Amazfit GTR 3 Professional overview

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Introduction

This yr there’s a Professional variant of the spherical GTR watch, which is what we have had on on our wrist for some time. There are just a few variations between the vanilla and the Professional mannequin, which we are going to dig into in a couple of minutes, however first a fast overview of the watch itself.

The Amazfit GTR 3 Professional is designed with a traditional look in thoughts, so one of many choices is to have a brown leather-based strap (which we do). The opposite model comes with a fluoroelastomer strap, which is extra proof against put on and tear.

Which one you need is determined by what you intend to make use of the look ahead to. It’s nice for passive well being monitoring and increasing the features of your telephone, but it surely additionally has intensive train monitoring options. The strap has a fast launch mechanism, so it doesn’t must be an both/or selection.

Design and construct

We actually wouldn’t suggest swimming with the leather-based strap and even sweating lots and neither does Amazfit itself. It’s not the very best quality leather-based we’ve seen, although it’s mushy and cozy to put on. And as we talked about already, it’s simple sufficient to interchange with some other normal strap.


The 22 mm straps can be easily swapped out
The 22 mm straps can be easily swapped out

The 22mm straps could be simply swapped out

The physique of the watch itself is made out of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. At 32g (wihtout the strap) you barely really feel it in your hand. The design is sort of understated, so you may simply remodel it with one of many 150+ watch faces. Apart from totally different seems, these have totally different features too, however we’ll get to that.

The essential factor to notice for now’s that the round show is 1.45” in diameter, up from 1.39” on the GTR 2. The bezels have been slimmed down, so it’s not a big watch, although there aren’t any dimension choices so Amazfit aimed for a median dimension.

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Despite the fact that there are each a microphone and a loudspeaker on board, the watch is waterproof as much as 5 ATM, which means it’s appropriate to take swimming within the pool. It even gives some cool new options for that.

Show and controls

The 1.45” show is an AMOLED with the next refresh charge than earlier than – the 2nd technology watches ran at 30Hz, whereas the GTR 3 Professional show goes above 50Hz (although we don’t have an actual quantity).

The show helps All the time On Show and every watch face comes with two designs – a fantastic, elaborate design for when the show is lively and stripped down view for the AOD mode. The latter sticks to black backgrounds and thicker strong strains to make it each energy environment friendly and legible.


Watch faces and their AOD versions
Watch faces and their AOD versions
Watch faces and their AOD versions
Watch faces and their AOD versions

Watch faces and their AOD variations

There’s a Increase To Wake perform, however we left it off because the AOD watch faces present the time (and probably the date and different knowledge, relying on which face you choose), which is generally what we wish to see at a look. Plus, since all of them look totally different, this is sufficient to customise the look of the watch. You may have an analog face with thick arms, a digital face, some are fairly minimalist, others present extra information. Additionally, in case you just like the lively watch face, however don’t look after its AOD look, you’ve just a few pre-installed AOD faces to fall again on.


One of the default watch faces
A fallback AOD watch face

One of many default watch faces • A fallback AOD watch face

You may management the show brightness or allow auto brightness. The watch can hit 1,000 nits, so it’s legible even beneath vivid daylight. You may management how lengthy the show stays on after waking and when the All the time On perform is lively (you may set to to show off through the evening or have it enabled continually).

There are loads of choices for the way the watch exhibits data you can tweak from the watch itself or utilizing the companion Zepp app. We talked about the Increase To Wake possibility, there’s a separate possibility that wakes the show when a brand new notification is available in. We enabled that as in any other case it’s a must to hit a button to wake the watch by hitting the button or counting on the RTW possibility. You may also set whether or not the watch ought to vibrate and/or chime for brand spanking new notifications. Vibrate sure, chime no is our choice. We principally point out this as every of those toggles and tweaks impacts battery life.


