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Cheap Apple Watch Amazfit GTS Review

Short Overview

The Amazfit GTS smart watch is like a Copy of Apple watch. But it comes with almost every feature which we can accept from a Smart Watch. You can connect this watch on both Android and iOS.

What's inside the box?

Cheap Apple Watch Amazfit GTS Review

You get the watch itself with the strap already installed, a proprietary magnetic charging cable, and an instruction manual. 

Detailed Review


It’s difficult not to compare its design to an Apple Watch, it looks very similar but with a basic central button on the side, rather than the off center Apple Watch digital crown. It’s well made with a Gorilla glass touch screen, aluminum surround and what feels like a hard plastic bottom housing the heart rate sensor. 

The included black strap is made from relatively thin silicone with a standard buckle, but you can get replacement 20mm straps fairly cheaply off Amazon or eBay. Changing the strap is straightforward and tool-free, you just use your fingernail to release the catch. The watch is a little thicker and heavier than the Amazfit Bip at 11mm including the heart rate monitor bump and weighs 39g with the strap.

How to Connect the watch?

Download the Amazfit app from Google Play or the Apple App store. The instruction manual has a QR code you can scan to take you straight to the app’s download page, but this gave a page not found which wasn’t a great start.

Turning the watch on for the first time with the side button, prompted a factory reset which seemed a little strange. After the reset, you’re ready to app with the watch. Tap the “+” icon and choose the Amazfit GTS. Hold the phone over the watch’s QR code and accept the pairing request. Let the app download any updates to the watch, which takes 5 minutes or so.

Amazfit app features

In the Amazfit app you’ll see the current charge status. I quite like the default watch face, but you have a wide range of watch faces to change it to. Just tap on the watch face you like and let it sync across. 

Watch Features

You can turn on incoming call alerts which will display the name of any known contacts if you have that setting turned on. You can’t answer phone calls, you can only reject them if  you’re busy, but it’s still useful seeing who’s calling you. 

You can set alarms from the app - the watch will vibrate when the alarm goes off. Under App alerts you can control what notifications you’ll get. I have WhatsApp turned on. For some reason, you’ll need to go into More Incoming SMS to turn on notifications for SMS messages. You can’t respond to any messages.

Find watch will vibrate your watch if it’s in Bluetooth range. Activity heart rate sharing will let compatible devices use the watch’s heart rate monitor as an external sensor. Display settings lets you choose your watch pages. You can rearrange their order and hide pages you don’t want  to see.

Here’s also where you configure your location for the weather forecast. If we go back you can also set your steps goal under My goals, Activity goal and under Add accounts you can connect  to Strava so theoretically you can sync your activities across. However although I could easily connect my Strava account, the app instantly forgot the setting which meant this feature  didn’t work. 

I did contact support, but two weeks on there’s still no fix. Watch overview The AMOLED display protected by Gorilla glass is by far the most impressive feature of the watch. Its 341 PPI screen looks as sharp and clear as that of an Apple Watch Series 4 costing over three times the price. It has an anti-fingerprint coating and feels very smooth to the touch. 

Depending on your watch face, it can look like the display extends all the way to the soft rounded edges of the screen, but there is in fact an approximately 4mm bezel.  The screen measures 40mm by 35mm with the display occupying roughly 33mm by 26mm.  a watch face. You can customize the various modules by tapping on them and scrolling through the available options. 

Cheap Apple Watch Amazfit GTS Review

These can display live info like heart rate or steps, or they can just be shortcuts to some of the watch functions like Music that I’ll cover shortly. Different watch faces have different widgets that can be customized but it is impressive the amount of customization that’s available. Swiping left and right switches between steps and heart rate. The side button will always  take you back to the home page.

Swiping down from the home page confirms pairing to your smartphone and battery remaining, in the top left in a very small font. The central icons turn torch mode on and off which is just a white screen; and controls Do not disturb mode, the auto brightness setting, and screen lock. Swipe up or press the side button to return to the home page. Swiping up from the home page you can access the various screens you chose earlier in Display settings. These will vary depending on what you have configured, but I’ll cover some of the  interesting ones. Swiping right goes back. 

