The Amazfit GTS 2e is a little smartwatch with a ton of features that you get for the price. It’s without a doubt one of the greatest fitness trackers in its price range thanks to its vivid OLED display, long battery life, and a variety of useful workout tracking capabilities.
The Amazfit GTS 2e is a variant of the Amazfit GTS 2, which we evaluated in December 2020, with somewhat fewer features. It’s a competent wristwatch and fitness tracker, but it lacks a few important features from its more costly sister, most notably NFC for contactless payments and Bluetooth call answering.
Yet, if you can live without those missing functions, its vivid OLED display sets it apart from many other watches in this price range, and its remarkable battery life (up to 24 days) makes it a useful option.
The GTS 2e has an astonishing array of health monitoring tools, including accurate blood oxygen saturation monitoring, heart rate monitoring throughout sleep and throughout the day, and stress assessments throughout the day. All of these features are elegantly shown in the Zepp companion app.
It’s unfortunate that the Zepp app’s PAI fitness score isn’t more meaningful. There isn’t much information available about how it’s determined or what actions you should take to maintain and enhance it, despite the fact that it’s meant to be a general indicator of fitness.
While lacking the Digital Crown, the Amazfit GTS 2e resembles the Apple Watch 6 in terms of size and appearance. Instead, the crown button of the GTS 2e just serves to unlock the watch and pick the current menu option; all other actions are done by the touchscreen.
It has a soft silicone band, an aluminum alloy band, and a buckle fastening. It comes in black, green, and purple. The magnetic charger is simple to attach to the device’s back (no need to plug in small cables).
We found the 1.65-inch HD AMOLED screen to be extremely bright and easy to read in all kinds of lighting. The face is editable; a ton of additional options may be downloaded via the app, or you can make one from scratch using your own images. The majority of designs may be set to an always-on mode, however doing so will reduce battery life.
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There are some restrictions to be aware of, despite the Amazfit GTS 2e’s remarkable array of smartwatch capabilities.
On the Amazfit GTS 2e, you can select to get app notifications and incoming call alerts, but you are unable to reply to text messages and, unlike the original Amazfit GTS 2, you are unable to utilize Bluetooth to answer calls. NFC cannot be used to perform contactless payments.
While the GTS 2e cannot be used to save music for offline playback, it can be used to control music that is now playing on your phone, which is helpful for exercising. Simple controls for play, pause, advance, and back are accessible, and the touchscreen’s responsiveness makes them simple to operate.
Offline voice controls allow you to accomplish many basic actions hands-free – once it’s set up in the watch’s settings, just rotate your wrist so a blue ‘listening’ icon shows at the bottom of the watch face, then utter a command like ‘Start outdoor running’, ‘Open music’ or ‘Switch on flashlight’. In our tests, the speech recognition performed admirably, and the fact that you don’t first have to tap a button to unlock the watch makes it much more useful.
One of the nicest features of the Amazfit GTS 2e is sleep tracking. The watch’s smooth strap and thin profile make it easy to wear at night. The watch was initially only able to distinguish between light and deep sleep, but it is now also capable of identifying REM sleep.
At the conclusion of the night, you are given a score based on when you went to bed and woke up (bedtimes are changeable within the app), how much deep sleep and light sleep you got, how much time you spent awake, and the quality of your sleep breathing. These measurements are accompanied by personalized guidance on how to enhance your sleep quality. You may also choose to get a breathing quality rating (which is currently in beta).
With an additional “free training” mode for any activity that lacks a specific mode, the Amazfit GTS 2e can track outdoor running (both road and trail), treadmill training, indoor and outdoor cycling, pool and open water swimming, elliptical training, skiing, dance, combat sports, and water sports.
The device is simple to use while moving around; double-pressing the crown button activates the menu of workout options, and a simple swipe and tap are all that are needed to begin and stop the present activity. It is nearly hard to mistakenly cancel or end an activity; you can only do so by swiping up or down on the screen while the activity is paused. As an alternative, offline voice controls can be used to initiate and control workout tracking, and they also function effectively.
Moreover, there is automatic activity detection, which won’t activate GPS but will increase the frequency of heart rate measurements if you start working out.
Although you can start your workout before it does, the watch will make up the time when it acquires a lock on the GPS signal. In our tests, it obtained a GPS lock promptly.
The Zepp App, which is not the worst companion app I’ve seen so far, receives all of the sensor data. The dashboard clearly shows all the key statistics, including steps, heart rate, stress, sleep, and PAI score. Also, you can alter the watch and widget settings by clicking into each area to view each item in greater detail.
There are certain Chinese-to-English translation problems in the app that I find particularly amusing, as I highlighted in the Zepp E review. The alarm clock and timetable, for instance, can be found under the “Enjoy” area, which is represented by the second icon on the navigation bar. The watch face store is also located here, which is undoubtedly more entertaining than the other elements stated above.
All things considered, the Amazfit GTS 2e is a great health and fitness wristwatch for the money. Even if you use the watch to track relatively easy physical activities rather than rigorous athletic performance, there aren’t many faults with it.
The Amazfit GTS 2e is a fitness watch with an AMOLED display, an aluminum shell, built-in GPS, an optical heart rate sensor, and a number of health and fitness features. Given its inexpensive price, the Amazfit GTS 2e’s build quality is great, and the specs are commendable as well. The touchscreen on the watch is incredibly functional and responsive with no lag.