Amazfit GTS 3 evaluate: Outdated Wine in a New Bottle

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There’s loads of selection in case you are searching for a smartwatch for health monitoring priced at or beneath Rs. 15,000. Whereas most smartwatches and health trackers at this worth degree will not supply Google’s Put on OS ecosystem, yow will discover merchandise that ship plenty of worth when it comes to {hardware}, options, and extra importantly, battery life.

With that in thoughts, Amazfit’s GTS 3 is a really succesful health tracker. There is a new show, new software program, a refreshed design, and a digital crown for navigation, however all of those appear to have come at a value. The tiny leap in battery capability signifies that this mannequin is positioned beneath the GTR 3 and GTR 3 Professional. The GTS 3 additionally lacks Bluetooth calling and inner storage, which have been accessible on the GTS 2 (Evaluation). Contemplating these minor updates and the lacking options, must you select the Amazfit GTS 3, or are there higher health trackers at this worth?

The Amazfit GTS 3 contains a 42mm watch case that is manufactured from aluminium alloy

 

Amazfit GTS 3 worth in India

The Amazfit GTS 3 is priced at Rs. 13,999 in India. It is accessible in a single model, and has no user-accessible inner storage. There are three finishes to select from: Graphite Black, Ivory White, and Terra Rosa. I obtained a Terra Rosa GTS 3 unit for evaluate. It comes with a silicon strap and a magnetic charging base within the field.

Amazfit GTS 3 design and specs

The Amazfit GTS 3 appears to be like similar to the GTS 2. The one pusher on the precise facet of the GTS 2 has now been upgraded to a navigation crown, which can be utilized as a house button when pressed and launched rapidly, and reveals you an inventory of apps with a second press. Its major function is to allow you to scroll by lists and pages, and it generates haptic suggestions as you do this. Lengthy-pressing the crown helps you to entry any perform of your selecting. I set it to drag up Amazon Alexa’s voice interface.

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The navigation crown gives haptic suggestions whereas scrolling by lists

 

The navigation crown works very like the one on Apple Watches, however it’s not as refined from a software program perspective. Twisting the crown with the watch unlocked ends in haptic suggestions with the linear vibration motor, however this feels extra like vibrations than mechanical clicks. Scrolling feels responsive, however the crown could be very delicate, which makes it a bit annoying to scroll to an actual merchandise in an inventory or a web page in an app. There’s at all times a little bit of adjustment required to achieve a spot. Because the UI doesn’t have a variety system or a spotlight to indicate chosen gadgets in an inventory or in an app, you must take your finger off the crown and faucet on the show to pick out one thing, which I discovered counterintuitive. After a number of days of use, I ended up utilizing the touchscreen show for navigation more often than not, as all apps and capabilities work nicely with gestures. You’ll solely actually need the navigation crown to entry the checklist of apps if you find yourself on the watch face.

The Amazfit GTS 3 contains a 1.75-inch OLED show with a decision of 390×450 pixels. It has a slim bezel throughout. The entrance glass is tempered for cover and in addition has an anti-fingerprint coating, which labored nicely all through the evaluate interval.

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The smartwatch comes with a silicon strap which is sort of comfy

 

The 42mm watch case is rectangular with rounded corners and is manufactured from aluminium alloy. At simply 24.4g (with out straps) it feels very mild and nearly like a sensible band. The system is water resistant as much as 5ATM, so it is possible for you to to take it for a swim. There isn’t a speaker however you do get a mic that can be utilized for voice instructions for the built-in voice assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.

The underside of the case is manufactured from plastic and has the sensors for coronary heart fee and SpO2 monitoring. Above and beneath them are two steel contacts that hook up with the magnetic charging base. The watch comes with a silicon strap that may be hooked up and eliminated simply with quick-release pins. The strap feels gentle and has a traditional pin buckle that remained safe and by no means got here off by accident through the evaluate interval. I had no hassle sporting the GTS 3 all day and even sleeping whereas sporting it.

The Amazfit GTS 3 communicates with its telephone app, known as Zepp, by way of Bluetooth. The watch doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi so it can’t instantly hook up with the Web. There is not any native storage like on the GTS 2, so storing music on the watch will not be potential. Due to its slim general design (8.8mm thick), Amazfit engineers solely managed to squeeze in a 250mAh battery. That is nonetheless a minor improve over the 246mAh battery on the GTS 2, however it’s solely near half the capacities that the GTR 3 and the GTR 3 Professional fashions have.

