AMAZFIT take an interesting approach when it comes to their smartwatches, offer all the conveniences of much more expensive fitness trackers, combine them with the best features a connected watch can offer and do it at a fraction of the price. With people spending upwards of $500 on something that’s shiny, fragile and new nowadays, there is something to be said for practicality and durability and the AMAZFIT Verge has that in spades.
Launched in 2014, AMAZFIT, set out to make the world more connected through smart wearable technology and data-driven innovations. They made a name for themselves with their Equator, Pace and Bip wearables that were well received by the fitness community as an affordable alternative to the Fitbit’s and Apple watches of the world.
The AMAZFIT Verge builds on this legacy by offering consumers some great fitness and connectivity features all wrapped up in a robust IP68 certified polycarbonate package. The Verge features a 1.3-inch adaptive AMOLED screen which is just brilliant with its punchy colors and deep blacks, it also adjusts brightness according to the room temperature and it truly looks great. There is also an innovative, hypo-allergenic one size fits all wristband that is very comfortable especially when being worn all day long. Best of all, the Verge also comes in three distinct colors, so there is guaranteed to be something to suit your taste.
Consumers are also given some powerful features to help keep track of your health, the Verge’s own smart sport technology means that it can track 12 different sports including – running, walking, climbing, tennis, skiing, soccer, cycling, elliptical training, and more. It achieves this feat through the use embedded GPS connectivity, an accelerometer, a geomagnetic sensor and even a gyroscope. There is also a very accurate Optical sensor with full-day heart rate recording that allows users to see their heart rate changes throughout the day.
The AMAZFIT Verge can also keep you connected to the ones you love with the ability to receive email, text, and social notifications from your favorite mobile apps but new this year is also the ability to answer incoming calls directly on your wrist (Android only) when paired with your smartphone through Bluetooth. All of this is made possible by the watches own 5-day battery, which we found to be accurate and reassuring for those on the go!
Another thing we were impressed by on the Verge was the new Watch OS, we found it to be much more intuitive than previous generations and there was a certain sense of beauty in its simplicity. Par for the course are things like swipe down notifications, quick toggles and even app widgets. However, a rarity in the smartwatch world is the welcome addition of onboard music storage, meaning you no longer need your phone and watch with you on a run. You can even stream music into wireless headphones directly from the watch! Our only letdown was Amazfit’s own smartphone app which was uninspired and at times unnecessarily bare bones, it does function well enough, but it may be time for an overhaul.
AMAZFIT, continue to make strides into uncharted territory with a confidence that puts others on notice. The Verge is another great smartwatch that offers a lot to consumers and is on a short list of the most affordable and powerful connected devices money can buy.