A review of the Amazfit GTR, which is a fashionable fitness watch that won't drain your bank account

PROS 

  • Beautiful design
  • This watch has a nice feel about it.
  • Long-life from the battery
  • Simple in its operation
  • Price

CONS 

  • Accuracy of both the GPS and the heart rate
  • The mobile phone application may need some enhancements.
  • There is no app ecosystem.

Huami’s selection of sports watches continues to expand, and one of the most recent models to join the lineup is the Amazfit GTR. This clock has a very different look to it, despite the fact that its specifications and moniker are quite identical to those of the Amazfit GTS. In case you were wondering, “good looking, tools, and dependable” is what “GTR” stands for when it’s abbreviated. Good looking, tools and square are what “GTS” stands for.

2019 has been a very hectic year for Huami. Within the span of just a few summer months, it published such a large number of watches that it was nearly overwhelming. It wouldn’t be accurate to say that the Amazfit GTR is an upgrade on a gadget that came before it. In this regard, it might be seen either as a unique instance that stands on its own or as a prototype for a brand-new series.

Design 

The Huami products that are already on the market are the primary focus of Amazfit GTR’s redesign. The most noteworthy aspect of this development is the design, which seems and feels to be of the highest quality throughout.

The watch may be purchased in either a standard or a petite size. The initial model is a 47mm variation that comes with a selection of several case materials, including aluminium, stainless steel, and titanium. Because titanium possesses a unique set of characteristics, the iteration based on this material is of great interest. It is incredibly lightweight, scratch-resistant, sturdy, and resistant to corrosion. Additionally, it does not corrode easily. Perfect for those who are obsessed with physical activity and sports.

According to Huami, the 42mm model is one of the smartwatches available that is both the smallest and the lightest. It weighs only 25.5 grammes and has dimensions of 42.6 mm x 42.6 mm x 9.2 mm. You have the option of purchasing this one in one of the following colours: starry black, moonlight white, cherry powder, or coral red. The 47mm is slightly more cumbersome, measuring in at 47.2 x 47.2 x 10.75 mm and weighing in at 36g (aluminium alloy), 48g (stainless steel), and 40g respectively (titanium metal).

It is important to note that in addition to the style options described above, Huami is also releasing a 42mm Swarovski Edition with crystal-studded bezels. This is something that should be mentioned. The final choice is a limited edition 47mm Iron Man Edition watch that comes with a themed dial, a black matte ceramic bezel, a gold-coloured case, and a red silicone band.

I tried out the option of using stainless steel with a leather band in brown, as can be seen in the photographs. The watch is attractive right away when it has been removed from its packaging. There is no denying that the “G” (TR) for “good looking” is present.

Both the smaller and larger iterations include an AMOLED display that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and is water-resistant for up to 5 ATMs. The screen size is different on each model, measuring 1.39 inches (454 x 454 pixels) on the 47mm version and 1.2 inches (390 x 390 pixels) on the 42mm version. This difference is to be expected.

The clarity of the screen is outstanding, and I did not experience any difficulties with vision either inside or outside. The fact that the screen is quite big makes it simple to read the text that is shown on it.

The display of the watch is turned off by default; however, there is an option to keep the display on at all times, and this option gives you the choice between a digital dial and a pointer dial. You will receive a warning that doing so will “significantly” reduce the amount of time that your battery lasts, so keep this in mind. When you select the always-on option, the display will switch between showing the whole watch face and the most essential information, which includes the date, the current time, and the number of steps taken. Everything about this is effective.

The primary watch face may be customised, and the companion smartphone app provides access to a diverse range of customization choices to choose from. According to Huami, more will be added at the appropriate time. Because the GTR does not feature complexities on the watch face, unlike the GTS, the various pieces that make up the home screen are not accessible.

Despite this, the display reacts quite well to touches, and navigating the menus is a breeze. The computer software that runs the GTR and the computer software that runs the GTS are indistinguishable in any way. The different menu options and navigation are essentially indistinguishable from one another.

