Huami launched two smartwatches underneath Amazfit’s GT collection final yr – GTR 2 and GTS 2. We already reviewed the GTR 2 and had been impressed with its design, OLED display, clean UI, and battery life that is longer than any smartwatch with an actual OS.
Today we have now the GTS 2 with us, which is essentially similar 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 a number of weeks to search out that out.
Amazfit GTS 2 specs
- Display: 1.65″, 348×442 pixel AMOLED shade display, 341 ppi pixel density, 3D Glass
- Straps: Detachable silicone straps, 20mm width
- Operating System: RTOS
- Features: Real-time coronary heart charge monitor, Blood oxygen degree measurement, Stress Monitor, 5ATM water resistance, Sleep Tracking, Sports Tracking, Step Counter, Call and App Notification alerts, Standing Reminder, Phone Finder, Weather Forecast, Music Control, Offline Voice Control, Calling
- Sports Modes: More than 90 sports activities modes, together with Walking, Outdoor Cycling, Yoga, and Pool Swimming
- Sensors: BioTracker 2 PPG Biological Optical Sensor, SpO2 Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Air Pressure Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN 2.4GHz, Compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS 10.0+
- Positioning: GPS + GLONASS
- Misc: Linear Motor, Microphone, Speaker
- Battery: 246mAh
- Battery Life (marketed): 7 days
- Colors: Midnight Black, Desert Gold, and Urban Grey
- 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 evening. Its major module is manufactured from aluminum alloy, and the display 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 clean, and I haven’t got any complaints about them.
On the left facet of the GTS 2 is the speaker, and on the best is a bodily button. It gives first rate suggestions and is used to unlock the smartwatch, return to a earlier menu, and wake the display. And like a number of different Amazfit smartwatches, it is also the one method on the GTS 2 to entry all of the options. Although you may customise its double-press gesture to rapidly launch an app. By default, it opens the Workout app.
The shiny again panel of the Amazfit GTS 2 is manufactured from plastic and is dwelling to charging connectors, an SpO2 sensor, and a BioTracker 2 PPG Biological Optical Sensor. These are positioned on an elevated plate, which helps forestall the buildup of grime over time and ensures correct contact with the pores and skin for correct measurements.
Charging pins with BioTracker 2 PPG Biological Optical Sensor and SpO2 Sensor
The Amazfit GTS 2 additionally comes with 5ATM water resistance, which means you do not have to take it off your wrist when going for a swim or a bathe. However, I do not like the general design of the GTS 2. The smartwatch seems to be elegant and has a small footprint which can enchantment to individuals with smaller wrists, nevertheless it feels delicate, and some individuals even requested me if it is a youngsters’/ladies’s smartwatch. And if that is one thing you need to keep away from, you’re higher off trying elsewhere.
The Amazfit GTS 2 sports activities a 1.65″ Always-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 put on-resistant.
The panel’s fairly vibrant, and at 100% brightness, I used to be capable of see the on-display content material underneath robust daylight with out a lot trouble. It’s not the brightest round, nevertheless it will get the job accomplished.
The show has a pleasant contact response and helps over 60 watch faces via the Zepp app on the time of scripting this assessment, that are grouped in six classes – Artistic & Creative, Exercise & Health, Traditional & Classic, Digital Dashboard, Multiple Features, and Fashion Pioneer. I like most of them, however in case you don’t love what’s on provide, you will have the choice to create your personal watch face by importing a photograph from the paired smartphone via the Zepp app.
That stated, a number of the accessible watch faces are customizable, permitting you to pick what information you need to see on the watch face. Moreover, most watch faces assist an identical Always-On Display (AOD), which means the watch face on the homescreen and on AOD look comparable.
The Always-On Display can be turned on/off robotically at a given time every day. The timing could be personalized from the Zepp app in addition to the GTS 2. You additionally get three watch face types for AOD – Follow Watch Face, Digital Watch Face, and Pointer Watch Face.
Always-On Display on Amazfit GTS 2
The Amazfit GTS 2 is appropriate with Android and iOS units, and that you must obtain the Zepp app in your smartphone to arrange the smartwatch, sync information, and tinker with its settings.
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 an alternative of being hidden.
It’s 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 may ship a incorrect message to their present and potential prospects.
