Need a cheap Garmin alternative? The Amazfit T-Rex 2 just got even better

Amazfit T-Rex 2 GPS watch
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The excellent Amazfit T-Rex 2 is one of the best GPS watches we've tested, and it's just got even better thanks to a new software update that adds some tools that make it an even better for runners and hikers who want to stray off the beaten path and explore somewhere new.

When we reviewed the T-Rex 2, we were particularly impressed by its great battery life, vivid AMOLED display, and accurate GPS navigation. Now, as Notebookcheck reports, Amazfit is now rolling out an update that adds two new features: the ability to import and display routes, and real-time navigation on the watch face.

The watch now supports route maps in GPX/TCX/KML formats, allowing you to use routes created using tools like Komoot, which makes this affordable watch an even more competitive rival to devices like the Garmin Instinct 2 and Coros Vertix 2.

You can then follow your movements along this route in real time, helping you stay on course. The T-Rex 2's bright, high-resolution screen is ideal for navigation, able to show maps in impressive detail. We look forward to trying these new wayfinding tools ourselves soon, and will update our review of the watch accordingly.

The Zepp OS v9.22.7.2 update also adds the ability to create your own 'training templates', divided into warmup, training, rest, and recovery stages, which can be repeated up to 30 times. This essentially allows you to build your own interval training session, then check your performance in each interval on your phone later.

The update should be available to download and sync now through the Zepp app.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.