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Suunto 9 vs 9 Baro vs Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber – What’s the Difference?

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Last Updated on March 28, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Suunto’s latest duo the Suunto 9 and 9 Baro share a lot in common, but differ in activity tracking capacity. Joining them in this comparison is the Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber which also shares a lot of similarities with its successors. This is a comparison of Suunto 9 vs 9 Baro vs Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber specs and features, head-to-head we compare these three to help you choose the best Suunto smartwatch for you.

Suunto 9 vs 9 Baro vs Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber Specs Compared

 Suunto 9Suunto 9 BaroSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSuunto 9Suunto 9 BaroSuunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorSuunto SpartanSuunto 9Suunto Spartan Trainer
SuccessorSuunto 9 BaroNSuunto 9
Released dateJune, 2018July, 2018August, 2017
Ideal forMenMenMen

DISPLAY

Display typeActive Matrix LCDActive Matrix LCDActive Matrix LCD
Display size1.4 inch1.4 inch1.4 inch
Display resolution320 x 300 pixels320 x 300 pixels320 x 300 pixels
Pixel densityunknownunknownunknown
Input typeTouchscreen
3 buttons
Touchscreen
3 buttons
Touchscreen
3 buttons
Always-onYesYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension50 x 50 x 16.8 mm50 x 50 x 16.8 mm50 x 50 x 17 mm
Weight72 grams81 grams74 grams
Casing materialGlass fibre reinforced polyamideGlass fibre reinforced polyamideGlass fibre reinforced polyamide
Strap/band materialSiliconeTextile materialSilicone
Bezel MaterialStainless steelTitanium grade 5Stainless steel
Strap size24 mm
130-230 mm (Lenght)
24 mm
130-230 mm (Lenght)
24 mm
130-230 mm (Lenght)
Screen protectionMineral glass crystalSapphire crystal glassMineral glass crystal
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black
White
Black
White
Black orange
White

MEMORY

RAMunknownunknownunknown
Internal storageNilNilNil
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.2 LEBluetooth v4.2 LEBluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo
Wi-FiNoNoNo
NFCNoNoNo
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS/GALILEOGPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS/GALILEOGPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
StepsYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYes
StressYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenNoNoNo
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNoNo
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingYes, with Suunto smart sensorYes, with Suunto smart sensorYes, with Suunto smart sensor
Preloaded mapsYesYesYes
On-screen workout modesNoNoNo
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNoNo

MEDIA

AudioNoNoNo
Music streamingNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightNoNoNo
Pulse Ox.NoNoNo
ECGNoNoNo
ThermometerYesYesYes
Other sensors------

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)unknownunknownunknown
ChipsetUnknownUnknownUnknown
CPUunknownunknownunknown
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity unknownunknownunknown
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
Mixed usage: Up to 7 days
GPS Active: 25/50/120 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
Mixed usage: Up to 7 days
GPS Active: 25/50/120 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
Mixed usage: Up to 7 days
GPS Active: 10h/20h/40h
Charging typeUSB cradleUSB cradleUSB cradle
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeNoYesNo
Solar powerNoNoNo
Rapid charging___

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraNoNoNo
Music controlNoNoNo
Find phoneNoNoNo
Text responseNoNoNo

MISC

Payment systemNoneNoneNone
Compatibility Android and iOS.
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Android and iOS.
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Android and iOS.
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Companion appSuunto AppSuunto AppSuunto App
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 24mmYes, 24mmYes, 24mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Suunto 9Suunto 9Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber
StrapsStrapsStraps
USB cradleUSB cradleUSB cradle
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide
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Suunto 9 vs 9 Baro vs Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber – The Difference?

Features Compared

  1. Design

  2. While each of these three has a fascinating design that’s both stylish and elegant, the 9 baro has a vessel made of the most durable materials. All three devices have same glass fiber reinforced case, but on the bezel, the 9 Baro has a titanium bezel which is stronger and lighter than stainless steel used on the other two.

    Similarly, on the screen, while both the Suunto 9 and Spartan sport Baro uses mineral glass crystal for the screen protection, the 9 Baro uses sapphire glass instead which is stronger and durable.

    In other words, while acknowledging the durability of the Suunto 9 and Spartan sport Wrist HR Baro, the Suunto 9 Baro has the most durable body material that makes it the best choice for adventurous activities. It gives you the rare opportunity to focus on what you need to achieve, instead of being too careful.

  3. Battery Life

  4. The battery life of each of these three will last long enough to see you through the day and that’s impressive. However, the Suunto 9 and 9 Baro features predefined battery modes that’s see either of the two last even longer with GPS tracking which isn’t present on the Spartan sport wrist HR Baro.

    Suunto 9 Baro Suunto 9 Suunto Spartan Wrist HR Baro Amber
    In time mode: Up to 14 days,
    With 24/7 tracking and mobile notifications: Up to 7 days,
    Training mode with GPS: 25/50/120 hours.
    In time mode: Up to 14 days,
    With 24/7 tracking and mobile notifications: Up to 7 days,
    Training mode with GPS: 25/50/120 hours.
    In time mode: Up to 14 days,
    With 24/7 tracking and mobile notifications: Up to 7 days,
    Training mode with GPS: 10/20/40 hours.

  5. Activity Tracking Features

All three smartwatches are fitness focused which is just in line with the manufacturers ideology. With any of these you can track different activities which include calories, sleep, heart rate tracking while swimming, cycling, hiking and even more. About 80 preloaded sport modes can be tracked.

However, the presence of a barometric sensor on the 9 Baro and the Spartan sport Wrist HR Baro gives these two extra tracking capabilities.

The Suunto 9 and Spartan sport with barometer gives more accurate altitude information because they combine GPS data with barometric altitude information (FusedAlti™). Based on data from the barometer, it also provides outdoor information like sea level air pressure and has a storm alarm, while the Suunto 9 still delivers altitude information, but they are based on GPS readings.

Which is the Best?

No doubt, all three smartwatches are great choices for activity tracking and each also spots very classy design. However, Suunto 9 Baro is the best choice. It is more durable, a little more stylish than the other two and is also a more comprehensive activity tracker.

On the other hand, if you’re low on budget, then the Spartan Sport Wrist HR with barometer is a better alternative to the Suunto 9. Its more comprehensive in activity tracking while also being housed in a stylish design.

Here is a summary;

Suunto 9 Baro The best choice, the most stylish design, more durable, with longer battery life and also a comprehensive choice for fitness tracking.
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro Amber A nice alternative to the 9 Baro, great design and a comprehensive activity tracker.
Suunto 9 Also a great choice, stylish design plus an long battery life.

Our Pick

The Suunto 9 Baro is a more complete smartwatch than the other two. Although a bit more expensive, it’s a comprehensive activity tracker with an impressive battery life. It’s our preferred choice.

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