The OnePlus Watch seems and appears like a premium smartwatch with out the worth tag to match. For $159 (£149, roughly AU$270) the OnePlus Watch gives fundamental smartwatch options like getting notifications out of your cellphone, plus superior well being options like blood oxygen monitoring, excessive and low coronary heart fee alerts and an enormous battery that may final for every week or extra. On paper, it sounds virtually too good to be true, in observe, 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 arduous 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 every week (or longer)
Do not Like
- Watch recurrently loses reference to the cellphone
- Coronary heart fee knowledge is unreliable
- No cellular funds
For the aim of this assessment I used to be given an early model of the OnePlus Well being app, which I loaded onto my. The OnePlus Watch is barely appropriate with Android gadgets at launch, however the firm says it is going to 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 photographs, however the OnePlus Watch is the exception. I used to be instantly taken by its strikingly massive 46mm round display, 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 and two small buttons on the aspect. 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. Fortuitously, it did not get in my approach an excessive amount of throughout sleep.
Very fundamental smartwatch performance
The OnePlus Watch is Wi-Fi solely, which means it is a completely acceptable cellphone companion (when it truly connects), however is way from a cellphone alternative. It mirrors notifications, makes and solutions cellphone calls, and might function a distant to your cellphone digicam or OnePlus TV. It might probably retailer music, however you need to load it manually utilizing the cellular app. It has no Spotify assist, or any third social gathering apps for that matter. It additionally lacks NFC for cellular funds.
My largest difficulty with the watch was that the reference to the cellphone was inconsistent. It might randomly disconnect from the cellphone and I would need to unlock my cellphone, open the app and typically even re-pair the look ahead to it to sync. This might occur even when the cellphone was in Bluetooth vary. In consequence, I’d cease receiving notifications on the watch and the watch would cease transmitting knowledge to the app.
Well being and health metrics want work
The watch can observe over 110 totally different exercise varieties together with swimming, because it has a 5ATM IP68 score which suggests it’s water-resistant right down to 50 meters. You must be capable of go away your cellphone behind on a run, as a result of the OnePlus Watch does have built-in GPS to trace your route, however it’s not essentially the most dependable. I went on a few runs the place the GPS did not join and in consequence I could not see my route after I accomplished my run.
I like that it breaks out your coronary heart fee zones based mostly on depth throughout exercises so I may see how arduous I used to be working in every train, however the numbers have been off. I in contrast the guts 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 wherever from 5-15 beats per minute off compared 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 acquired 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 knowledge is necessary 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 larger or decrease than a sure threshold. I acquired 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 knowledge was inside vary of my pulse oximeter (the usual machine for any such 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 isn’t unique to the OnePlus Watch nonetheless, as I’ve had comparable conflicting outcomes from different coronary heart rate-based stress detectors on different smartwatches.
The largest difficulty I had was that none of my sleep knowledge synced with the OnePlus Well being app, together with the SpO2 knowledge. Each morning the watch gave me a short sleep abstract on the display, which appeared to replicate my exercise at night time, however after six nights with the watch, none of this knowledge ever confirmed up or synced to the app. OnePlus says the ultimate model of the app will deal with the sleep monitoring difficulty, however I’ve but to try it out for myself. I’ll replace this assessment as soon as I’ve.
Battery life is on observe
The one characteristic it does ship on is battery life. I did not need to 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 fees with regular use, however options like SpO2 monitoring at night time 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 night time earlier than mattress is nice for sleep monitoring, so long as you’ll be able to truly get the watch to sync within the morning to see your knowledge. However regardless of the long-lasting battery, you do sacrifice sure issues like an at all times on show (it is raise-to-wake solely) and total display brightness as I discovered it arduous to see the display in direct daylight even with the brightness set to most.
The watch fees shortly: You may get a full day of energy from 5 minutes on the charger, or wait 20 minutes for every week’s price 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. Should you’re already within the OnePlus ecosystem, the worth alone needs to be purpose 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 significantly 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 more durable to repair, and I nonetheless would not depend on this as a critical sports activities watch.