Amazfit Bip VS The Field | Best Fitness Tracker of 2019

We touched a little bit on the Amazfit Bip back in June 2018, when it’s price dropped from $99.99-$79.99.  Recently, with some big software updates to its companion app, Mi Fit, the Bip is even more valuable.  Coming from the Huami company, based in Mountain View, CA, it’s part of an impressive family of wearables.  The Amazfit Bip is our favorite overall fitness wearable for 4 main reasons:

  • Price!!! Best price for the amount of features
  • The transflective display that looks better in sunlight and is extremely energy efficient.
  • The 30+ day battery life.
  • Built-in sensors (heart rate, GPS + GLONASS, compass, barometer, and 3-axis accelerometer).
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Amazfit Bip Fitness Tracking Smartwatch | Pic Courtesy of Amazfit

Is It A Smartwatch Or A Fitness Tracker?!

It’s the type of wearable that transcends all categories, including regular watches, and here’s why:

Comparing To Digital Watches:

     If you break it down to the basic category of regular digital watches, the only drawbacks are:

  • You have to charge it every 30-45 days 
  • It has to be initially set up by connecting it to a smartphone. 

     Other than that, with the HUGE amount of features and low price, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cooler digital watch than the Amazfit Bip.   

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Comparing To Traditional Smartwatches:

     When you compare it to traditional smartwatches, the only drawback is that there’s no ability to download extra apps or music.  The Amazfit Bip will still show your text, calls, and notifications, though.  It also shares one of the coolest features with smartwatches.  

     The ability to choose from 1,000’s of unique watch faces puts even most smartwatches to shame.  Show things like heart-rate, steps, weather, date, time, and more right on your Always-On-Display.  You can see everything you want and nothing you don’t, at a hands-free glance.

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Comparing To GPS Running Watches:

     Even putting it up against hardcore GPS running watches, the Bip holds it’s own by tracking a lot of advanced runners metrics and displays most of them directly on the watch in real-time.  The metrics include elapsed time, pace, current heart rate, total steps, step frequency (steps/min), stride length, and more.  

     When you’re done with your activities, you can open up the Mi Fit app and see additional advanced metrics and charts.  It also displays how many minutes you were in each heart rate zone (relaxed, light, intensive, aerobic, anaerobic, and V0² max).   This may be more metrics than most people will ever need, but it’s nice to know that the Bip and the app will grow with you if you progress past simple step counting.  In addition, all of your running, walking, and cycling routes are overlayed on Google maps.

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Compared To Fitness Trackers:

     The category that we end up defaulting to is fitness trackers, where the big boy on the block is Fitbit.  With the Fitbit Charge 3 being one of the closest equivalents, the Amazfit Bip is more than a worthy adversary.  Even though it’s not swim-ready like the Charge 3, there’s still a lot to love…

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Software Features

     Before we get more into the physical features, let’s look at the rest of the software for the Amazfit Bip.   The Mi Fit app has more than enough options for the average user.  Most of your data can also be easily auto-synced to Google Fit and Apple Health, so “if you like your health app, you can keep it.”  If you choose to sync, here are some things to think about:

Syncing To Google Fit

     Google has recently allowed continuous heart rate to be shared from the Mi Fit App.  This is nice if you just want to use the Amazfit Bip to track sleep and workouts. Then you can use a traditional Android Wear smartwatch during the day and all your stats will be in one place.  

     Google still has some work to do to get their Fit app up to the same level as Fitbit or Apple.   We won’t blame you if you Android users switch to Mi Fit and never look back.

Syncing To Apple Health

     Apple Health is also pretty limited compared to other fitness apps, but has made huge improvements to the nutritional and medical side of tracking.  You can also get all of the basic activities, including continuous heart rate, synced from Mi Fit to Apple Health. 

Mi Fit App

     The Mi Fit app provides everything you need for tracking your health and fitness, besides meal tracking.  Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal is by far the best choice if you looking to include nutritional tracking into your daily routine.  This is where the built-in Google Fit and Apple Health auto-sync really pays off.  You’ll  only need to use them as a bridge to get your step count and calories burned from Mi Fit to MyFitnessPal…   

Here’s what you should expect to see when you open up Mi Fit:

Status

     On the home “Status” tab you’ll find:

  • Activity Badge – Step count, total distance, and calories burned for the day.
  • Sleep – Last night’s total sleep, deep sleep, light sleep, and awake times.
  • Activity – Last activity and the main statistics.
  • Heart – Current heart rate with a chart showing your continuous readings throughout the day.
  • Weight – Current weight with a chart showing weekly manual measurement inputs.  This can also be auto-synced using a Xiaomi smart scale.
  • Streak – A weekly chart of your daily step-goal outcomes.

