‘Amazfit T-Rex Pro’, Like Always Looks Good On Paper, BUT Is The APP & Software As Yet Ready For Prime Time?
As some of you know (& these posts attest) I used to be a HUGE fan of Amazfit — in particular the very good-looking ‘Verge‘. But, I despaired of the unreliability & poor quality of its APP & internal software. Hardware & display is good, ‘A’ if not even ‘A+’ while the APP & software struggles to even get a passing grade. Very frustrating. From what I see on the Web & have heard things have NOT improved greatly over the last 2-years. Folks still have major issues with just getting the watch to pair & then sync.
I also NO LONGER trust Amazfit. Just have a bad feeling about them. They come across as ‘sleazy’. So, I am NOT going to trust MY data, especially GPS data, to them. Read-between-the-lines.
So, I look at this new ‘T-Rex Pro’ & sadly shake my head. Looks great, DIRT cheap BUT I know I will not be happy. So, why subject myself to the pain.
‘Amazfit GTR’ With 24-Day Battery Life & Premium Fashion Look Will Be Available In The U.S. In August 2019.
The Amazfit GTR with the leather strap, titanium-body and high-end looks reminds me of the Garmin MARQ Expedition I wear — though there is an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE difference in price!
Functionally, other than the incredible, 24-day battery-life and water-resistance to 50-meters, it, with the trademark bright AMOLED display (with 326 pixel resolution), appears to have functionality similar to the quite impressive Amazfit Verge (e.g., GPS/GLONASS, 12 sport modes etc.). There is NO MENTION, as yet, of an ECG/EKG capability. But, that might come.
I have been told that it will be available in the U.S. in August 2019. I have not got an exact date yet. I will work on that.
Looks a nice watch. I might get one and put my Garmin MARQ Expedition away (to ‘appreciate’ in peace (SMILE)).
Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.
With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.
U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.
I really enjoyed running with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. It has the BEST display I have yet to encounter on a smartwatch, and I say that as somebody who OWNS a $1,750 Garmin MARQ Expedition. Yes, I wear a Garmin more than I do the Amazfit Verge, but that is only because I am a sucker for all of the Garmin value-adds such as performance, body battery, stress, sleep analysis eyc.
For a smartwatch under $200 you just cannot beat the Amazfit Verge. I freely tell that to any and all that ask me for smartwatch recommendations and I get asked quite often.
From the little I can gleam the Verge II, at a minimum will sport a faster chipset (though it was pretty fast to begin with) and will have a SIM slot which will enable it to do even more functions without a smartphone in close proximity.
Right now we are not sure of U.S. pricing and availability. Rest assured, I will keep you posted. This is just a quick heads-up.
I am excited. This could be a gamechanger.
Amazfit continues to AMAZE.
Now Alexa integration. Wow. Keeps on getting better.
It is very popular outside of the USA.
I am hoping that it will catch on in the US.
Check it out.
I Really Have Started Wearing TWO Fitbits On My Wrist — A Versa Lite & An Inspire HR — To Study ‘FAKE STEPS’.
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I never thought it would come to this. Having to wear TWO Fitbits — but, I have no choice.
I made a video yesterday just with the Fitbit Inspire HR to show how the step counts goes up even when I am seated at this computer, typing. Per the Inspire HR I walked 1.3 miles, in steps, while all the time being seated at my PC!
So, I decided today. Heck with it. I will wear BOTH Fitbits side-by-side and compare the steps — taking pictures to prove it.
Today, starting at noon — the Inspire HR counted 400 more steps than the more expensive Fitbit Versa Lite.
What can I say other than I was sent both the Fitbit Versa Lite and the Inspire HR, at the same time, for evaluation.
Yes, I am lucky. But, it is not all fun. I do have to test them carefully and write multiple reviews. So, this is work — though it is fun.
There Has Been NO Software Update To The ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Since December 1, 2018; 6.51 Beta Only Fixes Biking Anomaly!
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Yesterday, when I went back to the Fenix 5 Plus, the first thing I did was USB charge it on my PC. While I was at it I fired up Garmin Express to check for updates. There were NONE! I was surprised. I expected there to be one. Nada.
So, today I went looking. OK, there is a 6.51 beta, released on December 17, 2018, but per the Change Log it only has one bike-related fix.
Hhhmmm … I am surprised and disappointed. I had expected that Garmin would have rolled out a slew of fixes and some new features. Maybe it was the holidays. Stay tuned … What else can we do. Try to contact Garmin? That was a JOKE.
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20-days ago when I strapped on a Amazfit Verge for evaluation.
The final watch face I was using on the ‘Amazfit Verge’.
During the 123-days that I owned the Fenix 5 Plus I have taken it off and put aside on two occasions. Once, for 10-days, when I was evaluating a ‘Polar Vantage V‘ and now for 20-days when I flirted with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. I had very different reactions to these two watches. I was glad to get rid of the ‘Polar Vantage V’. It was a very boring, insipid watch. Not so with the Verge. I like the Verge. I returned the Vantage V though I had the option of keeping it (for free). I am keeping the Verge!
The Verge still has some ways to go. Floors climbed is a joke — a very bad joke. That was the one big flaw I found, other than the Amazfit APP not working with Android 9.
The AMOLED display on the Verge is an absolute joy. I can’t wait for Garmin to start using AMOLED displays.
Well, it is still kind of nice to have my Fenix 5 Plus back on my wrist. I have got used to its feel and I do like all the widgets.
Me and My Trackers.
Like the ‘Amazfit Verge‘, which I am currently evaluating, this is another impressive Chinese GPS smart-watch with a compelling AMOLED display. It is not Huawei’s foray into smart-watches but it is by far the most feature rich, in that it includes: GPS/GLONASS/Galileo, continuous heart-rate, VO2 max, sleep monitoring etc.
That it is currently not officially available in North America is rather frustrating. Yes, there are folks selling it in the U.S. — and it is available on eBay — but there is no U.S. warranty and Huawei is very explicit that it is not available in the U.S.
From the specs., I think it is more capable than the Amazfit ‘Verge’. But, the ‘Verge’ is now available in the U.S., even from Amazon, whereas the ‘Watch GT’ is not. That is a shame.