For the Amazfit GTS, Huami was subtly inspired by the design of the Apple Watch. At Gearbest this smartwatch has at 1.65 inches, the rectangular OLED has a similarly expansive diagonal and scores with good contrasts and brightness like the Apple model. At 139 euros, the alternative from China is also significantly cheaper than the Smartwatch Primus from Cupertino. The workmanship is okay with a view to the price: The display of the GTS is protected with robust Gorilla Glass, the frame is made of aluminum, and its housing is waterproof to 5 ATM.
However, the watch doesn’t have much to offer in terms of smart functions: The Huami Amazfit GTS is the only watch in the test that does not support mobile payment, which is one of the most important features of a smartwatch today. In addition, you receive notifications from your apps, but unfortunately you cannot react to them in any way. If you want to expand the functionality of the watch, you will not get very far either, because there is no app store. In addition, you cannot play music on the Amazfit GTS – neither your own nor via a streaming service.
As far as health and fitness functions are concerned, the Huami Amazfit GTS offers a good standard: It counts steps, calories burned, the distance covered and indicates when you have sat too long. A pulse sensor on the back also works continuously, but the accuracy of the results varies. If you want to record your route while doing sports, you can do so independently of the phone thanks to the integrated GPS on Gearbest.
The Anazfit GTS misses counting floors and recording the stress level. The runtime is top again, which is 200 hours without the always-on mode and receiving messages. Overall, the Amazfit GTS doesn’t have that much to offer. It’s an option for casual athletes who don’t necessarily need a feature-rich smartwatch but still want to receive messages.
The Apple Watch is considered the mother of all smartwatches, and the fifth generation is accordingly well thought out and mature. Almost everything is right here, from operation via the touchscreen and the high-precision crown to a software ecosystem with a multitude of apps that are well adapted to the small screen. Speaking of the screen: the display extends almost to the edges, which not only gives the smartwatch a modern look, but also increases its ease of use.
Check messages for a moment, read push notifications or even answer a WhatsApp – a lot of things that you used to pull out your smartphone for can now be done on your wrist. One of the most important innovations compared to the Apple Watch Series 4 is the always-on display, on which the watch permanently shows the dial. Apple has implemented this function so that it is so energy-efficient that the battery life is hardly reduced compared to its predecessors. But that remains the Achilles heel of the watch. Because two days in a row are difficult to manage, so you quickly get used to taking the watch off every evening and charging it overnight.
Sleep tracking is hardly possible in this way, Apple only offers corresponding evaluation tools in rudimentary form. That’s a shame, because their functionality is actually optimally tailored to a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise. There are even extras that go into the medical field, such as fall detection and a (simple) EKG. The measured values are very precise, but professional sports functions on par with Garmin are not part of the Apple repertoire. And the close connection to the iPhone also has its downsides: the watch cannot be used without an Apple smartphone. The starting price for the LTE version is also very high at 579 euros.
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