Amazfit GTS 3 software program

Amazfit, with its new GTS 3 and GTR 3 fashions, has upgraded to a brand new software program platform known as Zepp OS. This can be a customized working system and communicates with the Zepp app on an Android or iOS smartphone. I examined the GTS 3 with a Google Pixel 4a, and proper off the bat, I observed that I used to be not in a position to obtain any app notifications. The answer was to show off battery optimisations for the Zepp companion app. This mainly makes the Zepp app stay in reminiscence and run within the background indefinitely (good or dangerous, you resolve). Publish this, I needed to choose all of the apps I needed to obtain notifications from, after which I used to be good to go.

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The underside of the case is manufactured from plastic and has two steel contacts for charging along with the well being monitoring sensors

 

The UI is sort of primary, and navigating by it on the GTS 3 is pretty simple to grasp. From the watch face, you may swipe proper to open Shortcut Playing cards, swipe left to entry preselected widgets (which Amazfit calls Fast Entry Apps), swipe as much as see your notifications, and swipe right down to entry essential settings. There are buttons right here to allow you to rapidly toggle DND and Theatre modes, regulate the show brightness, and extra.

The Shortcut Playing cards part is a customisable checklist of apps that present related data and actions. I may work together with these, for instance to take a fast coronary heart fee studying or look by a climate forecast. A faucet on every one will open its respective app. The Fast Entry Apps (or widgets) then again relay data from the built-in apps in a visually interesting means. Certainly, each these sections ended up displaying the identical data in several methods, so selecting which approach to go from the watch face is especially about the way you prefer to view such data.

There are many built-in apps, and Amazfit has an App Retailer within the Zepp companion app that permits you to obtain some extra mini apps. These vary from extraordinarily helpful, such because the Watch Storage Area app, to one thing as ineffective because the Brush Enamel app that tells you how you can brush your enamel. The apps on this mini retailer do not come from third-party builders, so all of them look constant and keep on with the general design and theme of the Zepp OS interface.

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The watch does have a little bit of inner storage, however it’s not accessible to the consumer

 

The Storage Area app let me know that I had about 3GB of inner storage, of which I had used about 784MB after two weeks. It’s kind of odd that Amazfit doesn’t let customers do something with the opposite 2GB of native storage, comparable to storing music.

The watch has two voice assistants. There’s one that’s developed by Amazfit and the opposite which is by Amazon. Amazfit’s personal voice assistant works offline (and is even known as Offline Voice Management) however could be very restricted when it comes to capabilities and requires very particular instructions. More often than not it opened the mistaken app as a result of it couldn’t perceive my instructions accurately. In distinction, Amazon’s Alexa is loads smarter, however must be linked to the web to function.

Positives apart, there are some things that I didn’t like in regards to the Amazfit GTS 3. The built-in watch faces (and people from the Zepp retailer) do present problems (information from apps) and even allow you to customise what information you need to see in them. Nonetheless, tapping on these problems won’t take you to their respective apps. Clearing notifications from the notifications tray will not be an excellent expertise. As an alternative of with the ability to merely swipe away a selected notification, I needed to open every one, faucet on a delete button (situated on the finish of the message), after which swipe proper to get again to the notifications tray. This needs to be carried out for every notification individually. Notifications from some apps comparable to WhatsApp don’t present up with an icon, so it is arduous to inform which app or service they got here from.

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The Amazfit GTS 3’s Zepp OS interface is pretty primary and simple to grasp

 

There are different primary UI flaws too, like the shortcoming to rapidly entry instruments or apps which are lively within the background. For instance, if I begin the stopwatch after which view a notification or open one other app, I’ve to come back again to the watch face, press the crown to indicate the app drawer, scroll right down to the stopwatch app, open it, after which hit cease. An analogous drawback happens when a exercise is lively – all different capabilities of the watch stay blocked (save for the drop-down notifications shade and music controls). It’s a must to end a exercise with a purpose to entry different capabilities or instruments. Whereas this does not matter in case you are in the midst of an intense exercise session, I couldn’t entry the watch throughout my each day stroll or whereas jogging, forcing me to drag out my telephone.

