Amazfit Stratos Multi Sport Watch £123.81 (US 169.99) from Aliexpress  Store: amazfit Official Store
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Amazfit Stratos Multi Sport Watch £123.81 (US 169.99) from Aliexpress Store: amazfit Official Store

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Found 31st MarEdited by:"mcrobbj"
Amazfit Stratos multisports watch (Global Version), supports run, bike, swim plus others...

Shipping: Takes a full month (tracking from Aliexpress isnt the best), Honor Buy apparently ship from the Europe in a couple of days ( but about $20 more), Ive updated the seller to one at 169 ( was available form another seller at 159 but they have upped the price by a massive amount)

Instructions: very basic just a QR code to download the partner app, which has some basic instructions. Amazfit Instructions but they are is pigeon english and the images are for the chinese version. Probably going to be a wee bit more involved than say a Garmin to figure out. There is a Facebook Group where you can ask questions of other users.

Look: My wife thinks its big ( I'll avoid the puns) but its quite light and I don't find it any more noticable than my previous Sony Smartwatch 3. My son 18 thinks it looks cool just with the stock watchface ( comes with 14 but you can also load custom ones)

Sleep: Sleep app works fine and its a lot easier to sleep with than the Sony Smartwatch screen (as the sonys screen keeps coming on)

Music: MP3 only which is fine given the limited storage only 2.7GB of the 4GB avaliable ( as o/s uses some), synced with Meizu Sports EP51 ( I have some mpow ones I will try too). Loading music is just drag and drop from your PC when connected or push from the File Manager in the phone app. The music app is fairly basic no playlists, just sequential, random, skip forward/back.

Heartrate: I had problems to start with didnt recognise it but works fine now.

Exercise: Only done a single trail run seems to have tracked it fairly well ( gps marginally out on the Amazfit phone app ( couple of feet) shows me in a garden rather than road for a couple of metres), loaded automatically to Strava. I have heard that the swim doesnt load properly to Strava ( but I have yet to test). The new update claims to do intervals not tested (these can be edited in the phone app). Got plenty of feedback during the run but as it was blizzarding it was ignore! Altitude was out by 17M ( confirmed height from trig point). There is a trialthlete option ( yet to use) and training plan ( again yet to use).
OK update did some ski touring yesterday ( which I recorded as ski, which was a mistake as it doesnt measure the ups, and as I only did a small downhill to the mid station ( it didnt deem this long enough), I was offered to continue - but as I was going back up I declined - and lost the measure. Hike worked, and I used ski for the donhill part (both worked fine and the readings looked ok, only problem was with the load to Starva which thinks they were both runs ( easy enough to edit in Strava, hopefully they will get this sorted, I have raised it with them via the phone app)
OK done a couple of bike rides and a swim session ( not fooled by the 25 yards options of 25/50 yards or metres or custom, but no hrm) also doesnt load swims to strava ( had heard this from the facebook group) cycles ok and uploaded to strava OK.


Stats: There are quite a few on the watch, so the usual, pace, speed, hearrate etc ( wasnt that observant as it was snowing). On the app you get the same heart rate zones, cadence, altitude, gradient, splits and graphs of these. VoMax.

Social Media share: havent done it but if your into boasting then Facebook, twitter, line and wechat.

Battery: Lost about 30% in an hour long walk with the dog, and 40 minute run with music. Its supposed to last 5 days as opposed to the Smartwatch 2 days. However the Smartwatch would have been dead after those two ( with bluetooth, GPS on and no heartrate).

Smartwatch:
Notifications seem to work, seems to indicate you can take calls if your bluetooth headset can manage that. Has annoying messsages when you have been sitting too long but these can be switched off. It is a fork of android but IS NOT androidwear.
I believe you can sideload loyalty card app but no google pay ( Alipay is available but only on chinese version, not that many UK places accept it)

First Impressions: Pretty good, way better than the Sony Smartwatch 3 but then I am more interested in the sports side than smart features.

Will update more as I use it! Going to compare with a mates Garmin and Polar.

