Here on the blog and on the YouTube channel we have seen smartwatches with sports functions pass or vice versa, but the elegance that distinguishes the new Amazfit GTS 2 is unique. Almost borderless rectangular display and precise and reliable health monitoring functions are just some of the elements that distinguish it from the various wearables on the market and with today, through this complete review, I reveal why you should choose him and not others.
As always, we start from the sales package, nothing particular and that does not differ much from what has already been seen with other wearables of the Huami brand and in fact inside we find:
- Amazfit GTS 2;
- Power cable with proprietary base and USB input;
- Multilingual instruction manual (including Italian).
The new generation of Amazfit GTS 2 follows in its own way the design of the previous model although there are some small differences that are clearly visible from the first approach. We have a square case but softened by 3D curves that run along the entire perimeter of the display, giving a premium and elegant appearance. Indeed this look, however compact compared to the brother GTR 2 which instead offers a circular case, is also better aimed at a female audience.
We are therefore talking about a case with an aluminum frame with dimensions of 42,8 x 35,6 x 9,7 mm and a weight of 24,7 grams (without strap) which overall make the Amazfit GTS 2 really comfortable to wear. everyday, even in more particular conditions such as sports. On the right profile we find a small excrescence that incorporates the only button made of plastic, which performs the function of awakening the display, as well as allowing to access the system menu of the watch with a single press, or to enter directly into the training modes , by means of a double quick press.
On the left profile there is a small slot that hides nothing but the system speaker, which will allow us, for example, to listen to music by fishing the songs directly from the internal memory of the watch, as well as allowing us to answer incoming calls on our phone , with the help of the microphone which is instead positioned on the back of the case, made of polycarbonate. But be careful, because the smartwatch allows you to answer incoming calls but not make them.
Here on the back we also find the optical sensor PPG Biotracker 2 which allows the detection of heart rate H24, with any warnings about high beats, but also to detect the blood oxygenation value SpO2, very important for this period but also for sports at high altitudes or in any case where oxygen consumption becomes particularly impressive.
Also on the back are the 2 charging plates which takes place via the USB cable with proprietary base. Amazfit GTS 2 integrates a 246 mAh battery which generally offers an autonomy of about 7 days with a classic use that convert into 25 hours of active GPS. Of course, the autonomy value depends on the personal use of the individual user, variables such as receiving notifications, heart activity monitoring and SpO2, sports monitoring, Always on Display etc .. In my case I still managed to get to the promised 7 days from the company, with reception of many notifications, calls on the wrist, sports for about 25 minutes with GPS and Always on Display set at certain times. Recharging, however, takes about 2,5 hours.
Returning for a moment to the presence of speaker and microphone, with a future update the combo of elements will also allow you to query the virtual assistant Alexa, a function to be taken into consideration for a possible purchase, because if it is not present now, you will soon find yourself with a feature that many other manufacturers charge handsomely for. As for the music instead, you can transfer songs on the watch, directly from the smartphone by means of the 2.4 GHz WiFi integrated in Amazfit GTS 2. I specify, however, that the maximum capacity of the transferable songs varies from 300 to 600 songs, considering a memory 3 GB available but above all the file must necessarily be in MP3 format.
This leads us to talk about Amazfit GTS Bluetooth 5.0 which not only allows pairing with our smartphone for synchronizing data with the companion app and receiving notifications and calls, but also allows you to pair TWS headphones, in in order to be totally independent during a sporting activity, from your phone, as you can listen to music with headphones directly from the watch as well as trace the path of the activity using the GPS + GLONASS integrated in the watch.
Ok I'm running too much and so let's go back to take a closer look at the watch, which uses a silicone strap with a quick release mechanism and a 20 mm pitch, thus being able to create a personalized outfit with the many spare parts you find on the online stores. The strap, although not shining for elegance, was soft and not at all annoying even during intense sweats.
But the absolute protagonist of Amazfit GTS 2 is the dsplay, which is protected by a scratch-resistant glass obtained by means of a carbon treatment. Borderless design that joins with the perimeter of the aluminum case and which protects a 1,65-inch AMOLED display with 348 x 442 pixel resolution and 341 PPI, or a definition of retina level.
The visibility under direct sunlight is very good and the super bright colors with very deep blacks that with certain watchfaces give the impression of a truly bezel-less display, but in reality these are present and also have a certain thickness.
Present the lighting sensor that automatically adjusts the intensity of the display, but if necessary you can manually set the value (maximum brightness of 450 nits), although you will never do it as the sensor is really very reactive and reliable. Among the Amazfit GTS 2 functions we also have the aforementioned Always on Display, which in addition to being activated on certain time slots, follows the style of the watchface installed on the watch. All very nice, too bad that under sunlight, visibility borders on scarcity as well as the fact that in training mode, the AOD does not show the information supplied, thus forcing you to also activate the gesture of rotation of the wrist or awaken the display by means of the physical button.
In any case, I prefer the Amazfit GTS 2 display compared to, for example, that of GTR 2 because we have more space for information without it being cut, as well as displaying more elements in the available watchfaces.
