Amazfit is a department of Chinese language wearables model Huami. Whether or not or not you have heard of those manufacturers is not necessary. What issues is that Amazfit is popping out some great-value smartwatches and health trackers for many who cannot justify spending extra on a Fitbit or Apple Watch.
The Amazfit GTR 2 is a traditional-looking smartwatch which runs the corporate’s personal customized software program. This implies you may’t set up apps on it: you get what you get.
It might probably monitor varied workouts equivalent to swimming and biking, in addition to monitoring your sleep, coronary heart price and extra.
The watch was launched alongside the Amazfit GTS 2 and each are successors to the Amazfit GTR and GTS respectively.
Design & Construct
The Amazfit GTR 2 has a basic watch design, with a big, nearly bezel-free, round touchscreen. The skin edges of the watch have much less of a chunky really feel than the GTR did with its thick bezel, all of which makes the GTR 2 a extra understated, extra refined wearable.
Amazfit despatched the Sport Version for testing, which comes with a black silicone strap and an aluminium alloy case. You can too get the Traditional Version, which swaps the silicone strap for black leather-based and modifications the casing to stainless-steel. It is costlier, as you would possibly guess.
Personally, I would favor the latter’s design as a day-to-day watch, because the silicone strap simply does not complement most outfits and does not provide a premium really feel. As well as, the silicone is not breathable, making my arm relatively sweaty after strenuous exercises, so you must bear in mind to take it off and dry it after intensive classes.
Behind tempered glass is a 1.39in AMOLED show. The glass has an anti-fingerprint coating which did a very good job. The display screen in all fairness shiny, however could be very reflective when used beneath direct daylight.
To navigate the person interface, you employ a mixture of the buttons on the periphery, in addition to the touchscreen. This can be a painless expertise for essentially the most half – though it did develop into just a little difficult after swimming on account of having moist fingers.
The GTR 2 contains an optical coronary heart price sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, air strain sensor, ambient gentle sensor, waterproofing as much as 5ATM, a built-in microphone for answering calls, GPS, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
It additionally has a built-in speaker for listening to music and listening to the opposite individual on a cellphone name. I additionally managed to attach my Bluetooth headphones with the gadget with none points.
The sound produced is sort of punchy for such a small gadget, although for those who transfer the watch sure methods, the audio is not as clear.
Software program & Options
Like different Amazfit gadgets, the watch runs on Huami’s personal customized OS, which implies there’s no assist for third-party apps in contrast to smartwatches which run Google’s Put on OS (previously Android Put on).
All of the fundamentals are coated, together with alarms, calendar, notifications, climate forecasts and extras, equivalent to cellphone calls and music playback.
In fact, health monitoring capabilities are core to any smartwatch.
Out of the field, you get twelve devoted sports activities modes – these are out of doors working, treadmill, path working, strolling, out of doors biking, indoor biking, pool swimming, open water swimming, elliptical, free coaching, climbing and snowboarding.
As well as, you additionally get a selection of over 90 extra exercises, together with yoga, dance, boxing and even darts. These could be added to your fundamental exercise display screen for fast entry, if you wish to monitor a sport you tackle recurrently.
The Amazfit GTR 2 tracks the length, distance, energy burned, coronary heart price, velocity and placement of every exercise. When you go for one of many 12 devoted modes, you’ll additionally get extra granular particulars, equivalent to gradients in biking or your common stroke price throughout swimming.
App & Efficiency
Confusingly, Amazfit has used a number of completely different apps with its smartwatches. Zepp is the most recent, as the corporate is rebranding a few of its wearables to a distinct identify.
The primary design and structure is just like the earlier app, with sections in your exercises, sleep monitoring, coronary heart price monitoring and gadget settings.
The logs, nevertheless, have develop into extra detailed. For instance, in sleep monitoring there’s now a bit the place you may add what exercise you probably did proper earlier than you went to sleep (equivalent to watching your cellphone, or ingesting alcohol), and the way it left you feeling within the morning.
You may then examine this to your sleep information in earlier logs and see if there’s a correlation between the 2 – although it is a disgrace this is not accomplished by the app.
Equally the train logs are simpler to digest, and the GPS appears much more correct than the older GTR.
