Exactly one year has passed since Amazfit released the second revolutionary generation of smartwatches. And today I have on the test the third generation of smartwatches, which are called Amazfit GTR 3.
If we talk about appearance and style, then the new generation has remained practically untouched, compared with the second generation. But still, there are some changes and I will definitely tell you about them in my full and detailed review below.
Also in this article, you can find out not only the design features of the third generation of smartwatches from the Amazfit brand. But I also want to share with you my emotions from using various functions, widgets and much more.
As for the cost, it has practically not changed compared to the previous generation. Now the price for Amazfit GTR 3 is $179 including a discount. Therefore, let’s briefly go through the main features and find out whether the watch is worth your attention or not.
If you look at the technical features of the device, then the third generation of GTR 3 watches received a 1.39-inch screen with an AMOLED matrix. The exact same screen was used on the last generation of smartwatches in the GTR line. But the manufacturer still promises up to 21 days of battery life.
In addition, the smartwatch received a new generation BioTracker with PPG 3.0. Also, the device uses over 150+ different sports training modes with built-in GPS modules. I can also highlight the function of the voice assistant Alexa and full protection against water under the 5 ATM standard.
Therefore, now I want to check how the device will show itself from a practical point of view, will it be as perfect as the second generation? Let’s talk about all these issues in an in-depth and detailed review.
Amazfit GTR 3: Specifications
|Amazfit GTR 3:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.39 inch AMOLED screen with 454 x 454 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|IP standart:||5 ATM|
|Standby time:||up to 10 days|
|Size:||46 x 46 x 10.5 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The third generation of the Amazfit GTR 3 smartwatch is delivered in an updated packaging design. Yes, the box itself may have received similar dimensions and weight, but the style has become a little different. For example, on the front of the package, there is a colorful, bright drawing with the depicted smart device. There is also the name of the model with the updated logo of the company, in the form of a chameleon.
But inside the package bundle remained intact. That is, here I was able to find such components as the watch itself with a protective transport film on the device screen. There was also a manual in various languages and a magnetic charging dock.
At the same time, it should be said that the packaging did not look budget-friendly, for example, the quality of the cardboard was thick. Also, the equipment made only positive emotions for me. Now let’s take the watch in hand and take a closer look at the design features.
Design, build quality and materials
First, let’s talk about the available color options for the new generation of smartwatches from Amazfit. Now you can order a choice of two options, it is in black or moon gray. I use the latter option on my test, and as for me, it looks a little bit unique than the standard black color.
What about the differences between the two generations of watches? That new generation is practically no different from the previous second generation. That is, it is the same round watch with a metal case and protective glass on the front of the device. At the same time, small changes were made to the legs of the strap and you can notice a slightly enlarged top button on the right end of the watch case.
At the same time, the button itself has also become a wheel, which is capable of flipping through menus or functions in the user interface of a smartwatch. But the button is customizable, but by default it opens sports modes.
If we talk about the quality of performance, then I did not reveal any special complaints during my testing. All components were well assembled and considering their cost over $150, you should not expect any defects or other troubles. I can also highlight the presence of protection against water under the 5ATM standard, so you can easily dive to a depth of 50 meters or a pressure of 5 atmospheres.
Between the two buttons on the right side of the Amazfit GTR 3 device, there is also a hole for the microphone. At the same time, this microphone was created for the voice assistant Alexa, and not for talking on the phone. In addition, there is no speaker on the body of the device, which means that the main function, namely, talking on the phone is not here.
That is, the previous generation Amazfit GTR 2 was equipped with a speaker and microphone. But in the third generation, the manufacturer decided to remove these features. In fact, it upset me very much. I think true fans also cannot understand why it was necessary to do this. But the answer is simple, since the manufacturer Amazfit decided to get rid of the GTR 2s, which was a simplified version and replaced it with the Amazfit GTR 3.
At the same time, the Amazfit smartwatch model with the Pro ending is now available. And this version of the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro wearable watch has a speaker and microphone, that is, the Bluetooth calling function.
The back of the body of my today’s hero received the usual charging contacts and a PPG 3.0 heart rate sensor. You can also see here that the strap on the smartwatch has a standard buckle and you can easily replace the strap with any other option.
The strap itself was made from a resilient silicone material and has the same color as its watch case. On the wrist, the smartwatch from Amazfit sat very well and did not cause any fatigue even with prolonged wear. The dimensions of the watch were 45.8 x 45.8 x 10.8 mm, and the weight was about 32 grams excluding the weight of the strap. But with the strap, the weight was about 55 grams.
On the front of the Amazfit GTR 3 device, there is a 1.39-inch screen with minimal bezels around the screen. The resolution of the AMOLED screen was absolutely the same as in the previous generation, namely 454 x 454 pixels. Therefore, I did not reveal any special changes in the screen between the second and third generation of Amazfit GTR smartwatches.
It is also worth talking about other indicators of the screen, for example, the maximum screen brightness was 1000 nits with a pixel density of 326 ppi. Thus, you can easily use the watch, both indoors and outdoors. Also, the watch was equipped with a 60 Hz screen refresh rate. But do not forget that this is a watch, not a smartphone, and you will not be able to play games here.
