Amazfit GTR 2 review: new functions, new design, same ECONOMIC price
Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2, are clear proof of how Huami continues to prove to be one of the most active companies in the world of smartwachs. The company, in a few months, presented 3 devices with different characteristics and price ranges, with which it has made enormous progress both in terms of design and technical characteristics, while continuing to maintain the excellent quality ratio. price of its products.
All features that we also find in the Amazfit GTR 2, what we can define a more "casual" version of the very elegant Zepp Z, which is perhaps the most "palatable" smartwatch of the new generation of devices.
Amazfit GTR 2 review
The Amazfit GTR 2 packaging follows the line of the other products of the brand and, therefore, is nothing special. Inside we find:
Amazfit GTR 2; Proprietary power supply with USB input; Instruction manual.
Design and materials
Take the design of the first Amazfit GTR and forget it totally, because the new smartwatch of the company takes from the previous generation only the fact of having two side buttons available, otherwise everything is new. And also the design has totally changed compared to the first exponent of the GTR series, in favor of cleaner lines and a frame that is one with the glass that covers the entire front of the watch.
And although probably not for everyone the new design could be more beautiful than that seen in the first generation, it is objective to admit that the change of direction taken with the Amazfit GTR 2 has made it a smartwatch with a lighter and much less appearance " pataccone ”of the first GTR. And it can also be seen in the thickness, of only 10.7 millimeters, and in the very low weight of 31 grams, which is 17 grams less than the first Amazfit GTR. Which is not bad.
In the lower part of the case, there is the Bio Traker sensor for measuring heartbeat, SpO2 and stress, near which we find the two pins necessary for connection to the magnetic charger which, therefore, is not induction as in the Zepp Z.
On the wrist, the Amazfit GTR 2 is quite comfortable, also thanks to the silicone strap with a 22 mm attachment which, however, for a smartphone with such a nice design could be too “raw”.
Nothing new on the screen. On the Amazfit GTR 2 a circular 1.39 ”AMOLED panel was used which, most likely, is practically identical to the one used last year. And believe me, that's not a bad thing at all. The display is able to guarantee a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels, very vivid colors and deep blacks that allow the panel itself to seem one with the frame and case of the device.
And even in this case the brightness is excellent, very close to 450 nits, and also has automatic adjustment thanks to a brightness sensor integrated in the smartwatch. There's also the always-on mode which, like in the Zepp Z, follows the dial theme set in the watch, but with a stripped down interface and only showing the time. However, it gives a very pleasant sense of continuity but, clearly, the activation of the AoD will negatively affect the battery life.
One of the most important innovations from the hardware point of view in the Amazfit GTR 2 lies in the integration of a microphone and a speaker, with which not only can you interact with Alexa (Amazon's digital assistant which, however, we will talk about shortly), but also answer incoming phone calls directly from the smartwatch as it happens with traditional hands-free, via Bluetooth 5.0 which always guarantees a stable and reliable connection.
And it is a great convenience, as long as you accept the fact that the playback volume of the speaker is not that very high, and that you can only use this function in environments that are not too noisy. The microphone, however, on its side does an excellent job and allows the interlocutor to listen without too many problems.
Then there are the GPS, assisted by Glonass, which guarantees a rather fast (but not very fast) fix, as well as – clearly – the BioTracker sensor. It's a smartwatch that can go underwater up to 5 ATM, but WiFi and NFC are still missing. Two absences that are undoubtedly justified by the economic selling price of the device.
Like all the other exponents of the company, the Amazfit GTR 2 is also compatible with both Android and iPhone and is managed by the Zepp app. To be honest, from a software point of view there are not many new features and both in the Amazfit GTR 2, as well as in the Amazfit GTS 2 and the Zepp Z, the features are identical and continue to maintain a very smooth and rich user experience. of options. And let's immediately put the dots on the "i": even if all Huami products boast integration with Alexa, currently Amazon's digital assistant is not yet available in Italy, and will be added with an OTA update that should arrive in the next months.
As for Zepp, we always talk about the same pleasant and graphically rich application, with a non-confusing interface, in which you can find all the main items in the home. From here it is also possible to start some physical activity or also manage everything related to notifications, receiving calls, goals, all the clock settings and much more, with a very high level of customization. You can even customize the vibration, setting a different set from the standard one.
The software installed on the smartwatch is also very nice. There are 5 pre-installed watch faces, but over 50 can be synchronized through the application. Some are pretty cool, and others are even customizable to show information that really interests us. By scrolling on both sides, you can access the widgets we have selected, such as the current physical activity one, the music control one, the PAI value or the heart rate recorded 24 hours a day.
Scrolling down from the home page you will access the quick commands, in addition to the battery status and the weather, and you will have 8 toggles with which you can, among other things, activate the do not disturb mode or the always active screen .
Finally, by scrolling up, you can access the latest notifications received. From the application you can choose which ones to receive, and they will always arrive quickly and on time. Unfortunately, however, it continues to be the inability to respond to messages received, and the display of some emojis is still poorly maintained. Some applications, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, will generate both a cumulative notification (such as, for example, 4 messages received) and individual notifications.
As for fitness, the Amazfit GTR 2 is able to keep track of 12 different sports, including the classic walk, running, the new one in the pool, cycling and so on. The pedometer is very accurate and showed a discrepancy of about 5% compared to the measurements made by an Apple Watch Series 6, and the detection of the heartbeat, fast and punctual, and the automatic detection of sleep that never loses are equally precise. a swipe and also allows you to set, in a completely automatic way, the do not disturb mode: when the smartphone realizes that the wearer has fallen asleep, it will automatically block the arrival of any notification so as not to disturb sleep.
What continues to perplex me is the accuracy of the oximeter which, perhaps influenced by a bad positioning of my, my arm or even the watch itself, has repeatedly detected a percentage of oxygen in the blood that ranged from 90% to 93% . And it is indeed a worrying figure, and totally discordant from the 98% detected by a traditional oximeter.
The battery integrated in the Amazfit GTR 2 is 471 mAh and, in our tests, it was able to guarantee about 13 days of autonomy without ever having to recharge the smartphone. And it is clear that this is an excellent goal, to which in fact we have already been used to by Huami, which however drops to around 5 days if the AoD were to be activated.
Charging times are instead average: to go from 0% to 100% battery, it will take about 2 hours with the proprietary charger that is included in the package. But, in short, having to recharge for a couple of hours, to have about 13 days of battery, is a price that I'm sure won't cost anyone much.
Price and final thoughts – Amazfit GTR 2
The launch price of the Amazfit GTR 2 is € 169.90, and it is useless to go around it or make nonsense speeches: it is a great price, perfectly suited to the quality and functionality of the product and in line with what the market is asking for in this particular period.
In short, the Amazfit GTR 2 is the excellent classic Amazfit. Of course, it has not been totally revolutionized compared to the previous generation, but it continues to bring the main features, and improves them with the addition of speakers and microphone. The real revolution will take place when Alexa is also available in Italy: only then will Amazfit smartwatches become real game changers, able to offer advanced functions at very low prices.
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