A review of the Amazfit GTS reveals that it is a watch that resembles the Apple Watch and comes with outstanding battery life.

PROS 

  • Stunning display with a great resolution
  • The long life span of the battery
  • Lightweight quality design
  • GPS works well
  • Provides a lot of value for the cost

CONS

  • The mobile phone application is restricted.
  • The heart rate monitor can sometimes be unreliable.

The Amazfit GTS, which was introduced a little more than a month ago, is a smartwatch that resembles the Apple Watch and comes with a battery life of up to 14 days and a beautiful high-resolution display. It occurred to me that the wearable could be the long-awaited upgrade to the Amazfit Bip; however, it appears that this is either the beginning of a new line or a one-off product. Alternately, it could be the succeeding generation, but with a different title.

This is just one of a multitude of new products that Huami has introduced over the course of the last few months. It is, however, the one that has garnered what is possibly the greatest amount of interest.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been wearing the Amazfit GTS while I go for walks, during workouts, and while I sleep. My thoughts on the most recent smartwatch from Huami are as follows.

Design

It shouldn’t come as a surprise where Huami received their ideas from. When you compare an Amazfit GTS to an Apple Watch, you’ll see the similarities immediately. The watches are visually comparable; their colour palettes and the complexities that they include are also comparable.

 Some individuals would even get the two mixed up if they were standing far away. However, a deeper inspection will show that the two tools are, in point of fact, more unlike one another than they may appear at first glance.

The highlight of the Amazfit GTS is its 1.65-inch AMOLED screen, which has a resolution of 348 x 442 pixels, and I will mention this feature right away at the beginning of this review. Simply said, it is a work of art and possesses one of the highest-quality screens that I’ve encountered on a smartwatch. You are able to read what is printed on the display with absolute clarity no matter the weather, whether you are inside or outside. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a 2.5D thickness is used to protect everything.

Its PPI is 340, which is higher than the PPI of the Cupertino company, which is 326. In addition to that, it is a bespoke display that has three actual RGB sub-pixels placed directly underneath each individual pixel. This indicates that the quality is higher than would normally be anticipated while maintaining the same PPI.

The metal body of the Amazfit GTS weighs only 24.8 grammes and has a thickness of only 9.4 millimetres, making it an extremely lightweight accessory. Therefore, it features a form factor that is somewhat more compact than that of the Apple Watch. In addition, it has a 20mm soft silicone band and a single physical button on the right side, but this button is noticeably thinner than the one found on the Apple Watch.

It is important to emphasise at this point that I am writing this evaluation despite the fact that the watch has not yet had its official debut on an international scale. Regular software updates are being released, each of which improves the functionality of the gadget and makes it easier to use. There is no question that this will go on. Now that the precautionary statement has been made, let’s move on to the next step.

Users have a wide variety of watch faces to choose from. Because I did not care for most of them, I stuck with the default one because it seemed to have the most practical applications. The others strike me as being a little bit too “artsy” for my taste. The watch faces available to customers are going to improve as a result of the company’s future plans to produce many more of them.

The display, much like that found on the Apple Watch, is made up of many complexities and widgets. If you select the standard watch face, the most important information will be presented in a conspicuous manner. The time will be displayed in the upper left-hand corner, and there will be five widgets that you can personalise.

When you press and hold the watch face for an extended period of time, the design menu will appear. You can customise the watch face and make adjustments to the widgets in this section. The list of possible complications is fairly long and includes things like the remaining battery life, steps, temperature, humidity, ultraviolet radiation, sitting time, sport, timer, music, alarm, compass, calorie count, heart rate, and event reminders among other things.

The actual product is offered in a total of six distinct hues, which are as follows: Desert Gold, Lava Grey, Steel Blue, Obsidian Black, Rose Pink, and Vermillion Orange. As can be seen from the photographs, I put the first item on this list through its paces. There is only one size available to choose from.

The screen is turned off by default, and the only way to turn it on is to lift your wrist. To accomplish the same thing, you can either tap on the screen or press the actual button. There is an option for the screen to remain on at all times, and it can display either the complete watch face or a watch face with only the essential information. According to Huami, this consumes a considerable amount of battery life, thus I didn’t keep it enabled for too long. However, it is available for your use if you so want.

The touch functionality of the screen is highly responsive, and when combined with the actual button, it enables you to browse the many menus. You can navigate through your steps, heart rate, and the default display by swiping either left or right. If you tap on any of them, additional information will be displayed. You can also use the shortcuts provided by the complications displayed on the home screen by clicking on them.

