Amazfit Verge Review

Amazfit Verge Review

The Amazfit Verge is a fitness-oriented watch from the Xiaomi-backed wearables company Huami. It slots in between the Amazfit Pace and the Amazfit Stratos fitness watches. The Amazfit Verge is priced at Rs. 11,999, can track several different types of workouts, and even allows you to make and answer calls (on Android only).

Amazfit Verge Review
Amazfit Verge Review


We used this smartwatch primarily with an iPhone but also tested this Android-only feature using an Android phone to find out if this product is worth its asking price.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Amazfit Verge has an AMOLED display
  • It is compatible with iOS and Android
  • The smartwatch is priced at Rs. 11,999 in India


Amazfit Verge build quality and design

Amazfit Verge is At 46g, much lighter than Stratos (around 60g). This may seem a small difference, but it is a big thing for an everyday thing to wear. Amazfit Verge has a plastic body, a circular dial and a plastic button on the upper right.

Amazfit Verge Review
Amazfit Verge Review

It almost feels like a toy watch, which is not good for a product that spends a lot on it. The button behaves like a home button on the iOS, so you can exit an app and return to the watch face.
There is a microphone similar to the home button, and on the other hand, there is a speaker. There are contacts for Heart Rate Sensor and Charging in the Base of Watch. Amazfit Verge uses another proprietary charging crib with a defective design. 

Smartwatch snaps it well, but you can easily push it in the wrong way. Ideally, the charging cradle should be a pin on both sides up and down, or it should fit in only one way. You can not access the button when the clock is in your cradle.

Another issue is that the crib cable is not detachable. We have given priority to the separate micro-USB cable that goes with AmazFit Pace. It is still a mystery that why Weirbuls companies hold new types of chargers with every product.

The best part of Amazfit Verge is its performance. It's circular, like Stratos and Pace people, but much better. Amazfit Verge has an AMOLED display, which means the colors look bright and the text is crisp. The display is also good under sunlight. 


We feel that this is the best performance on an Amazfit watch, and this is a big difference when you are tracking an external workout and need to check key stats quickly with a glance.

That said, no clock at Amazfit Verge really does not appeal to us. In our opinion, many of these try to look like mechanical or digital watches or use a little font to crush a lot of information in very little space. We feel that the need for a better watch face on this device.

Amazfit Verge Software

Huami's proprietary Amazfit OS may be based on Android but it is definitely not near anywhere, ready to be a proper SmartWatch OS. You do not have the basic features like the ability to install your own workout app on Amazfit Verge, and you can not even sync data in Apple Health, Google Fit, or other apps.

Amazfit Verge Review
Amazfit Verge Review

The clock does a great job of showing you notifications, but there is nothing that you can do with them. You can not reply to messages using Amazfit Verge, or even chat with other apps to send a voice message, accept calendar invitations, etc. "app" on Amazfit Verge The basic ones are - a stopwatch, timer, heart. Rate readouts, etc. for the main function of the clock.

Amazfit Verge is compatible with Android and iOS by using the Amazfit app on these platforms. The app has not changed much in terms of design because we have reviewed Amazfit Stratos, but there are some nifty new moves in it.

Now you can create custom interval for workout in the Amazfit app. This means that you can ask
Amazfit Verge whether you fall below the fixed limit for time or distance. For example, Amazfit Verge allows you to do 4 800 meters of sprints at 4 minutes 30 seconds per kilometer speed. This feature is very useful for experienced runners.

Amazfit Verge supports phone calls (on Android) and notifications. To be able to make phone calls you have to keep your phone with you, but it is still a good feature. You can call and receive via
Amazfit Verge and talk to people using the inbuilt microphone and speaker of the clock.


Amazfit Verge Review
Amazfit Verge Review

One big problem with Amazfit OS is that it can only handle one task at a time. If you are recording workouts, there is no way for you to open another app. 

Let's say that you are doing workouts at the gym and you want to set a timer for 1 minute, there is no way to do this without finishing the workout. This is a disappointing border which we have run quite a long time.

Another shortcoming is the lack of proper gym mode to track your strength training. You can track some individual activities such as elliptical training and indoor biking, but there is no way to track many exercises in the same exercise (exercise with high intensity interval training or weight).



Amazfit Verge Performance

We run some standard tests to see if Amazfit Verge can measure distances correctly. The first is our standard step-tracking test, where we take 1,000 steps while manually counting. We tested this four times, and the Amjifit version came down.

Amazfit Verge Review
Amazfit Verge Review


On average, it was only recorded around 950 steps for every 1000 we run. This is equivalent, as we have tested the trackers whose value is about Rs. 2,000 steps that have reached close to 100 percent accuracy in tracking.

Our standard distance tracking test includes 1 km walking along a route that passes under a flyover, which confuses GPS tracking devices. We measured the distance using the odometer of a car to verify that it is 1 km. Then we wear
Amazfit Verge and get down from the same path. 

The wearable recorded this distance as 1.1 km, which is about 10 percent, and not very bad. The most accurate GPS device we tested has recorded this distance as 1.02km or 1.03km, indicating that the Amazfit Verge is not too far.

Unfortunately we found that Amazfit Verge is a bit slow to lease GPS signal. We tested it in many places in Mumbai and noted that it takes two to four minutes every time. 


Amazfit Verge Review
Amazfit Verge Review

It can be disappointing, but we noticed that once the clock captures an indication at a particular location, it lingers almost immediately when we go back later.Amazfit Verge is rated IP68 but is not a swimmer. We dipped it in the water bucket and wore the clock in the rain. In both cases, it continued to work as expected.

Using readings from Apple Watch Series 2 for reference, the Heart Rate sensor on Amazfit Verge was quite accurate for the most part. We tested it by making several walks and runs.

Heart rate app on
Amazfit Verge does not automatically start recording your heart rate. It is a bit annoying to tap "Check it now" every time you want to check your heart rate. Thankfully, continuous heart rate tracking is enabled in all workout modes.

It also has an automatic workout detection, and once Verge detected the walking workout, when we were walking to office An assistant hint allows you to start logging activity with a tap, which is a good feature.
Amazfit Verge's battery life is quite good. Clock lasted an average of four days with average usage (one GPS workout per day and all notifications enabled).


Verdict

Amazfit Verge offers really good performance, some clean tweaks for advanced workouts, acceptable GPS accuracy, and good battery life. Unfortunately, the list of issues that we face is a little long. 

Amazfit Verge Review
Amazfit Verge Review

We were not happy with tracking the wrong step, the lack of good watch faces, the inability to workout with ease with third-party services, poor design charger and the lack of basic multitasking.

The price of Rs 11,999,
Amazfit Verge is most suitable for those who want a cheap fitness watch with a good performance, but are not demanding too much about performance. 

This device can be one of the better options in the market at this price point, but it is not particularly high in the first place.


Pros

  • Sharp display
  • Good battery life
  • Customisable workouts
  • Satisfactory GPS accuracy

 

Cons

  • Lacks multitasking
  • Proprietary charger
  • Poor compatibility with other fitness services
  • Needs better watch faces
  • Inaccurate step tracker

Overall rating

  • Design and comfort: 3
  • Tracking accuracy: 3
  • Software and ecosystem: 3
  • Battery life: 3.5
  • Overall: 3

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