OPPO Watch review: Surprisingly good for a first-time attempt!

OPPO appears to be effectively on its path to transition from a pure smartphone producer to makers of wearables and ‘good gadgets’. The Dongguan-based smartphone big has launched a number of non-smartphone merchandise this 12 months – a few of which we at NextPit had the chance to check. Among probably the most important wearable merchandise they launched in 2020 embrace the new Enco lineup of earbuds and, after all, the brand new OPPO Watch – which additionally occurs to be OPPO’s first-ever try at a full-fledged smartwatch.

Good

  • Excellent construct high quality
  • Sharp show
  • Good software program expertise
  • Fast charging assist

Bad

  • Apple Watch clone
  • Wear OS wants refinement
  • Battery life might have been higher

Variants, availability

There are two variants of the OPPO Watch at the moment on sale – an entry-level 41mm variant, and a barely bigger 46mm possibility. NextPit acquired each the fashions for evaluation – the 46mm variant in India, and the 41mm variant in Berlin. For the aim of this evaluation, we are going to speak in regards to the 46mm variant that this creator acquired from OPPO India. It is essential to notice that each these variants characteristic near-identical {hardware} specs with minor variations. The Wi-Fi variants of the OPPO Watch is already on sale in China, Europe, and India. The LTE variant shall be on sale within the UK beginning October 2020.

More than simply one other Apple Watch clone

There is not any denying that the

OPPO Watch
takes a lot of design inspiration from the Apple Watch. From the gently-curved edges to a few of the watch faces, the Apple Watch likeness is unmissable. In OPPO’s protection, although, there are fairly a few variations as effectively. For instance, the marked distinction between the 2 is the absence of the ‘digital crown’ on the OPPO Watch. Instead, the corporate makes use of two buttons on the proper aspect of the watch that can be utilized to entry varied menu choices.

Both the 46mm and 41mm variants of the OPPO Watch characteristic a high-quality 6000-series aluminum body. The 46mm variant is the pricier, bigger, and extra feature-packed of the 2. While each variants get high-quality AMOLED shows, it’s the 46mm variant that will get the bigger, higher-resolution (401 x 476 pixels) panel that curves in direction of the perimeters. The 41mm variant, however, options a flat show with a barely decrease decision. You can simply make out these variations when you’re shut sufficient to the watch.

The OPPO Watch (41mm)/ © NextPit

On the 46m variant, there’s a marked ridge the place the show joins the aluminum physique. On the proper aspect, slightly below the ridge are the 2 buttons – one which acts as a residence button and the opposite (the one with the emerald stripe) that can be utilized as a multi-function key. The left aspect is the place the tiny speaker is positioned. The 46mm variant is waterproof as much as 5ATM, whereas the 41mm is rated for 3ATM. Due to the COVID-19 scenario, I didn’t enterprise into a swimming pool with the OPPO Watch. I did, nevertheless, use the watch in heavy rain and may affirm that it got here out unscathed.

NextPit Oppo Watch strap strap
The Fluororubber strap appears to be product of good high quality materials / © NextPit

 

At the underside, the OPPO Watch will get LEDs for the guts charge sensor – and to not point out – the magnetic connectors for the charging dock. The backside panel is product of plastic+ceramic on the 46mm variant, whereas the  41mm variant solely makes use of plastic right here. The ‘Flurorubber’ strap is of top quality and truthfully didn’t really feel completely different from a customary silicon strap. The watch matches properly on my wrists and didn’t look overly giant. While the straps had been of good high quality, their proprietary nature and the dearth of different choices means that you’re caught with the provided straps for the time being. At the time of publishing this evaluation, I couldn’t discover an choice to buy a new strap both on OPPO’s web site or different e-commerce platforms.

NextPit Oppo Watch side
The loudspeaker grille on the 41mm OPPO Watch / © NextPit

 

The construct high quality of the OPPO Watch is on par with the most effective smartwatches on the market – the Apple Watch included. The 46m variant is kind of hefty, and other people with small wrists might discover it a bit too heavy for train and whereas figuring out.

Display, {hardware}, and efficiency

The curved AMOLED panel used on the 46mm

OPPO Watch
is among the many greatest I’ve seen on a smartwatch. It is giant, has glorious brightness ranges and good viewing angles – as anticipated of an AMOLED panel. For individuals with smaller wrists, the 41mm is smart. You do miss out on the curved panel right here, although. The show on the smaller 41mm variant has a decision of 320 x 360 pixels, which is fairly sharp for its 1.61-inch measurement.

NextPit Oppo Watch screen
The AMOLED show on the 41mm OPPO Watch / © NextPit

 

The OPPO Watch options a dual-chip endurance system the place the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset handles all the first duties. While not the most recent Smartwatch chip round, the Wear 3100 is greater than able to all of the duties you throw on the OPPO Watch with aplomb. Both the variants get 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage for apps.

