I have been running for 34 years and still manage to eek out at least out one marathon and one ultramarathon a year. In my opinion, GPS has been one of the top 10 inventions to bless running since Bill Bowerman started tinkering with Mrs. Bowerman's waffle iron. Of course, before GPS, we depended on our trusty Vectors with the compass and stopwatch to try to figure out where we were going and how we were going to get back. Before that, I believed that there was the topographical and regular maps and before that you would carry a dime and hope you did not need to get picked up. As far as GPS goes, I have owned several Garmins and every model of the Timex. There were some things I liked and disliked about all the models. The first two Timex models had to be sent back to Timex because they were slow to lock into a satellite and after that, they worked fine. I had a long talk with the technician at Timex and he stated that despite all the testing that was done before the product hit the market, it did not add up to much as compared to the feedback they recieved from hundreds of actual users using the product in all types of situations.
The point is, Suunto's best efforts might not equate to perfection. However, you can take comfort in the fact that their service is second to none and they have and will always make things right. I enjoy reading about the good and the bad since it is just a matter of time before one is on my wrist. Thank all of you new Ambit owners for sharing. Also, keep things in perspective and realize how wonderful it is to be able to engage in the activity that you bought your Ambit for....that is really the most important thing.