When it comes to smartwatches and fitness trackers, each one of us has different requirements. No matter how feature-packed they get, there is no single smartwatch to rule them all.
When buying one, it’s important to take note of what your priorities and needs are. One thing is for sure, however: tracking your health and fitness should be easy. Here are seven reasons why you should get the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro.
1) Pro choice
While the Apple Watch requires you own an iPhone, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 an Android phone, regardless of what phone you like to use, the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro supports it.
Setup is easy, too. You just download the Zepp app available on either Android’s Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store.
All the GTR 3 Pro features are available regardless of what platform you’re on.
2) Looks matter
Looks aren’t everything, but a smartwatch needs to be both functional and a stylish fashion accessory. Whether you’re dressing to the nines or just going out on a casual walk, there’s no excuse to wearing something clunky on your wrist.
The watch comes in two flavors: Brown Leather and Infinite Black, with the latter coming with an antibacterial fluoroelastomer strap. So whether you’re working out or going on a date, the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro will complement your outfit.
It also accepts third party 22mm bands so you can go from sporty to dressed up in a cinch.
The big watch face is also a plus. At 1.45 inches, it’s one of the larger screens on a smartwatch today with a screen to body ratio of 70.6% thanks to its smaller bezels.
With its matte aluminum finish and beveled circular display, this watch will look good on you. It’s a bit of a modern and classic timepiece at the same time.
At the gym, it looks like a sleek fitness tracker complementing your athleisure wear. When paired with casual or even formal wear, it instantly elevates your look. The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is the watch to rely on when you want to dress to impress.
3) One-tap measurements
Smartwatches these days come with various health sensors. Nowadays, the things we wear on our wrists can measure things like our heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
On the GTR 3 Pro, there’s a BioTracker 3.0 sesnsor. With it you can measure four things all at the same time: blood oxygen saturation, stress levels, breathing rate, and heart rate.
On the watch, all you have to do is look for One Tap Measuring. It takes 45 seconds so make sure to sit still while the watch does its readings.
You can also have the watch continuously track your stress levels and heart rate, by turning it on in the app. Just know that continuous readings will drain your battery faster.
4) Long battery life
Everyone rants about smartwatches that don’t last a full day. On the GTR 3 Pro, Amazfit promises 12 days of battery life.
That might be a bit of a stretch if you’re tracking workouts but during the first week that I tested it, I got close to seven days on a single charge. That’s pretty good compared to other smartwatches I reviewed lately.
5) Easy navigation
Amazfit runs its own smartwatch operating system called Zepp OS. I haven’t used it before but it was easy to navigate and figure out. Everything feels familiar.
Swiping down gives you access to the control center. Swipe up and you can see your notifications. Swipe to the right for shortcuts to frequently used tools.
When you press the crown you can get to the list of apps. The crown is also a navigation tool. So while you can scroll up and down using the screen, you can also turn the crown like you would a navigation dial.
The second button can be assigned to your preferred shortcut. I currently have it set to workouts, but you could also assign it to the watch’s built-in assistant Alexa.
You can also easily choose the perfect watch face to match the day’s mood directly on the watch. Shortcut cards can also be customized by swiping right and tapping on the settings button. That way you can easily access frequently used apps like alarm and weather.
6) Great for workouts
Any smartwatch needs to be a good fitness tracker and Amazfit’s GTR 3 Pro has more than 150 built-in workouts.
I recently just reviewed the Galaxy Watch 4 and my biggest complaints about it is that it didn’t track strength training and HIIT workouts, both of which I do often. So I was really happy to see that the GTR 3 Pro tracks both.
As a runner I also like the feature called Virtual Pacer, which you can find in the running settings. It allows you to set a pace you want to maintain. If you fall below this pace while on your run, the watch will notify you.
7) Track my ZZzZZzZs
Lately I’ve been serious about tracking my sleep. It’s helped me improve my sleep hygiene and ensure that I wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
The GTR 3 Pro does a good job of tracking sleep. It can even detect naps.
The sleep score is broken down into how much, deep, light and REM sleep you’re getting. For an even more detailed report you can also choose to turn on sleep breathing quality.
All of the sleep data and other health-related data are available on the app, but can also be directly accessed on the watch.
Is the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro your GadgetMatch?
If you’re looking to buy a smartwatch that offers long battery life and is a great fitness and health tracker, the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro should be on your list.
It looks good, has all the right sensors, and it’s easy to use. The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro starts at just US$ 229.99. If you order now you can also get the Amazfit Powerbuds for free through October 24th.
Buy the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra Hands-On
Samsung has finally Unpacked the newest Galaxy S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra in San Francisco.
This is actually Samsung’s first in-person event during the pandemic.
With all the design and hardware improvements, do you actually need to upgrade?
Watch our Samsung Galaxy S23 Series Hands-on video to help yourself decide.
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HONOR X9a 5G Hands-On: Tough and capable
Strong 2023 start for HONOR?
HONOR is determined to make some serious noise in the smartphone space in 2023. In the Philippines, they’re looking to start strong with the release of the HONOR X9a 5G.
If you follow any tech publications and some influencers and endorsers online, you likely saw the drop test videos the company had literally everyone do. That includes GadgetMatch.
For what it’s worth, the thing is really tough. During our quick shoot, we dropped it around 3 times on concrete. No major damages suffered. The 0.65mm ‘Deeply Reinforced Glass’ on the display is, for the most part, not just a gimmick. Still, don’t go dropping the phone carelessly if you do decide to get it.
We’re already talking about the display anyway, so let’s dig into it a little more.
Pleasant to the eyes
The HONOR X9a 5G sports a 6.67-inch OLED Curved Display. It has a 394 pixels per inch count with a 2400 x 1900 resolution and 800 nits of peak brightness. Marketing materials also tout its 1.07 billion colors and TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification.
