It’s true that you usually get what you pay for. You may find a device that gives you more bang for your bucks every now and again. The $199 Amazfit GTR 4 It is not going to compete against the Apple Watch Series 8 the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 on features. It’s not as stylish as the Pixel Watch. But it offers several features you’d expect to see on more expensive watches, such as multiband GPS, a vibrant OLED display, and turn-by-turn route navigation. Spend some time with it. the GTR 4This is something I would recommend wholeheartedly. the New Fitbit Versa 4 Or Sense 2.

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It’s not a looker, but the Display is beautiful

The GTR 4 probably won’t win any design awards, but it looks pretty good for a budget especially when compared to previous iterations). The 1.4A 46mm aluminum case houses the OLED display. It is quite nice, although it does not look very professional. It is not. the My review unit’s fluoroelastomer strap feels very chintzy. Although it’s the Similar type of material as Apple’s Sport Band, it doesn’t look like it. About two weeks later of Wear one of the Keepers is already showing signs of damage. You can use any standard 22mm belt with this strap. the GTR 4 To elevate the look.

OLED displays are a nightmare of a lot better than what you’ll find on Fitbit smartwatches. Also, the bezels are thinner.

Amazfit GTR 4 displaying animated Earth watch face.

Take a look at this watchface. This watchface shows off the beauty of the Earth, and it spins beautifully without stuttering.

It still has a masculine feel, even if the straps were changed. I can’t think of too many straps that would make it more feminine, and in my case, I’d have to leave it at home for a formal event. (Unless I was wearing cool suits. Note to self: get a cool suit.) My frame is smaller than mine, and my coworker said that. the GTR 4 Was “so freaking big” It fits comfortably on my wrist. That said, it’s fairly light at 34g and not too thick at 10.6mm, and I didn’t find it too uncomfortable for 24/7 wear. Although it did nag on my leather jacket, I don’t think it would have any other issues. the Smallest smartwatches. It’s also rated for 5ATM of Water resistance means you can jump into water. the You can also use it to swim in the pool. I wore it in the You can shower or do dishes while you are doing dishes without any issues.

While I wasn’t too impressed with the watch’s overall look, the OLED screen is another matter. OLED screens are clear and easy to read. The GTR 4’s display has 326 pixels per inch, which is on par with the 41mm Apple Watch Series 8 and slightly higher than the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5. Plus, the The bezels have a minimal profile. It is simple and elegant, regardless of how you slice it. the Displays the Fitbit Versa 4 Sense 2 and Sense 3, which are both more costly.

There are many sensors and batteries to choose from

The GTR 4 doesn’t skimp on sensors. You get the typical motion sensors — accelerometer and gyroscope — as well as a geomagnetic sensor, barometric altimeter, and ambient light sensor. To the top of The new continuous heart rate sensor measures blood oxygen levels and also monitors the pace of your heartbeat. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and 2.4GHz WiFi connectivity. You’ve also got a speaker and microphone for calls and interacting with digital assistants. This covers all. the For a modern smartwatch, boxes are required. It’s missing advanced health sensors, like EKG and body temperature, but those are niche metrics That aren’t even utilized well by smartwatches that Do These are your best options. 

What’s impressive, however, is the This is the truth the GTR 4 includes multiband GPS — and at this price point. Multiband GPS isn’t that common yet, and we’ve only started seeing it on fitness watches in the The past year. It uses both L1- and L5 satellite frequencies. This allows for more precise GPS positioning in difficult environments such as forests or cities. But you’re more likely to see it on higher-end GPS watches from brands like Coros and Garmin. It’s not even in the Apple Watch Series 8; it’s a feature Apple reserved for the Ultra. I can’t think of A smartwatch that features multiband GPS is another option in this price range. The closest one is the Garmin Forerunner series 255 starts at $349.99

The Amazfit GTR 4 face down on a wooden ledge showing its sensor array, next to an iPhone.

The Amazfit GTR 4’s sensors include a new optical heart rate monitor that can measure blood oxygen levels.

Woman viewing a walking activity summary on the iOS Zepp app while wearing the Amazfit GTR 4

Multiband GPS isn’t something you commonly find on budget smartwatches.

Cheaper smartwatches Many times, they have longer battery lives than higher-end models. Usually, that’s because they use dim, low-resolution screens, which draw less power. That’s not the With the GTR 4Yet, Amazfit claims seven days of Battery life can be reduced by heavy usage, such as multiband GPS and always on display. Normal usage will last you about 14 days. Multiband GPS is an option for endurance athletes. It can take you up to 25 hours. of You can use your regular GPS for 44 hours, but you’ll need it continuously. TL;DR — you’ll get way more juice than flagship smartwatches.

I got approximately 10 days from a single charge

I’m not an ultra-marathoner or triathlete, so I can’t vouch for the Estimated life span of a GPS battery. However, I was able to get about 10 days out of a single charge. I had half that amount of time. the Always-on display off. I had multiband GPS turned on. I spent approximately 2.5 hours testing. of GPS activity There are smartwatches These fitness bands last for longer but are still good for 10 days if you use them moderately. An OLED screen is great. A less great OLED display is the Charge time. It took me approximately two hours to get from zero to 100%. That’s not the Worst, it is still evident, with an increasing number of Fast charging is now possible with wearables. I wasn’t fond of the However, the proprietary charger is not available. an industry-wide issue for smartwatches.