Nonetheless, there are nonetheless points with translation in the case of the app, with grammar points littered all through the copy and no hyperlinks to accredited medical pages that rivals equivalent to Withings provide. The app is regularly enhancing, however nonetheless has some technique to go.
The GTR 2 will auto-detect exercises so you do not have to start out the monitoring manually. That is the idea, at the very least, however in observe, it is not intuitive in any respect and solely appears to set off fairly far into an train. I’d advocate turning this characteristic off and sticking to manually monitoring your actions.
Coronary heart price monitoring appears to be principally correct and the app supplies a breakdown on what ‘zone’ your BPM was in throughout exercises. As well as, you may manually measure your SpO2, in addition to your stress ranges. The previous is usually a little difficult to get working, however the readings I did take appeared largely regular, at round 93% on common.
It is value noting nevertheless that rivals such because the Huawei Watch GT 2 repeatedly monitor stress, which is far more helpful than having to take readings manually when your feelings are excessive. As well as, none of those exams on the watch are accredited by a medical physique as they’re on gadgets such because the Apple Watch.
Amazfit has all the time succeeded in making its gadgets final a very long time between fees, and the 471mAh cell on the GTR 2 is not any exception. The corporate states this offers round 14 days of typical utilization, and I can say after testing that the watch lives as much as this declare.
It’s wonderful – and apart from different Amazfit merchandise, you received’t discover one other smartwatch that lasts so long as this one.
When you handle to maintain the watch principally in standby mode, it’ll final a median of a whopping 38 days. When you use coronary heart price monitoring repeatedly and exercise loads, it is going to drain sooner.
Charging takes round two and a half hours – slower than some rivals – however the lengthy battery life greater than makes up for this.
Value & Availability
The Amazfit GTR 2 is offered to buy now and prices £159/US$179 for the Sport Version or $199 for the Traditional Version. Amazfit does not have any official UK pricing for the Traditional Version, however the EU/US prices equivalate to round £170.
You may at the moment buy each variations straight from Amazfit Europe and Amazon UK, for those who’re within the UK, and Amazfit US and Amazon US, for those who’re in America.
Within the health tracker house, that is nonetheless a aggressive worth compared to rivals such because the Zepp E and greater than half the value of flagship smartwatches such because the Apple Watch. Nonetheless, it’s a little bit of a step up in worth from the previous-generation GTR, which retails for round £122.99/$149.99.
That is more than likely because of the inclusion of options equivalent to a microphone and speaker. Arguably, you must take into account how a lot you may use these options. When you prefer to take calls in your watch, then it is value the additional cash for the GTR 2. If not, it might be value trying on the barely cheaper GTR.
For a extra Apple watch-esque design and a less expensive worth, there’s the Huawei Watch Match, which additionally options digital built-in exercises. The battery life isn’t fairly as spectacular because the GTR 2’s however 12 days on common isn’t something to smell in any respect the identical.
For extra alternate options, see our picks of the very best health trackers, in addition to the very best smartwatches to see how different rivals examine to the Amazfit GTR 2.
In most areas, the Amazfit GTR 2 is an enchancment on the earlier technology. Train monitoring appears to have improved after shifting to a brand new app, whereas the design modifications, such because the ‘borderless’ display screen, create a a lot better-looking gadget general.
It is not faultless – there isn’t any third-party app assist, and the Zepp app nonetheless does not fairly match as much as rivals. As well as, the SpO2 readings did not all the time work correctly and the outcomes aren’t accredited by any official medical physique.
Nonetheless, you would be hard-pushed to discover a gadget with pretty much as good as a battery life as this one for this worth.
Amazfit GTR 2: Specs
31.5g (Sport Version), 39g (Traditional Version)
5 ATM waterproof
1.39in AMOLED display screen, Decision 454×454, 326 ppi
Tempered glass with anti-fingerprint and ODLC coating
22m Silicone strap (Sport Version), 22m leather-based strap (Traditional Version)
BioTracker 2 PPG organic monitoring optical sensor
6-axis acceleration sensor
3-axis geomagnetic sensor
Ambient gentle sensor
Speaker and microphone
Magnetic charging stand
Approx 2.5 hours charging time
Typical utilization – 14 days
Primary watch mode – 38 days
Helps Android 5.Zero and above, iOS 10.Zero and above