Despite to low cost, the complete line of Amazfit workout watches backed by Xiaomi smartwatch manufacturer Huami has a lead at Amazon. The Verge is an inexpensive $160 GPS watch for healthy people and follows Amazfit Bip and GTS in the company’s sports device repertoire. We played with the watch, marched and carried it round the clock to find out.
Thanks to its compact and lightweight nature, the Amazfit Verge feels good on your hand. The bezel is raised to protect the display against scratching, but not very robust. The watch is not water-resistant either.
The dial of Amazfit Verge is about 43mm and has a height of 12.6 mm, which makes it somewhat clunky. It looks honestly more ludicrous than professional. But I took it off before I attended any gatherings, so I didn’t mind wearing it in the gym. The AMOLED display is 1.39-inches, 360x 360 pixels and the largest selling feature of Amazfit Verge. The screen is luminous and the colors pop off the screen. It is as nice as the Fitbit Versa 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
You won’t have trouble using the fairly simple UI in the Amazfit Verge if you know your way around fitness watches. The Amazfit Verge uses a single button to head back to the watch face, launch Alexa or unblock the watch.
The design is simple and clear. You have a customized watch face, two icons and many features for your fitness, your hobbies and more. You can control the most important functions of the watch with just a few swipes.
From the outset, I’d love to see the information from the watch face. Other than two widgets, I’d love to see more. Competitive Garmin and Suunto watches provide a selection of fitness gadgets, temperature, music control, and more widgets.
With its low price tag, I did not have strong expectations but the efficiency of the watch shocked me. The watch promotes up to 12 activities, such as hiking, jumping, swimming, biking, basketball, elliptical skiing, football and many more.
Although my experience was positive, there were a few inaccuracies. Phase monitoring was 2,000 to 4,000 steps down from the majority of my other watches.
The watch also came with constant cardiac monitoring and disables automated sync, so my first opinion of the device was not perfect. I could not see changes in the heart rate and had to open the app in order to synchronize training and wellness statistics. I searched around the program settings after a few days and found out how to activate such features.
Amazfit keeps track of deep sleep, light sleep and wake-up time. It does not track REM sleep. Deep sleep was accurate compared with Garmin and Fitbit, but the light sleep measurement from Amazfit was not so specific.
Amazfit records sleep like rival watches. The Amazfit watch has also worked hard to distinguish between sleep and still lying in bed. I read 20 minutes sometimes before I went to sleep and Amazfit measured sleep time with my reading time.
On the benefit side, the Verge offers a sleeping mark that measures your sleep quality and offers suggestions for improving your sleep. I have just had 6 hours of sleep lately, which is under seven to nine hours of suggestion.
The GPS output at the Amazfit Verge was surprisingly good, close to its fitness tracking method. Just like most GPS watches, it lasted a few minutes for the first GPS connection in the area, but afterward, it took only about one minute. For most factors, the GPS tracking and lifting profiles are sufficiently accurate and equate my other watches favorably. The distance on Amazfit varies from my GPS watch in some cases, but generally, the variations were less than 0.5 miles.
The Amazfit Verge attaches through Bluetooth to your mobile and sends you phone alerts. No incoming notifications will ever be skipped.
The whole device contents are simple to read thanks to the AMOLED panel. You can only interact with notifications on the iPhone, but Android owners can respond to phone calls on their watches directly.
Amazfit Verge wins it over in the power section. The watch lasted for four days, just a little short of what was planned. I also stretched the watch to its limits by enabling constant cardiac monitoring, triggering all warnings and recording GPS for my hourly walks or pathways.
The Verge does not have a power-saving option, unlike its competitors. By suppressing 24/7 heart rate monitors or dialing the messages manually, you can suck out extra battery power.
Amazfit Verge can synchronize your health and wellbeing statistics in a single place with Amazfit Software. All the key metrics include food, behavior and an overview of your work. The software has a simple user interface, but not as streamlined or as functional as the Fitbit device, which has a top-notch app design.
It is also not as accurate as Garmin Connect but excels as the results are broken up into the patterns and indicators that would attract athletes. Amazfit accepts apps from third parties, but there are limitations to alternatives. No web-based app is available for accessing or analyzing your data.
The Amazfit is available for $160 from eBay, Best Buy and Amazon. The Verge offers a 30-day return guarantee, which requires the product to be returned unless you are pleased. There is also a one-year guarantee for defects. The guarantee is only for the original owner and cannot be moved.
The Amazfit Verge costs $160, worth its value if you know what you need. It is half of the price of Garmin, however deep feature set and rugged build is missing. You won’t find any fitness watch with regular heart rate monitoring, GPS and several sport modes for the price Amazfit is offering.