Huami launched two smartwatches underneath Amazfit’s GT sequence final yr – GTR 2 and GTS 2. We already reviewed the GTR 2 and have been impressed with its design, OLED display screen, easy UI, and battery life that is longer than any smartwatch with an actual OS.
At the moment we now have the GTS 2 with us, which is essentially an identical to the GTR 2 when it comes to internals, however comes with a special design. So which one do you have to get? I used the Amazfit GTS 2 for just a few weeks to seek out that out.
Amazfit GTS 2 specs
- Show: 1.65″, 348×442 pixel AMOLED shade display screen, 341 ppi pixel density, 3D Glass
- Straps: Removable silicone straps, 20mm width
- Working System: RTOS
- Options: Actual-time coronary heart price monitor, Blood oxygen degree measurement, Stress Monitor, 5ATM water resistance, Sleep Monitoring, Sports activities Monitoring, Step Counter, Name and App Notification alerts, Standing Reminder, Telephone Finder, Climate Forecast, Music Management, Offline Voice Management, Calling
- Sports activities Modes: Greater than 90 sports activities modes, together with Strolling, Out of doors Biking, Yoga, and Pool Swimming
- Sensors: BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor, SpO2 Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Air Stress Sensor, Ambient Mild Sensor
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN 2.4GHz, Suitable with Android 5.0+ and iOS 10.0+
- Positioning: GPS + GLONASS
- Misc: Linear Motor, Microphone, Speaker
- Battery: 246mAh
- Battery Life (marketed): 7 days
- Colours: Midnight Black, Desert Gold, and City Gray
- Dimensions: 42.8 x 35.6 x 9.7 mm
- Weight: 24.7 grams
At 24.7 grams, the Amazfit GTS 2 could be very light-weight and comfy to put on throughout a exercise and at night time. Its predominant module is made from aluminum alloy, and the display screen is roofed with 3D glass, which blends in properly with the edges, providing a seamless scrolling expertise. The 20mm removable silicone straps of the GTS 2 are easy, and I haven’t got any complaints about them.
Amazfit GTS 2
On the left aspect of the GTS 2 is the speaker, and on the suitable is a bodily button. It affords respectable suggestions and is used to unlock the smartwatch, return to a earlier menu, and wake the display screen. And like just a few different Amazfit smartwatches, it is also the one manner on the GTS 2 to entry all of the options. Though you possibly can customise its double-press gesture to shortly launch an app. By default, it opens the Exercise app.
Speaker on the left aspect • Bodily button on the suitable aspect
The shiny again panel of the Amazfit GTS 2 is made from plastic and is house to charging connectors, an SpO2 sensor, and a BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor. These are positioned on an elevated plate, which helps stop the buildup of grime over time and ensures correct contact with the pores and skin for correct measurements.
Charging pins with BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor and SpO2 Sensor
The Amazfit GTS 2 additionally comes with 5ATM water resistance, that means you do not have to take it off your wrist when going for a swim or a bathe. Nevertheless, I do not like the general design of the GTS 2. The smartwatch seems to be elegant and has a small footprint which can attraction to individuals with smaller wrists, nevertheless it feels delicate, and some individuals even requested me if it is a children’/ladies’s smartwatch. And if that is one thing you need to keep away from, you’re higher off wanting elsewhere.
The Amazfit GTS 2 sports activities a 1.65″ All the time-On AMOLED show of 348×442-pixel decision, which comes with the safety of the so referred to as diamond-like carbon coating (oDLC), making it scratch and wear-resistant.
The panel’s fairly vibrant, and at 100% brightness, I used to be capable of see the on-screen content material underneath sturdy daylight with out a lot problem. It isn’t the brightest round, nevertheless it will get the job accomplished.
The show has a pleasant contact response and helps over 60 watch faces by way of the Zepp app on the time of penning this overview, that are grouped in six classes – Creative & Inventive, Train & Well being, Conventional & Basic, Digital Dashboard, A number of Options, and Style Pioneer. I like most of them, however when you don’t love what’s on provide, you’ve the choice to create your individual watch face by importing a photograph from the paired smartphone by way of the Zepp app.
