The Amazfit GTR 2 is an affordable fitness smartwatches from Amazfit’s fashion series. Not only is the watch fashionable, it has all the fitness tracking features you will ever need. To top it off, it comes with long battery life on a full charge, we are talking about days and days of use. And, as a bonus it has a water resistant case up to 50ATM.
Okay, so it doesn’t screen look at me or turn heads. The Amazfit GTR 2 comes with a conventional round case. The other watch in the fashion series, the GTS 2 comes with a square case, with a tribute to Apple’s Watch 6. The GTR 2 (R for Round) however, is more for those who want a stylish watch with a classic look and feel.
Amazfit GTR 2: Where conventional round dial meets fitness smarts
We have to say, the Amazfit GTR 2 may spot a classic look, but it is a fitness smartwatch through ad through. Its predecessor, the GTR may have a more dressy look, available in two sizes, Amazfit GTR 42mm and Amazfit GTR 47mm in a range of colours and design to choose from. The new second generation falls back to a more subdued design. Available in sports edition with black silicone strap and black aluminium alloy case or black leather and stainless steel case, the GTR 2’s primarily targets the men.
If you want a truly classic look with bezel-less design with glass and display that goes right up to the edge, encased in a stainless steel body, the Amazfit GTR 2 Classic smartwatch is for you.
The fitness smartwatch with a traditional look and style
Doing away with the chucky bezel, the Amazfit GTR 2 applies a 3D curved bezel-less design to give it that full dial look. The glass edge gradually transitions to its stainless steel body. That glass is also coated with ODLC (diamond-like carbon) for resistant against scratches and standard wear. This gives it a conventional and more traditional round dial look.
Underneath that glass is a big 1.39 inch AMOLED display with a sharp 326 ppi pixel density. Choose from over 50 watch faces to suit your style with over 40 matching always-on watch face designs. Together with the case, the watch is waterproof to 5 ATM and weights 31.5 grams (sports) or 39 grams (classic). The former makes the watch swim proof with water resistance up to 50 meters. There are two buttons, these are parked at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock positions for easy access.
An amazing battery life for a smartwatch
With a bigger round case, the watch is able to house an even bigger battery at 471 mAh capacity almost double the capacity when compared to the battery in the GTS 2. This allows it to last up to 14 days on typical use, double that of the standard 7 days with the GTS 2 and up to 38 days on basic use (GTS 2 managed 20 days only). On a heavy use you can expect 6.5 days while GTS 2 only managed 3.5 days.
Now for the sensors
The GTR 2 uses the BioTracker 2 PPG biological data sensor suite with support for blood oxygen. The 24-hour heart rate monitor keeps your body activities in check, with heart rate zones and warnings when your resting heart rate is abnormally high. As for the blood oxygen sensor, this measures your SpO2 level when you trigger it using the OxygenBeats app. For a snapshot of your health and fitness state, use the PAI Health Assessment System. This offers a single overall score as a PAI or Personal Activity Intelligence number that combines your heart rate, activity duration, and other health data into an intuitive score.
Other sensors include the Sleep Quality Monitor and Stress Level Monitor. The former helps you optimise your sleep, tracking your light sleep, deep sleep and REM times. It also offers information on sleep breathing conditions and offer suggestions. The latter, quite simply tracks your stress levels through the day recording this as relaxed, normal, medium or high so you can manage your stress better.
What is it like for sports and workout
As a fitness smartwatch, it is not short of workout modes, supporting some 90 different workouts out of the box with 6 smart recognition modes. The latter means it will automatically recognise and track the 6 different workout modes (outdoor running, treadmill, walking, outdoor cycling, pool swimming and elliptical). Once you have completed your workout, you can pull up the analytical report on the mobile app, Zepp. This will help you plan and improve on your next workout.
What else does it do
The onboard 3GB storage lets you carry your favourite tracks with you so you can listen to them on your Bluetooth headphones during your workout and leave your phone safely at home. Use the watch to control the music playback, changing tracks and volume level quickly. When paired with a phone via Bluetooth, the onboard microphone and speaker also lets you take incoming calls without reaching for your phone, acting like a speaker phone.
Even without the phone or Internet connection, the watch supports some basic voice commands using Offline Voice Assistant such as turn on sports modes or open the heart rate monitor. Other customisable features include screen rotation, alert duration and intensity, and quick access to functions and apps with left and right swipes.
The onboard GPS works great for running and outdoor trekking. Mostly, the sensors are quite accurate, including round-the-clock heart rate and sleep. While the watch dial is big, the case is slim and light, which is great to wear all day and much better for wearing to sleep at night as you can hardly notice that it is there. Having the option to load the watch with my favourite tunes means I have my playlist with me. Accepting calls on the watch is a breeze. And that battery life is super amazing, even with its bright AMOLED display. Apple Watch is nowhere near this.
What we wish it could do better? There is only one watch size, 47mm and no smaller case options like 40 or 42mm like in the first generation and only available in obsidian black. Again, more colour and design options with the first generation GTR. Great for those who like big watch faces and large dials, not so much for people with smaller wrists. It also does not support contactless payment so no NFC google or Apple Pay and while the companion Zepp app is fine, there are. Finally, apps are limited to those built-in shown below.
- 24-hour heart rate monitoring
- OxygenBeats – blood oxygen saturation monitor
- PAI – Personal Activity Intelligence
- Somnus Care for sleep monitoring
- Stress detection
- Sport modes – 90 manual and 6 smart reconition
- Music storage and playback controls
- Bluetooth call function
- Offline Voice Assistance
- Quick Access with horizontal swipes
- Alarm, Stopwatch, Weather, Timer
- Sedentary Reminder
- Activity Goals
- Do not disturb
- Message notifications
- Bluetooth headphone pairing
The Amazfit GTR 2 has plenty to offer, if you don’t mind not being able to load apps. There is nothing that it does not track and with a super long battery life, you will always be covered, whatever workout you choose to do.
NOTE: This review is adapted for our audience here from an article originally posted on Colour My Health.