Amazfit recently launched its Bip Lite, which is available in India for SFr. 3,999. This model is cheaper than the Amazfit Bip that was priced at Rs. 5,499 at start. The new portable device has a battery life of 45 days on a single charge and is able to track heart rate and sleep. This device also supports activity monitoring, which you can use to log your runs. The main difference between the two models is that, unlike its more expensive siblings, the Bip Lite lacks built-in GPS + GLONASS.
With so many affordable fitness machines already on the market, does the Amazfit Bip Lite have enough functions and does it deliver the performance and accuracy we are looking for? We put it to the test to find out.
Amazfit Bip Lite design and specifications
The name says it all, doesn't it? This is a stripped down version of the Amazfit Bip and has a similar design. The device has a square face with chunky bezels on all sides. Amazfit has pasted its name on the field below the screen. The Bip Lite has a 1.28-inch reflective display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also appears to have an oleophobic coating that helps keep fingerprints away. There is a single button on the right side of the Bip Lite, the wake / back button. You have to swipe on the display to navigate through the watch's user interface.
There is a heart rate sensor and two charging pins on the back. The Amazfit Bip Lite comes with a silicone bracelet. These 20mm tapes are interchangeable and can be interchanged with other compatible tapes of the same width. The included wristbands have a watch-like clasp that makes it easier to wear and reduces the chance of the device accidentally coming loose.
Amazfit uses a proprietary charger for the Bip Lite. It is quite large and looks like a dock where the watch can rest while it is charging. We don't like proprietary chargers, but the Bip Lite offers incredible battery life that should counteract a short battery life.
We found that the Amazfit Bip Lite is comfortable and weighs only 32 g. You will hardly notice it on your wrist while you are wearing it, and we could sleep with it uncomfortably to find the sleep. The Bip Lite is compatible with both Android and iOS and was used with a Samsung Galaxy S9 + for the duration of this test.
Amazfit Bip Lite software
For the Bip Lite, the Amazfit app must be installed on your smartphone so that information can be passed on. We found the app easy to use, and syncing the watch with our smartphone was quick. As soon as the connection is established, the app shows information about the number of steps performed, sleep duration and quality, heart rate and activity. We could also set the heart rate detection frequency, set alarms, and change the watch's display settings. The app continued to run in the background on our smartphone, but had no significant impact on battery life. We have found many similarities between the Amazfit app and the Xiaomi Mi Fit app.
You can change the dials on the watch yourself. The Amazfit app has a function for adjusting the dial, which however could not be loaded. The watch's user interface uses a large font and symbols that make it easier to understand. However, we were not very satisfied with the screen itself, as it had below-average viewing angles indoors. The reflective display is visible outdoors even in direct sunlight.
We found the touchscreen to be responsive and there were no problems using it. The touchscreen is deactivated after a few seconds to avoid accidental touches. You must activate it by pressing the button. The watch can get notifications from your smartphone and you can see them at a glance. With the Amazfit app, you can also limit the apps that draw your attention to the watch. However, you cannot respond directly, so the Bip Lite acts as a notification function rather than a smartwatch.
Amazfit Bip Lite performance and battery life
We subjected the Amazfit Bip Lite to our standard tests to see how it performed compared to some other fitness equipment we used. We counted 1,000 steps manually to check the accuracy of the step count on the Amazfit Bip Lite and were happy that 1,002 steps were registered. This is pretty good and indicates that you can rely on this device to keep track of your daily step goal. The Bip Lite registered no steps while we were driving or riding a motorcycle, which kept the overall error rate very low.
The next step was to track the route. The Amazfit Bip Lite does not have its own GPS receiver, so it relies on the paired smartphone for location and distance measurements. We ran a route that we knew was 1 km, which the Bip Lite registered as 0.85 km. This could be due to the tree cover on our test route, which turns off the phone's GPS. Because the watch is completely dependent on the GPS accuracy of the smartphone, your results may vary.
The Bip Lite can track activities like running outdoors or on a treadmill, cycling and walking. If you do any of these things very often, you can set up a shortcut to trigger it by long pressing the button. You can also set alerts for all activities based on your heart rate alert, pace, and distance.
A continuous heart rate measurement is possible with the Amazfit Bip Lite. You can set different intervals between 1 minute and 30 minutes for continuous tracking. We had set the 1 minute setting for the entire duration of this review. We found it pretty much. In activity tracking mode, the Bip Lite constantly tracks the wearer's heart rate.
The Bip Lite has also got our sleep and really wakes up. We were able to follow our deep and light sleep phases. The app offers sleep quality analysis, but we have found that it is not as detailed as the details in Honor Band 5.
Amazfit claims that the Bip Lite has a battery life of 45 days. This seemed too good to be true and proved too optimistic. We had activated an alarm, set the heart rate tracking to 1-minute intervals, only activated call and WhatsApp notifications, set the brightness to 80 percent, and started sleep tracking. With this usage pattern, we managed to get only 13 days out of a full load. We found it to be acceptable but not great. If you lower the screen brightness or set a longer heart rate scan interval, the battery life of the Bip Lite will be extended.
The charging process with the included charging station takes over two hours when the laptop is connected to the USB port. We would have preferred faster charging and a more compact charger because the included charger is quite bulky.
The Amazfit Bip Lite is a watch-like fitness device that is very easy to track and offers an acceptable battery life. We like that the Bip Lite is light as a feather and does not make its presence felt on the hand. Step and sleep tracking are accurate and the Bip Lite can get notifications from your smartphone. However, the display isn't particularly good in terms of indoor visibility.
For the price of Rs. 3,999 this device will appeal to those who are looking for a good fitness tracker with a larger display than what you get on the Mi Band 4 and the Honor Band 5 I've seen it for less than Rs was sold. 3,000 recently.