Amazfit GTR vs Amazfit Verge: Which is the best option?

Amazfit has been very busy this year releasing half a dozen smartwatches of varying styles, designs and functionality. Two of the most popular releases include the Amazfit GTR and the Amazfit Verge. Both of these watches feature AMOLED screens and an impressive array of sensors; either could be  considered a flagship device for Amazfit but they do cater for slightly different consumers. I’ve used and owned both of these watches and now I’m here to show you the difference between the two and help you decide which one is the best choice.

Amazfit GTR vs Amazfit Verge

Specifications

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Specs Amazfit GTR Amazfit Verge
Screen AMOLED

1.39 inches (47mm)

1.2 inches (42mm)

 1.3 Inch AMOLED Color Display
Resolution 454 x 454 pixels (47mm)

390 x 390 pixels (42mm)

360 x 360
Memory 16MB RAM, 64MB Storage 512MB Ram, 4GB Internal
Connectivity Bluetooth, GPS, NFC Bluetooth, GPS, Wifi, USB
Sensors Heart Rate Monitor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Barometer, Wearing Detection Sensor Optical sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, air pressure sensor, ambient light sensor, Wearing Detection Sensor
Tracking Steps, Heart Rate, Sleep Quality, Steps, Calories, Distance Steps, Calories, Heart Rate, Distance, Speed, Sleep Quality
Microphone/Speaker No Yes
Notifications Yes – Vibration Feedback and On Screen Alerts Yes – Vibration Feedback and On Screen Alerts
Water Resistance 5ATM IP68
Battery  Between 10-20 Days depending on usage  280mAh – Up to 5 Days
Price Check Price Amazon

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Two Great Screens

The Amazfit Verge and GTR both feature a large, circular AMOLED screen. The GTR has two screen size options at 1.2 inch and 1,39 inch and the Verge has a single size option at 1.3 inches. The size difference is negligible however the GTR is slightly thinner. AMOLED screens themselves have their strengths and weaknesses; they don’t work well in direct sunlight and rarely have an “always on” option however they can display bright, vibrant colors and sharp icons.

The GTR has a slightly higher resolution screen and slightly higher PPI although you’ll hardly notice the difference.

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Different Design

While the screens of both of these watches are near identical the overall design of these watches is fundamentally different. The Verge (review) features a plastic, grey body with a single manual button. The design is clearly aimed at a sports market and doesn’t have the appearance of a classic watch. The design of the Verge isn’t particularly special or attractive, in fact it looks quite bland. That’s not necessarily bad if you are just looking for an activity tracker but for anyone who cares about the look of their watch the Verge might disappoint.

Much more effort has been put into the design of the GTR (review). Instead of plastic the body of the watch is metalic with a thinner bezel. The watch comes in black of silver and could be mistaken for a classic designed watch. It’s thinner, curved and features a faux leather strap as opposed to the basic plastic one that comes with the Verge. Overall the design of the GTR is far superior to the Verge and looks a lot better on the wrist.

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Tracking

The two watches feature more than half a dozen sensors for sports, health and general fitness tracking. Both watches feature a continuous heart rate sensor, accelerometer, barometer and gyro. With these sensors the watch can track your heart rate every 30 seconds, VO2 Max, distance, calorie burn and the overall quality of your workout.

The tracking abilities of both watches are almost incidental and you’ll find little to differentiate them. Accuracy varies depending on what you are tracking; both use next generation heart rate sensors which seem more accurate than other watch based heart monitors from the past few years. Neither watch feature more advanced heath tracking features like stress tracking or ECG, but that’s not suprising considering the low cost of these watches.

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Memory Limits the GTR

While the GTR and Verge are equals when it comes to tracking, the GTR is lacking in the memory department which limits how much data you can actually save and view on the watch. With just 64MB of internal memory the GTR only allows you to view one days worth of tracking activity on the watch itself, for any further data you’ll need to sync with your phone and view on the app. This lack of memory also means you can’t store music files to the watch itself but you can control your phone music when synced up. The Verge has much more impressive memory credentials with 512MB of internal memory which allows it to store more tracking data and have room for other files. More importantly the Verge has much more RAM which allows for a more advanced operating system and smoother touch responsiveness.

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Verge is More of a “Smart” Watch.

The Verge features both a speaker and microphone which allows you to answer phone calls straight from the watch itself; that puts it more into the smartwatch category compared to the GTR which lacks this hardware. While it sounds like a useful feature I’ve never found myself wanting or needing to receive or make calls from my smartwatch. You’ll have to decide whether this feature is important to you.

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Battery Life

The GTR makes up for it’s lack of hardware with a much more impressive battery life, which in my opinion is more useful. The Verge doesn’t have a poor battery life and can last up to 5 days with average use, however the GTR smashes past this with up to 20 days of battery. This is one of the longest battery life’s of any large AMOLED smartwatch out right now and means you’ll only need to charge a few times a month.

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Other Features

Water Resistance: Both watches are fully water resistant and can withstand underwater usage, in fact both have tracking options particularly for swimming.

NFC: Only the Amazfit GTR features NFC but at the moment it’s only available in China. No work on if this will be expanded to western markets

Connectivity: Both watches feature GPS and Bluetooth. The GTR had some issues with GPS accuracy but this was fixed with a software update.

Amazfit Verge

PROS:
  • Great Screen
  • Large Memory
  • Speaker/Microphone
  • Cheaper

CONS:
  • Basic Design
  • Low Quality Materials

Amazfit GTR

PROS:
  • Excellent Design
  • Large, Bright Screen
  • High Quality Materials
  • Long Battery Life

CONS:
  • Little Memory
  • More Basic OS
  • No Speaker/Microphone

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Summary

If you are trying to decide between the Amazfit GTR and the Verge then the choice is fairly simple to summarise. The GTR is the more attractive and more expensive looking device but it the hardware is less impressive. The Verge is pretty basic in appearance but is closer to a full smartwatch. I prefer the GTR to wear on a day to day basis as it is a very attractive looking device and works well with most clothing types, it also features the same tracking abilities so you aren’t really missing out there. While the Verge does have more impressive hardware it’s not anything that I find useful; for example the speaker is only useful if you actually want to use your watch as a phone.

The Verge and GTR are roughly evenly priced at around $150- $180. As the Verge is slightly older you can find it at a slightly cheaper price.

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Where to Buy

Amazfit GTR: 

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Amazfit Verge

Amazon

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