Display settings
Always On mode can be put on a schedule
Raise to wake settings

Show settings • All the time On mode could be placed on a schedule • Increase to wake settings

Then we get to the 2 buttons. The highest one is definitely a crown, which spins round to scroll by way of menu and textual content. The big show matches loads of textual content and with scrolling we’ve had no issues studying complete emails on the watch. So long as there aren’t any pictures, since these aren’t displayed, neither for e mail nor messaging apps.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

One grievance we’ve right here is that whilst you can scroll by way of the menus with the crown, there is no such thing as a solution to activate a menu possibility. Urgent the crown at all times brings you again to the homescreen and in case you’re already there, it opens the menu as an alternative. We’d have beloved to see a solution to function the telephone with the {hardware} controls solely – this might be helpful for when your fingers are moist or when you’re carrying gloves.

Anyway, the underside button is used as a shortcut to your mostly used characteristic. You may set one for brief and one for lengthy press, lengthy urgent the crown may also set off a characteristic. This contains one of many well being monitoring options, Amazon Alexa, voice memo, digicam distant, and so forth.


You can configure the action for long pressing each button plus short pressing the lower button
You can configure the action for long pressing each button plus short pressing the lower button
You can configure the action for long pressing each button plus short pressing the lower button

You may configure the motion for lengthy urgent every button plus quick urgent the decrease button

Alexa features as traditional – you may ask it a query or inform it to activate the lights when you have good residence devices (extra on that later). There’s additionally an offline voice assistant. This one can be utilized even when the watch isn’t related to your telephone (Alexa wants entry to the Web) and can be utilized by privacy-conscious people too.

You may open a selected app (e.g. the guts charge monitor), begin a piece out, change skip to the following track, regulate the display screen brightness, begin a timer and so forth. There’s a lot you will get performed whereas your arms are occupied.


The offline voice assistant can handle a variety of actions
The offline voice assistant can handle a variety of actions
The offline voice assistant can handle a variety of actions

The offline voice assistant can deal with a wide range of actions

To allow that there are three separate settings for when the watch listens for voice enter. You may have it pay attention whereas the display screen is on or solely through the first 5 seconds after waking or set it to pay attention after you increase your wrist (we disabled all of these). You may set one of many buttons to set off the offline assistant as nicely. English, Spanish and Chinese language are supported, German must be too, although we didn’t see it with the model of the software program we had accessible for testing.

Lastly, the watch could be worn in your left or your proper hand. It’s virtually completely symmetrical, the one distinction is whether or not the crown can be on the higher or decrease aspect.

Well being options

The Amazfit GTR 3 Professional options the newest BioTracker 3.0 sensor (as do the non-Professional and the GTS watches). Model 3.0 options two LEDs and 6 photodiodes, permitting it to gather knowledge sooner and do it extra precisely besides.


Configuring the health tracking features
Configuring the health tracking features
Configuring the health tracking features

Configuring the well being monitoring options

Detecting the blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) now solely takes 15 seconds, making the brand new technology almost twice as quick because the watches from final yr. The brand new watch may also monitor your respiratory charge, one thing that many good watches and bands overlook.

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Naturally, the watch may also monitor your coronary heart charge – this and SpO2 monitoring could be enabled 24/7. There are different choices, together with respiratory high quality whilst you sleep. Be aware that this considerably decreases battery life.


Heart rate
Blood Oxygen
Stress

Coronary heart charge • Blood Oxygen • Stress

Talking of sleep monitoring, the watch divides it into levels – mild sleep, deep sleep and REM, plus marking intervals once you have been awake. It may additionally deal with daytime naps. Within the morning you’ll obtain a Sleep rating based mostly on how lengthy you slept, in case you went to mattress late or awoke early, how a lot time you spent in every sleep stage and so forth.


Sleep stages
Comparison to a typical sleep
Logging additional info

Sleep levels • Comparability to a typical sleep • Logging additional information

The app may even show you how to get higher sleeping habits. For instance, it should inform you in case you went to mattress later than traditional. Additionally, within the morning you may log what you have been doing earlier than falling asleep (utilizing your telephone, consuming, studying, and so forth.) and the way you felt once you awoke. Armed with a log of this, you may work out what makes you get up so drained.