Watch faces accessible on Amazfit’s official app
That stated, among the accessible watch faces are customizable, permitting you to pick what info you need to see on the watch face. Furthermore, most watch faces assist an identical All the time-On Show (AOD), that means the watch face on the homescreen and on AOD look comparable.
You possibly can create a customized watch face for GTS 2 utilizing the Zepp app
The All the time-On Show can be turned on/off routinely at a given time every day. The timing could be custom-made from the Zepp app in addition to the GTS 2. You additionally get three watch face types for AOD – Observe Watch Face, Digital Watch Face, and Pointer Watch Face.
All the time-On Show on Amazfit GTS 2
The Amazfit GTS 2 is suitable with Android and iOS units, and it’s essential obtain the Zepp app in your smartphone to arrange the smartwatch, sync information, and tinker with its settings.
Amazfit GTS 2’s information and settings in Amazfit’s Android app
The Zepp app was referred to as Amazfit till final yr, however not a lot has modified on the within even after the rebranding. The app continues to have shortcuts for some settings at a number of places, and those not supported by the wearable are grayed out as a substitute of being hidden.
It has been a number of months because the rebranding, and Amazfit ought to’ve tweaked the app’s design by now to supply a greater person expertise, however the truth that they haven’t but might ship a incorrect message to their present and potential prospects.
Amazfit’s Android app wants a design overhaul
Nevertheless, the customized OS working on the GTS 2 is responsive, has a easy UI, and it really works the identical manner as on GTR 2: a swipe up on the homescreen brings up the Notification Middle, and a swipe down offers you fast entry to a couple settings whereas additionally exhibiting the battery proportion, climate, and connection standing. These settings span throughout a few pages which you can scroll horizontally, and it could’ve been good to permit customers to customise these shortcuts in a manner much like what we see on Android units. However I feel that is a bit an excessive amount of to count on from an RTOS-running smartwatch.
That stated, a left swipe on the homescreen helps you to entry PAI, Exercise Objective, Coronary heart Fee, Climate, and Music Management pages. You possibly can customise these Fast Entry Apps and rearrange their order by heading to the Settings > Consumer preferences > Fast entry app menu on the GTS 2.
Fast settings on Amazfit GTS 2
Swiping proper presents Shortcut Playing cards, together with Music Management, Alarm, Climate, PAI, Coronary heart Fee, Exercise Objective, and SpO2 by default. You possibly can change this to your liking by navigating to the Profile tab > Amazfit GTS 2 > Shortcut Playing cards menu within the Zepp app.
To entry all of the options and settings and begin a exercise, it’s a must to depend on the bodily button, which can be used to go on to the homescreen when you do not need to hop by way of a number of proper swipes within the UI to return to a earlier display screen.
Making the app checklist accessible solely by way of a button press is wasteful and results in a not-so-pleasant expertise. Amazfit might’ve accomplished away with the Fast Entry Apps or Shortcut Playing cards since each serve the same function and would’ve as a substitute allotted a left/proper swipe gesture for the app checklist.
Options and Efficiency
The GTS 2 is among the most feature-rich smartwatches from Amazfit. It comes with real-time coronary heart price monitoring, blood oxygen degree measurement, sleep monitoring, stress monitoring, sedentary reminder, and 90+ sports activities modes.
Moreover, the GTS 2 comes with music management, climate forecast, telephone finder, barometer, compass, GPS, stopwatch, countdown timer, display screen lock, and app notifications. Apart from, you get 3GB of inner storage and music management, however oddly sufficient, there is not any digicam management – one thing we have seen even on price range wearables.
The GTS 2 has a microphone and a speaker as properly onboard, which lets you reply telephone calls when related to the smartphone by way of Bluetooth. You may also function the wearable by way of voice instructions.
For coronary heart price monitoring, the Amazfit GTS 2 makes use of a BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor, which might measure your pulse routinely at an interval of 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and half-hour. The guts price can be measured manually from the smartwatch everytime you need, which on common took 15-20 seconds in my testing. You get an summary of your every day coronary heart price information in a graphical kind on the GTS 2, however you want the Zepp app for an in depth evaluation.