Amazfit GTS 3 efficiency and battery life

The entire OS seems to run easily, which makes it fairly responsive, whether or not you might be interacting with it utilizing the navigation crown or the touchscreen. The AMOLED show acquired fairly vivid even in direct daylight, and the black background that is all around the UI helps textual content and graphics stand out.

In the event you do purchase an Amazfit GTS 3, do bear in mind to replace it to the most recent software program model (7.23.5.2 on the time of this evaluate), which ran easily and was largely bug-free, in comparison with the expertise I had with the software program that it got here with out of the field.

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Sleep monitoring on the Amazfit GTS 3 was removed from correct

 

A lot of the health monitoring options have been fairly correct, save for sleep monitoring. The SpO2 studying was spot on in comparison that of to a blood oximeter, and the watch was additionally fairly fast to take measurements and show a studying. Coronary heart fee readings have been additionally fairly correct. There is a good One-tap Measuring characteristic that conducts a lot of exams in a single go. This takes about 45 seconds, so you’ll have to stay immobile for that lengthy.

As for exercises, step monitoring was impressively correct. I counted 1,000 steps manually throughout my each day stroll and the watch confirmed precisely 1,000 steps. This was with 2D monitoring switched on; there’s additionally a 3D monitoring mode that takes elevation into consideration. GPS monitoring was additionally nearly good, although my route had plenty of timber and loads of buildings.

Whereas a lot of the monitoring options have been on level, sleep monitoring was not. There are a few floor guidelines you want to remember when studying sleep information. Daytime naps of lower than 20 minutes don’t get recorded. Sleep time between 10:00pm and eight:00am will solely be counted as evening sleep, together with brief naps.

I wore the watch to mattress for a number of nights and located that it was inaccurate for essentially the most half, aside from situations once I awoke through the evening, which it detected precisely. The GTS 3 for some purpose determined that I used to be in a light-weight sleep state from 9:00pm to once I really known as it a day and shut my eyes at 12:30am. It even marked me as awake for an excellent 45 minutes earlier than deep sleep and REM sleep started. My greatest guess is that it assumed that I used to be asleep when mendacity comparatively immobile whereas watching films. Regardless, it was nonetheless inaccurate.

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Notifications from some apps comparable to WhatsApp don’t present up with an icon

 

As for the Amazfit GTS 3’s 250mAh battery, I examined this in two methods. With the At all times-On Show (AOD) enabled plus common coronary heart fee, blood O2, and stress monitoring, all notifications switched on, and sleep monitoring with theatre mode turned on at evening, this system lasted 3 days on a single cost. With no auto monitoring of any type turned on, AOD switched off, and with all notifications enabled, a full cost stretched for about 5 days. Whereas these numbers do sound spectacular in comparison with an Apple Watch or a WearOS system which must be charged each evening, Amazfit’s GTR 3 (which is priced the identical because the GTS 3) and GTR 3 Professional (priced larger) have a lot larger batteries and will final loads longer. As for charging, the watch touched 53 % in half-hour and took about 1 hour and 19 minutes to get to 100%, which isn’t dangerous.

Verdict

The Amazfit GTS 3 is a minor replace over the GTS 2 (Evaluation), and is okay in case you are available in the market for a slim smartwatch that weighs solely as a lot as a health band. Zepp OS is a clean and fluid expertise (with a number of bugs), however the digital crown could be very restricted when it comes to perform. Health and well being monitoring is sort of good save for sleep monitoring, which was simply not up to speed. There is not any native storage (for music recordsdata or Bluetooth calling like on the GTS 2, which some would possibly discover to be a deal breaker. Briefly, should you personal a GTS 2 (which at the moment retails at Rs. 11,999) there isn’t any purpose to improve to the GTS 3.

In case you are searching for a budget-friendly smartwatch, there are a number of choices to select from at this worth degree. There’s Amazfit’s GTR 3, which presents an even bigger battery and the identical set of options on the similar worth. In case you are searching for storage and an even bigger battery, there’s the OnePlus Watch (Evaluation) at Rs. 14,999. And if Put on OS is in your thoughts, then the Oppo Watch (41mm) (Rs. 14,999) won’t be a foul concept.