In Settings you can choose your watch faces from the ones that come with the watch or any you’ve synced across from the app. You can configure the screen time-out under Screen auto-off. Raising your wrist or tapping the screen activates the screen. By default it’s blank when not woken up, but you can turn Always on display to have the time displayed throughout the day.  Make sure you have the latest firmware to see this feature. This will reduce battery life, but it’s a feature only introduced to the Apple Watch in its current Series 5 version.

Music will let you control anything currently playing on your phone or through any Bluetooth headphones connected to your phone. Music and podcasts could be controlled off my iPhone.
You can pause and play music, skip tracks and adjust the volume, which is all very convenient. If you use this a lot it might be more useful to set a long press of the side button to take you straight to this page. Or at least have a shortcut configured on your watch face.

Unfortunately it doesn't work with the YouTube app but it worked with most other apps I tried including Spotify and Amazon Music and the native Music and Podcasts apps on iOS.  Notifications flash up on the screen, but to access them after that you need to go to the Notifications screen. 

You can swipe left to delete notifications or scroll to the bottom to delete them all. Under More there’s a compass and you can scroll down for an Air pressure gauge and an Altimeter.  There’s also a stopwatch and a countdown timer.

I haven’t used this enough yet to determine if it provides valuable data or not. You can’t access sleep stats from the watch, you need to use the accompanying app. I’ll cover workouts  and activities and sleep shortly. You can press the side button to return to the home screen, or swipe right. 

Battery life

To be honest, I got around 14 days of battery backup in my moderate uses. I always use the heart rate and sleep monitoring on and three 30 minutes GPS workouts a week. It’s hard to explicitly test this since it depends so much on how you use your watch, but I’ve had everything on  including the always on display.

I’ve worn it 24 hours a day for sleep monitoring too, and I’ve done long bike rides and runs with GPS on. I’ve only charged it a couple of times in the last two weeks. And it wasn’t even empty when I did. That is to say, battery life is still very good. I’m not sure it’s quite 2 weeks and it’s not as long as the almost 1 month of the Amazfit Bip but it’s considerably more than most smart watches I’ve tried.

Other Features

Sleep Monitoring 

Sleep monitoring The Amazfit GTS makes a pretty good watch if you’re interested in sleep monitoring. It’s lightweight so isn’t too noticeable on your wrist and all you need to do is wear the watch to bed. It will automatically determine when you go to sleep, and will monitor how well you slept. 

I measured sleep with my Apple Watch Series 4 via the Auto sleep app since there’s not native sleep app, the Sleep Cycle app on my iPhone rested on my bedside table and the Amazfit GTS. Results varied by were generally in line with each other. 

I haven’t found any sleep monitoring solutions that reliably measure awake time - for me at least. And I don’t put an awful lot of trust into how these apps determine light and deep sleep and whether it really matters anyway. 

Activity tracking

There were only a few activities you could track, heart rate monitoring wasn’t particularly accurate and most annoyingly it was difficult exporting your activities to platforms like Strava, The GTS offers 12 activity types that you can choose from including swimming, now that the watch is fully waterproof. 

By default to start a workout you long press the side button. Depending on your activity type you’ll get varying pages you can scroll through during the activity. The time is still displayed in a small font in the top right, but you can’t access any other functions of the watch while the activity is in progress. So for example, you can’t control your music during a run. 

You long press the side button to end the workout. But as I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t get this to work, on iOS at least.  But sometimes activities don’t sync across from the watch to this app so it’s still a frustrating experience actually getting activities off the watch.

My Opinion

If you want a Smart Watch which can give you the best looks as an Apple Watch then you can definitely buy this one. But If you need only smart features, look isn't important for you then go 
for Amazfit Bip.

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