The Amazfit Bip U Pro smartwatch is a killer deal at $55

If you’ve ever shopped for a smartwatch, you know that those hefty prices can leave you wondering just how “smart” a purchase can be. So when faced with the Amazfit Bip U Pro, which retails for $55 (down from $70), you could reasonably conclude that it must be cheap junk with no features. Is not. In fact, the Bip U Pro is an extremely good smartwatch — not perfect, by any means, but capable enough for users who want the basic conveniences provided by these devices: fitness tracking, phone notifications, and so on. See all Amazfit models on sale for early Black Friday here.

I’ve tested a number of Amazfit wearables over the past couple of years and have been impressed with most of them. Bip U Pro is one of the best yet, able to pair with any Android phone or iPhone and display incoming calls, text messages, calendar reminders, news alerts and other notifications.

You can also use it to play or pause your music and even remotely trigger your phone’s camera shutter.

As a fitness band, the Bip U Pro offers more features than you might expect, including a heart rate monitor, blood oxygen sensor, and tracking capabilities for steps, stress, and sleep. However, it is difficult to measure how accurate some of these sensors are. I’ve noticed from time to time that unless you wear the watch in the right spot on your wrist and are quite comfortable to begin with, the heart rate numbers can vary quite a bit.

This beautiful watch is cheap, but don’t let the price fool you into thinking it’s not good. (Photo: Amazfit)

It also has Amazon Alexa built in, which requires your phone to be nearby. (Alexa doesn’t work without connectivity.) Unfortunately, in my experience the feature doesn’t work very well. It’s hard to set up and just doesn’t work reliably.

Listen, it’s a $55 watch — something’s got to give. I’m not a huge fan of Bip’s companion app, which is confusingly called Zepp. It’s not very intuitive and doesn’t always do a good job of keeping the watch up to date, like with weather data.

green smart watch

Hello plastic friend! Available in black, green and pink, the Bip U Pro can track steps, sleep, heart rate and other important health information. (Photo: Amazon)

But the Bip U Pro has a big, bright screen and a battery that’s good for up to nine days. you’re lucky to get two days out of an Apple Watch, which costs at least four times the money.

Indeed, at this price I am willing to forgive a few minor shortcomings. If you want to try a smartwatch but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for the privilege, this is a great place to start. Also in green and pink.

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not a member yet? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews listed above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication.

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