Skip to main content

Ads

loading...

Featured Post

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and Rice is a quick and easy meal that comes together in under 20 minutes. I’m sharing all the keys to success that will make this one a family-favorite.

Ads

ads

Flipboard

Flipboard

Amazfit Bip Review

An amazingly inexpensive smartwatch and fitness tracker with battery life to die for, the Amazfit Bip feels like a bargain. We took it for a spin to find out just how much bang you get for a small number of bucks. Amazfit Bip review.

Should I Buy The Amazfit Bip?
With an amazing feature set for the price, and battery life to die for, the Amazfit Bip is a total bargain for those on the hunt for an exercise watch with GPS. It looks and feels good, and comes with an excellent companion app. Just be prepared for some faffing with UI and regular device updates. And don't expect everything to work perfectly every time. 

Price When Reviewed
  • $99.99
In the world of wearable tech, 'cheap' rarely means 'good value'. The Amazfit Bip is a fitness-focused smartwatch that bucks that trend. It offers a fabulous feature set in a stylish device, at a low low price.

It's not all gravy, but the Bip is a bargain. It has GPS and a heart rate monitor, which really is all that matters in a fitness watch. Let's dive in to find out more.

Price And Availability
The Amazfit Bip retails for £69.99 inc VAT in the UK, and $99.99 in the US. As of this writing it is available from myriad online stores in both territories, and direct from Amazfit in the US. (This including, of course, Amazon!) And it is pretty much permanently discounted both direct from Amazfit and on Amazon.

Design And Build Quality
It is safe to say the designers of the Bip had seen an Apple Watch when they first put pen to paper. Imitation is the best form of flattery, and if you are going to steal ergonomic ideas, take them from Apple. No chunky wrist-based satnav, the Bip is a watch in all respects.

A discreet, sleek wristwatch. The silicon rubber band fits snugly around wrists of all sizes, and the watch itself is remarkably slim considering the tech found inside. We weighed it at 31g, which is also very light. It's a comfortable wear.

We have the all black Bip, and this is the most commonly avilable version. But it is also available with red, white or grey trim. (To my mind these look less classy, but this is definitely in the eye of the beholder.)

The 1.28-in, 176 x 176-pixel colour capacitive touch screen is designed to display data rather than images, which is just as well. It's fit for purpose, but don't expect to be able to read anything in the dark when running at speed.

Build wise the Bip is constructed of polycarbonate, matte-plastic. The display is 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass and the watch has an IP68 water and dust rating. I've been using it for running daily, for momths, and it has narey a scratch on it.

Features And Specifications
This is where you make your money back. The Amazfit Bip is a full-featured smartwatch at the price of a bog standard wristband. In terms of hardware it is stuffed with GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometer and compass. This means you can track runs, walks and cycle rides, with mapped routes, detailed stats and heart rate zones.

There is also a sleep tracker mode, which measures heart rate and movement to judge the quality of your shut eye.

As a smartwatch you can receive notifications of calls, messages and emails, as well as a limited array of other app notifications including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram and YouTube. And all is displayed upon the always-on display, alongside time, date, steps and weather.

App
The Bip works with the Mi Fit app, which connects your phone and watch via Bluetooth. This is a phone-optimised sports app for Android and iPhone that records exercise activities such as running (outdoors and treadmill), cycling, and walking. It syncs your phone with the watch and stores your location, steps, elevation, and distance, giving you a breakdown on your performance, as well as tracking progress.

Through the app you can also control which of those other apps can send alerts to your wrist. As these things go it is a very good app. Easy to use, full featured and responsive.

It is also through the app (and your phone) that you can update your Bip watch. On which, more later.

Battery Life
Battery life is one of the Bip's key features, deserving of its own section. Amazfit claims a 30-day battery life. We couldn't quite match that, but it is true that from a single charge you get weeks of use.

