Huami launched many smartwatches beneath the Amazfit model final yr throughout totally different worth classes, amongst which the Stratos 3 we’ve got with us at the moment. It’s geared toward athletes and sports activities lovers and comes with a transflective show, 80 sports activities modes, and 50-meter water resistant.
The Stratos 3 comes with a built-in GPS and has 2GB of inner storage for offline music playback. Whereas all that appears attractive on paper, how effectively does the Stratos 3 carry out in the true world? We attempt to reply that with this evaluate.
Amazfit Stratos 3 specs
- Show: 1.34″, 320×302 pixel MIP Transflective TFT coloration display, Gorilla Glass 3
- Straps: Removable silicone rubber straps, 22mm width, 75-120mm adjustable size
- Options: Actual-time coronary heart fee monitor, 5ATM water resistance, Sleep Monitoring, Sports activities Monitoring, Step Counter, Name and App Notification alerts, Standing Reminder, Telephone Finder, Climate Forecast, Digital camera and Music Management
- Sports activities Modes: 80 sports activities modes, together with Working, Strolling, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Snowboarding, and Triathlon
- Sensors: PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Air Strain 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: 40.4 grams (with out straps)
The Amazfit Stratos 3 weighs 40.4 grams. It felt cumbersome the primary time I put it on my wrist, however I acquired used to it rapidly, and it did not actually really feel uncomfortable even when sleeping. Nevertheless, if in case you have small wrists, it’s possible you’ll not have an gratifying 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 3 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 facet of the Stratos 3 are additionally constructed utilizing 316L chrome steel and have first rate suggestions.
Amazfit Stratos 3
The 2 buttons positioned collectively within the middle allow you to navigate horizontally and vertically throughout the UI, whereas the Choose key on the high with a purple ring round it gives fast entry to sports activities modes and allows you to affirm your actions.
The Again button on the backside permits you to go to a earlier menu as evident from its identify, however you can even use it to entry all of the apps if you end up on the homescreen as a substitute of utilizing the touchscreen.
Bodily buttons on the Stratos 3
Amazfit has used bolstered plastic for the underside case of Stratos 3, which homes the charging pins and PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor for coronary heart fee monitoring. The smartwatch can also be water resistant as much as 50 meters, so you should use it to trace your swimming efficiency.
Total, I fairly just like the design and construct of the Stratos 3.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 packs an always-on 1.34″ full spherical MIP transflective TFT show, which comes with Gorilla Glass 3 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 appears to be like. 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 might have to activate the display’s backlight relying on how dim the lighting is. The Stratos 3 has four-level display brightness, and I by no means needed to crank it up past 50%.
The visibility of the display beneath synthetic lighting is nice sufficient even at 25% brightness, however the colours truly look higher outside when you do not use the backlight, which is turned on whenever you increase 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 3 comes with 11 watch faces on board, with two of them being customizable, which means you’ll be able to select what data you see on the display. And if you happen to don’t love these watch faces, you’ll be able to 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.
Stratos 3 comes with 11 watch faces and you’ll create one, too
The Amazfit Stratos 3 is suitable with Android and iOS, and also you want the Zepp app in your machine to arrange the watch, tinker with its settings, and sync information.
The Zepp app was beforehand referred to as Amazfit, however the rebranding hasn’t improved issues for the reason that app nonetheless has shortcuts for a similar settings at a number of places, and those not supported by the machine are grayed out as a substitute of being hidden.
Amazfit Stratos 3 information and settings in Zepp for Android
Whereas the Zepp app stays a multitude, the Amazfit OS on the Stratos 3 does not provide an gratifying expertise both, even after choosing up three firmware upgrades through the evaluate interval. A lot of the points I’ve talked about within the subsequent part may very well be mounted with a software program replace, however Amazfit hasn’t achieved that but.
That mentioned, along with counting on the touchscreen to function the Stratos 3, you can even use the 4 bodily buttons it has on its proper facet. Nevertheless, these aren’t a whole substitute to the touchscreen since you continue to need to depend on the contact panel for a couple of issues like swiping proper on the homescreen to open the Notification Heart.
Options and Efficiency
The Amazfit Stratos 3 options real-time coronary heart fee 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 3 comes with music management, barometer, compass, climate forecast, cellphone finder, and 2GB of inner storage, which lets you play music on Bluetooth audio system and earphones immediately from the watch with out requiring a smartphone.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 makes use of a PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor for coronary heart fee 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 every day coronary heart fee in a graphical type on the Stratos 3, and head over to the Zepp app for an in depth evaluation.
