An Evaluation of the Amazfit Verge, a GPS Sports Watch that also Monitors the Wearer's Heart Health

Amazfit Verge Overall Score: 7.8

Design Score: 7.5/10

Ease of Usability Score: 8.0/10

Application of the Information: 8.0/10

Motivation Score: 7.5/10

Advantages:

  • Integrated satellite navigation and offline music storage.
  • Stratos is dwarfed by comparison in size.
  • AMOLED display
  • A microphone and a speaker
  • Affordable cost

Disadvantages:

  • It lacks performance metrics based on Firstbeat.
  • The App could be developed further.
  • The display does not always remain active. 

Recent news from Huami includes the unveiling of an updated version of the company’s flagship sports watch. It’s called the Amazfit Verge, and it comes with the usual sensors for fitness tracking, as well as a heart rate monitor that can help find health problems, NFC support, and GPS built right in.

The device is a more budget-friendly alternative to the Amazfit Stratos, which is yet another GPS sports wristwatch that, when taking into consideration its features and cost, is giving competitors such as Garmin and Polar something more to think about. The upgraded heart rate sensor on the Verge is the product that brings the greatest innovation to the table. The watch appears to be able to monitor your heart rate with 98 per cent accuracy and consumes 80 per cent less power than its older sibling.

Verge was initially introduced to the public in China a few some time ago, and it is now for sale in other countries. During the past month, I have carried an early test model everywhere I go, including when I sleep and when I run. The following are some of my thoughts.

The Design and Construction of the Amazfit Verge

Stratos and Verge resemble each other in appearance. It has a silicone strap, a strengthened plastic case, and a bright red physical key on the right side. These features are intended to appeal to physically active people.

After looking at some photographs of the watch before, I was anticipating something that would have a slightly plastic-like texture. In point of fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The material that was used is gentle and comfortable to the touch, and it does not cause any irritation to the user’s skin. However, the watch does not have the same luxurious feel as the Stratos. But even though die-hard fashionistas might not like it, Verge is fine to wear anywhere, including at home, on a jog, at work, or at a formal dinner party.

The most recent model in the Amazfit series, which replaces the Stratos, has a diameter of 43 millimetres rather than 46 millimetres, a thickness of 12.6 millimetres rather than 13.9 millimetres, and weighs 46 grams rather than 70 grams. As a result, it is more universally appealing to people of both sexes. Because it uses an AMOLED screen, this device is legible in both indoor and outdoor settings. The display has a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels and measures 1.3 inches. It is protected from the outside environment by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3.

There is a lot going on behind the scenes of the machine.

The list kicks off with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that was intended to function with the specialized operating system, 512 MB of random access memory (RAM), 4 Gb of internal memory that can be used for audio, as well as a microphone and speaker for making calls from your wrist. There is a module for GPS and GLONASS, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. In terms of sensors, you will discover an accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, ambient light sensor, and atmospheric pressure sensor. Additionally, there is an atmospheric pressure sensor. 

It is impressive that the Lithium Ion 390 mAh battery can keep stuff running for 5 days on a full charge, especially when the specifications are taken into mind. This is also long enough that you do not need to be concerned about recharging all the while, and it measures up to products made by companies like Garmin and Polar.

Keeping track of my everyday activities and completing the occasional 5 km run helped me accomplish this goal with ease. When using the GPS for training, your device’s battery life should be expected to drop to 20 hours. If your battery is getting low, you always have the option to use your smartphone with fewer notifications and a more fundamental level of functionality. This should keep it going for another 11 days at the very least.

As the pictures show, I experimented with the Shadow Gray variant, but you can also get the Verge in Twilight Blue and Moonlight White colours. Each iteration comes standard with 20mm and 22mm bands that can be removed and have been specifically created for use with the watch.

