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It seems like the third time could be the charm for Zepp and their new Zepp Z Smartwatch. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Zepp’s first two smartwatches, the Zepp E Square and E Circle. They’re basically more expensive versions of the Amazfit GTS 2 and GTR 2, but without built-in GPS and A LOT fewer sport modes. The Zepp Z is more of a complete wearable and this masculine-looking, premium smartwatch puts every other wearable-maker on notice.
- Battery Life: 15 days
- Watch Size: 45.9mm
- Display Size: 1.39″ AMOLED
- Display Density: 326ppi
- Water Resistance: 5 ATM
- Sport Modes: 12
- GPS: GPS + GLONASS
- Voice Assistant: Alexa (online and offline voice control)
- Heart Rate Monitor: PPG (with Sp02 Blood-oxygen Saturation Measurement)
- Advanced Running Metrics: Yes
- Advanced Sleep Tracking: Yes (deep, light, and REM)
- Partner App: Zepp
- Body Materials: Titanium alloy
- Watchband Size: 22mm
- Best-in-class battery life
- Premium design and build with a timeless look
- Alexa voice assistant supports up to 58 unique voice commands that work online AND offline
- PAI Health Assessment System is an impressive way of summarizing your overall activity level and biometrics
- Premium leather strap can be easily replaced with more fitness-friendly 22mm sport straps
- 1,000’s of custom downloadable watch faces
- Beautiful AMOLED display
- No onboard music storage
- No LTE version
- No NFC payment
- No app store or downloadable apps
The Zepp Z’s titanium alloy chassis and industry-standard 22mm watchband, make it one of the most durable and versatile wearables of its kind. Built to compete with premium multi-sport smartwatches like the Garmin Venu and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. The biggest downgrades/disappointments are the lack of music storage, app store, and LTE connectivity, but it makes up in other areas.
Battery life is the staple feature on all Zepp (and Amazfit) wearables, so this is an obvious upgrade for Amazfit fans who want a more traditional watch look. The long battery life is essential for hikers, bikers, and runners who track long activities with GPS. The Zepp app also gives you plenty of options to optimize your battery life and turn off unused features that may hog the battery.
The Zepp Z and the Zepp app are bursting at the seams with advanced activity and sleep metrics. Besides the impressive on-wrist live workout display, the Zepp app is an ever-improving platform with the goal of holistic health analysis.
You can view all of your deep, light, and REM historical sleep data. Plus, you’ll get health analysis reports complete with comparisons to other users and tips on how to get better rest.
For steps and workouts, you can connect with friends and family that also use Zepp and Amazfit wearables. Plus, you can sync your workouts straight to your Strava account for more route sharing, connections, and competitions.
The Bottom Line
The Zepp Z is the perfect men’s smartwatch that works in the gym, out at the club, AND in the office. On the other hand, unless you’re in love with the design and/or battery life, there are far better options at or below the Z’s price point.
Amazfit has a Smart Scale that uses the Zepp app to connect and track your body composition and is one of our Top 3 Smart Scales regardless of whether you use a wearable or not. Along with the Zepp Z, it’s one of the best one-two punches available.
The Amazfit Powerbuds are the perfect set of true wireless earbuds to go with the Zepp Z. Besides their premium sound and long battery life, they feature a built-in heart rate sensor to supplement the accuracy of the Zepp Z’s heart rate sensor (or other Zepp/Amazfit wearable). Plus, they have magnetic detachable ear hooks that you can easily snap on for more security during vigorous workouts and activities.