Smartwatches Amazfit Bip – they are many and often spoken on the Internet. The reason is simple – affordable price. This watch costs about 70 dollars and there are practically no competitors. Amazfit Bip is really a good watch, but there are some nuances.
Xiaomi or Huami?
It is worth mentioning what makes this watch a constant partner of Xiaomi company Huami. Xiaomi, including their distribution and gives the opportunity to use them in conjunction with the application MiFit. Therefore, on the Internet, everyone calls them Xiaomi Amazfit, although it is more correct than Huami.
So, outwardly Amazfit Bip is something between Pebble Time and Apple Watch. The watch has a rectangular body with rounded corners and a removable silicone strap. That’s why they are close to the Apple clock. The display shows a protective glass of Gorilla Glass 3, which is not easily scratched. For watches, this is actual. On the back side are the heart rate sensor and contacts for charging. Externally Amazfit Bip looks very neat and sound, everything is assembled and adjusted to the conscience. The watch case itself is plastic, but the plastic itself is good. Everything is done so that the material does not strike the eye, as in the same Pebble. In this case, plastic has a tangible advantage over the metal – the watch does not warm and does not cause discomfort in the heat or cold. Amazfit Bip has protection against water and dust IP68. With them, you can even walk in the shower and for the clock, such an opportunity is extremely useful. On the right side, the only physical control element is a button, stylized for the crown of the clock. She is responsible for unlocking and going back. If you press the button and do nothing, then after ten seconds the clock will be blocked. You see the time, but you can not manage them.
The screen in Amazfit Bip transflective. Technology resembles electronic ink – the brighter the sun, the better the information on the screen is read, and in the dark, the backlight is activated, by the way, it can be adjusted. The screen size is 1.28 inches, it’s less than the 38-mm version of Apple Watch and roughly corresponds to the first Pebble clock. In general, the screen is not bad, only that in the rounded case almost square screen looks a bit ridiculous, but to demand from the clock for $ 70, something more is just silly. Due to the transflective display, the hours of operation of the watch can be from three to five weeks, depending on your activity.
Interestingly, Amazfit Bip has a built-in GPS / GLONASS sensor. With its activation, the watch is able to work from one charge up to 16-18 hours. This is an excellent result, which corresponds to the leaders of the market of sports electronics, for example, Garmin. But the clock is definitely not suitable for professionals or for those who register all their jogs. This is due to the accuracy of data capture, which is far from ideal. This is due to the fact that the system does not often refer to the GPS sensor. But for amateur training Amazfit Bip quite suitable. There are notifications of the distance traveled, a heart rate sensor that constantly collects data and displays them on the display. There are three types of built-in activities: running on the street, running at home and biking. In the training mode, the clock shows the distance traveled, time and pulse. The accuracy of pulse measurement is also not ideal when compared with a professional medical device. Nevertheless, for monitoring and general understanding of your condition during training, it will come in handy.
Not bad Amazfit Bip work and with the registration of sleep. They fix the phases and allow you to analyze the quality of sleep. It is the quality of sleep that directly affects how awake you wake up. Using the clock, you can first understand the current quality of sleep, experiment with the schedule and then look at the statistics in the application. If everything is done correctly, then the feeling of cheerfulness during the day should last longer.
Menu and application hours
In the clock menu you can see the weather, the number of steps and distance traveled the average pulse, the time at rest and the number of calories lost. You can also turn on the alarm clock, but in the clock itself it only turns on and off. The very time of the alarm is set in the application on your smartphone. You can enable a timer or stopwatch that does not work in the background. In the clock, there is a compass application, inside which there are data on altitude, atmospheric pressure, and location coordinates. Well, the clock settings. Here you can select the clock, that is the dial, assign a function to long press the button, adjust the backlight level, find the smartphone, reset the clock and turn it off. Actually, it’s all functional. Additional applications, as in the same Pebble, here the standard way to put it is impossible.
The main part of the clock is available in the application on your smartphone. Here you can also start training, see statistics, change the dial, check the pulse, set goals and so on. The application is well done, it is informative, quickly finds the clock on the first connection.
The Amazfit Bip
Xiaomi is actively trying to divide markets, so that buyers take their watches exactly in the local market, rather than ordering them in China. Therefore, watches from China work exclusively in Chinese, and even if they are reflashed, then after any update the Chinese returns again. In this case, notifications in Cyrillic and English are displayed. To use the clock normally, you will have to reflash and convert to an international version, or use only a special modified application, and not install the official from the market. The procedure of the firmware is not complicated and there are a lot of instructions on how to do this on the Internet. But still this process requires some knowledge and there is always a risk to turn the clock into a brick. Therefore, it is better to immediately buy an international version, or entrust the firmware to someone who can do it. And this is an important nuance,
Notifications and music management
The system of notifications works a little unusually. For example, if several messages arrive at Telegram or WhatsApp at once, then the clock begins to report all the details in vibration. It’s a little annoying when the clock is on your hands, and it’s awfully infuriating if they lie on the table, because the resonance from the vibration can wake even the bear in the winter. Another is not the most obvious minus – there is no native management of music. If you are used to it on Pebble or other watches, then you will have to poke around to install music management with additional programs. On the other hand, for Amazfit there are a lot of third-party applications, you can install programs with additional dials and extend the standard ones. The choice is quite extensive.
In general, the pros have enough hours. Built-in GPS, good autonomy, a good screen with a protective glass, oleophobic coating and most importantly – a price of $ 70 and even cheaper, if you look good. The watches look pretty, the design is universal and suitable for most people and occasions. They work stably, they have replaceable 20-mm straps. There is protection from water, so you can even swim in the pool. And amid the cessation of support for Pebble, it is Amazfit that can catch this banner of inexpensive and convenient smartwatches. We just need to work on the software and deal with these global and Chinese versions. Although, if you choose between Pebble and Amazfit Bip, then we strongly recommend that you choose Pebble. Because in Pebble it is more logical and convenient to implement management, including music and there are no dances with a tambourine with localization. True language is only English, but we understand it better than Chinese. Yes, the support of these hours will end in the summer, but a huge army of fans is unlikely to let the clock just turn into a pumpkin. Most likely the application will be updated by enthusiasts. However, if you like Amazfit Bip, then this is quite a good watch, and buying this gadget will be justified, especially if it’s your first smartwatch.