Huami launched many smartwatches underneath the Amazfit model final 12 months throughout totally different value classes, amongst which the Stratos Three we’ve with us immediately. It’s aimed toward athletes and sports activities fanatics and comes with a transflective show, 80 sports activities modes, and 50-meter water resistant.
The Stratos Three comes with a built-in GPS and has 2GB of inside storage for offline music playback. Whereas all that appears attractive on paper, how effectively does the Stratos Three carry out in the actual world? We attempt to reply that with this assessment.
Amazfit Stratos Three specs
- Show: 1.34″, 320×302 pixel MIP Transflective TFT shade display, Gorilla Glass 3
- Straps: Removable silicone rubber straps, 22mm width, 75-120mm adjustable size
- Options: Actual-time coronary heart charge monitor, 5ATM water resistance, Sleep Monitoring, Sports activities Monitoring, Step Counter, Name and App Notification alerts, Standing Reminder, Cellphone Finder, Climate Forecast, Digital camera and Music Management
- Sports activities Modes: 80 sports activities modes, together with Operating, Strolling, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Snowboarding, and Triathlon
- Sensors: PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Air Stress Sensor
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 + BLE 5.0, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n, Appropriate with Android 5.0+ and iOS 10.0+
- Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDOU
- Battery: 300mAh
- Colours: Black
- Weight: 40.Four grams (with out straps)
The Amazfit Stratos Three weighs 40.Four grams. It felt cumbersome the primary time I put it on my wrist, however I obtained used to it rapidly, and it did not actually really feel uncomfortable even when sleeping. Nevertheless, when you’ve got small wrists, chances are you’ll not have an satisfying expertise with the Stratos 3.
The smartwatch’s silicone straps have a width of 22mm and an adjustable size of 75-118mm. These are fairly sturdy and have sufficient holes for air flow.
The Amazfit Stratos Three has a pleasant, round design and durable construct. Its case is manufactured from 316L stainless, with the bezel made out of zirconia ceramic. The 4 bodily buttons on the best aspect of the Stratos Three are additionally constructed utilizing 316L chrome steel and have respectable suggestions.
The 2 buttons positioned collectively within the heart allow you to navigate horizontally and vertically throughout the UI, whereas the Choose key on the high with a pink ring round it presents fast entry to sports activities modes and allows you to verify your actions.
The Again button on the backside enables you to go to a earlier menu as evident from its identify, however you can too use it to entry all of the apps if you end up on the homescreen as an alternative of utilizing the touchscreen.
Amazfit has used strengthened plastic for the underside case of Stratos 3, which homes the charging pins and PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor for coronary heart charge monitoring. The smartwatch can also be water resistant as much as 50 meters, so you should use it to trace your swimming efficiency.
General, I fairly just like the design and construct of the Stratos 3.
The Amazfit Stratos Three packs an always-on 1.34″ full spherical MIP transflective TFT show, which comes with Gorilla Glass Three and anti-fingerprint coating and has a decision of 320×320 pixels.
Being a transflective show, it has glorious outside visibility as a result of the brighter the daylight is, the clearer the display seems to be. This makes it appropriate for outside exercises since you do not have to activate the backlight to see the on-screen contents, which helps with energy financial savings.
Indoors, you’ll have to activate the display’s backlight relying on how dim the lighting is. The Stratos Three has four-level display brightness, and I by no means needed to crank it up past 50%.
The visibility of the display underneath synthetic lighting is nice sufficient even at 25% brightness, however the colours really look higher outdoor when you do not use the backlight, which is turned on while you elevate your wrist, press any of the 4 bodily buttons, or double-tap on the display.
The double-tap gesture did not at all times work, although, so I needed to depend on the opposite two choices to wake the display.
That mentioned, the Amazfit Stratos Three comes with 11 watch faces on board, with two of them being customizable, which means you may select what info you see on the display. And for those who don’t love these watch faces, you may obtain extra by heading to the Watch face retailer on the Stratos 3, or create one your self by importing a photograph out of your smartphone.
