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Amazfit Bip U Pro review: A fitness smartwatch that won’t burn a hole in your pocket

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The Amazfit Bip U Pro smartwatch (priced at Rs 4,999) comes with an array of fitness-focussed features and has support for Amazon’s Alexa assistant. It can track your heart rate, sleep, steps and do a lot more. We spent a few days with the smartwatch and here’s our Amazfit Bip U Pro review detailing on its pros and cons:

Amazfit Bip U Pro review: Design

The Amazfit Bip U Pro smartwatch has a simple and minimalistic design. The smartwatch’s dial is rectangular in shape with rounded corners and it houses the display of the device that has rather thick bezels on all the four sides. The chin, in fact, is thicker than the other three bezels and it has Amazfit branding on it. There is a button on the right edge of the smartwatch that has can perform tasks like waking up the home screen, opening the menu and going back to the previous page. You can also long press it to set a customized task for it. It should be noted that the button can only be pressed and not rotated. On the back, the smartwatch comes with a BioTracker 2 PPG biological optical sensor that is used to measure the heart rate.

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Amazfit Bip U Pro comes with Black coloured silicone straps and an interlocking buckle which keeps the smartwatch tight on your wrist. Users also get the option of changing the straps of the watch – which we think is a big plus, especially because Amazfit Bip U Pro is a budget device. The smartwatch comes with a sturdy built, but it doesn’t feel too premium. But since it is a budget device, we really cannot complain about this being a problem. In fact, for this price point, we consider the look and feel to be pretty good. We wore the smartwatch around almost a week and it didn’t feel uncomfortable to us during that time. Due to its lightweight, we can easily say that we had no issues wearing the watch round the clock. Even when we wore it while sleeping, it didn’t cause any discomfort.

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The 1.43-inch TFT LCD display of the smartwatch comes with a resolution of 320×302 pixels and is protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It looked vibrant and all the icons, numbers or stats projected on it were sharp. There are four levels of brightness that you can choose from, but it is worth mentioning that one can’t set auto-brightness on Amazfit Bip U Pro. The sunlight readability of the device was decent too, and in case you face a problem, you can always increase the brightness manually. However, there was one thing that we did miss – always on display. But then, maybe at this price point it’s too much to ask for.

Amazfit Bip U Pro review: Performance

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Most aspects of the performance of Amazfit Bip U Pro impressed us. Pairing the smartwatch with our phone was simple. We had to download the Zepp app from Google Play Store and then connect the devices using Bluetooth.  It got connected within seconds and the watch did almost everything really smoothly. The touchscreen was very responsive and we didn’t notice any stutter while we carried out basic functions on the app like checking our heart rate or changing watch faces.

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The smartwatch can be used for a variety of tasks like counting steps, measuring heart rate, fitness and sleep tracking, et al, and the app on the smartphone has much more detailed information on these stats. For instance, you can only see the number of hours you slept on your smartwatch. But if you access sleep data on the app, you can see exactly how much time and when you were in a deep sleep.

If you are a fitness freak, you would particularly love to have this smartwatch because of the sheer number of options that it offers. It has several modes like Outdoor Running, Treadmill, Outdoor Cycling, Indoor Cycling, Walking, Pool Swimming, Rope Skipping, Yoga, Free Exercise, Badminton, Cricket, Dance, and so many more. The smartwatch also offers some specific workout modes like Core Training, Stair climber, Zumba, Thai Boxing, etc. In a nutshell, it doesn’t matter what you choose to stay fit, Amazfit Bip U Pro most likely does have a mode for your kind of workout.

We enabled Yoga when we did our workout thrice a week and we were happy with the results that we got from the smartwatch. In the fitness mode, we could see the total time we spent exercising and the calories we burnt during our workout session. There was also a live heart rate counter and a graph of your heart rate. The fitness data on Zepp app is a lot more detailed and it proved to be helpful to us in improving the way we workout.

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There are also a women-centric feature on the device called Cycles using which, female users can record and manage their menstruation data.

While we loved most of the tasks that the smartwatch performed, there was one thing that simply refused to work: The SpO2 monitor. Firstly, it doesn’t work till you tie the watch around your wrist a bit too tightly, and secondly, even then the data seemed inaccurate as it didn’t match with our pulse oxymeter.

Another cool feature of the smartwatch is integration with Amazon‘s Alexa. But in order to access the assistant your smartwatch must be connected to your phone and you have to enable it on the app. An active internet connect is also required. Obviously, this is another, particularly given the price range of the device.

Another aspect of the smartwatch which we found commendable is its battery life. With usage that involved sleep tracking, active stress and heart rate tracking, and using the device for our workouts, we’re still on 70% on Day 8.

Verdict

At Rs 4,999, Amazfit Bip U Pro is a really good buy and you certainly won’t be disappointed with it. The smartwatch may not be the best to look at, but it is certainly quite a performer! Besides, the sheer number of features – especially fitness focussed features – that it offers at this price point makes it one of the bests in that range.

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Avani Baggahttp://www.gadgetbridge.com
Avani has an immense love for reading, travelling and food, but not necessarily in the same order. Avani almost started pursuing law, but life had other (better) plans for her and she chose to be a writer instead (luckily!) She previously covered technology at Times Internet and wrote about smartphones, mobile apps and tech startups. When she’s not writing, you’ll be able to find her in book stores or catching up on her social life.

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