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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Zepp app

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.

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Autonomy

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.

Specifications

SCREEN
IPS, 1.43″, 320×302, 308 ppi
PROTECTION FROM WATER AND DUST
5 atm
COMPATIBILITY
devices based on Android 5.0+ / iOS 10.0+
CONNECTION
Blue­tooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
SENSORS
accelerom­e­ter, heart rate sen­sor, GPS
SPEAKER / MICROPHONE
no / yes
VOICE ASSISTANT
Ama­zon Alexa
DIMENSIONS
41 x 35 x 11 mm
BATTERY
230 mAh (lithi­um poly­mer)
WEIGHT WITH STRAP
31 years

Results

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.