The OnePlus Watch appears to be like and looks like a premium smartwatch with out the value tag to match. For $159 (£149, roughly AU$270) the OnePlus Watch gives fundamental smartwatch options like getting notifications out of your telephone, plus superior well being options like blood oxygen monitoring, excessive and low coronary heart fee alerts and an enormous battery that may final for per week or extra. On paper, it sounds nearly too good to be true, in apply, it’s.
In my week of testing I skilled critical connectivity points and located a number of the well being metrics to be inaccurate. In its present state it is onerous to suggest the OnePlus Watch, however I count on it to evolve and enhance within the coming months as the corporate addresses a few of these points within the public model of the app.
- Elegant, round design
- Cheaper than its rivals
- Battery lasts per week (or longer)
Do not Like
- Watch repeatedly loses reference to the telephone
- Coronary heart fee information is unreliable
- No cellular funds
For the aim of this evaluation I used to be given an early model of the OnePlus Well being app, which I loaded onto my. The OnePlus Watch is just appropriate with Android units at launch, however the firm says will probably be rolling out iOS compatibility sooner or later.
Nothing low-cost about its design
It is uncommon for a product to look higher in particular person than in pictures, however the OnePlus Watch is the exception. I used to be instantly taken by its strikingly giant 46mm round display screen, enclosed in a smooth chrome steel body and slim silhouette which rested comfortably on my wrist. I like the easy design: no dials or rotating bezels, simply the contact display screen and two small buttons on the facet. The silicone watch bands can simply swap out with a fast launch button latch. My one grievance with the design is that the watch solely is available in one measurement which overwhelmed my wrist and would go well with bigger wrists higher. Thankfully, it did not get in my means an excessive amount of throughout sleep.
Very fundamental smartwatch performance
The OnePlus Watch is Wi-Fi solely, that means it is a completely acceptable telephone companion (when it really connects), however is way from a telephone alternative. It mirrors notifications, makes and solutions telephone calls, and may function a distant to your telephone digital camera or OnePlus TV. It could actually retailer music, however it’s a must to load it manually utilizing the cellular app. It has no Spotify assist, or any third celebration apps for that matter. It additionally lacks NFC for cellular funds.
My greatest challenge with the watch was that the reference to the telephone was inconsistent. It could randomly disconnect from the telephone and I might should unlock my telephone, open the app and generally even re-pair the look ahead to it to sync. This is able to occur even when the telephone was in Bluetooth vary. Because of this, I might cease receiving notifications on the watch and the watch would cease transmitting information to the app.
Well being and health metrics want work
The watch can monitor over 110 completely different exercise varieties together with swimming, because it has a 5ATM IP68 score which suggests it’s waterproof all the way down to 50 meters. It is best to be capable to depart your telephone behind on a run, as a result of the OnePlus Watch does have built-in GPS to trace your route, nevertheless it’s not probably the most dependable. I went on a few runs the place the GPS did not join and because of this I could not see my route after I accomplished my run.
I like that it breaks out your coronary heart fee zones primarily based on depth throughout exercises so I might see how onerous I used to be working in every train, however the numbers had been off. I in contrast the center fee from the watch to my chest strap — the gold customary for monitoring coronary heart fee throughout a exercise — and observed some inconsistencies between the 2. Coronary heart fee on the OnePlus Watch lagged behind the strap’s throughout my runs and couple be anyplace from 5-15 beats per minute off in comparison in actual time. As soon as on the exercise abstract within the app, the numbers appeared to even out and confirmed a a lot smaller distinction in peak and common bpm between the watch and the chest strap, however when you’re in search of minute by minute accuracy this isn’t the look ahead to you.
Even smartwatches which have obtained medical accreditations like FDA clearance ought to by no means be used rather than a doctor, however the OnePlus Watch missed the mark on extra than simply coronary heart fee monitoring throughout a exercise. I wasn’t anticipating hospital grade accuracy from the OnePlusWatch, however having viable coronary heart fee information is essential to health monitoring, calculating energy burned and for coronary heart fee alerts.
Along with steady coronary heart fee monitoring, the OnePlus Watch additionally alerts you when your coronary heart fee is greater or decrease than a sure threshold. I obtained a excessive coronary heart fee alert from the watch one morning whereas mendacity in mattress. Involved, I strapped on one other HR tracker to cross-check and my coronary heart fee was within the regular vary. The false optimistic from the watch was sufficient to place me on edge for the remainder of the day.
The watch additionally measures SpO2 (blood oxygen ranges) on demand or throughout sleep in addition to stress ranges all through the day utilizing coronary heart fee variability. After I took a studying on demand, the SpO2 information was inside vary of my pulse oximeter (the usual gadget for the sort of measurement), however I felt as if the low stress studying was not indicative of my precise stress stage throughout a very nerve-wracking week. This anomaly just isn’t unique to the OnePlus Watch nevertheless, as I’ve had comparable conflicting outcomes from different coronary heart rate-based stress detectors on different smartwatches.
The largest challenge I had was that none of my sleep information synced with the OnePlus Well being app, together with the SpO2 information. Each morning the watch gave me a quick sleep abstract on the display screen, which appeared to mirror my exercise at evening, however after six nights with the watch, none of this information ever confirmed up or synced to the app. OnePlus says the ultimate model of the app will tackle the sleep monitoring challenge, however I’ve but to try it out for myself. I’ll replace this evaluation as soon as I’ve.
Battery life is on monitor
The one function it does ship on is battery life. I did not should cost it as soon as within the seven days I had it on my wrist. The corporate claims the watch will final two weeks between prices with regular use, however options like SpO2 monitoring at evening and GPS use begin to add up, so I am ending my week with little to spare. That is nonetheless miles forward of the battery life from a few of its rivals just like theand — which do not go previous the two-day mark — and never having to cost it each evening earlier than mattress is nice for sleep monitoring, so long as you’ll be able to really get the watch to sync within the morning to see your information. However regardless of the long-lasting battery, you do sacrifice sure issues like an all the time on show (it is raise-to-wake solely) and total display screen brightness as I discovered it onerous to see the display screen in direct daylight even with the brightness set to most.
The watch prices rapidly: You will get a full day of energy from 5 minutes on the charger, or wait 20 minutes for per week’s value of cost.
Pending fixes, proceed with warning
The OnePlus Watch is the corporate’s first smartwatch so I count on it to get higher with time. When you’re already within the OnePlus ecosystem, the value alone needs to be cause sufficient to contemplate it, as soon as the corporate has had extra time to iron out the kinks. Whereas it does most of what it guarantees on paper, it was notably buggy at launch. The excellent news is that this will likely enhance as OnePlus fixes its syncing and software program points with subsequent app updates. However the inconsistencies in metrics like coronary heart fee monitoring throughout a exercise and excessive coronary heart fee alerts could also be tougher to repair, and I nonetheless would not depend on this as a critical sports activities watch.