Xiao­mi fit­ness devices have arrived on the shelf. Amaz­fit Bip is almost an exact copy Apple Watch with a bunch of his own chips. Excel­lent auton­o­my up to a month, good screen, work with the offi­cial Mi Fit appli­ca­tion and built-in GPS (!).

And all this — for 35–50 dol­lars, Carl!

What kind of Huami, give me Xiaomi

Why Amaz­fitbut not Xiao­mi? Now only the ultra-pop­u­lar Mi Band of sev­er­al ver­sions are marked with the Chi­nese giant’s own logo. How­ev­er, what they are, what oth­er sports gad­gets — every­thing is pro­duced by Hua­mi.

Huami’s full range of gad­gets can eas­i­ly com­pete with Garmin:

  • Mi Band 1/2 is the most pop­u­lar fit­ness track­er in his­to­ry;
  • Amaz­fit Pace is a smart­watch with GPS and real-time heart rate mea­sure­ment;
  • Amaz­fit Pace 2 is a pre­mi­um ver­sion of the track­er with­out a heart rate mon­i­tor for swim­mers, with a met­al case in the per­for­mance of an incred­i­bly cool wrist­watch;
  • Amaz­fit Core — fit­ness bracelet with pres­sure mea­sure­ment;
  • Amaz­fit Arc — bracelet to replace Mi Band 2;
  • Amaz­fit Bip is the smart­watch we’re talk­ing about.

Hua­mi not only devel­ops hard­ware, but also cre­ates its own soft­ware. All her devices work through the Amaz­fit app by default.

But that does­n’t mean they don’t work. Xiao­mi Mi Fit — any device from the list can be includ­ed in the home ecosys­tem, using it as a key to a smart home or a per­son­al sports con­sul­tant.

Why do you need Bip if you have Mi Band? Enhanced func­tion­al­i­ty and ease of use.

First impression of Amazfit Bip

Amaz­fit Bip con­tin­ue their Hua­mi line: func­tion­al, cheap, but styl­ish devices. Appear­ance — almost Apple Watch. If you don’t look close­ly, it’s almost impos­si­ble to tell. Screen glows con­stant­lybright, there is a but­ton, the bracelet does not cause nau­sea.

The watch case is plas­tic, but the dis­play pro­tects Goril­la glass. After some time, scratch­es will appear on them.

The stan­dard bracelet includ­ed with the Bip is made of hypoal­ler­genic sil­i­cone. Like the watch itself, the bracelet is avail­able in sev­er­al col­or com­bi­na­tions: black, orange, white or olive.

Any replace­ment can be pur­chased. Although, if desired, you can order a cus­tom one — for exam­ple, from met­al or para­cord. If the Chi­nese options are not inter­est­ing, any 20mm strap from the near­est watch store will do.

Charg­ing is car­ried out through a spe­cial base. It will not work to con­nect the clock to the com­put­er — only the pow­er lines are divorced. The set­ting is car­ried out only from the screen of the watch itself or a smart­phone.

The main dif­fer­ence between Bip and the noto­ri­ous fit­ness track­ers is a large dis­play. It is slight­ly small­er than Amaz­fit Pace (review), but almost the same as in the Apple Watch. Appar­ent­ly, this time Hua­mi devel­op­ers took the appear­ance from Apple.

Tak­en togeth­er, it turned out very bad­ly. I can’t say that the kit from the box will suit any style of cloth­ing. But high-qual­i­ty mate­ri­als and a good image make a good impres­sion.

Xiao­mi does its job, and is head and shoul­ders above the base­ment brands.

Although, not every­thing is as smooth as it might seem. When you turn on Amaz­fit Bip for the first time, it throws out a pack of hiero­glyphs. In order for the lan­guage to change, you need to con­nect them to your smart­phone via the Mi Fit app (Android, iOS). After that you can use.

What is the difference between Amazfit Bip and Mi Band?

Instead of an OLED screen, Bip received a trans­flec­tive dis­play sim­i­lar to that used in Pace. The res­o­lu­tion is low, the pix­el grid is vis­i­ble to the naked eye. This is the fee for the abil­i­ty to nor­mal­ly read mes­sages from a smart­phone and auton­o­my. Today, only a trans­flec­tive screen can pro­vide suf­fi­cient bat­tery life for smart­watch­es.

Bip dis­plays mes­sages in the native lan­guage of the smart­phone. There are no prob­lems with Euro­pean or any oth­er encod­ing. There is a prob­lem with fonts — the Cyril­lic alpha­bet is clear­ly unfin­ished. It is good that it is absent as a sys­tem lan­guage of the watch itself. By the way, there is no mes­sage scrolling either.

The screen back­light is much brighter than in any Chi­nese “smart watch”. The chip from the Mi Band with rais­ing your hand to acti­vate the back­light works: I looked at the clock, they turned on the set bright­ness lev­el them­selves.

