The market for “smart” watches is bigger than ever. The range of models available is quite wide compared to a few years ago, especially in proposals that go beyond simple display of notifications and day-to-day step counting with an estimate of kcal consumed.
If you have an iPhone, the Apple Watch is one of the best options a user can buy. It is the only one able to take advantage of all the possibilities of the Californian ecosystem, because the alternatives of other manufacturers have certain limitations in several sections that make them a little more “dumb” in the company of the bitten apple cell phone.
However, that doesn’t mean that no other non-Apple “smart” watch can work with an iPhone. It works, but it can’t be squeezed the same way it could be squeezed with an Android smartphone.
An iPhone user may decide for one reason or another to use a non-Apple Watch smartwatch and have a satisfactory experience because it meets their needs at a lower price or for some other reason. One of the most popular in the industry is the Amazfit GTS 2, and we’ll compare it with the Apple Watch Series 6 to see its differences.
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Features of the Amazfit GTS 2 and Apple Watch Series 6
apple watch series 6
1.35 “AMOLED (348 x 442 pixels – 341 dpi)
1.57 “(394 x 324 pixels – 326 dpi) or 1.78” (448 x 368 pixels – 326 dpi)
42.8 x 35.6 x 9.7 mm
40 x 34 x 10.4mm or 44 x 38 x 10.4mm
246 mAh (seven days average)
265.9 mAh or 303.8 mAh
Amazfit operating system
Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
GPS, pulse measurement, blood oxygen SpO2 and accelerometer
GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, 3rd Generation Heart Rate, Barometer, Altimeter Always On, Compass, SpO2, VO2max
Microphone and speaker
Microphone and speaker
From € 429
The Amazfit GTS 2 and the Apple Watch Series 6 are quite different “smart” watches, but not in their design. We can see where the inspiration for the first comes from: rectangular shape, aluminum alloy and a button on the side reminiscent of that of the digital crown of the Cupertino one.
Both devices implement OLED screens and reduced bezels that give the feeling of being “all screen”. This is reinforced by the use of spheres in which the color black predominates and which, in addition, saves a little battery by avoiding totally dark pixel segments.
The second generation of the Amazfit GTS has significantly improved the aspects in which its predecessor sinned. Starting with the screen, auto-brightness issues have been fixed and the panel response is also more precise, resulting in a bright, crisp, high-contrast panel.
But what users will notice the most is software optimization. The Amazfit GTS 2 comes with Amazfit OS, an operating system that had a general lag in the predecessor and which in the newer, without being a rocket, feels more complete, smooth and fast. It is still a limited system as it does not allow responding to notifications (although emoji are now visible) or installing additional apps.
The design of the Amazfit GTS 2 is inspired by that of the Apple Watch, but it has some differences such as the side protrusion on the button
It is necessary to install the Zepp (formerly Amazfit) app on the smartphone to link the Amazfit GTS 2 smartwatch via a QR code. When our colleagues at Xataka had the opportunity to test it for their analysis, they noticed a few random disconnections, probably caused by the behavior of iOS when managing background processes in services and devices outside. of the bitten apple firm’s ecosystem.
It is difficult for the Apple Watch battery to last two days using it. The Amazfit GTS 2 lasts from five days to a week
The Apple Watch Series 6, on the other hand, can install additional apps through the watchOS App Store (it has 32 GB of internal storage to occupy dozens) and respond to notifications from messaging services like WhatsApp by dictating the response or writing with your finger on the touchscreen. But being more complete also affects an aspect that many see as the Achilles heel of Apple’s smartwatch: its battery.
While the Amazfit GTS 2 promises an average of one week of battery life per charge with normal use, the Apple Watch Series 6, according to Apple, lasts around 18 hours with mixed use of normal life and physical activity. If you use apps or record more exercise with the GPS function than usual, the time decreases significantly.
Training with the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Amazfit GTS 2
The Zepp app for mobile devices in which physical activity, route taken and other health data are recorded
Although there are devices dedicated to recording physical and sports activity from brands such as Garmin, Polar or Suunto, connected watches have a series of sensors to respond, with more or less precision, to the same objective. If you are not a competitive athlete and need to watch every exact second, this is more than enough for most users.
In the Amazfit GTS 2 we find a total of 12 sport modes (running, walking, cycling, treadmill, spinning, open water and pool swimming, elliptical, mountaineering, hiking, skiing and free training). It incorporates a GPS to record the route, although its GPS is relatively slow to pick up the signal from the satellites.
The Apple Watch Training app is much more complete than that of the Amazfit GTS 2, hosting a wide variety of sports and exercises ranging from Yoga and dance to specific modes for wheelchair users. rolling. In addition, Apple Watch Series 6 and previous generations can automatically detect certain activities in case the user forgot to start it manually.
In addition, the Apple Watch, by allowing the installation of third-party applications, services such as Strava, Adidas Training, Freeletics and many others can be used in case you don’t just like the built-in application. To this must be added the number of sensors that the latest California smartwatch incorporates: third-generation heart rate, barometer, altimeter always on, SpO2, VO2max, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, which, in theory, should provide more results. precise. .
Both devices can also measure the quality of sleep, which is also important for training. In the Zepp app, quite interesting analyzes are recorded that visually indicate data on deep sleep, phases, quality of breathing, among others. Although the Apple Watch has the function as well, it is quite poor compared to that of Amazfit and other proposals in the market.
The standard strap of the Amazfit GTS 2 is reminiscent of the Apple Watch, but its quality is not the best
The Amazfit GTS 2 and Apple Watch Series 6 can be personalized in a number of ways. The main one is through the spheres. The Amazfit GTS 2 has, through the Zepp app, access to a store where users can select the ones they like the most and switch between them according to their needs or the day. There is a good variety and some are very inspired (not to say that they are a carbon copy) from those of Californians.
The Apple Watch Series 6 has a default watch face selection that allows for little variability as Apple doesn’t allow installation of third-party creations, and there’s also no store where you can download more. If you want something more unique, there is the possibility of creating spheres through photographs. There are creations with GIFs as curious as they are creative that give the laptop a touch of class. There are versions of the Apple Watch with unique dials (see those from Nike or Hermès) that are not accessible on “normal”.
Beyond the dials, the other way to personalize the Amazfit GTS 2 and the Apple Watch Series 6 is through the straps. The Amazfit GTS 2 is compatible with 20mm quick-release straps, while the Apple Watch Series 6 is compatible with its own 38/40 and 42/44mm magnetic straps. There is a wide variety for both cases of different colors and materials.
Price, a determining factor?
After discussing the possibilities of each device, it’s time for the price.
The Amazfit GTS 2 is a lot cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 6. The Asian proposition is priced at 159.99 euros, and it’s easy to find it around 140 euros at certain times and days on offer. The Cupertino option starts at 429 euros for the 40 mm version, reaching more than 700 euros depending on the material of the case, the straps, the connections, etc.
Amazfit GTS 2 – Smart Watch, AMOLED Display, 341 PPI, BioTracker 2PPG, 24 Hour Heart Rate, Sleep Monitoring, Stress Level, 12 Sport Modes, 5ATM, (Gray Color)
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 40mm) Blue Aluminum Case – Vivid Navy Sport Band
If you want a “smart” watch that notifies you on your wrist of what is happening to your phone (and you prefer to answer it), record daily physical activity of steps with an approximation of kcal burned at a relatively cheap price without giving up. With a good design and with an average battery life of around seven days, the Amazfit GTS 2 is a good option.
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