Monday, June 12, 2017

#ProductReview | Amazfit, the low cost smartwatch for cycling, running... you need it!

Hi riders!
Today we want to talk about one important thing for cyclist... the smartwatch.

We have been more than one month testing the Amazfit Pace, a low cost smartwatch created by Huami and Xiaomi to compete with the best smartwatches in the market... the result is amazing!


Amazfit Pace smartwatch

First of all, we have to talk about the smartwatch. The Amazfit Pace is a watch with GPS-enabled. Running smartwatch with 5 days of battery life, in our case we have tested it getting more than 3 days running or cycling at least one time for 1-2 hours.

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Original box, great!



Amazfit Pace cycling review
Activity modes

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Watch mode

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Searching for GPS

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Searching for GPS


Run phone-free with onboard music storage (about 2 gb of music), while tracking key metrics like pace, cadence, distance, time, heart rate and more. You can choose from activity and sport modes for: Outdoor/Indoor Run, Trail Run, Walk, Outdoor/Indoor Bike, Elliptical, and more. The developers are working in more sports mode, that's great because the support the devoloping of new features in updates. 

You can follow their running training plans for beginners, 5K, 10K, and marathon runners, important, this trainning plans include cycling and swimming trainnings, that's great to get a complete trainning plan. 

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Activity in Bike resume

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Activity cockpit cycling: time, altitude, distance, heart rate, elevation, speed

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Info you can access during your activity

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Info you can access during your activity

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Info you can access during your activity

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Strava resume of your activity

You can customize your watch face by uploading personal photos, and receive all your calls, texts, emails, and app notifications via the always-on display. The bad news are that, for now, you can't open the app in the screen of your smartwatch, you can only see the notifications. In my case it's enough.

All data generated when cycling or running is synced and available in the Strava app. It's basic to install Strava app in your iPhone or Android mobile, when you finish the activity you only need to sync your Amazfit Pace with your Strava via Amazfit app, it's really easy.

In the last update, the Amazfit developers have an app with info about your steps and sleeping time, similar than Mi Band.

Key features of the Amazfit Pace

  • Sports: Outdoor/Indoor Run, Trail Run, Walk, Outdoor/Indoor Bike, Elliptical, and more.
  • Run Tracking: Track your runs and capture distance, time, pace, heart rate, calories, speed, cadence, max/avg moving pace, max/avg moving speed, max/avg cadence, altitude, elevation gain/loss, and min/max altitude.
  • Phone-Free Music: Connect wirelessly to Bluetooth earbuds, load up your music to the internal storage, and run phone-free.
  • GPS: Track your route and distance with built-in GPS.
  • Notifications: Receive notifications for incoming calls, messages, emails, and other apps.
  • Heart Rate: Optimize workouts with automatic heart rate monitoring and continuous heart rate tracking.

Amazfit Pace watch features smart notifications and vibration alerts for calls, messages, and emails. It gives you direct access to live weather forecasts and doubles as a stop watch, compass, alarm, and activity monitor. Pace automatically tracks your daily steps, distance, calories, and sleep.

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Backside with charger and heart rate

Amazfit Pace cycling review
On hands, the band is really comfortable

Amazfit Pace cycling review
In the box: smartwatch, charger, cable and manual, what else?

Amazfit Pace cycling review
Charger and smartwatch updating for first time 
Amazfit Pace cycling review
Updating for first time



The ceramic bezel is durable and resistant to scratching. You don't need an screen protector, in my case I use to bit the watch with walls, etc.. In more than 1 month the screen is exactly as I received, perfect! The always-on display is easily readable even under bright sunlight. Pace is IP67 certified, which means its resistant to dust, rain, splashing, and accidental submersion.

Pace allows you to listen to music wherever you go. With Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity, Pace can be paired with wireless headphones or speakers. Run phone-free or blast your favorite hits, without using up your phone data.

The Pace watch interface and companion apps are available for iOS and Android.

Tecnical specs

  • Display size: 1.34'' / 320x300 px
  • Type: Always-on transflective color LCD touch screen
  • Weight: 1.9 oz / 54.5 g
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Core
  • Storage: 4GB Total
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Connection: Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE + WiFi
  • Battery life: 5 days regular use / 11 days basic use
  • Water resistance: IP67, resistant to water and dust
  • Heart rate sensor: Optical (PPG)
  • GPS + GLONASS
Amazfit Pace cycling and running review
Fat bike test

Amazfit Pace cycling and running review
Fat bike test

Amazfit Pace cycling and running review
Fat bike test

Amazfit Pace cycling and running review
Running in huaraches test


Veredict

  • PROS:
    • Really easy to use
    • Confortable, the band is really comfortable and easy to fit when you need the heart rate running or cycling
    • Big screen and easy to use at night
    • Low energy consumption
    • GPS enabled, you don't need your phone! Go out and run or ride!
    • Really nice design rounded
    • Developers team, every month you get a new update with improves that work, no only bugs solve.
    • Price, price, price... 159,99$!!!! (30% OFF HERE) Compared with others is really really cheap and high quality product, all users are happy!
    • Highly recommended for runners, riders, trail riders, trail runners, indoor...
  • CONS:
    • You can't (for now) open your apps in the smartwatchs: emails, whatsapp, etc... but you see the notification and his content.
    • Maybe more battery time...??? I used a Mi Band 2, with more than 15 days duration, that's great, but maybe in the future it could be improved by Huami designers.

About Amazfit

 Launched in 2014, their parent company Huami is the largest manufacturer of wearables in the world with over 33 million units sold today. Their product line of fashionable activity trackers under the Amazfit brand, including the Pace, Arc, Moonbeam and Equator, effortlessly track activity without sacrificing style.


Huami is also the exclusive provider of wearable technology for Xiaomi and maker of the Mi Band. Huami has raised $35 million from Sequoia Capital, Shunwei Capital Partners, Banyan Capital, Morningside Ventures and Xiaomi. The company is privately-held and headquartered in Mountain View, CA.




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