Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smartwatch review – Smartwatches – Gadgets – BikeRadar
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smartwatch
Top sports-watch features at an affordable price. Not perfect by any stretch, but good for the money
A size, shape and watchface for everyone; ability to monitor calls and messages when riding; reasonably priced; great battery life; lots of data
Accuracy of data varies (an issue with many sports watches); screen could be more responsive; Zepp OS isn’t that intuitive
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Garmin is the go-to brand for GPS sports watches, trailed by the likes of Suunto, Polar and Wahoo.
But what if you don’t have hundreds of pounds to spend on the latest big-brand ‘wearable’, but still like the idea of being able to monitor your health and fitness, receive phone notifications and more, on the go? Enter Amazfit.
The Hong Kong-based brand offers much of the same functionality at way lower price points. Is this too good to be true?
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smartwatch details and specifications
Amazfit’s top-end watch tech comes in three forms – square-faced (GTS), ‘ruggedized’ (T-Rex) and round-faced (GTR), all with slightly different feature sets.
While tempted by the Casio G-SHOCK-style T-Rex 2 – with claimed 24-day battery life – it would’ve dwarfed my skinny wrist. Instead, I went for the smaller GTR, which is elegant enough to do double duty as a ‘daily driver’ for office use.
I tested the 3 Pro model – Amazfit’s most expensive offering, but still very affordable compared to the £700+ Garmin Fenix 7.
It looks smart, with a smooth finish to the case and only minimal branding on the strap. At just 58g, it’s light and comfortable to wear. It’s waterproof to 50m, and I wore it for swimming with no problems.
You get a full-colour, 1.45in, 480x480p AMOLED display. Navigation is via touchscreen and two (programmable) physical buttons. It runs on parent company Zepp Health’s (formerly Huami) latest OS.
The software isn’t the most refined, but I was able to link it to my phone easily enough and slowly get my head around the rather confusing multiple menus.
Amazfit’s ‘BioTracker PPG 3.0’ optical biometric sensor monitors blood-oxygen saturation (useful for those with respiratory problems or for riding at altitude) as well as the usual metrics, such as heart rate, breathing, stress and sleep quality.
Other built-in features include GPS (with support for the five main navigation systems), a barometric altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass and temperature sensor, plus a music player.
Connect the watch to your phone via Bluetooth and you can make and receive …….