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The silver Ambit looks fantastic, though I wish it was brushed titanium. I probably can't afford it either way, but it sure is nice having more pics!
 

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Great looking watch, enticing even to fans of other brands.

The issue I've found with GPS is not so much the additional bulk (size and/or weight) which there apparently is also with this model, but the battery life. The articles mention 15-20 hours of continual GPS use/recording which sounds great but I could not find details on the battery charging method. I presume this via mains (direct elecriticty, USB, etc.)? How far are we from having solar charged technology (e.g. "Tough Solar" Casio now employs in almost all Protrek models) be able to power watches such as the Ambit?
 

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Yeah it's via USB cable. Same for data transfer apparently, which surprised me - I would have expected they use the movestick mini like the quest watch.
 

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Yeah it's via USB cable. Same for data transfer apparently, which surprised me - I would have expected they use the movestick mini like the quest watch.
Me too but this is THE watch I have been waiting for bye bye T6c. If it works like the X10 you can charge on the fly with a portable USB charger, which will extend the field usability significantly. I run ultras so this is great and I have never been happy with the Garmins I have tried. Here is another link if you have not had enough and looks like it may be $550 US without the HR strap (this site is AUS so AUS$) http://highlytunedathletes.blogspot.com/
 

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Love the RT heart rate graph - great for training. I will def hold off on getting a T6D until this thing is out. (although even at $550- it might be out of my league for a while).
 

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Me too but this is THE watch I have been waiting for bye bye T6c. If it works like the X10 you can charge on the fly with a portable USB charger, which will extend the field usability significantly. I run ultras so this is great and I have never been happy with the Garmins I have tried. Here is another link if you have not had enough and looks like it may be $550 US without the HR strap (this site is AUS so AUS$) Highly Tuned Athletes
Did anyone else notice this spec buried amid all the rest:

Water to 100 m (2281)_Positive / negative display switch

That means that in this photo:



It is the SAME WATCH shown on the packaging with its negative display on and out of the box with its positive display on.

Well ... Shut the Front Door! That's a feature I have really been waiting for. Now I am officially excited about the AMBIT!

HTH
 

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I don't really understand the tech, but it seems like it was just a matter of time before the positive/negative was an option, hopefully it becomes mainstream.
 

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A display can't be changed with just a switch. A negative display uses a polarized fiilter lens under the crystal. They probably mean a adjustable back light.


Did anyone else notice this spec buried amid all the rest:

Water to 100 m (2281)_Positive / negative display switch

That means that in this photo:



It is the SAME WATCH shown on the packaging with its negative display on and out of the box with its positive display on.

Well ... Shut the Front Door! That's a feature I have really been waiting for. Now I am officially excited about the AMBIT!

HTH
 

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Now the ability to switch between negative and positive displays is something Suunto should build into future cores...... I like that one!! As for all the other stuff, the core suits my needs. The Ambit seems to be a "lot" of watch and for the right person, perfect. However as an outdoor user, many of the functions really are redundant. I bought the core primarily for the altitude function and was pleasantly surprised by its other functions, all as far as I am concerned, an added bonus. So I won't be lashing out on an Ambit, however a core mark 2, well that could be another story! :-!
 

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A display can't be changed with just a switch. A negative display uses a polarized fiilter lens under the crystal. They probably mean a adjustable back light.
This display can!

It is not a segmented display like on a G-Shock where each element is fixed, it is an addressable display where each pixel can be energized individually. Energize all the pixels positively and you have a blank white display, energize all the pixels negatively and you have a blank black display. Whether you have an information field presented as light numbers on a dark background or dark numbers on a light background is dependent on how you format the signal driving the display. It is a simple matter to just reverse it.

It's genius - and a long time coming.

HTH
 

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This display can!

It is not a segmented display like on a G-Shock where each element is fixed, it is an addressable display where each pixel can be energized individually. Energize all the pixels positively and you have a blank white display, energize all the pixels negatively and you have a blank black display. Whether you have an information field presented as light numbers on a dark background or dark numbers on a light background is dependent on how you format the signal driving the display. It is a simple matter to just reverse it.

It's genius - and a long time coming.

HTH
You could do it with a segmented display too... make a second layer of display, with just one segment covering the whole thing. Then you just flip that segment.

All LCDs have two polarisers, and activating a segment makes it rotate polarisation 90°. Positive vs negative is just a matter of the orientation of the two polarisers. Add a second display layer, you get to make a second 90° rotation, which lines the polarisers up again.
 

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Indeed, it can, and it's a nice feature (for the Ambit, anyways).

It should also be getting a backlight that will satisfy people, and some further tweaking should come (and be user-upgradable via Movescount) to upgrade battery life still further even in continuous recording... and 50 hours on 1 sec. interval is already amazing.

For ultras, using the accelerometer, there may be some further tricks up the sleeve (literally, with the Ambit being up there... ;-) )
 

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Re: Suunto Core or wait for Ambit

It is thick - wanna bet the strap is either long enough, or it comes with an extension strap, for wearing it outside, over the coat? It would still fit under a shirt sleeve for casual wear, under a jacket sleeve, and otherwise goes on the outside, if it's to be of any use for navigation or training, anyways.
(Guess you can tell I vehemently prefer it over the non-watch-like GPS-receiver-on-your-wrist devices ;) )
Actually, the X10 comes with an extension strap. So I guess this model will include one also.
 

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Re: Suunto Core or wait for Ambit

A switchable display is a total game changer. That feature on the Core or next Super Core would be outstanding. If it were not for the thickness of the Ambit, I would be first in line to buy it.
 

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Re: Suunto Core or wait for Ambit

I just was thinking... Yesterday the Ambit was announced... And I had to go back into my old shop to buy some thermals and was offered a job.... Coincidence?? Yep I will probably go back to work partite so Icahn continue to finance my habit...
 

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Re: Suunto Core or wait for Ambit

Awesome.

Now to wait for Elementums and Cores to pop up in the FS section for dirt cheap as people flock to buy this :-!.
 
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