August 12, 2022
Amazfit Verge Lite Review |  Gadgets 360

Amazfit has been launching wearables in India at a steady pace, and the Verge Lite is the latest that we have received for review. The Amazfit Verge Lite is a fitness watch with notifications, and one with a sub-Rs. 10,000 This might appeal to many people who want something more than a fitness band but are not yet ready to spend more than Rs. 20,000 on a full smartwatch. This is not to be confused with the Amazfit Verge, which is a more traditional smartwatch with more apps, less battery life, and the ability to make calls. Read on to know if you should buy the Amazfit Verge Lite.

amazfit verge lite design

The Amazfit Verge Lite doesn’t look particularly attractive. Though it is quite lightweight, it is definitely not very comfortable to wear. This is partly due to the wristband, which according to Amazfit uses silicone and polycarbonate. After a few hours of wearing the Amazfit Verge Lite, we had to take it off. We also noticed that this would cause discomfort, especially when our hands were sweaty. We didn’t feel any discomfort until we wore this watch for a few hours. This is a matter of great concern for us.

The body of the watch is made of polycarbonate and looks quite affordable, though we can forgive that considering the price. The plastic buckle on the strap offered a secure fit, and we found it satisfactory. It is good to note that the strap can be changed.

The base of the Amazfit Verge Lite houses a heart rate sensor and pins for charging. Once again, we’re looking at shipping a proprietary charger with an Amazfit product. You can only keep the clock in its cradle in one way or another, which is good. There’s a single button on the right, which serves to select items as well as return home. We’ll get to that in a while.

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Amazfit Verge Lite has a heart rate sensor at the base

The display of Amazfit Verge Lite is quite good. It’s a 1.3-inch AMOLED screen that works fine in all lighting conditions, and having a color display is a nice bonus. Amazfit says that it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection, which is also a nice touch.

Amazfit Verge Lite Software

Let’s start with the button we just mentioned. The single button on the Amazfit Verge Lite can be a bit confusing to use. Sometimes, you can press it to return to the home screen, but when you’re inside some apps like the Workout app, pressing the button will show you the details of your ongoing workout. Here, a long press lets you end the workout. It takes a while to get used to the navigation scheme, and it’s a bit frustrating.

There aren’t a lot of apps, and there’s no app store for third parties, so you can only do basic things like track workouts, control music, set alarms, and check notifications on the Amazfit Verge Lite. You can think of this product as a fitness watch with support for notifications, not a fully functional smartwatch. You can’t answer notifications or answer calls (but you can decline or silence incoming calls). Given its price, this is not a problem, but you should know what you are getting.

Notifications make this watch very useful, but the vibration is too loud. We found ourselves wishing for the ability to set custom vibration patterns on the Mi Smart Band 4 (Review) or Amazfit Bip Lite (Review). Sadly, the Verge Lite doesn’t have this feature, even though it costs more. You can pair Verge Lite with both Android and iOS devices.

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Amazfit Verge Lite has only one button

The companion app for the Amazfit Verge Lite is very similar to the Mi Smart Band 4. The app does its job quite well and it is not too difficult to find the data you need. It could still use a little more polish, but it’s not a big complaint.

Amazfit Verge Lite performance and battery life

Amazfit Verge Lite has got IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. We took this watch several times in the shower and it survived. To measure its performance, we ran our standard tests, starting with the step tracking test. Here, we walked 1,000 steps, counting each one manually, and then checking how many Amazfit Verge Lite had logged in. The result was 997 steps tracked by the wearable, which is very accurate.

We then ran our standard distance tracking test, for which we walked 1 km (a distance measured using a car’s odometer). The Amazfit Verge Lite has built-in GPS functionality, and has covered a distance of 1.07km. This is acceptable because the route we use for testing goes under a flyover and has malfunctioned several GPS-enabled devices in the past.

We also went to a gym and logged into strength training sessions using the Verge Lite. Here the results were satisfactory. While the heart rate sensor was reasonably accurate most of the time, we found that it was a little slow to respond when we were doing high-intensity interval training. The Amazfit Verge Lite took longer than usual to register an increase in heart rate, which may frustrate some people.

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Amazfit Verge Lite’s heart rate monitoring is satisfactory

This watch also has automatic sleep tracking, and it worked pretty well in our experience. It was great at recording our sleep and wake times, but it said we spent zero minutes waking up in the middle of each night, which certainly wasn’t true. While we were testing the sleep tracking functionality, we woke up several times and the watch failed to log it.

The Amazfit Verge Lite’s battery life was quite good during our review period. We had notifications enabled and logged some workouts and runs using the GPS during our time with the device, and we still found it to last more than two weeks on a single charge.

Decision

Amazfit Verge Lite priced at Rs. 6,999 price tag is quite attractive given the feature set it offers. The Verge Lite performed quite well in our tests – step tracking and distance tracking were accurate, and it also has decent battery life. It has a nice display and is waterproof, which is always good.

Having said that, there are a few things that stop us from wholeheartedly recommending this product. The Amazfit Verge Lite isn’t particularly comfortable to wear for long periods of time, its vibration is too strong and disturbing notifications, and it feels a bit plastic. If any of these things are a dealbreaker, you can consider the Amazfit Bip Lite (Review) or the Amazfit Pace (Review), but you’ll have to live with an inferior performance on either of those products.

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