Honest Review: Amazfit GTR 2 Review

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The Amazfit GTR 2 gives you a lot of cash for your smartwatch. It looks fantastic, provides great fitness tracking, and has now improved its ability to perform with two smart assistants and a music player outside of tracking steps or sleep. It will also give you more battery life than its tight-priced competitors. It's definitely not ideal, and its sports monitoring is just for casual folk practicing. It is one to try out if you like the concept of a good-looking smartwatch that does the basics correctly.

PRO

  • Sleek, appealing style
  • Show of great quality
  • Handy voice assistant offline, handy

CONS

  • Sports monitoring for Iffy
  • Missing assistance from Amazon Alexa

Two-minute review

The Amazfit GTR 2 is a smartwatch that is both Android and iOS compatible and costs considerably less than purchasing the newest Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch.

It contains many of the features you would expect to spend more cash on. This requires a high-quality material design, a high-quality AMOLED touchscreen monitor and straps that you can cut to change out and find new ones.

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It comes with two design choices, both of which provide the same functionality for both fitness and non-fitness functions. You will get built-in GPS and a heart rate monitoring sensor 24/7 and during exercise. For an extra hit of fitness info, it may also take blood oxygen measurements. It also serves as a fitness tracker, and that is ultimately where one of its main strengths lies. It is a good match as opposed to extreme sport tracking for step tracking and sleep monitoring.

It does well with simple notification support for smartwatch features and is designed for its great touchscreen AMOLED display. In the form of Amazon Alexa and Huami's own offline voice assistant, we have two smart assistants. We only got the latter to work properly though. You also get a built-in music player to transfer your own music with 3 GB of storage. It doesn't work for streaming services, however.

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It has the potential to go for 14 days and as long as 38 days in more basic usage to power all of those functions. You're likely to get closer to seven days if you use anything that's available daily. Switch off stuff like the tracking of the always-on display and heart rate and it will probably go further.

It offers a decent mix of health monitoring and smartwatch features bundled up with better battery life than its closest priced rivals in a stylish round watch style. There's still a lot to like about the GTR 2 if you can live without it being the whole sports watch and like the thought of having voice smart assistants and a music player for a decent price.

Amazfit GTR 2 Review: price and release date

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That puts the price of a Fitbit Versa 3 and Garmin Venu Sq edition without a music player in and around it. It's also in the same price bracket as the Series 3 Apple Watch.

Amazfit GTR 2 Review: design and display

  • Comes in Classic and Sport models
  • AMOLED 1.3-inch, always-on show
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Straps of leather or silicone

You get a really attractive smartwatch with the GTR 2 for not much money. It has a much cleaner feel to it than the first GTR and on the wrist it also rests much better.

Sport and Classic options are yours to choose from, offering you either an aluminium (Sport) or stainless steel (Classic) case. With two physical buttons and a fully-round touchscreen monitor, both deliver 46mm cases. The sport we had to test carries less grams of weight and did not feel awkward or irritating to carry in any way in general.

The case is matched with 22 mm straps that come with either silicone (which we had) or leather options and have a fairly regular watch buckle clasp to hold it in place. The good news is, if you're not a fan, it's nice and simple to take them out, while we were pretty happy with our silicone band. However, it's always good to know you can change things up.

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 However, the real star here is the monitor, as Huami continues to place on its wearables the kind of displays that you would expect to see on more expensive watches and trackers. With no hint of an ugly bezel, you're having a clean, 1.3-inch, 454 x 454 resolution AMOLED monitor as it reaches all the way to the watch case and it's lovely to look at. The colors are amazing, and there are some very cool watch faces and widgets that illustrate it.It's also light, though you probably won't need it at maximum brightness, which is a good thing as it will knock down the battery life. You still have an always-on display option, but that will have a noticeable effect on how much battery time you get. 

Although it might not look like the kind of watch you'd like to jump with in the pool, Huami makes sure it's safe to do that. It has been slapped with a ranking of 5ATM, which means that it can be submerged in water up to 50 meters deep. That also implies that this is one you can also go into the shower with.

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  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • SpO2 sensor
  • PAI Health scores
  • 12 sports modes

The sensors and features are concealed under the stylish exterior to make the GTR 2 a fairly competent fitness tracker and sports watch.

To track motion and activate staples such as 24/7 activity tracking and sleep monitoring, you get an accelerometer and gyroscope sensors. A 3-axis geomagnetic sensor and air pressure sensor are combined to provide additional information while you are going out for some trail running or climbing action.

Huami's BioTracker PPG sensor gives you continuous monitoring of your heart rate and the ability to better assess your level of effort during exercise. It is often used to create reasonably accurate measures of blood oxygen that are intended for fitness and wellness purposes, as opposed to serious health purposes.

There are 12 sports modes in total for sports monitoring, which, interestingly, includes running, cycling and swimming. Having an open water swimming mode on a watch at this price is surprising and there is even tracking support for skiing. To do a better job of mapping and monitoring certain outdoor activities, you also have built-in GPS.

