Amazfit T-Rex Smartwatch Quick Review.

The Amazfit T-Rex is probably a timeless GPS sports watch that’s tough enough to survive bombing. Today we are intoducing you our Amazfit T-Rex quick review.

Amazfit T-Rex Smartwatch Quick Review: Price and availability.

The Amafit T-Rex comes in one size and costs $ 128.79. We tested the Rock Black model, although you can also choose from Khaki, Army Green and Camo Green options.

You can buy the Amazfit T-Rex at the time of this writing from retail stores like Amazon, Best Buy and B&H Photo, or directly from Huami on the Amazfit website.

Amazfit T-Rex: Design and comfort

When we started to study the Amazfit T-Rex, I thought that this model is very similar to the G-shock. The 44mm thick body is enhanced by metal screw heads, textured buttons, and heavy-duty security features. The watch case is surrounded by four labeled buttons: one for up, one for down, one for selection, one for the back.

The watch bezel has a bumper to protect the screen, which itself is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and an anti-fingerprint coating. This makes the watch bulky, which some might like, I personally absolutely pissed off when it clung to the sleeve. I also couldn’t get the T-Rex to fit comfortably on my wrist. Knowing that this was probably a “me” problem, I asked someone with a bigger wrist to try it, and they were much less concerned. They even praised his lightness.

This is where Huami strives for durability, and you can see it on the T-Rex hardware. The hull has the highest military grade rating of 810 for corrosive environments, which means it can withstand temperatures from 158 to -104 degrees Fahrenheit and dive to 165 feet (5 atm). I couldn’t test these conditions in Europe’s mild climate, but it definitely got through my daily life for a couple of days in which I wore it, which sometimes included a chaotic move, several home improvement projects, and various outdoor activities.

Amazfit T-Rex: Display and interface

The Amazfit T-Rex’s 1.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen is quite colorful and bright to be seen even in direct sunlight. Because of this, the watch looks more expensive than it actually is and shines in comparison to the Instinct’s black and white screen.

T-Rex’s interface is boring, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve seen inexpensive watches try to compensate for complex designs, but sometimes smaller and better are better. You can navigate by swiping your finger across the screen in any direction or using the physical buttons. Launching the action menu is more intuitive than opening the main one, but once you get there, you can control your music, countdown, alarms and reminders. You can also see the compass, check the weather, or ping your phone.

Amazfit T-Rex: Amazfit app and third party-app compatibility.

All Amazfit T-Rex fitness sensors provide useful metrics, but you’ll want to refer to the Amazfit app (available for Android and iOS) to get a complete picture of your health. It stores data about everything from stride length and calories burned to training loads and weight. You can manually enter your body measurements if you want to track your fitness goals.

Amazfit T-Rex: Music and notifications.

There’s no on-board storage on the T-Rex, meaning it can’t hold music or offer offline Spotify support, so don’t count on being able to ditch your phone on hikes unless you’re okay with using nature as your soundtrack.

Even then, you might need to keep your phone in arm’s reach if you’re interested in staying connected. Like many fitness trackers the T-Rex doesn’t let you respond to notification. You can only see the a preview, and will have to reach for your phone to read the entire message or answer. 

It doesn’t help that the haptic vibrations feel pretty terrible, especially when I’m used to those of my daily driver, the Apple Watch. You can create custom vibration patterns for different notification categories within the Amazfit app, if you’d like to know if you’re getting a call versus a text. But I would suggest disabling notifications entirely, if your routine permits. You can check your alerts on your phone when you get to the top of the mountain — the reception is probably better up there anyway.

Amazfit T-Rex: Battery life information.

Like the Amazfit Bip, the Amazfit T-Rex’s selling point is its battery life. Amazfit said the T-Rex should last 20 days on a single change, but that’s a modest estimate. In our testing it lasted closer to 30 days with limited GPS usage.

The battery seeped faster when we enabled GPS for late spring hikes, zapping about 10% per hour, meaning you should get about 10 hours of juice with continuous location tracking. That’s still impressive by category standards. 

With a Garmin model like the Instinct, you can adjust the GPS to ping satellites at a slower rate to save battery. In smartwatch mode, the Instinct should last up to 14 days; with GPS turned on, battery life is 16 hours, but you can extend that to up to 40 hours in Garmin’s UltraTrac mode that periodically turns off GPS to save battery power.

If you’re ever unsure how much longer you can expect your T-Rex to last, you can view how many estimated hours you have left on the activity menu. There’s also a power saving mode for when you’re in a pinch.

Amazfit T-Rex quick review

Amazfit T-Rex Smartwatch Quick Review: Verdict

I hesitate to call the Amazfit T-Rex a smartwatch, even if Huami sells it that way. The interface seems very simple and sparse, the notification system can work, and the watch faces are stuck in 2003. But as a military-certified sports watch with all the sensors you might need, the T-Rex is a beast to be reckoned with. At $ 140, that’s half the price of the Garmin Instinct, making it an affordable alternative and one of the best cheap smartwatches out there.

The bright display and endurance of the Amazfit T-Rex make it a reliable but not impressive choice for all-day adventure seekers on a budget, while the name makes it uncomplicated for archaeologists.

This review was insiped by website Tom’s
Amazfit T-Rex Smartwatch Review 2021

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