Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch Review

Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch Review

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Amazfit Stratos 3 Sports Smartwatch Powered by FirstBeat, 1.34” Full Round Display, 80-Sports Modes, Standalone Music Playback, GPS, Bluetooth, Water Resistant, Black


User reviews

Look out Garmin, this watch is amazing. I own the original Stratos and thought it was a good value. Unfortunately water must have penetrated the shell and affected its functionality. I started looking at more expensive watches thinking they must be better. Now, I am a triathlete but not at the level of an Ironman. I do appreciate a good sports watch to track my stats but I don’t want to spend a fortune to do so.My biggest complaint with so many of these other watches is that I have to flip my wrist to see my stats. That is a major pain when riding a Tri-bike. An always on display was one of the main reasons I bought the Stratos to begin with. However, the original Stratos struggled in a few areas. I was not impressed the heart rate monitoring. The GPS was not very accurate. It also took too long to connect to the satellites. And it rarely stayed connected to my iPhone.After reading reviews and looking at the features of the top rated watches i strugggled to pick the right watch. Then I found the Stratos 3. I wasn’t sure if it would be an improvement but for the price I had to give it a try. And I am so glad I did.This is the best watch. The accuracy of the GPS is spot on. The heart rate measuring is much improved and the time it takes to locate the satellites is much shorter. I am so impressed with this new version. The battery life is fantastic. And thank you for keeping the always on feature. The watch also stays connected to my phone without having to reset it.For the price you cannot go wrong. It does everything a watch 3 times the cost does and you can play your music from it so you don’t need your phone to go on a run and listen to music.Just to be clear, I was not paid for this review. I don’t submit a lot of reviews but felt this product deserved it.
Update firmware immediately. I love the watch, tracks great, not too big though just a tad thick. The thickness would not be so bad if the band were placed better. Speaking of bands, most $50 "smart" watches come with 2 bands and 2 chargers, this is 1 and 1. Out of the box it did not function as advertise, but after going through all then software updates it works splendid. The display is clear and easy to see, color contrast is good, in the light, this is a reflective and not projective screen so the back lighting is not great, but if you are outdoors or in a light environment a lot this, I feel, is a better option.
Many problems. Update: After not using the watch for a few months, its performance crashed. The battery lasts less than 2 hours, or about 20 minutes using a BT chest strap. It turns itself off, randomly, then gets stuck in updating loops and other misc problems that suggest there was a bad firmware update during the interim.I contacted Amazfit several times, but they won't help or admit a problem. They say the battery is only meant to last 300 charging cycles (!) and I should contact Amazon about the warranty (which is only 1 year). Amazon didn't respond.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I just got this last night, charged it overnight, and got ready for a hike this morning! Now it's a couple of hours later with no steps taken. Ahh, technology!1) There is a screen protector sticker. Take it off! I assumed it was transparent, like every other screen protector in the world, but it's not - it's opaque with a fake display printed on it. I left it on, initially, in case I wanted to send it back, and was left wondering why the device wasn't giving me any feedback about charging status, or responding to button pushes, etc.2) The included user manual is good for turning the device on, finding the app, and pairing to a phone. That's it. A QR code appears on the watch screen, but that's only for pairing. The QR code for the app is in the manual. The watch menu was in Chinese, and no instructions to change it. I found it in settings (⚙) by randomly poking on Chinese characters for about 20 minutes. The English option eventually appeared and I chose it. I went back thru the menu to find the exact steps I took, but I get an error message: "Unfortunately, Settings has stopped." I've rebooted several times, but settings no longer work. Hmmm...Anyway, I did eventually find a user manual online. I'm unable to copy/post the link because I'm using Chrome browser, and Google engineers are the dumbest f'ing people on planet Earth. I can get to the pdf, but Chrome won't allow me to copy (or even see the link). Google "amazfit stratos 3 user manual" and click the link at the en.amazfit. Or try this (from Firefox): https://amazfit-support.cdn.bcebos.com/uploads/doc/20191114/157369885243.pdf3)
Focused for fitness but can’t get ur heart rate right. What I liked :- looks nice- excellent battery life- screen is very bright outdoors- tons of workouts to choose from- workout analysis- nice app- accurate GPSDidn’t like:- Heart Rate monitor is bad , very inaccurate and not very responsive, you feel like your heart will burst and it gives u 90 hbpm!!! Almost in all indoor workouts / exercise bike / strength. I only get accurate heart rate when running !!!- often disconnects from the app (in ios).- touch isn’t very responsive- vibration is not smooth
I love the watch. The GPS is super accurate and the data on the screen is very easy to read while running. The only downside for me is the app. It's not a big deal and I'd happily pay full price for this watch again.Pros:- It looks great, is comfortable to wear (even when sleeping),- The GPS is the best you'll find at this price point.- The screen is very easy to read in direct sunlight. I like outdoor running- The menus and features on the watch are quick and easy to navigate once you figure it out.- I love the data I get from the watch. You don't even need the app to get useful data.- The buttons on the side to stop or pause your exercise are far better than a touch screen watch when you're sweaty from training.- Long battery life. I use it a lot and haven't charged it for days.Cons:- The app doesn't always sync the data properly- Tech support is non-existent from the manufacturer (Though I haven't had any major issues)
a pesar de ser un articulo de remate de bodega esta como nuevo en perfectas condiciones lecosto al 50% me ahorre mucho dinero, gracias
Buen reloj, en modo normal si gasta bastante batería, pero en modo ultra te ahorras bastante
Este era me cuarto Amazfit, tengo un GTR 2 y 2 modelos de GTR, la verdad no se los recomiendo, es caro y malo una verdadera basura. Limitado, complicado, la bateria no dura lo que dice en 2 dias practicamente casi se acaba y es una pesadilla para sincronizarse. Haganse un favor no compren esta basura , es mas el look que lo que hace. Para mi fue una completa decepcion y vaya que trate hacerlo funcionar, pero me doy por vencido y lo estoy devolviendo. De corazon evitense doleres de cabeza y frustracion. No lo compren.
Tal como se describe, llegó en tiempo y forma.
Cómodo, ligero, buen software y sincroniación correcta.

