Amazfit GTR 2

We reviewed the Amazfit GTR about a year and a half ago and were blown away by its design, wide range of fitness features, and incredible battery life. Its successor has arrived, promising to raise the style quotient even higher while also having a few extra tricks up its sleeve. It’s time to see if the Amazfit GTR 2 can deliver on its promises. The Amazfit GTR 2’s battery lasted 18 days on a single charge in real-world testing under conditions similar to typical usage, but with sleep monitoring turned on for only 5 days, heart rate monitoring set to 5 minutes, and no music playing. You’ll get 10 days out of it even if you use it frequently. These are excellent figures, only surpassed by its predecessor, and would last anywhere from 21 to 30 days. With the included 2-pin magnetic charger, the 471 mAh battery can be fully charged in about 2.5 hours.

Amazfit GTR 2 Specification

  • Body: 46.4 x 46.4 x 10.7 mm; Sports edition – aluminum alloy – 36g., Classic edition – stainless steel – 39g.; 22mm strap; 5 ATM water resistance (up to 50 m); 3D Corning Gorilla Glass, with an anti-fingerprint coating and optical “Diamond-like Carbon (oDLC) coating front
  • Display: 1.39″ AMOLED, Resolution 454×454, 326 ppi
  • OS: Proprietary; Support for Android 5.0 and above, iOS 10.0 and above (Zepp companion app)
  • Memory: around 3GB – user accessible for storing MP3 files and watch faces
  • Battery: 471mAh (14 days typical use); Magnetic charging base (2.5h for a full charge)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 + BLE; Wi-Fi 6; GPS+GLONASS; NFC (for AliPay)

The design has just improved.

I still like the Amazfit GTR’s design, and it’s still one of the best-looking fitness watches under Rs 20,000 in my opinion. The GTR 2 ups the ante by making the watch appear almost bezel-less thanks to a curved glass that also encompasses the outer ring. Minute markers on the periphery have been cleverly placed to blend in with several analogue watch faces, giving the watch a completely bezel-less feel. It has a stainless-steel body and a round dial. Despite the GTR 2’s sturdy steel construction, the company managed to keep the weight below 40 grams (without straps).

On the GTR 2, Amazfit has ditched the brown leather-like strap and replaced it with an all-black faux leather strap. You have the option of replacing it with any 22 mm strap from a third party, which is a good thing. Even after prolonged use, the watch is extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and the strap material does not cause sweating or skin irritation. Along with the touchscreen, a couple of physical buttons provide quick access to the watch’s features and fitness modes.

AMOLED display with a wide range of watch faces.

The Amazfit GTR 2 has a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi, which is the same as an Apple iPhone 11 screen. The touchscreen is protected from scratches by a layer of tempered glass, but it isn’t made by Corning this time. Despite using the watch for weeks, there was not a single scratch on the screen. It also has a good anti-fingerprint coating, so you don’t have to keep wiping the screen down all the time.

The screen has auto and manual brightness controls and is visible even in bright sunlight outdoors. The screen is, however, quite reflective, so expect some glare from certain angles. The screen is activated by simply flicking your wrist. Normal and Sensitive are the two sensitivity levels available. The sensitivity of both appears to have been reduced by the company, and even in Sensitive mode, the screen was slow to turn on. You can always press either of the physical buttons to wake it up if it doesn’t wake up after a flick. You can also set the app to turn off the ‘lift wrist to view’ feature while you’re sleeping.
Because the screen is highly reflective, expect some glare from certain angles.

In addition, the Amazfit GTR 2 has an Always On display that primarily shows the time. It does draw some power from the battery, but not excessively. The screen can rotate 180 degrees, and the physical buttons can be placed on either the right or left side of the watch for easier access, depending on which hand you wear it on. It also has wear detection, which allows you to lock the screen when you remove the watch from your wrist.

The screen can rotate 180 degrees, and depending on which hand you wear it on, the physical buttons can be placed on the right or left side of the watch for easier access.

The watch comes with a few watch faces that can be customized to display a variety of information such as steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, battery life, and more. There are dozens more in the Zepp app, but they are not customizable. The good news is that, unlike most budget fitness watches, the GTR 2 allows you to save a lot more faces directly on the watch. I’m not sure what the limit is, but every watch I added from the app stayed on my wrist. I had a dozen watch faces saved on the watch at one point, and I could switch between them on the fly.

The app’s user interface is simple, but it needs to be updated.

You must download the Zepp app, add your device, and sync it over Bluetooth, as with all Amazfit watches. It may take some time to set up at first, but once it is, everything runs smoothly. Although you can control some aspects of the watch directly from the screen, such as screen brightness and activity selection, certain watch settings can only be accessed and configured through the app. In comparison to the previous GTR, the overreliance on the app has decreased significantly. You’ll mostly use it to add more watch faces, set fitness goals, get daily/weekly/monthly fitness reports, and manage alerts and notifications after the initial setup.