However, the customized OS working on the GTS 2 is responsive, has a easy UI, and it really works the identical method as on GTR 2: a swipe up on the homescreen brings up the Notification Center, and a swipe down offers you fast entry to some settings whereas additionally exhibiting the battery share, climate, and connection standing. These settings span throughout a few pages that you would be able to scroll horizontally, and it will’ve been good to permit customers to customise these shortcuts in a method much like what we see on Android units. But I believe that is a bit an excessive amount of to count on from an RTOS-working smartwatch.
That stated, a left swipe on the homescreen permits you to entry PAI, Activity Goal, Heart Rate, Weather, and Music Control pages. You can customise these Quick Access Apps and rearrange their order by heading to the Settings > User preferences > Quick entry app menu on the GTS 2.
Quick settings on Amazfit GTS 2
Swiping proper presents Shortcut Cards, together with Music Control, Alarm, Weather, PAI, Heart Rate, Activity Goal, and SpO2 by default. You can change this to your liking by navigating to the Profile tab > Amazfit GTS 2 > Shortcut 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 in case you do not need to hop via a number of proper swipes within the UI to return to a earlier display.
Making the app record accessible solely via a button press is wasteful and results in a not-so-nice expertise. Amazfit may’ve accomplished away with the Quick Access Apps or Shortcut Cards since each serve an identical objective and would’ve as an alternative allotted a left/proper swipe gesture for the app record.
Features and Performance
The GTS 2 is without doubt one of the most function-wealthy smartwatches from Amazfit. It comes with actual-time coronary heart charge monitoring, blood oxygen degree measurement, sleep monitoring, stress monitoring, sedentary reminder, and 90+ sports activities modes.
Additionally, the GTS 2 comes with music management, climate forecast, telephone finder, barometer, compass, GPS, stopwatch, countdown timer, display lock, and app notifications. Besides, you get 3GB of inside storage and music management, however oddly sufficient, there is no digicam management – one thing we have seen even on finances wearables.
The GTS 2 has a microphone and a speaker as properly onboard, which lets you reply telephone calls when related to the smartphone via Bluetooth. You also can function the wearable via voice instructions.
For coronary heart charge monitoring, the Amazfit GTS 2 makes use of a BioTracker 2 PPG Biological Optical Sensor, which may measure your pulse robotically at an interval of 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and half-hour. The coronary heart charge can be measured manually from the smartwatch everytime you need, which on common took 15-20 seconds in my testing. You get an outline of your every day coronary heart charge information in a graphical type on the GTS 2, however you want the Zepp app for an in depth evaluation.
BioTracker 2 PPG Biological Optical Sensor
However, it is value mentioning that the GTS 2 recorded inaccurate pulse at occasions through the exercise, so it is best to not use the guts charge information from sports activities modes as a foundation for prognosis and remedy. But after I in contrast the handbook measurement’s values with the T-Rex Pro’s, they had been principally the identical.
Another 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 could possibly be particular to my unit, so if the sensor works usually in your smartwatch, you may discover all the information about your blood oxygen saturation on the Zepp app.
Next up, we have now sleep monitoring, which is correct. Well, no less than the autumn asleep, get up, and awake occasions had been recorded precisely by the GTS 2, however we won’t say the identical for the Light Sleep, Deep Sleep, and REM Sleep since we had no method to decide the accuracy of these numbers.
That stated, the Amazfit GTS 2 additionally data afternoon naps and screens your sleep respiratory high quality. However, it would not provide you with a glimpse of your final evening’s sleep just like the Stratos 3 does, so it’s a must to depend on the Zepp app to examine the whole variety of hours you slept whereas additionally having a look on the different information.
The GTS 2 also can measure your stress ranges. It’s accomplished robotically each 5 minutes, and the every day stress information is accessible on the smartwatch, with the detailed information 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 – Running & Walking, Cycling, Swimming, Outdoor Sports, Indoor Sports, Dance, Combat Sports, Ball Sports, Water Sports, Winter Sports, Leisure Sports, and Others.
Some 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 check the accuracy of the smartwatch’s constructed-in GPS, which eliminates the necessity to carry a smartphone to trace your exercise route. It’s additionally value mentioning that you would be able to management music with a left swipe on the display throughout a exercise, and navigate the GTS 2’s UI, and examine notifications, which is appreciated.