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As a fitness tracker, on the accuracy front and presenting the data on and off the watch, it does a pretty good job. It largely fell in line with the regular step counts that we reported on a Garmin activity tracker, and it would let you see those step counts as they happened to see when you were most involved during the day.

Huami also provides its PAI Health ratings, which look at heart rate instead of measures to help you think more often about staying active. The problem is that it feels very distinct from the entire method of monitoring.

It did a solid enough job of understanding sleep period for sleep monitoring, and when we fell asleep, which is something we would claim pricier watches are failing to do. One problem we found was that heart-related REM sleep monitoring information was sometimes not documented at all.

In general, this leads us to heart rate monitoring, which is a better match for continuous daytime monitoring and power features such as stress tracking as compared to tracking exercise. It simply felt unreliable with its randomly high HR spikes against a chest strap sensor, even with the watch securely worn in the activities in which we put it to the test.

Similarly, that's how we feel about its success as a sports watch. For GPS-based distance tracking on most of our runs, it came up a little short precision-wise, though using the free training mode for our indoor workouts kept things simple and struggled to provide accurate heart rate data as well.

Amazfit GTR 2: smartwatch features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Built-in music player
  • Amazon Alexa

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On the GTR 2, with smartwatch features, you get a lot more than you get on the GTR. It also operates on Android and iOS devices and can handle warnings that are not actionable but are well built for the broadcast. There are music controls, the ability to make Bluetooth calls, record updates of the weather and set up event reminders. You also have a nice range of watch faces to choose from to show your fitness information or keep it simple and display the time only.

Not one, but two clever assistants have it now. The first is that Amazon Alexa joins Fitbit in taking the smart assistant to your hand. Though we were able to set up Amazon's assistant in the companion app, we didn't have much luck getting it to actually run on the watch itself. It could be a situation where support has not been fully rolled out here yet.

With the other smart assistant, which operates without having to be linked to the phone, we had more success. First, this offline voice assistant needs to be set up in the app and then a small icon will drop on your screen as you lift it to wake it up when activated. You can then tell your watch to open the music controls, go to the weather widget, or start monitoring your watch. For us, it was sensitive and it's quite a helpful addition once you familiarize yourself with the commands.

A built-in 3GB music player with enough space for anything from 300-600 songs in MP3 format is the other major new feature. You'll need to connect them via the Zepp app and then sync them over in order to get the music on the watch. You can pair some Bluetooth headphones after the music is uploaded, and you're good to go. It worked for us without any big issue when combined and tested with an Android phone. There is no support for any music streaming services here, so if you own a lot of your own music, it is really just a useful function.

It's a professional artist, like a smartwatch. It does these basics well enough, although it's not the most full experience. The music functionality will hopefully be enhanced, and Alexa is up and running properly and it will be an even better smartwatch companion.

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Amazfit GTR 2: battery life

  • Up to 14 days battery life
  • 38 days in basic mode

One of Amazfit smartwatches' most attractive aspects is that it won't have you charging it every day. With GTR 2, that doesn't shift.

There is a battery with a capacity of 471mAh that should deliver 14 days in regular usage and 38 days in simple use. The standard use is based on using features such as listening to music, using GPS, keeping the display in always-on mode, and tracking your heart rate continuously.

This simple mode includes disconnecting the Bluetooth link used to pair it more sparingly with your phone, as well as items such as heart rate monitoring and using other features such as GPS.

In that typical case, we found this smartwatch is good for seven days and has the potential to go further. Apps such as tracking the heart rate, playing music, turning on the sleep assistant and keeping the display always on would have a significant effect on the output of the battery.

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We also spent a few days in that basic mode as well and it’s a watch that retains its battery in a way that tells you it has the ability to go for weeks in much lighter use.

If you’re willing to juggle what you use and you don’t care as much about keeping tabs on your heart or richer sleep insights, then there’s every chance you can get those couple of weeks out of it.

When it does run out, you’ll need at least 2.5 hours to get from 0-100%. There’s no rapid charging support to get back to full battery any quicker than that.

Buy Amazfit GTR 2 if...

You want a smartwatch that is fashionable, affordable,
It may not cost a lot, but a stylish smartwatch with a great quality screen is what you get for your cash.

You want a player for music
It's hard to find such an affordable smartwatch that will give you an integrated music player to leave your phone behind.

You want a gym tracker on a watch,
The GTR 2 provides rich monitoring features for wellness, including some informative sleep that can be fully accurate.

Don't buy it if...

You want to have a smartwatch monitoring your workouts
While all the features are on board to make it a good running or gym companion, to make it a good match, it does not quite deliver the precision.

You want a watch that Spotify fits with,
Although the GTR 2 has a music player, to make the most of it, it has to be your own acquired music and audio.

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