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Huami Amazfit GTR 42mm review: A smartwatch or a smart watch?

Huami Amazfit GTR 42mm review: A smartwatch or a smart watch?

The
Huami Amazfit hits the growing sector between mainstream smartwatches
and affordable fitness trackers, but how well does it do?



Above the canopy of a large market of fitness trackers,
smart-bands, and all the nomenclature in the world you can think of for
affordable wearable tech in the Indian market, begins the segment of
smartwatches. These are devices that often act as elegant looking
timepieces that also double up as smart wearable tech, offering all
capabilities of fitness trackers and more. Smartwatches used to be
expensive, but multiple variants and brands have helped bring the tech
to a wider audience at more reasonable prices.



One such brand putting out new smartwatches across the budget segment
is Huami. It’s the brand behind popular wearables like the Amazfit
series of smartwatches. After various variants like the Amazfit Bip and
Amazfit Stratos, the brand now has the Amazfit GTR. The GTR comes in two
size variants, the larger 47mm, that ships with a leather strap, and a
smaller 42mm which we have in for review today. Here is what we think
about the gadget.





Design, Build



The Amazfit GTR 42mm incorporates a beautiful design with a small
form factor. Unlike the bigger 47mm, the 42mm ships with a silicone
strap of the colour you choose. The body itself features a grey coloured
sleek design with two buttons on the right. There is a 1.2-inch AMOLED
screen with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and an anti-fingerprint coating.
The back of the body has the heart-rate sensor and the magnetic charging
connectors.






The silicone straps are of nice quality and have a groovy pattern on
the bottom that helps a little with grip on loose hands. This is a
proper watch strap where you lock the fastener in the strap holes,
unlike a push-in button found on most fitness trackers. There are plenty
of holes so even people with large or very skinny forearms should have
no issues.










The build of the watch is very solid. The metal body with the
metallic finish not only looks classy but also goes well with most
analogue and digital faces. Moreover, the body feels sturdy and looks
like one that can take a beating, which along with the Gorilla Glass 3
on the screen means the watch is resistant to most wear-and-tear of
daily life.



Features



The good news is that the Amazfit GTR can do everything that a smart
band or a fitness tracker can. The bad news? That’s about it. Compared
to fitness trackers, the GTR has a circular watch-face and an easy to
use interface, but beyond that, the watch doesn’t offer much.






Apart from telling you the time, the GTR can show notifications from
the phone it is connected to, change music, track footsteps and your
heart-rate. The watch can also track various workout modes with support
for sports like running, walking, swimming, treadmill, and more. You can
even set alarms and event reminders.






The additions you don’t find on fitness trackers are a built-in
compass, air pressure sensor and an altitude meter. The watch also has
built-in GPS, and need not rely on the phone’s active connection to get
accurate fitness data after a run.



The watch has two buttons that control functionality. The top button
turns the screen on and off (useful if the lift-to-wake feature is off)
and also acts as a home button when you are deeper in the interface,
bringing you back to the main screen. The bottom will bring up the
various dedicated sports modes on the screen



The watch connects to the Amazfit application to keep it in sync with
your phone. Coming from Huami, who are also makers of the Mi Fit
application, the app itself resembles the Mi Fit interface. So people
coming from one of the Mi Band should have no issue navigating the new
application.






The Amazfit app allows users to pair the watch, change faces, and set
up apps that can send notifications. There are other settings like the
auto-heart-rate detection frequency, custom vibration patterns for
notifications, or lift-to-wake that can be toggled from here.



While the band displays an incoming call along with the name of the
caller if it is saved, it cannot accept calls, only decline them. One
bug we noticed was that the band couldn’t successfully decline calls
either. Pressing the red decline button on the watch would only stop the
watch from ringing, but the call would still need to be declined from
the phone.



Customisation



The Amazfit GTR can store 3 watch faces on the watch itself at a
time. This includes two default analogue faces and one face of choice
from the Amazfit app. The app has plenty of watch faces to choose from,
both digital and analogue. Most of the watch faces are actually pretty
cool, and the options to choose from cover both minimal and stylish
designs to outright funky faces.






There are third-party applications on the play store like Amazfit
that will get you even more custom faces for the watch, but note that
most of these faces are created for the larger 47mm variant, and hence
will not support the 42mm watch.



Limitations



The watch lacks the abilities that essentially would differentiate it
from being more than a fitness tracker with a round dial and GPS. This
means you cannot accept calls, cannot reply to texts. Even the
notifications you do get support only alphabets and symbols, but not
emojis. Emojis will be shown as blank spaces.



The watch is being branded as a smartwatch, but key features that
make this watch just a smarter regular watch include the lack of proper
notification support and call handling.



Battery Life



Battery life on the Amazfit GTR 42mm was decent. We got 5-7 days on a
single charge based on our usage. The magnetic charging port that comes
with the watch is easy to use and requires you to just place the watch
on top, from where it will snap into place.






Note that the more features you put into use, the faster your battery
will drain. The watch will notify you of the same when enabling such
features like always-on display.



Verdict



The Huami Amazfit GTR 42mm is a good watch with smart features, but
isn’t a great “smartwatch”, despite being branded as one. The watch does
offer more than the usual fitness tracker but lacks signature features
that you expect from smartwatches. Even though the price of the Amazfit
GTR 42mm is just Rs 9,999, it ends up feeling a little bit overpriced
for the features it offers.



That being said if you don’t need a proper smartwatch, and want a
good looking, light, watch that offers basic functionality along with
fitness tracking abilities, notification support, and good battery life
as far as watch-shaped wearables go, the Amazfit GTR 42mm is a good
option at  $129.99








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