The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is a new addition to the Bip series of budget smartwatches. It comes with a big display, polycarbonate design, and GPS tracking. There are many smartwatches on the market under Rs 4,000 but can this watch beat them for value for money? Let’s check that out in my in-depth review of the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro smartwatch.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro Review
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is priced at Rs. 3,799 and it comes in three colors; Black, Pink, and Cream. We’ve got the evergreen black variant here and let’s see how it fares in the real world.
- Amazfit Bip 3 Pro
- Magnetic charger
- User manual
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro: Design and Build
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro comes with a very typical “budget smartwatch” design with a Polycarbonate build. The design is all unibody with a multifunction button on the side. The back of the watch has a bump that includes the sensors and the charging points. Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is overall very lightweight and fits perfectly around the wrist.
The smartwatch comes with silicon straps with a polycarbonate pin and buckle mechanism. This strap got a pattern going on the outer side to make it look fresh and different from others. These straps do not give that premium feel you find on many budget smartwatches these days and feel more like a budget offering.
The watch comes with 5 ATM water and dust resistance which makes it a great companion during water sports. Except for the quality of the straps, I found the design pretty decent and can easily recommend it if you like lightweight smartwatches.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro: Display
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro comes with a big 1.69 inches TFT display with a resolution and 240×280 pixels. The pixel density of this display is 218 PPI which is not very impressive and I can see individual pixels in fine text. The brightness of the display is not mentioned by the brand in the specs and the watch lacks a torch feature so we are unable to check the full brightness in our LUX meter.
But I can confirm that the display is not bright enough to be clearly visible in direct sunlight. The bold texts are visible but the finer texts wash away when light falls directly on the screen. The watch also lacks an auto-brightness feature so you always need to always adjust the brightness when needed. The display is not 60Hz but is smoother than most of the budget smartwatches on the market.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro: Features
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro comes with all the basic features of a smartwatch including notifications, HR monitoring, SpO2, and workout modes. The watch comes with a built-in GPS to capture your workout routes and show you the most accurate results. The GPS worked great and it locks the signal pretty quickly. The route it mapped is pretty accurate as well.
It provides a lot of data on the watch itself so you may not need to check your smartphone often during workouts. It has 60 sports modes to choose from but it lacks water sports even though the watch has better water resistance than most budget smartwatches.
The HR monitoring and the SpO2 monitoring work great and show accurate readings. The watch got a very good wear detection- it immediately differentiates the skin from other materials and refuses to start measurements. You can also measure stress levels.
This Bip 3 Pro also lacks auto workout detection so you need to manually start a workout when needed. You can hold the button on the side to start workouts and it is customizable. The watch got notification alerts including call alerts but you cannot reply to them. Then, there’s remote music control that is just a swipe away which is very convenient.
Unfortunately, the Bip 3 Pro lacks a microphone. And hence unlike the Bip U Pro, you do not get Amazon Alexa or any other voice assistant here which could be a dealbreaker for many.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro: Zepp OS and App
The watch runs on Zepp OS and Zepp app is needed to bind the smartwatch to your smartphone. The watch UI is very smooth despite the fact that it is not a 60Hz display. There are tiles/widgets to show big features on the top, you can find other features in the main menu.
The watch faces can easily be installed from the app and you can set custom watch faces as well. But one strange thing with this watch is that it can only hold two watch faces at once.
The Zepp App for smartphones is very simple which I liked because it shows the health tab once you launch the app. If you want your workout data, you can go to the Health page of the app. And the watch settings are provided in the profile tab. You can customize all the features of the watch here and you can change the watch faces as well.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro: Connectivity
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro comes with Bluetooth 5.0 BLE. The app sync is very quick and easy. The watch faces install pretty quick and stable- even the customizable ones sync very quickly. The watch stays connected to the phone all the time if Bluetooth is enabled on the smartphone.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro: Battery and Charging
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro comes with a 280 mAh battery which is not the biggest I have seen on smartwatches. Despite the small battery capacity, the battery backup is a whole different story.
I am using the watch for 3 days which includes music controls, continuous HR monitoring, and 15 minutes of GPS workout sessions. And the battery dropped from 100 percent to 81 percent which is a mere 19 percent drop.
To conclude the battery review, I can easily run this watch for more than a week with all the features enabled including one GPS session every day. We get a magnetic charger with a watch with strong magnets and it charges the smartphone in about 2 hours 0 to 100.
Pros and Cons
Reasons to Buy
- Large display
- Lightweight and Snug Fit
- 5ATM water resistance
- Built-in GPS
- Great battery backup
- Snappy connectivity
Reasons Not to Buy
- TFT display
- Mediocre strap quality
- No Alexa
- No Bluetooth Calling
- Lacks quick reply
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro Review: Final Verdict
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro comes with a lot of features that you may not find in smartphones at this price, like GPS. But at the same time, it has some compromises like no voice assistant, mediocre straps, no quick replies, and even Bluetooth calling. If you are good with the drawbacks and want a reliable offering with GPS at this price, it could be the right pick. For everything else, you can look forward to other options in the market.
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