Anoth­er rea­son to use a trans­flec­tive screen is the built-in GPS/GLONASS mod­ule. Seri­ous WIN — thanks to this, there is not a sin­gle Bip com­peti­tor on the mar­ket in the cur­rent price range.

Like oth­er Hua­mi fit­ness acces­sories, Amaz­fit Bip has a heart rate mon­i­tor. It only works in sleep and work­out modes. Not very con­ve­nient — at the right time it will not be pos­si­ble to mea­sure.

The dis­play is touch-sen­si­tive, but is locked in inac­tive mode. To wake up the screen, you need to press a hard­ware key — only then the sen­sor will begin to respond. Although this dif­fer­ence seems unim­por­tant, many Mi Band users will appre­ci­ate it. Hard­ware keys are bet­ter than a wheel­bar­row.

A long press of the hard­ware key starts the train­ing mode. Works even with gloves — and this is a big plus.

Amazfit Bip native features

Oth­er Bip set­tings are made using either the dis­play or the com­pan­ion app. The watch does not require a con­stant con­nec­tion with a smart­phone, it is not even nec­es­sary to take it with you to train­ing — quite rare syn­chro­niza­tions.

Autonomous work is extreme­ly rel­e­vant, tak­ing into account the com­mu­ni­ca­tion range: in open space do not extend more than 15 metersbecause it is used Blue­tooth LE.

Few set­tings per hour:

  • Turn on/off the alarm,
  • Choice of watch face
  • Launch­ing “Activ­i­ty”
  • View weath­er,
  • Start timer,
  • Launch com­pass.

Sup­port­ed activ­i­ty types include out­door run­ning, tread­mill run­ning, cycling, and walk­ing. You can set an alert based on heart rate or range (num­ber of steps), but only for all types of activ­i­ty at the same time.

Weath­er and alarms come to Bip from the appli­ca­tion, so they need to be set up and syn­chro­nized with a smart­phone first.

In the same Mi Fit, you can set which appli­ca­tions the watch will dis­play push mes­sages from, set the time with­out noti­fi­ca­tions, and view sta­tis­tics. In hours, the lat­ter is extreme­ly unin­for­ma­tive.

I wore Amazfit Bip for a month. Worth it?

The dis­play and capa­cious bat­tery allowed the devel­op­ers to equal­ize the oper­at­ing time of Bip and Mi Band. If Pace lasts a week with­out recharg­ing, then Huami’s ana­log of Apple Watch is up to 45 days.

I start­ed the auton­o­my test exact­ly a month ago. After play­ing with GPS for a cou­ple of days, I charged the clock. I just put it on the charg­ing base yes­ter­day. Excel­lent result.

With a work­ing GPS watch live 16–18 hours. About the same lev­el as Garmin. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Bip will not replace a pro­fes­sion­al track­er due to the low polling rate of the sen­sor. The track is smooth, beau­ti­ful, but with low accu­ra­cy — suit­able only for ama­teur train­ing.

Infor­ma­tive train­ing at alti­tude. Every kilo­me­ter, the watch vibrates, report­ing suc­cess, the heart rate mon­i­tor con­stant­ly takes heart rate read­ings and dis­plays it on the dis­play. At the end, you can view the com­plet­ed route in a schemat­ic view right on the watch.

The clock tracks sleep phas­es quite accu­rate­ly, so my smart alarm clock works for me per­son­al­ly. Appar­ent­ly, Hua­mi has once again changed the algo­rithms of work, so it’s impos­si­ble to say with a high prob­a­bil­i­ty whether it will work for some­one else.

By the way, sleep with Amaz­fit Bip Quite com­fort­able on the hand. Like tak­ing a show­er. Not much more dif­fi­cult than with the Mi Band — and much more pleas­ant than car­ry­ing the over­all Pace on your arm all the time.

There are enough holes in the strap to com­fort­ably fit the gad­get to a hand of any size. The watch itself is light (32 grams) and almost not felt on the hand.

Bip also has a bunch of addi­tion­al watch­faces. The default is only 10, but some stock ones dis­play all the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion and look great. There­fore, although you can fill in your own, I set­tled on one of my rel­a­tives, with weath­er, date and activ­i­ty.

Mi Band or Amazfit? What to choose?

Odd­ly enough, Amaz­fit Bip did not com­pete with the more advanced Pace mod­el. The lat­ter look much cool­er, and more func­tion­al — espe­cial­ly offline. Let them be 2 times more expen­sive — they are just more pleas­ant to wear.

Dur­ing sales and dis­counts, the cost of Bip drops from $50 to $30–35. Only $10 more expen­sive than the Mi Band. At the same time, Amaz­fit offers the same auton­o­my, dis­tinct design (Bip is more suit­able for a suit, for exam­ple) and greater func­tion­al­i­ty.

In my opin­ion, Amaz­fit Bip could be rec­om­mend­ed as most bal­anced smart watch 2017–2018. If a new com­peti­tor does not appear, every­thing from the same Hua­mi.