Smartwatches are more or less dead, otherwise, you can not say that. But why? I think you can fix the problem in three ways.
- High price
- Short battery life
- The dispensable range of functions
Few users have smartphones for $300+, because you do not want to spend so much again for an additional smartwatch. Also, a battery life of usually just a day is more than a deterrent.
But is not there a smartwatch that is budget, offers many features and can last a few days? Xiaomi advertises here to have the solution in the next generation Amazfit lines!
The Xiaomi Amazfit Verge smartwatch in our review is available for around $180 in the market and should offer a battery life of up to 5 days, integrated GPS and NFC, etc.
But is it really worth a purchase here? Is the implementation as good as the specifications and the name Xiaomi promise? Let’s find out in the test!
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Specifications
|Xiaomi Amazfit Verge:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.3 inch AMOLED screen with 360 by 360 pixels|
|IP standart:||5ATM or 50M waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 5 days|
|Size:||226 x 43 x 12.6mm|
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Desing and Appearance
The Amazfit Verge Smartwatch is very “practical” in terms of feel and processing. Those who expect the haptic and massiveness of an Apple Watch are clearly disappointed.
For the Amazfit Verge, Xiaomi relies on a very simple plastic housing, which is also extremely light.
This has pros and cons, of course, a light watch in sports is welcome, in return, the watch is also a bit “cheap”.
While that may sound a bit naughty, the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge Watch in the test has more of a toy than a real smartwatch, at least as far as its feel is concerned.
Visually, the smartwatch is fine, as I think. This is a mix of a regular fitness tracker and an Apple Watch.
The round shape and the crown correspond here largely an Apple Watch, the remaining housing and the choice of material a fitness tracker.
Also fits the IP68 certification as well as the silicone bracelets, which can be exchanged by the user.
An IP68 certification means that you can do pretty much anything with the smartwatch when it comes to water.
However, I would not recommend swimming with the watch! On the other hand, taking a shower or a handshake should not be a problem.
Let’s go around the smartwatch. On the front, we find the 1.3-inch color AMOLED display, which fortunately is protected by Gorilla glass.
As you remember, on Xiaomi AMAZFIT Bip has transflective TFT display. This is a very special technology in which the display does not necessarily need a backlight but reflects the ambient light. Therefore, they had much more autonomy in 25 days.
On the right edge, you can see the red button to control the smartwatch.
The underside is equipped with a pulse sensor, as well as two charging contacts. Included with the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge Smartwatch in our analisis is a small charging station, which you must use to charge the watch.
The charging station is kept fairly simple. It’s just a simple plastic part with two contacts touching the matching pads on the watch.
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Application
The Xiaomi Amazfit Verge uses the well-known Xiaomi Mi-Fit app, which is available for IOS and Android. The Xiaomi MiFit app has been developed over the years and thus very neat!
But let’s start at the beginning, ie the device. In order to use the app you need a Xiaomi account, you have this you can simply add the watch in the app. Select the appropriate menu entry and hold the button of the watch pressed until it is finished, done.
It takes a while until the watch is usable because the updates have to be installed, but this makes the app completely independent.
The MiFit app has a good and simple design, but at the same time does not seem cheap. Meanwhile, the MiFit app is largely translated into English.
The MiFit app is not only for the Amazfit Verge in the test but also for various other fitness products from Xiaomi, such as the MiBand, various smart scales, etc.
If you already have a MiBand, you can simply “copy” the data from the app.
As an incentive, you can also add friends in the MiFit app and see their values and vice versa if you want to.
Values from the MiFit app can also be automatically exported to Google Health, for example.
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Features
So what can the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge do? Let’s start with the basics, so count steps. The Amazfit Verge in the analisis permanently counts your steps and displays them on the display and in the app.
Of course, you can also view past values. In addition, your day is broken down, so the app tries to recognize what you have done, you went, walked, car dangers, etc.
This works quite well in a normal setting.
In addition to the “by the way” step counting, you can also start various activities, such as running, cycling, etc.
Here, in addition to the pedometer, the intrigued GPS module is used to show you the distance covered (distance) as well as climbed gradients and so on.
Unfortunately, it does not seem to be possible to follow the route on a map at a later date. It seems that only these measurements are collected by GPS.
At the same time, your heart rate is constantly being measured. This also happens outside of activities, but here at lower intervals. However, you can specify these intervals in the settings.
So we have the pedometer, the activities (including GPS data) and the heart rate monitor. There is still a big feature missing and that is sleep monitoring.
This feature of Amazfit Verge is always the most impressive because the watch automatically detects when you go to bed in the evening and when you wake up in the morning.
During this time, your sleep is recorded by the smartwatch. This means that a distinction is made between wake, deep sleep, and light sleep phases.
You can see in a diagram later how long you have spent in each of these phases and thus see how well or bad you have really slept.
But how accurate are the values of the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge? Happily, pretty much. In my test, the pedometer reached consistently plausible values, which are in line with the Apple Watch 2.
Yes, there are deviations, but really 100% accurate is not a pedometer. The Xiaomi Amazfit Verge tends to be a little more geared up when it comes to steps.
Also, a big difference from the last generation, in the new Amazfit Verge watches have NFC for contactless payment.
For most people, this is a big plus, so you can not even bother with your phone, just put up a watch.
What functions can you actually call up directly on the watch?
In addition to the time, you can also start an activity, watch the weather (which is rather moderately accurate), set an alarm, set a Timmer and finally let a compass display.
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Other Function and Notifications
You can not run any games or apps on the Amazfit! To be honest, this is cool to have on your watch, but here it is usually quicker and better to get your smartphone out of your pocket and use the app on it.
Therefore, I have not noticed in practice that the Amazfit Verge in the test does not have such features compared to Android Wear or the Apple Watch.
However, what is important to me are notifications. On Android, the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge also has a pretty solid notification system.
You can use the app to specify which notifications should be forwarded to the watch. If a notification now occurs, the clock will vibrate once and the text of the notification will be displayed on the clock.
However, the notification will only appear briefly and you will not be able to respond. The same applies to calls. The watch vibrates while ringing, but you need to answer the call via the smartphone.
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Battery
The battery life is without question a big plus of the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge by comparison with other smartwatches on the Android system. Xiaomi advertises up to 5 days.
But if we compare with the last generation of AMAZFIT Bip, then they had up to 45 days of autonomy due to their transflective TFT display.
As we already wrote above, the new generation Amazfit Verge has an AMOLED display, so here the autonomy will be lower.
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Conclusions and Reviews
The conclusion to the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge in our review can only be positive! The smartwatch is a kind of middle case watch and a fitness band, with all the advantages and disadvantages that come with it.
Let’s start with the benefits of Amazfit Verge. The biggest advantage is without question the battery life of 4+ days!
The pedometer is even quite accurate in the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge, just like the heart rate monitor.
The built-in GPS module allows you to get more detailed information on the covered distance and inclines during training runs or rides.
The presence of the function NFC gives a lot of advantage for users who want to pay for their purchases in watches.
This is ultimately the only real criticism, it is in the Amazfit Verge more of a fitness tracker than a real smartwatch.
So if you’re looking for a lite smartwatch with a solid fitness functionality, then the Xiaomi Amazfit Verge is highly recommended!
Xiaomi Amazfit Verge: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
The watch was presented a few days ago, but now you can buy a Xiaomi Amazfit Verge watch at an adequate price of $182.99.
Yes, maybe this price is a little higher, but it’s a perfect watch for sports, ordinary training or watching your active life.