BioTracker 2 PPG Organic Optical Sensor
Nevertheless, it is value mentioning that the GTS 2 recorded inaccurate pulse at instances throughout the exercise, so it is best to not use the center price information from sports activities modes as a foundation for analysis and remedy. However once I in contrast the guide measurement’s values with the T-Rex Professional’s, they have been principally the identical.
Coronary heart price monitoring on Amazfit GTS 2
One other downside I had was with the SpO2 sensor on my unit, which refused to work more often than not and did not measure the blood oxygen degree. This might be particular to my unit, so if the sensor works usually in your smartwatch, you may discover all the info about your blood oxygen saturation on the Zepp app.
Blood oxygen degree measurement with SpO2 sensor on Amazfit GTS 2
Subsequent up, we now have sleep monitoring, which is correct. Effectively, a minimum of the autumn asleep, get up, and awake instances have been recorded precisely by the GTS 2, however we won’t say the identical for the Mild Sleep, Deep Sleep, and REM Sleep since we had no approach to decide the accuracy of these numbers.
That stated, the Amazfit GTS 2 additionally data afternoon naps and displays your sleep respiration high quality. Nevertheless, it does not provide you with a glimpse of your final night time’s sleep just like the Stratos 3 does, so it’s a must to depend on the Zepp app to test the full variety of hours you slept whereas additionally having a look on the different information.
Amazfit GTS 2 additionally data afternoon naps
The GTS 2 may also measure your stress ranges. It is accomplished routinely each 5 minutes, and the every day stress information is accessible on the smartwatch, with the detailed info offered within the Zepp app.
Like I already stated, the Amazfit GTS 2 helps over 90 sports activities modes, that are grouped into 12 classes – Working & Strolling, Biking, Swimming, Out of doors Sports activities, Indoor Sports activities, Dance, Fight Sports activities, Ball Sports activities, Water Sports activities, Winter Sports activities, Leisure Sports activities, and Others.
A number of the outside sports activities, together with Open Water Swimming, assist GPS route monitoring, however as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs in India, I could not take a look at the accuracy of the smartwatch’s built-in GPS, which eliminates the necessity to carry a smartphone to trace your exercise route. It is also value mentioning which you can management music with a left swipe on the display screen throughout a exercise, and navigate the GTS 2’s UI, and test notifications, which is appreciated.
You possibly can head to the Actions part on the GTS 2 to entry all of the train information collected by sports activities modes, which is healthier offered within the Train file part within the Zepp app.
Along with the Sports activities Modes, the GTS 2 additionally options an automated step counter. It is not totally correct like many different smartwatches and health bands, however you continue to get a good concept of how a lot you walked. Like another well being information, you possibly can test your every day step depend on the GTS 2 and head to the Zepp app in your every day, weekly, month-to-month, and yearly efficiency.
Steps and energy information
The final well being and health characteristic within the checklist is the sedentary reminder, additionally referred to as Standing Reminder, which triggers a vibration reminder if no exercise is detected within the first 50 minutes of an hour if you end up carrying the watch.
As has been the case with most Amazfit smartwatches for some time now, the notification administration on the GTS 2 is not good and wishes enhancements as a result of the smartwatch does not allow you to delete the notifications once they first pop up on the display screen. You can also’t delete them individually from the Notification Middle, and it’s a must to clear all of them collectively utilizing the delete button situated on the backside.
Apart from, the GTS 2 does not present the corresponding icons of all of the apps within the notifications, making it troublesome to find out which app despatched the notification. Extra so as a result of the smartwatch does not show the app identify both. Not simply that, the suitable swipe gesture to go to the earlier display screen does not work within the Notification Middle, that means it’s a must to scroll all the best way up high to return to the homescreen or press the bodily button.
Music Management on the Amazfit GTS 2 labored as marketed, and because the smartwatch has 3GB of storage on board, you possibly can load your favourite playlists and play them straight by way of the wi-fi earphones/audio system with out requiring a smartphone. In fact, you too can take heed to the songs by way of the wearable’s speaker when you want, however do not count on something extraordinary.
