Amazfit GTS hands-on evaluate: Not simply an Apple imitator
“The Amazfit GTS seems like an Apple Watch; however don’t dismiss it, as that is about as slick and have packed as a clone can get”
An excellent-looking, well-made smartwatch
Lovely AMOLED display screen
Extensive alternative of colours and straps
Software program not examined but
Seems like an Apple Watch clone
It’s very straightforward to dismiss the Amazfit GTS as an affordable Apple Watch knockoff. It’s undeniably a clone, because of the distinctive form of the physique; however to disregard it completely due to this could be a mistake. I visited the Amazfit sales space at IFA 2019 with some trepidation. I had by no means used one in all its watches, however my head crammed with ideas of many early (and really unhealthy) smartwatches that traded on curiosity alone. Issues have moved on. Smartwatches will be nice. The world doesn’t have to regress again to price range, novelty fashions that provide a nasty expertise.
What would the Amazfit GTS ship?
The GTS is a pleasing shock. The metallic physique is admittedly slim — slimmer than the Apple Watch Sequence four — and the metallic itself has been given a beautiful tactile texture. An organization consultant instructed me this was to make the watch really feel much more premium, and it really works. Nonetheless, it’s the display screen that basically grabs your consideration. The 348 x 442 pixel AMOLED panel, simply 1.65-inches, is a magnificence. Inky blacks and a well-designed working system imply the show seems bezel-less, and the mature, vivid icons are pin sharp because of the 340 pixel-per-inch density.
It doesn’t have WearOS onboard (and clearly not WatchOS both), however software program of Amazfit’s personal design. It really works within the anticipated method: Swipes to the left and proper, and up and all the way down to find menu choices and to seek out the shortcut menu. It was easy and fluid, and undoubtedly removed from the poor experiences as soon as related to different low cost smartwatches. The mannequin I used was not linked to a smartphone, so I can’t touch upon how this impacts efficiency, however operation was pure and straightforward when utilizing the GTS on my wrist.
I feel the Apple Watch’s design has grow to be iconic, and whereas some nonetheless disagree about its fashion, it’s distinctive and enticing, particularly when paired with the correct strap. Amazfit has not been refined about its design selections, however has opted for a single crown on the correct of the physique to keep away from potential lawsuits. It nonetheless works, and is, if something, nearer to H. Moser’s fabulous Swiss Alp mechanical watches, which additionally take inspiration from Apple’s design. The straps measure 20mm, and are slightly small on larger wrists. Amazfit has a number of colours, with the black-on-black mannequin trying stealthily cool and the pink silicone strap — vermillion orange in keeping with Amazfit, however I guarantee you it’s extra pink — standing out as the very best different.
The watch’s characteristic record is robust too. There’s a coronary heart price sensor on the again, sleep monitoring, and GPS inside so that you don’t want your cellphone on a run. It’s additionally water resistant to 50 meters. The watch face will be altered to make it your individual, and widgets will be added or taken away. It’s not cluttered or messy. It hyperlinks to Amazfit’s app, which is obtainable for Android and iOS utilizing Bluetooth 5.zero. The 220mAh battery ought to final for 10 days earlier than needing a recharge.
How a lot for the Amazfit GTS? Simply 130 euros, or about $144 U.S., and it’ll be out in October by means of a choice of on-line channels together with Amazon within the U.S. Sure, it’s an Apple Watch clone. Sure, folks will take a look and assume you’re sporting an Apple Watch. No, it’s not the disastrous operational nightmare I feared it might be, and no, the supplies and building aren’t low cost and nasty both. It’s fairly handsome, and my first impression is that it’s well-made and durable too.
Query marks stay although. I haven’t used it linked to a cellphone, so I don’t know the way easy it’s to arrange, the way it performs with notifications, how stable the connection is, or how efficient the health monitoring is. These are the explanations we purchase a smartwatch, and unhealthy experiences imply we don’t use the watch as soon as we’ve it, in order that they must be actually good regardless of how low the value.
I’ll be giving the Amazfit GTS an extended evaluate quickly. Within the meantime, based mostly on seems and first impressions alone, the Amazfit GTS seems to be a real competitor to watches just like the FitBit Versa and Versa 2, and hybrids just like the Withings Metal HR Sport.