby time, it comes with many features that help in increasing the battery backup of the watch, we have mentioned the stats of the battery backup in our Suunto 9 vs Fenix 5 comparison chart above.

Suunto 9 comes with three different battery modes – Performance, Endurance, and Ultra. According to the mode that you have selected the Suunto 9 makes changes to the setting of the watch.

In the first mode (Performance mode, you will get 25 hours of battery backup, this mode disables all kinds of sports modes that are running in the background.

The things which don’t turn off are Default watch face, Heart Rate Monitoring Sensor, Vibrations Alerts and Notifications, the GPS still runs on the background but not all time, it just turns on for some seconds and then turned off itself.

In the second mode (Endurance), the GPS turning on and off cycles wants to 60 seconds, and the screen brightness goes to 20% and the Heart Rate sensor will be turned off, and everything else will be the same, and this setting increases the battery backup of the watch from 25 hours to 40 hours.

In the third mode (Ultra Mode), the cycle of GPS goes to 120 seconds, the heart rate monitoring sensor is turned off, vibration alerts will be turned off, and the screen brightness goes to 10% and the screen will be turned off after every 10 seconds. This setting will extend the battery backup to 120 hours.

If you are thinking about, if you need a heart rate monitoring system with vibrations alert turned on and still want to save battery juice, then how it is going to happen, then don’t worry, you can even make your custom settings as well.

And it also understands how you use your Suunto 9 and creates warning according to your usage. You can charge the Suunto 9 to 100% in about two hours.

Fitness Tracking: Suunto 9 comes with tons of fitness tracking features, that is why it is known as a Sports Smartwatch. LOL. This smartwatch is built with keeping athletes in mind, and athletes need a lot of stats and information about their training and health, and this can track all the things easily.

Suunto 9 comes with over 80+ sports modes to choose from, it has a step counter, calories burned, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracker, Stress and recovery status, distance traveled, routes you have taken.

You can even see your speed while cycling or running with the help of a GPS sensor and can record your lap times and lap records. Suunto 9 can be used even in water, you can tracks stats of your swimming sessions, like distance, stroke rate, count, type, etc.

And you can see all the stats of your outdoor activity on your watch itself and can sync it all to your smartphone with the help of Bluetooth and share that data with your friends and family. You can sync the data with the Suunto App and Movescount app only.

PROs and CONs

PROs

  • Excellent Battery Backup
    Suunto 9, comes with an amazing battery backup of 120 hours and comes with 3 different battery saving modes as well.
  • Sapphire Display Protection
    Suunto 9 comes with a sapphire display that helps in preventing the screen from scratches.
  • Tons of Sports Tracking Features
    Suunto 9 comes with 80+ sports tracking features that make it versatile for any kind of outdoor sport.

CONs

  • Poor Syncing
    Suunto 9 can sync data only with two applications only i.e. Suunto App and Movescount app. And the process of syncing is not so good, we face problems in syncing our data.
  • Costly
    Suunto 9 is a little bit overpriced, which can be a problem for some people.

Garmin Fenix 5 Review

Garmin is a very well known company in the smartwatch world, they made hundreds of products in the smartwatch industry. I am sure they made all types of smartwatches for every kind of user. And you can see their popularity by just checking the reviews and ratings of their products on Amazon.

garmin fenix 5 vs suunto 9
CC: Amazon

And Fenix 5 is yet another popular product from their lineup. Garmin Fenix also has many variants, and today we are going to talk about the Garmin Fenix 5 only.

Garmin has been making smartwatches for a very long time, and you can see their work on their products as well.

Garmin made a lot of types of products for many types of users, and you can get an idea about their work from a small clip that we are attaching below.

Garmin is an American based company that was founded in 1989 by two guys. They sold more than three million products worldwide, and their products are used by athletes, cyclists, hikers, runners, etc.

But today we are seeing how Fenix 5 is better or worse than the Suunto 9 in our Garmin Fenix 5 vs Suunto comparison.

Screen and Design: The circular stainless steel body of Fenix 5 with exposed screws made it look more rigid and tough. It comes in a lot of different colors, and the case of the watch is made up of Fiber-reinforced polymer and the wristband is made up of steel or silicone, it all depends on which one you like more.

Fenix 5 comes in three different sizes and comes with an additional option for choosing the Sapphire Crystal Edition, and if you opt for the non-sapphire screen then the screen is made up of chemically strengthened glass.

The screen size of the Garmin Fenix 5 is 1.2 inches or 30.4 mm in diameter, with a display resolution of 240×240 pixels.

The weight of the Fenix 5 is around 85 g / 2.99 oz. And the screen is bright enough to see under the direct sunlight, you will not feel any weight on your hand, the bands of the Fenix 5 is also interchangeable, you can easily change the bands with just a single click.

The display of Fenix 5 is a colored display, the bands of the are interchangeable, you can fit any band of 22 mm, you can attach silicone as well as steel band with the Fenix 5.

