Huami continues to launch newer merchandise in India month after month. After having reviewed their Amazfit GTR watch not too way back, we now have Amazfit GTS. This new watch guarantees a lot of the options that the GTR provided in a distinct and extra compact kind issue. Let’s take a look at how good that is as in comparison with its sibling and the competitors on this worth bracket.
Sporty design closely impressed by Apple Watch
First issues first, not like the GTR, the Amazfit GTS’ design doesn’t stand out. Like each third smartwatch out there, its exterior attracts ample inspiration from Apple Watch. So in case you are searching for a succesful Apple Watch lookalike for a fraction of a value, or just a sporty trying health watch, you gained’t be complaining.
The spherical dial and stainless-steel physique of the GTR are changed by an oblong body made out of Plane-grade aluminum alloy. Due to that, the corporate has managed to maintain the watch’s weight right down to lower than 25 grams, which is spectacular. Although it isn’t as elegant because the GTR, the watch doesn’t really feel low-cost in any respect and is extraordinarily comfy to put on for lengthy hours. The silicone straps don’t trigger sweating or pores and skin irritation. There’s only a single bodily button that lets you flip this watch and its display screen on and off. The touchscreen show helps you to flick thru the menus and entry totally different features.
Sharp show let down a bit by common watch faces
The Amazfit GTS has a pointy 1.65-inch AMOLED show that boasts of 341 PPI pixel density, which is a contact larger than that of the Amazfit GTR. The touchscreen is protected in opposition to scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass three and has an anti-fingerprint coating that works very nicely. The display screen has auto in addition to guide brightness controls and is completely legible outside even below shiny daylight.
You simply have to flick your wrist to show the display screen on. If that doesn’t work, you possibly can at all times press the button. In my case, flicking the wrist gently labored 99% of the time below Regular sensitivity mode. You can even schedule to show off the ‘elevate wrist to view data’ setting altogether from the app throughout your sleep hours. Whereas the show is sharp and vibrant, I couldn’t come throughout a single watch face that utilises its full potential and makes it actually stand out; one thing just like the inventory analog watch face on the GTR that complemented it to perfection. The preloaded watch faces right here might be customised to show a wide range of data of your selection from step rely, energy burned, coronary heart price, battery and extra.
Easy consumer interface and a neat bunch of options
To start with, you might want to obtain the Amazfit app, add your gadget in there and sync it over Bluetooth. It takes a little bit of time initially, however as soon as it’s arrange, issues work easily. You possibly can management sure points of the watch like display screen brightness and exercise choice from its display screen itself however bulk of the settings have to be accessed from the Amazfit app. That’s the case with all Huami watches I’ve examined up to now. The producer ought to contemplate offering just a few extra settings within the watch itself with out making the consumer go to the app to make adjustments.
The app helps you to change the watch face, set your health targets, monitor your progress, handle alerts and notifications and extra. You get alerts on the watch display screen while you attain your health targets for the day. The watch UI could be very easy. All you might want to do is swipe down on the display screen for settings and swipe as much as entry and flick thru actions and different choices. The Amazfit GTS has built-in GPS for extra correct monitoring of your jogs and swims.
Efficiency is nice however may have been higher in sure areas
Whereas corporations have been liberally utilizing the phrase ‘smartwatch’ for his or her merchandise, technically talking, it is a health tracker with just a few smartwatch features thrown in. You possibly can reply or reject calls from the watch display screen and can even learn your messages. Nevertheless, you can’t reply again from the watch. You possibly can decide to obtain notifications from different apps too together with occasion reminders and climate updates.
One other factor that retains it from being termed as a smartwatch is the dearth of an app ecosystem. Because the Amazfit GTS is just not primarily based on widespread platforms like Put on OS or Tizen, you hardly have any further apps that you could set up on this gadget. It’s a must to make do with what’s constructed into the watch. You could have a bunch of watch faces for this smartwatch, however that’s all you get for now.
As a health tracker, there are many choices. The Amazfit GTS can monitor 12 totally different sorts of workout routines indoor and out of doors from strolling, operating, biking, swimming and extra. Whereas it tracks your out of doors actions completely, courtesy of the built-in GPS, the indoor monitoring is a bit inaccurate. The step counter at instances reviews lesser steps and infrequently even reviews false steps, which wasn’t the case within the GTR.
The Amazfit GTS is 50 metres water resistant, so you possibly can gladly put on it into the swimming pool and not using a fear. Nevertheless, the corporate states that this watch is just not appropriate for scuba diving, high-speed water sports activities, and scorching water. The watch tends to behave humorous below a bathe with the touchscreen reacting to droplets of water hitting it. So higher to take it off earlier than getting right into a bathe.
The watch helps steady coronary heart price monitoring, and you may select the frequency of monitoring to preserve battery life. Ideally, preserve the Exercise Detection setting switched on. When the watch detects some bodily exercise, it robotically will increase the monitoring frequency for extra correct readings and evaluation. After you’re finished with the exercise, the frequency drops once more to avoid wasting battery. All of the health information is offered within the app and it presents you with a day by day, weekly and month-to-month breakdown of assorted health actions you indulged in throughout that interval.
There’s additionally the sleep monitoring characteristic that sheds mild in your sleeping habits. I personally don’t like carrying a watch to mattress however I did it for just a few nights throughout testing. The information is restricted to simply mild sleep, deep sleep and awake time. But it surely will get the period of sleep pretty correct. There isn’t a REM sleep data that’s obtainable in a number of different health trackers.
Nice battery life
There may be one factor you possibly can anticipate from Huami watches with out being disillusioned is the wonderful battery life. The Amazfit GTS isn’t any totally different. The corporate claims a battery lifetime of 14 days on a single cost below typical utilization situation that the corporate defines as ‘Coronary heart price always-on, sleep monitoring, 150 pushed notifications lighting up the display screen, elevate the wrist to see the display screen 30 instances and 5 minutes for different operations, run or train 3 times per week for 30 minutes’. When you change off Bluetooth, steady coronary heart price monitoring, just a few different options, and use it like a watch with steps counter, it could possibly go on for 46 days. In fact, no person would need to use a sensible health gadget like that. I used to be simply stating what the corporate needed to say.
In real-world testing with situations considerably just like the everyday utilization situation however with sleep monitoring turned on just for per week, the battery lasted for 21 days on a single cost. Sure, the Amazfit GTR lasted a full month however regardless of that, three weeks is a good battery life. And to not overlook, the Amazfit GTS weighs below 25 grams; half of that of the GTR. The built-in 220 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery takes simply over 100 minutes to cost totally with the bundled customized charger.
Value and verdict
The Huami Amazfit GTS sells for Rs 9,999 in India with a one 12 months guarantee. For that worth, you get a feature-rich GPS enabled health watch with a pointy AMOLED show, 50-metre water resistance, numerous health modes, and a very good battery life. There are hardly any choices on this worth vary from different reputed manufacturers that provide related options with built-in GPS and this sort of battery life.
However as you might need guessed by now, its largest competitor just about resides in-house, the Amazfit GTR. It prices only a thousand rupees extra and presents a considerably larger model quotient, extra correct monitoring and a fair longer battery life. Given a selection, I’d at all times select the GTR over the GTS and so do you have to, until in fact, you’re fascinated by the seems of an Apple Watch or just want an oblong dial over a round one.