Quick Compare between the Ambit and the Ambit2 S
Matt owns the original Ambit and was able to do a comparative review from the first to the second iteration.
“The first thing I noticed immediately was an updated band. It is a bit softer and pliable, making it very comfortable. The review period didn’t give me enough time to test durability, but I wore it 24/7 for several weeks, and have no reason to believe there will be an issue there. I have worn the original Ambit everyday (aside from testing the Ambit2 S) and it has help up nicely.
The original Ambit bezel has a raised ridge all the way around, which looks great, but after time the black paint has worn off to give it a raw silver edge. While performance isn’t impacted, with the Ambit2 S, Suunto has rounded the bezel, which should extend it’s aesthetic life.
A significant and important update was made to the buttons, making them rounder and giving them a lower profile. This makes it much harder to accidentally press the buttons and getting the dreaded mid run pause (this happens to me when my wrist is bent sharply, usually climbing up rocks). With the Ambit2 that is nearly impossible. No help if you pause your watch mid run and forget to turn it back on…
There are a few additional customizations available, such as multi sport mode, the ability to have multiple bike pods calibrated, ANT+™ compatible, or telling the Lock button what it should lock in both time or sport mode. The Ambit2 S also boasts GPS Altitude, which provides altitude readings directly and without calibration from the GPS data.
If you are a triathlete or swimmer, the Ambit2 S really steps up with a swimming mode, providing distance, duration, pace, stroke count and rate and efficiency (I was not able to test this feature).
I have heard that the resolution is higher on the Ambit2, but I really didn’t notice.
In summary, if you’ve got the original Ambit and are happy with it, like I am, you are probably just fine to hang onto that one and save yourself some cash. If, on the other hand, you are in the market for a new GPS watch and need an upgrade, the Ambit2 S should be a top choice.”