The app’s interface hasn’t changed much in the last few years and feels a little out of date. It could use a refresh, and related settings should be grouped together to make it more intuitive. Currently, searching for specific options across multiple tabs is required. The watch’s user interface, on the other hand, leaves little to be desired. It’s simple to use: just swipe down on the screen to access settings, swipe up to access notifications, and swipe left or right to navigate through functions like heart rate, weather information, music playback, and daily goal progress. One of the physical buttons doubles as a home button and a shortcut for all watch functions. The other button allows you to switch between all workout modes.

Smartwatch features are limited.

The screen is large enough for you to read all of the notifications and messages that you have enabled.

There are limited smartwatch options and no app ecosystem, as with most fitness watches that aren’t based on popular platforms like Wear OS or Tizen. You can answer or reject calls from the watch screen on the Amazfit GTR 2. In fact, the watch has microphones and a speaker, allowing you to have a quick conversation even if your phone isn’t nearby; however, the quality is only passable. Alternatively, you can use the watch to transfer the call to a Bluetooth headset.

The screen is large enough for you to read all of the notifications and messages that you have enabled. You cannot, however, respond from the watch. Almost all apps on your phone, as well as event reminders and weather updates, can send you notifications. You can store up to 3 GB of audio files on this watch and control music playback. However, there is currently no way to directly stream music from any online platforms.

Fitness tracking that is fairly reliable

This watch has a lot of features for a fitness tracker. The Amazfit GTR 2 can track 12 different types of workouts – from walking and running to cycling, swimming, and more – both indoors and out. While the GPS module allows it to track your outdoor activities perfectly, the indoor tracking isn’t bad either. When used indoors, the steps counter is a little slow to react, but thanks to the multiple sensors on board, it does a great job, even if the steps count is on the conservative side. The good news is that it doesn’t report any incorrect steps.

The Amazfit GTR 2 is water-resistant to 50 meters, so you can wear it while swimming. The watch can monitor your heart rate continuously, and you can choose the frequency of monitoring in the app; the higher the frequency, the more battery drain there will be. Setting the frequency to five minutes and keeping the Activity Detection setting on will provide a good balance. When the watch detects significant physical activity, the monitoring frequency is automatically increased for more accurate readings and analysis. When you’re done working out, the frequency drops to conserve battery.

The app stores all of your fitness data and displays a daily, weekly, and monthly breakdown of the various fitness activities you engaged in during that time period. It also shows a weekly PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) score, which shows how active you were in the previous seven days. It compiles data from all types of exercises, heart rate, activity duration, and other health information into a single score for your convenience. The only goal you have is to get to 100 points every week.

The sleep quality monitoring feature appears to be effective. It pretty much nails the overall sleep duration from the time you fall asleep to the time you wake up. It keeps track of how much time you spend in light sleep, deep sleep, and awake. Now, the GTR 2 product page claims that it tracks REM periods as well, but the data wasn’t available. REM sleep data is also available in the less expensive Amazfit Bip U, which costs less than a third of the price of this watch. This is most likely a software issue that the company should investigate, as the lack of that information has an impact on the overall sleep quality analysis. You can also use the app to track your stress levels, which you can check manually or set to track all day. The wearer’s heart rate variability is used to calculate stress.

Some of the newer features will require more tweaking.

As I previously stated, the Amazfit GTR 2 has a slew of new tricks up its sleeve, but the majority of them appear to be work-in-progress. Offline voice commands are supported, but they are currently more hit than miss. Support for Alexa is expected in the near future, which could make this a lot more useful. The watch has an integrated speaker that can be used to play music. The sound quality isn’t great, which is why you should use Bluetooth earphones instead.

The poor implementation of a particularly useful feature – blood oxygen saturation measurement or an oximeter – is my biggest disappointment. The SpO2 sensor is one of the slowest I’ve seen in a fitness watch. A measurement takes almost a minute, and that’s only if the watch believes you’re steady enough with the watch face pointing upwards. To get a reading, I often had to repeat the process twice or three times, which is unacceptable. The significantly less expensive Amazfit Bip U, on the other hand, completes the task in 30 seconds flat with similar accuracy.

Battery life is adequate, but not as good as that of its predecessor.

Amazfit claims that a single charge will last 14 days in a typical usage scenario that includes “voice assistant on, wear all day, heart rate always on, sleep monitoring, Bluetooth talk for 30 minutes a week, connect earphones for 30 minutes a week, exercise 3 times a week, each time turn on GPS for 30 minutes, raise the wrist to light up the screen 30 times a day, 150 message pushes per day, blood-oxygen detection 2 times a day, 150 message pushes The estimate is very close to the mark.

The Amazfit GTR 2’s battery lasted 18 days on a single charge in real-world testing under conditions that were somewhat similar to the typical usage scenario, but with sleep monitoring turned on for only 5 days, heart rate monitoring set to 5 minutes, and no music playing. Even if you use it frequently, you will still get 10 days out of it. These are excellent figures, only surpassed by its predecessor, and would last anywhere from 21 days to a month. The included 2-pin magnetic charger takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge the 471 mAh battery.

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