Amazfit targeted on simplifying the person expertise. That is the place the PAI (Private Exercise Intelligence) rating is available in. It retains monitor of assorted metrics over the past 7 days, your bodily traits (age, resting and most coronary heart charge, how your physique responds to train, and so forth.) and crunches them all the way down to a single quantity – preserve a rating of 100 PAI or greater and you might be all good.


PAI combines a lot of data into a single number
PAI combines a lot of data into a single number
PAI combines a lot of data into a single number

PAI combines loads of knowledge right into a single quantity

In order for you a studying for the present second, you don’t must run coronary heart charge, SpO2 and different instruments individually – the One Faucet measurement software will run a fast 45 second test up and present you all of the related numbers: coronary heart charge, blood oxygen, respiratory charge and stress.

The watch additionally tracks your pores and skin temperature, however that doesn’t present up within the One Faucet software. Nonetheless, you may see a chart of your pores and skin temperature for the previous few hours.

One other useful software may also help ladies maintain monitor of their intervals and contains predictions for the following interval, the following fertile window and ovulation day.

Train monitoring

The entire well being sensors come into play once you train. The info they report could be synced with Apple Well being (in case you are an iPhone person), Google Match (for Android customers), in addition to third-party apps like Strava, Relive and RunKeeper.

The Amazfit GTR 3 Professional can monitor over 150 sports activities modes and may routinely acknowledge 8 modes so that you simply don’t must manually begin the monitoring for them. An in-house algorithm has been developed to trace most oxygen consumption (VO2 Max), the coaching load and effectiveness in addition to how lengthy it takes your physique to get well afterwards.

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It will show you how to maintain monitor of your progress as nicely one other characteristic – Digital Pacer. This lets you race towards your previous self once you go on a run, with an intuitive show exhibiting your common tempo and whether or not you might be forward or behind in comparison with your earlier run.

Apparently, the BioTracker 3.0 sensor can work within the water too, in order that the watch can measure your coronary heart charge whilst you’re within the pool. That is nice for many who want swimming over operating.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

The watch options improved satellite tv for pc positioning {hardware} – along with GPS and GLONASS, it additionally makes use of Galileo, BeiDo and QNSS satellites. This improves the chilly begin time (by 20%) and place accuracy (by 40%). You’ll really feel this essentially the most when there isn’t a transparent view of the sky (due to tall buildings or bushes).

Nevertheless, there aren’t any navigation instruments on board. We weren’t anticipating Google Maps or something, however different GPS-enabled watches mean you can arrange waypoints in order that you recognize the place you’re happening a protracted hike. They only present an arrow and distance to your subsequent location, however that’s higher than nothing. Maybe one thing like this may be constructed utilizing Zepp OS’s new app framework.

As it’s, you solely get a digital compass to information you. There’s additionally a barometer on board, which might challenge a warning of a pointy change in climate. It additionally estimates the altitude above sea degree and plots it on the display screen, as a way to regulate elevation acquire. Since barometers aren’t all that correct for altitude measurements, the watch briefly activates the GPS to calibrate the barometer once you begin.

One other software exhibits you dawn and sundown occasions, the section of the moon and details about the tide (in case you’re close to the ocean).

Connectivity and smartwatch options

The Amazfit GTR 3 Professional gives the same old smartwatch options. It may present the textual content of an incoming SMS in addition to notifications from choose apps. Good bands can do that too, however the massive display screen matches fairly a little bit of textual content.


Configuring which notifications show up on the watch
Configuring which notifications show up on the watch
Configuring which notifications show up on the watch

Configuring which notifications present up on the watch

For instance, Gmail appears to ship over the entire physique of the e-mail and that was simple sufficient to learn. In no small half due to the brand new crown, which allowed for simple, correct scrolling with out touching the display screen.

Sadly, there is no such thing as a solution to reply incoming textual content or IM messages – no keyboard, no speech-to-text, not even preset responses (e.g. “okay”, “sure”, and so forth.). This limits how a lot you are able to do with simply the watch, a minimum of so far as texting is anxious. Additionally, pictures from e mail and IM apps aren’t proven, even when they seem within the notification.