Overload of features

The GTR 4 Has a lot of features. Depending on what you’re looking for, it might actually have too many features. This section would be a good place to start. of the A review could easily reach 2,000 words. Ain’t nobody got time for that — especially since Amazfit They are all welcome to be included in the list. on its product page. It’s exhaustive.

Alexa screen on the Amazfit GTR 4 displaying the time and the phrase “Hope you’ve had a good Thursday.”

My Thursday was fine. I appreciate the sentiment, though, Alexa.

Instead, I’ll give you the rundown. As far as smart features go, you get basic push notifications — mirroring your phone’s notifications — plus timers, alarms, and stopwatches. Quick text replies work on Android, but not iOS (Then again, this is true for any smartwatch that isn’t the Apple Watch. You can ring your mobile phone from the watch — handy if, like me, you misplace your phone a zillion times a day. It reminds you of All types of messages, including reminders for events and moves. You can make calls from the GTR 4 if you’re in Bluetooth range of Your phone. The GTR 4 Compatible with Alexa for basic queries and smart home control. Alexa isn’t the best smartwatch assistant, especially if you want to dictate texts, but it’ll do the It’s all good basics. It also has an offline assistant to control your watch via voice commands, such as starting a workout or launching a health feature when you don’t have internet access. 

That’s just the smartwatch-y side. The GTR 4 The site is loaded with health and fitness features. You can access detailed sleep metrics. the You can set your own sleep schedules. There’s period tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen tracking, and stress tracking, and Amazfit ” the GTR 4 Fall detection will be introduced in an over-the-air update. The GTR 4 You will also be alerted if the system detects an abnormally fast or slow heart beat, low SpO2 levels or high stress levels.

Woman using iPhone camera while the camera remote app is visible on the Amazfit GTR 4.

You’re right, I completely forgot how the smartwatch camera remote apps worked when I was taking this photo. I took a successful photo via the smartphone camera remote app. the You can’t see it, but I guarantee it.

Most people are satisfied overall. of These features work great. There are some quirks, however.

  • The GTR 4 doesn’t have NFC, so it can’t do contactless payments. It can be used to add membership cards (i.e. your Starbucks QR code) and make payments that way. However, I was out of money. of You will need patience when setting this up the This is especially true when the phone app is available. Right there. It’s a good idea in theory but not in execution.
  • The GTR 4 However, it supports onboard music storage. of It took me a while to load my music. You’ve got to do it through the Companion app (more details below) but most people would prefer to have offline playlists via apps like Spotify and Apple Music. No dice. Finally, I gave up on it and decided to use it as a media controller. 
  • The GTR 4 default is set to metric units. Although you can change to Fahrenheit or imperial units, my weather watchface did not get the memo. the message. I was fine because I learned metric while living abroad, but it’s It is annoying.

It’s not all bad. It’s not all bad. GTR 4 Uses the Zepp companion app. (Amazfit’s parent company, Huami, Also owns Zepp, which also Makes smartwatches. Its companion application is superior to the One Amazfit You can use it. Zepp isn’t as flashy as it looks. the Fitbit app, Apple’s Fitness app, or Samsung Health, but I like that. Your information is clear and easy to understand. the It has a simple interface and it is easy to edit basic settings. It’s far better than complicated apps such as Garmin Connect and Polar Flow. the Coros app. 

Amazfit GTR 4 on a woman’s wrist, displaying the Camera Remote and Pomodoro Timer app in a menu list.

My wrist-based tomato timer will be missed so much. 

The GTR 4 It also includes a Pomodoro timer and a native remote camera. It is rare to see a native remote camera on an iPhone. budget watch! Sure it’s a smidge laggy, but they all are. It works. That’s the important thing. I’m a devotee of the Pomodoro Technique Ironically, who hates the sound of A kitchen timer. A Pomodoro wrist timer was a pleasant surprise. Most importantly the GTR 4’s features, I’ll miss the Pomodoro timer the most.

Health tracking as simple as PAI

I’ve never been a fan of Uncertain “goal” metrics. Calorie burn as calculated by smartwatches, just isn’t reliable. The 10,000-step thing doesn’t have a real basis in science either — it was a marketing idea from a Japanese pedometer company. But the GTR 4 PAI is a more comprehensive measure, and you may be familiar with it from Mio trackers back. the day.

PAI stands to Personal Activity Intelligence. It’s an algorithm developed by Professor Ulrik WisløffA well-known figure in the field of exercise science, with over 115,000 citations on Google Scholar. The basic idea is that it calculates a score on the basis of demographic data, resting heart beat, and other factors. the last seven days of heart rate data. It is important to keep a score of 100 PAI per week; the 75 is the max amount of money you can earn per day. This encourages people who exercise to do so at least twice per week.

