The wearable segment in India is growing rapidly, especially in recent times. While fitness bands are a dime a dozen, the smartwatch arena has also grown a lot. Brands like Apple and Samsung are old hands (pun intended) in this category, but other smartphone brands looking to diversify their portfolios have also recently ventured into smartwatches. This includes companies like Realme, Xiaomi, and OPPO. Shortly after dipping its toes into the fitness band segment, OnePlus has now plunged into the fray with the aptly named OnePlus Watch.
As a wrist companion, the OnePlus Watch has a lot to offer for 14,999 rupees. Let’s dive into the aspects that worked well for him and those that didn’t. But before that, take a look at the main specs and features it brings to your desk and wrist.
OnePlus Watch Features
- 46mm circular stainless steel watch case
- 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 pixel AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass
- 5ATM, IP68
- 4GB storage (2GB available)
- 110 workout modes
- Automatic workout detection
- Tracks sleep, stress, heart rate, steps
- Blood oxygen monitoring (SpO2)
- Built-in GPS, along with GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou
- 402mAh battery
- Built-in mic and speaker for handling calls
- Syncs with the OnePlus Health app (only on Android as of now)
- What’s important first? OnePlus watches live up to the brand’s ideology of premium quality and these devices exude class in terms of look and feel. The Midnight Black version that I wear on my wrist looks good but in a subtle and elegant way. This is the kind of watch that will be appreciated and should work well in pubs and boardrooms.
- The band is made of fluoroelastomer (which is similar to silicone but is reportedly more elastic) and takes the design from the Apple Watch Sport Loop band. Even when worn for a long time, it is very comfortable. The strap also has a quick-release pin so you can easily remove it and replace it with a regular band of the same width.
- AMOLED touchscreens are great in terms of color, viewing angles, and sunlight legibility. It’s also very responsive.
- The user interface is very intuitive and smooth. The screen wakes up when you raise your wrist. There are two buttons on the side, the top shows the various apps and features and the bottom shows a list of exercises. These buttons can be customized and assigned to any function of your choice. Swiping up on the watch face displays a list of notifications while swiping down shows quick settings. Swipe left to show music player, heart rate, and sleep data in order.
- Available watch apps/functions will be visible after pressing the side button. This includes activity, exercise, quick fitness test, heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep, stress, breathing, phone, music, weather, alarm clock, stopwatch, timer, flashlight, barometer, compass, find TV, and phone connection. This list covers all the bases and most of the features work as advertised too.
- The watch has 4GB of internal storage, of which 2GB is available. It can be used to store recorded music (via the companion app). The watch can be paired directly with a Bluetooth headset, so you can leave your phone at home while jogging and use the built-in music player to play songs.
What’s not so good
- The premium design means the watch is quite heavy, which doesn’t bode well for those who engage in intense physical activity and exercise. It also means you may not feel comfortable enough to slip into bed… which is necessary if you want to track your sleep patterns. Also, the 46mm case might be too big for those with small wrists
- Gmail notifications on your watch only show email headers and you can’t read the entire email content. There’s also no way to reply to emails, texts, or messages from other apps (like Slack, for example). Currently, you can only reply to WhatsApp messages.
- While you can reply to WhatsApp messages directly from your watch, you only get five standard messages to reply to. There’s no way to customize these messages, at least not yet.
- Customization options are limited and you can only load 14 watch faces into the app, although the app provides more options. You cannot add more widgets to the home screen.
- With your watch’s TV Link feature, you can control the volume and power of your OnePlus TV right from your watch. However, that didn’t work for me, and while the watch was able to locate and identify the OnePlus TV, it failed to connect.
- There’s no always-on display, which is a shame considering the watch’s good battery life.
- As of this writing, the OnePlus Health app is only available for Android, not iOS.