The Amazfit Bip costs just £70, but can it compete with the £200 Fitbit Versa? We’ve got the latest results from our test labs, so we know exactly how these two matched up in our tough comfort, accuracy and battery tests.
The latest set of results also include two fitness watches – the Garmin 645 Music and the Suunto 3 Fitness.
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Neither of these devices are expensive when it comes to smartwatches – we’ve tested devices that cost up to £400. But there is a clear leader when it comes to budget – the Bip is almost impossibly well-priced at £70. We’ve found that price is no indicator of quality, so did either of these devices make it on to our list of the top smartwatches?
Both of these devices have square rather than round displays, and there’s only a couple of milimetres between the diameter of these two. At 300×300 pixels the Versa has a higher resolution than the display of the Bip though, which we found looked a little old fashioned and dull.
Both smartwatches have a good number of fitness tracking sensors, and will monitor your steps, distance travelled, calories burned and sleep. Both have wrist-based heart-rate monitors for keeping an eye on your beats, but only the Bip comes with built-in GPS – which is useful if you like to leave your phone at home while out on a walk or run.
We know that the number of sensors a smartwatch has isn’t important if it doesn’t track accurately – you won’t be able to track your daily activity, or any improvements over time. We put all smartwatches through the same barrage of fitness testing as the most advanced activity trackers, but how did the Amazfit Bip and Fitbit Versa match up? You’ll have to read the full reviews to find out.
Both smartwatches let you read texts and calls, social media or calendar notifications on your wrist, but neither give you the option to deal with or reply to them. You can’t add apps to either of these smartwatches either, but special editions of the Fitbit Versa have NFC for contactless payments.
To find out how the smart features these devices have match up to other smartwatches, and if these will be enough to give you freedom from your phone, head over to our how to buy the best smartwatch guide.
Fitness watches on test
Garmin 645 Music
This feature packed fitness watch has built-in GPS plus GLONASS for extra location coverage, meaning it can track your route without needing your smartphone nearby. There’s also an altimeter, a compass and a heart-rate monitor. You can get an estimate of your oxygen consumption (VO2 Max), and there are preloaded activities for tracking exercise in the gym and outside.
You can store up to 500 songs on the watch, meaning you don’t need to take your phone if you want to listen to music while running (unlike with the Bip). For those looking for detailed exercise and fitness metrics, the Garmin app is one of the best around.
Do all of these features add up to a top notch fitness watch? You can find out in our full Garmin 645 Music review.
Suunto 3 Fitness – £170
The little-known Finnish brand Suunto has found a following among serious athletes. But the high price of its watches – including the Suunto Spartan Trainer HR – has seen them limited to this community. The Suunto 3 Fitness is designed for those with a smaller budget.
This lightweight fitness watch has a number of standout features, such as a heart-rate monitor, loads of profiles for sports and activity tracking, and a ‘maps’ feature. Is it heading in the right direction, or should it get lost? We reveal all in our full Suunto 3 Fitness review.