This one is for all the G-Shock fans out there who need a smartwatch in THAT form factor. The Amazfit T-Rex is the G-Shock of smartwatches. When we reviewed the device, it was launched for $150. Now, the list price is down to $140, while it has received a $30 discount, and is selling for $110.
The Amazfit T-Rex comes with a host of exciting features alongside providing a rugged build and a dozen Military Grade certifications. It unapologetic resemblance to G-Shock. While the smartwatch is rugged, you won’t feel the bulk since it weighs just 58 grams. The smartwatch is very light for its size and design. It is for those who prefer a rugged design over a conventional watch.
The Amazfit T-Rex features a polycarbonate body and comes with STD-MIL-810G certification, which means the wearable can last up to an hour and a half at -40 degrees Celsius. The heat resistance goes up to 70 degrees Celsius. It also has a 5ATM rating, which means it is water-resistant to a depth of up to 164 feet. As I said in my review, the silicone band is one of the most comfortable I’ve worn thus far. It feels like the bands have no weight of their own. Further, they do not stick on your wrist while you sweat during workouts.
The smartwatch features a 1.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. It is covered in Gorilla Glass 3 and comes with an oleophobic coating on top. It comes with 13 workout modes: Outdoor Running, Walking Outdoor Cycling, Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Treadmill, Indoor Cycling, Elliptical Trainer, Exercise, Climbing, Trail Running, Skiing, Outdoor Trekking. It also comes equipped with a dedicated GPS receiver.
Further, the Amazfit T-Rex features Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI), which helps you achieve workout goals over a span of a week. It has features like sleep tracking, which offer correct metric of total sleep.
The major upside is that it can last up to 20 days on a single charge! It is the best-rugged smartwatch on a budget.
Amazfit unveils the GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3 and GTS 3 smartwatches
Amazfit today announced the three brand new smartwatches in its series, the GTR 3 Pro, GTR 3, and GTS 3. The new smartwatches come with several health tracking improvements, design changes, and new features. They’re also now powered by the new Zepp OS.
The new Zepp OS aims to optimize the performance of the new smart wearable devices, and instead of using a power-draining OS like wear OS, the company promises a lightweight and smooth operating system that is fit for purpose and eliminates tedious operations to lower the power consumption. The three new watches work with both Android and iOS devices, and they can connect to platforms like Apple Health, Google Fit, or sync health data to Strava, Relive Runkeeper, Training peaks, and more.
- Customization: Up to 150+ vibrant watch faces with matching always-on displays for every mood or occasion, as well as dynamic effects and smooth animations. Wearers will even be able to design their own watch faces and mini apps with the app developer kit (coming soon).
- 4-in-1 easy health measurement: The ability to test four health metrics in one tap thanks to the built-in 6PD (photodiodes) BioTrackerTM PPG 3.0, which measures four health metrics (heart rate, blood-oxygen, stress level and breathing rate) in as little as 45 seconds.
- Easy 24-hour health management: Monitors your heart rate all day – even while swimming. With alerts for abnormally high or low heart rates, as well as tracking heart rate zones so you can optimize your workouts, the watch is a comprehensive and easy-to-use health partner for everyone.
- Easy to understand: Your current health and wellbeing are calculated in a flash and converted into a single PAI score, collated from data based on your past seven days of activity.
- Advanced sleep tracking from your watch: Monitor your light, deep and REM sleep stages, plus your waking times during the night, daytime naps over 20 minutes, and even monitor your sleep breathing quality. For added convenience, check your sleep data directly on the watch.
- Advanced menstrual cycle tracking: Easily understand your cycle and plan ahead. After recording your menstrual period, you can intelligently and intimately predict the time and length of the following menstrual and fertile window, so you can stay on your game without any surprises.
- Efficient, quick-access screens: Save time, customize what matters to you and access Shortcut Cards to flow through your day with peace of mind. Get easy access to key information with a swipe or a tap.
- Voice control: With Alexa, you can set an alarm, ask a question or more when online, and when offline, use the Offline Voice Assistant to open a sports mode or health feature, or even access Home Connect to control smart home devices. Also enjoy a growing ecosystem of over 10 mini apps.
- Swift and accurate GPS: Get started faster with accuratelocation tracking based on five satellite systems.
- Options to personalize: Prioritize your preferred features, upload a photo to customize your watch face background, or choose from 15 dynamic animated designs to match your outfit whether at work, rest or play.
- Motivation tools: Track your runs with the optional Virtual Pacer, then optimize your progress and recovery with the PeakBeats performance algorithm.
- Life admin tools: Manage your day with message notifications, sedentary and drink water reminders, calendar, events and to-do lists, weather forecasts, Bluetooth remote camera control, and more.
