The Amazfit GTR 3 is a true successor to the GTR 2. Coupled with a better display, better battery life, and a faster SoC, the GTR 3 aims to take the crown as one of the best smartwatches you can buy for under $200

The watch features GPS, a wide variety of different workout modes and the fitness tracking is great enough to let you skim through the day with ease. Sleep tracking is quite versatile, and the battery life of about eight days is amazing compared to other watches within its bracket.

With that said, we put the watch through its paces, and with rigorous testing, here’s our review of the Amazfit GTR 3! 

Amazfit GTR 3 Ratings

6.4
Activity/Fitness Tracking7
Navigation5
Battery Life9
Phone Calls/Texts3
Emergencies1
Media Control8
Time10
Alarm Clock7
Home Automation8

Activity / Fitness Tracking: 7/10

The Amazfit GTR 3 isn’t an accurate fitness tracker. It’s not highly inaccurate, but it is not meant to be used by athletes and professionals either. For a casual user like me, it is great. Why is that? Well, it allows for tracking over 150 workouts with different workouts.

And most importantly, it has made working out fun. This is because of the PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) metric. This score is given to you on a weekly basis, primarily on your physical activity. If you keep a score over 100, you are considered to be actively improving your health and lifestyle.

In terms of overall tracking, the watch was fine. It had a step difference of about ~10% from my Apple Watch Series 7, and the GPS was fairly reliable in urban areas. However, the sensors could definitely use an improvement. But, at this price range, it is hard to complain about them. 

Navigation: 5/10

Okay, so the Amazfit GTR 3 does not have access to Google Maps as of writing this review. You can set up a route on your phone and have the notifications relayed to your watch. However, you can’t independently open Google Maps and set up a route that you’d like to go to and see the route directly on the watch.

Don’t get us wrong, the Amazfit GTR 3 does have GPS. It is just that for now, we don’t see the feature being very useful when it comes to day-to-day navigation. 

Battery Life: 9/10

Battery life is somewhat of a mixed bag for the Amazfit GTR 3. The manufacturer, claims over 21 days of battery life. This figure is achievable, given that you turn off the Always On Display, reduce the frequency of your notifications and keep the smart mostly out of your watch.

However, for most, the watch will last about a week or so. As you’d imagine, this is quite a respectable figure compared to an Apple Watch or the Samsung Galaxy Watch. It is primarily due to the aforementioned custom OS that the watch is able to pull through with solid battery life. The charger present inside the box fills the GTR 3 up to 100% in 2 hours. 

Phone Calls / Texts: 2/10

The Amazfit GTR 3 does come in with a microphone. But, it does not have a speaker. So, you cannot make or receive calls with the smartwatch. Although, there is support for call notifications which is something

Emergencies: 1/10

The Amazfit GTR 3 does not have emergency fall detection, neither does it have cellular to support SOS calls and it can’t detect an abnormal sinus rhythm. So, it virtually has no emergency feature that other competitors have. 

Media Control: 8/10

The Amazfit GTR 3 uses the Music application for all sorts of media control. As soon as you play a track either locally or using your phone, all the required information, including the name of the song and its current time, is displayed.

You can then either play, pause, or skip using the on-screen touch screen controls. One qualm we had with the media control, though, was the fact that there was no easy way to scrub through songs. 

Time: 8/10

The Amazfit GTR 3 has a thriving watch face ecosystem that seems to be growing every day. With a wide variety of watch faces to choose from and endless new ones coming, I was able to pick a watch face that truly stood out to me. Besides that, numerous complications can be added to the watch face to truly suit your needs. 

Alarm Clock: 6/10

The haptics on the Amazfit GTR 3 is good enough. They did end up waking me up but took a bit longer than a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or an Apple Watch. Plus, the fact that the haptics felt a bit coarse led to a less than blissful experience as we’d rather be wakened up gently. 

Home Automation: 7/10

Home automation is a big miss on the Amazfit GTR 3. Since it runs a proprietary OS, most appliances aren’t compatible out of the box. And, since it doesn’t support the greater ecosystem, you can’t locally control most devices.

Then, comes the saving grace, Amazon Alexa. Since virtually every smart home appliance supports Alexa, you’ll be able to turn on your living room lights and navigate your house with relative ease using the smart assistant. 

What’s In The Box?

  • Amazfit GTR 3 with strap attached
  • USB-A to a proprietary magnetic charging cable
  • Paperwork and manuals 

Note: If you have a USB-C powered charger, you will need an adapter to charge your watch. Bummer. 

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Price: At around $125, the Amazfit GTR 3 is a compelling buy. It has all the basic bells and whistles you’d expect from a smartwatch, and the reasonable pricing makes the watch that much more appealing.
  • Design:  Even though GTR 3 appeals to the budget category, by no means does it look cheap. It has a well-rounded (pun-intended) design that is both sleek, modern, and minimal. 
  • User Interface: Zepp OS is Amazfit’s proprietary operating system, and since it’s fine-tuned for the GTR 3, it runs very well. The OS feels responsive and getting from one place to the other demands a few swipes and taps. 

