Is that an Apple Watch? That was the primary thought that ran by way of my thoughts once I obtained the Oppo Watch. The design and the packaging positively look impressed by the Apple Watch, however the similarities finish there, because the Oppo Watch runs Google’s Put on OS. With tech corporations slowing down on smartwatches and solely conventional watch producers seemingly selling Put on OS for some time now, it’s good to see Oppo stepping in. Does the Oppo Watch make a robust case for Put on OS, or will this machine go down as an Apple Watch duplicate? I check the watch to determine that reply.
Oppo Watch design
The Oppo Watch can simply be confused for an Apple Watch, and some individuals I met did assume it was the fruity machine. Though the design appears impressed, Oppo has nailed it with regards to match and end. The very first thing that may seize your consideration in regards to the Oppo Watch is its AMOLED show. It’s massive, measuring 1.91 inches, and is curved on two sides. This not solely appears good, however can be helpful when swiping by way of the interface.
The beautiful show flows into an aluminum case that feels premium to the contact. There are two buttons on the correct, whereas the left has the speaker. The decrease button has an accent and might be set to carry out any perform you select. This additionally acts as the facility button in the event you long-press it. The button on the high is used to open the app drawer and acts because the again key; long-pressing it summons the Google Assistant.
You will not discover lugs on the Oppo Watch because the straps connect on to the aluminium physique. It appears clear, however the draw back is that the design is proprietary and discovering replacements will not be simple. Oppo claims that the straps are made out of fluororubber, and so they really feel mild. Over the course of two weeks utilizing this watch, these straps by no means precipitated any irritation or rashes on my pores and skin. You possibly can separate the strap from the physique by urgent tiny launch buttons on the again. A agency press is sufficient to launch the strap, but it surely would not come off unintentionally.
The again of the Oppo Watch has the heart-rate sensor in a dome within the centre, whereas the remainder of the again is plastic. The sensor dome is made out of ceramic just for the 46mm Oppo Watch; the smaller 41mm Oppo Watch has a plastic dome. The charging pins are positioned in the direction of the underside and are barely recessed. I didn’t discover any discolouration or corrosion on these pins through the evaluation interval.
Oppo has saved the machine weight down, and the physique alone weighs 40g. The fluororubber straps really feel mild as nicely and the watch dimension felt good on my wrist. You get an even bigger 430mAh battery in the event you go for the 46mm Oppo Watch, in comparison with 300mAh for the 41mm variant. The 46mm Oppo Watch is priced at Rs. 19,990 whereas the smaller 41mm Oppo Watch is priced at Rs. 14,990. You get a Watch VOOC Flash charger within the field. It’s magnetic and holds the watch in place whereas charging.
Oppo Watch specs and efficiency
Oppo has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon Put on 3100 processor to energy this watch. There’s a secondary low-power ambiq Micro Apollo 3 SoC that takes over when the watch is put in energy saver mode. There may be 1GB of RAM on the Oppo Watch, which makes an enormous distinction to the efficiency. I discovered the watch to be fast to answer my inputs, and didn’t discover any lag whereas utilizing it.
There may be Bluetooth 4.2 to maintain the watch related to your smartphone, and a couple of.4GHz Wi-Fi in order that it will possibly work independently as nicely. There isn’t any mobile knowledge possibility. You get 8GB of inside storage as nicely. The 46mm Oppo Watch is water-resistant upto 5ATM whereas the smaller 41mm variant is water-resistant as much as 3ATM. There may be in-built GPS, GLONASS, and A-GPS. It additionally has assist for NFC.
The Oppo Watch runs Google’s Put on OS and might be paired with an Android smartphone in addition to an iPhone. I paired the watch to a Google Pixel 3 (Review) in addition to an iPhone 11 (Review), however the expertise was considerably higher on the Android smartphone. Apple’s tight grip on privateness and app management severely cripples the paired Put on OS smartwatch. I wasn’t in a position to reply to notifications when paired to the iPhone, just about limiting the Oppo Watches capabilities to that of a notifier. The expertise was loads smoother when paired with an Android telephone , and I might reply to messages simply. Put on OS auto suggests primary replies however I might open up a small keyboard and swipe to sort a message. I might additionally take calls fairly simply on the watch, however I needed to increase it subsequent to my face to listen to the caller. Folks I spoke to didn’t have any complaints about name high quality.
The AMOLED show has punchy distinction and superb viewing angles. There may be an ambient mild sensor that units the brightness mechanically. I discovered the Oppo Watch to be a bit aggressive with protecting the brightness low to protect battery life, and I needed to manually bump the brightness up once I was outside. When you do that usually or management the brightness manually, you will notice an affect on battery life. The Oppo Watch responds to the raise-to-wake gesture very nicely, and the second you progress your hand again down the show goes off.
The Oppo Watch does a good job of step and distance monitoring. I counted 500 steps as I walked, and the watch counted 513 steps. When you set the watch to trace you whereas strolling outside, it latches onto a GPS sign in a short time. I walked round for 500m and the watch confirmed 0.51km which is inside acceptable ranges. In case you are an informal person who needs a tough thought of the variety of steps you are taking and distance you cowl, the Oppo Watch will do this. For larger accuracy you need to take into account devoted health trackers.
Coronary heart price monitoring on the Oppo Watch was pretty correct and it was in the identical vary as reported by the Mi Watch Revolve. The Oppo Watch was additionally fast to trace adjustments in coronary heart price whereas exercising. Sleep monitoring was correct and the Oppo Watch did give me a breakdown of time spent in deep sleep, in mild sleep, and awake. You possibly can solely see this breakup on the watch, however Oppo recommends downloading its HeyTap app to sync coronary heart price and sleep knowledge. The HeyTap app additionally lets you customise watch faces on the machine.
With heart-rate monitoring set to steady, and dealing with a number of notifications, the Oppo Watch lasted me for a few day and a half per cost. In case you are planning to trace exercises every single day and reply a number of calls on the watch as nicely, you possibly can anticipate about one full day’s value of battery life. There may be an always-on show possibility that may be enabled within the Put on OS app, however it’ll make battery life drop faster. With my utilization sample, I discovered myself charging the watch within the morning (after carrying it in a single day to trace sleep) whereas having breakfast, and it slowly grew to become a behavior to drop the watch on the charger at the moment.
You possibly can allow the facility saver mode to increase battery life, however which means the Oppo Watch affords restricted performance. Step monitoring and coronary heart price monitoring work, and naturally it shows the time, however you possibly can’t log exercises, run any apps, and even see notifications. You will have to reboot or snap the watch into its charger to get out of energy saver mode.
Charging the Oppo Watch is not a lot of a difficulty. It snaps onto the charging cradle simply. The watch acquired to 43 p.c in quarter-hour, and 89 p.c in half-hour. It took 42 minutes to cost fully.
The Oppo Watch may be very nicely designed and is a full-featured smartwatch working Google’s Put on OS. In truth, it is among the higher Put on OS watches I’ve used lately, and the value is affordable. I might advocate the 46mm Oppo Watch over the 41mm variant for the reason that smaller battery might imply below-average battery life.
Sadly, Google hasn’t accomplished a lot with its Put on OS platform of late, and this watch’s lack of modern options may very well be all the way down to the platform. In case you are an Android person searching for a practical smartwatch, the Oppo Watch is unquestionably value having a look at.. Nevertheless, if you’re an iPhone person, the Oppo Watch would not be excellent since Put on OS has a number of limitations. As an alternative, you possibly can check out the Apple Watch Series 3.