Huami launched many smartwatches underneath the Amazfit model final yr throughout totally different worth classes, amongst which the Stratos 3 we’ve got with us at this time. It is aimed 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. While all that appears attractive on paper, how properly does the Stratos 3 carry out in the true world? We attempt to reply that with this evaluate.
Amazfit Stratos 3 specs
- Display: 1.34″, 320×302 pixel MIP Transflective TFT colour display screen, Gorilla Glass 3
- Straps: Detachable silicone rubber straps, 22mm width, 75-120mm adjustable size
- Features: Real-time coronary heart charge monitor, 5ATM water resistance, Sleep Tracking, Sports Tracking, Step Counter, Call and App Notification alerts, Standing Reminder, Phone Finder, Weather Forecast, Camera and Music Control
- Sports Modes: 80 sports activities modes, together with Running, Walking, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Skiing, and Triathlon
- Sensors: PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, Air Pressure Sensor
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 + BLE 5.0, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n, Compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS 10.0+
- Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDOU
- Battery: 300mAh
- Colors: 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 bought used to it shortly, and it did not actually really feel uncomfortable even when sleeping. However, when you’ve got small wrists, you might 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 proper facet of the Stratos 3 are additionally constructed utilizing 316L chrome steel and have respectable suggestions.
Amazfit Stratos 3
The two buttons positioned collectively within the middle allow you to navigate horizontally and vertically throughout the UI, whereas the Select key on the high with a crimson ring round it gives fast entry to sports activities modes and allows you to affirm your actions.
The Back button on the backside allows you to go to a earlier menu as evident from its title, however it’s also possible to use it to entry all of the apps when you’re on the homescreen as a substitute of utilizing the touchscreen.
Physical 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 charge monitoring. The smartwatch can also be water resistant as much as 50 meters, so you should utilize it to trace your swimming efficiency.
Overall, 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 wonderful out of doors visibility as a result of the brighter the daylight is, the clearer the display screen seems to be. This makes it appropriate for out of doors exercises since you do not have to activate the backlight to see the on-screen contents, which helps with energy financial savings.
Indoors, you could have to activate the display screen’s backlight relying on how dim the lighting is. The Stratos 3 has four-level display screen brightness, and I by no means needed to crank it up past 50%.
The visibility of the display screen underneath synthetic lighting is sweet sufficient even at 25% brightness, however the colours really look higher outside when you do not use the backlight, which is turned on if you increase your wrist, press any of the 4 bodily buttons, or double-tap on the display screen.
The double-tap gesture did not all the time work, although, so I needed to depend on the opposite two choices to wake the display screen.
That mentioned, the Amazfit Stratos 3 comes with 11 watch faces on board, with two of them being customizable, that means you’ll be able to select what data you see on the display screen. And in case you 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 may create one, too
The Amazfit Stratos 3 is appropriate 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 known as Amazfit, however the rebranding hasn’t improved issues because the 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
While the Zepp app stays a large number, the Amazfit OS on the Stratos 3 does not provide an gratifying expertise both, even after selecting up three firmware upgrades through the evaluate interval. Most of the problems I’ve talked about within the subsequent part might be fastened with a software program replace, however Amazfit hasn’t finished that but.
That mentioned, along with counting on the touchscreen to function the Stratos 3, it’s also possible to use the 4 bodily buttons it has on its proper facet. However, these aren’t an entire substitute to the touchscreen since you continue to need to depend on the contact panel for a number of issues like swiping proper on the homescreen to open the Notification Center.
Features and Performance
The Amazfit Stratos 3 options real-time coronary heart charge monitoring, sleep monitoring, 80 sports activities modes, and a satellite tv for pc positioning system. It’s additionally water resistant as much as 50 meters and comes with idle alerts, incoming name and app notification alerts, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer.
In addition to that, the Stratos 3 comes with music management, barometer, compass, climate forecast, telephone finder, and 2GB of inner storage, which lets you play music on Bluetooth audio system and earphones instantly from the watch with out requiring a smartphone.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 makes use of a PPG BioTracking Optical Sensor for coronary heart charge monitoring, which routinely measures your pulse at an interval of 1 minute. But you even have the choice to measure it manually everytime you need.
You can get a glimpse of your every day coronary heart charge in a graphical type on the Stratos 3, and head over to the Zepp app for an in depth evaluation.
Heart charge monitoring on Amazfit Stratos 3
Sleep monitoring on the Amazfit Stratos 3 is fairly correct and similar to the center charge information, you could find your sleep information on the smartwatch in addition to the Zepp app. The Stratos 3 holds the sleep information for a few month on its storage and tells you about your complete sleep, deep sleep, and light-weight sleep. To test older sleep information, you may want the Zepp app.