I've been using the Bip for running five or six times a week, for several months, and having charged it two weeks ago we are still at 33 percent batterylife. It's really impressive, and very useful if you are going to use it all the time as watch and fitness device.

In Use
That is a lot of promise for an inexpensive device, but what's it like to use? Well, the Amazfit Bip is pretty much as advertised, with a few minor irritations.

It's comfortable to wear and, although UI is a bit faffy and fiddly, in general we have no complaints with daily use of the Bip as both watch and fitness tracker. It tracks distance assidiously, and has a good range of view options. Using the bezel to operate it even when on the hoof is pretty straightforward. As a sleep tracker is also seems to work well (if you like that kind of thing.)

In my experience with one device, the Bip does need some TLC, however.

With my device the GPS takes a long time to lock on (relative to many similar devices I have tested), even when there isn't a cloud in the sky. And my goodness does it need regular updating. At least weekly, I have to sync phone and watch to update the A-GPS. Fail to do this and my watch either stops locking on at all, or starts recording weirdly off kilter distances and speeds. Oh, and syncing and updating takes a long time. A long time. Certainly more time than you want to spend as you prepare to go for a trot.

Indeed, of late, it has proven nigh-on impossible to get a good GPS lock without updating the A-GPS. And very recently, on occasion, even when apparently 'locked on' to the GPS, my Bip has been giving out measurably incorrect distance and speed data, telling me that I am running at two-minute mile pace. Reader, I am not that fast.

As I write I am closing down the app and rebooting it to get it so sync properly. It has now done so, and it is entirely possible that my device is just a bad one that needs some repair. Nor would any of these relatively minor hassles put me off recommending or purchasing an Amazfit Bip. But it is worth saying that even with a bargain device such as this, you do get what you pay for.


Verdict
For the price the Amazfit Bip is a total bargain. For the same price you simply won't find this combination of hardware and software features anywhere else. Moreover, it is a stylish and well built device. We do have some minor niggles about using the Amazfit Bip, but if you are in the market for an inexpensive smartwatch and fitness tracker, this is the one.

Specs
  • 1.28-in, 176 x 176-pixel colour capacitive touch screen
  • v2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass
  • IP68 water and dust rating
  • 31g
  • GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometer and compass



Comments

ads

loading...
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Nokia 7.1 Review

With Android One, great build quality and a sensible price the Nokia 7.1 is a winner in a crowded market. Here's our full review
Should I buy the Nokia 7.1?
The Nokia 7.1 is a familiar mid-range phone for the end of 2018: a notch, big bottom chin and dual cameras. But these cameras are pretty good, and the display is lovely.Its build quality is above average though, and with Android One on board and decent performance it’s an excellent mid-range phone with the advantage of three years of guaranteed security updates.

Nokia 7.1 Review: Hands-on

With Android One, great build quality and a sensible price the Nokia 7.1 could be a winner in a crowded market. Here's our hands on review By Henry Burrell | 5 hours ago
The Nokia 7.1 is a familiar mid-range phone for the end of 2018: a notch, big bottom chin and dual cameras.

Mark Zuckerberg Builds A Sleep Box For Wife To Have A Peaceful Sleep

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed his love and gratitude by making an innovative wooden ‘sleep box’ for his wife Priscilla to have a peaceful sleep at night. The American tech entrepreneur, took his Instagram account and showed off his invention that helps his wife to sleep peacefully through the night as she cares for their children. The invention is known as the sleep box and emits a faint light between 6 am and 7 am so, Priscilla Chan can know that their two toddler daughters are about to wake up, without the need to have to check her phone.

Disney Plus Release Date, Price, Exclusive Shows & UK Launch

Here's what to expect from Disney's upcoming Netflix rival Disney+, including when it's launching, how much it'll cost, and what you'll be able to watch on it
Disney is the latest company to wade into the film and TV streaming game with Disney+ - or Disney Plus if you prefer - a new streaming service that will let you watch all of the Mouse House's best and brightest in one place.

Like Fan Page