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The Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch Review comprehensively analyzes all the major features and functionalities.

Unleash Your Athletic Potential with the Amazfit Stratos

Are you looking for a smartwatch to keep up with your active lifestyle? Look no further than the Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch. In this comprehensive review, we’ll delve into the features and benefits of this powerful wearable device.

Let’s break it down.

Key Features

  • Polished ceramic bezel, scratch-resistant tempered glass, stainless steel physical buttons for easy navigation and an exchangeable 22mm durable silicone watch strap
  • Detailed sports tracking:
    • running, walking, cycling, swimming, elliptical machine, mountaineering, trail running, triathlon, tennis, soccer and skiing
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  • Daily tracking:
    • steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, heart rate and sleep quality plus optional movement reminders
  • Messaging:
    • receive emails, text messages, calls and other notifications

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications - Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch Review
  • Weight: 70 g
  • Dimensions: 48 x 48 x 15 mm
  • Display size: 1.34” / 320×300 px
  • Type: Always-on transflective color LCD touch screen
  • Weight: 2.5 oz / 70 g
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Core
  • Storage: 4GB Total
  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE + WiFi
  • Battery life: 290 mAh. Rated for 35 hours in GPS training mode, 5 days regular use / 11 days basic use
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM certified (50 meters water depth)
  • Heart rate sensor: Optical (PPG)

Track Your Progress Across Multiple Sports Activities

Precise Multisport Tracking for Optimal Performance

The Amazfit Stratos is designed to cater to athletes and fitness enthusiasts who engage in various sports activities. Whether you’re running, cycling, swimming, or climbing, this smartwatch provides accurate tracking data in real-time. Keep tabs on your distance covered, heart rate, pace, speed, calories burned, and more. With detailed insights at your fingertips, you can fine-tune your workouts and push yourself to new limits.

Durable Design Built for Endurance

Sleek Aesthetics Meets Unmatched Durability

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With its stainless steel case and ceramic bezel, the Amazfit Stratos exudes elegance while ensuring robustness. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the 1.34-inch always-on display for added scratch resistance during strenuous workouts. This smartwatch is designed to withstand whatever challenges come your way so that you can focus on achieving your fitness goals.

It has an always-on LCD color touchscreen display 320 x 300 pixels, a 1.2GHz processor, and 4 gigs of storage.

The 1.34″ display is transflective. This is great in sunny conditions. At night or when it gets dark, a backlight function automatically turns on when you flip your wrist around.

You can adjust the brightness level of the display. Dimming the display extends the battery life significantly.

The Amazfit Stratos has a high resolution of 320×300 pixels, resulting in crisp, easy-to-read text.

Three stainless steel physical buttons are on the watch’s right side to navigate the User Interface. The watch comes with a universal 22mm silicone rubber strap that can easily replace using quick-release pins.

Despite its size, Stratos weighs only 60 grams.

The Stratos is water-resistant to 50 meters and can track both pool and open-water swimming.

The heart rate monitor is centered on the back with four connection pins in a row for the charger above the heart rate sensor. To charge, the clock snaps to the dock charger that is powered via USB-A.

User Interface

The Amazfit Stratos is a feature-rich smartwatch with a rich user interface. In terms of usage, it combines touch-screen functionality with physical buttons.

The buttons can be either long or short pressed to do different things. In case of an activity, the screen can be locked to prevent accidental gestures.

The watch connects to a mobile phone via the Amazfit Watch app. You can use the app to change or customize the Watch Face or directly within it. 14 built-in watch faces are useful and stylish. However, you can download thousands from Amazfit’s site https://amazfitwatchfaces.com/pace/top.

Swiping left or right, you shift between the different widgets of the device’s main menu. These include:

  • Step Count and Activity
  • Past Activity Summary
  • Heart Rate
  • Music
  • Alarm
  • Weather
  • Compass
  • Training

The menu is very responsive, and the watch is reactive to gestures.

Fitness metrics

The watch offers many sports activities and has built-in GPS and GLONASS support.

