Smart watches have long become commonplace, but the price of many models is still higher than desired — not everyone will decide to pay 200$ for a companion device. Nevertheless, there are options with all the necessary functions and without unnecessary pathos — for example, Amazfit Bip U Pro. We’ll tell you what this new product can do for the price of a fitness tracker.
Design without frills, but practical
The watch does not hide its class and positioning. The body is entirely made of polycarbonate and painted turquoise — you shouldn’t wear such an accessory with a business suit, but it will fit perfectly into a sporty style. They also offer pink and black options. The included strap is made of silicone to match the color of the device, and the standard mount allows you to easily replace it.
Thanks to the abundance of plastic in the design, the gadget is very light — the weight of 31 grams is completely unnoticeable on the hand. At the same time, the design is practical, matte plastic does not collect scratches, dirt and fingerprints. It is also claimed to be waterproof up to 5 ATM, so you can swim in the pool with the device.
On the side there is a control button, stylized as the crown of a classic wristwatch. Pressing unlocks the screen and brings up the main menu, the rest of the control is carried out via the touch screen.
The front side is covered with protective glass with an oleophobic coating. The finger glides well across the screen, fingerprints are easily erased and do not interfere with the image. The corners of the display are rounded, which harmonizes perfectly with the shape of the case. On the back side there is an optical heart rate monitor with an oxygen sensor and magnetic charging contacts. Compared to previous models, the charging dock has become more compact — making it convenient to take with you on the road.
The bright sun is not a friend to the screen
Amazfit Bip U Pro received a 1.43-inch IPS screen. The matrix resolution is 320x302 pixels, which in terms of conversion gives a pixel density of 308 ppi. This value is enough to clearly display any graphic elements that are needed on the smartwatch display.
The contrast level is decent, which increases the readability of white font on a black background. But the brightness margin could have been greater: although the anti-reflective coating is not bad, the picture fades under direct sunlight. There is no automatic brightness adjustment here, and due to the lack of a light sensor, you must adjust the backlight manually, choosing from four levels. But the screen automatically turns on when you turn your wrist — you don’t have to press the button again. It’s also convenient to block the watch by covering the display with your palm.
All functions on your wrist
Bip U Pro runs on its own Amazfit OS platform. Thanks to its simplicity, it is very fast even on weak hardware. There is no application store, but the system software successfully covers all basic needs.
The main screen is a dial with time and date; horizontal swipes open widgets with the weather forecast, activity information, player and voice assistant. Directly from the gadget you can control music on your smartphone, as well as start photo and video shooting.
The notification center is called up by swiping up — when synchronized with a smartphone, it displays messages from social networks and instant messengers, as well as incoming calls and SMS. It’s a pity that you can’t answer directly from the watch; I would like to see a voice typing function with the ability to send. Still, there is a microphone in the device.
The new product works with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, which has not yet been adapted for the European market. So, commands have to be given in English, and other services from the Amazon ecosystem do not work for us. Unfortunately, you can’t replace Alexa with Google Assistant.
A vibration motor with an eccentric is responsible for the tactile response — just like in inexpensive smartphones. Considering the small size and weight of the watch, its power is enough to wake you up when the alarm goes off.
Since the model is designed for active users, it has a maximum of sports and biometric functions packed into it. The Huami BioTracker 2 sensor monitors heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, sleep quality and stress levels. Girls can track their menstrual cycles in a separate application.
Of course, this is not a medical device, and one cannot expect absolute accuracy from it. Such a device only needs to monitor critical deviations from the norm, because they can warn the user about arrhythmia or apnea so that he can take action in time. In some cases this saves lives.
For athletes, there are 15 training modes, as well as dozens of individual presets for different exercises. The watch has a built-in accelerometer to monitor movement, but it can’t automatically record readings at the start of a workout—you have to manually select the desired mode. In addition, the GPS module is used to save routes.
Amazfit Bip U Pro connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 via the Zepp app. To pair for the first time, just scan the QR code from the watch display. The main page displays all activity and health indicators, and the menu offers firmware updates and accessory settings to suit your needs.
For example, you can disable the Alexa voice assistant, which is useless for a European user, and change the widget configuration. There is also a choice of 50 watch faces, some of which can be customized.
The stated operating time is up to 9 days with normal use and up to 5 with active use. Apparently, “normal” only means showing the time. During testing, the 230 mAh battery died at the end of the fourth day. The device constantly monitored the pulse and also tracked GPS coordinates for several hours a day. It takes 2 hours to fully charge via USB from the included docking station.
- IPS, 1.43″, 320×302, 308 ppi
- PROTECTION FROM WATER AND DUST
- 5 atm
- devices based on Android 5.0+ / iOS 10.0+
- Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- accelerometer, heart rate sensor, GPS
- SPEAKER / MICROPHONE
- no / yes
- VOICE ASSISTANT
- Amazon Alexa
- 41 x 35 x 11 mm
- 230 mAh (lithium polymer)
- WEIGHT WITH STRAP
- 31 years
Amazfit Bip U Pro offers all the necessary features for sports and outdoor activities without paying extra for branding and design. Thanks to the built-in GPS module, you can take the new product not only for a run, but also for a hike — in case you want to remember the route. Waterproofing allows you to swim with the watch in the pool, and the Huami BioTracker 2 sensor tracks important physical readings, warning of fatigue or possible health problems. I wish the company would add a choice of voice assistant. The special bonuses from the IPS screen are still invisible — the system looks very simple, and such a display does not have the best effect on battery life. As a result, we have a replacement fitness tracker with a large screen and an abundance of functions — we can recommend it as a companion device for those who value simplicity and practicality.