OPPO Watch  Review: The ultimate WearOS smartwatch?

OPPO Watch Review: The ultimate WearOS smartwatch?

The Oppo Watch is the company’s first smartwatch to rise above its weight. At first glance, it seems eerily familiar for the Apple Watch. While Oppo’s smartwatch runs on Google’s WearOS, the design takes a page or two from Apple’s book, albeit with its own twist. The Oppo Watch feels solid and feels premium while holding it in your hand, which cannot be said of all Android smartwatches. You get all the necessary fitness features with the Oppo Watch as you would expect, but is it the ultimate Android smartwatch, we find out.

Building and designing Oppo watch

The Oppo Watch costs from Rs 14,990 for the 41mm variant and Rs 19,900 for the 46mm model. The 41mm watch size is more compact and suitable for those with thin wrists, while the 46mm watch is quite hefty. We got the 46mm Oppo Watch here for this review, but will continue to highlight certain differences between the two throughout.

Starting with the look and feel, this smartwatch has an aluminum alloy frame with the 46mm variant for a ceramic back with a plastic sensor module. It measures 12.96 millimeters in thickness and weighs about 39 grams without the straps.

The watch uses Oppo’s patented fluorine rubber bands and can be replaced with other colored bands from the same brand. Though you would find it quite difficult to find a third party strap for the Oppo Watch as it uses a different clasp design. The watch looks nice and premium, but doesn’t have the finesse of an Apple Watch.

There is a home button on the right side along with a smaller multi-function programmable button with recessed green accent, for easier identification. The buttons are not too rigid and have good feedback. There are two recesses for the speaker unit on the left side. In addition, the Oppo Watch is 5ATM certified, making it water resistant up to 50 meters underwater for 10 minutes

The Oppo Watch 46mm has a 1.91-inch AMOLED display that curves neatly at the edges and connects to the aluminum chassis. The 41mm variant is a tad smaller in size and has a plastic back panel that is 13 millimeters thick and weighs about 30 grams. Unlike the larger model, it has a flat 1.6-inch AMOLED screen, a smaller 300mAh battery and is 3ATM certified.

The AMOLED screen on this smartwatch offers up to five manual brightness control modes and it’s safe to say it gets quite bright when needed. We found that we kept the indoor brightness levels at 3 and it also offers excellent sunlight readability. The display is bright in reproducing details with vibrant colors and generally looks elegant on the hand with different dials to match the mood.

The Oppo Watch is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC, runs on WearOS and is paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. In addition, it is also equipped with the Ambiq Micro Apollo 3 wireless SoC for the Power Saver mode. It connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth 4.2 and uses the HeyTap Health companion app to control the various fitness functions. Since it is a WearOS smartwatch, there is Google Assistant on board for your service and can be used simply by giving voice commands. From weather updates to setting reminders to even playing your favorite music, it’s convenient.

Also on board are the various sensors, including the ambient light sensor, tri-axial acceleration sensor, geomagnetic sensor, optical heart rate monitor, barometric sensor and a gyroscope. This suite of sensors is responsible for most of the fitness features that the Oppo Watch offers, including sleep monitoring and exercise modes. During our use, we didn’t have any major lag or stutter when it comes to interacting with the watch and it felt faster most of the time.

Oppo Watch Tracking Features

Oppo Watch offers real-time heart rate monitoring, keeps track of your vital signs and sends an alert in case of irregularities. The optical sensors regularly monitor the user’s heart rate and display the average, resting, lowest and highest heart rate.

The sleep tracking system monitors the user’s sleep pattern and provides actionable insights into the previous night’s stages and type of sleep. The smartwatch details sleep tracking by categorizing the sleep cycle into deep sleep, light sleep, and average wake time.

It doesn’t record REM sleep or heart rate during sleep, and while we didn’t have a reference device, the sleep data collected by the Oppo Watch was consistent with my daily sleep cycle. However, for some reason the watch only monitors the sleep cycle between 8pm and 10am, which is a shame as it cannot be changed in the settings.

There is a breathing mode that helps users de-stress by taking them through a guided training session that can be customized for up to 5 minutes and 35 breaths. During this mode, the watch vibrates to prompt users to inhale and exhale for the set time. It’s a nifty little feature, but when used properly and regularly, it can help users meditate.

In addition, the watch automatically reminds users to get up if they have been sitting in the same place for more than an hour. It warns users by sending a pop-up message asking them to move and stretch their legs for some time. This is very useful for users who spend long days in front of their laptop or computer screen.

Some other fitness features include the fitness run, 5 minute workouts, fat burning, walking, cycling and swimming. These are some preset sessions that users can activate before running, morning walks, swimming, and more. The 5-minute workout mode includes a morning energizer, getting started, a full body workout, a fat blaster, and bedtime stretching. During our regular use, we found the pedometer to be quite accurate, as it is able to instantly record your walks and runs. That said, if there’s a need for detailed stats, you’d be much better off with a tracker from Garmin or Fitbit.

When choosing a training mode, the watch displays specific instructions on how to continue the session to best complete the activity. All workouts are recorded in the HeyTap Health app which tracks exercises and daily activities including steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed and distance traveled.

Battery life of Oppo Watch

The Oppo Watch 46mm has a 430mAh battery that the company claims will last up to 36 hours in normal mode and up to 21 days in power-saving mode. In our use, the Oppo Watch with always-on display and heart rate monitor turned on and connected to the phone via Bluetooth, we got about 18-20 hours of battery life on a single charge. This was when the watch was used regularly with incoming notifications and call alerts.

We were able to get a few more hours out of the watch when we turned on Power Saver mode when the battery dropped below 20 percent because it has a dedicated low-power processor inside.

Apart from that, the Oppo Watch uses a magnetic pogo pin connector that supports VOOC fast charging solution and could fully charge the battery in 60-70 minutes.

verdict

The Oppo Watch is a solid first attempt by the company to create a near-perfect Android smartwatch. It looks great, feels premium in the hand, has a beautiful display that can be customized with different watch faces, and comes preloaded with tons of fitness and activity tracking features. Except for battery life and system-level optimizations, the Oppo Watch is a decent Android smartwatch, but for its price, there are other smartwatches like those from Amazfit, Samsung, TicWatch and even the latest Mi Watch Revolve that are more reliable and valuable. For money. That said, we’re definitely intrigued by the Oppo Watch and can’t wait to see what the company does with the next generation of its smartwatch.

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