You can access the steps screen by swiping to the right, and the heart rate screen by making a second swipe. A slide in the upper direction will display a few configuration choices, while a swipe in the downward direction will lead you to a menu that contains shortcuts to virtually all of the available features and configuration options.

All of this is straightforward and easy to understand, which is exactly what one would expect from a smartwatch. You will not lose a significant amount of time attempting to find your way around here.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes with this machine. The watch is equipped with the most recent version of Huami’s BioTracker PPG, as well as a capacitive sensor, air pressure sensor, 3-axial geomagnetic sensor, 6-axis accelerometer, and ambient light brightness sensor. Regarding connection, it supports UnionPay NFC payments, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS + GLONASS, and Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy (LE).

A number of individuals had high hopes that the watch will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 CPU, however, this did not turn out to be the case. However, in order to provide an exceptionally long battery life, the power consumption of the device has been optimised. And this is one of the most exciting parts of watching the show.

The 47mm model is equipped with a 410mAh LiPo battery that provides a battery life of up to 24 days with typical use and up to 74 days when the watch is set to its most fundamental mode. The more compact version is equipped with a 195mAh LiPo battery that can last for up to 12 days with typical use and up to 34 days in basic watch mode. There aren’t very many watches out there that have longer battery lives.

Features

As was previously said, the GTS and the GTR are virtually indistinguishable from one another in terms of their attributes. This is also the case with regard to fitness statistics. Be aware that if you want to avoid being dissatisfied when training, you should avoid looking at high-quality sports statistics. The Amazfit Stratos or the Pace 2 are the superior options here. At least until the problems with the GPS and the heart rate monitor are resolved.

Having said that, the GTR provides the majority of the information that an individual needs to keep track of their fitness around the clock. 

This information includes the number of steps taken, the distance travelled, the number of calories consumed, the number of hours slept, and more. The only thing that is lacking from this watch is an altimeter that measures the number of floors that have been climbed, but this is not a deal-breaker because many watches do not have this feature.

You are able to view everything either on the screen of the watch itself or on the associated Amazfit app, which displays far more information. The transfer of data is quite fast, and the process of pairing works without any problems using Bluetooth.

I make no secret of the fact that I’m not a huge fan of the smartphone software that Huami produces. If you seek for a long enough period of time, you will most likely discover what you are looking for; nevertheless, navigating is not as straightforward and user-friendly as it might be.

The Workout dashboard is the one that is displayed when you first open the app. It displays information such as your step count, your heart rate, the exercises you’ve done, and more. Simply selecting one of these will take you to further information. In addition, there is a History area that summarises your information by compiling it into daily, weekly, and monthly totals.

The statistics for tracking sleep are quite specific. Your session will be broken up into Deep sleep, Light sleep, and Awake time, and there will also be a Sleep score that provides an instantaneous evaluation of the kind of sleep you had. Additionally, this will be compared to data from other users. As an illustration, when I woke up this morning, I was informed that “You slept better than 13% of users.”

In addition to this, the programme analyses your nightly sessions to come to some conclusions. These shift from day to day and always provide fascinating reading material. Even though I was able to get quite a few hours of sleep last night, I wasn’t able to get too much deep sleep. The app also informed me this morning that “I wake up easily,” indicating that I ought to make an effort to avoid exerting too much effort in the hours before going to bed.

The value of your heart rate when at rest will also be available to you in the morning. You will, however, need to go into the settings and turn on the “Automatic heart rate detection and Sleep assistant” options. This will turn on continuous heart rate tracking and provide more exact sleep data, but it will also lower the battery life of the device.

The figures for the resting heart rate are quite constant; nevertheless, when compared to the information provided by other devices, I found them to be a little bit on the high side.

