Oppo Watch assessment: An amazing WearOS smartwatch, with just a few lacking items


Like

  • Monitor varied sleep cycles
  • 5-minute exercise solutions
  • Mobile connectivity
  • eSIM assist

Do not Like

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

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

Totally 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 cellphone and is barely 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 in style timepiece. Even to somebody who opinions tech for a dwelling like myself, it is exhausting 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 appropriate 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 working Google-made software program.

The watch is constituted of a mixture of aluminum and strengthened glass, with a ceramic again the place the heart-rate sensors are positioned. 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 most likely 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 go well with in quite a few 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 via the paces, battery life was disappointing. It solely lasted between 15 and 17 hours of delicate to reasonable use earlier than conking out. Battery life felt particularly disappointing on days when Ib accomplished exercises with GPS monitoring.

Happily, it does include some instruments to assist lengthen the battery life. Based on Oppo, you’ll be able to rise 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 price features and alerts for incoming notifications. I have never had an opportunity to totally take a look at this function, however I am going to replace this assessment after I do. I did attempt it as soon as earlier than bedtime, nevertheless, when the watch was at 9% and it lasted all all through the night time and even into the subsequent morning. Take into account 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 necessary all through the day, but it surely’s a necessity in terms of 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 threat waking as much as a lifeless watch and incomplete sleep information. When the juice did run out, Oppo’s VOOC Flash Charging absolutely 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 necessary to me. Too little or an excessive amount of sleep impacts my temper, productiveness and immune system. Due to this, sleep monitoring is certainly one of my favourite options on the Oppo Watch.

After I get up within the morning, it shows the period 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 (speedy eye motion) sleep both, like a few of its opponents. 

Oppo’s Watch covers solely fundamental well being options

One other certainly one of my favourite features of the Oppo Watch is a health support that serves up five-minute exercise movies while you’ve been sitting for an hour. When that occurs, you may obtain a push notification nudging you to face up and get shifting. For those who agree, a video of a fitness center teacher seems, guiding you thru a collection of eight completely different stretches for a fast pick-me-up. You’ll be able to select from varied five-minute exercises which can be pretty simple to observe when you’re working at house.

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

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I am additionally not absolutely satisfied on the accuracy of the GPS readings both. Whereas coronary heart price numbers appear to be according to what the Apple Watch Collection 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 cellphone’s GPS information. 

The Oppo Watch additionally has an always-on optical coronary heart price tracker, that provides you steady coronary heart price information throughout your entire day. You’ll be able to view all of your well being and health information from the Oppo Watch on the HeyTap Well being cell app from Oppo, obtainable within the Google Play retailer. It syncs steps, sleep information, coronary heart price, exercises and every day exercise.

However in contrast to a few of its pricier opponents just like the Apple Watch Collection 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 facet 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 (doubtlessly 21-day) battery life. Though the Put on 3100 is a two-year outdated smartwatch chip from Qualcomm, the watch functioned seamlessly and supplied a clean 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 measurement 46mm
Supplies/Finishes Aluminum body, plastic, and ceramic
Show measurement, decision 1.91-inch AMOLED display; 402×476; 326ppi
At all times On Sure
Colours Black, pale pink
Interchangeable bands Sure
GPS Sure
Computerized 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 choice
Worth £229 within the UK (roughly $295 or AU$400)



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