At the end of last week, I tested two smartwatch models from the Amazfit brand – these were the GTR 2e and the GTS 2e. Today I would like to talk about even simpler versions, which is called Amazfit GTS 2 Mini.
The company decided to surprise us with a new smartwatch. But as I noted earlier, the more the choice of different models, the more difficult it is to make a choice at the time of purchase. Therefore, in this article, I will talk about each function, share my opinion on design and performance.
If the original Amazfit GTS 2 watch is priced at $180, the version with a prefix at the end Mini will cost only $ 99. The latest competitor for the GTS 2 Mini that I was able to test with a similar price tag was the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite.
As for the technical specifications, the mini version very much resembles its older brother in appearance. This model uses a 1.55-inch AMOLED screen, over 50 different watch faces, and over 30 watch faces of Always-On Display.
I can also mention the functions of determining blood oxygen SpO2, heart rate, sleep, PAI, stress, and more than 70 types of sports modes. In addition, the device boasts a good battery life.
Okay, we almost figured out the features, but let’s talk about each of them in more detail in a detailed and in-depth review. Therefore, I propose to start your test with the appearance of the package and find out what the manufacturer put inside the package.
Amazfit GTS 2 Mini: Specifications
|Amazfit GTS 2 Mini:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.55 inch AMOLED screen with 354 x 306 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, GPS, GLONASS|
|IP standart:||5ATM waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 21 days|
|Size:||40.5 x 35.8 x 8.95 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
Amazfit does not try to surprise its regular customers with the appearance of the packaging. This is a typical box like most other models from this brand.
For example, on the front, there is a picture of a smartwatch, the name of the model, and the company. Also here you can find the main features of the device.
Inside the package, everything is also standard – this is the watch itself. Also included are a two-pin magnetic charging cable and a multilingual user manual.
I really like how the manufacturer Amazfit provides its smartwatch. It is a fairly sturdy box that not only looks beautiful but is also reliable for transportation.
Design, build quality and materials
As I said, the new smartwatch model Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is very much reminiscent of its older brother Amazfit GTS 2 or GTS 2e. But I can also say that the design reminds me of the Amazfit Bip U model.
On the front of the case, the watch is made of aluminum alloy, but on the inside, plastic is used. I have no strong comments on the build quality and performance. Each element is well assembled and everything is in place.
The manufacturer offers a large number of different colors – black, pink, and green. In addition, the color of the case completely matches the color of the strap.
On the right side of the smartwatch case, there is one mechanical button that performs the function of turning on or entering the main menu of functions. The button itself is also made of aluminum alloy and has a good stroke and responsiveness.
Meanwhile, the front of the GTS 2 Mini has a 1.55-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 354 x 306 pixels. For comparison, I can note that the Amazfit GTS 2 had a slightly larger screen size of 1.65 inches with a resolution of 348 x 442 pixels.
The screen itself is protected by a 2.5D rounded glass. There are frames around the screen and are approximately 3 mm. But I want to say that they are only noticeable if you look at the screen at the correct angle and light.
I have no comments on the quality of the screen since it uses AMOLED technology. Therefore, the color rendering was very realistic and lively, as well as the contrast. At the same time, the brightness level was 450 nits and it will not be a problem to look at the screen even in bright sunny weather.
On the back of the smartwatch, you can see two contacts with a magnetic connection for charging and various sensors. For example, this is a heart rate sensor, blood oxygen level, barometer, accelerometer, and others.
As for the strap, it received a very nice silicone material. During my testing of the GTS 2 Mini, the watch fit perfectly on the wrist. At the same time, I did not find an allergy from the strap, and while swimming in the pool, the strap does not rub my hand. The strap is 20 mm wide and is detachable.
Another thing worth telling about the new smartwatch model is its size and weight. This watch model has very compact dimensions, which are only 40.5 x 35.8 x 8.95 mm, and the weight without a strap does not exceed 20 grams. Thus, this watch can be easily compared to smart bracelets in terms of wearing comfort. While wearing the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini, I was alone not only comfortable in everyday use, but also during sleep.
Functions, features, and application
Immediately, I note that the functionality of the new Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is almost the same as its predecessors. But I cannot call it completely identical, since there are some differences and I want to talk about them.
First of all, let’s go through the control functions and find out the main features of the mini version of the smartwatch. The main watch face displays a lot of useful information. Also, the manufacturer promises more than 40 types to choose from different watch faces.
But initially, only 4 watch faces are available, and additional ones can be installed through the mobile application. In addition, I liked the first two watch faces, which can be customized. That is, you can choose those features and functions that are more important to you than others.
As for the controls, the user interface is completely similar to other models from the Amazfit brand. For example, when you swipe down, you will be taken to the quick settings menu. This section no longer has so many different features as on its older brothers. In the case of the GTS 2 Mini, I found only four icons – do not disturb mode, alarm clock, screen brightness level, and settings.
In the meantime, there is a large list of different features in the settings. These watch face selection, watch face screen off, screen auto-off time, and others.
If you swipe up, you get to the recent notifications menu. Here I would like to note that icons from notifications are displayed, as well as emoticons and text have a good font.
When swiping from the home screen to the right or left, you can see many different widgets. These are activities throughout the day, sleep analysis, weather, music player, and others. In addition, widgets can be added or removed and it all depends on your needs.
To go to the main menu with all the features, you must press the button on the end once. The main menu is a list of different functions and features, and let’s go through each one. The first function is goals and activity throughout the day. Next features such as PAI, heart rate, blood oxygen SpO2, stress, breathing, sleep, female cycle, sports training, settings, and more.
In the more section, I discovered more additional features. This is an alarm clock, weather, music player, stopwatch, timer, world clocks of different cities, compass, and finds a smartphone.
I would also like to pay attention to the section on sports training. Amazfit GTS 2 Mini has more than 70 types of workouts on board. Each workout is located in a subsection to make it easier for you to navigate the choice.
Since this model of smartwatches received full protection from water under the 5 ATM standard, you can also find training in the pool here.
But I especially liked how the GPS function works. And yes, GPS is already built into this device. The training route can be seen not only on the mobile application but also on the smartwatch screen.
A little about the Zepp application, which I have already talked about many times. The main menu of the app showcases many different notifications. For example, you can monitor the state of your activities, steps, distance, calories. As well as other features such as sleep, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and others.
Battery and run time
In the case of the smartwatch Amazfit GTS 2 Mini, the manufacturer has installed a pretty good battery capacity of 220 mAh. With the active use of the device, the watch can work for about one week.
But if you use a smartwatch at medium loads, then the battery life will double. There is also a super saving mode of operation, in which the battery life will be about 21 days.
In general, the battery life of the GTS 2 Mini depends on the degree of workload and how often you will use sports training with the GPS module turned on.
In this case, the time to full charge will be approximately 1.5 hours through a two-pin magnetic cable.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Of the positive aspects of the work and functions of the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini smartwatch, I liked the presence of the GPS module and how it works in real life.
In addition, the watch stands out for its responsive and fast user interface. I also liked the battery life. Therefore, even with active use, the watch will not need to be charged very often.
I can pay special attention to a bright and saturated AMOLED screen with a good pixel density and high brightness level.
But the functionality does not make me feel positive. That is, the mini version of the watch from Amazfit has received practically the same functionality as the Amazfit Bip U model.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
If you are looking for a quality smartwatch with perfect build quality and fast user interface performance, then Amazfit GTS 2 Mini is a good choice.
The price for this smartwatch model is $ 99.99 from China. This is a good price for an interesting watch model with a wide range of functions. But it is difficult to compare with the original version of GTS 2 since the functionality on the older brother is much more.