Fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitor, and excellent battery life for under $100 - simply impressive! I love this little watch!
Battery life: I sync calls/message/apps/weather/24 hr heart rate/alarm and it averages around 2.5%/day. Two things that would kill the battery life: watch face with seconds (I learned this by reading through posts in a forums. With second-hand watch face it drains ~8% a day. The second one is exercise mode but this is obvious since it has constant GPS and heart rate monitor. Other manufacturer with 2 days battery life would only last ~4 hours in exercise mode.
With everything turned on, I run 3 times/week and workout 4 nights a week, I am still left with ~20% battery after two weeks. Really impressed! With the exercises that I do, others will need to charge everyday or every other day.
Wish list: I hope a future update will bring workout mode so I can track workout (I'm using treadmill mode). Also, challenge mode would be great and please open up community sections within the app.
Bluetooth connection to Android device is beyond flawless. It sync instantaneously. I've been using this well over a month and really love it!!! I really enjoy the GPS mapping features and statistics on walking/running to help me pace (beginning runner). Also, statistics on my heart rate is also very helpful. Heart rate while working and using tread mill mode is a bit off, it seems to behind. Using running mode can track it better but running mode activates GPS and uses more battery - please add workout mode.
The most impressive features are battery life, cost, and GPS. If you keep notifications, exercise mode minimal and choosing the right clock face you can more achieve a 1-month battery life.
Update (9/27/2018): I have had this watch for over a month and I still love it. It functions very well for runners. It is so nice to have something reliable for training for a half marathon. One of the only downfalls is while you are running or doing an activity, if someone were to call or text message, it doesn't show it on the watch. Also, I don't know that the sleep setting is all that accurate. It is almost as if I lay down, it thinks that I am sleepinp, but you area able to edit this if you know what time you actually fell asleep. Again, not the end of the world for me. Also which there was an eliptical option and not just treadmill. But all in all, I am VERY impressed! The battery life is amazing too.
(Original 8/24/2018): I just recieved my Amazfit today, I charged it for about 30 minutes and the battery was already up to 85%. While charging I was able to pair my phone for pairing the devices together and set everything up. I read previous reviews and some had mentioned the difficulties, but I didn't experience any. I also want to note I have a Samsung S7. It took about 30 minutes total for the setup (downloading the app, updating the watch, personalizing the screen, and testing out the pedometer). I tested out the GPS by selecting an outdoor run activity, and drove a few miles. The GPS was spot on with mileage, and I am even impressed with it linking to Google Maps. If I could give this 10 stars, I would. The watch is lightweight and comfortable and I personally think it looks nice. I plan on doing an update in a week or two to give more feedback. My ultimate goal for this watch was for outdoor running. I previously had a Microsoft Fit Band 2 (which I loved), but after 2 years the band was breaking and I was out of the warranty period. I then bought a Samsung Gear Fit Pro 2 in February of 2018 ($200), and found out too late that the GPS was useless when I would go for a run, it wasn't accurate at all. Hopefully this review will help others who are seeking a watch that is inexpensive and is practical for outdoor runners.
The packing is simple, clean and elegant. All is included in the box is the watch and the charger, which you will rarely need to use. I bought this to replace my Pebble 2, because a rubber button tore off compromising its use and its waterproof capabilities.
