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    Suunto and Fossil Smart Watch Comparison
    Author: Talon
    Date Posted:15/12/2004 15:26.28
    Suunto N3i SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Fossil FX3005 SLRating: SLRating: 8.2/10
    Bottom Line: Smart watch technology has progressed a long way. We compared Suunto’s original N3 and Fossil’s first Wristnet to the N3i and FX3005. The new watches are more functional and compact. Will your choice will come down to functionality or style?

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    First Impressions

    When the Suunto N3i arrived at my doorstep, I could not wait to try the new watch on. After passing up on the N3 because of its bulky size, I wondered if I had finally found a watch that could show my enthusiasm for technology while remaining inconspicuous enough for me to wear casually.

    After carefully removing the top flap of the white Suunto box, I emptied its contents on my desk: Some manuals, a charger, a CD containing the driver, and finally, the N3i itself. Although it still needed charging, my anticipation would not allow me to set it aside for “6-8 hours.” I slipped it on my wrist. Not a bad fit, but still a little more girth than I feel comfortable carrying on my wrist.

    A few weeks later, I received the Wristnet FX3005 from Fossil. Right off the bat, I noticed that the packaging was larger, and after opening the box, I found that this was due to the cylindrical collector’s tin that Fossil packages the watch in. Considering the FX3005 is $100 less than the N3i, the collector’s tin was a surprising but welcome testament to Fossil’s long-standing emphasis on first impressions.

    After popping off the lid on the metal tin, I removed the FX3005. Cradling the watch in my hand, I immediately noticed the thickness of the band, as well as the shiny metal polish of the watch’s casing. I undid the butterfly clasp and tried the watch on; the strap was hard to snap on initially due to it its inflexibility, but after getting the FX3005 on, I noticed the compact size of its casing. While thicker than the N3i, the FX3005 is both smaller in length and width than its Suunto competitor.

    It is not much of a difference when you see the two side by side, but as any watch enthusiast will tell you, even a few millimeters can be crucial to the appearance and comfort of a timepiece.

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    1. Introduction
    2. First Impressions
    3. MSN Direct
    4. Design
    5. Functionality - Watch Faces
    6. Conclusions

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