In the meantime spotted this which is a pretty good guide: Amazfit Stratos


Hope this helps people.
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Slightly cheaper through the AliExpress App £121.88
Plus until there is a store coupon valid until the 01/012018 for £5.83 of £115.73, bringing the new price to £116.82
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Great smart watch.
I've bought mine from AliExpress amazfit store.
Edited by: "macIII" 31st Mar
It's £164 not £114
Yeah, showing as $226.65 for me.
Same for me, can't get the 114is price.
I'd be really interested in your outlook on the HR sensor and if it comparison to a garmin or an apple watch 2. Also if it tracks hr correctly whilst walking and running.
Good watch, but be prepared to flash the US/English firmware from XDA.
PhilK1 h, 57 m ago

It's £164 not £114


OK they put the price up on me, but there are other sellers selling it for US 159.99 for the global(english) version.
LawoodlePie37 m ago

Good watch, but be prepared to flash the US/English firmware from XDA.


The global version is out (thats what I have) and there is NO need to flash as its all in English.
fahed20001 h, 20 m ago

Same for me, can't get the 114is price.I'd be really interested in your …Same for me, can't get the 114is price.I'd be really interested in your outlook on the HR sensor and if it comparison to a garmin or an apple watch 2. Also if it tracks hr correctly whilst walking and running.


OK, they put the price up on me, but there are other sellers offering the $159.99 price on aliexpress. On the HRM it's bang on at rest, it seems a wee bit high on the trail run I have done, however I would say that this is a common problem with wrist based HRM's (Ive heard the Apple watch 2 is worse than the garmins), I can test it against a bluetooth one that I have but I suspect that its less than 10% out at the high end. I guess its a tradeoff between convenience and accuracy. I will be doing another run or ski touring tomorrow so will update the main comment based on that.
Edited by: "mcrobbj" 31st Mar
mcrobbj1 h, 29 m ago

OK they put the price up on me, but there are other sellers selling it for …OK they put the price up on me, but there are other sellers selling it for US 159.99 for the global(english) version.


Nice little review. How many days battery life are you getting? And what kind of use? Or too soon to say. I personally don't care for the sports functions, just want a decent always on watch to last at least 5 days, prefer 7 days, no gps etc.
Ive only had it a
StillTheFlyest1 h, 1 m ago

Nice little review. How many days battery life are you getting? And what …Nice little review. How many days battery life are you getting? And what kind of use? Or too soon to say. I personally don't care for the sports functions, just want a decent always on watch to last at least 5 days, prefer 7 days, no gps etc.


I've only had it a couple of days now, but its still on 58% charge:
Couple of hours playing music yesterday
9 hours sleep with the HRM on
Dog walk with gps
Run GPS and music 40 ish minutes
Bluetooth on all the time.

The claim is 5 days which is probably about right if your doing nothing and switch off some of the sensors (backed up by feedback on the Facebook group), my Sony Smartwatch would get two days of basic use but would get less than 4 with gps on (even less if you add HRM and music). Ski touring at Cairngorm tomorrow, if it can manage that with > 50% remaining from full charge then I will be impressed.
Really appreciate your honest comments, I've a Sony SW3, which has worked really well for a couple of years, looking for more information and HR monitor. Might be tempted at this price. Thanks.
mcrobbj21 h, 3 m ago

Ive only had it a I've only had it a couple of days now, but its still on …Ive only had it a I've only had it a couple of days now, but its still on 58% charge:Couple of hours playing music yesterday9 hours sleep with the HRM onDog walk with gpsRun GPS and music 40 ish minutesBluetooth on all the time.The claim is 5 days which is probably about right if your doing nothing and switch off some of the sensors (backed up by feedback on the Facebook group), my Sony Smartwatch would get two days of basic use but would get less than 4 with gps on (even less if you add HRM and music). Ski touring at Cairngorm tomorrow, if it can manage that with > 50% remaining from full charge then I will be impressed.


