The successor to Pebble?


#1

Sadly, my second Pebble Time Steel is no longer usable due to serious battery failure. It went from a full charge lasting 10 days to lasting just a few hours with no warning. Very disappointing as it was just over a year old. My first PTS lasted 6 months and then the charge went from lasting 10 days to 4 days. I was able to return that one and buy the replacement but I won’t be buying any further Pebbles as 2 with battery issues looks like a design/manufacturing flaw.

Initially I thought I’m done with smart watches as getting a replacement that needs a charge every one or two days is of no interest. But then I came across the Amazfit Bip. Although unable to control music and has no microphone, for everything else, it is better on paper. My main usage of the Pebble was for notifications and 10 days between charges. This appears to offer all of the notification functionality I want plus 30-45 days between charges!

Once I get it, I will post my full impressions on whether this is a good Pebble replacement, if anyone is interested.


#2

Look at this thread:


#3

I don’t want it because no responses to sms. That’s a problem for me.


#4

I have had my PTS for over a year and a half and the battery is still fine so i’m not sure why you had issue’s like that it should have lasted longer.


#5

I’ve now had the Amazfit Bip for about 3 weeks so I thought I would share my thoughts. This and the PTS are kind of different sides of the same coin. The PTS is a smart watch with some fitness features where as the Bip is more of a fitness watch with some smart features. The Bip has no microphone so you cannot use it to reply to texts. It has no way to respond to texts either, it is display only. There are no apps you can download for it and you cannot control music (although there is something on the app store that provides some functionality in this area). There are a large number of watch faces available for the Bip but unlike the PTS they are not configurable (i.e. you can’t change colours and you can’t determine whereabouts the various information shows on the watch face).

With the negatives out of the way, I’ll move the topic onto the positives. Firstly, it has the same always on display as the PTS and where as the PTS can last 10 days between charges, depending on how you use the BIP, 30-40 days between charges is a reality. The screen is a slightly higher resolution than the PTS and rather than relying on 4 buttons, the Bip has one crown with a touch screen. All notifications (e-mail, texts, WhatsApp + pretty much anything that pops up on your phone) can be shown on the Bip and like the PTS, you can decide if there are any you don’t want the watch to show. The only slightly annoying thing about the Bip notifications is that they only show for about 5-10 seconds. You can use the Bip to recall old notifications, but hopefully a future update will allow the display time to be configurable.

If you are more into fitness tracking than smart features, the Bip also gives you GPS and a Heart Rate monitor. The GPS is activated when you select an activity (such as cycling, running or walking) and turns off only when you end the activity. The GPS is the biggest drain of the battery so if you use this regularly you are only likely to end up with 10-15 days use between charging. The HR doesn’t seem to use too much power, I have it on 24 hours with apparently little battery impact.

The Bip is all plastic with a silicon type strap, very comfortable and light to wear. In my opinion, looks a little nicer than the PTS.

For the money (I paid around £40GBP) it is excellent value and if you are looking for a watch that offers notifications and fitness options, a very worth replacement for the PTS.