As many of you know, I used to work in a gear shop, which is where I originally picked up my first Suunto leading to the mess that I am now.. Well, after wanting three new Suuntos in a year, I decided to go back to work at a local Gear Shop so I can continue to finance my Suunto habit (and get them at a much cheaper price). So before you ask- No, I can not get you a deal.
Okay, that being said, the Garmin Fenix has finally hit the stores. and it is an impressive piece of gear. I got a chance to play with it, and while I am not trading my Ambit anytime soon, Garmin makes a pretty impressive argument. Be Aware, that these are initial impressions only, and I did not get the chance to play with the Fenix out in the fireld.
This is perhaps where the Garmin has the slight edge- it has Bluetooth, which means that you could (potentially) add a ton of functionality. Other than that, it has a very similar feature set to the ambit (once the update hits later this month). I was talking to another Shop Employee and he prefers the Garmin- simply because he already uses Garmin connect, and he told me, "I picked it up and instantly knew how to use it."
They are very similar in size the biggest difference is that the Garmin does not have the Antennae "lug" sticking out. this does appear to make a difference as the Suunto locked on to satellites for GPS alomst instantly, while the Fenix looked for five minutes and never did lock on. Even as I sit here inside my office (in a building) I can get GPS reception on my Ambit.
This is a Hands Down Winner for Suunto.. The Suunto Display looks Crisp and Clean, and the Fenix... well take a look for yourself.
So that is my two cents. They are both great watches, and I am sure that if I had more time with the Fenix, I would like it more. Take it for what its worth. I have a few more pics of them side by side that I will try to post later.