Purchase advice: Apple Watch clones from 30 euros

Apple Watch clones are cheap, look fancy, and can do a lot, as evidenced by the Xiaomi subsidiary Huami's Smartwatch Amazfit GTS introduced at the IFA 2019. We take a look at the devices.

The Apple Watch is considered the best smartwatch. It owes that to its pleasing appearance, the high quality workmanship and above all the high functionality. Your problem: They cost in the current version at least 400 euros and works only with iOS devices together.

But there are alternatives. Above all, Huami makes the Apple Group in the wearable area properly competition. The Xiaomi daughter is only about five years old and sold in 2018 already most wearables worldwide. She also owes that to her Xiaomi-Mi-Band series. In our test, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 (review) and the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 (review) convinced with their strong hardware and the unbeatable price-performance ratio. The 3er we still criticized the bad localization, the 4 makes it all right and is consistent with the note Very well our clear buy recommendation.

Now Huami shows at the IFA 2019 an Apple Watch clone that has it all. The Amazfit GTS looks very similar to the Apple model, offers a very good workmanship with metal frame, a water resistance up to 50m and a very nice, bright and colorful 1.65-inch OLED touch screen with a resolution of 442 strong × 348 pixels, which is easy to read even in direct sunlight. The Amazfit GTS even succeeds in undercutting the weight and dimensions of the Apple Watch and outperforming the battery life. Huami gives ten days here. In the first hands-on lost the Amazfit GTS with continuous use, pulse measurement every ten minutes and without GPS after 45 hours only 15 percent battery capacity. This just exceeds the specified battery life.

Regarding their functionality, you have to accept compromises compared to an Apple Watch. Nevertheless, the Amazfit GTS performs a very good service both as a fitness and sleep tracker as well as a smartwatch. It supports twelve activities, including walking, running, cycling, swimming, climbing and skiing. It also records GPS data and displays the distance covered in the clear app. The athlete sees his current pulse at any time on the display of the Amazfit GTS. Incoming messages are displayed reliably, the vibration alarm is strong. However, pictures are out of the picture and the smartphone has to answer as well.

The Amazfit GTS should come to the German market at the end of September for 130 Euros. After the short test, we can say that this is a very fair price. What the smartwatch can and does not do will be shown in detail over the next few weeks.

The Amazfit Bip is the predecessor of the GTS. Also, it looks similar to the Apple Watch, is currently only 55 euros, but only half as expensive as you Amazfit GTS. For their color display with 127 × 127 pixels dissolves much lower, the device is synonymous with 1.28 inches synonymous much smaller and thus the display edges thicker. The housing is made of plastic. Waterproof, the Bip is still and GPS is also on board. As far as the battery life is concerned, the Amazfit Bip outstrips most competing models by far. So should the small 190 mAh battery to keep the clock running for 45 days. A value that many testers confirm. It also offers many fitness and some smartwatch features. Many users complain about their sometimes bad localization. However, the price-performance ratio unbeatable, here many buyers can safely overlook the one or the other deficiency.

Huami Amazfit Bip Activity Tracker onyx black

Huami Amazfit Bip black

Huami Amazfit Bip Activity Tracker white cloud

Huami Amazfit Bip white

Huami Amazfit Bip Activity Tracker kokoda green

Huami Amazfit Bip green

Huami Amazfit Bip Activity Tracker cinnabar red

Huami Amazfit Bip red

In terms of price, the Zagdog Smartwatch is also in the Apple Watch design and also with GPS. It features a 1.54 inch TFT color display, is waterproof to IP68 and tracks steps, heart rate, distances and sleep patterns. It also displays incoming messages and vibrates when a call comes in. The battery life should be about ten days.

With about 70 euros the HolyHigh is slightly more expensive. It features a color touch display, GPS, heart rate measurement and presets for 17 different activities. It also presents detailed messages in full text. The manufacturer specifies their battery life with 7 days. If GPS is on permanently, it will reduce to about eight hours.

It is really cheap with the Jpantech Smartwatch for almost 30 euros. She seems to have made every effort to copy as many design elements of the Apple Watch as possible. It connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth, counts steps, sets reminders, displays incoming messages, monitors sleep and controls both music and camera. Even its own 0.3-megapixel camera is on board. Of course you do not need quality for the price.

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Jpantech Smartwatch

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Zagzog smartwatch

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HolyHigh Smartwatch

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Letsfit smartwatch

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Arbily Smartwatch

The Amazfit GTS is one of the very attractive smartwatch. The fact that she shamelessly uses the Apple Watch in terms of her design but also with regard to the watchfaces probably should only bother very few buyers. Because such a high quality of workmanship in connection with a beautiful display, many functions and a long battery life are likely to provide only the fewest smartwatches for 130 euros.

Who wants to spend even less, should look at the Amazfit Bip for less than 60 euros. It also looks like an Apple Watch at first glance, but with 45 days offers an almost unrivaled long battery life.


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