Despite having a name that looks like a typo, the Amazfit Bip is an intriguing addition to the world of smartwatches. It’s aimed squarely at the cheaper end of the scale, costing less than 80 USD, yet it tracks your daily steps, heart rate, sleeping schedule and – incredibly, for such a cheap device – even traces your location with GPS.
Admittedly, it does none of those things as well as its £300-plus rivals, but the watch is surprisingly well made. The 1.28in, 176 x 176-pixels resolution screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, and is dust-and splash-resistant.
It’s not the most beautiful of smartwatches but its appearance doesn’t give away its budget price. More importantly, it’s very comfortable to wear, with a rubber strap that moulds itself to your wrist. Within five minutes, you won’t even notice that it’s there.
App and accuracy
The Amazfit Bip is the latest in a line of budget wearables produced by Chinese company Xiaomi. The watch syncs with Xiaomi’s own smartphone app, Mi Fit, which is designed exclusively for use with Xiaomi’s range of devices.
We found the app’s design and layout overly simplistic, and the English translations sometimes questionable, but it’s able to pull up handy stats on a range of different activities, including average heart rate, stride, step frequency, uphill distance and sleep patterns.
The Mi Fit app is available on both Android and iOS, but support for feeding data into
other apps is limited: it connects to Google Fit, for example, but not Strava.
We tested the watch’s distance-measuring accuracy against a Polar M430 watch worn on the opposite wrist during a 5K run, and found a difference of about 100m – which isn’t bad considering how much cheaper it is.
However, it did record 300 steps while we were sleeping! Heart-rate measurement
wasn’t spot on either, but few smartwatches manage this as accurately as a finger on the
pulse and a stopwatch. Our tester’s resting heart rate was measured at 59bpm by the
Bip, while the human reading put it at 66bpm, though this isn’t actually too far off.
What the watch lacks, which you’ll often find in more expensive devices, is NFC for
contactless payments, a microphone for responding to messages and the ability
to control music.
But in other areas, the Amazfit Bip is more than serviceable and one of its standout features is its incredible battery life. We enabled every function we could find, turned up the screen brightness, and used the Bip to track GPS location during a walk and a bike ride.
Over two days of light use it lost just 3% of its total charge. We reckon an average user
will get around two to three weeks between charges.
■ 1.28incolor touchdisplay
■ 2.5D CorningGorillaGlass
■ Barometer (senseselevation)
■ 20mm changeable watchband
■ IP68rating – resistant todust, rain
✓Heart-rate and sleep monitoring
✗ No music
✗ No microphone
Is it Worth to Buy Amazfit Bip
Given its low price, the quality and range of features built into the Amazfit Bip defies belief. It monitors workouts, sleep and heart-rate, and includes GPS tracking and
more, all managed by a cheerful, if simplistic, app. It’s also one of the most comfortable watches we’ve worn and its heroic battery life means you’ll hardly ever need to take it off.