The market for wrist-worn activity trackers shows no signs of slowing down. With more than 206 million consumers worldwide in 2021, that number is expected to top 300 million by 2025. To keep up with market leaders like Apple and Samsung, Zepp launched its Amazfit GTR 4 smartwatch late last year, promising a wealth of features at a lower price point than some of its biggest rivals. But how fair is it compared to the big boys? M&F took a closer look.
Zepp says the Amazfit GTR 4 is designed to complement a professional and active lifestyle for those with busy schedules. In fact, the GTR 4 blends modern health management technology with a high-end design, meaning you don't have to compromise on style to stay on top of your health. It has more than 150 sports modes and has improved GPS technology. In testing we found the GTR 4 quickly fitted into your daily lifestyle, with morning updates on things like the current outside temperature or how long you've slept.
Of course, you don't have to opt for a smartwatch to track your health, but combining the fitness tracker with a watch makes perfect sense. First; You don't have to wear two straps and secondly; You won't feel like a complete buffoon trying to check the time on your generic bracelet multiple times a day! The GTR 4 doesn't stop at tracking your fitness while providing a way to check the time. It also has an audio storage feature, meaning you don't need to carry your phone around the gym to hear some pounding beats, but if you need to keep your phone nearby for business or other urgent matters, then this is it Bluetooth capability means you can take calls on your GTR 4 without having to reach for your phone. It also connects to Amazon Alexa.
The Amazfit GTR 4 is strong and slim
The Amazfit GTR 4 has an aluminum frame, making it durable and up to any challenge, yet it's incredibly light at 34 grams, so it won't distract you from work or training. From a water resistance standpoint, the GTR or is capable of swimming or snorkeling without fear. It has a simple, sleek design and the watch faces can also be changed as they are fully digital. The screen has a resolution of 326 ppi, which makes it super sharp. The GTR 4's accompanying app (Zepp OS) is very quick to set up and provides insight into your current recovery status, fitness goals achieved, calories burned and even advanced data like your blood oxygen levels and a stress indicator for mental health care.
The tracker is also adjustable in terms of its sensitivity. So if you find it's not picking up your steps as you walk, you can raise the threshold and find just the right one for you. There are many modes for gym novices and elite athletes alike, with strength loading modes and a plethora of different exercises for you to monitor instantly. The user interface is so simple that you can even switch between several different training styles in a single training session, so you can see the devil in the details.
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How does the Amazfit GTR 4 compare?
Perhaps one of the most notable features the GTR 4 lacks is that you can view emails, but you can't just type an original reply to them. Instead, there is an option to send a pre-configured generic response. That's a shame, and it's offered by both the Apple Watch and Samsung smartwatch. Maybe it'll come in a future operating system update, but for most people, the ability to check email on the go is good enough, and if you need to reply, you can switch to your phone or another if necessary Device jump requires. But when it comes to your money, the GTR 4's battery life ticks all the boxes. You can expect more than a full week of life on just one charge, and up to 14 days if you don't use it intensively. That puts it ahead of Apple and Samsung. There's even a possibility of being charged for about a month in low-power mode.
The Amazfit GTR 4 costs $199 from Amazon ( ) / £199 from Amazon UK, but no matter where you are in the world, whether you prefer metric or imperial units, Celsius or Fahrenheit, these options are configurable, including the app settings. The Amazfit GTR 4 is available in three colors: Superspeed Black, Vintage Brown Leather and Racetrack Grey, and the interchangeable strap means you can match your watch to any outfit.
The judgment: Super-long battery life and robust build, along with the convenience of storing music, the ease of selecting workouts on the go, all this combined with a great look and feel, makes the Amazfit GTR 4 a pretty amazing piece of wearable fitness technology at a price point that beats the won't break the bank.