For the most part, the phone is everything it says it is on paper. The curved display affects more how the phone feels on-hand than it does for your eyes. It makes the phone’s profile feel slimmer than it actually is. And it’s not too curved to the point that it distracts from whatever you’re watching.
Colors also look great. We can confidently say that you’ll have a good time watching videos on the HONOR X9a 5G. Whether that’s one of our YouTube videos, mindlessly scrolling on TikTok, or catching up on your favorite series.
It also delivers a buttery-smooth feel, it has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 300Hz touch sampling rate.
Going over to how the rest of the phone looks, it gives off a Magic-ish, Mate-ish vibe. The circular camera module on the back plays a huge part in that. We’ll get to the camera details later on. For now, let’s focus on the look.
One glance and you could mistake it as an HONOR Magic or even a HUAWEI Mate phone. After all, they share a similar design language.
All the buttons (power and volume) are on the right.
And at the bottom, you’ll find the SIM Card tray, USB-C port, and speaker-grille. Pretty standard stuff.
Globally, the phone comes in three colors: Titanium Silver, Emerald Green and Midnight Black. In the Philippines, it appears only the first two colors will be available at launch.
Overall, it’s your standard slab with a signature look. That camera module is certainly doing a lot to separate it from the pack.
Now onto the cameras. Here they are by the numbers:
- Main (Wide): 64MP, f/1.8, PDAF
- Ultrawide: 5MP, f/2.2,
- Macro: 2MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- Front (wide): 16MP, f/2.5
And since video taking seems to be all the rage these days, you might be pleased to know that both the front and back cameras can take 1080P at 30fps footage.
Again, these are pretty standard numbers for midrangers. The same is true for the actual output. There’s nothing here that’s mind blowing. But for posting on socials and just capturing stuff on the daily, it’s more than serviceable.
Take a look at these samples:
The HONOR X9a 5G is powered by the Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G processor. In the Philippines, it comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It also has a massive 5,100mAh battery. Software-wise, it’s running Magic UI 6.1 based on Android 12.
In practice, all these components come together to deliver a steady performer of a smartphone. The HONOR X9a 5G is reliable in all the ways that matter. The processor, while not new by 2023 standard, still does what you expect it to do. That is to keep the stuff you need running in the background as needed.
It also has a decent power efficiency, which, paired with the massive battery, delivers an overall battery life that won’t have you running to the nearest power outlet as the day winds down.
We didn’t do much gaming on the phone, but given that it’s the same processor that was equipped on mobile gaming-inclined phones in the past, we’re confident it can steadily run plenty of the most-played games on mobile.
Solid start for HONOR
The HONOR X9a 5G is a tough, capable smartphone that’s easy on the eyes. It’s the quintessential midrange smartphone. Everything we’ve come to expect from midrangers is present on this phone while also being extra tough and lasting extra long.
With this being HONOR’s first offering in 2023 in the Philippines, the company is off to a solid start.
New Year resolutions with vivo
Make yours happen
A New Year always brings new beginnings. A chance to start-over and put your life on the track you want it to be in. vivo argues that it’s easier to follow through on these new year changes when you have the right device for you. Lo and behold, they put together things to keep mind, to keep you on the right track.
Learn something new and practical
Since it’s the new year, challenge yourself to learn something new — a skill like computer programming, a hobby like playing a musical instrument, or any practical knowledge such as learning a new language.
Having a reliable device that can give you the ease to learn everything with only a few taps is essential. Like, say, the vivo Y35.
The vivo Y35 supports 44W FastCharge so you wouldn’t have to wait for a long time until your phone is fully charged to resume studying immediately. Plus, its massive 5000mAh battery can help it run for long hours, keeping you immersed in watching tutorial videos, attending online classes or reading how-to articles. It also has a massive 16GB Dynamic RAM and 256GB ROM.
These features can help make learning continuous and with fewer interruptions.
Start documenting your life
It’s all about making and preserving memories. This year, start capturing moments with a greater purpose. While you’re at it, try to take good photos and videos as well.
The vivo V25 Series, which has a 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing camera with extreme night vision, is a great tool to document both day and night moments that you want to keep for the longest time possible. The vivo V25 Series’ up to 50MP Eye autofocus selfie camera can also help you capture the smiles of the people with you during every encounter.
Always go for healthier options
Health will always be wealth. It means you should also be more knowledgeable and conscious about your food and drink intake. The Internet offers a lot of information you can refer to for nutritious choices. Do your research, compare and find what’s best and more feasible for you.
For this, you have the vivo Y22s. It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor, up to 16GB dynamic RAM and ROM expandable to 1TB. These can assist you with minimal to no lags to get the healthier 2023 done.
Stay in touch with your loved ones
You should also remember to allot more time to people who matter. As the new year begins, you should create more memories with your family. Scheduling a video call with them while you’re away from home or constantly checking up on them through messages can make a difference in keeping a strong relationship.
The vivo Y16, which has a wide 6.51-inch Halo FullView display with eye protection mode, can help.
Travel more, in style
Traveling this year? Do it in style by getting a smartphone that’ll go with your travel fits.
vivo Y02s and vivo Y02’s2.5D curvature slim frame and lightweight build fit this goal perfectly and would never feel like extra travel baggage. Instead, these vivo smartphones work like additional accessories that will add glam and style.
New Year with vivo
The new year is better if matched with a vivo smartphone that will aid in accomplishing your resolutions. All smartphones in vivo’s current lineup are available in offline stores nationwide.
Head to the nearest vivo concept store or kiosk to stand a chance to win in Paskong La vivo Loca which runs until January 31, 2023. Follow vivo’s official website and its social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for more information.
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