The world is a much fitter place than it was even a decade ago, or at least a place with a lot more precise data about its fitness. While the sports world of smart tech is dominated by a handful brands, newer (smaller) brands are making meaningful inroads into the space. The latest addition from the Amazfit range, the Stratos 3, is a powerful workhorse at a great price.
The build is solid and light, the carbon-fibre finish look premium, the quick-detach silicon straps have a nice grippy feel to them and the in spite of a 48mm wide bezel, the watch sits fairly flush against the wrist. All buttons are to one side and aptly spaced to avoid double pressing. They are metal-finished and feel solid with enough of a pitch to allow for a satisfying press.
It boasts of 5ATM of water resistance and a battery that will last almost 14 days in ultra-mode, quite a feat for a watch with a touchscreen.
The watch boasts a host of sport tracking functions both indoors and outdoors and including a multi-sport feature which makes it triathlon ready. The
GPS-Glonas-Galileo trio make sure that route tracking is on point and the on-board HR sensors were 95% in-line when compared with a chest strap sensor, so this is as good as it gets for wrist-based HR. The watch will also track anaerobic and V2 max training zones which are important metrics for serious sports enthusiasts.
It also syncs with Strava and can exchange .gpx files for route data and other metrics. The watch has intense training options with alarms for HR/pace/time, but I was unable to update the HR zones and still do not know how to get around that. The watch will also suggest a recovery period after each workout.
Stratos 3 will also share phone notifications and you can maybe respond to some. But the software has a few glitches in parts which make it not as intuitive and tactile as certain other models. The barometer, for example, keeps saying “Fish Pressure” and I still do not know what it’s on about.
The on-board music app can store enough music and is easy to operate. The trouble I had was trying to make the controls work with Spotify or Apple Music on my phone and was not able to figure that out till the end of my review.
Another thing that left me feeling lacking was the backlight, I wish they had a dedicated button or a way to engage it by pressing a button, especially at night when one is sleeping and suddenly as you turn over the watch lights up. The four levels of brightness are fixed and not adaptive. By daylight though the contrast feels a bit weak, and the screen appears washed out. Though it is not entirely difficult to read even under the sun.
The Amazfit app syncs and stores all data and serve it up rather deliciously, if you are a numbers nerd like me. The sleep metrics were lovely to comb through especially the part which said I sleep 74% better than most people. If connected to other Amazfit devices, it can also record your weight and subsequently other calculations about your BMR etc.
All in all, for INR13,999/- this is a beast of a watch with features that punch way above its weight. If you are getting into sports and want a trusty not-too-pricey options that gives you all the important metrics, then the Stratos 3 is a good place to park your money.