Amazfit GTR 2e: Design
Out of the box, the GTR 2e looks identical to the GTR 2. You’ve got the same 46mm watch case with two physical buttons and the same resolution 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen. That’s paired up with a 22mm removable silicone band that uses a traditional pin buckle keeping it secured on your wrist.
It’s technically a slightly larger and thicker watch case, but in reality it’s not the kind of difference that you’re really going to notice or be disappointed by either.
Huami only offers the GTR 2e in one version, ditching the Classic option you get with the GTR 2 and opting for just the Sport version. That means it’s only available with a titanium alloy case and you miss out on the stainless steel look.
Amazfit GTR 2e (left) and Amazfit GTR 2 (right)
It’s changed to a 2.5D curved screen as opposed to a 3D kind, offering a slight curvature in look and raised slightly above the bezel. It’s ditched the ODLC coating which means you lose some of the extra protection in the display department as well.
Again though, these changes don’t feel like they make a world of difference. You are losing some of that extra durability, but it’s still an attractive, sleek smartwatch that doesn’t feel too thick to wear and overall is nice to live with.
The screen is still high quality, offering great colors and plenty in the way of vibrancy and brightness. Viewing angles out in bright outdoor light are strong and it retains the always-on display mode that when enabled will invariably have an impact on battery life.
Nothing has changed on the waterproof front here either as Huami offers the same 5ATM waterproof rating to let you take it for a swim once it’s easier to do that.
Amazfit GTR 2e: Smartwatch features
The GTR 2 and GTS 2 saw Huami ramp up the smartwatch features and while the core of those features remain here, there are some that have been cut clearly to help drop the price and offer that battery boost.
The first is the missing speaker, which means you miss out on the ability to make calls over Bluetooth. You’re also losing the built-in music player, which explains the missing Wi-Fi connectivity support here too.
We imagine that won’t be a crushing blow for most people to see those features left out. If you don’t want to make calls from your wrist, then you’ll live without that speaker. While it was nice to see Huami introduce a music player, it currently only works with your own MP3s and not with streaming music services, which gives it limited appeal. We also found the upload process fiddly to say the least.
Everything else is in play that was previously offered. So that’s notification support for Android and iPhones, a vast collection of watch faces to choose from, music playback controls and Huami’s own offline voice assistant.
They haven’t changed as far as how they perform either. Notifications are still not actionable and you can’t expand notifications like emails. The music controls work well and can be accessed during exercise. Interestingly, there’s no mention of Amazon Alexa support here, which we were unable to access on the GTR 2.
Those features didn’t feel hugely missed in our testing time. Had the music player been backed up with richer, more desirable streaming support, it might have been a slightly different story. Ultimately though, you’re getting largely a similar smartwatch experience. It does a good job overall, but there’s clearly room for some features to improve and evolve.
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