I spent over two months testing the new Xiaomi watch. Can I recommend this smartwatch? From my review of Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos, you will find out if it is a smart clock worth 800 zlotys.
Some time ago I had the pleasure to test Xiaomi Amazfit Bip – in my opinion absolutely the best smart watch, which can be bought with  in my pocket . Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos is a much more expensive and more advanced model. In the Gearbest store in China, you'll buy in the promotion for just over PLN 700 . Is this product worth the price?
Specification Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos
- Screen 1.34 "with a resolution of 320 by 320 pixels
- A dual-core ARM processor
- 512 MB RAM
- 4 GB of built-in memory
- 280 mAh battery
- Sports functions: heart rate measurement, pedometer, GPS
Amazfit Stratos is a well made watch
Traditionally, we will start with the quality of performance and evaluation of materials used to create the Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos. In a word – it's great. It's a vain thing to look for "premium" materials like steel or brushed aluminum, but I still can not fault this model. The plastic the watch was made of is pleasant to touch, it does not get dirty easily , and during more than a month of testing, no scratches were made on it. I can not say a bad word about the accuracy of fitting the housing elements.The glittering ring around the screen is the eye-catching element from the first look . Initially, I had concerns about its resistance to scratches – as you can see in the picture, completely unnecessarily. A strong stylistic accent is also a trio of buttons for operating the device. And everything would be very good, if not for the weight and thickness of the watch. It does not fit under the cuff of a men's shirt, and a lot of weight makes me feel all the time on my wrist. The strap is made of rubber, which is very pleasant to touch, also tolerates contact with water and sweat. What is also important, it can be easily replaced on your own and you do not necessarily have to use original parts for this purpose. On the bottom you will find a charging socket (which is served by a well-thought-out docking station, included in the set ), and a heart rate sensor. The second important element in the case of a smartwatch is of course the screen. If you were worried that in the equipment of this class the manufacturer will decide on a low-class matrix, I am in a hurry to report that it is very good. The panel fills the greater part of the front, responds well to the touch (this also applies to the wet finger), and I had no problems with visibility in the bright July sun. In many places you can meet with information that Amazfit Stratos is equipped with an OLED panel. From my observations, it seems that it is not really – or at least shows the reproduction of black, which seems to be slightly washed and too bright, as for OLED technology. The glass covering the display lifted the test period unscathed. I have only one caveat. They are the viewing angles , because every attempt to look at the screen differently from the front ends in failure. And I do not mean the bright sun – the situation takes place in all conditions. But that's all I can write about this screen. Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos scores again.
Amazfit Stratos: how much does it work on the battery?
This of course depends on the use. If you harness it as a companion to your daily workouts, the watch will monitor the quality of your sleep during the night, and you will want to receive reports about your heart rate, enough energy for up to two days . With less strenuous use (evening training and continuous connection with the phone throughout the day) I achieved about 5 days of work . I rate this positively and I think that the battery in Stratos is its advantage.For charging the smartwatch, a dedicated docking station is included with the set. I will praise the solidity of the mount – if you put it there for charging, you will not be able to squeeze yourself. The process of topping up the energy itself takes about two hours .
Sports functions at Amazfit Stratos
What's not to say, from smartwatch for almost 800 zlotys it is to be expected that he will be able to do a little more than just showing the time and delivering notifications, but I will start from these basic functions. After installing the Amazfit Watch application on your smartphone (and pairing the device, which can traditionally be done with Android 4.4 or later and iOS 8 or newer), we gain access to a whole array of dials – from more classic to most futuristic. Everyone will find something for themselves here. I also have no complaints about notifications – they came without visible delays.When it comes to the slightly more advanced side of the Stratos service, he can really do a lot. From the simplest functions, such as a pedometer or a heart rate monitor (you can define the interval yourself), to use the GPS sensor to independently accompany us while running. The latter works great, and the measured route did not differ from the one shown by the smartphone. Amazfit Stratos is a good choice for runners . The same applies to cycling, walking or swimming (the touch screen is then blocked to avoid unnecessary reactions) – in each of these sports it will work just as well . Since we are already in contact with water, Stratos is not terribly flooded, which is confirmed by my (numerous) attempts.
Is it worth buying Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos?
From the reading of the previous paragraphs, a picture of a nearly flawless smartwatch emerges. And in principle, I will agree with this opinion. I have serious reservations about the thickness and weight of the casing, but it is a very subjective issue – it may suit someone. The screen could have wider viewing angles, but no one will watch movies on it. Everything else is a plus. The application is fully translated into English, the battery is at least good, and the quality of workmanship definitely do not need to be ashamed. All this makes Xiaomi Amazfit Stratos a good choice for someone who is looking for smartwatch for about 800 zlotys . Is the best? In my opinion, it is not worth paying extra to , costing 999 PLN competition model – Samsung Gear Sport, which I also had the opportunity to test. Unless you care about the better materials used to make the case. Everyone else can easily buy the Xiaomi model – especially if you find a good promotion in a Chinese store.[show_rating]