Oppo Watch review
Is it an Apple Watch? That was the first thought that crossed my mind when I received the Oppo Watch. The design and packaging definitely look inspired by the Apple Watch, but the similarities end there, as the Oppo Watch runs Google’s Wear operating system. With tech companies slowing down smartwatches and only traditional watchmakers seemingly promoting Wear OS for a while, it’s good to see Oppo step in. Is Oppo Watch a solid case for Wear OS, or will this device become an Apple Watch Replica? I test the watch to find out that answer.
Oppo watch design
the Oppo watch can easily be mistaken for a Apple watch, and some people I met assumed it was the fruity device. Although the design seems inspired, Oppo has nailed it when it comes to fit and finish. The first thing that will draw your attention to the Oppo Watch is its AMOLED screen. It is large at 1.91 inches and has two curved sides. This not only looks cool, but is also useful when swiping across the interface.
The beautiful display flows into an aluminum casing that feels premium to the touch. There are two buttons on the right, while the left has the speaker. The bottom button has an accent and can be configured to perform any function you choose. This also acts as a power button if you hold it down. The button at the top is used to open the app drawer and acts as the backspace key; long pressing summons the Google Assistant.
You won’t find lugs on the Oppo Watch as the straps attach directly to the aluminum body. It looks clean, but the downside is that the design is proprietary and replacements won’t be easy to find. Oppo claims the straps are made of fluorinated rubber and feel lightweight. Over the course of two weeks wearing this watch, these straps never caused any irritation or a rash on my skin. You can detach the strap from the body by pressing small release buttons on the back. Firm pressure is enough to release the strap, but it will not accidentally come off.
The back of the Oppo Watch has the heart rate sensor in a dome in the center, while the rest of the back is plastic. The sensor dome is made of ceramic only for Oppo 46mm watch; the smaller 41mm Oppo watch has a plastic dome. The charging pins are positioned towards the bottom and are slightly recessed. I did not notice any discoloration or corrosion on these pins during the review period.
Oppo has reduced the weight of the device and the body only weighs 40g. The fluoro rubber straps also feel light and the size of the watch feels perfect on my wrist. You get a larger 430mAh battery if you opt for the 46mm Oppo watch, compared to 300mAh for the 41mm variant. The 46mm Oppo watch is priced at Rs. 19,990, while the smaller 41mm Oppo watch is priced at Rs. 14,990. You get a Watch VOOC Flash charger in the box. It is magnetic and keeps the watch in place while charging.
Oppo Watch Specifications and Performance
Oppo has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor to power this watch. There’s a low-power secondary Ambiq Micro Apollo 3 SoC that takes over when the watch is put into power-saving mode. There is 1GB of RAM in the Oppo Watch, which makes a huge difference in performance. I found the watch to respond quickly to my inputs and didn’t notice any lag while wearing it.
There is Bluetooth 4.2 to keep the watch connected to your smartphone and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi so it can work independently as well. There is no mobile data option. You also get 8GB of internal storage. The 46mm Oppo watch is water resistant to 5 ATM, while the smaller 41mm variant is water resistant to 3 ATM. There are built-in GPS, GLONASS and A-GPS. It also has support for NFC.
The Oppo Watch runs Google’s Wear operating system and can be paired with an Android smartphone and an iPhone. I paired the watch with a Google Pixel 3 (review) as well as a iPhone 11 (review), but the experience was significantly better on the Android smartphone. Apple’s strict control over privacy and app control seriously cripples the paired Wear OS smartwatch. I was unable to respond to notifications when paired with the iPhone, which practically limited the capabilities of the Oppo watches to those of a notifier. The experience was much smoother when paired with an Android phone and I was able to reply to messages easily. Wear OS auto suggests basic responses, but you could open a small keyboard and swipe to type a message. I could get calls pretty easily on the watch too, but I had to hold it up next to my face to hear the caller. The people I spoke to had no complaints about the quality of the calls.
The AMOLED screen has a strong contrast and very good viewing angles. There is an ambient light sensor that sets the brightness automatically. I found the Oppo Watch to be a bit aggressive in keeping the brightness low to preserve battery life, and I had to manually increase the brightness when outdoors. If you do this frequently or control the brightness manually, you will see an impact on battery life. The Oppo Watch responds very well to the gesture of getting up to wake up, and the moment you move your hand down, the screen turns off.
The Oppo Watch does a decent job of tracking steps and distance. I counted 500 steps as I walked and the clock counted 513 steps. If you set the watch to track you while you are walking outdoors, it locks onto a GPS signal very quickly. I walked around 500m and the watch showed 0.51km, which is within acceptable levels. If you are a casual user who wants a rough idea of the number of steps you take and the distance you travel, the Oppo Watch will do it. For greater accuracy, you should consider dedicated fitness trackers.
The heart rate tracking on the Oppo Watch was quite accurate and was in the same range as reported by the Mi Watch Revolve. The Oppo Watch also quickly tracked changes in heart rate during exercise. Sleep tracking was accurate and the Oppo Watch gave me a breakdown of time spent in deep sleep, light sleep, and awake. You can only see this break on the watch, but Oppo recommends downloading its HeyTap app to sync your heart rate and sleep data. The HeyTap app also allows you to customize the watch faces on your device.
With heart rate tracking set to continuous and handling a few notifications, the Oppo Watch lasted me about a day and a half per charge. If you plan to track your workouts every day and also answer a few calls on the watch, you can expect about a full day of battery life. There is an always-on display option that can be enabled in the Wear OS app, but it will decrease your battery life faster. With my wear pattern, I found myself charging the watch in the morning (after wearing it overnight to track sleep) while eating breakfast, and it slowly became a habit to drop the watch on the charger at that time.
You can enable the power saving mode to extend battery life, but that means the Oppo Watch offers limited functionality. Step tracking and heart rate tracking work, and of course it shows the time, but you can’t log workouts, run apps, or even view notifications. You will need to reset or place the watch on its charger to exit power save mode.
Charging the Oppo Watch is not a big problem. Easily snaps into the charging base. The clock reached 43 percent in 15 minutes and 89 percent in 30 minutes. It took 42 minutes to fully charge.
The Oppo Watch is very well designed and is a full-featured smartwatch that runs Google’s Wear operating system. In fact, it is one of the best Wear OS watches I have used recently and the price is reasonable. I would recommend the 46mm Oppo Watch over the 41mm variant, as the smaller battery could mean below-average battery life.
Sadly, Google It hasn’t done much with its Wear OS platform lately, and this watch’s lack of innovative features could be down to the platform. If you are an Android user looking for a functional smartwatch, the Oppo Watch is definitely worth checking out. However, if you are an iPhone user, the Oppo Watch would not be ideal as Wear OS has multiple limitations. Instead, you can take a look at Apple Watch Series 3.