Product Name: Amazfit Bip (from Huami)
Overall Rank: 4/5
Price: $79.99 + shipping (shipping free in the US)
Best Place To Buy: Amazon.com
Guarantee: 12 months (US service if needed)
A couple of months ago I did a blog review about the Pebble smartwatch. A custom watch that can be used with different apps and features created by developers that enhanced the device’s functionalities. The Pebble smartwatch still survive (with Rebble.io) but the poor development of apps (open source) and the warranty/service made the watch less attractive for the potential users.
The Amazfit Bip Smartwatch is the replacement of Pebble Smartwatch that users has been waiting for Huami, a Chinese tech company that sold more than 50 millions units today, has hit a home run with this smartwatch. Launched in 2018, the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch got a lot give: Awesome battery life, beautiful design, cheap price and much more.
With my Amazfit Bip Smartwatch review you will know all the ups and down of this wearable, helping you make the right decision at the end. Let’s get it started!
What’s in the Box?
Like most of the smartwatches these days, the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch comes with the minimum:
- Amazfit Bip smartwatch with Quick release strap/band
- USB Charging Dock
- User Guide
The plastic metal (polycarbonate) case is very light making it very comfy, making you forget that you are wearing a smartwatch. On the right side you have a ”fake” bezel that act as a ”enter” button when you are accessing the menus. A short press allow you to wake up the watch if it is locked or view activity details when you are in sport mode. A long press permit
The smartwatch come with a 20 mm standard strap that can be purchase in black and white. The first time you wear the watch it looks ”cheap” but comfortable. The other two colors (cinnabar red or kokoda green) are more grayish with the custom color on the rubber loop as shown below.
Some users feel that the strap is not comfortable and sometimes can scratch the skin. They suggest to purchase different strap models that you can easily found on the web or on Amazon. Here’s an example.
The Amazfit Bip smartwatch comes with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass (3rd generation) with anti-fingering coating. Built with an LCD touchscreen, old Pebble users will have the same feeling with this smartwatch. The 1.28 inch display uses always-on technology, allowing you to always see the screen when you need it. No need to twist/turn you wrist to show you data (can be configured that way too).
The display is also scratch-resistant and you are able to set up the brightness with 5 different levels. This can be helpful when the sun or ambient light becomes a problem.
This watch is packed with watchfaces to choose from. You have a bunch of watchfaces by default, if you enter into the settings of the watch or by using the Mi Fit app. You are the experimental type of person you can also have more customization by accessing XDA Developers forum. Pebble users will love this!
30 Days Battery Life
This watch is a ”killer” in terms of battery life. On regular use this watch will give you about 30 days of battery autonomy and 45 days if you use it with minimal notifications. If you use the fitness features like GPS and heart rate (sensors) the Amazfit Bip will last about a full week.
It will take about 2-2.5 hours to fully charge the 190 mAh Lithium Polymer battery. Take note you can use the USB charging dock with a standard USB charger from another device (like a smartphone).
Waterproof Smartwatch (IP68)
This feature is become more and more embedded on wearables these days and no one will complain about it! 🙂 I’m a fan of waterproof stuff since a smartwatch or fitness tracker is generally used all day long on any conditions. Not worrying about getting the watch wet or submerge make it stress-free.
Keep in mind that it is not suggested to wear while swimming.
Phone one-way notifications
The Amazfit Bip paired with an iOS or Android smartphone will give you one way notifications for emails, text messages, incoming calls and social medias (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn). If you get a call, it will prompt you a message but you will need to answer with you phone.
Extra apps and watchfaces
You can also get weather forecasts and other third party apps that can enhanced the watch functionality. If you want more details how to ”tweak” or add the best apps or watchfaces please check this Techwiser post.
Gadgetbridge allow installing custom firmware and fonts (credits: Techwiser)
Packed with GPS (US satellites) and Glonass (Russian satellites) will allow to have a faster positioning and tracking. A great feature even if it is not the most accurate GPS sensor in the market. But it will give you a better accuracy for distance and steps taken compared to a standard pedometer.
Optical Heart Rate sensor
Being able to read you heat rate from you wrist is something great when doing intervals workouts or runs. Having this fitness feature built-in is something that you will love. Of course, it is not super accurate but it is better than nothing right?
You have the ability to track you runs or cycling with mapped routes, detailed stats and heart rate zones.
Timer and Stopwatch
These two features can be helpful during workouts but they can be a pain since you cannot use it in background mode.
Software and Apps
The Mi Fit app that need to be used with the watch is really basic with 3 different menus. You can use the QR code available on the manual to get a direct link to the app download or you can just search it on the AppStore or PlayStore. The Bluetooth pairing with the smartphone can be frustrating due to slow connection.
This menu allow you to see you daily activity status with the steps that you need to take to reach you predetermined goal. You can also see the recorded when walking, running or cycling.
You can connect you friends or people from the MiFit community for a healthy competition.
That’s what you will use the most at first for configuring you watch the way you want it. From setting you step goals to smart analysis that can give you guidance for you sleep or body, everything need to be set up in here.
Sync with Google Fit
This is a great addition since MiFit doesn’t give you in-dept analysis of you data (beside sleep). Google Fit can be you personal coach and has team up with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Heart Association (AHA) to bring new activity goals (Move Minutes and Heart Points) that can help improve you health. Really impressive!
Pros and Cons
- Stunning battery life (up to 30 days) while using fitness features
- Built-in GPS and heart rate sensors
- Lightweight and waterproof (IP68) Smartwatch
- Ability to tweak/customize the watch with third party apps
- Cheap smartwatch that got most of the fitness features that an active user needs
- Mi Fit app is not intuitive and doesn’t give any recommendations about you health habits for improvement
- LCD display is outdated and can be a downside for some users
- Syncing can sometimes take forever (arm yourself with patience!)
Bottom Line… This Smartwatch Is a Winner
If we look at the full picture, this watch is undeniably a great choice. If we compared it to the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Versa, his closes competitors it is a no-brainer due to his price tag and battery life. Of course, if you are looking at a ”elite” smartwatch to run a marathon this watch won’t do the job. But for normal activity use it does the job and it does it well.
Old Pebble techy users will also be happy with the Amazfit Bip in terms of modifying or tweaking the watch the way they want it. There’re no games but many customs apps and firmware are available to get a more programming/tech experience.
I recommend this watch 100%. So, are you tempted like I am?
I hope you loved my review of the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch! Click the button below to add a comment if you already own this watch or if you have any questions. I will be pleased to answer you the best I can!
Until then, have a good healthy week! Stay active! 🙂
Alvaro ”Al” Paez