Every month, Huami brings new products to the market in India. After reviewing their Amazfit GTR watch not too long ago, we now have Amazfit GTS. This new watch promises most of the features that the GTR offered in a different and more compact form factor. Let's see how good this is compared to his siblings and the competition in this price range.
Sporty design with a lot of inspiration from Apple Watch
Unlike the GTR, the design of the Amazfit GTS is not the first one to be noticed. Like every third smartwatch on the market, the exterior is also heavily inspired by the Apple Watch. So if you're looking for a powerful Apple Watch for a fraction of the price, or just looking for a sporty-looking fitness watch, you will not complain.
The round dial and stainless steel case of the GTR are replaced by a Rectangular frame made from aircraft aluminum alloy. Thanks to this, the company has succeeded in reducing the weight of the watch to less than 25 grams, which is impressive. Although the watch is not as elegant as the GTR, it does not feel cheap at all and is extremely comfortable to wear over long hours. The silicone bands cause neither sweating nor skin irritation. There is only one physical button to turn this clock and its screen on and off. The touchscreen display allows you to scroll through the menus and access various functions.
Sharp display slightly lower on average dials
The Amazfit GTS has a sharp 1.65-inch AMOLED display with a pixel density of 341 PPI, which is a touch above the Amazfit GTR. The touchscreen is protected from scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has an anti-fingerprint coating that works very well. The screen has both automatic and manual brightness control and is perfectly legible even in bright sunlight outdoors.
All you have to do is flick your wrist to turn on the screen. If that does not work, you can always press the button. In my case, the gentle flipping of the wrist worked in 99% of cases in the normal sensitivity mode. You can also set the "Lift wrist to show information" setting in the app to turn off during sleep hours. While the display is sharp and vibrant, I could not discover a single dial that exploits its full potential and really highlights it. something like the standard analog dial of the GTR, which completed it to perfection. The pre-installed dials can be customized to display a variety of information of your choice, including number of steps, calories burned, heart rate, battery and more.
Simple interface and many features
First you need to download the Amazfit app, add your device and sync via Bluetooth. Initially, it takes a bit, but once set up, it works smoothly. You can control certain aspects of the clock, such as screen brightness and activity selection, from the screen itself. However, most of the settings must be made through the Amazfit app. This is the case with all Huami watches that I have tested so far. The manufacturer should consider making a few more settings in the watch itself without the user switching to the app to make changes.
Use the app to change the clock face, set your fitness goals, track your progress, manage alerts and notifications, and more. Receive notifications on the watch screen when you reach your fitness goals for the day. The user interface of the clock is very simple. All you have to do is swipe down the screen to make adjustments and swipe up to access and search activities and other options. The Amazfit GTS has an integrated GPS to keep track of your jogging and swimming movements.
The performance is good, but could have been better in certain areas.
While companies often use the word "smartwatch" for their products, technically this is a fitness tracker with some built-in smartwatch capabilities. You can accept or reject calls from the Watch screen and also read your messages. However, you can not answer from the clock. You can choose to receive notifications from other apps along with event reminders and weather updates.
Another feature that prevents it from being called a smartwatch is the lack of an app ecosystem. Since the Amazfit GTS is not based on common platforms like Wear OS or Tizen, you hardly have any additional apps that you can install on this device. You have to get along with what's built into the clock. You have a few dials for this watch, but that's all you'll get for now.
There are many possibilities as a fitness tracker. The Amazfit GTS can record 12 different types of indoor and outdoor exercises, including running, cycling, swimming and much more. While it tracks your outdoor activities perfectly, thanks to the built-in GPS, indoor tracking is somewhat inaccurate. The pedometer occasionally reports fewer steps and sometimes even wrong steps, which was not the case with the GTR.
The Amazfit GTS is 50 feet waterproof, so you can worry about wearing it without a swim in the pool. However, the company states that this watch is not suitable for diving, high-speed water sports and hot water. The clock tends to behave amusingly in the shower when the touchscreen reacts to water droplets. So take it better before showering.
The watch supports continuous heart rate monitoring, and you can choose the frequency of monitoring to extend battery life. Ideally, leave the Activity Detection setting turned on. When the watch detects a physical activity, it automatically increases the monitoring frequency for more accurate readings and analysis. After you have finished exercising, the frequency drops again to save battery life. All fitness data is available in the app and provides a daily, weekly, and monthly breakdown of the various fitness activities you performed during that time.
There is also a sleep tracking feature that will light up your sleep habits. Personally, I do not like wearing a watch in bed, but I did it for a few nights while testing. The data are limited to light sleep, deep sleep and wake-up time. But the duration of sleep will be pretty accurate. There is no REM sleep information available in several other fitness trackers.
Excellent battery life
One thing you can expect from Huami watches without being disappointed: the excellent battery life. The Amazfit GTS is no different. The company claims to have a battery life of 14 days with a single charge under typical usage scenarios, which defines the company as "heart rate always on, sleep monitoring, 150 push notifications that illuminate the screen, raise the wrist to the screen 30 times and "five minutes for other operations, walking or exercising three times a week for 30 minutes". If you turn off Bluetooth, continuous heart rate monitoring, and some other features and use it like a watch with pedometer, it can run for 46 days. Of course, nobody would want to use such a fancy fitness machine. I just stated what the company has to say.
In real-life tests similar to the typical usage scenario, but with sleep monitoring turned on for only a week, the single-charge battery lasted 21 days. Yes, the Amazfit GTR took a whole month, but three weeks is still a great battery life. And not to forget, the Amazfit GTS weighs less than 25 grams. half of the GTR. It takes just over 100 minutes to fully charge the built-in 220-mAh lithium-ion polymer battery with the included custom charger.
Price and Judgment
The Huami Amazfit GTS is sold in India for 9,999 rupees with a one-year limited warranty. For this award, you get a feature-rich GPS-enabled fitness watch with a sharp AMOLED display, 50-meter water resistance, various fitness modes and excellent battery life. In this price range, there are few options from other renowned brands that offer similar functions with integrated GPS and this type of battery life.
But as you might have guessed, the biggest competitor is practically your own company, the Amazfit GTR. It costs only a thousand rupees more and offers a much higher style quotient, more precise tracking and an even longer battery life. If I had the choice, I would always choose the GTR instead of the GTS. If you are not naturally fascinated by the look of an Apple Watch or simply prefer a rectangular dial to a circular one, you should do so.
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