Amazfit Neo Fitness Retro Smartwatch – Black
- Display has great outdoor visibility
- Retro styled Design
- 5ATM water resistance
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Real-time heart rate monitor
- Sleep Tracking, Sports Tracking, Step Counter, Call and App Notification alerts, Lift-to-wake screen, Idle Alert, Alarm, and Stopwatch
The Amazfit Neo sports a retro design reminiscent of the wildly popular watches of yesteryear, which will likely trigger nostalgic notes in many. It is made of plastic and is actually rugged. But it is still very lightweight at just 32 grams, making it ideal to wear at night for sleep tracking and during a workout. I wore it for more than 15 hours per day for over a week and found it to be very comfortable.
The straps of the Neo are made of Polyurethane (PUR) and have a width of 20mm. These aren’t detachable but are of good quality, and I didn’t have any issues with the straps during the testing period.
The Amazfit Neo packs a 1.2″ always on STN monochrome display that has great outdoor visibility. Even indoors under artificial lighting I didn’t have to turn on the backlight, but under dim or completely dark conditions, you’ll have to power it on to operate the smartwatch, and it could be harsh on the eyes at times. There’s no way to fix this since you cannot control the brightness of the screen.
There’s no touchscreen, so you have to use the physical buttons on the Amazfit Neo to operate it. There are two of them on the left side of the watch labeled Select and Back, and two on the right labeled Up and Down.
The Select button lets you power on/off the smartwatch, while the Back key lets you turn on/off the backlight with a long press. The Up and Down keys are for navigation. we get charging connectors and a PPG Bio-Tracking Optical Heart Rate Sensor housed inside an elevated circular plate, which ensures the sensor makes proper contact with the skin for accurate measurements and there’s no grime accumulated over time.
The Amazfit Neo works with Android and iOS devices and you need to download the Zepp app on your device to set up the smartwatch, change its settings, and sync data.
The name of the official app has changed, but the app itself (at least for Android) hasn’t gotten any better and remains the same on the inside, meaning you still see shortcuts for the same settings at multiple locations and the ones that aren’t supported by the device continue to be grayed out by Amazfit instead of being hidden.
The Amazfit Neo comes with real-time heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, step counter, sports modes, sedentary reminder, alarm, stopwatch, and incoming call and notification alerts.
For heart rate monitoring, the Neo uses a PPG Bio-Tracking Optical Sensor, which can measure your pulse automatically at an interval of 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes. But you can also measure it manually whenever you want by navigating to the Heart rate page on the smartwatch using the Up or Down key.