Amazfit Balance review: The best, still annoying

everyone’s Of the fitness trackers I’ve tested, none have made a bigger leap in hardware evolution than the Amazfit. The first iterations I tried in 2018 were inflexible and terrible. Every year, wearables are constantly becoming more and more wearable. A co-worker recently asked if my tester balances the Samsung Galaxy Watch6 (7/10, Wired Recommended). This is high praise!

The Balance is Amazfit’s general-purpose fitness tracker, which aims to promote “body and mind well-being.” It looks… well, it looks like the Galaxy Watch6, with a slightly different top button, and ideally it would work the same way to track your sleep, heart rate and activities, as well as take your calls. Will do. It comes with a range of optional AI-powered tools to help you sleep, meditate, and exercise. However, right now it’s still too small, which is especially evident with the tester Garmin working seamlessly on my opposite wrist.

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Like most fitness trackers, I check the company’s privacy policy to see how it will use such intimate information. It’s usually easy to find and usually visible similar to google-No data used for advertisements etc. Balance’s privacy policy is unusually difficult to find. According to Amazfit’s website, the privacy policy apparently does not apply amazfit trackersnor does Zep Health Policy, There is also no privacy policy in the product manual. I asked Amazfit for a link to the privacy policy that applies to this tracker and received no response.

even if everything Is On top of that, the company has made it very difficult to find out what’s happening to your data. If this matters to you, you should probably stop reading here.

That said, the Balance is a very lightweight, good-looking, and low-profile fitness tracker. Despite having such a large case – 46mm wide, 10.6mm deep – it didn’t feel big or obstructive on my 150-mm wrist. The bezel is sleek gray aluminum, and there are two buttons on the left side to control it, as well as a tempered glass AMOLED touchscreen.

Photograph: Adrienne So

The screen is clear, bright, and responsive—perhaps a little too responsive. It would accidentally start and stop a workout whenever I fumbled with my jacket cuffs in Oregon’s cold, gray weather. Battery life theoretically lasts up to 14 days, but with a few tracked activities per day (walking my dog, running, indoor workouts), I had to charge it once in the last two weeks. However, it charged relatively quickly – it went from 15 to 65 percent capacity in 45 minutes while I was waiting for the plane at the airport.

It has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM, which means You can use it while swimming (If not while bathing, that’s weird). (By contrast, my favorite is the Garmin Instinct 2 Rated at 10 ATMAnd I’ve used it snorkeling and surfing with no problems.)

Like most high-end fitness trackers these days, it comes with a number of sensors and tools. These include onboard GPS with dual-band positioning that helps the tracker filter out environmental noise; An acceleration sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, temperature sensor, and a few biometric sensors to measure your heart rate and blood oxygen, etc. It also has a microphone and an incredibly loud speaker and my favorite, the most comfortable nylon strap.

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Amazfit is owned by Zepp, formerly known as Huami, and the app the Balance uses is Zepp Health. Zepp Health used to be almost unnecessarily annoying, but the app’s homepage has been cleaned up considerably. Zepp Health now features a Readiness Score, similar to Fitbit’s Daily Readiness or Garmin’s Body Battery, but you can still check the company’s previous general purpose metric, which was PAI. The company developed its PAI score using research by Professor Ulrik Wislof of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. It uses your age, gender, resting heart rate and heart rate data from the last seven days to calculate how much activity you should get.

Photograph: Adrienne So

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