Huami Amazfit GTR 3 Pro review: Affordable and efficient watch

This Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is a well made watch. The imposing (46 x 46 x 10.7 cm) and rather heavy (32 g) aluminum case is a success. First of all, it benefits from a gorgeous 1.45-inch AMOLED screen displaying a resolution of 480 x 480 pixels at 331 dpi. When used, it is bright enough to be read in direct sunlight and dimmed enough to not dazzle your eyes in the dark. Its good tactile reactivity is also noticeable. This screen is the main highlight of the GTR 3 Pro.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro smart watch on your wrist.

There are two buttons on the right edge of the case. The top button also acts as a rotary crown for menu navigation, much like the Apple Watch. Although it only has a press function, the bottom button can also be rotated like a crown. A small error in ergonomics that affects the perceived quality.

Side buttons Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

Side buttons Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

The Amazfit GTR3 Pro case is certified water resistant up to 5 ATM. This means that it will survive a swimming session, but will be damaged by diving too hard, usually when surfing or when falling from a jet ski. Lastly, the fluoroelastomer watch band wears well and does not irritate the skin even when wet.

The back of the GTR 3 Pro.

The back of the GTR 3 Pro.

If this GTR 3 Pro boasts a competitive datasheet, the interface isn’t quite as convincing. However, everything was done to make the experience a success.

With two buttons and a touch screen, navigation is easy. To access the main menu, simply press the top button. As in the TizenOS system of the great era, this is a list menu. The user can navigate it with a finger or turn the crown of the top pusher. To confirm the choice, you must click on the plate. The same to return to the previous screen: you will be asked to swipe from the left edge of the screen to the other end of the screen. Movement inspired by iOS and Apple WatchOS. When navigating through the menu, pressing the top button returns you to a watch face that displays the time and the extensions you have selected. We also have a choice of ten watch faces set by default on the wrist. However, a much larger catalog can be accessed through the smartphone app.

Various menus of Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

Various menus of Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

The bottom button is presented as a shortcut to the physical activity start menu. The most recently recorded sports are placed at the top of the list, allowing you to start a session very quickly. Please note that once in this menu, the bottom clock button becomes useless. Its function is unique. Luckily, if you’re not that interested in sports, it can be reconfigured to be used as a shortcut to any other menu on a connected watch. The display of heart rate, sleep, music played and even the position of the moon and sun are available with one click according to the user’s preferences.

While the main menu stretches for miles (with 17 default choices), the GTR3 Pro doesn’t allow that much action on the wrist. In addition to triggering physical activity and accessing recording history, the watch provides access to all the measurements collected on the wrist, such as heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, sleep monitoring or stress levels. You can also access his notifications, listened to music, view his calendar, start the chronograph, timer and perform breathing exercises. Equipped with a speaker and microphone, the GTR 3 Pro is capable of recording voice notes and even making phone calls. Fortunately, the speaker is powerful enough to hear in urban environments. Finally, the Alexa voice assistant is also present in the game.

Extremely clear display of notifications on Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

Extremely clear display of notifications on Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.

In terms of settings, Amazfit offers a lot of things. Do Not Disturb or Screen Always On modes are fully programmable. You can also adjust the screen backlight manually or adjust the vibration. What’s more, for the most athletic, we recommend activating the “always-on screen” mode during exercise. Without it, you will often be staring at a black screen. As beautiful as it is, this GTR 3 Pro’s panels take at least two seconds to light up when it’s in standby mode. At full effort, it quickly becomes frustrating.

Thanks to the 1.45-inch diagonal and the air interface, notifications are displayed without problems. The logos of the various apps are well displayed, clearly indicating the source when the watch recognizes it. When it is not, a logo is displayed that says “Application”. Then it is necessary to draw a conclusion on the meaning of the notification, what is its source. It’s not always obvious.

Menu sequence to start physical activity on GTR 3 Pro..

Menu sequence to start physical activity on GTR 3 Pro.

However, this interface is missing something. If it has a large, responsive and readable screen, its French translation leaves a lot to be desired. Some expressions are clumsy, and here and there gross errors are made. After the bottom button that rotates in a vacuum, this second clumsiness, this time in the interface, also pushes the limits of Amazfit’s offering.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro syncs with the Zepp app available for iOS and Android. Divided into three tabs, it’s complete and enjoyable to use despite some sluggishness and translation issues.

On the first tab called “Home” is the collection of data collected by the watch, such as sleep and heart rate monitoring, stress level, blood oxygenation level, the amount of not… In addition to collecting data, the Zepp application also analyzes it, like PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) indicator, which you can also encounter in Xiaomi. On a scale from 0 to 120, it indicates the user’s level of daily activity. Linking points above 100 earns badges and fame from the app. And if you’re short on inspiration to score those points, Zepp has no shortage of tips, offering a 9-minute jump, 20-minute run or bike ride, each worth a certain number of points. This health slicing is becoming more and more common, whether it’s Xiaomi or Fitbit.

The main tab of the Zepp application.

The main tab of the Zepp application.

Called “Health,” the second tab of the Zepp app is the one that tries to keep you motivated. It reminds you of your daily goals, prompts you to start physical activity, or even gives you an overview of what your Zepp friends have achieved.

Health tab in the Zepp app.

Health tab in the Zepp app.

Finally, the third and final tab brings together all the available options. Here you can fine-tune your watch, change watch faces, set up notifications and health tracking, manage apps or vibrations. The possibilities are numerous and allow you to enjoy a rather successful experience. Unfortunately, the shortcomings of the interface on the wrist are found here and, in particular, the often good, but sometimes approximate translation.

The Profile tab of the Zepp application.

The Profile tab of the Zepp application.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro has a range of sensors. Thus we find an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a barometric altimeter, an ambient light sensor or a temperature sensor. Equipment that, on paper, should provide high-quality sports monitoring.

Unfortunately, there are no results. Firstly, GPS, which sometimes allows itself some inconsistencies. Mainly fishes in the city, regularly tracing curves through buildings. It is better to track away from buildings, where only a few meters approach is noticeable. Therefore, it is necessary to take the collected distances more as an indication than as a truth.

Sports tracking in the Zepp app.

Sports tracking in the Zepp app.

The heart rate monitor is also halftone. During light sports training, when the heart rate changes little, the collected data is ideal. We are always within one or two strokes of the Polar H10 chest strap we use as a reference. On the other hand, faced with a split session where the heart rate will change drastically, the GTR 3 Pro no longer follows. Its curves become unrealistic, not very comfortable and far from what the Polar H10 has. Thus, the GTR 3 Pro will only be used for unpretentious sports purposes; the most demanding of statistics will have to arm themselves with more suitable connected clocks.

The GTR 3 Pro is capable of measuring blood oxygenation, tracking sleep, and even analyzing breathing while you sleep. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a dedicated laboratory, we are unable to evaluate these data. However, in general it seems that this is quite in line with the user experience. Consistent, of course, but clearly far from specialized medical equipment.

Strengths

  • Box with good finishes.

  • Great AMOLED screen.

  • Good autonomy.

  • Complete application.

Vulnerable points

  • Bad interface.

  • Translation problems.

  • Hit the buttons.

  • Limited sports tracking.

How does assessment work?

Nothing without power once said a well-known tire manufacturer. A formula that is perfect for Amazfit GTR3 Pro. Despite the good finish, beautiful AMOLED screen and convenient autonomy, the watch sins with a limited and sloppy interface. Translation issues are legion, and a few inconsistencies in usage ruin an experience that had everything you needed. A pity.

Additional Notes

  • Ergonomics and design

  • Interface

  • Statement

  • Usage and accuracy

  • Autonomy

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