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Amazfit GTR Fitness-First Smartwatch

UPDATE (9/17/2020): With another huge move, the Amazfit app is now the Zepp app! All of your legacy Amazfit wearables will still function as normal and even get updates. The biggest difference is that the Zepp brand will have more fitness-based smartwatch styles, similar to the Amazfit GTS and Bip S. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE NEW APP CHANGE!!!

This morning, users of Amazfit wearables woke up to a nice surprise in the Amazfit app. The app is similar to the Fitbit app in that it does everything from manage wearable settings to track bio and workout metrics. One of the most notable changes is the support for some of their new wearable devices.

     The main two pieces of tech that Amazfit fans have been waiting for here in the U.S. are the rugged T-Rex Smartwatch and the versatile PowerBuds. Additionally, Amazfit is set to roll out some home gym equipment, but we’ll get into that later.

Amazfit App Metrics Sections

Medical Grade

     Another huge addition to the app is the body composition and health tracking sections. Taking a step past Google’s Fit App, Amazfit is looking much more comprehensive when it comes to health tracking. Besides the main metrics like steps, heart rate, and calories, they want to help you track common medical conditions. The coolest new metric is the PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence). It’s a metric that keeps track of your last 7 days of workouts and gives you an overall score for that running time period. It’s a great way to keep you motivated to workout on a steady basis.

     Here’s a list of the 5 main areas of concentration that they’re starting to cover with their hardware and software.

Amazfit App Metrics Sections

  1. Exercise Data
    • Steps
    • Calories
    • PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence)
    • Exercise Record
  2. Status Data
    • Sleep
    • Heart Rate
    • Body Score
    • VO2 Max
    • Exercise Capacity
  3. Body Measurements
    • Chest Circumference
    • Waist Circumference
    • Hip Circumference
    • Arm Circumference
    • Thigh Circumference
    • Calf Circumference
  4. Body Composition
    • Weight
    • Body Composition (Scale)
    • BMI
    • Muscle Mass
    • Water
    • Protein
    • Basal Metabolism
    • Visceral Fat
    • Bone Mass
  5. Health Sign
    • ECG
    • Blood Glucose
    • Blood Pressure
    • Body Temperature
Amazfit GTS Smartwatch - Orange
Amazfit GTS Smartwatch - Orange

Innovative Hardware

     The coolest thing about the update is that it’s another window into the future of the company. Amazfit’s parent company, Huami, has only been around since 2013, and the Amazfit brand was launched around 2015. Their award-winning wearables are best known for industry-leading battery life. Their most popular U.S. wearable, the Amazfit Bip, is a Pebble-like smartwatch that has a battery life of up to 45 days! Along with the new wearables getting ready to hit the market. They are set to unveil 2 treadmill models and, by the look of the app, a body composition scale or other body-scanning tech.

Amazfit App Main Dashboard

All-In-One App Design

     Back on the software side, it’s exciting to see them make these expansions all within one app. This is something that ONLY Fitbit has mastered but with the Google acquisition, there’s no telling where those two are headed.

     Amazfit made a nice change to the overall look of the app but kept it’s overall simplicity. They kept it to 3 main tabs, with the dashboard loading up first when opening the app. It allows you to quickly check up on your main metrics or tab over to view and change your goals, alarms, events, settings, and other things that feed straight to your smartwatch.

Amazfit GTR Smartwatch - 12 Sport Modes
Amazfit App - 12 Sport Modes

Syncing To Strava

If you’re a Strava user looking for a high-quality fitness tracker at a decent price, you’re in luck. All of your recorded runs, walks, bike rides, and more are synced directly from your Amazfit app to your Strava app. Your heart rate, steps, and other fitness metrics can’t be synced directly to Google Fit, Apple Health, or any other fitness apps yet, but that can be fixed with a software update. On the other hand, if they keep going in the same direction with their improvements, they’ll be no need to supplement.

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Amazfit's Best Wearable Options

     Like we said before, if you’re in the market for a fitness tracker, the Amazfit Bip is going to be your best choice. The 30-45 day battery life, premium transflective display, and built-in GPS are just a few of the features that make it anyone’s best choice. On the other hand, if you want to take full advantage of Amazfit’s new upgrades to their app, these are the best wearables to choose from: (Until the release of the T-Rex and Stratos 3)