NextPit Oppo Watch wrist
The OPPO Watch (41mm) / © NextPit

In the three odd weeks I used the OPPO Watch, not as soon as did I face a difficulty with it slowing down or feeling laggy. For low energy duties – and when in energy saving mode – the Watch switches to the power-efficient Ambiq Micro Apollo3 chip. In this mode, the OPPO Watch successfully transforms itself into a health tracker and switches all Wear OS functionalities off. It does, nevertheless, proceed to watch your coronary heart charge and rely steps. 

That brings us to the all-important battery life side of the OPPO Watch. On the 46mm variant that I used, I simply obtained a day of battery life. For me to attain this, I needed to flip down the brightness to degree 3 – and in addition hold the ‘Always-on Display’ turned off. This wasn’t a main subject, although, because the Watch helps the ‘tilt to wake’ characteristic. This means anytime you flip your wrists to take a look at the time or health stats, the show powers on briefly. With the Always-on Display turned on, there was a important drop in battery life. That being stated, there are some watch faces that allow you to eke out a day of battery even with the AoD characteristic on. The OPPO Watch additionally helps quick charging and takes round 75 minutes for a full cost.

NextPit Oppo Watch apps app
The OPPO Watch runs a personalized model of WearOS © NextPit

 

Connectivity options on each the OPPO Watch variants are an identical. Both the merchandise on sale in India are Wi-Fi solely variants with the power to make and obtain calls when linked to your cellphone. The OPPO Watch additionally has in-device GPS functionality, which implies it’s not depending on the tethered smartphone for GPS data. OPPO additionally has an LTE variant of the 46mm mannequin, which the corporate is but to launch in India. On the 46mm variant I used, making and receiving calls, was fairly straightforward. With assist for Google Assistant, you’ll be able to merely ask the Watch to dial the contact and make the decision proper from the watch with out the necessity for your smartphone. That being stated, the quantity ranges from the audio system aren’t good sufficient for use in crowded places.

Software, health options, and sleep monitoring

Initially conceived as trend equipment, trendy smartwatches have steadily remodeled themselves into glorious health aids. The OPPO Watch runs Google’s WearOS – albeit with fairly a few customizations from OPPO. While most purists frown on the prospect of OEM customizations on smartphones, within the case of WearOS, this has solely made the OPPO Watch an general higher product.

The OPPO Watch
allows you to entry most of its options utilizing a few gestures.

OPPO Watch 46mm Face
The bigger 46mm variant of the OPPO Watch © NextPit

 

Here are a few gestures that you need to use for fast navigation from the house display.

Swipe proper – Access Google Assistant
Swipe left – Access as much as 5 completely different tiles for fast entry
Swipe down – Quick settings
Swipe up – To entry notifications

To entry varied apps, press the house button as soon as. To rapidly entry a number of exercise choices, press the multi-function button as soon as. You may also long-press the house button to invoke Google Assistant. Long press the multi-function button to entry the facility settings or to modify to the facility saver mode.

The OPPO Watch has a heart-rate sensor that constantly screens your pulse. The Watch can also provide you with a warning of unusually excessive or low readings. The sedentary alert characteristic often works effectively however did alert me erroneously a couple of instances. Apart from the usual Google Fit train monitoring choices, OPPO has baked a few of its personal health options that embrace 5 completely different exercise routines: health run, fats burn run, out of doors stroll, out of doors biking, and swimming. You can choose these and observe the on-screen directions for a fast exercise.

NextPit Oppo Watch sensor
The coronary heart charge sensor and the charging connector/ © NextPit

 

OPPO additionally suggests its customers obtain the HeyTap app to behave as a hub for controlling varied options of the app. It additionally shows key stats about your exercise routine and your common coronary heart charge on the app residence display. You may also use HeyTap to rapidly obtain and set up new watch faces.  

HeyTap App
OPPO’s HeyTap app / © NextPit

 

As far as sleep monitoring options go, the OPPO Watch had this bizarre restriction of not having the ability to observe your sleep between 10 am and eight pm. In the morning, it presents an outline of your sleep sample, together with stats about how lengthy and deeply you slept.

The greatest reasonably priced smartwatch?

In India, OPPO solely sells the Wi-Fi variants of each fashions. The 41mm variant prices Rs 14,990 (~200) whereas the 46mm variant will set customers again by Rs 19,990 ($269). In the UK, the 46mm variant goes for £229 whereas the LTE variant shall be priced at £369 when it launches in October.  

NextPit Oppo Watch apple
There are a number of cool Watch Faces to select from © NextPit

 

At its present costs, the OPPO Watch is among the many most reasonably priced smartwatches on provide in India. It competes towards the likes of the Fitbit Versa, the Garmin Venu, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 – all of that are significantly dearer. Then there’s the Huawei Watch GT2 that retails for Rs 14,990. All these items thought of and given the truth that the OPPO Watch is undoubtedly among the many higher Wear OS toting smartwatches I’ve utilized in 2020, this one earns a stable advice from us.

Oppo Watch – the place to purchase?

Oppo Watch

To gadget database


LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here