It is worth mentioning that Amazfit has teamed up with FirstBeat, which performs Garmin’s advanced metrics. This brings VO2 Max to the watch, along with Training Load and recommended recovery time.

These are significant fitness metrics, providing a more comprehensive and well-documented analysis of your daily progress. Such metrics are features usually found in high-end sports watches.


Navigate with Confidence Using Built-in GPS

Find Your Way and Explore New Routes

No need to carry your smartphone while embarking on outdoor adventures – the Amazfit Stratos has got you covered! Equipped with built-in GPS functionality, this smartwatch offers precise location data and route mapping capabilities. Whether you’re hiking through uncharted territory or conquering challenging trails, trust in the reliability of the GPS feature to guide you every step of the way.

The GPS tracking sensor is very responsive and precise. It appears to be quite accurate even in heavily wooded trail conditions.

The Amazfit Stratos, in several test runs, matched the distance recorded by Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. The Elevation recorded was also exact, coming very closely with the Garmin device.

It seems that Stratos does a great job in tracking running activity.

In addition, Stratos records the GPS track and allows navigation along a pre-recorded route. If you exit the pre-defined route, vibration alerts will inform you accordingly.


Optical Heart Rate Accuracy

Optical Heart Rate Accuracy of Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch

The optical heart rate data performs quite well compared to Fenix 5 Plus. In the case of a moderate run, heart rate is generally reliable. However, the measurements are not that trustworthy when it comes to higher-intensity training. The optical sensor does not perform accurately in high-intensity training.

In short, if you are serious about getting accurate heart rate monitoring, I would suggest using a separate chest strap monitor that could pair with the watch.

Extended Battery Life to Keep You Going

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Never Miss a Beat with Long-Lasting Power

Say goodbye to frequent charging interruptions. The Amazfit Stratos boasts an impressive battery life that can last up to five days on a single charge with regular use. This means you can go on extended trips or engage in prolonged workout sessions without the worry of running out of power. Stay connected and motivated throughout your fitness journey.

Amazfit has put a 280 mAh Li-Po battery into the watch. It advertises that the battery will get you around 35 hours in GPS mode, 5 days in regular mode, and up to 11 days in basic mode.

You can charge the Stratos via a USB charging dock plugging into a wall socket. You need around 1.5 hours to fully charge it while a glass being filled up is animated on display.


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Customized training programming

It is good to know that this function is only available for running! The Stratos offers training programs for beginners and advanced runners. One can program training to run a 5 km, a 10 km, a half-marathon, or a marathon. For example, the watch will offer an 8-week program, including interval training, recovery sessions, etc. It can even offer sessions based on previous ones. For example, propose a recovery session after 3 active sessions performed the previous days.

Audio coaching (usable with Bluetooth headsets) guides the sportsman in the race (pace to adapt to remain in the fixed objectives)

It is also possible to set objectives to reach (duration, distance to arrival, calories to burn, Training Effect, for example) or even program alerts based on the pulse value, pace, etc. For example, the watch vibrates when working outside the set objectives.

The watch allows you to schedule interval training sessions. However, the programmable time is in minutes, which makes it difficult to schedule short interval sessions.


On-board Music

Amazfit Strato

The Amazfit Stratos features 4 GB of onboard storage. Of these, 2 GB can be dedicated to music—approximately 250 songs. The supported music file formats are MP3 and M4A. You can easily add music via USB cable or upload it from the Amazfit Watch app from your mobile.

You can store the music on the device as a simple MP3 player. The device does not support streaming services. Bluetooth headphones are paired easily and effortlessly.

Physiological measurements

The watch’s sensors calculate a set of physiological measurements offered by some of the top range of sports watches. The drawback is that the data calculated are based on the heart rate measured by the optical frequency sensor, which is unreliable. Therefore, a chest belt is suggested if you want reliable data.

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Smart Features for Ultimate Convenience

Stay Connected and In Control

The Amazfit Stratos is not just about fitness tracking – it offers a range of smart features too. Receive calls, texts, and app notifications directly on your wrist, ensuring you never miss an important update. Control your music playback effortlessly and capture moments with ease using the watch as a remote for your smartphone’s camera. Additionally, track your sleep patterns to optimize your restorative sleep for enhanced recovery.

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Companion App for In-Depth Analysis

Seamless Integration for Enhanced Insights

Sync the Amazfit Stratos with its intuitive companion app to gain access to detailed activity summaries, track your progress over time, set personal goals, and customize settings based on your preferences. Dive into comprehensive data analysis and gain valuable insights into your performance, helping you make informed decisions to maximize results.

Conclusion: Elevate Your Fitness Journey with the Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch

In summary, the Amazfit Stratos Multisport Smartwatch is the ultimate fitness companion. With its advanced tracking capabilities across multiple sports activities, built-in GPS functionality, durable design, extended battery life, and convenient smart features – this smartwatch ticks all the boxes. Whether you’re a professional athlete or someone who enjoys staying active, trust in the Amazfit Stratos to help you achieve excellence in every stride.

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