You can head to the Activities part on the GTS 2 to entry all of the train information collected by sports activities modes, which is healthier introduced within the Exercise document part within the Zepp app.
In addition to the Sports Modes, the GTS 2 additionally options an computerized step counter. It is not solely correct like many different smartwatches and health bands, however you continue to get a good thought of how a lot you walked. Like another well being information, you may examine your every day step rely on the GTS 2 and head to the Zepp app to your every day, weekly, month-to-month, and yearly efficiency.
The final well being and health function within the record 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 excellent and desires enhancements as a result of the smartwatch would not allow you to delete the notifications after they first pop up on the display. You can also’t delete them individually from the Notification Center, and it’s a must to clear all of them collectively utilizing the delete button situated on the backside.
Besides, the GTS 2 would not present the corresponding icons of all of the apps within the notifications, making it troublesome to find out which app despatched the notification. More so as a result of the smartwatch would not show the app identify both. Not simply that, the best swipe gesture to go to the earlier display would not work within the Notification Center, which means it’s a must to scroll all the best way up prime to return to the homescreen or press the bodily button.
Music Control on the Amazfit GTS 2 labored as marketed, and because the smartwatch has 3GB of storage on board, you may load your favourite playlists and play them instantly via the wi-fi earphones/audio system with out requiring a smartphone. Of course, you may also take heed to the songs via the wearable’s speaker in case you choose, however do not count on something extraordinary.
Offline voice management labored effective, though there have been occasions the GTS 2 did not reply to the voice instructions. At the time of scripting this, the GTS 2 permits 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.
Other nifty options of the GTS 2 embody lockscreen password, display rotation, and alert vibration customizations, making it simpler to determine completely different alerts with out reaching to 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:.
- Heart charge monitoring at all times on
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- 150 notifications a day which gentle up the display
- Display turned on 30 occasions per day by elevating your wrist
- Operating the smartwatch on the highest display brightness for five minutes every day
- Exercising thrice per week
- Running for half-hour with GPS enabled
During my testing, the battery lasted not more than three days on common with the next utilization and settings:
- Default watchface
- Lift-to-wake display enabled
- Display brightness at auto
- Always-on show enabled for 17 hours
- Notification and alarm quantity set to 50%
- Automatic coronary heart charge monitoring interval set to 1 minute
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- Receiving greater than 100 notifications all through the day which gentle up the display and vibrate the smartwatch, consuming further energy
- Around 20 minutes of indoor strolling every day
Once the battery is totally drained, you should use the charger bundled with the GTS 2 to cost the smartwatch. Amazfit says it might absolutely 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’s light-weight and comfy to put on, has a vibrant AMOLED show with good contact response, and the UI is clean, too. Its 5ATM water resistance means that you can monitor 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 may play music instantly on Bluetooth earphones with out requiring a smartphone.
Additionally, you additionally get a speaker and a microphone permitting you to take telephone calls instantly from the smartwatch when related to the smartphone, and offline voice controls that allow you to function the GTS 2 fingers-free.
But, the GTS 2 is not excellent. 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). Besides, the smartwatch would not reply to voice instructions at occasions, however that is one thing Amazfit may hopefully enhance with a software program replace. Additionally, redesigning the companion Zepp app would even be a smart resolution because it’s fairly a multitude.
Answering the query requested at the start: the GTS 2 does come near providing an expertise much like GTR 2’s, however its lesser battery endurance could possibly be a deal-breaker for some. And then there’s the GTS 2’s design. The smartwatch seems to be good and stylish, however its comparatively smaller footprint would possibly 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 and Classic editions. The former 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 would like one thing extra sporty, rugged, and sturdy, you then even have the choice to go for Amazfit’s T-Rex Pro, which too prices the identical because the GTS 2 in India on the time of writing. However, it would not include the speaker, microphone, offline voice controls, and inside storage for music playback. You can read our Amazfit T-Rex Pro review here to be taught extra about it, and the GTR 2 review over here.
- Lightweight and comfy
- Vibrant display
- 5ATM water resistance
- Offline voice instructions
- 3GB inside storage
- Accurate sleep monitoring with REM sleep and afternoon nap monitoring
- Lets you create customized watchfaces and vibration alerts
- Notification administration wants enchancment
- Official app wants a design overhaul
- No digicam management
- Unreliable SpO2 sensor
- Battery life