Is Amazfit GTR the best smartwatch in 2019? Why does everyone talk so much and discuss the new Xiaomi smartwatch? Does Amazfit GTR deserve a hype around it?
I had these questions before I started the review of Amazfit GTR. As you can see, I have already finished a review, and I can say – YES, the smartwatch really deserves your attention. This is a good smartwatch, but I have also found a few shortcomings that you should know before buying Amazfit GTR.
So, let’s get started the review of new Xiaomi smartwatch with unboxing, and then talk about design, functions and app. In the end, I will sum up what I liked and what I did not like in Amazfit GTR.
First, I want to say that I have 47mm version of Amazfit GTR. Xiaomi smartwatch is also available in 42mm version. During the review, I will compare these versions, and tell you about their differences.
The first difference between them is the packaging, namely the box. The box of 47mm version has the image of smartwatch, Amazfit logo and main features on the front side. There is no information that this is Amazfit GTR.
However, there is a sticker on the right side, which says that this is Amazfit GTR 47mm.
On the back, you can read the brief specifications and information about manufacturer. By the way, did you know that Huami is manufacturer of this smartwatch, but not Xiaomi? You will not find Xiaomi logo or any inscription about this Chinese manufacturer on the box or somewhere else.
After opening the box, I found the smartwatch.
The package contents include only user manual in different languages and magnetic charger.
Amazfit GTR is a premium-looking smartwatch. I have not had an expensive smartwatch on review for a long time, so I was very surprised of built-quality of Amazfit GTR. Plastic watches and fitness bracelets will not match the metal case and leather strap of new Xiaomi smartwatch.
By the way, another difference between 42mm and 47mm models of Amazfit GTR is that 47mm version has leather strap, while 42mm watch comes with only silicone strap.
I have to make it clear that the strap is not completely leather. The outside is made of leather, while the inside is made of silicone. I think it is made for a more comfortable wearing of smartwatch. It is unlikely that manufacturer just saved on material.
By the way, did you notice embossed logo of Amazfit on the strap? It is a very small detail, but it makes you feel that you have a very expensive product.
If I start talking about strap, then you should know that it is removable. This version of Amazfit GTR is called Aluminum Alloy. It has brown leather strap and black dial. You can also choose Stainless steel with silver dial and the same strap as our version, and titanium with completely different strap and dial color. In our opinion, Aluminum Alloy version looks the best.
I forgot to say that the width strap is 22 mm. The strap from 42mm version is not compatible with 47mm version, because it has a width of 20 mm.
In fact, Amazfit GTR doesn’t look like smartwatch, especially this color option. It looks like an expensive, premium mechanical watch. Maybe I have that feeling because of the watch face out of the box. By the way, there are many watch faces, but I will talk about them later.
The screen has a diagonal of 1.39-inches and 454 x 454 pixels resolution. This is AMOLED panel, so it is good visible outdoors. Also, the screen is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and anti-fingerprint coating.
As I already said, I have 47mm version. It says about the diameter of the dial – 47.2 mm by 47.2 mm. The case thickness is 10.75 mm.
I have the heaviest model of Amazfit GTR – 48 grams. However, it is a very low weight for the smartwatch. For example, Xiaomi Mi Band 4 weights 22 grams, but it is made of plastic, and it has a small screen.
There are two physical buttons on the right side of the screen – power/back and functional. You can assign any function to the second button, such as sport mode, weather, heart rate, alarm clock, etc.
On the back, there is two-pin magnetic charging connector and heart rate sensor.
Unfortunately, I do not have 42mm version of Amazfit GTR to compare the size. However, 47mm version of Xiaomi smartwatch looks good on my wrist. Perhaps 42mm version would be better, but it does not have a leather strap, and the battery is much smaller, but we will talk about this later.
Finally, let’s turn on the smartwatch and talk about the built-in functions.
That’s how the watch face of Amazfit GTR looks like out of the box. If you don’t like it, you can press and hold on the main screen for some seconds, and there will be other watch faces. There are about 10 pre-installed watch watches. You can download more through the app on smartphone.
Using the swipes, you can change the screens on the watch. Swipe to the right opens the screen with steps, distance and calories.
The next screen is heart rate monitor.
If you swipe down from the main screen, you will find following functions, such as flashlight, brightness, do not disturb mode, battery saver and lock.
The main menu is opened by swipe up. There are Status, Heart Rate, Workout, Activities, Weather, Music, Notifications, Alarm, Event Reminder, More and Settings.
Compass, Timer, Count Down and Find Phone are located in More menu.
Watch face, Screen-in duration, Quick start-up, Always-on display and System are in Settings menu.
The new Xiaomi smartwatch is equipped with different sensors, such as BioTracker, 6-axis acceleration sensor, 3-axis geomagnetic sensor, Air-pressure sensor, capacity sensor and ambient light sensor.
In addition, Amazfit GTR has built-in GPS and GLONASS. All of these sensors allows you to track the physical activity during the day.
It seems that’s all functions of Amazfit GTR.
The companion app on smartphone is called Amazfit. It is available both on Android and iOS devices. Amazfit GTR is synchronized with smartphones via Bluetooth 5.0 LE technology.
In general, Amazfit app looks similar to Mi Fit, and other apps for fitness trackers.
I think that the most interesting and important thing in the app is watch face menu. There are hundreds of watch faces, and you can download any of them on Amazfit GTR.
The main difference between 42mm and 47mm version is battery. That is the main reason I bought 47mm version, not 42 mm.
Our Amazfit GTR smartwatch is equipped with 410mAh battery. The battery life is typical scenario is 24 days.
42mm version of Amazfit GTR has two times smaller battery – 195mAh and two times shorter battery life – 12 days.
I think that the battery, not the size of smartwatch, is the main factor when choosing between 42mm and 47mm version of Amazfit GTR.
Do you agree that 24 days, or even 12 days, is the great battery life for modern smartwatch? Apple Watch lasts for only 1 day, while Amazfit GTR provides up to 24 days. This is amazing!
I will use Amazfit GTR every day. If you are interested, I will make the review after 1 month, 2 months and 3 months of this smartwatch. I wonder if I can find any shortcomings.
So far, the smartwatch looks perfect for me. I did not find any flaws. I have to say, I’ve only been using the smartwatch for two days. I like the premium and expensive design and build-quality, leather strap, large AMOLED display, variety of watch faces, functions and long battery life.
Amazfit GTR is definitely worth its money.