Coronary heart fee monitoring on Amazfit Stratos 3
Sleep monitoring on the Amazfit Stratos 3 is fairly correct and identical to the center fee information, you’ll find your sleep information on the smartwatch in addition to the Zepp app. The Stratos 3 holds the sleep data for a few month on its storage and tells you about your whole sleep, deep sleep, and lightweight sleep. To examine older sleep data, you will want the Zepp app.
It is also price mentioning that not like some cheaper Amazfit smartwatches, the Stratos 3 does not monitor 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 would possibly need to look elsewhere.
Subsequent up is sports activities monitoring, and like I already talked about, the Stratos 3 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’ll be able to 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 coloration of the show and the kind of sports activities information you see on the display throughout a exercise. Nevertheless, the sports activities mode listing and settings customizations are solely attainable from the smartwatch and never the Zepp app, which is not very best.
However on the upside, you get to take a look at all of the exercise information on the Stratos 3 as soon as the exercise is full. And it is also accessible via the Zepp app within the Train file part.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 may also monitor your outside exercise routes, because of the Sony GNSS chip on board, supporting 4 totally different international positioning techniques – GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, and GALILEO.
For enhanced monitoring and accuracy, the Stratos 3 makes use of these techniques in three totally different mixtures – GPS + BEIDOU, GPS + GLONASS, and GPS + GALILEO. You possibly can select the one you favor by heading to the Settings > Basic > Location service menu on the Stratos 3.
I am impressed with the GPS monitoring on the Stratos 3 because it measured the space 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 instances, which may very well be improved.
The remainder of the options like Idle Alerts and Music Management labored high quality. The automated step counter on the Stratos 3, like many different wearables, data some additional steps, however you must nonetheless get a good thought of your motion.
That mentioned, the notification administration wants enchancment for the reason that Stratos 3 does not show the corresponding icons of all of the apps, and there isn’t any strategy to delete a notification when it first pops up on the display. That is solely attainable from the Notification Heart. Furthermore, there have been instances when the Stratos 3 stopped pushing notifications, and I needed to re-enable them from the Zepp app, which is not very best.
There’s additionally room for Amazfit to enhance incoming name notifications on the Stratos 3 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 instances and will’ve been dealt with in a greater manner by Amazfit.
Then there’s additionally the connectivity concern that we have seen on different Amazfit smartwatches as effectively. The Stratos 3 usually loses reference to the paired smartphone and takes lengthy to reconnect and sync information at instances, which hampers the expertise.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 has a 300 mAh battery beneath the hood, which the corporate says can present seven days of autonomy in Good Mode and 14 days in Extremely Endurance Mode. And if you’re utilizing the GPS constantly, the Stratos 3 is claimed to supply 35 hours of endurance in Correct Mode, 45 hours in Steadiness Mode, and 70 hours in Energy Saving Mode. You possibly can try the picture beneath to know what meaning.
Stratos 3’s battery endurance in numerous modes
On common, the battery lasted me 3-4 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
- Automated coronary heart fee measurement interval set to 1 minute
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- Receiving over 100 notifications all through the day which gentle up the display and vibrate the smartwatch, leading to extra energy consumption
- Round 15-20 minutes of indoor strolling every day
As soon as the battery is totally drained, you’ll be able to cost the Stratos 3 with the bundled dock. Amazfit says it might 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 3 comes with over 80 sports activities modes, is nice at train and well being monitoring, and packs a transflective show having glorious outside visibility. It’s also water resistant as much as 50 meters, and the built-in Sony GNSS chip does a terrific job at GPS monitoring. All this makes the Stratos 3 a pleasant smartwatch for athletes and sports activities lovers.
Nevertheless, the not-so-stellar software program spoils the social gathering for the Stratos 3 and hampers the consumer expertise.
The Stratos 3 is priced at INR13,999 ($190/€160) in India, and on this worth 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 3 however make up for it with the SpO2 sensor, REM sleep monitoring, and Alexa help. Nevertheless, neither of them are geared toward athletes and sports activities lovers just like the Stratos 3. You possibly can learn our Amazfit GTR 2 evaluate to be taught all about it.
- Display has glorious outside visibility
- 5ATM water resistance
- Sturdy construct
- Correct sleep monitoring
- Spectacular GPS monitoring
- You possibly can 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 monitor REM sleep
- Some settings customizations are solely attainable from the watch