Ok, once the overview on design is over, let's go back to connectivity, which I have always found very stable and reliable. Unfortunately, when we move away from the range of Bluetooth, there is no alarm but reconnection occurs in a flash. Notifications also arrive without any delay compared to the smartphone, although in this context Huami has not made any particular improvements. We can receive notifications from any app on the smartphone, but we cannot respond, nor view photos or voices, but compared to the past we have support for Google Emoji. I emphasize this because if you receive a message from iOS devices, not all emoticons will be displayed. Furthermore, some applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram generate both a cumulative notification (such as, for example, 3 messages received) and individual notifications.
The listening volume for calls is very good, allowing you to speak without particular quality problems, even if I remember being in front of a clock, so don't expect to have conversations in crowded environments. Even our interlocutor reports that he listens to us in a clear and not at all metallic or muffled way.
I then first mentioned the presence of the GPS assisted by GLONASS, which amazed me for the rapidity of the satellite coupling, which takes place in about 30 seconds in the open field and a maximum of 1 minute in the city where trees and buildings could shield the signal. But above all, the reliability of the layout was extremely precise, if we consider that an object the size of a coin did the job.
Reliability is the beating heart of Amazfit GTS 2 which is almost flawless also as regards the step count and heart rate monitoring, which I remember taking place H24 with a minimum of 1 minute breaks, but also the SpO2 value does not differ from what was detected by a more "professional" instrument such as a pulse oximeter. Also for the sleep monitor, a considerable improvement has been made, always guessing the beginning and end of sleep by the minute as well as detecting the phases of deep, light and REM sleep, also allowing the recording of naps that we can take during the day.
But especially if we get up at night to go for a drink or do something else, even that single minute awake will be detected. Really fantastic. We also have the certification of waterproofing up to 5 ATM, thus being able to wear the Amazfit GTS 2 even in the shower or in a swimming pool, where swimming is one of the monitorable sports.
The Huami wearable offers the possibility to monitor and track many sports, even the less common ones such as freesbee, but it should be specified that the classic ones offer dedicated metrics, while all the other basic ones serve you to differentiate the single activity, in how much the data collected is solely for heart rate, time and calories burned.
Maybe I have been too good so far and so I take a break from telling you the only two flaws or shortcomings I have identified for this device. The first is related to WiFi, as it is true that it is present but this only allows the transfer of music and nothing else while the second defect is the absence of the NFC, which would have allowed mobile payments, but overall I can also justify everything net of the economic selling price of the device.
From the point of view of the Amazfit GTS 2 software we do not find big news, moving in the interface by means of swipe. For example, upwards we access the notifications, while downwards we access the quick toggles and finally to the right or left we find the quick tabs to access for example the weather, the music player that also controls alternative players such as Spotify, Deezer, Youtube etc .. While as a particular function, it signals the presence of an altimeter / barometer, useful for example for sports or activities in the mountains for example.
All the data collected is instead conveyed to the Zepp companion app, compatible with both Android and iOS, perfectly organized and stylistically well done. From here we can see graphs and data of our daily sports and health activity, but we can also draw on the many watchfaces made available for new looks every day. Moreover, many watchfaces are modular allowing you to select the complications to be displayed at our convenience and need.
I almost forgot to tell you that from the watch itself you can also set alarms, choosing the time and the eventual repetition but you can also enable the do not disturb mode, both for the whole day, on time bands but also of the smart type, or Amazfit GTS 2 will recognize when you are going to sleep and will silence all types of notifications, which perhaps I have not said, occurs both by means of vibration and sound. And speaking of vibration, the Zepp app also allows you to customize this, based on what to notify, such as calls, messages, etc.
It is clear from my words that I was bewitched by this smartwatch especially coming from past devices like OPPO Watch 41mm e Micro Air that had literally let me down. Amazfit GTS 2 is definitely suitable for every user, more or less demanding, offering many smart functions as well as excellent reliability in data collection such as heart rate, GPS tracking, steps, SpO2, sleep etc ..
The future update that will bring support to Alexa will certainly contribute to making this device even more attractive, which already at present I recommend for efficiency and quality returned by speaker and microphone.
Amazfit GTS 2 compared to its brother GTR 2 loses slightly in elegance in favor of greater precision and reliability of the data collected. Less elegant but fits better on the wrist and then net of more compact dimensions we have a larger display, always of the AMOLED type. Too bad there are some accessories such as Alexa, which will arrive via a future update.
- USEFUL COMFORT
- POSSIBILITY TO ANSWER CALLS FROM WRIST
- MUSIC DIRECTLY FROM THE CLOCK
- EMOJI SUPPORT FOR NOTIFICATIONS
- INDEPENDENCE FROM SMARTPHONE FOR SPORTS ACTIVITIES
- SPEED AND GPS PRECISION
- COLLECTED DATA ACCURACY (CARDIO, SpO2, SLEEP etc ..)
- LACK NFC
- NO POSSIBILITY TO REPLY TO NOTIFICATIONS
- I CAN ONLY ANSWER CALLS BUT NOT MAKE THEM
- WIFI FOR MUSIC TRANSFER ONLY