+ Touchscreen is smooth and the transitions great for a budget smartwatch for notifications and fitness tracking capabilities + They say 30 - 45 day battery life (we shall see, starting at 65% 9/14 - 53% 9/16 (I use heart rate during sleep for better results) + Very lightweight so you don't even notice it on + Silicon band is nice, can replace with any 40mm band + Transreflective e-ink color screen to easily see in the sun + not as thick/ bulky as other smartwatches
+/- Updates for a few minutes after syncing with smartphone +/- You must enable all the apps you want to receive notifications for, but that's okay for me +/- A little too reliant on your phone to do things (disconnect bluetooth instead of having it disconnect many times, vibrating letting you know it has)(most if not all the settings for the watch is set on your phone)(cannot check your sleep results through your watch) +/- Many custom watch-faces seem to have km for distance, C in degrees, and a 24 hour format (If you look hard enough, you'll find what you're looking for)
- White cloud when hovering over the item choice, but is actually called Light Grey (I'm okay with the color though and it could be either Amazon's or Amazfit's fault - Janky way of getting 1 single watchface saved at a time is an alt Android app (AmazFit Bip & Core WatchFaces), that saves over a default watchface (I only know of that 1 way/app at the moment) - Cannot run stopwatch in the background (cannot receive notifications whilst running, hopefully will be fixed in a future update)(or I can change it myself somehow) - Cannot set the backlight duration - Cannot set backlight brightness (it’ll burn your eyes in the night)
I'm really enjoying this product. Takes perhaps 3 hours to charge, but worth it for the long battery life. Easy 21+ days, more like 14+ days if using GPS activity tracking daily. Not advertised battery life, but damn good. As much as I love it though, I would instead go with used Pebble for a more polished experience
I do not have words to explain how terribly disappointed I am with the BIP. When the first BIP I received did not work I thought possibly my old Galaxy III was simply not powerful enough to support the BIP. After trying may different suggestions from Scott, apparently the only support tech, I somehow managed to reach a live person by phone. After trying a couple of things with Josh on the line he determined that there was something actually wrong with the BIP so he sent me a new BIP and a return label for the BIP I originally purchased. While waiting on the new BIP I purchased a brand new Motorola G6 phone and have spent 45 minutes online with Scott trying to make the new BIP work. My phone recognizes the BIP but the BIP refuses to recognize the phone. I have removed the Mi Fit app from my phone and downloaded an updated version of the app. I still can’t get the BIP to see my phone. I have removed the BIP from my Bluetooth connected devices, I have placed the BIP directly on my phone so it can’t possibly get any closer to the phone. Absolutely nothing changes on the face of the BIP – all I have is an image of a cell phone and an image of the BIP with a double-headed arrow connecting the images.
I really, really wanted this to work for me but I am done. I have contacted Amazon and they have sent me a return shipping label. I took the BIP to the UPS store this morning.
I had to give up my Garmin Vivosmart 4 because the buckle gave me a nickle ulcer on my wrist and there is no way to change out the band. Other than the money, I'm kind of glad I did.
This tracker is quite a bit less expensive and has a similar set of tracking abilities. I exchanged a bit of sleep data (no rem tracking) for GPS. AND, I could change the band for one with no buckle and only a surgical stainless disk next to my skin. That was very easy to do since it takes any 20 mm band.
I like the form factor of this watch better. There is much more on the home screen and it is MUCH more readable in daylight. The attached photo was taken in a room with no lights on, on a cloudy day, with only the light from the nearby window and you can still read the face with no backlight.
It synced pretty quickly. Battery life is at 90 % after 24 hours with continuous hr reading and much backlighting (it's new, I like checking it out), so the battery should stay charged for 10 to 14 days (after I stop looking every half hour). Haven't tried GPS. Sleep info looked accurate and HR info agrees exactly with my wrist BP cuff.
Seems sturdy enough, and I have a screen protector coming next week. The only thing I would change is - I would have liked a stainless bezel instead of the poly carbonate. However, it looks good with my new band so I'm happy. If things change, I'll update.
UPDATE - I've had this for 14 days now and I'm at 19% battery so I'll charge it tomorrow. I've got it on continuous HR reading. The GPS works fine (when I remember to turn it on). The sleep graph looks quite accurate. Very happy.
Currently trying the Amazfit and I'm finding it to be what it promised to be - a good watch with all the features and alerts I depend on for both work and working out. Love the always-on feature and the swiping for additional info on alerts and alert histories. I'll come back to leave a full review when more time has passed. I'm here now to share the fact that I found a user manual online that has been very helpful in the initial set up and getting to know the watch. Amazon doesn't allow external links so I suggest you search on "Amazfit Bip User Manual" and it should pop up.
Update 10/8/18: While I wanted to really like this watch, the bottom line is that it's operation is unsatisfactory. The watch cannot be far at all from the phone or else it disconnects and pings you repeatedly to tell you it is disconnected. Overnight, it would not register alerts for emails and other alerts that came in on my phone. In the morning, it would take some connecting/disconnecting etc. to get it to start getting alerts again. Today, it was hit or miss whether I received an alert. That was the last straw.
Doubting the accuracy. Said I slept 8 hours when I knew I had only slept 2 hours. Battery died fast and it broke in the first week. I could tell it had previously been used since it came up on my Bluetooth named “daddy’s pro watch”. Seller did accept return with no issues.
Update 12Jun18: So I have got my replacement. The sleep tracking seems to be OK; specially, with heart rate on all time. However, I am having trouble with the battery life now. With automatic heart rate tracking enabled on my previous one, I used to loose about 3% a day. I have used the new watch for only about 3 days now. However, I noticed a drop of about 12%/day with similar usage. I want to mention that I have disabled weather - since I don't see that on my watch. Also, I have used GPS only once on the new watch for about 5 mins. I am still fiddling around with different settings and see if it goes down in a few more days or so. One more thing I noticed is while using the stopwatch or countdown timer the watch face doesn't lock. I like to use the countdown as a power nap timer and it will change settings by getting touched accidentally. I wish the watch face will lock while running the timers.