The Amazfit Verge’s Functions and Capabilities

It should come as no surprise that this watch caters mostly to physically active people because it comes with a variety of different sports modes from which to pick. This includes running (both outside and inside) as well as trail running, walking, mountaineering, tennis, skiing, football, cycling (both outside and inside), and elliptical machines. However, you won’t find many places to swim because there aren’t any. In contrast to the Stratos (5 ATM), this entire device only has a water-resistance rating of IP68, most likely so that it can include a microphone and speaker. 

You are good to go once you have completed the first setup procedure, which requires you to install the most recent firmware update, register your fundamental information, and scan the QR code that is displayed on the watch face. 

You can anticipate receiving all of the standard fitness stats. The fact that the Verge is equipped with an enhanced heart rate sensor is one of its primary selling features. Huami claims that the wristwatch can monitor your heart rate with 98 per cent accuracy and an 80 per cent reduction in power consumption when compared to Stratos.

It identifies cardiac arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation, a category of disorders in which the heartbeat is irregular, too rapid, or too slow. Just like the Apple Watch, this enables it to perform some cool tricks, such as recognizing cardiac arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation. It is hoped that adding this function will help people who don’t know they have all of these disorders learn about them. 

Having said all of this, there is currently no reliable method for determining whether or not Verge actually recognizes any of them. If the app could be updated so that it provided some form of status report, that would be great. It’s possible that the watch is doing this behind the scenes, but I haven’t received any notifications about it. On the other hand, I do not suffer from atrial fibrillation or any other type of heart arrhythmia.

It is important to note that the wristwatch does not utilize Wear OS as its operating system. Instead, it runs on its very own specialized operating system, which, surprisingly, is quite competent. However, this does mean that you are restricted in the sense that you would not be able to download applications made by third parties on your timepiece. Additionally, it denotes an integrated Xiao AI virtual assistant. You do get a choice of ten different watch faces, and you can switch between them using either the wristwatch itself or the application that goes along with it on your smartphone.

When you lift your wrist, tap strongly on the display, or push the one physical button that is located on the right, the display comes to life. Even if you choose one of the first two options, you will still be required to hit the one physical button before you can swipe between different apps. This behaviour is really peculiar. After that point, the touch screen is used for the overwhelming majority of the interactions that follow.

Swiping down gives you access to a variety of features, including information about the weather, a switch for night mode, system settings, volume control, aeroplane mode, and other options. Swiping up will bring you to the notifications screen. You may go through the activity stats by sliding your finger left and right across the screen. All of this information is presented in a very comprehensive manner, eliminating the need to consult the mobile application. The stunning AMOLED display comes to vibrant life because of the array of colours it possesses.

Throughout the day, the wristwatch monitors the wearer’s heart rate as well as the number of steps, distance travelled, calories burned, gym sessions, and floors climbed. At night, it will split your sleep duration into light sleep, deep sleep, and active time. Aside from that, your heart rate at rest will be measured first thing in the morning.

Despite the fact that everything functioned without a hitch, I did find that Verge would occasionally fail to connect to the app and sync its data. Each time, the problem could be fixed by giving the device a fresh start. We can only hope that this will be resolved in a future firmware update. In the meantime, please bear with us. 

The default display of the app provides a summary of the activities that have occurred throughout the day. If you click on just about any measure, you’ll be taken to a more complete summary, but it won’t be cluttered up with any statistics. On other screens, your information is organized by the day, the week, and the month. 

You may switch between activity stats, sports, and your profile using the tabs that run along the bottom of the screen. You are able to check your daily summary, go further into the statistics of your workout sessions, personalize the watch faces, and play with various additional options, depending on which of these you pick.

Even though it is not particularly remarkable, the software performs its job of supplying you with all the information even though it is on the more simplistic end of the spectrum. There is also the possibility to sync with Strava, which is a feature that is reliable.