There are a total of twelve different modes available for sports tracking. This covers activities such as running both indoors and outside, walking, cycling both inside and outside, using an elliptical machine, climbing, trail running, skiing, and general exercise. Swimming is also included on this list as a result of the 5 ATMs’ resistance to water. The watch is able to automatically recognise the stroke, record the SWOLF value, and keep track of the tempo, among other functions.

Running was the topic that interested me the most because I will be running a marathon the following spring. The Amazfit GTR comes equipped with built-in GPS and GLONASS location, which guarantees the reliability of the data. At least according to the hypothesis.

My experiences were a real hodgepodge. Occasionally, the gadget would completely refuse to connect to anything at all. That leaves me with no other option but to run without a GPS. On other occasions, the connection was established immediately. It would appear that there is an issue with the software; I had a similar problem with my Amazfit GTS but to a lesser level. Huami has said that it is aware of the issue and will fix it in the next firmware upgrades when it is resolved.

In addition, the GPS’s accuracy is not quite what it might be at the moment. The following is a 5-kilometre run that was timed by an Amazfit GTR at 5.24 kilometres and took place in the hustle and bustle of London and the middle of high-rise buildings. As can be seen on the map, the GPS would occasionally direct me to sprint between buildings.

The remaining information is quite specific. You will receive information on the duration of the workout, the average speed, the number of calories burnt, the average heart rate, the cadence, the stride, as well as charts on the pace, laps, heart rate, and heart rate zone, and altitude change.

However, similar to the GPS, the heart rate sensor is prone to exhibiting erratic behaviour on occasion. In addition to this, the values that it distributes have a tendency to be on the high side. The information is sufficient for runners who just run sometimes, but those who are more dedicated to their athletic endeavours will find it missing. It is hoped that the software issues will be resolved in the not-too-distant future.

Aside from being able to track your workouts, the Amazfit GTR also features some smart functions. Incoming phone calls from a connected smartphone can be shown on the display of the watch. Notifications may also be sent for emails, in addition to notifications for messages and more. The “find your phone” function, a weather forecast, alarms, a compass, a timer, a stopwatch, event reminders, and more are all included in the additional functionality.

Even though it is a smartwatch, Huami’s GTR cannot have any third-party applications installed on it since it operates on Huami’s own proprietary software. Consequently, the functionality of the wristwatch is reduced in comparison to that of Apple Watch or Wear OS devices.

Last but not least, the watch may be used to control the music playing on the phone that is linked to it. However, it is not possible to transfer songs to the gadget itself, nor does it include an internal microphone for recording music. Make sure that the Amazfit app’s Bluetooth pairing functionality for music is turned on before attempting to use this feature. The next step is to access the music screen on your Amazfit GTS and select the songs that you want to listen to.

The final decision 

The Amazfit GTR has a gorgeous design overall, and the huge screen truly sets it apart. The item is not too heavy, and you won’t even notice that it’s on your wrist because it’s so comfortable. The watch does not have an overtly athletic appearance or feel, and it is completely acceptable to wear it even while one is in an official capacity. The battery life is also very excellent, and the overall package is available at a price that is far cheaper than that of its competitors.

The accuracy of the GPS and the heart rate monitor during exercise are two aspects of the watch that might use some improvement. Huami has said that it is working on a solution for this issue and plans to do so via upcoming firmware releases. I will provide an update to this review once the problems have been fixed.

Having said that, the fundamental tracking of fitness works well, as does the vast majority of the other functionality. Because of this, the watch is perfect for day-to-day usage and comes with a variety of useful features, including alerts, weather forecasts, and music control. In addition, you may choose from a wide variety of watch faces, and the display can be set to remain active at all times.

As long as your expectations are realistic, I think you should go ahead and make the investment in this product. The features include basic tracking of fitness and health, intelligent functionality, an attractive appearance, and extremely long battery life. However, if you are interested in a sports watch, you would be better off purchasing either the Amazfit Stratos or the Pace 2 at this time.

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