Cons:

  • Lack Of Applications: Zepp OS is a double-edged sword. The fluidity in OS is totally negated when you aren’t able to find the application that you are looking for. Unlike Apple or Google’s more mature ecosystems, there simply aren’t a lot of third-party applications for the Amazfit GTR 3.
  • Poor Sensors: Compared to most other smartwatches, the GTR 3 falls short of providing accurate sensor data that is both reliable and precise. We’ve had our fair share of issues with steps not being counted and the GPS feeling rowdy at times.
  • Bug City: Notifications not appearing, Zepp’s companion applications crashing, we’ve seen it all with the Amazfit GTR 3. If you want a smartwatch that reliably delivers you your notifications every time, look elsewhere.

Amazfit GTR 3 Features

The Amazfit GTR 3, while a budget watch, still contains an exciting array of features that are both useful and add to the overall value a watch at this particular price bracket provides.

  • Battery Optimization: Amazfit’s proprietary OS allows it to have extremely great battery life. We’ve already talked about it earlier. But, it’s worth mentioning that a week-long battery life is more than double what Samsung and Apple offer at much higher price points. 
  • One-Time Measurement: This feature allows you to get readings of your heart rate, SpO2, and Stress in one take. So, you don’t need to record these individually. This is quite a convenient feature and we’re surprised that other brands don’t have it.
  • PAI Score: The PAI score is based on your physical activity. The more intense the activities that you partake in, the higher your PAI score. It is an excellent way to gamify workouts and doesn’t overwhelm you with data.
  • Workout Tracking: With over 150+ different workouts, you can check boxes from running and treadmills to more nuanced exercises like kite-flying and frisbee. The automatic workout tracking feature is pretty decent and it quite easily picked up on my workouts when I very rarely, went out for a run. 
  • Voice Assistants: The GTR 2 comes with Amazon Alexa and an offline-voice assistant. As a result, you can usher commands like Brightness up and Volume down for hands-free control. While not an absolute necessity, the feature does have its merits especially when you don’t have an internet connection in handy. 

Amazfit GTR 3 vs Amazfit GTR 3 Pro

Amazfit GTR 3
Amazfit GTR 3
  • Size: 1.39”
  • Display: AMOLED (454×454) ~326 ppi
  • Coating: Anti-fingerprint
  • Always On Display: Yes
  • Connection Types: GPS 
  • Input Type: Physical Crown, Digital Touch, Haptic Feedback
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Geomagnetic Sensor, Barometer, Ambient Light Sensor, GPS 
  • Safety: None
  • Miscellaneous : None 
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM 
  • Dust  Resistance: IP68
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.1 BLE
  • Battery Life: 8 Days 
  • Capacity:
  • Charging: Proprietary 
  • Speaker: No
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
  • Size: 1.45”
  • Display: AMOLED (480×480) ~331 ppi
  • Coating: Anti-fingerprint
  • Always On Display: Yes
  • Connection Types: GPS 
  • Input Type: Physical Crown, Digital Touch, Haptic Feedback
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Geomagnetic Sensor, Barometer, Ambient Light Sensor, GPS 
  • Safety: None
  • Miscellaneous : Skin Temperature
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM 
  • Dust  Resistance: IP68
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.1 BLE, WiFi 
  • Battery Life: 7 Days 
  • Capacity: 3 GB 
  • Charging: Proprietary 
  • Speaker: Yes

Key Differences

  • Screen Size & Resolution: The GTR 3 Pro is slightly bigger than the GTR 3, with a 1.45-inch AMOLED display compared to the GTR 3’s 1.39-inch AMOLED display. It also has a higher resolution of 480×480 pixels.
  • Temperature Sensor: The GTR 3 Pro also features a temperature sensor that helps you monitor your skin’s temperature. We’ve already talked about the usefulness of having a temperature sensor and whether it can actually be helpful in detecting a fever or not. 
  • Sole WiFi: The Amazfit GTR 3 does not come with a WiFi module, while the GTR 3 Pro does. So, it can connect to WiFi on its own and doesn’t always need to be connected to your phone via Bluetooth.
  • Speaker and Calls: You can make calls on the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro since it features a speaker. The GTR 3 just features a microphone which means you can’t make calls with it. 
  • Internal Memory: You can put your own music on your watch on the GTR 3 Pro without needing to be connected to WiFi while the GTR 3 does not have any sort of internal memory whatsoever and can only stream music.

Personally speaking, even though there are very real advantages of owning a GTR 3 Pro, we’d still recommend the GTR 3. This is because most tend to not need a temperature sensor, making calls is easier on your phone, and, the increase in resolution is not that noticeable. 