Allowing the watch to act as a hands-free speaker
Adding contacts to the watch's phonebook

Permitting the watch to behave as a hands-free speaker • Including contacts to the watch’s phonebook

The watch may also work as a hands-free speaker. You may even begin a name by going within the Telephone app – there’s a small keypad you should use to dial, in addition to a listing of latest and favourite contacts, which you’ll be able to add from the telephone app.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

The watch has some neat organizational instruments too. For instance, we have been in a position to sync it with our Google Calendar, so we had the schedule for essential occasions accessible on our wrist. I might have been even higher if we may sync a to-do listing (e.g. Google Hold), however even simply the calendar is a giant boon over, say, a Mi Band.


The watch can sync with Google Calendar, but you can also manually add events
The watch can sync with Google Calendar, but you can also manually add events
The watch can sync with Google Calendar, but you can also manually add events

The watch can sync with Google Calendar, however it’s also possible to manually add occasions

The watch’s microphone can be used to take a voice memo, one thing that may be set off with the press of a key or utilizing the offline digital assistant. Amazon Alexa can also be on board, which is one solution to management good units at residence. The opposite possibility is the Dwelling Join app. Sadly, there’s no assist for Mi Dwelling devices but.

The GTR 3 Professional has 2.3 GB of accessible storage on board. From the telephone app you may switch audio information to hearken to – songs, but in addition podcasts and audiobooks. We expect the latter two are a greater possibility, because the course of is guide. There isn’t any solution to sync your weekly Spotify playlist or something comparable, not until you do it by hand. However throwing one or two podcast information is simple sufficient to do.


Transferring audio files over to the watch happens over Wi-Fi
Transferring audio files over to the watch happens over Wi-Fi
Transferring audio files over to the watch happens over Wi-Fi

Transferring audio information over to the watch occurs over Wi-Fi

Be aware that the GTR 2 additionally had storage for audio, 3GB. We suspect each have 4GB of precise reminiscence, the distinction comes from how a lot the system takes up (and Zepp OS is extra superior than the earlier software program). Anyway, the watch has Wi-Fi connectivity on board, which is barely used to hurry up the switch of audio tracks (which might take too lengthy over Bluetooth).

You should utilize the Zepp app in your telephone to load new watch faces. There are lots to select from, some imitate traditional watches, others look decidedly digital. Amazfit will quickly launch a software that may allow you to make your personal watch face and share it with others.


Many watch faces to choose from
Many watch faces to choose from
Many watch faces to choose from
Many watch faces to choose from
Many watch faces to choose from
Many watch faces to choose from

Many watch faces to select from

One thing to notice concerning the watch faces is that there are a number of main classes. There are fairly fundamental ones, however there are additionally ones with an animated background. Extra helpful are the customizable ones, which characteristic one or a number of widgets – this can be utilized to show your coronary heart charge, steps taken at this time, climate forecast and so forth, you may tweak the watch face to indicate a very powerful information at a look. Some even allow you to change the look, e.g. providing a number of choices for the hour markers. The personalized look and widgets don’t carry over to the All the time On Design of the watch face, sadly.

The definition of a smartwatch is a bit of elusive, however with out installable apps a watch can’t be all that good, can it? The brand new Zepp OS, which makes its debut on the GTR 3 duo and the GTS 3 does assist apps, although, so there’s no argument right here.

It’s a customized platform that can also be model new, so there aren’t many apps to take a look at. The perfect one is Dwelling Join, which might management good residence units from numerous manufacturers (Bosch, Siemens, Neff and others, extra information right here). We have been a bit shock to see that there is no such thing as a Mi Dwelling app, nonetheless, contemplating how shut the maker of Amazfit units is to Xiaomi (trace: it makes the Mi Band). Mi Dwelling could be managed from Amazon Alexa, however we have been hoping for deeper integration.


