It was a very long time coming however the OnePlus Watch is lastly with us. Rumored in 2015 (and cancelled quickly after), OnePlus obtained us excited with the prospect of its long-awaited smartwatch launch in April 2021.
However the reception couldn’t have been worse. Early critiques of the OnePlus Watch have been poor, with complaints of an expertise riddled with bugs. Given our pattern was just a little delayed, we prioritized critiques such because the Garmin Venu 2 and Polar Ignite 2, to offer OnePlus the possibility to make things better up.
However even amidst a flurry of over-the-air updates, the OnePlus Watch continues to be a messy expertise with a number of critical flaws. This is our expertise.
Design and worth
OnePlus Watch and sharp display
When information of the OnePlus Watch landed, the combination of design and worth appeared fairly good.
There’s no denying it’s a good high quality piece of package. It’s a round-faced 46mm case with a stainless-steel bezel and snazzy textured silicone strap. It’s obtained a reassuring weight and really feel, and it’s completely snug to put on, at the very least on a male wrist. Smaller wrists might wrestle with a 46mm case, and it isn’t one thing we at Wareable contemplate unisex, though everybody has completely different preferences.
OnePlus Exercise app
The display is a 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 454 x 454 decision. It’s a very good high quality show, albeit not as punchy because the 1000 nit Huawei Watch 3.
There are two buttons on the bezel, though a lot of the management is finished through a touchscreen, which is quick, correct and responsive. The buttons and common on-screen management are the primary clue that the OnePlus expertise shouldn’t be glorious. The highest button reveals the primary menu (which is ok) however the backside button takes a spot SpO2 measurement. You may simply map this to just about any function, 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 has an all the time on possibility if you would like it, which dims to a low energy watch face when not in use. That may harm battery life, so if you wish to have the display dim, you will discover the wrist elevate to be fairly sharp, and definitely pretty much as good as one thing just like the Apple Watch SE.
The low energy display when in all the time on mode
All-in-all fairly a very good begin for the OnePlus Watch. It appears to be like and feels good for the $159 price ticket. Sure, there are cheaper watches on the market that do the identical, however most likely not with the identical supplies and case.
Pure rivals 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 worth and provide a lot of the identical (if no more) options.
Options and usefulness
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. When you’re an iPhone person it’s essential go and browse our Apple Watch alternatives piece.
The OnePlus Watch does all the standard smartwatch stuff – notifications and calls might be despatched over out of your Android telephone, and you’ll reply from the wrist must you need. Notifications are typically dealt with effectively and look good on the display.
Weird UX instance
Then there’s health monitoring. It’s a fairly commonplace affair with steps, energy, energetic minutes and exercise time all logged. Many of the watch faces will show objective progress or you possibly can head into the Exercise menu. The interface appears to be like cool, with 4 segments that replenish as you meet your objective. They’re steps, exercise minutes, vitality used (energy) and Exercise…which we’re nonetheless baffled about what that’s truly monitoring.
An instance above reveals we now have 3 “Exercise” factors, on a day the place we took the look ahead to a 30 minute run. Completely baffling. This simply underpins how half baked the OS and UX is.
The OnePlus Watch will preserve 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 aren’t any funds, LTE variations or music streaming companies on board, neither is there an app retailer so as to add any further options. That’s type of par for the course in terms of finances smartwatches, and also you’ll must be taking a look at Apple or Samsung gadgets for this sort of performance.
“Pls join the watch to your telephone to replace ephemeris information”
Nonetheless, whereas many bugs have been fastened up as of June 2021, there are nonetheless many oddities remaining. On-screen messages typically 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 purpose we do not know what they imply (see above).
The OnePlus Watch inexplicably modified its language throughout a routine replace
Out of doors operating modes
To date the OnePlus has lined all of the bases fairly effectively, however exercise modes have been the primary place issues actually fell down.
The OnePlus Watch has GPS in-built, however utilizing it for an outside run was nearly unattainable. Firstly, the GPS wants fixed updating, which is communicated by an insane and garbled message (seemingly translated from Chinese language). Even when it was up to date it was nearly unattainable to lock on, irrespective of how lengthy we stood ready. And once we did get a lock, 5km runs would frequently come up over 1km quick.
Operating distance issues
Over a month of testing and 6 outside runs, not one was near being precisely tracked. Thus, all exercise information, tempo and VO2 Max have been full nonsense.
We’re not even going to waste time by going by means of the graphs for VO2 Max as the info is full rubbish.
OnePlus additionally promised 100+ tracked sports activities, they usually have landed through a June OTA replace.
There’s rather a lot right here for positive – although a lot is nearly comically repetitive. Canine strolling makes up the 100 – completely different to regular strolling, we assume. There are modes for every sort of gymnasium exercise – legs, arms, higher physique, decrease physique, as when you’re going to cease and begin exercise modes as you progress across the gymnasium.
We began a HIIT class and have been stunned to search out no particular HIIT mode among the many 100, so needed to simply drop into “freestyle coaching.”
Well being Information
The OnePlus Watch has a number of well being targeted apps – none of that are notably well carried out.
The Coronary heart Price 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. However when you swipe down, you’re going to get a breakdown of time spent in key HR zones for the final 24 hours.
When you go into the OnePlus app one can find resting HR information, which was barely above what we’d count on, however in the correct ballpark. It is a stunning outcome, as each time we spot checked our coronary heart price it was wildly excessive.
Throughout exercises, we discovered the guts price monitor to carry out fairly effectively. Over our 5K run ending in dash intervals the typical HR for the session matched our Garmin HRM-Professional 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 foul displaying in any respect. If the exercise expertise was wherever close to the place it ought to be, the guts price sensor could be a good accomplice.
First rate 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 except you’re sick with a respiratory sickness or at altitude, there’s little have to do spot SpO2 checks.
We discovered the sleep monitoring just a little fundamental however typically fairly correct. You’re going to get breakdowns of deep and lightweight sleep. The information isn’t that detailed, however fantastic 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 manner higher.
The time asleep normally synced up with time spent in mattress, with correct sleep and rise occasions. We’ve discovered one of the best sleep trackers report a tad decrease sleep than the time you have been mendacity in mattress, accounting for wakeups and restlessness.
In opposition to a Fitbit (which we class as one of the best wrist monitoring of sleep) it was a blended bag. Some nights have 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. General, nevertheless, we now have no complaints as a common information to sleep length.
Stress is one other spot test app, which gives you just a little score on stress ranges. It would present stress scores over time when you swipe down, which is a pleasant contact. Is it correct? That’s laborious to quantify, however it’s an fascinating information level.
OnePlus Watch reverse aspect
For all its faults, OnePlus has smashed it with battery life. It promise of 14 days might be just a little excessive with what we’d contemplate regular use, however 10 days is definitely attainable.
Going for a 5K run knocked about 2% off the battery, so there’s lots 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 worth. Modest enhancements to the machine within the month since launch have not been sufficient to earn it a 3 star overview – the entire expertise feels half completed. It is a good wanting and well-built machine for the cash, however it’s not one thing we will advocate in good religion. As a health machine it is poor, and it has a function set weaker than many finances smartwatches. Keep away from.
- Glorious case supplies
- Good display
- Nice battery life
- Poor exercise accomplice
- Horrible GPS accuracy
- OS feels unfinished