It was a very long time coming however the OnePlus Watch is lastly with us. Rumored in 2015 (and cancelled quickly after), OnePlus received us excited with the prospect of its long-awaited smartwatch launch in April 2021.
But the reception couldn’t have been worse. Early evaluations of the OnePlus Watch had been poor, with complaints of an expertise riddled with bugs. Given our pattern was slightly delayed, we prioritized evaluations equivalent to the Garmin Venu 2 and Polar Ignite 2, to provide OnePlus the likelihood to make things better up.
But even amidst a flurry of over-the-air updates, the OnePlus Watch continues to be a messy expertise with a couple of severe flaws. Here’s our expertise.
Design and value
OnePlus Watch and sharp display screen
When information of the OnePlus Watch landed, the mixture of design and value appeared fairly good.
There’s no denying it’s a good high quality piece of equipment. It’s a round-faced 46mm case with a stainless-steel bezel and snazzy textured silicone strap. It’s received a reassuring weight and really feel, and it’s completely snug to put on, no less than on a male wrist. Smaller wrists may battle with a 46mm case, and it isn’t one thing we at Wareable think about unisex, though everybody has completely different preferences.
OnePlus Activity app
The display screen is a 1.39-inch AMOLED display screen with a 454 x 454 decision. It’s a great high quality show, albeit not as punchy as the 1000 nit Huawei Watch 3.
There are two buttons on the bezel, though most of the management is completed through a touchscreen, which is quick, correct and responsive. The buttons and basic on-screen management are the first clue that the OnePlus expertise just isn’t glorious. The high button reveals the predominant menu (which is okay) however the backside button takes a spot SpO2 measurement. You can simply map this to just about any characteristic, though it was our intuition to have this as a again button.
There’s a small assortment of watch faces, and there are some nice-looking choices. The display screen has an all the time on choice in order for you it, which dims to a low energy watch face when not in use. That will harm battery life, so if you wish to have the display screen dim, you will discover the wrist elevate to be fairly sharp, and definitely nearly as good as one thing like the Apple Watch SE.
The low energy display screen when in all the time on mode
All-in-all fairly a great begin for the OnePlus Watch. It appears to be like and feels good for the $159 price ticket. Yes, there are cheaper watches on the market that do the identical, however most likely not with the identical supplies and case.
Natural opponents are the Amazfit GTR 2e, Huawei Watch GT 2 (or GT 2 e) and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 – all of which arrive at roughly the identical value and supply most of the identical (if no more) options.
Features and value
So what does the OnePlus Watch do – and the way does it do it?
First there’s fundamental smartwatch stuff, and it’s essential to notice right here that the OnePlus Watch is Android solely. If you’re an iPhone consumer that you must go and browse our Apple Watch alternate options piece.
The OnePlus Watch does all the ordinary smartwatch stuff – notifications and calls shall be despatched over out of your Android telephone, and you’ll reply from the wrist must you need. Notifications are usually dealt with nicely and look good on the display screen.
Bizarre UX instance
Then there’s health monitoring. It’s a fairly commonplace affair with steps, energy, energetic minutes and exercise time all logged. Most of the watch faces will show aim progress or you may head into the Activity menu. The interface appears to be like cool, with 4 segments that replenish as you meet your aim. They are steps, exercise minutes, power used (energy) and Activity…which we’re nonetheless baffled about what that’s truly monitoring.
An instance above reveals we have now 3 “Activity” factors, on a day the place we took the watch for a 30 minute run. Totally baffling. This simply underpins how half baked the OS and UX is.
The OnePlus Watch will hold tabs on well being metrics – with blood oxygen, stress, sleep and coronary heart price all tracked.
The Watch additionally has a bunch of fundamental apps on board for stopwatch, timers, flashlight, barometer, compass and a music participant that lets you take heed to MP3s you sync to the watch.
There are not any funds, LTE variations or music streaming companies on board, neither is there an app retailer so as to add any additional options. That’s form of par for the course in relation to funds smartwatches, and also you’ll should be Apple or Samsung gadgets for this sort of performance.
“Pls connect the watch to your phone to update ephemeris info”
However, whereas many bugs have been fastened up as of June 2021, there are nonetheless many oddities remaining. On-screen messages usually do not make sense, putting in an replace modified the language to (presumably) Urdu, and a few features of the UX are poorly labelled to the level we do not know what they imply (see above).
The OnePlus Watch inexplicably modified its language throughout a routine replace
Outdoor working modes
So far the OnePlus has coated all the bases fairly nicely, however exercise modes had been the first place issues actually fell down.
