It’s that time of year when every manufacturer looks at what they launched earlier and then comes up with successors! The Amazfit GTS 2 is the next iteration of the popular GTS from previous years. Subtle and simple changes have improved this watch, making it worthy of being considered for your wrist.
To the untrained eye, the GTS and the GTS 2 would be very similar, but there are a few key differences, the first being that the material used on the GTS 2 is now aluminum rather than plastic, resulting in the shows a more premium feel. I guess the “S” stands for square and let’s just say it’s inspired by the Apple Watch. It even has a digital crown, although its rotation does nothing, it’s just a button. The screen is a glossy AMOLED display which is vibrant and since it supports the always-on function, it is attractive to look at. The watch is quite light at just over 24g and worn all day and night doesn’t seem to interfere in any way.
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An eye on your health
The watch is now managed with the new Zepp app, which contains all health data as well as commands to manage watch settings. New watch faces, reverse directions to be worn on both hands, alarms, display customization, etc. – everything can be managed through Zepp. The app is supported by both Android and iOS, although some features tend to work better on Android. Notifications, messages, and calls all work, but better on Android.
As a basic watch, it offers all the options of hours, dials, alarms and timers, as well as a minor improvement to the timer app, which now allows hours, minutes and seconds. . Watch faces have also seen an improvement with the introduction of “modular” watch faces. We can at least choose the most relevant metrics to display on the watch face. Still no support for dual time zone or time zones, but I guess another iteration can fix this.
Amazfit’s GTR 2e and GTS 2e smartwatches will be available in India at 9,999
Amazfit watches have always placed emphasis on health monitoring features. The GTS 2 now receives the new Huami BioTracker offering all-day heart monitoring, the various sensors for training and exercise modes and, of course, sleep tracking with REM sleep and naps included. Blood oxygen saturation is the new feature that many watches are introducing this year and the GTS 2 is no exception.
A word of warning with all health features, these are only indicators to provide information but not a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. After using the watch for a while, you have a good idea of the range of readings and can seek medical advice based on it.
New to the GTS 2 is now the ability to take calls on the watch itself. This uses both Bluetooth and WiFi to keep the watch connected to the phone and once set up you can easily take calls on the watch. Of course, the phone is still needed because the watch is not cellular, at least not the one introduced in India.
The GTS 2 also introduces a voice assistant. While it’s supposed to end up getting “Alexa,” for now it has a few basic commands that can be used for hands-free operation of the watch. Useful for activating the heart rate monitor or even a training mode. It also works offline and doesn’t need the internet to work.
With everything that happens on the watch, one wonders about the battery life. Well, the GTS 2 does not disappoint in this area. On average, you can go a work week with many features activated, including continuous heart rate monitoring. GPS tends to drain the life of any battery, and if used continuously, the battery will potentially only last three days. For those who don’t want all that fancy, a power saving mode can give you 21 days of battery life. But for an average user, I would say a work week is the best.
Support for “cards”
The GTS 2 uses the Huami watch operating system and there is still no app store or support for apps on the watch. But changes have also been made to it and the watch now supports “maps” – these are frequently used built-in apps that are easily accessed with a swipe. So a quick glance at the watch with just a few swipes can give you everything you need to know for the day. Alarms, calendars, health information, weather, all at your fingertips.
The GTS 2 now also has 3 GB of storage for music. While this is a great addition, using it for music playback is a bit of a pain. You can’t stream music to it directly, you need to transfer the media through the phone. The process is handled through the Zepp app and although it claims to use WiFi it is extremely slow. The watch only supports MP3 files, I tried downloading a high resolution FLAC but it didn’t even show up in the watch file manager. Once the music is on the watch, you can pair the watch with any bluetooth headset. The Music app also allows you to control the music playing on the phone.
Overall, the GTS 2 is a good value for money watch. For anyone interested in monitoring some basic health metrics with semi-smart functionality, the watch would be an ideal choice. The fact that it now looks stylish and is premium quality is an added bonus and you can definitely wear it all day and night with little to no fatigue or discomfort.
Price: ₹ 12,999
Advantages: Smart screen, light, bright and vibrant, good VFM
The inconvenients: No apps or app store, limited smartwatch functions, read-only notifications