The OnePlus Watch seems to be and seems like a premium smartwatch with out the worth tag to match. For $159 (£149, roughly AU$270) the OnePlus Watch affords primary smartwatch options like getting notifications out of your cellphone, plus superior well being options like blood oxygen monitoring, excessive and low coronary heart charge alerts and a giant battery that may final for per week or extra. On paper, it sounds nearly too good to be true, in observe, it’s.
In my week of testing I skilled severe connectivity points and located among the well being metrics to be inaccurate. In its present state it is laborious to suggest the OnePlus Watch, however I anticipate 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 usually loses reference to the cellphone
- Coronary heart charge 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 suitable with Android units 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 giant 46mm round display screen, enclosed in a smooth stainless-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 aspect. The silicone watch bands can simply swap out with a fast launch button latch. My one criticism with the design is that the watch solely is available in one measurement which overwhelmed my wrist and would swimsuit bigger wrists higher. Thankfully, it did not get in my manner an excessive amount of throughout sleep.
Very primary smartwatch performance
The OnePlus Watch is Wi-Fi solely, which means it is a completely acceptable cellphone companion (when it truly connects), however is much from a cellphone alternative. It mirrors notifications, makes and solutions cellphone calls, and may function a distant on your cellphone digital camera or OnePlus TV. It could actually retailer music, however you must load it manually utilizing the cellular app. It has no Spotify assist, or any third get together apps for that matter. It additionally lacks NFC for cellular funds.
My greatest subject with the watch was that the reference to the cellphone was inconsistent. It will randomly disconnect from the cellphone and I would must unlock my cellphone, open the app and generally even re-pair the look ahead to it to sync. This is able to occur even when the cellphone was in Bluetooth vary. Consequently, I might 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 monitor over 110 totally different exercise sorts together with swimming, because it has a 5ATM IP68 score which suggests it’s water-resistant right down to 50 meters. It is best to 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, nevertheless it’s not essentially the most dependable. I went on a few runs the place the GPS did not join and consequently I could not see my route after I accomplished my run.
I like that it breaks out your coronary heart charge zones based mostly on depth throughout exercises so I may see how laborious I used to be working in every train, however the numbers have been off. I in contrast the center charge from the watch to my chest strap — the gold customary for monitoring coronary heart charge throughout a exercise — and seen some inconsistencies between the 2. Coronary heart charge on the OnePlus Watch lagged behind the strap’s throughout my runs and couple be wherever 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 in the event 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 charge monitoring throughout a exercise. I wasn’t anticipating hospital grade accuracy from the OnePlusWatch, however having viable coronary heart charge knowledge is essential to health monitoring, calculating energy burned and for coronary heart charge alerts.
Along with steady coronary heart charge monitoring, the OnePlus Watch additionally alerts you when your coronary heart charge is larger or decrease than a sure threshold. I obtained a excessive coronary heart charge 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 charge was within the regular vary. The false constructive 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 charge variability. After I took a studying on demand, the SpO2 knowledge was inside vary of my pulse oximeter (the usual gadget for this kind of measurement), however I felt as if the low stress studying was not indicative of my precise stress degree 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 most important subject 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 screen, which appeared to mirror 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 subject, however I’ve but to check it out for myself. I’ll replace this assessment as soon as I’ve.
Battery life is on monitor
The one characteristic it does ship on is battery life. I did not must 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 screen brightness as I discovered it laborious to see the display screen in direct daylight even with the brightness set to most.
The watch fees shortly: You will get a full day of energy from 5 minutes on the charger, or wait 20 minutes for per week’s price of cost.
Pending fixes, proceed with warning
The OnePlus Watch is the corporate’s first smartwatch so I anticipate it to get higher with time. When you’re already within the OnePlus ecosystem, the worth alone ought to be motive sufficient to think about 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 enhance as OnePlus fixes its syncing and software program points with subsequent app updates. However the inconsistencies in metrics like coronary heart charge monitoring throughout a exercise and excessive coronary heart charge alerts could also be more durable to repair, and I nonetheless would not depend on this as a severe sports activities watch.