I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about the Amazfit Pace. A good-looking, GPS-enabled fitness watch that’s inexpensive, offers a good battery life and is a good size for smaller wrists! It seems like the perfect accessory for an active girl like me. But, being a new entrant into the market, I was keen to try out Huami’s new watch. After getting my excited hands on one of these new watches, I wore the Amazfit Pace for a couple of weeks and went about testing all its modes. After walking, running, cycling and using it for indoor workouts, here’s my thoughts on the capabilities of this smart-looking fitness watch. Is the Amazfit Pace the fitness watch you’ve been looking for? Find out in my Amazfit Pace review.
|Display: 1.34 inch, 320 x 300 pixels, always on LCD touch screen
Processor: 1.2GHz Core
Storage space: 4GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi
Ports: Connects to a micro USB through base charger
Sensors: Optical heart rate sensor (PPG), GPS, GLONASS
Water rating: IP67, resistant to water and dust
Battery: 280mAh, 5 days regular use or 11 days basic use
Weight: 1.9 oz
Retail price: $159.99USD
- Impressive battery life
- Accurate at recording heart rate, steps, sleep and GPS location
- Nice and neat charger
- Very comfortable to wear
- Nice look that can be worn with regular outfits, not just workout gear
- Can wear it in the shower
- Scratch resistant
- Intuitive and easy to use
- Movement reminders
- Weather forecast on your wrist
- Compass is fairly accurate
- Phone notification
- Training programs based on current fitness and running goal that recommends appropriate pace
- Regular updates to add to functionality
- Can only view stats on watch and when synced through Strava
- Only syncs with Strava
- Limited exercise modes
- Can be slow to pick up GPS signal
- Doesn’t record day-time naps
- Backlight feature can be a little annoying at night (can be turned off)
- Altitude can take a long time to load
- Heart rate can jump a bit during workouts
Look and Feel
The first thing I loved about the Amazfit Pace was its incredible band and slim look! Because I’ve got a small wrist, most fitness watches are large and bulky on me. The Amazfit Pace, however, has a decently sized watch face that perfectly covers my wrist while the flexible strap wraps around it nicely. It’s also really lightweight.
The band is made of silicon and feels soft and smooth to touch. It doesn’t slide around too much even when you’re really sweaty and is quite comfortable to wear to bed too. Although the color choices are currently limited to either black or an orangey-red, both do look smart. I’d definitely recommend the black to anyone who wants to wear the watch to work or a nice restaurant though.
If you’re not a fan of either of the available colors or the silicon feel, the band is a standard 22mm strap that you can swap out for anything you’d like.
As for the watch face itself, it’s made of ceramic with a plastic base. Both look to be of very good quality. After a couple of weeks of my usual, rough kind of wear, there aren’t any marks or scratches on the watch at all. You can customize the watch face too with a range of more serious to fun looks that all offer different baseline stats. There’s even an option to use a photo that’s on your phone!
The Amazfit Pace has specific exercise modes for running, cycling, treadmill running, indoor cycling, elliptical, trail running and walking. The Pace records all the normal stats you’d expect from a fitness tracker including your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, heart rate and speed. However, because it’s got built-in GPS that you don’t need your phone to use, you also get a sweet map of where you’ve been as well as your elevation gain and loss.
Depending on which type of exercise you choose, the quick view workout screen gives you all the stats you’d want. A quick glance down shows your total time, distance, current heart rate, current and average pace as well as your cadence (running only).
Once you’ve finished working out, you’ll get more detailed information about your performance. Again, this will depend on what type of exercise you’ve just done. Expect things such as max speed, average speed, laps completed and total calories burned as well as a map of your speed, altitude and heart rate over the duration of your workout.
Personally, I’d like it if the watch also had the capability to track general gym-style activities such as HIIT sessions and weightlifting. Since I’ve had the watch though, they’ve already added an extra 3 modes so I’m hoping that these could be just around the corner too.
Exercise is only part of the picture and Amazfit’s Pace watch does deliver with enough information about your sleep habits.
In the morning, you’ll be able to see what time you feel asleep and woke up with a cool graph showing you your deep vs. light sleep cycles. You’ll also get the stats on how many hours and minutes you spent sleeping lightly or deeply as well as the total time you were awake during the night.
I consider myself to be a really good sleeper but so far, in my short time of wearing the watch, I’ve already been able to make a few changes to my sleeping habits to improve how much deep sleep I’m getting.
For those of you who nap though, or work night shifts, the Amazfit Pace doesn’t track sleep during normal waking hours. Although I haven’t had a problem with it, I’ve heard that if you’re asleep for quite a while, the watch will even buzz you (like normal) to remind you to get up and be get moving. So, for anyone wanting to nap it out, I’d recommend taking the watch off during daytime sleeps.
Other Exercise Features
- Reminders – When you’re stationary for too long, the watch will buzz you to remind you to get up and move around a bit. As someone who’s got a desk job but does like to be as active as possible, I found this to be really useful. You’ll also get a message when you’re half way to your step target for the day.
