I'm glad you have success with your Suunto.
Most of the BPL people have significant experience with their tools and not incompetent newbies.
A statement like this is trolling and looking to bait for a flame thread:
"You don’t buy a watch for:
1. Use as a compass, get a real compass, there is no substitute for it."
No one said we don't have a physical compass. It seems that every electronic product now has an e-compass, altimeter, and thermometer or app for that. in comparison against other products handheld GPS compass/alt/therm, wrist watch compass/alt/therm, Smartphone compass/alt, and of course physical compass, and thermometer - We know how to care, configure, calibrate, maintain the gear. We have read the manual too :-) The Suunto brand is the one with the highest occurence of deviation among the other metrics.
if it was an $8 item from a thrift store, we would have low expectation, but for a high end premium cost product, that is not acceptable to many. It's not a coincidence that every scuba dive trip, 5 out of 30 people are using Suunto watches, their temp degrees vary from the other 25 divers. It's so predictable that we all know Celcius degrees, farenheit degrees, and theirs is called Suunto Degrees, that a person has to compensate for it.
Either all the other e-brands (Seiko, citizen, garmin, magellan, Casio, etc) are incorrect, including a classic physical compass and a physical thermometer, or the obvious exception is that Suunto is too stubborn to review their algorythms.
You say your Suunto device is working out for you, glad to hear that. I wish you success.