Offline voice management labored high quality, though there have been instances the GTS 2 did not reply to the voice instructions. On the time of penning this, the GTS 2 helps you to play/pause music, begin/cease a exercise, open an app, or alter some settings. Amazfit additionally rolled out Alexa assist, nevertheless it hasn’t arrived on my unit but.
Different nifty options of the GTS 2 embody lockscreen password, display screen rotation, and alert vibration customizations, making it simpler to determine completely different alerts with out reaching in your smartphone.
The Amazfit GTS 2 packs a 246 mAh battery, which is claimed to supply as much as seven days of autonomy with the next settings and utilization:.
- Coronary heart price monitoring all the time on
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- 150 notifications a day which mild up the display screen
- Show turned on 30 instances per day by elevating your wrist
- Working the smartwatch on the highest display screen brightness for five minutes every day
- Exercising thrice every week
- Working for half-hour with GPS enabled
Throughout my testing, the battery lasted not more than three days on common with the next utilization and settings:
- Default watchface
- Raise-to-wake display screen enabled
- Show brightness at auto
- All the time-on show enabled for 17 hours
- Notification and alarm quantity set to 50%
- Computerized coronary heart price monitoring interval set to at least one minute
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- Receiving greater than 100 notifications all through the day which mild up the display screen and vibrate the smartwatch, consuming extra energy
- Round 20 minutes of indoor strolling every day
As soon as the battery is totally drained, you should use the charger bundled with the GTS 2 to cost the smartwatch. Amazfit says it will possibly totally cost the GTS 2 from flat to 100% in round 2 hours, however in my testing, it went from flat to 100% in 1 hour half-hour on a mean.
The Amazfit GTS 2 is a very nice smartwatch. It is light-weight and comfy to put on, has a vibrant AMOLED show with good contact response, and the UI is easy, too. Its 5ATM water resistance means that you can observe your swimming efficiency, whereas correct day and nighttime sleep monitoring retains you knowledgeable of your sleeping habits. The smartwatch additionally has 3GB of storage onboard, which implies you possibly can play music straight on Bluetooth earphones with out requiring a smartphone.
Moreover, you additionally get a speaker and a microphone permitting you to take telephone calls straight from the smartwatch when related to the smartphone, and offline voice controls that allow you to function the GTS 2 hands-free.
However, the GTS 2 is not good. Its notification administration wants enchancment, and battery life is lower than the GTR 2, which is anticipated because the cell itself is smaller (246 mAh vs. 471 mAh). Apart from, the smartwatch does not reply to voice instructions at instances, however that is one thing Amazfit might hopefully enhance with a software program replace. Moreover, redesigning the companion Zepp app would even be a clever determination because it’s fairly a multitude.
Answering the query requested originally: the GTS 2 does come near providing an expertise much like GTR 2’s, however its lesser battery endurance might be a deal-breaker for some. After which there’s the GTS 2’s design. The smartwatch seems to be good and stylish, however its comparatively smaller footprint may deter some from shopping for it over the GTR 2, which comes with comparable options and can be utilized for formal events as properly. It is available in Sports activities and Basic editions. The previous is priced the identical because the GTS 2 in India proper now, which is INR12,999 ($175/€145), whereas the latter prices INR13,499 ($180/€150).
And if you’d like one thing extra sporty, rugged, and sturdy, then you definately even have the choice to go for Amazfit’s T-Rex Professional, which too prices the identical because the GTS 2 in India on the time of writing. Nevertheless, it does not include the speaker, microphone, offline voice controls, and inner storage for music playback. You possibly can learn our Amazfit T-Rex Professional overview right here to study extra about it, and the GTR 2 overview over right here.
- Light-weight and comfy
- Vibrant display screen
- 5ATM water resistance
- Offline voice instructions
- 3GB inner storage
- Correct sleep monitoring with REM sleep and afternoon nap monitoring
- Helps you to create customized watchfaces and vibration alerts
- Notification administration wants enchancment
- Official app wants a design overhaul
- No digicam management
- Unreliable SpO2 sensor
- Battery life