Introducing the Amazfit GTS 2e, a smartwatch that strikes the perfect balance between fashion and functionality. Available in three colors, this versatile watch complements any outfit or occasion. With over 90 sport modes and GPS + GLONASS, it’s designed to be the ultimate fitness companion.
The GTS 2e is equipped with features that provide all-around health protection. It monitors your heart rate 24/7, measures blood-oxygen saturation, tracks sleep quality, and monitors stress levels. With built-in Amazon Alexa, you can control your watch with your voice, making it even easier to stay connected while on the move.
What’s more, the GTS 2e boasts a long-lasting battery life of up to 14 days, making it the perfect accessory for any lifestyle. It’s water-resistant up to 5 ATM, which means you don’t have to worry about taking it off while swimming or showering.
Let me start by saying I had no intention of switching from my Charge 4 except that the Charge 4 decided to no longer sync with my phone. After many hours with FB support, turns out they don’t support “newer” phones, see my review of the Charge 4 if you are thinking about it. So I was stuck with needing to either downgrade my phone or change ecosystems.I did a LOT of research and decided to take a chance on Amazfit who is newer in the space. I managed to get an old Charge 3 I had to work again so I did a 5 day side by side trial. I wholly believe in a Test and Learn philosophy so it was fun to try both and see what switching would mean.Pros of the GTS 2e:- It looks good, some people could mistake it for an Apple watch which I believe was on purpose.- I like an app that defaults to dark mode- It works with my phone- LOTS of interesting, hight stat watch faces in a variety of patterns and colors- Standard 20mm band so loads of options to customizeCons (brace yourself):- Advertised to get up to 28 days of battery life, 14 in real world use and 7 in high intensity use. I got about 48 hours with constant heart rate and blood ox tracking- Heart rate tracking WAY underperforms / under reports. I am a bit OCD on my training and do a lot of HIIT. In the image you can see the Charge 3 tracking on the left (I also wear a chest strap monitor for accuracy that matched the FB w/in a beat or 2, did I mention OCD). On the right you can see the same workout tracked by the 2e. I even launched the workout manually to give it every chance possible.- Sleep tracking is overly optimistic. Side by side again (second image) FB shows 2.5 hours of REM and 1:18 deep which is pretty consistent for past 3 years. Score (not shown) was 82, again pretty consistent. 2e shows a score of 94 and VERY different sleep stages. While it may be right and FB was wrong all along, that seems unlikely. It also does not track any time “awake” even if you get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.- App is not intuitive. While it is nice to have some screens in dark mode, others randomly switch to light mode with no control that I have found. See difference in the images. The homescreen always puts the last thing on top and there is no way to set and change what you want to see that is important to you. While it is interesting to track “stress” I really don’t want that pushing down other stuff I find more interesting. FB wins with the ability to move things around and even delete things you don’t care about (calories) to customize your screen into the same layout every time.- Step counts are wildly inaccurate. It is Covid times and I have been walking many of the same routes for months. The 2e struggles with auto-recognition of walking as an exercise and the steps are way undercounted. Particularly if you are not moving your arms. I was walking behind my snowblower for a few hours (big snow in CHI) and the FB reported 8k steps where the 2e was only half that amount. Having done this many times as well, I will go with the FB measurement as being closer. If I keep my hands in my coat on a walk, it tends to under count by 10-20%.So where does that leave me? Well, I am returning the 2e as I managed to get my Charge 4 resurrected and connected. If/when it disconnects I plan to look at Garmin as my new ecosystem as they are well established in the space and likely have worked out more of the kinks. If you are in the market for a fitness tracker, I still prefer the Fitibit ecosystem but double check supported phones before you buy. If yours is not supported then you may be in for a world of hurt with support.
Greg Speyrer –
In terms of functions, features for the price – with the exception of Alexa integration – the Amazfit GTS 2e Smart Watch for Men performs as advertised. As far as Alexa integration is concerned, didn’t have a chance to try it.Paired with the Zepp fitness app (it’s preferred app), the device will satisfy the needs of people who need primarily basic to moderate levels of fitness info/data to monitor activity/workouts . After five days of continuous use, the Amazfit GTS 2e device I currently have still had a 33% charge.DOCUMENTATION – INSTALLATION AND USEDocumentation on how to initially download and install the Zepp app onto a smartphone, then pair the device with the Zepp app and a smartphone is sparse.To download and install the app on a smartphone, just scan the QR code contained on the first or second page of the booklet that comes with the watch.Then, to pair the watch to the downloaded and installed Zepp app, power on the watch and scan the QR code on the watch with a smartphone camera, and let the Zepp app guide you through the pairing process. Or, go into the Zepp app, select profile, My devices and follow the instructions to pair the watch to the app.Learning to navigate through the device and utilize its features is better described through a series of screens on the watch when first using the device. At its heart, the device is easy and intuitive to use.ISSUEThe overriding issue with the device is hardware quality. In the course of two weeks, I had to return two of the devices.The first device failed after about six days when swimming in a pool. It appears the device flooded and would no longer power on. Recall that the device is supposed to be water resistant to 5ATM (about 165ft or 50m).In addition, the first device’s battery had a low performance rate. It required recharging on a nightly basis. Again, recall that according to advertisements, the device should last up to about 14 days on a full charge.The second device worked well for several days and had a good performing battery. That second device failed, though, after about five days when the touch screen stopped functioning.AMAZON RETURN – REFUND – FULFILLMENTWhat, however, made the above experiences bearable and manageable – Amazon’s return/refund/fulfillment process. After reporting the first device failure, Amazon had a replacement device delivered within 24 hours. When the second device failed, Amazon offered a full refund (they did not offer to replace the failed device with another GTS 2e).The above transactions occurred online and each took less than 10 minutes to complete.GOING FORWARDGiven the features and functions of the device family, the price point, and the fast and efficient way in which Amazon handled the deliveries, returns, and refunds. I’m willing try another version of the GTS; this time, the Amazfit Bip 3. That device is scheduled to arrive within a day. If the Amazon return/refund/delivery process were not as efficient as previously noted, odds are the next step would be to search for a different brand of fitness tracker.OVERALL TAKEAWAYS: 1. Good fitness features and functions for both the device and it’s associated app for the price. 2. Sparse instructions on how to pair watch to Zepp app on a smartphone. 3. Satisfactory screen instructions showing user how to navigate and use features on watch. 4. Variable device hardware quality. 3. Good and timely Amazon return/replacement/refund process.
Alan G –
Like it’s look and screen. Needs to track better to phone via app.
I have to say this watch works great, tracks activities, and monitors steps and things like heartrate really well.Love the fact it has a built in GPS, and I find after a few weeks of use the battery life is about 7 days the way I use the watch, which is very acceptable to me.It was dead easy to set up and sync with the app, and I find the app is also very good and intuitively easy to use.I would highly recommend this product.
Still working after 1yr
roger abifadel –
this watch as good as any fit watch including apple for a fraction of the price as for the battery if you lock it will battery will last for a week but normally about three days better than apple you have to charge it every day