The Amazfit GTR 2e is one other smartwatch from Huami that arrives simply months after the GTR 2 and the GTS 2 have been launched.
It arrives alongside the GTS 2e as a less expensive various to the Amazfit GTR 2, providing largely the identical features in a close to an identical spherical watch design. While some features have been minimize, enhancements have additionally been promised with a lift in battery life and the addition of an intriguing new sensor.
That drop in features set does imply the value has dropped too, with the GTR 2e coming in at $139.99. That makes it $40 cheaper than the GTR 2 and places it in and round the Huawei Watch GT 2e and the Fitbit Versa 2.
Itâs one other transfer by Huami to dominate the inexpensive finish of the smartwatch market and on paper, a watch like the GTR 2e does promise quite a bit for the cash. But it nonetheless prices greater than the glorious square-faced Amazfit GTS 2 Mini and Amazfit Bip U Pro, which supply astonishing worth.
It’s additionally right here to rival the likes of the Fitbit Versa 3 and the Huawei Watch GT 2.
Does it impress in testing and will you save your self some cash by going for the GTR 2e over the GTR 2? We’ve been residing with its cheaper smartwatch sibling to see what it was fabricated from. Hereâs our complete verdict on the Amazfit GTR 2e.
Amazfit GTR 2e: Design
Out of the field, the GTR 2e appears to be like an identical to the GTR 2. Youâve bought the identical 46mm watch case with two bodily buttons and the identical decision 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen. Thatâs paired up with a 22mm detachable silicone band that makes use of a standard pin buckle retaining it secured in your wrist.
Itâs technically a barely bigger and thicker watch case, however in actuality it isn’t the type of distinction that youâre actually going to discover or be disenchanted by both.
Huami solely affords the GTR 2e in a single model, ditching the Classic choice you get with the GTR 2 and choosing simply the Sport model. That means itâs solely out there with a titanium alloy case and also you miss out on the stainless-steel look.
Amazfit GTR 2e (left) and Amazfit GTR 2 (proper)
Itâs modified to a 2.5D curved display as opposed to a 3D form, providing a slight curvature in look and raised barely above the bezel. Itâs ditched the ODLC coating which implies you lose a few of the further safety in the show division as properly.
Again although, these adjustments donât really feel like they make a world of distinction. You are dropping a few of that further sturdiness, however it’s nonetheless a gorgeous, smooth smartwatch that doesnât really feel too thick to put on and general is good to dwell with.
The display remains to be top quality, providing nice colours and many in the means of vibrancy and brightness. Viewing angles out in vibrant outside mild are sturdy and it retains the always-on show mode that when enabled will invariably have an effect on battery life.
Nothing has modified on the waterproof entrance right here both as Huami affords the identical 5ATM waterproof ranking to allow you to take it for a swim as soon as it is simpler to try this.
Amazfit GTR 2e: Smartwatch features
The GTR 2 and GTS 2 noticed Huami ramp up the smartwatch features and whereas the core of these features stay right here, there are some which have been minimize clearly to assist drop the value and supply that battery increase.
The first is the lacking speaker, which implies you miss out on the means to make calls over Bluetooth. You’re additionally dropping the built-in music participant, which explains the lacking Wi-Fi connectivity help right here too.
We think about that will not be a crushing blow for most individuals to see these features overlooked. If you don’t need to make calls out of your wrist, then you definitely’ll dwell with out that speaker. While it was good to see Huami introduce a music participant, it at present solely works with your personal MP3s and never with streaming music companies, which provides it restricted attraction. We additionally discovered the add course of fiddly to say the least.
Everything else is in play that was beforehand provided. So that is notification help for Android and iPhones, an enormous assortment of watch faces to select from, music playback controls and Huami’s personal offline voice assistant.
They have not modified so far as how they carry out both. Notifications are nonetheless not actionable and you’ll’t develop notifications like emails. The music controls work properly and will be accessed throughout train. Interestingly, there is not any point out of Amazon Alexa help right here, which we have been unable to entry on the GTR 2.
Those features did not really feel vastly missed in our testing time. Had the music participant been backed up with richer, extra fascinating streaming help, it may need been a barely completely different story. Ultimately although, you are getting largely an analogous smartwatch expertise. It does a superb job general, however there’s clearly room for some features to enhance and evolve.
Amazfit GTR 2e: Fitness monitoring
Unlike its smartwatch features, the GTR 2e manages to retain just about every thing discovered on the GTR 2 when it comes to monitoring your health and sporting pursuits, and there is not a lot completely different to report on the efficiency entrance.
There’s the identical movement sensors to allow each day exercise monitoring and sleep monitoring. Huami consists of the identical BioTracker 2 optical sensor that delivers coronary heart price monitoring and SpO2 measurements.
There’s GPS and GLONASS to observe outside actions like operating and biking and it is outfitted to observe each pool and open water swimming. You even have its heart-rate based mostly PAI evaluation system, which actually does want to be introduced extra into play on Huami’s watches.
We’ll begin with each day exercise monitoring, which works in an an identical vogue to the GTR 2, letting you observe steps, distance coated and time spent in your toes. That knowledge will be considered from devoted watch faces, the Activity objectives widget and in the Zepp companion app. There’s no altimeter current, so you can’t seize elevation knowledge.
Step monitoring in contrast: Amazfit GTR 2e (left) and Apple Watch Series 6 (proper)
We put it up in opposition to a Fitbit Sense, Apple Watch Series 6 and the Garmin Fenix 6 and located it was typically 1,000 steps off the Sense and Series 6 and 500 steps inside the Fenix. There’s not an enormous deal taking place from a motivation viewpoint past inactivity alerts, however you may alter your transfer, fats burning and stand objectives instantly from the watch.