App store and the first apps for Zepp OS
App store and the first apps for Zepp OS
App store and the first apps for Zepp OS

App retailer and the primary apps for Zepp OS

The remaining are fairly easy – a calculator, a BMI calculator, a software to trace your each day calorie consumption, that sort of factor. There’s additionally a Watch Storage House app, which claims that 765MB are taken up by the system and there are 2,400MB or so left for us to make use of.

The app choice isn’t notably thrilling for the time being, however what’s extra thrilling is that there’s app assist within the first place – many so-called smartwatches lack this characteristic, so that they have the performance of a wise band (although with a watch type issue). It’s too early to inform what is feasible with this app body work. We wouldn’t maintain our breath for Google Maps or WhatsApp, however we will consider a number of useful instruments that may make this watch much more helpful.

For instance, easy waypoint navigation must be attainable. Additionally, we’d like an app that shops QR/barcodes for loyalty playing cards (there’s no NFC on board, so cell funds are no-go).

Battery life

The Amazfit GTR 3 Professional battery life is marketed as 12 days of normal use, 6 days of heavy utilization. We guess we’re heavy customers as a result of in two of weeks of utilizing the watch we needed to cost it twice. That is with no train monitoring (don’t choose), however fairly a little bit of notifications in addition to coronary heart charge and SpO2 monitoring each 5 minutes, plus sleep monitoring (however with out the respiratory high quality monitoring throughout sleep). The All the time On Show was set to be at all times lively.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

The brand new watch has a barely improved charging system than earlier than. It nonetheless makes use of a proprietary magnetic adapter, however it could now full a full cost in 2 hours (down from 2.5 hours on the earlier technology). That is per the official specs, anyway, in our expertise it solely took an hour to go from a flat battery to over 90%.

In the event you’re away from a charger and the battery is operating low, you may change on the Battery Saver Mode. Ranging from a full battery, it extends the everyday utilization time from 12 days to 30 days. Nonetheless, if battery life is a large concern, the vanilla GTR 3 advertises 21 days of normal utilization with out the ability saver mode.

Conclusion

The variety of settings and configurations attainable on the Amazfit GTR 3 Professional is a bit of intimidating at first, however ultimately we have been in a position to configure the watch to work simply how we prefer it. And after the preliminary setup, operation is sort of easy.

We admire you can view the info collected by the watch on the watch itself. On earlier generations you needed to attain for the telephone app for some stuff – sleep knowledge, for instance.

The rotating crown is a good addition, although it might have been much more helpful if it may additionally activate menu gadgets. Typically utilizing the touchscreen is imprecise (e.g. when strolling and never fairly wanting on the display screen), however the crown and the haptic suggestions make it simple to maneuver from one merchandise to the following.

Zepp OS is an thrilling change. The primary few apps are fairly easy and there are only some to select from proper now, however realizing how lively the scene for customized watch faces on Huami-made units is, we expect that new apps will crop up quickly.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review

The one draw back appears to be the battery life – we by no means felt like we have been pushing the watch to its restrict and but 12 days of battery life appear inconceivable, until you disable many of the well being monitoring. The GTR 2 lasted noticeably longer after we reviewed it.

With its $230/€200 the GTR 3 Professional will get very shut to Put on OS watches similar to the brand new Galaxy Watch4, which could be had for €250. Even an Apple Watch isn’t out of attain, in case you accept an older mannequin (the Collection 3 is €220, the SE is €300). However as cool as Zepp OS is, it’s nonetheless a lot less complicated than the Google and Apple OSes.

This leaves battery life as the important thing benefit that Amazfit holds. The GTR 3 Professional can final a number of days longer than these two. It’s actually not a battery champ because the vanilla GTR 3 guarantees to final a greater than week longer. However for some the higher display screen, the hands-free calling and music storage are price the additional value of the Professional mannequin ($50/€50).

Nevertheless, for others the 2 non-Professional watches are higher worth for the cash. Except doing calls by way of your watch is a must have characteristic, we would level you to the GTR 3 – it has comparable seems and options, higher battery and its price ticket will not make you surprise if you ought to be getting a Samsung or an Apple watch.

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