You may access a few different settings by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. One swipe downwards gives you access to virtually all of the content that is available. From physical activity to the weather and music, as well as notifications, alarms, and event reminders, the app has it all.

The Amazfit GTS has a water resistance rating of 5ATM, which means that you will only need to remove it when it is being charged. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes with this machine. The watch is equipped with GPS in addition to Glonass, Huami’s BioTracker PPG, a vibration motor, a 6-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis geomagnetic sensor, an air pressure sensor, and an ambient light brightness sensor, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. There is also NFC, which for the time being can only be utilised in China.

The watch’s long battery life is another feature that sets it apart from similar models, in addition to the display. The lithium-ion battery with 220 milliampere-hours of capacity has a life that is stated as being up to 14 days long and an excellent 25 hours with the GPS turned on. When compared to what is available on an Apple Watch, this is seven times more.

I discovered that this is consistent with reality, to the point where you practically forget about charging altogether. It is possible to recharge it for a couple of additional weeks in around two or three hours. In the event that is not sufficient, the device can continue to function for an additional 46 days in the basic watch mode; however, this is with most of the functionality disabled.

Features 

A while ago, I put the Amazfit Bip through its paces and discovered that it is a fitness watch that lives up to its reputation. Because of its affordable pricing, excellent battery life, and extensive feature-set, it is a best seller in a lot of countries.

You might think of the Amazfit GTS as an Amazfit Bip with a larger display that is of significantly higher quality, as well as a casing and strap that are of a higher grade. The Amazfit Bip no longer has a synthetic or plastic-like texture. 

The watch also contains an upgraded accelerometer and heart rate sensor, in addition to other capabilities that are not present on the Bip, such as a design that is water-resistant and suitable for swimming.

The Amazfit GTS is a hybrid device that combines the functions of a smartwatch and a traditional fitness tracker, much like the Apple Watch. It is a combination of the two.

The Amazfit app, which is included with the gadget, is, in my opinion, the least appealing aspect of the overall package. The navigation is not very easy to understand, and I can’t help but think that Huami should put more emphasis on developing and improving the software for the smartphone. Although it accomplishes what it’s supposed to, there’s a lot more that could be done with it.

When you open the app, you will notice that there are three tabs: Workout, Friends, and Profile. The final one of these buttons allows you to adjust the settings of the watch. These are pretty thorough and provide you with the ability to change the watch face, select which notifications must come through, select the placement of the band, and a great deal more.

If you want to alter the watch face, you’ll need to make your selection from the list of possible watch faces. This will cause the appropriate update to be downloaded, and then it will be transferred to the watch the next time you sync it. It will be put on top of any existing watch faces that you already have saved to your device. This gives you the ability to switch between them whenever you like directly from the watch itself.

The Workout screen is the one that is displayed when the app is opened on a smartphone. This is the one that you are going to look at the most frequently. It gives you a daily snapshot of your fitness and sleep information, in addition to tracking any exercises that you do. When you tap on steps, sleep, heart rate, weight, or exercise, you are sent to a page with additional information on that particular topic. You can also discover information about daily, weekly, and monthly trends in this section.

You get almost all of the basic activity tracking smarts, with the exception of counting the number of floors you climbed. The Amazfit GTS monitors your steps, calories burned, distance travelled, and heart rate (both current and continuous), and it alerts you when you’ve been sitting for too long. The settings allow you to customise the sampling frequency used to determine the heart rate. As would be anticipated, increasing the frequency will result in shorter battery life.

For sleep, you’ll get data on deep sleep, light sleep and awake time. In addition to this, you will receive an overall score that provides a quick snapshot of your sleep quality.

However, statistics on their own are not very useful. And this is where the Amazfit app makes an effort to go above and beyond the standard fare.

For instance, when I woke up this morning, I was informed that I had “better slept than 65 per cent of the users.” I was also informed that I “Fell asleep too late,” and that I should attempt going to bed at approximately 22:00 (something that is not going to happen…). In addition to that, I’ve had people tell me that I don’t get enough deep sleep. Taking the time to read it will reward you with information that is both interesting and valuable. 

Last but not least, you will receive a few charts that illustrate how your sleep session compares to those of other users who are the same age as you and come from the same region.

You’ll also obtain a value for your resting heart rate first thing in the morning. This is one of the most essential measurements to take of your overall health and fitness. The value is virtually identical to what I obtain from Garmin watches, with the possible exception of an increase of two to three beats.

In terms of physical activity, there are a total of 12 different sports modes available, some of which include walking, running both inside and outdoors, cycling both indoors and outdoors, swimming both indoors and outdoors, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, the treadmill, and weight lifting. The GPS and GLONASS sensor is responsible for integrating all of this information.

