Fitness trackers have been around a long time. There are the all singing all dancing contraptions, various exercise specific ones, the apps that you can get on your phone and even simple pedometers that will give you an idea of your activity levels during the day. I have tried a few in the past. The apps are great but don’t meet all of my requirements, the pedometers have never worked for me, and my trusty running watch was super for running but not much more. So I gave up wearing them and went back to guessing and wondering and ignoring.
Slowly over time the idea of wanting to track my fitness levels and overall health still niggled at me though, so earlier this year I sat down and made myself a spidergram of all the things that were important to me in a wearable fitness device. There are so many options but a few of the boxes that it absolutely had to tick were reliable step count data, sleep information, and my heart rate. Plus I wanted it to double up as a watch. And if I could get away with something low budget then of course that would be even better.
I set off to peruse the internet and talk to others about devices that they wear and their honest thoughts about them. I quickly came to understand how large the range of options are! After some time, a lot of hunting and reading of reviews I settled on the Amazfit Bip. I wasn’t confident and my husband (chief gadget geek in our household) was entirely sceptical. The price point for starters seemed too good to be true. Coming in at the £45 mark (correct at time of purchase) I felt that there must be something that I was missing. It looked fantastic though and I realised that the only way to be sure was to buy one and hope that it would be as good as it sounded.
I made my purchase in July so I have had a lot of time to try my Amazfit Bip out, and now feel ready to share my thoughts on it with you.
The design is lightweight and easy to wear. There have been times when I’ve forgotten I have it on and it’s certainly no barrier to getting a good night’s sleep.
The display is clear and easy to see. There’s a backlight for using in low light conditions.
The heart rate monitor seems fairly accurate. I can only go by monitoring it against the old school pulse and watch combo, but it adds up.
The step counter is great. It starts counting from 10 steps to aid accuracy which is handy. Doing the housework or showering rarely count as very many steps unlike some trackers I’d heard of. It doesn’t always count well when I’m pushing the buggy or a shopping trolley though (it misses several steps), but I’ve heard that’s a problem with other brands too and unless you need absolute proof of your daily steps I’ve found that it’s easy enough to take that into consideration when looking across your activity levels.
It buzzes you when you have been still for an hour to remind you to get moving. This could be annoying, although I quite like this feature.
It’s waterproof so you don’t have to take it off when swimming, for example. I know that some other brands with similar technology fail in the water but so far mine is keeping its promise.
The battery lasts ages. At the time of writing I’ve only had to charge it once since I initially set it up!
The range of options is good (although not perfect – see below). It’s a nice touch to have weather data and a compass incorporated into the main watch features.
If it’s in range of your mobile phone you can set it up to receive text messages, WhatsApp, and emails. I haven’t enabled that function but it looks pretty straightforward.
The price point is amazing. I haven’t seen another tracker that packs so much in without breaking the £100 barrier. It really feels as though you are getting a very good mid-range piece of kit at a low range cost.
Although the watch is waterproof, swimming isn’t one of the included activities that it tracks. It would be really nice if that was an option.
It doesn’t export your data so you have to rely on the associated app. I have the Mi Fit which is fine although very limited in what you can see and do and really focus in on. Fortunately I bought the watch to give me an overview of my activity levels and health so for me this isn’t a problem, but to some I can imagine it would be quite irritating to some who might want more detailed info.
The sleep function counts you as being asleep the whole time that you are in bed, so those 5 am being jumped on wake up calls from the children are recorded as light sleep. You have to get up to kick it into realising that you’re awake. This is slightly annoying when you are looking at the quality of your sleep, but fine if again all you’re really after is a summary.
If style is your thing then this watch might feel a bit clunky. You can change the strap easily but the face is large. I like the retro feel of it but suspect that many wouldn’t. It would be nice to see a wider range of colour options to suit more people too.
In A Nutshell
Would I recommend? Yes. I love this device. It helps to keep me on track and monitor my activity levels and gives me a very good overview which is exactly what I was looking for.
I hope that gives you some insight into this Amazfit fitness tracker. To be clear, I purchased this myself, but overall I have been so impressed that I had to share the love!
Do you have a wearable fitness device? What’s your favourite feature of it?
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