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is the ultimate premium smartwatch offering from the company. It boasts a 1.45-inch AMOLED Ultra HD glass and 331 PPI (Pixels-Per-Inch). It features a large circular screen with a seamless and smooth interaction with the OS, and it has a 70.6% screen-to-body ratio. It weighs just 32g, and it has a 450 mAh battery that can last 12 days on a single charge, according to the company.
The watch also features several other features that cannot be found in the rest of the smartwatches, such as 2.3GB of onboard memory for storing up to 470 songs, a speaker, Wi-Fi, support for Bluetooth calls, Alexa smart assistant, and 5 ATM (50m water resistance). Like the rest of the watches from the company, it supports over 150+ sports modes, and it can automatically recognize these.
Amazfit GTR 3
The new Amazfit GTR 3 is made of lightweight yet durable aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, and it has an elegant rotatable crown. The GTR 3 has a bezel-less design and curved glass for more immersion. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED HD display with a 66% screen-to-body ratio and 326 PPI. The battery is fairly large at 450 mAh, and the company says it can go for 21 days on a single charge, which means it should really be a once-a-month you charge and forget about it device. There are additional battery saver mode settings inside the watch that can extend the battery even further.
Amazfit GTS 3
The Amazfit GTS 3 has a 1.75-inch AMOLED UltraHD display with 341 PPI (Pixel-Per-Inch). It’s one of the slimmest and lightest smartwatches around, and it has a large 72.4% screen-to-body ratio. It’s designed for anyone who wants a stylish and slim smartwatch. The 250 mAh battery is rated to last 12 days on a single charge, and it has all of the health features as the other offerings.
Amazfit Pricing and Availability
The Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3 series will be available globally from October 11, 2021. The GTR 3 and GTS 3 will start at $179.99, or €149.99, while the GTR 3 Pro will retail for $229.99 in the US and €199.99 in Europe. The three devices will be available in UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain Amazfit stores, while only the GTR 3 Pro and GTR 3 will be available at the beginning at the US Amazfit store. The GTS 3 will be available soon.
Best earphones to buy this Mother’s Day
Headphones and earphones are some of the essential technology accessories that you need while you are staying at home fighting the pandemic. While these devices were once travel essentials, earphones have become more important than ever for better communication or a private listening experience in this era of quarantine. Therefore, you might want to gift one of the best sets of earphones to your mom this Mother’s Day – they deserve the best.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro is our pick for the all-around value true-wireless earbuds. They provide so many features in a package that sums up the best parts of Samsung’s previous audio products. Despite each particular part not being the best, Samsung used the sum of those parts to pleasantly achieve the term ‘Pro.’ They provide ANC, high-quality sound, IPX7 water resistance – all packed in to provide a long-lasting battery life. These would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day earphones alongside a smartphone.
Anker Soundcore Life P2
This is an affordable option if you want to get solid sound quality for around $50. The Anker earphones are also decent for making calls from your home office. Further, the music with a wider soundstage is delivered with superior accuracy and clarity thanks to the graphene drivers. It is touted to deliver 7 hours of listening from a single charge and 40 hours with the charging case.
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 provide crisp clear details, and deep full bass. These wireless headphones produce an exciting, lifelike sound that’s full and balanced at every volume level. The microphone system adapts to noisy and windy environments so your voice always sounds crystal clear on calls. These are an excellent pair of headphones and the best Mother’s Day earphones you can get right now.
Sennheiser HD 450BT
With up-to-date tech like Bluetooth 5.0, APTx-LL, USB Type-C, and good sound quality, and above-average ANC, the Sennheiser HD 450BT are a good deal. The battery life on these is excellent too. They can deliver up to 30 hours of playback time with ANC-on on a single charge (review). These are one of the best Mother’s Day earphones.
EPOS | Sennheiser Adapt 560
The EPOS Adapt 560 is Microsoft Teams-certified and optimized for video calls. This one is for the business executives who spend most of the day on calls and conferences. The headphones also provide noise-canceling, great sound, and good battery life. This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for a businesswoman.
The Amazfit Powerbuds is the go-to option for you if your mom is into fitness. These sport a PPG sensor, which is not common for TWS earphones, to deliver heart rate monitoring during exercises. These deliver real-time notifications for workout status and excessive heart rate data. Further, these can last up to a total of 24 hours before you need to plug them in. Moreover, if your mom is into fitness, you might want to check out our smartwatch gifting guide for Mother’s Day.
Jabra Elite 85t
These offer Jabra Advanced Active Noise Cancellation technology that can be used to adjust your level of ANC (to cancel noise you don’t want to hear) or adjust your level of HearThrough mode (to let in what you do) using the Jabra Sound app. With 6 mic technology and wind protection, you can make and take calls anywhere.
