Product description from China can be complicated, so the initial explanation is: The Amazfit Arc is not produced by Xiaomi, the producer is Huami. All Wearables by Huami run under the name Amazfit, like the Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Smartwatch. What exactly does Xiaomi have with this product? Xiaomi was heavily involved in the development and has a large share of Huami. For example, Xiaomi has the Mi Band 2 produced by Huami.
So the Amazfit Arc is not an official Mi Band 2 successor, but since this is the fitness tracker from China, which was by far the best value for money, every new fitness tracker with the Mi Band 2. Since the Amazfit Arc Fitness Tracker has recently arrived with us and the interest in the announcement was great, we took it very close for you under the microscope.
|Product name||Amazfit Arc|
|Display||0.42 inch OLED (72 x 40)|
|Internal memory||8 MB|
|Connection||Bluetooth 4.0 BLE|
|Relevant links||Amazfit – Activity Tracker for Android 4.3+ | IOS 9.0+; Official Amazfit Arc SetUp instructions|
|Battery pack||70 mAh, 20 days standby|
|Protection certification||IP 67|
|Features||Step counter, heart rate monitor, alarm clock, notifications|
|Weight||20 g (with bracelet)|
|Delivery||Amazfit Arc A1603, charging cable (2-pin connector), manual in English , 12 months warranty|
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Packaging, design and processing
The packaging: The first impression counts
We really looked forward to the test of the Amazfit Arc, because the fitness tracker on the paper is very promising. Accordingly, we were anxious when the package finally arrived. And the experience when unpacking was directly a small highlight, because the packaging looks chic and the haptics are right. Exceptionally no carton in “Xiaomi white”, but a gray, very stable, carton with a transparent plastic front.
In addition, the packaging is sensibly printed: so on the page is already the URL to the official setup (for Android & iOS ). On the back is a small overview with the various features that we come to later. Also within the packaging everything is well sorted and easy to remove. In itself a considerable and professional packaging, which is certainly also suitable for giving away.
The package itself consists of a fitness tracker, a charging cable and instructions. Where it is to be noted that contrary to the information of the shop, the instructions is only in English and not also in Chinese – very clear.
The included USB charging cable uses a 2-pin connector to supply the 70 mAh battery with power. Although other products have often had problems with very weak magnets on such connectors, the latter holds this as a bomb. Thus, the 20 g lightweight fitness tracker can easily be held in the air by the magnet.
The design is taste – the processing is not
The most striking feature of the design is that the tracker stands out clearly from the band, which means that the silicone bracelet can not fit into the arm, as with an embedded fitness tracker (eg Mi Band 2). In addition, the very rectangular tracker does not look very sporty, but rather noble and has a certain business touch.
The silicone bracelet is not easily interchangeable and has a classic aluminum closure. All in all, the Amazfit Arc sits at the beginning somewhat needed to get used to, but after a short time, especially because it is so light, no longer really noticeable. In fitness, the Fitness Tracker lags the Mi Band 2 in any case a good bit behind, but comes with a new design and a very good workmanship.
According to experience, the battery of such fitness tracker can not be tested in such a short time. The 70 mAh battery of the Amazfit Arc comes however from the same manufacturer as the equal-sized battery of the Mi Band 2, which in our tests times easily one month can hold. However, we already tested the charging time: After about an hour the battery is full, and even after 24 hours of above-average use still at 96% – as expected. After the long-term test, the results are supplemented with more accurate results.
On the 0.42 inch OLED display can be displayed at the Amazfit Arc depending on your choice different displays. Whether you can check the current time or the battery status on the display next to the clock, you can set it in the Amazfit app (downloadable for Android 4.3+ | iOS 9.0+ ). The display is operated via the small touch panel below the display. The operation is conceivably minimalistic: by touching the sensor you reach the next display.
In addition, you can set the “Lift Wrist” function, which allows you to display the time by simple hand movements. Often very useful, but luckily also can be switched off, as it can sometimes annoy. The movement itself is always detected very quickly and the bracelet shows the time quickly. Another nice feature is the “Call Call Notification”, which allows your bracelet to vibrate when you get a call. This is especially useful because it works when your smartphone is silenced.
Amazfit app & its features
Since we have already tested numerous Xiaomi Fitness Tracker and Smartwatches, we are of course very familiar with the required Mi Fit app. In the Amazfit Arc the smartphone support runs however over the Amazfit – Activity Tracker app, and one must say: the app is surprisingly clear and practicable. Completely in English, without much frills and extremely quickly furnished.
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