BTW, I see lots of folks had problem with user manual missing. I have used similar watches before (Mi Band) and the setup is pretty similar. If you have questions feel free to let me know and I can try to help as per my knowledge. I will update this review if I get anything more worth mentioning.
Original review: I have been using Bip for two weeks now. I wanted to get a good feel about it before I write a review.
Setup: Download Mi Fit app. You need to have a Mi account setup. There is nothing complicated about the first setup. Everything was pretty straightforward to understand. One thing I noticed is with some small brand trackers, I needed to turn on my location before the app will sync with my watch. Not so with Mi Fit, it will sync just fine without my location on. I like that since it seems like the app is not tracking my location every time it needs to sync.
Performance: Once I setup the profile information on the Mi Fit app; the watch updated itself. It took quite a while for the first time updates. The step tracking is fairly accurate without the real high price. I have tried out the GPS running and walking outside. Once the GPS locks the tracking is really accurate every time for my use. Sleep tracking on my unit at least seems quite a bit buggy. Few days I will wake up at night for significant time (an hour or so) reading books. However, the watch will show this as Light sleep and not awake. I am planning to try out another unit - just to test if mine has issues. I will update the review once I have the newer unit. The heart rate is also fairly accurate for me. I have used cheaper trackers before and it was never near accurate. I do mostly indoor training like P90x, Jillian Michael, Insanity etc. There is no sports mode for this to track. However, I just use the indoor treadmill running and Bip at least tracks my heart rate pretty well. I like that the workout sessions are break down in different zones based on heart rate. The app shows you how much time you have spent on different heart rate zones. There is Light, Weight, Aerobic, Anaerobic & VO2 Max zones.
Misc Features: Other than step & heart rate tracking the watch also shows weather, has an Alarm, Stopwatch, countdown timer, Compass. I used these once in a while and they are fully functional as expected. In the Settings page of watch, you can change watch face, adjust back light brightness, find your paired phone (as long as it’s on bluetooth range), shutdown, factory reset. I have played with the few watch faces available on the watch. I don’t like most of them other than couple. The last face is customizable from the Mi Fit app. However, the collection is also very poor on app. Some folks have used other apps to customize the face. However, I tried few times without any success. There is a way to customize using the App folder .bin file on your phone. I was able to use that successfully. I wish that the app gets an update where all the 10 watch faces can be selected as per user preference. This should be possible with a software update hopefully later. I am also able to update the watch face by modifying the programs. I really like this feature.
Other thoughts: I like the battery life on this watch. I have done about 9 workouts in 2 weeks and 3 days. 4 of them were outdoor runs/walks. I have also played a lot with the watchface customization for at least couple days for 3-4 hours. Also, my heart rate tracking is on all the time at 30 mins interval. I had charged to 100% when I received the watch. Right now the battery is at 26%. At this rate it will probably last me about 2.5 weeks, which is quite a bit less than advertised. However, I think for my normal usage it will probably last more than 3 weeks of usage. This is a lot more than any other watch on market. I am OK with that. I will give update if this changes.
As everyone else says, it is great. (refer to my pics also) I wanted a simple watch that can count steps and maybe monitor. (here and there on heart or gps.. but not priority for me) Gets notifications - (even though you cant reply.. still is VERY helpful to see them coming in) Alot of different watch faces, but you are pretty limited due to graphics.. however I actually like the stock ones. BATTERY LIFE IS AMAZING. if you use the watch normally (checking steps, getting notifications from txt/kakoa/whats app etc.) I noticed my battery goes down maybe 2-3% a day. 4-7% on EXTREME USAGE DAYS, but it's rare. This watch can last you weeks before you have to charge. The watch face might show empty but when you go into the details you see you are still around 10%, and you know that will still last you about 3-4 days. fantastic feeling. I've had it since feb 13th, and still havent charged it yet (today is 2/22/19), I started with 66% out of the box and im down to 10% now, and not worried. The price itself is just a steal for what it can do. I dont use the GPS tracking as much as others, but its nice to have the option. I also just use the "Mi Fit" app, works fine for me. I got it in Feb 2019, so there was a healthy Update when got everything connected. I really just wanted a watch that looks modern/techie, can tell the time, can count steps and show me messages and the weather. bingo. sold.