It’s additionally 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 properly, you then may need to look elsewhere.
Next up is sports activities monitoring, and like I already talked about, the Stratos 3 comes with 80 indoor and out of doors sports activities modes, that are grouped in 10 classes – Run & Walk, Cycling, Swimming, Outdoor sports activities, Indoor sports activities, Dance, Combat sports activities, Ball sports activities, Winter sports activities, and Others.
By default, 19 of the 80 modes are shortly accessible with a press of the Select button, however you’ll be able to customise the checklist to your liking from the Sports menu on the Stratos 3.
Some sports activities modes additionally give you many settings to tinker with, like altering your exercise targets or the background colour of the show and the kind of sports activities information you see on the display screen throughout a exercise. However, the sports activities mode checklist and settings customizations are solely potential from the smartwatch and never the Zepp app, which is not best.
But 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 by means of the Zepp app within the Exercise document part.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 may monitor your out of doors exercise routes, due to the Sony GNSS chip on board, supporting 4 totally different international positioning methods – GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU, and GALILEO.
For enhanced monitoring and accuracy, the Stratos 3 makes use of these methods in three totally different combos – GPS + BEIDOU, GPS + GLONASS, and GPS + GALILEO. You can select the one you favor by heading to the Settings > General > Location service menu on the Stratos 3.
I’m impressed with the GPS monitoring on the Stratos 3 because it measured the gap and drew the exercise path on the map precisely even when it wasn’t linked to the paired smartphone. But it did take lengthy to latch on to the GPS sign at occasions, which might be improved.
The remainder of the options like Idle Alerts and Music Control labored advantageous. The computerized step counter on the Stratos 3, like many different wearables, information some additional steps, however you must nonetheless get a good concept of your motion.
That mentioned, the notification administration wants enchancment because the Stratos 3 does not show the corresponding icons of all of the apps, and there is no method to delete a notification when it first pops up on the display screen. That’s solely potential from the Notification Center. Moreover, there have been occasions when the Stratos 3 stopped pushing notifications, and I needed to re-enable them from the Zepp app, which is not best.
There’s additionally room for Amazfit to enhance incoming name notifications on the Stratos 3 since they proceed to seem on the smartwatch’s display screen even after you settle for/reject the decision. Additionally, 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 subject that we have seen on different Amazfit smartwatches as properly. The Stratos 3 usually loses reference to the paired smartphone and takes lengthy to reconnect and sync information at occasions, which hampers the expertise.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 has a 300 mAh battery underneath the hood, which the corporate says can present seven days of autonomy in Smart Mode and 14 days in Ultra Endurance Mode. And if you’re utilizing the GPS repeatedly, the Stratos 3 is claimed to supply 35 hours of endurance in Accurate Mode, 45 hours in Balance Mode, and 70 hours in Power Saving Mode. You can try the picture under to know what which means.
Stratos 3’s battery endurance in several modes
On common, the battery lasted me 3-4 days on a single cost with the next utilization and settings:
- Default watchface
- Lift-to-wake display screen enabled
- Display brightness at 50%
- Vibration energy set to medium
- Seconds hand enabled on always-on show, which consumes additional energy
- Automatic coronary heart charge measurement interval set to at least one minute
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- Receiving over 100 notifications all through the day which gentle up the display screen and vibrate the smartwatch, leading to further energy consumption
- Around 15-20 minutes of indoor strolling every day
Once the battery is absolutely drained, you’ll be able to cost the Stratos 3 with the bundled dock. Amazfit says it could actually 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 mean.
The Amazfit Stratos 3 comes with over 80 sports activities modes, is sweet at train and well being monitoring, and packs a transflective show having wonderful out of doors visibility. It can also be water resistant as much as 50 meters, and the built-in Sony GNSS chip does an incredible job at GPS monitoring. All this makes the Stratos 3 a pleasant smartwatch for athletes and sports activities lovers.
However, the not-so-stellar software program spoils the get together 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. Both 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 assist. However, neither of them are aimed toward athletes and sports activities lovers just like the Stratos 3. You can learn our Amazfit GTR 2 evaluate to study all about it.
- Screen has wonderful out of doors visibility
- 5ATM water resistance
- Sturdy construct
- Accurate sleep monitoring
- Impressive GPS monitoring
- You 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
- Doesn’t monitor REM sleep
- Some settings customizations are solely potential from the watch