I’m interested to find out what operating system it runs? The specs only say android... is it android ‘wear’?
I’d like to use it with ViewRanger when hiking, biking etc... they have a proprietary android watch app... but they couldn’t say it would work as they thought it was a custom android phone OS so wouldn’t be compatible...
paulsmithjeans13 m ago

I’m interested to find out what operating system it runs? The specs only s …I’m interested to find out what operating system it runs? The specs only say android... is it android ‘wear’?I’d like to use it with ViewRanger when hiking, biking etc... they have a proprietary android watch app... but they couldn’t say it would work as they thought it was a custom android phone OS so wouldn’t be compatible...



Custom android, just like Pace : gadgetnutz.com/201…ar/
StillTheFlyest31st Mar

Nice little review. How many days battery life are you getting? And what …Nice little review. How many days battery life are you getting? And what kind of use? Or too soon to say. I personally don't care for the sports functions, just want a decent always on watch to last at least 5 days, prefer 7 days, no gps etc.


OK just back from Cairngorm. Watch lasted better than I did. Charged to 100% last night and its still at 76% after 7 hrs of tracking me up and down the hill (HRM and GPS). Altitude worked better within 3M, 1094 vs 1097. Unfortunately I lost my trip to the top ( recorded as skiing as there is no ski touring (used hike the second time and only went as high as the resteraunt and thats worked) and its rejected it as my run wasnt long enough ( obviously just looking at down to mid station). Heartrate appeared to be more in the range I would expect.

So battery pretty good, HRM better and altitude good, just a poor choice of activity ( operator error, maybe not on strava but I have the pictures to show I summited a munro on skis)
Smiffy5421 h, 11 m ago

Really appreciate your honest comments, I've a Sony SW3, which has worked …Really appreciate your honest comments, I've a Sony SW3, which has worked really well for a couple of years, looking for more information and HR monitor. Might be tempted at this price. Thanks.


Sony was a great watch, just a pity that google/sony abandoned it as it had potential to go further ( android pay as it had nfc).
I found myself using it more for sport and I probably pushed it beyond what it was intended.

I used wear music as play didnt allow you to choose what to download. I'd call it a draw as the music player on both is basic, but the stratos makes it far easier to downlaod ( I eventually used developer mode with the sony)

swim.com on the sony worked quiet well, havent swam yet with the stratos ( probably will tomorrow).

running/biking on the sony only ghostrunner worked well for me ( and linked with strava) but 4hrs max ( I did 6hrs ski touring today and still have 3/4 of the battery, plus I have hrm and pretty good stats)

The stratos is more of a fitness watch with basic notification, I will be doing some mountain biking in the next few weeks with a mate who has a garmin fenix 5 (I think) so I will update this to say what he thinks in comparrison.
very tempted with this as for the money has great specs and a fair bit more on other sites, Hot
About £10 cheaper at geekbuying but they take their sweet time about posting it.
lazyboy2 h, 55 m ago

About £10 cheaper at geekbuying but they take their sweet time about …About £10 cheaper at geekbuying but they take their sweet time about posting it.


I ordered the chinese version from geekbuying ( immediate shipping not pre-oreder) after 10 days it hadnt shipped and it took a couple more weeks to get a refund ( had to push paypal ). Thats my second bad experience of geekbuying out of two purchases, never had an issue with any of the other chinese sites.

When I posted this originally it was £114 ( I paid £111 6 weeks ago on pre-order) from the "official amazfit shop" but they upped their price quite a lot, hence the change of supplier from aliexpress.

Utimately its a pretty good multisports watch in this general price range no matter where you get it.
mcrobbj31st Mar

Ive only had it a I've only had it a couple of days now, but its still on …Ive only had it a I've only had it a couple of days now, but its still on 58% charge:Couple of hours playing music yesterday9 hours sleep with the HRM onDog walk with gpsRun GPS and music 40 ish minutesBluetooth on all the time.The claim is 5 days which is probably about right if your doing nothing and switch off some of the sensors (backed up by feedback on the Facebook group), my Sony Smartwatch would get two days of basic use but would get less than 4 with gps on (even less if you add HRM and music). Ski touring at Cairngorm tomorrow, if it can manage that with > 50% remaining from full charge then I will be impressed.