The Amazfit Stratos Three is appropriate with Android and iOS, and also you want the Zepp app in your gadget to arrange the watch, tinker with its settings, and sync knowledge.
The Zepp app was beforehand known as Amazfit, however the rebranding hasn’t improved issues because the app nonetheless has shortcuts for a similar settings at a number of areas, and those not supported by the gadget are grayed out as an alternative of being hidden.
Whereas the Zepp app stays a multitude, the Amazfit OS on the Stratos Three would not supply an satisfying expertise both, even after selecting up three firmware upgrades in the course of the assessment interval. A lot of the points I’ve talked about within the subsequent part may very well be fastened with a software program replace, however Amazfit hasn’t completed that but.
That mentioned, along with counting on the touchscreen to function the Stratos 3, you can too use the 4 bodily buttons it has on its proper aspect. Nevertheless, these aren’t an entire substitute to the touchscreen since you continue to must depend on the contact panel for just a few issues like swiping proper on the homescreen to open the Notification Middle.
Options and Efficiency
The Amazfit Stratos Three options real-time coronary heart charge monitoring, sleep monitoring, 80 sports activities modes, and a satellite tv for pc positioning system. It is also water resistant as much as 50 meters and comes with idle alerts, incoming name and app notification alerts, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer.
Along with that, the Stratos Three comes with music management, barometer, compass, climate forecast, cellphone finder, and 2GB of inside storage, which lets you play music on Bluetooth audio system and earphones straight from the watch with out requiring a smartphone.
The Amazfit Stratos Three makes use of a PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor for coronary heart charge monitoring, which mechanically measures your pulse at an interval of 1 minute. However you even have the choice to measure it manually everytime you need.
You will get a glimpse of your day by day coronary heart charge in a graphical kind on the Stratos 3, and head over to the Zepp app for an in depth evaluation.
Sleep monitoring on the Amazfit Stratos Three is fairly correct and identical to the guts charge knowledge, you could find your sleep knowledge on the smartwatch in addition to the Zepp app. The Stratos Three holds the sleep data for a couple of month on its storage and tells you about your complete sleep, deep sleep, and lightweight sleep. To verify older sleep data, you will want the Zepp app.
It is also value mentioning that in contrast to some cheaper Amazfit smartwatches, the Stratos Three would not observe your REM sleep and afternoon naps, which is a deal-breaker for me. And if it is important for you as effectively, then you definately may wish to look elsewhere.
Subsequent up is sports activities monitoring, and like I already talked about, the Stratos Three comes with 80 indoor and outside sports activities modes, that are grouped in 10 classes – Run & Stroll, Biking, Swimming, Out of doors sports activities, Indoor sports activities, Dance, Fight sports activities, Ball sports activities, Winter sports activities, and Others.
By default, 19 of the 80 modes are rapidly accessible with a press of the Choose button, however you may customise the listing to your liking from the Sports activities menu on the Stratos 3.
Some sports activities modes additionally give you many settings to tinker with, like altering your exercise objectives or the background shade of the show and the kind of sports activities knowledge you see on the display throughout a exercise. Nevertheless, the sports activities mode listing and settings customizations are solely doable from the smartwatch and never the Zepp app, which is not splendid.
However on the upside, you get to take a look at all of the exercise knowledge on the Stratos Three as soon as the exercise is full. And it is also accessible by way of the Zepp app within the Train document part.
The Amazfit Stratos Three may also observe your outside exercise routes, due to the Sony GNSS chip on board, supporting 4 totally different world positioning methods – GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, and GALILEO.
For enhanced monitoring and accuracy, the Stratos Three makes use of these methods in three totally different combos – GPS + BEIDOU, GPS + GLONASS, and GPS + GALILEO. You’ll be able to select the one you like by heading to the Settings > Basic > Location service menu on the Stratos 3.