Battery life: The battery backup of the Garmin Fenix 5 is also great, but not as great as the Suunto 9, it can easily last up to 2 weeks on standby. We found nothing over the internet or in the box about the battery capacity of the Fenix 5.

Fenix comes with two modes that can help you save battery more, GPS/HR mode and UltraTrac mode. In the first mode, you will get 24 hours of battery backup in a single charge and in the UltraTrac mode, you will get around 60 hours of battery backup and in this mode, the watch stops reading your heart rate.

But in our testing, we get 19-20 hours of backup in the first mode and 50-55 hours in the second mode.

It doesn’t have any kind of tech that can help in saving up the battery, you have to check the battery before going to any long run or any other type of activity.

Fitness Tracking: Garmin Fenix 5 also comes with tons of fitness tracking features, they made this watch for the people who love going outdoors. It comes with all kinds of important sensors that are needed like GPS (GLONASS, GALILEO), Heart Rate Monitoring Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope, Thermometer, Acceleratorometer.

You can easily connect the Fenix 5 with any chest wrap with Bluetooth and Ant+ Sensors. It is also 10 ATM waterproof, you can easily take this for swimming as well, but while swimming it doesn’t track your heart rate as it automatically turns off that as it goes underwater.

And you can sync all the health and fitness data to your phone or laptop with the help of Bluetooth or USB cable. It can easily be paired up with the Garmin Connect App, where you can see all the stats in detail. It can easily connect with iOS, Android or Windows, and they also have a web app.

Fenix 5 can track all kinds of outdoor activities like running, cycling, swimming, hiking, trail, marathon, ski, snowboarding, row, golf, strength, cardio, etc.

You can get all kinds of data like distance covered, timing, route, speed, lap info, heart rate. You can control music from the watch itself and you will also get notifications from your smartphone directly to your wrist. Fenix 5 also comes with Find my phone feature and find my watch feature as well.

PROs and CONs

PROs

  • Affordable
    The pricing of Fenix 5 is quite affordable. You will get the Fenix 5 under $400.
  • Great Ratings and Reviews
    Fenix 5 is a very famous sports watch, you can see its popularity from the amazon seller page.
  • Multisport Features
    Fenix 5 has lots of features for all kinds of sports and outdoor activities.

CONs

  • Not so good battery backup
    The battery backup of the Fenix 5 is not that great, you have to charge this again and again if you are out for a long run or long cycling.
  • Heavy
    Fenix 5 is a little bit heavier than the rest of the sports watches.

Garmin Fenix 5 vs Suunto 9

WINNER: GARMIN FENIX 5

  1. Design: Both the Suunto 9 and Fenix 5 look quite similar but the weight of the Fenix 5 is more as compared to the Suunto 9, so if you are looking for a lighter one then the winner is Suunto 9. (Winner: Suunto 9)
  2. Battery: In the battery segment, the winner is definitely Suunto 9 as it comes with many advanced battery saver features, and you will get extra juice from its advanced feature that learns your usage and consumption. And then suggest to you how and when to charge up the watch. (Winner: Suunto 9)
  3. Features and Tracking: Garmin Fenix 5 has better and more features as compared to the Suunto 9 like Find my Phone and Find my watch and thermometer sensor. (Winner: Fenix 5)
  4. Reviews and Ratings: The winner is Fenix 5 as it has more reviews and better ratings than the Suunto 9. Users are buying Fenix 5 more than the Suunto 9. (Winner: Fenix 5)

Here we are at the end of our Suunto 9 vs Garmin Fenix 5 comparison, both the sports watches are great, but there is only one winner, and according to us the Overall Winner of this Suunto 9 vs Fenix 5 comparison is Garmin Fenix 5.

It packs all the essential things that are needed, and it has some additional features as well that make it better than the Suunto 9. 

We are not saying that Suunto 9 is the worst, it has some benefits over Fenix 5 as well, like if you need a smartwatch that can run long, then Suunto 9 is for you, as it has better and longer battery backup than the Fenix 5.

The only downside with the Suunto 9 is that it is more costly than the Fenix 5 if you are comfortable with its pricing and you need a longer battery backup then Suunto 9 is for you.

Otherwise, for an average user, Garmin Fenix 5 is the Winner. If you have any doubt or question regarding the Suunto 9 vs Garmin Fenix 5 comparison than you can comment down below, we are happy to help you.

  • Does Suunto 9 have maps?

    Yes, it has, you can plan your route with the help of topographic maps.

  • Does Suunto 9 play music?

    No, you cannot change or play music with Suunto 9.

  • Is Suunto 9 waterproof?

    Yes, it is 10ATM of waterproof, you can use this 100 meter below the water.

  • Is the Garmin Fenix 5 waterproof?

    Yes, it is 10ATM of waterproof, you can use this 100 meter below the water.

  • Does Fenix 5 have music?

    It doesn’t have music, but you can change music with the Fenix 5.

  • Can I shower with my Fenix 5?

    Yes, you can, it can take water easily as it is 10ATM of IP rating.

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