- Music on Your Wrist – Another thing that sets the Amazfit Pace apart from other fitness watches out there is that it’s got 4GB of memory that you can use to directly store your music. Simply sync it with wireless headphones and you really can leave your phone, iPod and everything else at home while you’re exercising. I haven’t tried out the music feature yet because I don’t have wireless headphones but it is an awesome feature that I will use in the future.
- Stopwatch – This feature is great if you’re like me and regularly do WODs that involve multiple rounds of the same exercises. I find it really motivating and helpful to see how my performance varies as the rounds progress and love writing the details in my diary to try to beat next time.
- Customized training programs – If you want to train for a marathon or are even learning to run your first 3 miles, the Pace allows you to quickly create a customized training program to get you there. Enter details about your current fitness level, your goals and how quickly you want to get there and it’ll tell you what to train on which days. Although I’m working on my own exercise program at the moment, I did put together a trial and was pleased with the suggested program. You’ll get a variety of exercises to do including easy runs, Fartlek sessions, cross-training, tempo runs and rest days. It’ll even give you information about what sort of pace to aim for so you can prevent overdoing it.
- Phone notifications – This is another feature that I don’t use but do see coming in handy for other people. Sync the watch with your phone and you’ll know when you receive called and texts. You can even answer phone calls from your watch while you’re walking to find where you left your phone.
- Weather forecast – If you’re like me and live somewhere with a very variable climate, you’ll find the weather forecast feature handy too. The Pace will give you a 5-day forecast and you can click on individual days for extra information on the wind speed, humidity and strength of UV rays.
- Alarm – Ditch that annoying alarm tone for a silent vibrating alarm on your wrist. Not only is it great if you need to wake up earlier than your partner, but it’s just a nicer and seemingly more natural way to rise and shine.
- Compass – As a regular hiker and trail runner, having a built-in compass on my watch is really handy. Most of the time I do carry a map and have a good idea of where I am but it’s always good to be prepared for times when you’re lost or something unfortunate happens.
- Water resistant – Although you can’t wear it swimming, it’s fine if your Amazfit Pace gets wet. And, it’s already been an invaluable feature for me! With the recent bad weather, I’ve already been caught running and cycling in the rain a few times but the watch has been fine. It’s also really handy when you’re trying to rinse the sweat off of it because you don’t need to worry about ruining the electronics.
As much as I love the Pace watch, its lack of software does let the whole experience down. At the moment, you can’t view any of your stats through the mobile app. Amazfit’s other fitness trackers, however, do allow you to view everything through your phone so I’m hopeful that this feature will be added soon!
As of writing this though, the app lets you customize your profile, stats, settings and change the watch faces.
To view workout stats, you can use the activity history feature on the watch itself. Scroll through old workouts to compare your performance and monitor your progress. You can also view a map of your average heart rate over the past week. Although this isn’t really long enough to see if your fitness has improved, it’s still a useful feature to have.
You can also use your phone to sync your workout data online with Strava. I usually use May My Run to record my stats so wasn’t that keen to jump onto Strava. But, since trying it, I have been enjoying its features. You’ll get a few more stats including your grade adjusted pace, split time stats and a useful graph of your speed vs. elevation, heart rate and cadence. However, Strava doesn’t seem to pull across your calories or recognize the workout type. My workouts are named as runs even though they include cycling and walking too.
The Amazfit Pace has a really impressive battery life for a watch with so many features! Although it varies depending on your usage, you can get anywhere up to 11 days from a single charge. And, a single charge through the neat USB charging cable takes me about 2 hours. How’s that for efficiency?
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve probably had about 5-6 days from a single charge. I’ve got it set to continuous heart rate monitoring and work out at least once a day.
Summary of my Amazfit Pace Review
I had high hopes for the Amazfit Pace watch and I definitely haven’t been disappointed! While there are a few areas that Huami could improve upon, they’re clearly working to continually improve this watch.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the design, look and feel of the watch. It’s the ideal mix of sporty and stylish, suits almost all my outfits while fitting neatly under long sleeves. As for its function as a fitness watch, the Amazfit Pace gives me pretty much all the information I’d like. For running, cycling and walking, both indoors and outdoors, I couldn’t ask for more! Enabled-GPS means I can finally stop trying to shove my phone in my top when going for a run. And, a quick glance down gives me the all the info I need to monitor my pace and progress.
In terms of shortcomings, it would be great if the Amazfit Pace had gym-style training mode. But, I’ll happily wait and see if the company will add this to its long list of pluses.
As for its other functions, for me, the Amazfit Pace does deliver. I’m really pleased with its battery life, ability to track my sleep, wake me up, remind me to stay active and directly listen to music. Other features like the customized training programs, notifications, stopwatch and compass are just bonuses!
Who I’d recommend the Amazfit Pace to:
- Keen runners and cyclists
- Hikers who want a GPS-enabled watch to track their journey’s without draining their phone battery
- Anyone wanting an inexpensive, good all-round fitness watch that looks great
If the Amazfit Pace is the fitness watch for you, grab yours on the Amazfit website here!