World News – AU – This $ 110 smartwatch is actually better than some Fitbits


The old adage, « You get what you pay for », is generally true, and when it comes to gadgets, twice as much But every once in a while you find a product that exceeds its price L ‘Amazfit Bip S is one such device

To be clear, the Bip S will never, ever compete with a premium flagship smartwatch like the Apple Watch Series 6, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, or the Fitbit Sense Although smartwatches have become much more affordable in the world. Over the past couple of years, we’re not quite at the point where you can get high-end specs for a low price.However, the Bip S offers features that you really wouldn’t expect on a smartwatch less. from $ 150 It has a built-in GPS for one It also has an always-on display, continuous heart rate monitoring, and with typical use 15 days of battery life You get sleep tracking (with sleep stages!), your typical push notifications, a color transflective touchscreen, 10 sport modes, changeable dials, 5 ATM water resistance and music control too It’s… pretty amazing for the price

Let me put it in context: Fitbit just put built-in GPS on the Charge 4, a fitness tracker that costs more than double the Bip S at $ 220 Last time I reviewed a watch smart at $ 110 it was the Withings Move I was disappointed, to put it mildly It only contained the most basic fitness metrics, relied on my phone for GPS, and while it tracked sleep, there was no notification

Highly accurate GPS fitness tracking; 15-day battery life (up to 40 days if you change settings); continuous heart rate monitoring; sleep tracking

On paper, I had a feeling the Amazfit Bip S sounded too good to be true Huami, the parent company of Amazfit, isn’t exactly a household name in the United States, although they have a ton of inexpensive wearable clothes all over Amazon (It’s also the company that partnered with Timex for their affordable smartwatches) But enough of Gizmodo’s loyal smartwatch readers had been shouting in the comments on Amazfit smartwatches that I decided it was time to try one for myself After all, there must be a catch, right?

There was sort of – mainly in terms of style and design It’s not a nice smartwatch At a glance, it looks like an Apple Watch clone, but not in a high way. range like the Oppo Watch The polycarbonate body has nothing to do with it, but it’s light at just 31 grams It just feels a little chintzy in your hand – partly because of the materials, and partly because the strap silicone and the plastic buckle aren’t particularly sturdy But again it’s only $ 110, and in a week of wear it hasn’t collapsed, although I’m pretty tough on my watches

Likewise, the 28 inch transflective display is not going to win any prizes or compliments There is a huge bezel on all sides of the screen Scrolling through the screens is not the most eye-catching, but it’s not that slow that you’d be frustrated. I wouldn’t call the 176 x 176 screen resolution terrible either; it’s kind of reminiscent of old pebbles from the time And if you like to exercise outdoors, transflective screens are good as they are visible in direct sunlight

The corresponding Zepp app (formerly called Amazfit) is also decent Is it as advanced or refined as the Samsung Health, Apple’s Health or Fitness or Fitbit apps? No But it does offer a lot of the same features, although the metric system defaults (you can change it), and sometimes there are English phrases that are poorly translated as Steps, Calories Burned, Sleep, Heart Rate, and Body Score. sleep are clearly displayed on the home screen

Huami has also partnered up with PAI Health (formerly Mio, in the wearable era), so you can also check your PAI or Personal Activity Intelligence score if you’ve never used a Mio tracker in the day, I’d say it’s something akin to Fitbit’s newly introduced Active Zone Minutes.You get a certain number of PAIs based on your daily activity, and the goal is to maintain at least 100 PAIs over a period of time. 7 days The amount of PAI you are rewarded for a given activity is based on your demographics so it is meant to be personalized for your actual physiology I don’t know how much I am buying this but either way it is good to have a metric other than steps to determine if you are getting a good amount of activity in

These are the worst things I can say about the Bip S, and for the price, these are acceptable tradeoffs

Where the Bip S excels is fitness tracking I know I was shocked A 5km run recorded by my running app was recorded as 5km on the Bip S and 5 km on the Apple Watch SE Another 5 km run on my iPhone was recorded as 254 by the Bip S and 5 km by the Watch SE This accuracy also extended to GPS walks A 2 km watch recorded by my iPhone was recorded as 2 km by Watch SE and Bip S My runs outages were also above average

In addition to standard metrics like average pace and heart rate, you also get cadence, stride, GPS route, and heat maps You also get graphs of your pace and heart rate, of your time and time spent in different heart rate zones Will it beat Polar or Garmin? No But you get almost everything from a workout breakdown that Fitbit and Apple would give you

Previously when using the Timex Ironman GPS R300 and Metropolitan R smartwatches, which use the same GPS technology as the Bip S, I had a little latency with the watches finding the GPS signal in my neighborhood J ‘ found the Bip S to be much easier to find the GPS as a whole

For sleep monitoring, the Bip S is effective in giving you an overview of the quality of your sleep It was quite perfect with my Oura ring for the duration of sleep and the time I spent in deep, light sleep The Zepp app is not as granular as the Oura app, but it does allow you to log factors such as drinking, reading, and exercise that can impact your quality of your sleep, as well as your mood when you woke up The only thing I struggled with was figuring out when I was suddenly woken up by my cat’s asshole during the night It never signaled me to wake up in the middle of the night, even though I really got out of bed to appease my demonic hairball

The Bip S was also reliable for push notifications You have to activate them manually in the app itself, and for me only Zepp, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, KakaoTalk, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Calendar were natively supported However, you can choose to enable bluetooth notifications for all other apps – there will only be a generic app icon in the corner of the notification instead of the actual logo Again, this is not bass Controlling the music was also easy, although there was a little bit of latency here – maybe 2-3 seconds Otherwise it worked fine

Battery life was huge too After a week of continuous uninterrupted wear with around two hours of GPS training I still have 49% battery life It’s on track for the next 15 days. Typical use Technically, if you change the settings to use less power, you can allegedly get up to 40 days Although realistically the 15 days number is probably closer to the mark

If you’re looking for more of a classic smartwatch experience with cell calling, NFC payments, and third-party apps, the Bip S won’t do that for you.But, if you’re looking for something simple and precise that sends your messages to you. notifications, I actually think you might want to consider the Bip S on trackers like the Fitbit Inspire 2 or the Fitbit Charge 4 To start you will get a larger, more readable display for notifications You will also get a longer battery life, a wider choice of watch faces and, compared to the Inspire 2, you also get built-in GPS You forgo things like SpO2 tracking and Fitbit’s social community However, blood oxygen monitoring is still a fairly nascent feature, and if you’re in no rush to share your workouts or get ahead of your friends, the social features you won’t really miss

You’re also saving between $ 50 and $ 100 for a very similar feature set To be fair, budget smartwatches like the Bip S are probably a big reason Fitbit is losing ground in the budget market. >

The Amazfit Bip S is neither the prettiest nor the smartest watch on the market But if you are ok with some of its quirks and the chunky bezels, this is definitely an amazing deal

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