Amazfit has launched wearables in relentless pace in India, and the Verge Lite is the latest we have received for review. The Amazfit Verge Lite is a fitness watch with notifications and a Sub-Rs. The 10,000 price could appeal to many people who want a little more than a fitness band but are not yet ready to indulge in Rs. 20,000 on a full-fledged smartwatch. This is not to be confused with the Amazfit Verge, which is more of a traditional smartwatch with more apps, less battery life and the ability to make calls. Read on to find out if you should buy the Amazfit Verge Lite.
Amazfit Verge Lite design
The Amazfit Verge Lite does not look particularly striking. Although it is quite light, it is certainly not very comfortable to wear. This is partly due to the bracelet, which according to Amazfit consists of silicone and polycarbonate. After wearing the Amazfit Verge Lite for a few hours, we had to take it off. We also noticed that it would be uncomfortable, especially if our hands were sweaty. We didn't feel uncomfortable until we wore this watch for a few hours. This is very important to us.
The case of the watch is made of polycarbonate and feels quite cheap, although we can excuse this given the price. The plastic buckle on the strap provided a secure hold and we found it to be satisfactory. It is worth noting that the belt can be replaced.
The base of the Amazfit Verge Lite has a heart rate sensor and pins for charging. Once again we see a proprietary charger that comes with an Amazfit product. You can only place the watch in the holder in one way, which is good. On the right is a single button that allows you to select things and return home. We will come back to that shortly.
Amazfit Verge Lite has a heart rate sensor on the base
The display of the Amazfit Verge Lite is quite good. It's a 1.3-inch AMOLED screen that works well in all lighting conditions, and a color display is a nice bonus. Amazfit says it used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, which is also a good thing.
Amazfit Verge Lite software
Let's start with the button just mentioned. Using the single button on the Amazfit Verge Lite can be a bit confusing. Sometimes you can press it to return to the home screen. However, if you are in some apps like the Workouts app, pressing the button will show details of your current workout. Here you can end the training by long pressing. Getting used to the navigation scheme takes some time, and this is a bit of a disappointment.
There aren't too many apps and no third-party app store. So you can only do basic things like training, controlling music, setting alarms and checking notifications on the Amazfit Verge Lite. You can think of this product as a fitness watch with notification support, not a fully functional smartwatch. You cannot reply to notifications or answer calls (you can reject or mute incoming calls). It's not a problem considering the price, but you should know what you are getting.
Notifications make this watch quite useful, but the vibration is too strong. We wanted to be able to set custom vibration patterns like the Mi Smart Band 4 (review) or Amazfit Bip Lite (review). Unfortunately, the Verge Lite doesn't have this feature, although it costs more. You can pair the Verge Lite with Android and iOS devices.
The Amazfit Verge Lite has only one button
The companion app for the Amazfit Verge Lite is quite similar to that for the Mi Smart Band 4. The app does its job pretty well and it is not too difficult to find the data you need. It could use a little more shine, but that's not a big complaint.
Amazfit Verge Lite performance and battery life
The Amazfit Verge Lite has an IP68 protection class for water and dust resistance. We took this watch in the shower several times and it survived. To measure performance, we ran our standard tests, starting with the step tracking test. Here we took 1,000 paces while counting each one manually, and then checked how many Amazfit Verge Lite had logged. The result was 997 steps followed by the wearable, which is very accurate.
Then we ran our standard distance test, where we covered 1 km (a distance measured with an odometer). The Amazfit Verge Lite has an integrated GPS function and recorded the distance as 1.07 km. This is acceptable because the route we use for testing runs under an overpass and has messed up many GPS-enabled devices in the past.
We also went to a gym and did strength exercises with the Verge Lite. The results here were satisfactory. While the heart rate sensor was reasonably accurate most of the time, we found that it was a bit slow to respond when we did an intensive interval workout. The Amazfit Verge Lite took more time than usual to register heart rate peaks that could disappoint some people.
Heart rate monitoring from Amazfit Verge Lite is satisfactory
This watch also has automatic sleep tracking and, in our experience, worked pretty well. It was pretty good at recording our sleep and wake up times, but it was said that we'd spent zero minutes awake between each night, which was definitely not true. We woke up a few times while testing sleep tracking and the watch was unable to log this.
The battery life of the Amazfit Verge Lite was pretty good in the reporting period. We activated notifications and logged some workouts and runs with GPS during our time with the device. We still found that these lasted over two weeks on a single charge.
The Amazfit Verge Lite Rs. The price of 6,999 is quite attractive for the range of functions offered. The Verge Lite did pretty well in our tests – the step and distance tracking was accurate and the battery life is good too. It has a nice display and is waterproof, which is always good.
Still, there are a few things that keep us from wholeheartedly recommending this product. The Amazfit Verge Lite is not particularly comfortable to wear for long hours, its vibration is too strong and annoying notifications and it feels a bit plastic. If any of these things is a deal breaker, you might consider the Amazfit Bip Lite (Review) or Amazfit Pace (Review), but you would have to live with an inferior ad for one of these products.