Up to now, apart from my Samsung Gear, regular readers will have only seen me ranting about low-cost smartbands and will know that my all time favourite up to now is the Xiaomi Mi4. Well, today I’m moving upmarket a little, heading back towards the likes of the Gear and here’s a good example. The Amazfit Stratos Sports Watch which came all the way from Banggood in China (so what else is new) is a surprise. With apologies as my first link didn’t work. Sorted.
At first sight I thought “that’s not very bright” – but the thing is it is “not very bright” i.e. just enough, in every light condition I’ve put it in so far, which is more than can be said for some. So indoors you might think “well, that’s ‘ok’ but I’ll bet it is unreadable outside” – wrong.
On the principle that a picture is worth 1000 words, see combo photo at the top, various shots from my wrist this morning and yes, I know, only 80+ steps, it is Sunday – and it is early. Initial pairing with my Pocophone was so easy I didn’t bother to take notes. When the Gear came out, it was one of few with a choice of watchfaces (and it does have a massive library of faces) but now others are catching up…
I think the plastic band on the Amazfit will have to go in favour of a leather one as the watch isn’t the smallest in the world, but that’s easy to fix. Check out the link above for all kinds of detail and glorious photos, spec etc. See a random sample of available Amazfit faces, no doubt in the coming weeks I’ll spend FAR too much time downloading more.
One thing I DO find annoying – and if someone steps in here maybe we can help others, is the Amazfaces APP. I used this with my Xiaomi Mi band until one day Xiaomi Mi changed the way they do thgs and all of a sudden the AmazFaces app had to change. Now I’m trying to use it with the Amazfit Stratos watch and I simply cannot get my head around the app.
Amazfaces will from time to time say “Check your Inetrnet connection, and try again” (two mistakes in there, both theirs). The Amazfaces app also wants me to ensure I have AmazMod on my phone (I grabbed that) and on selecting one of the many faces available will (after I press “download”) say “Update Service” indicating a need for watch service application version 12 or higher. I downloaded the latest version from their link and no change. They really need to think about their handling of users. But to be fair that’s an extra, the main watch app works just fine.