Hi there, I am really interested in this, I also ski Cairngorm, so would be delighted to know how you and the watch got on
RampentBadger3 h, 40 m ago

Hi there, I am really interested in this, I also ski Cairngorm, so would …Hi there, I am really interested in this, I also ski Cairngorm, so would be delighted to know how you and the watch got on


Cairngorm was my first attempt at ski touring, the watch doesn't have ski touring just ski ( downhill, so it probably got a bit confused and said the run wasn't long enough. Bottom to top and ski down to mid station (opposite SSC hut) so I guess it actually thought I had a run that was minus a few hundred metres). So next time I used hike up to the restaurant ( which isn't the same believe me!) and ski down and that worked. The altitude wasn't far off I think it was < 10m off at 1200m. However I have found it to be a bit more out on some trail runs that go past a trig point 20m at 215m.

Heart rate is OK at rest but I have found it a bit out at the high end. However its no worse than other wrist based HRM's which are variable at best. If your serious then you can pair with a external band.

GPS I have found to be pretty much spot on maybe 1-2M or so out. There is no way to change the sample rate, apparently it varies depending on your speed and change of direction. I suspect that this will get better as they calibrate the algorithm. You have to wait for the green light for the GPS to be fixed, I think this has been the problem that others have had.

I would recommending having a trawl of the facebook group.
If you are expecting a pro triathlon watch such as the Garmin 935 this isn't it, however if you accept that its is 1/4 of the price and hence will have some compromises then you probably will be reasonably happy.
Brill cheers mate much appreciated
RampentBadger13th Apr

Brill cheers mate much appreciated


There is a review now on tech radar, which is basic but they give it 4*.
Mine finally arrived from geekbuying. Coming from a Garmin fenix 3hr I am very impressed with this watch. It's a thoroughly well thought through design. Screen is excellent compared to Garmin. Gps pretty good. Maybe should have gone for the sapphire version as I think I will have this for a long time.
Edited by: "lazyboy" 20th Apr
lazyboy1 h, 27 m ago

Mine finally arrived from geekbuying. Coming from a Garmin fenix 3hr I am …Mine finally arrived from geekbuying. Coming from a Garmin fenix 3hr I am very impressed with this watch. It's a thoroughly well thought through design. Screen is excellent compared to Garmin. Gps pretty good. Maybe should have gone for the sapphire version as I think I will have this for a long time.


Cornering gorilla glass is pretty good, you can get screen protectors. I figure at 110 quid ( which is what I paid) that I treat it as a consumable, they seem to be on a yearly release cycle, so if it does get bust I buy a new one and if not I pass it onto my son and get the latest.

Good to see it compares favourable to the Fenix, I don't think its quiet a 935, hoping to do a comparison with my mates 935 in the next few weeks.
Slightly cheaper through the AliExpress App £121.88
Plus until there is a store coupon valid until the 01/012018 for £5.83 of £115.73, bringing the new price to £116.82
You need to choose the one without the free delivery as the coupon has a lower value on the free delivery one.
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This is a pretty bad watch for runners. HRM is way off, pace jumps around as it's not averaged over a few seconds like a Garmin. It would probably be ok as a walking/smart watch.
Fraser_Poole1 h, 57 m ago

This is a pretty bad watch for runners. HRM is way off, pace jumps around …This is a pretty bad watch for runners. HRM is way off, pace jumps around as it's not averaged over a few seconds like a Garmin. It would probably be ok as a walking/smart watch.


Can't compare with a Garmin for running as I don't have one but there have been a few comparisons on the facebook page which have been a lot more favourable.
HRM Types explains why wrist based sensors aren't great, I've heard of similar issues from friends with Garmins and Polars. If your that bothered use a chest band no mater what the watch is.
Edited by: "mcrobbj" 1st May
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