Amazfit Bip S smartwatch overview: Value and battery life will smoke the competitors

The Amazfit Bip S is not the very best smartwatch I’ve ever examined — not even shut. Nevertheless it’s undoubtedly the longest-running one. I wore it for nearly 10 days straight with out having to cost it as soon as, and that is much more than I can say for its pricier rivals. But when battery life alone is not sufficient to get your consideration, the $69 price ticket ought to seal the deal. (UK costs weren’t obtainable, nevertheless it’s AU$119 in Australia, which is about £65.)

The Bip S is the third variant of the Amazfit Bip (together with the Amazfit Bip Lite). Created by Chinese language firm Huami in 2018, the unique Bip was a fan favourite from the get-go. It did the essential smartwatch duties for a lot lower than rivals, and it lasted as much as 45 days on a single cost. CNET’s Scott Stein gave it excessive reward, calling it among the finest low-key smartwatches round. 

The Bip S has higher health options and a barely higher display than its predecessor, nevertheless it hasn’t modified a lot within the final two years. And whereas it is nonetheless among the finest offers on the market, it lags a bit behind others, just like the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch, on the subject of options and connectivity. 


The Amazfit Bip S is available in 4 colours, with a brand new two-toned pink possibility.

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A design that matches the worth

Save for a couple of new shade choices (pink and inexperienced) and a brighter show, the Bip S appears to be like like a carbon copy of the unique Bip. And by that, I imply it appears to be like like a plastic Apple Watch, with a a lot thicker bezel and lighter body. 

It is undoubtedly not probably the most engaging smartwatch I’ve laid my eyes on, nevertheless it’s sensible and extra snug to put on than a few of the extra premium, heavier watches which can be bulkier. It is so mild that I even forgot I had it on once I slept.

However the greatest value compromise comes on the expense of the display. It is all the time on, which is a pleasant perk, nevertheless it’s not fairly as sharp, shiny or responsive as a telephone display. The backlight additionally did not all the time activate once I wanted it to. Generally it really works on demand, however I needed to exaggerate elevating my wrist extra usually than I would prefer to get it to activate. And as talked about earlier than, it isn’t as delicate to the touch. I needed to swipe or faucet the display a couple of instances to get it to reply. When it does mild up or brighten although, it is clear to see in broad daylight. 

The Bip S features a few extra watch faces than its predecessors, in addition to the power to customise a few of the current ones.

The Bip S’ improved health monitoring

The unique Amazfit Bip coated the fundamentals when it got here to health monitoring, however the Bip S takes it a step additional by including extra exercises and higher metrics. 

It may now log as much as 10 totally different actions together with yoga, weights and swimming. Its 5ATM water resistance makes it secure for each pool and open-water swims, and its built-in GPS means you’ll be able to depart your telephone on dry land whilst you’re within the water or out on a run.

Since testing the Amazfit Bip S, I have been in a position to observe my stats precisely. However I’ve to recollect to do it correctly. For instance, the dial button might be programmed as a shortcut to begin exercises, which is handy. However for operating (or different out of doors exercises) I nonetheless should press the display to substantiate GPS connection earlier than truly registering the run. This defeats the aim of getting the shortcut within the first place. The primary few instances I took it out, I forgot to substantiate and it did not log my run. As a result of it would not have automated exercise detection, it’s a must to begin it manually to really log your exercises — but it can pause mechanically when it senses that you’ve got stopped transferring for some time.

Like its predecessor, the Bip S has steady heart-rate monitoring. Throughout workout routines, it broke down my info into zones on the cell app to point out whether or not I used to be in a lightweight, intensive, cardio, anaerobic or Vo2 max (most oxygen consumption) heart-rate zone. That is just like what different sports activities watches like Fitbit and Garmin do, however as a result of the Bip S’ outcomes did not all the time mirror the depth at which I perceived my exercise, I am skeptical of its accuracy. 


The most important upgrades on the Amazfit Bip S are well being and health associated. 