Exercises such as walking, running, and cycling can be kicked off via the app; however, there is really no need for this because the same can be done through the watch itself. You can go to the exercise page by giving the physical button a long press and then selecting it. The same action must be taken in order to halt or pause the activity.

An intriguing new feature, which Amazfit refers to as “behaviour tagging,” was recently introduced. In the programme, you have a choice of approximately 20 “behaviours” to choose from, such as “brushing teeth,” “transportation,” “ping-pong,” and “custom,” which allows you to define your own. Then, for instance, if you are brushing your teeth, you may start the action from the app, and it will record it and show it in the timeline of the behaviour history. The functionality, as stated in many Chinese online discussion forums, is utilised by the developers in order to collect data for the purpose of enhancing their code. If sufficient behaviour is tagged, perhaps in the not-too-distant future they will be able to determine behaviour using an algorithm.

During a few runs, I put the watch through its paces and compared it to the Garmin Forerunner 935 that was on the other of my wrists. The GPS can be connected in a reasonable amount of time and operates effectively. There were instances when connecting was just as fast as the Forerunner, and other times when it was 10–20 seconds slower. The performance in open areas was on par with that of the Garmin. I noticed that it was wrong by about twenty to thirty metres per kilometre when I was in thickly wooded areas.

The statistics for the run are extremely comprehensive and offer a wealth of information, such as the average speed, average pulse rate, cadence, stride, calories burned, kilometres, laps, and a map of the course. There are additional charts that illustrate the change in altitude, as well as the pace, heart rate, and heart rate zone.

It has been established that the GPS functions well, although the quality of the heart rate data does suffer when the activity level increases. The information provided will be adequate for the majority of people; nevertheless, serious runners will be frustrated by the inconsistencies. It’s possible that this issue will be fixed in a future version of the software.

VO2Max and Training Load both have their own individual pages within the app. It is hoped that these, too, will be populated once the programme is brought up to date.

Amazfit GTS, according to Huami, also provides an artificial intelligence-based automatic identification feature for arrhythmia, in addition to the more usual function of measuring fitness (including atrial fibrillation). This serves as a cautionary note regarding possible heart risks. I did not receive any notifications, but since I do not have an arrhythmia, I did not anticipate receiving any in the first place.

The mobile app for smartphones also has a tab labelled Friends. This gives you the ability to add people you already know and view information about their activity and sleep patterns. But other than that, there isn’t much else to speak of in terms of virtual incentives or elements of competition. Information on your accomplishments, such as the farthest distance run and the fastest time for 3 or 5 kilometres, is pretty much all that is included in this section.

Because it is a smartwatch, the Amazfit GTS comes with a few capabilities that are not related to fitness. The device gives you the ability to view and reject incoming calls from a smartphone, as well as messages, email notifications, and notifications from other apps. A forecast of the weather, alarms, a compass, a timer, a stopwatch, event reminders, a function to “find your phone,” and other features are also included.

Because it uses proprietary software, there is no option to add more software from a third party to the software bundle that it comes with. That being said, the watch does not offer all of the features that are available on other wearables such as the Apple Watch or smartphones running Wear OS.

The last noteworthy aspect of the smart features is control over the music. In order for this to function, you will need to go into the settings of the Amazfit app and make sure that you have the watch set up so that it can connect to the phone through Bluetooth. After that, all you need to do is access the music screen on your Amazfit GTS, select the songs that you want to listen to, and then press the play button. Everything about this is incredibly successful. You could even add a complication to the watch face so that users may reach the Music Control page directly from the watch face.

The verdict

The Amazfit GTS can be thought of as an upgraded and more luxurious version of the Amazfit Bip. It has the same fantastic battery life as its predecessor, but its design is significantly improved. Additionally, the watch is equipped with a more advanced accelerometer and heart rate sensor, in addition to other capabilities that the Bip does not have, such as water resistance. The very stunning AMOLED display is without a doubt the standout feature of this device.

The device can be thought of as a hybrid between a fitness watch and a smartwatch because it features a number of intelligent functions such as notifications, weather, and music control. There are all of the essential capabilities for activity tracking, in addition to a GPS function for monitoring your runs.

Everything here works extremely well, with the exception of the heart rate sensor, which can become a little less accurate during activities of a particularly strenuous kind. Another drawback is the smartphone app, which has to be updated so that it is easier to use and navigate.

When everything is taken into account, the Amazfit GTS offers a lot of value for its price. If you want a fitness watch that looks good but you don’t want to have to worry about having to charge it frequently, this one appears to be an excellent choice for you.

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