Woman wearing Amazfit GTR 4 showing an overall PAI score of 146 but only 1 point earned on the day.

I may have sat on my butt that day, but it doesn’t matter because I was able to bank PAI points and exceed my weekly goal. 

Like Fitbit’s Active Zone Minutes, I find PAI is a way more sustainable and holistic metric for gauging whether you’re getting the 150 minutes of moderate exercise Recommended by the American Heart Association. You can bank PAI points that fit your daily schedule. Also, you will be able to count normal daily activities that increase heart rate. I can confirm that this is the case. of People who have trouble establishing long-term healthy habits will need flexibility. I wish more wearables — especially popular flagships — would adopt this approach instead of emphasizing streaks. 

Apart from PAI the GTR 4 Allows you to track your VO2 Max as well as Training Load. This helps you decide if recovery is the best option. Sleep tracking was on par with my Oura Ring — a sleep tracker that I use as a control device — for my sleep stage charts, basic sleep metrics (i.e., resting heart rate, breathing rate, etc.Sleep duration, and resting heart rate. These together with PAI give you a good snapshot of An interface that displays information about your recovery and activity in a simple way. The only thing I wasn’t impressed by was stress tracking. It’s a nebulous metric, to begin with, and Zepp’s implementation isn’t very actionable. It mostly just confirms what you probably already know but doesn’t offer meaningful ways to address it. To be fair the vast majority of wearables drop the Ball with stress monitoring.

Woman looking at sleep tracking data in the Zepp app.

Zepp’s app is easy to use, and it makes it simple to view data such as sleep tracking.

Like Garmin and Polar watches the GTR 4 Turn-by–turn route guidance available. Importing your own routes is easy — I used Komoot and Strava, but you can use any route-planning site or app that supports exporting maps to GPX files. It’s easy! the File with the Save the Zepp app Go for a run, hike or cycle when you are out. the Once you have imported the route, turn-by-turn navigation can be enabled. At the risk of Although it may sound like I’m a broken record here, multiband GPS and this are not the things I expected from a $200 watch. 

It was also on par with multiband GPS accuracy. the Apple Watch Ultra with minimal differences It didn’t take too long to find a GPS signal, though it was a couple of It took seconds longer than the Ultra or the Garmin watches I’ve tried with multiband GPS. These few seconds aren’t significant, but they do make a difference for winter running.

The best bang you can get for your buck

My family loves good deals. Talking about deals at family gatherings is a common topic. the It is a way that other families can reminisce about their shared memories. I will no doubt bring this watch to my techier cousins this Thanksgiving. It’s an absolute steal. 

The Amazfit GTR 4 isn’t perfect, and it’s not going to impress people the A Samsung Galaxy Watch or Apple Watch might be. However, the majority of these devices are not compatible with Apple Watches or Samsung Galaxy watches. of It was a minor issue that I quickly forgot. Even though those issues came up, I often thought, “But it’s only $200.” Amazfit It is also a brand that often has sales, especially during large shopping holidays. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if you find it for less.

Woman wearing Amazfit GTR 4 at a pier while looking at her phone

All hail the king of budget smartwatches, the Amazfit GTR 4.

Fitbit was once the king of budget wearables, but I’d argue that Amazfit snatched Fitbit’s throne a while ago. What do I think? the GTR 4 Against the Fitbit Sense 2: $299.95 the GTR 4 It is the Clear winner. It’s got better GPS accuracy, longer battery life, a better display, tracks much of the Same health metrics and more advanced navigational metrics. The Sense 2 has better stress management features and contactless payments, but it’s been nerfed to the point where I don’t think it’s worth the price tag — let alone the Fitbit Premium subscription. 

Full disclosure: I purchased the Amazfit GTS 2 It was a gift for my mother-inlaw to replace her Fitbit a few decades ago. She absolutely loves it. She’s by no means a gadget head and generally isn’t interested in highfalutin flagships. The watch was easy enough to use for her, and it had a long battery life without any extra charges. It’s not time for her to upgrade, but if it was? This is 100 percent the watch I’d get her. 

Photography by Amelia Holowaty Krales/ The Verge

You agree to continue: Amazfit GTR 4

Each smart device requires that you agree to a series of conditions of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of These agreements. However, we began counting how many times each of these agreements have been broken. “agree” to use devices when we review them since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.

To use the Amazfit GTR 4Pair it with an iPhone, Android smartphone. This includes the phone’s Terms of Service, privacy policy and any other permissions that you grant Amazfit Huami owns it and uses it the Zepp app — another brand under the Huami umbrella. Three mandatory agreements are therefore in place.

You can set up the Amazfit GTR 4, you’re agreeing to:

In addition to mandatory agreements, you’ll also be asked to grant optional permissions such as location, Bluetooth, Motion and Fitness, Camera, Notifications, etc. If you enable any third-party integrations, be it Health Kit, Strava, or any other supported apps and APIs, you’re also agreeing to those apps’ terms, conditions, and privacy policies.

Final Tally: There are three mandatory and many optional agreements.