Suunto have announced a new MSN Mobile connected SPOT watch: the n3i.
I reviewed another SPOT watch (the Fossil Wrist Net) a while back and didn’t like how bulky it was, so this seems like a good improvement.
The Suunto n3i costs around $300 (plus MSN Direct subscription), supports standard straps, is water resistant to 330ft, is just 13mm (0.5″) thick, and can be charged via AC or via a USB port.
The Suunto n3i will be available October 15th.
Leading Manufacturer Unveils Sleeker, More Compact MSN Direct-Enabled Unit
Salt Lake City, UT August 12, 2004 — Suunto, the worldwide leader in sports instruments, today unveiled the latest addition to the n-Series sports wristop line – - the new, slimmer Suunto n3i. Unveiled at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, the new Suunto n3i offers all the great features of the MSN Direct-enabled n-Series and a slimmer profile and a more urban look and feel. The Suunto n3i continues Suunto’s tradition of offering advanced wristop computers that combine the quality and features consumers have come to expect from Suunto, with access to timely, glanceable information provided by Microsoft Corp.’s MSN Direct service. Through MSN Direct, the Suunto n3i delivers users’ preferred information directly to their wrist: from stocks to news, weather and sports, to new features, like multiple watch faces, Daily Diversions (trivia and fun facts), Horoscopes and Lottery (get the latest lottery numbers), with many more channels of information to come. The Suunto n3i also syncs with Microsoft Outlook calendar and allows users to receive personal messages through MSN Messenger.
“The Suunto n3i is the next step in smart wristops designed for an active urban life,” said Dan Colliander, President of Suunto. “When you combine its new slimmer profile and interchangeable strap with renewed watch faces and design details, you realize that the new n3i is one cool tool for people on the go who want to stay connected.”
The Suunto n3i offers a variety of features that will streamline daily tasks and enhance daily life – a stylish and unique information source for people who want to be in the know while on the go. Owners can receive customized information to their wrist discreetly and automatically – Microsoft’s MSN Direct service ensures that the information they need is up-to-date and ready at a glance.
In addition to advanced watch features like stopwatch, lap and split times, interval training timers, programmable alarms, dual time and date, the Suunto n3i carries advanced timing functions that allow it to automatically adjust to changes in time zone anywhere in the U.S. and receives its updated time automatically from an atomic clock.
“The Suunto n3i allows users to customize their desired content on the web, and then do everything they want and need to do – - knowing they’ll always have the information they want right on their wrist,” added Colliander. “But we didn’t stop there& the new Suunto n3i offers more options for personal customization; we’ve made it compatible with standard 22mm accessory straps and included a renewed set of animated watch faces.”
Through the MSN Direct service, owners of the Suunto n3i may choose to receive local, national and international news, business, entertainment, sports, health and travel headlines all in a glanceable, easy-to-navigate fashion that never needs deleting. Users will be able to get the latest information they want, all without having to search through hundreds of listings.
The Suunto n3i features a durable, shock proof casing that fits comfortably under a shirt cuff and has a curved, scratch-resistant mineral crystal glass, which protects the large, circular liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. The round face maximizes the display area for a higher quality image and easy reference, and navigation is simple to master with a metalized inner mask with button markings, complementing the intuitive five stainless steel button navigation system. The Suunto n3i also features a category leading two-year warranty and is water resistant to 330ft/100m.
USB compatible, the Suunto n3i features a powerful Lithium-ion battery and convenient charger (unit can be charged from laptop USB port or standard wall outlet) for many days of use. The Suunto n3i is available at sporting goods and electronics stores nationwide (SRP $299). Monthly access to the MSN Direct service is $9.95 (with one month free), or an annual subscription available for $59 (for more information on MSN Direct service plans, please visit www.msndirect.com). For additional information about the Suunto n3i or other Suunto products, please visit www.suunto.com or www.suuntousa.com.
Suunto is the leading manufacturer of sports instruments for a variety of activities, including training, golf, skiing, hiking, diving and sailing. The Company’s focus is on sports activities where advanced measurement technology and data processing can generate significant performance benefits for active people. Suunto, headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Helsinki-based Amer Group.