Oppo Band review: Oppo’s first fitness wearable fails to captivate


The Oppo Band is the first fitness tracker from Oppo, a company that is better known for its smartphones like the Find X3 Pro than wearables, though it recently gained attention in the area with the Oppo Watch like the Apple Watch. is. Given that the basic fitness tracker is such an established piece of technology these days, the question becomes, what can Oppo bring in its first attempt at this genre to make it stand out? The answer, unfortunately, is not much.

design

The Oppo Band has a 40mm main body attached to a thick rubber strap secured with a plastic pin. You also need to take the sensor out of the strap when you need a charge, which features a plastic surround piece, like a bezel, on the strap itself, giving it a classy, ​​more spacious look than the older Xiaomi Mi Band model. Gives the harmonious look it used to. charging method. This is the only design element that sets the Oppo Band apart from most of its competitors.

Oppo Band
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The strap has a lot of holes so it is suitable for most wrist sizes, although it was difficult for me to get a perfect fit, as it was either a little too loose or a little too tight. It will certainly vary from person to person. I wear the Oppo Band for 24 hours and have not noticed any skin irritation, but wearing it at night makes it a bit warm.

What I found is that the plastic bezel around the module on the strap scuffs easily, and only a few small things picked up after a short time of wearing it. I haven’t climbed any mountains, or really put it through any activity that could be described as “hard,” so if you participate in activities where things get damaged , then the Oppo Band may not perform at its best for a long time.

Side on Wrist Oppo Band
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The AMOLED screen measures 1.1-inches and is very colorful, but doesn’t have automatic brightness adjustment, so you can choose the setting that’s right for you. At the default 20% setting, it cannot be seen in sunlight and ideally needs to be increased to 80%, which has an impact on battery life.

health tracking

On the back of the main module of the OPPO Band is an optical heart rate sensor and blood oxygen (SPO2) sensor, while inside is a 3-axis gyroscope. It doesn’t have built-in GPS, or an electrocardiogram, that you’ll find on more expensive fitness-tracking wearables. It tracks a range of activities including indoor and outdoor walks, runs and cycling, plus swimming (it has a water resistance rating of 5ATM), yoga, cricket and many more. Sleep tracking is also an option.

It connects to the Hetap app, which I used on the iPhone 12 Pro throughout my review. The app includes historical activity data as well as settings and adjustments for the bands. The daily calendar view is relatively basic, with daily overviews showing step count, workout time, calories burned, and active hours. To view individual workout sessions, you have to select a separate option, where a real-time heart rate graph is included. It’s a little confusing at first when trying to find these different classes.

The accuracy of the Oppo Band is not as good as that of many other fitness wearables.

Sleep tracking breaks down sleep stages, assigns sleep scores, and uses SPo2 sensors to provide breathing analysis. Oppo gives a little detail about where you need to improve, but it’s nothing you won’t find on any other fitness tracker. All data is presented simply and clearly, but without its depth. The Oppo Band is suitable for those interested in understanding more about their health and keeping track of regular workouts, but it doesn’t offer in-depth data and advice for anyone more seriously into fitness or a particular sport.

The accuracy of the Oppo Band is not as good as that of many other fitness wearables. Up close, the SPO2 sensor often shows sudden, dramatic drops not registered by other models, or recorded by the Withings Sleep Analyzer. The step count was also generally quite low compared to other wearables. In a single day of wearing it, the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, and the Honor Band 6 recorded 4148 steps, while the Mi Band 6 showed 5645 and the Honor Band 6 5565. On another occasion when it was tested against the Fitbit Versa 3, it showed 225 steps for the Versa 3’s 467. When comparing the heart rate sensor, the results for the Oppo Band were in line with those of other wearables.

Software

Oppo’s software is a simple swipe-and-tap affair, with a swipe up or down to scroll through menus and a left-to-right swipe to change watch faces. This is an unusual choice and quite disappointing. I almost never want to change the face of the watch once it’s selected, which makes this gesture feel like a waste. It would have been better to show notifications, or to quickly access workout tracking.

The screen is very responsive – sometimes it is a bit quick to react, which can result in errors – but the software is quite long-winded, and most tasks take longer than it actually does . Want to start a workout? To wake it up, tap the screen, swipe up twice, tap again, select a workout, and tap again. Again, these tasks will be minimized with a more intelligently designed gesture control system.

Notifications are reliable and although they cannot be interacted with, the text is clear and properly formatted. Music can be controlled but not stored from the Oppo Band, and there are a few other simple features like a stopwatch, a weather screen (but only if you give it access to your location at all times), and a phone finder.

battery

It takes about an hour to fully charge the battery of the Oppo Band, and although Oppo claims it will last for 12 days, a lot depends on the features you use.

oppo band charger
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With the screen at high brightness and sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and notifications turned on, the battery lasted eight days before I needed to charge it again. If I let it be flat it would last nine.

price and availability

The Oppo Band is now available in the UK and costs £40, or around $56 Opposition and heroine. It hasn’t been officially released in the US, though imports will be available from outlets like Amazon and AliExpress. If you choose to get one like this, make sure it’s the “global” version, as the Oppo Band was previously available in China, and functionality may differ from UK/global models.

our take

Oppo is entering a very crowded space with the Band. There are many low-cost fitness trackers out there, and while it’s perfectly acceptable in terms of design and software, accuracy concerns are less acceptable, battery life isn’t better than its competitors, and the accompanying app doesn’t have enough In-depth features to appeal to serious fitness fans. Oppo Band fails to stand out.

Is there a better option?

Yes. The Honor Band 6 can be bought for almost the same price and has better smartwatch-style functionality, more style, and a beautiful screen. Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is also cheaper than Oppo Band and performs all the same functions. The Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 is a bit more expensive but more readily available, and although it doesn’t have the same level of functionality, it’s more than enough for the casual exerciser. If you’re happy to spend more, we recommend getting the Fitbit Charge 4, which benefits from a better app experience, richer data, and good battery life.

How long will it last?

Aside from the easily scratched plastic bezel around the main module, the thick rubber strap feels sturdy, and the whole thing is water resistant to 5ATM. I haven’t had any software updates for the Oppo Band during my stay, which I hope will come along to fix the accuracy issues. If you’re happy to admit that it’s providing data that’s different from other models, the general functionality of the Oppo Band means it’ll last for many years, provided your own use doesn’t change.

should you buy it?

No, there are better, more accurate fitness trackers available.




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