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The Amazfit T-Rex 2 positions itself as a cost-effective rival to the best-running watches and Garmin watches such as the Instinct 2 or Forerunner series, and a companion to take on your outdoor adventures.
It’s an outdoor watch through and through: it’s rugged, bulky, waterproof, and a lot goes into bringing the T-Rex 2 to market, which is subjected to “15 military-grade toughness tests.” It sure looks good, and it’s packed with features like lots of sports mode, dual-band GPS, a sensor array including a barometer and gyroscope for altitude and compass functionality, all for a relatively low price.
If you’re on a budget and looking for a high-performing outdoor watch to get through your climbing, surfing and running adventures, this would be a good model to get. However, a few minor niggles prevent it from really challenging the might of the big boys of the adventure watch genre.
The UX on the app is a bit shaky, the controls aren’t as intuitive as they could be, and we ran into some accuracy issues over GPS. It’s still a great watch at this price point, but we’d find it hard to recommend this over, say, a good deal on a Garmin Instinct.
Amazfit T-Rex 2: Price and Availability
The Amazfit T-Rex 2 is out now, released in May 2022. It costs $229.99 in the US and £219.99 in the UK. Australia’s price and availability is TBC.
Amazfit T-Rex 2: Design
- Coarse and robust
- Nice bright screen
- Non-intuitive app
Design score: 3/5
The Amazfit T-Rex 2 is designed as a G-Shock, thick and blocky with an outer layer of polymer. It also mirrors Garmin’s structure, with four buttons – up, down, select and back – and a steel loop or knob where the fifth button should be.
The included strap is thick rubber, while the dial is large, with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display measuring 434px x 434px, which is bright to 1000 nits. The watch is undoubtedly rugged, with a water resistance of 10 ATM and passes military tests, including being “strong enough to be operated4 even in extreme temperatures down to -30°C”, but its sturdiness and wide dial are greater than some of his watches. competitors. The large screen is beautiful from a touch screen perspective, giving extra room to swipe through and the action is smooth.
It may be that Amazfit has not minimized some of the technology to get all the necessary features at this price. The watch may be chunky as that’s what’s expected of an adventure watch, but either way, those with smaller wrists may feel a little overwhelmed by the large size.
When it comes to design, the Zepp app is okay. It’s far from useless, its sleep stats and GPS charts are well presented, but it doesn’t have the friendliness and accessibility of Fitbit Premium, which is all rounded corners and simple scores, or Garmin Connect, which has advanced AI pacing tools and metrics. deep dives of the next level.
The layout makes no sense, with features randomly distributed between the ‘homepage’ and ‘health’ tabs. Workouts are presented as boring lists of statistics, and while there are many statistics, little useful advice on what to do with all that information.
Amazfit T-Rex 2: Features
- 150 sports modes
- Smart ExerSense algorithm
- Long battery life
Feature Score: 4/5
This is one of the areas where the T-Rex 2 excels, with over 150 sport modes. Eight sports, including running, walking, pool swimming and outdoor cycling, can be tracked and recorded automatically, so you don’t even have to select a workout when you turn on the watch’s ExerSense algorithm. There’s a whole host of other modes, from skiing to outdoor swimming to indoor strength training, but we obviously didn’t have time to test them all.
Amazfit offers “workout templates” that are essentially workout plans on your watch, including warm-ups and cool-downs. It offers good sleep tracking, strength training recognition, and tools such as the built-in barometer and compass that are suitable for the watch’s primary target audience: adventurers.
When it comes to reporting your workouts, training load, anaerobic capacity, VO2 max and all the usual stats you would expect are very present and accurate, in addition to simple time, distance, heart rate and calories burned. Swim stats include stroke counts and strength training features include neat body heat maps that effectively show you which part of the body your exercise worked.
Dual-band satellite positioning should allow for accurate positioning, with full-color maps on the watch and the ability to trace your route back the way you came, to the start of your course. The battery life, which supports 24 days of normal use, 10 days of heavy use and 50 hours in GPS mode, will suit adventurous warriors on weekends.
Amazfit T-Rex 2: Performance
- Lots of great stats
- Battery to snuff
- Some initial accuracy issues
Performance Score: 3/5
I tested the Amazfit T-Rex 2 for two weeks and the battery life certainly lived up to expectations. With moderate use, I didn’t have to charge it once. I tested the T-Rex 2 in the most adventurous environment I could imagine: a weekend festival of trail running in West Wales.
This is where I had issues with the GPS and controls. On my first run, an 11k down the coast, my GPS played up. During a conversation with my running buddy, I noticed that the T-Rex 2 claimed we had run about 4.1k, while my friend’s Polar Ignite 2 registered significantly more, more than a kilometer difference. While I was trying to get a more in-depth look at my route while I was paused, the watch started another lap before I resumed the run on the watch in frustration. After using it for over a week, the direct controls were still not intuitive.
However, on my next run, I paired it with my phone’s GPS, an Oppo Find X2 Pro, and the readings were much more comparable, with only a 0.02km difference. My friend’s watch may have been the odd one out, but Polar’s suite of GPS tracking features has traditionally been very reliable. Other reviewers have noted discrepancies with the watch’s accuracy, such as the heart rate sensors. But compared to the GPS on my phone, the watch offers similar measurements.
Other tools worked fine in terms of performance, from sleep tracking that gives me a detailed picture of my night’s sleep, to the bright AMOLED display and the responsible, buttery-smooth touchscreen. It’s a great looking and rugged-feeling watch, even if it’s a bit on the tacky side. If you’re looking for a feature-packed adventure watch on a budget, the T-Rex 2 is far from the worst choice you can make.