Note that it does not display the ANT ID’s at any point, nor give any warnings if there are multiple ANT devices in the area. Data collection is managed in the same fashion as before as well, and in many ways, once you’ve paired the sensor you won’t really notice anything different on the unit itself, nor in the data collection or display. In essence, cadence is cadence, it’s just simply coming from a different unit.It’s unclear at this time whether or not Suunto will start producing Suunto branded ANT sensors, or if they’ll continue to produce the Suunto-only variant.The update introduces new functionality areas to not only the watch, but also the Movescount site.The official release notes lists the following functionality ads: Ambit 2.0 related features and improvements: – ANT support – Foot POD support – Interval timer – Suunto Apps support – Tighter speed fusion filter giving more stable running pace – Exercise summary to show the number of manual laps (in previous version the number of laps included manual, auto and pause laps combined) – Pausing no longer interferes with lap count in the Ambit – Improvement of log memory capacity when using GPSAmbit 2.0 related Movescount improvements & bug fixes: – Faster updating of satellite orbit data during Moveslink synchronization – Individual selection of all PODs in custom exercise modes in Movescount – Fixed minimum/maximum value bug in Movescount – Lap notes to differentiate autolaps and pause laps in Movescount – Ambit release notes available from GEAR page in Movescount – Sorting option added for POIs & routes in Movescount – Fixed a bug of Movescount not using avg cadence calculated by the Ambit Despite the laundry list of new functionality, I’m going to focus on two core areas in this post:1) ANT support 2) Suunto Apps (and the ability to make your own)These are the areas which I think are most significant, as well as most requested and most relevant.
In order to manually calibrate it, you’ll need to run with it first, then post-run you can dive into a given lap and adjust the lap distance accordingly, which will in turn prompt to calibrate the unit.
Everything else falls into the ‘nice to have’ category, but generally weren’t deal breakers.
It should be noted that the 2.0 update is a free update that’s available today. In adding ANT support they’ve left behind the previous Suunto ANT.
Obviously, if you’re looking at any sensors, I’d strongly recommend you buy anything other than the Suunto branded sensors at this time, since that locks you into the Suunto devices, rather than opening you up to the massive ANT ecosystem (devices, apps, etc…).
The real question becomes when they’ll support the power meter sensor type.
And while the Tempe is a Garmin device, it’s also fundamentally an ANT device utilizing an established and open ANT device profile. Some have argued that by doing so they’d be effectively giving revenue to Garmin. By doing so, they’re giving $30 of revenue to Garmin (well, the consumer, not them), and taking $500 for themselves (Suunto).