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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 Suuntoís original N3 and Fossilís 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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    Design

    We established earlier that Suunto hand in mind to appeal to a broader market by minimizing the size of its N3i SPOT watch. This is similarly true of Fossil, who has also gone at length to make its FX3005 as compact as possible. But aside from the smaller form factor, the design of the N3i and FX3005 does not share much else in common.

    Indeed, one look at the two watches confirms that Fossil and Suunto had divergent design goals. On one hand, Fossilís designed their FX3005 with the fashion-conscious in mind. A layer of leather lines the outside of the strap, and a smooth chrome finish covers the case. Fossil has also implemented butterfly clasps on the FX3005, a feature that not only serves to better secure the watch on your wrist but adds to appearance as well.

    Suunto's N3i however, features a more sporty design. Instead of metal, Suunto uses a durable, hard-plastic material for the N3iís casing. And although I highly discourage diving with the watch, Suunto guarantees the shockproof casing water-resistant to 100 meters.

    Another notable difference is the N3iís strap. It is made of a thinner material, and features a standard buckle instead of a butterfly clasp. The thinner material provides for more flexibility and allows straps to be easily interchanged.The reason behind the N3iís significantly thinner strap lies with Suuntoís integration of the receptor antenna into the watch case. This makes for a more flexible strap, but adds bulk to the watch body.

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


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