In addition, in the watch settings, you can find the Always-On Display function. This feature will display the time on the watch screen, even in sleep mode. Overall, the screen is very rich and has realistic and vibrant colors. Okay, well, now let’s talk about the main thing, namely the functions.
Features, controls and mobile app
After connecting the Amazfit GTR 3 smartwatch to the mobile app called Zepp, you will be able to use the watch to its fullest. At the same time, the connection itself took me no more than 5 minutes of my time. The pairing process was very simple and did not cause any particular difficulties in connection.
When the watch is fully paired with the mobile application, then you can fully enjoy all the functions and features of the smartwatch. But before I tell you about the controls and other features. I was planning to pay a little attention to the user interface, which is called Zepp OS. Also, a lot of beautiful animations appeared in the interface itself, both in various sections and on the main dial of the smartwatch.
In addition, the main screen of the watch has received many different styles of dials. To change the dial, you need to hold your finger on the screen for a few seconds. You can also install new types of dials through the mobile application without any problems.
Now I propose to go through the main features of management. For example, by swiping left or right, you can find many useful widgets. This can be activity, heart rate, weather, PAI, and others. Each widget can be customized in the watch or through the app. The maximum number of available widgets is 10 pieces.
If you swipe up from the main screen of the Amazfit GTR 3 watch, you will see the latest received notifications. But a swipe from top to bottom will show us a quick settings menu. There are nine icons in this section, such as battery level, calendar, flashlight, screen always on, theater mode, brightness level settings, do not disturb mode, find smartphone and settings.
Directly in the settings themselves, there are a large number of different sections and subsections. In fact, setting up your watch is even easier through the watch itself, without using a mobile app. In addition, the number of settings in the watch was many times more than in the mobile application.
If we talk about the main settings, then here I found the following sections: dial and time, display, vibration, workouts, watch lock, voice control, and many others. I really liked the settings in the smartwatch from Amazfit.
To go to the main menu with all functions, you must press the upper button/crown once. Here you can see the following functions, such as PAI, heart rate, blood oxygen level SpO2, stress, one-touch measurement, workouts, workout log, activity, sleep, weather, music, alarm, calendar, and more.
In the larger section, there are also useful sections, such as the sun and moon, compass, barometer, altimeter, menstrual history, breathing exercises, stopwatch, timer, to-do list, world clock, wind-up timer and camera control.
I want to note that in comparison with each feature, I had no problems. All functions worked properly and accurately, in addition, the manufacturer added beautiful animation and a lot of useful information when choosing a particular feature. Even when compared with the last second generation, the third generation of watches has grown exponentially in terms of its functionality. At the same time, the smoothness of the user interface remains the same as on the previous generation of smartwatches.
Now about the training itself, more than 150+ different types of activities are used in the Amazfit GTR 3 smartwatch. Also, thanks to the new PPG 3.0 sensor, you can now measure your heart rate while swimming. As for the GPS sensor, it did not cause any particular complaints in my work. That is, the GPS accuracy was good. In addition, during an active workout, you can control your music player.
It is also worth noting that the Amazfit GTR 3 has a store with third-party applications. But this store can only be used through the Zepp mobile app. There are currently 10 different apps available, including calculator, storage data, and other health-related apps. I suppose the number of applications will only grow over time.
Okay, now let’s talk about the Zepp application itself. Here I did not reveal anything new, everything is displayed, like on any smartwatch. That is, through the application, you can analyze steps, distance, heart rate and other indicators. In addition, in the application, you can set up notifications and install additional watch faces.
Battery and run time
Inside the case of the Amazfit GTR 3 smartwatch, a 450 mAh battery was used. This is a decent amount of battery, which shows a good result in terms of battery life.
For example, during my testing of the smartwatch, the device lasted about 10 days with active use. I think this is a good indicator, as for such a watch with a wide functionality of various features. In doing so, I used the watch with the maximum number of active functions, including GPS and others.
At the same time, if you use an energy-saving mode with a limited number of functions, then the battery life can increase up to 35 days. But with the always-on GPS module, the watch will work only 35 hours.
It took me about 2.5 hours to fully charge through the two-pin connection.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
The new generation of smartwatches Amazfit GTR 3 has shown itself with even more different functions and applications.
On the positive side, I can single out the presence of a high-quality assembly and good manufacturing materials used. I also liked the work of all functions and applications, thanks to the work of Zepp OS. In addition, the watch received an updated PPG 3.0 sensor, which measured all health indicators accurately and the results were similar to the chest heart rate sensor.
But the new generation of smart watches from Amazfit also has disadvantages and let’s talk about them in more detail. First of all, I didn’t like the lack of Bluetooth calling function. Despite the fact that in the past generation, this feature was. Well, and also to the disadvantages, I can attribute this is not a small cost, although I quite understand why a new user will pay that kind of money.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now you can purchase the new generation of Amazfit GTR 3 smartwatches at a price of $179.99 and with a 40% discount.
Considering its main features and functions, I can definitely recommend the new generation of smartwatches. But I would also consider the option with the presence of Bluetooth calls, which is available on the version with the Pro ending.