These are some of the best earphones and headphones you can gift your mom this Mother’s Day. What are you waiting for? Go buy!
Amazfit T-Rex Pro quick review: Rugged elegance
Amazfit T-Rex was our Editor’s recommendation for the best rugged smartwatch at a budget. The brand is now one-upping its offering with the launch of the Amazfit T-Rex Pro. It is more rugged than ever, adds a biometric sensor to detect atmospheric pressure, gets a 3-axis gyroscope sensor and offers more positioning options and over a 100 sports modes. But do these additions deserve the $30 price hike? Let’s take a look at the new Amazfit T-Rex Pro’s capabilities in our quick review.
The new rugged wearable is built out of polycarbonate, which is strong enough to withstand hammer blows (yes, I tested that – just don’t put the hammer to the screen). It is rugged all around but that doesn’t translate to bulk. The smartwatch weighs just below 60 grams (straps included). It is really lightweight for the kind of design it offers.
The Amazfit T-Rex Pro is one of the most affordable Military Certified rugged smartwatches. It can withstand extreme temperature and conditions from 70-degree Celsius to -40-degree Celsius. I tested these numbers as far as I could by putting it in the freezer, and it still worked after 20 minutes. Obviously, I couldn’t test out the extremes. Further, the 5ATM rating has been bumped up to 10 ATM, which means it can withstand splashes, rain or snow to a depth of 100 meters.
The outer of the smartwatch is similar to its predecessor. You get Up and Down buttons on the left edge, and Select and Back buttons on the right. These are meant to help you with UI navigation, but I found myself using the touchscreen more often.
The buttons are likely to come into play if you are showering or swimming because water droplets on the screen cause hindrance in navigation. On the back of the device, you’ll find the Bio-Tracking Optical sensor. Coming to the straps, these are silicone bands, and are still the same – comfortable to wear 24 hours a day.
The Amazfit T-Rex Pro comes equipped with a 1.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. It lies under the protection of 3D Corning Gorilla glass, which also has an anti-fingerprint coating over it. Essentially, it is the same screen as the predecessor. It is easily visible under direct sunlight.
However, it does take 1-2 seconds to turn on the screen on wrist-to-wake, which is more than what I experienced on the original T-Rex. You also get an always-on display (AOD), which is also bright enough to see the time at a glance without the whole display lighting up. Plus, like before, there are two options for AOD – digital or analog. These presets cannot be changed to your liking. That said, you get important stuff like time, day and date on AOD.
Amazfit has bumped up the sports modes from 13 to 100+. You get a slew of modes under the following major modes: Running & Walking, Cycling, Swimming, Outdoor Sports, Indoor Sports, Dance, Combat Sports, Ball Sports, Water Sports, Winter Sports, Leisure Sports, and Others. I was able to test walking, outdoor running, and badminton but I’ll test more in our Amazfit T-Rex Pro full review.
You can swipe right and go to Workouts to start tracking. While testing, it took a while to acquire a GPS signal. In running, it shows current and average pace, distance, duration, and heart rate. And with walking, I can conclude that the wearable doesn’t register fake steps. Plus, during exercise, it shows the usual duration, calorie consumption, and heart rate.
Aside from that, you can set a 1-minute interval while measuring heart rate 24×7. However, it consumes a lot of battery. While I didn’t achieve the quoted 9 days on heavy usage, the T-Rex Pro lasted me 7 days with AOD off and heart rate interval set to 1 minute. You can get extra juice if you set the heart rate interval to up to 30 minutes.
Further, sleep tracking has been improved. It is pretty accurate. However, I cannot say how accurate are the REM, Deep Sleep, and Light Sleep numbers – there is no way to tell that. Plus, it can measure naps that are 20 minutes or longer.
While the UI is simple to use and pretty straight-forward, the response time or latency can be reduced. As I said before, it takes a second or two for the watch to light up when I raise my wrist. That being said, I didn’t encounter any stutters while navigating through the watch. The watch also allows you to control your music. You can skip a track, go to the previous track, and adjust the volume.
The notifications still remain non-actionable, meaning that you get informed of what’s happening but you can’t take action on it. For instance, if you get a message from your friend, the watch will display the message but you’ll not be able to do anything with it. You’ll have to pick your phone to reply to the message. This is more of a limitation of RTOS, which is what the watch is based on. The companion app and its functionalities remain the same. You can read about it in our T-Rex review here.
To conclude, the Amazfit T-Rex is an awesome rugged fitness wearable. However, it could get smarter with actionable notifications to make it a full-fledged smartwatch. We’ll take a deeper dive in more sports modes in our Amazfit T-Rex Pro full / long term review. As for what’s on offer for USD 180, it is a compelling package. You can go for it if you are into outdoor sports, and like to stay connected while you are on the mountains hiking or swimming by a beach.
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