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 properly it handles the fundamentals. It has a vivid, responsive AMOLED display screen, Google Assistant assist 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 evaluation. And whereas the Oppo Watch is technically appropriate with each Android and iOS, the mobile function solely works with an Android telephone and is barely supported in case you’re on Vodafone, Celron, and Orange networks.
An Apple Watch clone
When the Oppo Watch was first unveiled, it drew rapid comparisons to Apple‘s well-liked timepiece. Even to somebody who critiques tech for a dwelling 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 comparable packaging. However the glass on the aspect has a extra pronounced curve, and there are two buttons on the appropriate aspect rather than 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 constructed from 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 most likely will not discover many third-party strap choices that may match this watch.
Oppo Watch’s battery life is not sufficient
Battery longevity is a robust swimsuit in a lot of 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 massive 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 gentle to reasonable use earlier than conking out. Battery life felt particularly disappointing on days when Ib accomplished exercises with GPS monitoring.
Luckily, it does include some instruments to assist lengthen the battery life. In response to 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 rely, coronary heart price features and alerts for incoming notifications. I have not had an opportunity to totally take a look at this function, however I am going to replace this evaluation after I do. I did strive 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 following morning. Needless to say 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, nevertheless it’s a necessity relating 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 threat waking as much as a useless watch and incomplete sleep information. When the juice did run out, Oppo’s VOOC Flash Charging totally revitalized the battery in about an hour.
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 considered one of my favourite options on the Oppo Watch.
Once 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 in case 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 rivals.
Oppo’s Watch covers solely primary well being options
One other considered one of my favourite facets of the Oppo Watch is a health assist 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. In case you agree, a video of a gymnasium teacher seems, guiding you thru a sequence 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 straightforward to comply with in case you’re working at dwelling.
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 bear in mind particularly in case you plan on monitoring exercises that fall outdoors of those classes.
I am additionally not totally satisfied on the accuracy of the GPS readings both. Whereas coronary heart price numbers appear to be according to 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 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 cellular app from Oppo, out there within the Google Play retailer. It syncs steps, sleep information, coronary heart price, exercises and each day exercise.
However not like 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 fascinating 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 (probably 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 easy expertise. That is backed up by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage to load music.
For extra specs and options, take a look at our chart under.
Oppo Watch specs
|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|
|Computerized exercise detection||Sure|
|Water resistance||Sure, as much as 50M|
|Notifications||Textual content replies|
|Voice assistant||Google Assistant|
|Cell Funds||Google Pay (NFC)|
|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|
|Price||£229 within the UK (roughly $295 or AU$400)|