During the entirety of my testing, I alternated between wearing the Amazfit watch on my right wrist and the Garmin Forerunner 935 on my left wrist. A majority of the statistics were very accurate, with the exception of data pertaining to sleep and the number of floors climbed. When it came to my heart rate at rest, the Verge was consistently roughly three to four beats faster than the Forerunner.

The in-built GPS sensor performs very accurately. The process of obtaining the satellite data is quick and simple, and the watches from Garmin and Amazfit only differed by a few meters per kilometre in their calculations of the distance travelled. The Verge enables real phone-free running thanks to the fact that it comes equipped with both an integrated GPS system and offline memory for audio.

This is how the pulse rate information from my most recent 5K run with the Verge compares to the data from my run with the conjunction of a Garmin Forerunner 935 and a Polar H10 chest band.

5 kilometres, 315 calories burned, average pace 5 minutes 35 seconds, best pace 4 minutes 44 seconds, average speed 10.75 kilometres per hour, best speed 12.63 kilometres per hour, average heart rate 156 beats per minute, maximum heart rate 170 beats per minute, average cadence 189 steps per minute, maximum cadence 204 steps per minute, average stride 91 meters (cm).

The average pace was 5 minutes and 34 seconds, the best pace was 4 minutes and 49 seconds, the average heart rate was 153 beats per minute, the maximum heart rate was 169 beats per minute, the average cadence was 189 steps per minute, the maximum cadence was 198 steps per minute, and the average stride was 95 meters (cm).

As can be seen, the data points were not completely in sync with one another, but they were very close.

You will find that the app does a wonderful job of documenting most of these and that sorting through everything after your runs is a lot of fun. Additionally, the watch will make it possible for you to export the data it stores.

Although Firstbeat does not provide as many performance numbers as Stratos, there is still plenty of information for you to dig into. The best part is that all of this information, as well as a GPS map of your journey, can be displayed on the screen of the wristwatch, so there is no need to turn to the app.

On to the functions that have nothing to do with fitness.

As you might think, this includes notifications relating to incoming calls and messages, as well as alerts from your calendar, emails, and other applications. You will have instant access to real-time weather forecasts, a stopwatch, a compass, alarms, and the “find my phone” feature.

The Verge gives you the ability to take and make phone calls right from your wrist thanks to the microphone and speaker that are built right in. However, this will only function properly when coupled with an Android-based smartphone. In addition, there is support for cashless transactions through NFC.

You can utilize the speaker that is built into the watch to listen to music that is locally saved on the device. The sound, both in terms of its clarity and volume, left me really startled and satisfied. You also have the choice of putting on a pair of wireless headphones that connect via Bluetooth, which is what you should do if you’re going to be running.

The watch must first be charged and then placed in its charging cradle for the music to be transferred from the watch to the computer. If you have the appropriate software installed (on a Mac, this would be the Android File Transfer tool), the watch will show up on your computer as a disk. After that, you just need to drag and drop MP3 files into the watch’s music folder.

An Overview - Concluding Thoughts on the Amazfit Verge

The Verge exceeded my expectations in both its appearance and performance. There are a few key distinctions between this watch and the Amazfit Stratos that you should be aware of, despite the fact that both watches share many of the same functions.

The fact that it is cheaper has a better screen, a heart rate monitor that is able to identify health issues, and the capacity to take phone calls through the use of your wrist due to the inbuilt microphone and speaker are all factors that work in its favour. Another advantage is that it is smaller, making it more appropriate for use by people of both sexes. However, it does not have the same sense of sophistication, it does not have an always-on display, it does not enable swimming, and it does not have as many performance statistics.

During my testing, I discovered that the GPS and heart rate detectors on the Verge worked effectively, despite the fact that the associated smartphone software might use some improvement. The wristwatch is also fully capable of performing its duties as an ordinary watch.

Even if there are a number of different sports watches available, one should expect to pay more than $250 for a watch that features GPS and offline music streaming. Verge is an excellent choice for anyone searching for all of this and more in a bundle that is more reasonably priced.

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