OnePlus Watch Review: Interesting for the first time?
OnePlus Watch is the first full-fledged launch of OnePlus, a smart wearable product that fans have been waiting for quite some time. We first heard of the 2015 OnePlus smartwatch, but the company set that project aside to focus on its evolving smartphone lineup. Over the past few years, much more mature OnePlus has expanded into television and audio products. This year it has finally sunk in and launched its first fitness tracker called the OnePlus band and then its first smartwatch, simply called the OnePlus Watch.
Starting at Rs 14,999, the OnePlus Watch has a premium build and design that tries to give us the feeling of a classic timepiece with modern finesse. The OnePlus Watch is available in Classic Edition with Midnight Black and Moonlight Silver in Cobalt Limited Edition. From blood oxygen sensors to optical heart rate sensors, 5ATM water resistance in speaker support, the OnePlus Watch is full of features that are often found only in high-end smartwatches. But is that enough to make it a mandatory part of Timekeeper, we found in this review of OnePlus Watch.
OnePlus Watch Build and Design
Straight out of the box, the OnePlus Watch feels very premium on the hand with the rounded 46mm dial. The classic version of the smartwatch, which we got for this review, is made of 316L grade stainless steel with a 1.39-inch display that bends towards the edges while the base is made of polycarbonate material. The OnePlus Watch weighs 76 grams (45 grams w / o strap) which can be considered a bit heavy for people with skinny wrists and 10.9mm thickness.
OnePlus Watch has a navigation button engraved with the company name for easy identification and a function key that can be customized from the settings menu. The buttons are fairly sensitive and large enough to register clicks. There’s a speaker grill on the left, a barometer hole at the bottom, and a microphone open just below the navigation key. The smartwatch is pre-installed with a contoured design with a fluoroelastomer strap and is compatible with third party straps as it has a standard clap design.
The OnePlus Watch is rated 5ATM, IP68 which makes it resistant to dust and water ingress. The smartwatch can withstand more than just a splash of water and can be taken for swimming. However, anything more than this, such as water sports or deep-sea diving, is not recommended as it can cause internal damage.
It has an AMOLED display with a 1.39-inch HD (454×454 pixels) resolution and a 2.5D glass with nicely rounded edges. There is a concentric line at the edge of the display which creates a subtle effect when light falls from different angles. The Cobalt Limited Edition’s display is protected by a layer of sapphire glass, making it more resistant to everyday wear.
The screen of the smartwatch offers four preset brightness controls: automatic, across five levels of low, medium and high brightness. We felt comfortable with the medium brightness (Level 3) inside the house when we were out, we had to maximize it for better sunlight clarity. The OnePlus Watch’s display produces bright and always bright colors. Although the watch faces are a work in progress as there are only 15 complications to choose from the OnePlus Watch. This is especially true for those who prefer to personalize their watches because third party watch faces are not supported.
Another area where OnePlus has dropped the ball is the always-on display functionality. This means that every time we see the display we have to either raise the wrist or press a button. We look forward to the next OTA update on the OnePlus Watch with the always-on display feature.
OnePlus Watch Fitness Tracking Features
As you may have noticed by now, the OnePlus Watch does not run on Google WearOS, and instead has a custom RTOS (Real-Time OS) that is quite attractive for everyday use. The smartwatch is powered by an STM32 processor and has 4GB of storage, of which 2GB is accessible to the user for storing music. It connects to your Android smartphone via Bluetooth 5.0 via the OnePlus Health app. Sadly, there is still no iOS support.
OnePlus Watch is able to track the wearer’s heart rate, blood oxygen saturation levels, gait, stress and even sleep habits. It warns you when you are lazy for a long time and tells you to move around so that laziness is not created. This is especially useful for people who sit in front of a computer or laptop every day because it gives them. Necessary explosion of activity. Smartwatches track stress levels and classify them based on heart rate variability detected by fluctuations.
It also keeps track of your daily activities including number of steps, duration of workout, energy burn, walking distance and leveling. It’s all nicely presented under the Activities tab which can be viewed on the watch or in the health app. The smartwatch is also GPS enabled so it can track your run without phone 7
OnePlus Watch is preloaded with 15 major workout modes, including outdoor / indoor running, fat burn run, outdoor / indoor cycling, walking, swimming, elliptical training, rowing machine, badminton, mountaineering, cricket, and cross-country. Training, to name a few. These are the preset modes that are common to smartwatches these days
OnePlus Watch is also able to measure blood oxygen saturation levels of SpO2. In our use, we found it to be accurate, but it takes some time for the same data to be properly synced to the OnePlus Health app. The smartwatch measures real-time heart rate and displays a graph in the health app for a 24-hour cycle. It categorizes data into average, rest, minimum and maximum bpm rates for users to easily understand their heart rate behavior.
Similarly, the sleep tracking system monitors the wearer’s sleep patterns throughout and offers detailed assessments with functional insights. In the health app, the sleep cycle is categorized into deep sleep, light sleep, waking time, and interruptions. Based on the data collected by Watch, it offers tips for improving sleep duration that are really effective. There is also an option to track SpO2 blood oxygen saturation levels during sleep which can be enabled manually as it is turned off by default to save battery. The sleep data collected by OnePlus Watch was quite accurate with my sleep habits. The clock starts monitoring sleep patterns every night from 8 PM.
The OnePlus Watch also has a breathing exercise mode that is said to reduce stress and allow the wearer to go into a state of meditation. The mode is customizable for 5 minutes and 35 breathing cycles during which the clock vibrates and notifies the user to inhale and exhale. Properly followed, this guided breathing mode actually helps to relax the respiratory system.
The OnePlus watch is equipped with a linear motor that has quite a decent heptic response. Whether it’s an incoming call, a notification or an alarm, you’ll feel the alert vibration even though it could be more balanced. Similarly, the speaker unit onboard can only be used during calls and users need to connect a Bluetooth earphone for music playback. Since it does not run on WearOS, there is no music streaming app onboard, and users need to manually copy songs to the watch if they want to listen to music during their workouts.
Battery life of OnePlus Watch
OnePlus Watch is equipped with a 402mAh battery that the company claims can last up to 14 days of regular use. When connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, the smartwatch receives alerts for calls, notifications, and the like. Users can reply to specific warnings using predefined replies but there is no way to send a custom message. It’s been five days since our OnePlus Watch was fully charged and the battery level has already dropped to 41% so we can be confident that it won’t last for weeks. It enables continuous heart-rate tracking and slip tracking, and the screen brightness is set to medium. OnePlus Watch uses a magnetic pop-pin connector and Warp Charge supports fast charging which quickly fills the battery.
OnePlus Watch Roy
As its first smartwatch, the OnePlus Watch has successfully made a case for itself in a growing wearable market. It is well-built, looks more premium than the competition and is an overall worthy smartwatch. Of course, it has some flaws like non-wireless nature, lack of third party apps and customizable clock face but this is not something that can be fixed with OTA update. That said, we’d love to see a more refined software experience that works so well with OnePlus’s smartphones.
If you are someone who uses a OnePlus phone and wants to get a smartwatch, then OnePlus Watch is not a concern for you as it is an extension of the entire OnePlus experience. It’s also a great option for users who want to try their hand at a smartwatch without WearOS baggage. OnePlus Watch offers almost all the fitness features you would find in high-end smartwatches and so it is one of the most attractive options available in the market today.