Sleep monitoring in contrast: Amazfit GTR 2e (left) and Fitbit Sense (proper)
When you progress to sleep monitoring, once more, it is extra of the identical by way of the breakdown, providing you with Sleep Scores together with some helpful insights into sleep and the way to enhance your sleep time. You can even document your naps as properly.
Up in opposition to the Fitbit Sense, it really carried out rather well so far as capturing sleep length was involved, and was often only some minutes out from the Fitbit smartwatch. Delve deeper into the breakdown and features like deep sleep, REM and time spent awake have been very related. Fitbit’s watch tended to supply a better Sleep Score, however the uncooked numbers appeared to maintain up properly for us. So that is a giant plus right here.
Amazfit GTR 2e: Sports monitoring
For sports activities monitoring, there’s nothing new to report. You get a sizeable assortment of exercise modes together with operating, climbing, snowboarding and a free coaching mode. It’s a watch that is comfy to put on for train and it does not really feel cumbersome or obtrusive to use.
In outside operating mode it got here up somewhat brief on distance monitoring and had us at a barely faster tempo in contrast to run monitoring on a Garmin Fenix 6. Running metrics like cadence have been additionally simply barely off, although calorie burned knowledge was not far out from what the Fenix 6 captured.
Run monitoring in contrast: Amazfit GTR 2e (left) and Garmin Fenix 6 with HRM Pro chest strap (centre and proper)
Heart price knowledge throughout these runs tended to be 1-2bpm out from a Garmin HRM-Pro chest strap for common readings with most readings greater than 10bpm out. It positively felt like a few of that knowledge was smoothed out as the knowledge proven in actual time in contrast to what was generated by the chest strap did not actually match.
Heart price monitoring in contrast: Amazfit GTR 2e (left and centre) and Apple Watch Series 6 (proper)
It was an analogous story in free coaching mode the place we put it to the take a look at for some fats blasting HIIT session on the Fiit residence exercise app. Average coronary heart price readings and most coronary heart readings have been typically decrease in contrast to the Apple Watch Series 6’s heart-rate monitor, which is one among the most dependable at monitoring coronary heart price from the wrist for prime depth exercises.
There are definitely good factors and never so good factors when turning to this watch to observe your health and well being. It performs properly sufficient as a health tracker and a sports activities watch, however severe trainers will really feel let down whenever you up the depth and the exercise time.
Amazfit GTR 2e: Temperature monitoring
One massive function you do not get on the GTR 2 or the GTS 2 is a temperature sensor, which is one thing that we have already seen crop up on Fitbit’s Sense smartwatch in a very compelling means.
On the GTR 2e, that sensor is represented by a devoted display the place you may see a graph of your temperature together with the present temperature studying.
Unlike taking an on-the-spot measurement of coronary heart price or SpO2, there is not any countdown or want to relaxation your wrist on a flat floor. Unfortunately, not like the Fitbit, the use of that temperature sensor does not really feel all that helpful proper now â or that dependable.
When you launch the temperature app, you may see a graph plotting out your each day readings. As far as we will see, these readings aren’t recorded in the Zepp companion app as is the case for issues like steady coronary heart price or all-day stress monitoring. There’s room to manually add knowledge, however it’s weird to see that this knowledge is not captured.
As for the knowledge itself, our temperature appeared to both be wherever from 32-34 levels Celsius.
The temperature sensor is studying pores and skin temperature moderately than your core temperature, which is often round 36-37 levels Celsius. However, pores and skin temperature will rise when you have a fever, for instance. However, the lack of automated monitoring over time and a longtime regular baseline implies that we’re uncertain how helpful the pores and skin temperature function is.
It’a somewhat shocking to discover this doubtlessly very useful function a bit half-baked in its present state.
We’d like to assume that Huami has plans to bolster this function to make it extra helpful. Right now although, it isn’t a function for GTR 2 house owners to solid an envious eye over.
Amazfit GTR 2e: Battery life
The GTR 2e packs the identical capability 471mAh battery, however with the lack of features like the speaker and richer music features, Huami has revised the type of battery efficiency you may anticipate right here.
It suggests you will get 24 days in typical use, which is up from the 14 days promised on the GTR 2. There’s a bounce to 45 days up from 38 days in primary mode and 12 days in contrast to 6.5 days in heavy utilization in contrast to the GTR 2. You can anticipate the identical 2.5 hours to cost from 0-100%.
We discovered that touted 14 days in typical use was as soon as once more very bold, and looks like a really acquainted story to the GTR 2. This is a smartwatch that’s good for every week, however you want to reduce some features to get into double digit days’ value of battery.
We had the display brightness set to auto mode and opted in opposition to the always-on show mode. We additionally had steady heart-rate monitoring turned on together with notifications and half-hour to an hour of exercise monitoring. We nonetheless discovered each day battery drop-off to be round 15-20%.
The Amazfit GTR 2e affords most of what you get from the stable GTR 2 for much less cash â so it is a winner in that respect. But the promise of larger battery life did not actually ring true and the added temperature sensor feels half-baked. If you are wedded to the GTR 2’s design then it will get our blessing, however in any other case the GTS 2 Mini and even Amazfit Bip U Pro really feel like a lot better worth.
- Same smooth design and nice display
- Decent sleep monitoring
- Lots of sports activities modes and GPS
- Battery claims did not stack up
- Temperature sensor not helpful (but)
- Heart price accuracy