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Oppo Watch review: A great WearOS smartwatch, with a few missing pieces

Do not Like

  • Disappointing battery life
  • Design copies Apple Watch
  • Expensive
  • 5 train modes solely

The Oppo Watch is, because the identify suggests, Oppo’s flagship smartwatch and the primary with Google’s Wear OS working system. Although it nonetheless has some room for enchancment when it comes to battery life and health monitoring, in my week of sporting it I have been impressed at how effectively it handles the fundamentals. It has a vibrant, responsive AMOLED display screen, Google Assistant help and even native sleep monitoring. 

Completely different costs and choices to select from

The Oppo Watch is available in two sizes: 42mm and 46mm, and three variations. The smaller WiFi solely mannequin begins at £229 within the UK (roughly US $295 or AU$400) then rises to  £329, roughly US $420 for the bigger variations, which additionally has a WiFi-only mannequin in addition to an LTE one. The LTE model, which comes with an embedded SIM (or “eSIM”), is the one I examined out for this assessment. And whereas the Oppo Watch is technically appropriate with each Android and iOS, the mobile function solely works with an Android telephone and is just supported when you’re on Vodafone, Celron, and Orange networks.

An Apple Watch clone

When the Oppo Watch was first unveiled, it drew fast comparisons to Apple‘s well-liked timepiece. Even to somebody who evaluations tech for a residing like myself, it is onerous to inform these two aside at first look. Just like the Apple Watch, it has a rectangle show with curved edges and detachable silicone straps, and even related packaging. However the glass on the facet has a extra pronounced curve, and there are two buttons on the proper facet instead of the digital crown. Ultimately, the Oppo Watch is beautiful however utterly unoriginal, and it is a thoughts trick to see such a watch operating Google-made software program.

The watch is comprised of a mixture of aluminum and bolstered glass, with a ceramic again the place the heart-rate sensors are situated. As I discussed earlier, it has a crisp AMOLED show that is responsive and simply readable in sunny climate. The straps, in the meantime, are crafted both from rubber or calfskin and will be swapped out for different designs by the corporate. As a result of the nubs on Oppo’s straps are completely different from what Apple has, you in all probability will not discover many third-party strap choices that can match this watch. 


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Oppo Watch’s battery life is not sufficient

Battery longevity is a powerful swimsuit in numerous Oppo telephones, so I used to be shocked that this function did not carry over to its smartwatch. My unit was geared up with a 430-mAh battery (that is giant for a smartwatch) and quoted to final 30 hours on default settings. However after I put the watch by means of the paces, battery life was disappointing. It solely lasted between 15 and 17 hours of delicate to average use earlier than conking out. Battery life felt particularly disappointing on days when Ib accomplished exercises with GPS monitoring.

Fortuitously, it does include some instruments to assist prolong the battery life. In accordance with Oppo, you possibly can stand up to 21 days of use by switching on energy saver mode on the watch. This restricts many features of the watch, however you may nonetheless have entry to the fundamentals like step depend, coronary heart fee features and alerts for incoming notifications. I have never had an opportunity to completely check this function, however I am going to replace this assessment after I do. I did attempt it as soon as earlier than bedtime, nonetheless, when the watch was at 9% and it lasted all all through the evening and even into the subsequent morning. Understand that the bigger 46mm smartwatch has a bigger battery which can enhance runtime, particularly with the Wi-Fi mannequin. The smaller 41mm watch, in the meantime, has a 300-mAh battery.

Lengthy battery life is clearly vital all through the day, nevertheless it’s a necessity with regards to sleep monitoring. As a result of the Oppo Watch’s battery life is not phenomenal, you may have to recollect to cost it earlier than going to mattress otherwise you danger waking as much as a lifeless watch and incomplete sleep information. When the juice did run out, Oppo’s VOOC Flash Charging totally revitalized the battery in about an hour. 

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Oppo Watch has sleep monitoring

Monitoring my sleep and understanding how a lot shuteye I must perform at an optimum degree is extremely vital to me. Too little or an excessive amount of sleep impacts my temper, productiveness and immune system. Due to this, sleep monitoring is considered one of my favourite options on the Oppo Watch.

After I get up within the morning, it shows the length of my sleep in addition to the standard (mild sleep, deep slumber or awake). Oddly, the watch solely tracks information between eight p.m. and 10 a.m., so when you fall asleep earlier than or get up after that interval it will not register. The watch additionally would not present any details about REM (fast eye motion) sleep both, like a few of its rivals. 

Oppo’s Watch covers solely fundamental well being options

One other considered one of my favourite elements of the Oppo Watch is a health support that serves up five-minute exercise movies whenever you’ve been sitting for an hour. When that occurs, you may obtain a push notification nudging you to face up and get transferring. If you happen to agree, a video of a fitness center teacher seems, guiding you thru a sequence of eight completely different stretches for a fast pick-me-up. You may select from varied five-minute exercises which can be pretty straightforward to observe when you’re working at residence.

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The smartwatch additionally tracks 5 completely different exercise routines: health run, fats burn run, out of doors stroll, out of doors biking and swimming. That is it. You wont get any extra choices like yoga, climbing, elliptical or rowing as you’d on different smartwatches. That is one thing to remember particularly when you plan on monitoring exercises that fall outdoors of those classes. 

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I am additionally not totally satisfied on the accuracy of the GPS readings both. Whereas coronary heart fee numbers appear to be in step with what the Apple Watch Sequence 5 gave me, there was a noticeable discrepancy with distance tracked between the 2 watches. Distances tracked on my Oppo Watch have been roughly 2-7% longer in comparison with the Apple Watch which I’ve additionally examined my telephone’s GPS information. 

The Oppo Watch additionally has an always-on optical coronary heart fee tracker, that offers you steady coronary heart fee information throughout the complete day. You may view all of your well being and health information from the Oppo Watch on the HeyTap Well being cell app from Oppo, accessible within the Google Play retailer. It syncs steps, sleep information, coronary heart fee, exercises and each day exercise.

However in contrast to a few of its pricier rivals just like the Apple Watch Sequence 6, Fitbit Sense and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, it would not have extra superior well being monitoring options like an ECG (electrocardiogram), fall detection or oxygen saturation within the blood. 

Oppo Watch runs on two chips

One other attention-grabbing side of the Oppo Watch is that it is powered by two chips: the Snapdragon Put on 3100 chipset and a secondary Ambig Micro Apollo Three processor that takes over throughout low-power duties and permits for prolonged (probably 21-day) battery life. Though the Put on 3100 is a two-year previous smartwatch chip from Qualcomm, the watch functioned seamlessly and supplied a easy expertise. That is backed up by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage to load music.  

For extra specs and options, try our chart beneath.

Oppo Watch specs

Form Rectangle
Watch dimension 46mm
Supplies/Finishes Aluminum body, plastic, and ceramic
Show dimension, decision 1.91-inch AMOLED display screen; 402×476; 326ppi
All the time On Sure
Colours Black, pale pink
Interchangeable bands Sure
GPS Sure
Automated exercise detection Sure
Compass No
Altimeter No
Water resistance Sure, as much as 50M
Calls Sure
Notifications Textual content replies
Microphone Sure
Speaker Sure
Voice assistant Google Assistant
Cellular Funds Google Pay (NFC)
Sleep monitoring Sure
Interval monitoring No
Particular options 21-day prolonged battery life, sleep monitoring, eSIM
Compatibility Android and iOS
Software program Put on OS
Processor Snapdragon 3100, Ambig Micro Apollo 3 
Connectivity Mobile possibility
Value £229 within the UK (roughly $295 or AU$400)

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Sareena Dayaram