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The Bip S interprets coronary heart price into well being metrics 

Along with the same old steps and distance, the Bip S provides a brand new metric known as PAI (Private Exercise Intelligence)., which grades you on how a lot exercise you have accomplished through the day Because of this fairly than counting on step rely or energy burned, the Bip S makes use of coronary heart price information (together with fundamental demographic info) to find out whether or not or not the consumer was in a position to elevate their coronary heart price lengthy sufficient all through the day to keep up a wholesome life-style. When that is achieved, the chance of creating power diseases like coronary heart illness, hypertension and diabetes lowers, in response to Huami.

The thought itself will not be novel and it is just like the transfer ring on the Apple Watch and zone minutes on Fitbit gadgets — all of that are exercise metrics that transcend step counting. Nevertheless it’s new to the Bip household, and it was a great way to maintain myself sincere about how a lot exercise I used to be doing (or not doing) through the day. Having it truly motivated me to maintain going all through the week. 

Bip S lacks sure sensible options and has unreliable connectivity

The most important deal-breaker for me concerning the Amazfit is that it did not actually work properly as a “sensible” watch. Technically it is suitable with iOS and Android, however once I tried to make use of it with my iPhone, the connection was unreliable. I would cease receiving telephone notifications on the watch, and I would should re-pair the app with the telephone a couple of instances. A firmware replace did assist with the connectivity points, nevertheless it did not fully remedy the issue. Seeing my information on the telephone app additionally took some time to sync, too. 

Even when the Amazfit displayed my notifications correctly, I could not do a lot with them. As a result of it would not have a microphone, dictation can be out of the query, so do not take into consideration programming fast replies. 

All in all, apart from a couple of fundamental apps for the climate and music management (which is a step up from the unique Bip), the watch principally mirrors your telephone and would not have many standalone features. Even the alarm app needs to be programmed on the telephone, and there are not any cell funds of any type. 

Bip S’ lengthy battery life makes sleep monitoring a breeze

Even with its spotty connectivity and mediocre sensible options, this watch retains going lengthy after its rivals quit. The truth that I did not should sideline it to a charger on the finish of the day meant it by no means left my wrist. 

Huami says it could actually go as much as 40 days on a cost when you’re doing the bare-bone features, though realistically I would anticipate about 15 days price of battery life. Or 10 days when you’re firing on all cylinders, like myself (max display brightness and GPS exercises regularly, for instance). 

Past the comfort of not having to cost it on the finish of every day, having it on 24-7 meant I tracked my sleep much more frequently than I did with different smartwatches. 

The Bip S gave me a sleep rating within the morning primarily based on quite a few various factors, like sleep period, bedtime and high quality of sleep in comparison with different customers. As a mom of two young children, I do know my sleep habits have room for enchancment, so I used to be shocked to search out that I have been averaging a few 90 (out of 100) each evening. So both Amazfit customers have deplorable sleep habits, or it isn’t excellent at figuring out whether or not I am in mattress nursing the infant or truly asleep. I believe it could be a mixture of each. 

However even with my skepticism, having this information over an extended time period helped me determine the instances once I was getting probably the most restful sleep and it modified my bedtime habits (to an earlier hour) so I may maximize that deep sleep cycle. Whether or not it truly helps me really feel extra rested through the day is TBD. 

The Bip S is an affordable possibility, nevertheless it will not substitute your telephone

When you’re on the lookout for a smartwatch to free you out of your telephone on occasion, this isn’t it. In that case you are higher off getting an Apple Watch Sequence 3 or Galaxy Watch Lively 2. The Amazfit Bip S is extra consistent with the Fitbit Cost, a dumb sidekick that tracks your sleep and exercise ranges and sometimes lets you understand when somebody is attempting to achieve you. However for some, that is all they really want. And for $69 it is pretty much as good of a deal on an entry-level smartwatch as you will get, particularly when you’re on the fence about getting one within the first place. 

After this overview, I am most likely going to retire the Bip S for a wiser different. However I am undoubtedly going to overlook that enduring battery life. And I agree with CNET’s Rick Broida, who stated he would possibly even think about going again to it when he travels to save lots of shedding one more cable to the resort room energy outlet. However we’ll see about that after “touring” turns into a factor once more. 

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