The OnePlus Watch has GPS inbuilt, however utilizing it for an outside run was nearly not possible. Firstly, the GPS wants fixed updating, which is communicated by an insane and garbled message (probably translated from Chinese). Even when it was up to date it was nearly not possible to lock on, regardless of how lengthy we stood ready. And after we did get a lock, 5km runs would commonly come up over 1km quick.
Running distance issues
Over a month of testing and 6 out of doors runs, not one was near being precisely tracked. Thus, all exercise knowledge, tempo and VO2 Max had been full nonsense.
We’re not even going to waste time by going via the graphs for VO2 Max as the knowledge is full rubbish.
OnePlus additionally promised 100+ tracked sports activities, and so they have landed through a June OTA replace.
There’s lots right here for certain – although a lot is sort of comically repetitive. Dog strolling makes up the 100 – completely different to regular strolling, we assume. There are modes for every kind of health club exercise – legs, arms, higher physique, decrease physique, as when you’re going to cease and begin exercise modes as you progress round the health club.
We began a HIIT class and had been shocked to search out no particular HIIT mode amongst the 100, so needed to simply drop into “freestyle training.”
The OnePlus Watch has a number of well being centered apps – none of that are notably neatly applied.
The Heart Rate app takes a spot measurement of your bpm, which we discovered to be a fairly random and had little to do with our precise coronary heart price. It doesn’t show resting coronary heart price over time, or excessive and lows of the day on the watch itself. But when you swipe down, you’ll get a breakdown of time spent in key HR zones for the final 24 hours.
If you go into the OnePlus app you can see resting HR knowledge, which was barely above what we’d anticipate, however in the proper ballpark. It’s a stunning consequence, as each time we spot checked our coronary heart price it was wildly excessive.
During exercises, we discovered the coronary heart price monitor to carry out fairly nicely. Over our 5K run ending in dash intervals the common HR for the session matched our Garmin HRM-Pro chest strap.
At sudden excessive depth the sensor couldn’t sustain with the chest strap, however hit a max of 184bpm vs 191bpm – so not a nasty displaying in any respect. If the exercise expertise was wherever close to the place it ought to be, the coronary heart price sensor could be a good accomplice.
Decent coronary heart price monitoring efficiency
The SpO2 app will observe your blood oxygen measurements. There didn’t appear to be an excessive amount of awry right here – however until you’re sick with a respiratory sickness or at altitude, there’s little must do spot SpO2 checks.
We discovered the sleep monitoring slightly fundamental however usually fairly correct. You will get breakdowns of deep and light-weight sleep. The knowledge isn’t that detailed, however high quality to maintain a fast eye on how a lot relaxation you’re getting. If sleep monitoring is essential to you, Fitbit and Garmin do it approach higher.
The time asleep often synced up with time spent in mattress, with correct sleep and rise occasions. We’ve discovered the finest sleep trackers report a tad decrease sleep than the time you had been mendacity in mattress, accounting for wakeups and restlessness.
Against a Fitbit (which we class as the finest wrist monitoring of sleep) it was a combined bag. Some nights had been in line, but when sleep was particularly stressed (due to a new child child, alcohol consumption or each) then the OnePlus tended to point out over an hour extra sleep compared. Overall, nonetheless, we have now no complaints as a basic information to sleep period.
Stress is one other spot test app, which provides you with slightly score on stress ranges. It will present stress scores over time when you swipe down, which is a pleasant contact. Is it correct? That’s laborious to quantify, but it surely’s an fascinating knowledge level.
OnePlus Watch reverse aspect
For all its faults, OnePlus has smashed it with battery life. It promise of 14 days might be slightly excessive with what we’d think about regular use, however 10 days is actually doable.
Going for a 5K run knocked about 2% off the battery, so there’s a lot to love right here.
And the speedy charging that provides every week of use for simply 20 minutes charging is superb, and battery total is one thing that the OnePlus does excel at.
A disappointing displaying with a software program expertise that lets down a pleasant design, high quality supplies and a aggressive value. Modest enhancements to the gadget in the month since launch have not been sufficient to earn it a 3 star assessment – the complete expertise feels half completed. It’s a pleasant wanting and well-built gadget for the cash, but it surely’s not one thing we will suggest in good religion. As a health gadget it is poor, and it has a characteristic set weaker than many funds smartwatches. Avoid.
- Excellent case supplies
- Nice display screen
- Great battery life
- Poor exercise accomplice
- Terrible GPS accuracy
- OS feels unfinished