Activity

     The “Activity” tab allows you to track or view stats from the 4 main categories:

  • Outdoor Running
  • Treadmill
  • Outdoor Cycling
  • Walking/Hiking

     This is also where you’ll find all of the advanced running metrics for the more hardcore runners.  Plus, you can share your workouts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more, right from the Mi Fit app.  On the other hand, if you want a little more intimacy, you can swap your Mi Fit QR code with friends and family.  This allows you to view stats and compete with them directly and privately from within the app.

Profile

     Finally, in the “Profile” tab, you’ll find everything you need to fully customize your experience.  At the top, it also shows your All-Time stats like avg steps/day, total miles, and total goals reached.   

     One of the more unique options is “behavior tagging.”  This allows you to manually measure common situations or add custom situations.  After a while your Amazfit Bip will learn your habits and be more likely to auto-track your activities properly.  This way you’re not adding false steps when riding the bus or receiving “get up and move” reminders when you’re working at your STANDING desk.  

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On The Watch

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Amazfit Bip Fitness Tracking Smartwatch | Pic Courtesy of Amazfit

     After we got our hands on the Amazfit Bip back in 2018 and had some time to test it out, we’re even more impressed with it than before.  From the impressively accurate GPS + GLONASS tracking, all the way down to the battery-efficient always-on display.  

     Navigation is easy.  Swipe right for weather, down for the “do-not-disturb,” and up for notifications.  Swiping to the left will bring up the main menu sections:

  • Status – Displays steps, heart rate, total daily miles, calories, and even how many sessions during the day you sat down for more than an hour.
  • Activity – Select to start one of the 4 activities and GPS tracking.  You can also see past activity stats and modify heart rate, pace, and distance alerts.
  • Weather – Current weather and 4-day forecast
  • Alarm
  • Compass
  • Settings – watch face selection, brightness, find-my-phone, and more.

     The touchscreen is snappy and responsive.  Some may not like it, but you have to press the side button to activate the touchscreen, so no accidental swipes or selections.  This is especially nice when you’re wearing it while you sleep.

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Amazfit Bip Fitness Tracking Smartwatch | Pic Courtesy of Amazfit

The Good, The Bad, No Ugly

     Here are ALL of the main features that make the Amazfit Bip better than your average fitness wearable:

Pros:

  • 30+ day battery life
  • IP68 water resistant and dustproof.
  • Built-in GPS + GLONASS tracking that helps capture all of the aforementioned advanced runner’s metrics.
  • 24/7 heart rate tracking with the option to have every 1, 5, 10, or 30 minutes.
  • Detailed sleep tracking including deep sleep, light sleep, and time awake.
  • Built-in compass and barometer.
  • 16 stock watch faces. Also, hundreds of extra 3rd-party watch faces for various time, date, weather, heart rate, and/or step count display sets (via the free Amazfit Bip & Cor WatchFaces app on Android; AmazTools app on iOS). For the tech-savvy, you can also create your own.
  • Universally compatible with most 20mm watch bands.
  • Battery-efficient always-on display and backlight for viewing in the dark.  
  • Available in 4 exclusive colors (Onyx Black, Cinnabar Red, Kokoda Green, and White Cloud).
  • For international users, it has AliPay built-in for mobile purchases.

Cons:

  • Even though it’s IP68 water and dustproof, it’s not swim-ready. 
  • One-way communication. Displays caller info, texts, and other notifications, but you have to use your phone to answer back.
  • The Mi Fit companion app doesn’t have meal tracking like the Fitbit app. (yet!)

Summary

     To put it simply, the Amazfit Bip is perfect for anyone who wants a remarkably capable fitness tracker without the price tag of other wearables with similar features.  If this would be your first wearable, then the Amazfit Bip is definitely your best solution.  Looking back at the long list of features, you’ll probably find yourself sticking with it just for the extremely good battery life. 

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Amazfit Bip Fitness Tracking Smartwatch | Pic Courtesy of Amazfit
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