In this Amazfit Bip 3 Pro review, I will examine how well it scores as one of the best fitness trackers and if it is the best sleep tracker for those who are on a budget. For the most part, the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro performs admirably on both counts.
While the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is a little uncomfortable to wear, making it daunting at night, I’ve gotten used to its bulky exterior and have a sneaking suspicion that replacing the strap would solve a lot of problems.
The key benefit here is that the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro includes almost everything you could need, from an exercise tracker, automatic sleep tracking to blood oxygen monitoring, heart rate reports and even a few apps to put your mind at ease. With so much on his side, I forgive the sweating.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro review: price and release date
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is currently available in the UK and US but not available in Australia. It costs $69.99 (opens in new tab) or £69.99 (opens in new tab) with a choice of three color schemes: pink, black and cream.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro review: design and ergonomics
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is a pretty typical looking smartwatch. It weighs 33.2g, so it’s only slightly heavier than the Apple Watch Series 7, and you won’t notice the difference.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro specifications
Screen: 1.69 inch color display
Battery Life: Up to two weeks
water resistance: 5ATM
It comes with a plastic strap that can be swapped out for something else, with a 1.69-inch rectangular HD display drawing most of the attention. The display is crisp and clear to see, with a choice of dozens of watch faces to ensure you enjoy a more personalized experience.
The back of the watch has its sensors along with the charging puck. Don’t count on needing the charger too often, as in most cases a battery life of up to two weeks can be achieved.
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro feels like a budget watch for the most part, but it’s suitably sturdy. The only downside here is that I immensely disliked the watch strap. When you exercise and sweat, it feels like it’s stuck to your skin and it’s immediately uncomfortable. The end of the strap also frequently came loose overnight, despite trying my best to tuck it under the watch strap. Luckily it can be replaced with pretty much any standard strap and I would highly recommend doing so.
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Amazfit Bip 3 Pro review: health and wellness features
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro has it all when it comes to health tracking and wellness. 24/7 heart rate monitoring is a useful way to see how you’re doing throughout the day, if you’re in the zone during a workout, or how stress is affecting your heart rate. Linked to this, the AmazFit Bip 3 Pro has a dedicated stress app to help you monitor your stress level with a breathing app to encourage you to calm down naturally.
Alongside this, the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro also features a blood oxygen/Sp02 monitor, which is becoming increasingly popular among active users who want to see everything that is going on. In my testing, blood oxygen monitoring was about as accurate as the Apple Watch Series 7, while heart rate monitoring was a touch lower.
Refreshingly for this price range, the AmazFit Bip 3 Pro also has GPS and can simultaneously track over 60 different types of workouts with a target pace function, as well as a daily health rating system called PAI to track progress.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro review: sleep tracking
Sleep tracking with a wearable is rarely as accurate as a dedicated solution like the Withings Sleep Analyzer, but I was still impressed with what the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro can offer. Open the companion app and the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro provides an instant insight into how well you slept, giving you a sleep score, an emoji representing how well you slept, and a simple bar graph to highlight deep sleep cycles.
Go deeper and the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro also checks the regularity of your sleep, how well you compare to other users, along with your average heart rate for the night. There’s no way to track sleep apnea or snoring, but otherwise the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is pretty comprehensive. It even encourages you to track what you did before bed so you can see if eating before bed or playing a game is affecting your sleep.
Compared to a Fitbit Inspire 2 and the Withings Sleep Analyzer, the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro was more accurate than the Fitbit, but can’t quite compare to the dedicated solution under the mattress of the Withings device (that’s how Fitbit tracks sleep if you have Interest). However, for a wearable, the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro does a good job.
So what’s the catch? It’s that pesky watch strap again. Mild insomnia didn’t help, but the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro was always noticeable on my wrist. On a hot summer evening it felt like it was sticking to me so I had to loosen the strap to be more comfortable. It just isn’t as comfortable as most Fitbits, although it does work better.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro review: alternatives to consider
The Fitbit Charge 5 is still a bit bulky while asleep, but it looks a lot more stylish and benefits from an always-on screen. You must subscribe to Fitbit Premium to get the most out of the sleep tracking feature. So it’s definitely not as cheap as the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro, but it’s the more mainstream and more glamorous alternative.
If you prefer a smaller screen there’s still the aging but respectable Fitbit Inspire 2, but again you’ll need Fitbit Premium to take full advantage and there’s no GPS.
If you want to go GPS-free and save even more, there’s also the Xiaomi Mi Band 4. It has similar battery life to the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro and offers heart rate tracking, but it’s a bit clunky and far from good-looking.
Amazfit Bip 3 Pro review: verdict
The Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is a great all-rounder for the price. A high performance fitness tracker that is also a very reliable sleep tracker. While I wish it was more comfortable to wear with its standard watch strap, at this price point it’s hard to criticize too much. You’re always a touch away from chasing a plethora of features, including some like the blood oxygen monitor that you’d typically only see on pricier wearables.
If you’re looking for an accurate one-stop solution for fitness and sleep tracking, the Amazfit Bip 3 Pro is a great value-for-money buy. It might not be as accurate as a chest heart rate monitor or a dedicated sleep analyzer, but it’s as capable as a Garmin or Apple Watch, even if it lacks the premium finish.