Amazfit GTR 3 vs Amazfit GTS 3 vs Huawei Watch GT 3

Amazfit GTR 3
Amazfit GTS 3
HUAWEI Watch GT 3
Product Title
Product Title
Amazfit GTR 3
Amazfit GTS 3
HUAWEI Watch GT 3
Size
Size
1.39”
1.75”
1.43”
Display
Display
AMOLED (454×454) ~326 ppi @ 1000 nits
AMOLED (390×450) ~341 ppi @ 1000 nits
AMOLED (466×466) ~326 ppi @ 800 nits
Coating
Coating
Anti-fingerprint
Anti-fingerprint
Anti-fingerprint
Always On Display
Always On Display
Yes
Yes
Yes
Connection Types
Connection Types
GPS 
GPS 
GPS 
Input Type
Input Type
Physical Crown, Digital Touch, Haptic Feedback
Physical Crown, Digital Touch, Haptic Feedback
Physical Crown, Digital Touch, Haptic Feedback
Sensors
Sensors
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Geomagnetic Sensor, Barometer, Ambient Light Sensor, GPS 
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Geomagnetic Sensor, Barometer, Ambient Light Sensor, GPS 
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Geomagnetic Sensor, Barometer, Ambient Light Sensor, GPS 
Safety
Safety
None
None
None 
Miscellaneous 
Miscellaneous 
None 
None 
Skin Temperature 
Water Resistance
Water Resistance
5 ATM 
5 ATM 
5 ATM 
Dust  Resistance
Dust  Resistance
IP68
IP68
IP68
Connectivity
Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.1 BLE
Bluetooth 5.1 BLE
Bluetooth 5.1 BLE
Battery Life
Battery Life
8 Days 
4.5 Days 
7 Days 
Capacity
Capacity
4 GB
Charging
Charging
Proprietary 
Proprietary 
Qi Charging 
Speaker
Speaker
No
No
Yes

Amazfit GTR 3 vs Amazfit GTS 3 

The Amazfit GTR 3 and Amazfit GTS 3 may look different thanks to them having a rounded and rectangular design respectively. But, under the hoot, they’re pretty much identical. With only a slight difference in screen size, with the GTS 3 having a higher resolution, all sensors are exactly the same and have the same specifications. 

So, the purchase decision between these two devices is entirely dependent on what aesthetic you like more. One point to note, though, is the GTR 3 has double battery life compared to the GTS 3. 

Amazfit GTR 3 vs Huawei Watch GT 3

The Amazfit GTR 3 and Huawei Watch GT 3 are excellent watches, and both have the same design philosophy, with a few key differentiators along the way. We’re going to be talking about all of these so you can get a better overview:

  • Battery Life / Charging: The Amazfit GTR 3 lasts for about 8 days while the Huawei GT 3 lasts for 6. This means that the GTR 3 lasts for about 20% longer compared to the GT 3. But, while the GTR 3 requires a proprietary charging magnet, the GT 3 can be charged using any Qi-compatible wireless charger. You can even use your smartphone’s Reverse Wireless Charging option.
  • Displays: The Huawei GT 3 features a slightly larger display (1.43 inches) with a higher resolution. But, from what we’ve seen, the Amazfit GTR 3’s display is slightly brighter and has better colors, with the GTR 3 coming in at 1000 nits compared to the GT 3’s 800 nits.
  • Fitness Tracking: Both watches have excellent fitness trackers for the budget that they are coming in at. So, there’s practically no difference between them.
  • Speaker: The Huawei Watch GT 3 has an internal speaker that allows the watch to make phone calls and lets you listen to music. Whereas the Amazfit GTR 3 lacks a speaker in the first place.
  • Price: The Huawei Watch GT 3 comes in at around $250, while the Amazfit GTR 3 comes in at $125. This is where the GTR 3 truly takes the cake over the GT 3.

Who Is The Amazfit GTR 3 For?

The Amazfit GTR 3 is for someone who is looking for an expensive smartwatch that looks good on your wrist, has great battery life, and has all the basic features one would expect from a smartwatch. It definitely isn’t the best in class at anything.

To define it better, it is a Jack of all trades but a master of none. And we are quite okay with that. So, if this is your first smartwatch, or you are in the mood for one for camping trips that you wouldn’t have to worry about charging constantly, the Amazfit GTR 3 is an excellent companion. 

The Amazfit brand is known for providing great value-for-money smartwatches. They aren’t meant to be the most accurate, and neither are they known to be the best. If you want more features, go for an Apple Watch. And, if you want more accurate tracking, a Fitbit or Garmin are brands that you should look into. 

FAQ

What’s The Difference Between GTR 3 And GTS 3?

The GTR 3 has a rounded design, while the GTS 3 has a rectangular design. Besides that, the GTS 3 has a slightly better display but has half the battery life compared to the GTR 3. Both of these watches have the exact same internals.

Is Amazfit Compatible With iPhone / iOS? 

Yes, the Amazfit is compatible with an iPhone / iOS. While it does not match the native level of integration an Apple Watch provides with an iPhone, it does get the job done in most cases.

Does Amazfit GTR 3 Have WiFi?

No, the Amazfit GTR 3 and the GTS 3 both do not have WiFi. However, the GTR 3 Pro has WiFi and can connect independently to your router.

Can The Amazfit GTR 3 Answer Calls?

No, the Amazfit GTR 3 and the GTS 3 both cannot answer calls. This is because they have a microphone but no internal speaker. On the other hand, the GTR 3 Pro has a speaker and can therefore answer calls when the watch is connected to your phone via Bluetooth. 

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