I am impressed with the GPS monitoring on the Stratos Three because it measured the gap and drew the exercise path on the map precisely even when it wasn’t related to the paired smartphone. However it did take lengthy to latch on to the GPS sign at occasions, which may very well be improved.
The remainder of the options like Idle Alerts and Music Management labored wonderful. The automated step counter on the Stratos 3, like many different wearables, data some additional steps, however it’s best to nonetheless get a good concept of your motion.
That mentioned, the notification administration wants enchancment because the Stratos Three would not show the corresponding icons of all of the apps, and there is not any strategy to delete a notification when it first pops up on the display. That is solely doable from the Notification Middle. Furthermore, there have been occasions when the Stratos Three stopped pushing notifications, and I needed to re-enable them from the Zepp app, which is not splendid.
There’s additionally room for Amazfit to enhance incoming name notifications on the Stratos Three since they proceed to look on the smartwatch’s display even after you settle for/reject the decision. Moreover, you get a notification for an incoming name when there’s one ongoing. This creates confusion at occasions and will’ve been dealt with in a greater method by Amazfit.
Then there’s additionally the connectivity concern that we have seen on different Amazfit smartwatches as effectively. The Stratos Three typically loses reference to the paired smartphone and takes lengthy to reconnect and sync knowledge at occasions, which hampers the expertise.
The Amazfit Stratos Three has a 300 mAh battery underneath the hood, which the corporate says can present seven days of autonomy in Sensible Mode and 14 days in Extremely Endurance Mode. And if you’re utilizing the GPS repeatedly, the Stratos Three is claimed to supply 35 hours of endurance in Correct Mode, 45 hours in Stability Mode, and 70 hours in Energy Saving Mode. You’ll be able to take a look at the picture beneath to know what which means.
On common, the battery lasted me 3-Four days on a single cost with the next utilization and settings:
- Default watchface
- Carry-to-wake display enabled
- Show brightness at 50%
- Vibration energy set to medium
- Seconds hand enabled on always-on show, which consumes additional energy
- Computerized coronary heart charge measurement interval set to at least one minute
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- Receiving over 100 notifications all through the day which mild up the display and vibrate the smartwatch, leading to further energy consumption
- Round 15-20 minutes of indoor strolling day by day
As soon as the battery is absolutely drained, you may cost the Stratos Three with the bundled dock. Amazfit says it may well juice up the smartwatch in 2.5 hours, however in my testing, it charged the cell from flat to 100% in round 1 hour 45 minutes on a median.
The Amazfit Stratos Three comes with over 80 sports activities modes, is nice at train and well being monitoring, and packs a transflective show having glorious outside visibility. Additionally it is water resistant as much as 50 meters, and the built-in Sony GNSS chip does an amazing job at GPS monitoring. All this makes the Stratos Three a pleasant smartwatch for athletes and sports activities fanatics.
Nevertheless, the not-so-stellar software program spoils the social gathering for the Stratos Three and hampers the consumer expertise.
The Stratos Three is priced at INR13,999 ($190/€160) in India, and on this value vary, Amazfit can also be providing the GTR 2 and GTS 2 within the nation. Each have totally different designs however include comparable options. They do not pack a transflective show just like the Stratos Three however make up for it with the SpO2 sensor, REM sleep monitoring, and Alexa help. Nevertheless, neither of them are aimed toward athletes and sports activities fanatics just like the Stratos 3. You’ll be able to read our Amazfit GTR 2 review to study all about it.
- Display screen has glorious outside visibility
- 5ATM water resistance
- Sturdy construct
- Correct sleep monitoring
- Spectacular GPS monitoring
- You’ll be able to tinker with some settings on the watch with out requiring a smartphone
- Notification administration wants enchancment
- Official app wants a design overhaul
- Watch software program wants extra sprucing
- Has connectivity points
- Would not observe REM sleep
- Some settings customizations are solely doable from the watch