How do you narrow down your choice between fitness tracker and smart watch? A good starting point is figuring out what you’d use it for. A fitness tracker is great for tracking steps, distance, and calories burned. A smart watch will do all that plus display texts, call notifications, link to other apps, monitor your heartbeat, and control your playlists.
That’s exactly what the Amazfit Bip does. I’ve been wearing it for three weeks and I’m really impressed with the heart rate monitoring, very long battery life, and the inexpensive price tag.
If you’re looking for a smartwatch & fitness tracker in one, here’s a look at the specs, pros, and cons of the Amazfit Bip.
Specs on the Amazfit Bip
The Amazfit Bip is made by Huami, the same company that created the Roborock Robot Vacuum I love so much. Strap it on and you’ll enjoy the following:
- Colour touchscreen display with a variety of changeable watch faces
- Up to 30-day life on a single charge of the 190mAh Li-ion battery
- IP68 dustproof and water-resistant
- All day optical heart rate monitoring. You can also choose to just monitor your heart rate during exercise
- Monitors your steps, distance, calories, and sleep quality using a 3-axis accelerometer, barometer, and geomagnetic sensor.
- Built-in GPS to keep track of all activity.
- Sport modes include running, treadmill, and cycling
- One-way smart notifications, and will vibrate when calls, texts, and other app notifications come in
- Features on the Amazfit Bip are expandable if you download the AmazTools app
- Works with Android 4.4 / iOS 8.0 and above
- Includes 1x USB cable charging dock
Design of the Amazfit Bip
The Amazfit Bip closely resembles other smartwatches, with a plastic frame to hold a 1.28” Gorilla Glass colour touchscreen. The biggest design comparison I’ve seen online is between Bip and the discontinued Pebble watch.
On the side of the Amazfit Bip is a button. That button turns on the touchscreen, so when you press it the backlight will come on and you can scroll through your menu options. The touchscreen is bright enough to see in strong sunlight, and it doesn’t power down like some displays. Because it’s always on you can see the time without having to tap the side button.
The profile of the Bip is very slim. It weighs only 32 grams, and the watch strap is comfortable to wear and won’t cause chafing during sweaty exercise. It’s also comfortable to wear when you sleep, which is a huge plus. You can switch out the watchstraps if you’d like to switch up your look.
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