For a few weeks Amazfit Stratos 3 it is also officially available in Italy and, after having put his hand for the first time in IFA 2019, today we are ready to tell you something more. In fact, after almost a month of use we are ready to tell you about our experience with the successor of theAmazfit Stratos (which so surprised us). So will the Chinese company have managed to replicate the excellent work done with the previous model? Let's not get lost in further chat and find out in our full review.
Amazfit Stratos 3 review
Unboxing - Amazfit Stratos 3
Inside the sales package we find the following equipment:
- Amazfit Stratos 3;
- charging base with magnetic hook;
- instruction manual.
Design and construction
Il design dell 'Amazfit Stratos 3 it is very similar to that of its predecessor, we note only a few small changes, including one more elegant bezel and slightly inclined inwards and the presence of well 4 physical keys instead of 3. The look still retains a good mix between sportiness and refinement and this thanks also to the use of stainless steel 316L combined with della reinforced plastic e ceramic.
La construction therefore it is very solid and impact resistant and obviously one can not miss water resistance certification until well 5 atmospheres.
The dimensions, however, continue to be always generous, making this sport watch more suitable for a male audience. More in detail we speak of a case from 48.6 x 13.4 millimeters for a weight of 40.4 grams (20 grams lighter than the predecessor).
Il display this time it does not have a crescent with the automatic brightness sensor inside, so we have greater continuity on the front profile. Laterally, the central key abandons us to make room for two directional keys that will only allow us to go up and down, the first key has the function of selection, while with the second you can go back.
Il strap it is made of silicone and has many sizes available. This will allow us to perspire the skin even in situations where sweating has increased.
Overall I was satisfied with the small improvements that have been made to theAmazfit Stratos 3, as it demonstrates the brand's particular attention to detail.
"Display that wins does not change" ... the saying was not exactly that, but the sense more or less yes. Amazfit has indeed decided to propose a new one trans-reflective TFT display da 1.34 inches with resolution 320 300 pixels xProtection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and obviously, Always-On fashion.
I must say that this still remains the top as for the visibility under the light direct sun and despite the fact that the automatic brightness sensor has been removed, the panel far exceeds the sufficiency. Now we will have to go to act manually and personally I have always kept the brightness at maximum (level 4) managing to obtain an autonomy out of the ordinary.
I colors are always good, although they are not as satisfying as those of a AMOLED, while the touch screen è reactive and he makes himself ready even in the most excited moments. Through the settings we can choose whether to activate the double tap to wake, the awakening of the display with the rotation of the wrist and various watchfaces, which can also be managed by smartphone.
When you are underwater you will have to interact with the watch through the physical buttons, while the Ultra mode will reduce the definition and limit some functions to better preserve the battery.
Hardware and connectivity
Under the body of theAmazfit Stratos 3 we find one dual-core chipset with a maximum clock frequency of 1.2 GHz which will deal with the management of the two operating systems, namely the standard and the Ultra Mode. To complete the sector, i 512 MB di RAM LPDDR3 e 4 GB of internal memory eMMC.
With regard to the reactivity there is little to say, this is good and is identical to its predecessor. It is difficult to talk about performance, as the operations that this sportwatch must carry out are not so complex. In general, however, you will not have difficulties or hitches in using this device.
I 4 GB di internal memory they are basically used to install new watchfaces ed apk di third parts, or to save us songs and listen to them through Bluetooth headphones, as there is no speaker or microphone on board.
Regarding connectivity, theAmazfit Stratos 3 has Bluetooth 4.2 + BLE 5.0, Wi-Fi Single Band e 3 satellite modes: GPS + GLONASS / GPS + Galileo / GPS + BeiDou.
Finally, we also find a wide range of sensors, including the heart rate monitor, accelerometer triaxial, gyroscope, compass e barometer.
L'Amazfit Stratos 3 is officially sold in Italy with Italian language (Multilingual ROM) and the software does not differ particularly from what we have seen with the previous model. However, we will make a summary to show you the main functions inside it:
- Overview: let's see the daily progress;
- Heart rate;
- Activities: we will see the progress of daily activities;
- Status: we will see the recovery status of our body;
- Wake Up;
- Find cell;
- Various settings.
From the point of view of the sport important improvements have been made because now we find many 19 available, Including:
- Outdoor bike;
- Swimming in the pool;
- Free swimming;
- Tapis Roulant;
- exercise bicycles;
- Rowing machine;
- Trial race;
- Jump rope.
Depending on the sport chosen, the various sensors will be activated, including the GPS Compass and the heart rate monitor, but each will have specific progress monitoring based on the purpose of the sport itself. In addition, you will be able to set a obiettivo for each type of training we will choose.
I must say that the counting of steps is very precise, as is that of sleep. The one related to heart beats can sometimes vary a little from reality, but it is completely normal since we are not talking about a medical device. Furthermore, we would like to point out that it is also possible to monitor the Vo2Max.
Lowering the quick toggle curtain we will see some settings including the Ultra Mode, or a method that will allow us to further extend the autonomy of theAmazfit Stratos 3 thanks to limitation of some functions, alllowering the display resolution, To performance reduction, of the animations and also of the sport.
In short, this is practically parallel software that will allow us to perform the most important functions without wasting unnecessary energy. Obviously, in this mode the system is a little less fluid, but I must say that it is perfect for those who do not want to recharge the sportwatch every 8 days (more or less).
Turning now to notifications, unfortunately for some apps like Telegram we always have the little problem seen on others Amazfit, that is, it will only be possible to read the last message in full when we have more than one notification (this does not happen on WhatsApp, however). Furthermore, like all sports watches, it is not possible to reply directly to messages or entertain telephone conversations.
Despite this, I have not encountered any problems in receiving notifications, as they have always been punctual and precise.
L'Amazfit Stratos 3 owns a battery from 300 mAh, which allows us to have anexcellent autonomyeven better than its predecessor. Obviously it all depends on your type of use, but with a constant connection to the smartphone, 2 hours of activity per week and a hundred notifications per day I managed to get to about 7 days of use, while without weekly sports I managed to get to about 9 days.
Also keep in mind that with the Ultra mode these numbers double and will allow us to push ourselves easily up to 15 days without the slightest need to recharge.
Just as far as this aspect is concerned, it is SportWatch go by 0 to 100% in about 1 45 hours and minutes.
Conclusions - Amazfit Stratos 3
In short, this Amazfit Stratos 3 it certainly does not disappoint the expectations, on the contrary, compared to its predecessor it managed to bring some important updates from the software point of view and some aesthetic / functional improvements.
Lo SportWatch it is sold in Italy through it official Italian store a 199 €, a figure in line with its main competitors, indeed, even less than the Huawei Watch GT 2.
If you are looking for a device that is able to monitor all your sports activities with great precision and winking also at the design, then this could be the perfect product for you.