All major Chinese phone manufacturers have a fitness band or smartwatch with their name on it.. Xiaomi and Huawei have been producing these gadgets for the past several years.
Other companies like Vivo, Oppo and Realme have joined in the last few years. So, why does OnePlus have to feel like that guy “They don’t know” memeThe
The company has finally launched its first wearable OnePlus band in India at a price of 2,499 ($ 34). A rather basic matter, it falls under the same category and budget category Mi band 5.
I have been using this band for over a week, and while it is a promising product, it has some first-edition jitters.
Design and features
At first glance, the OnePlus band looks like a cousin of the Fitbit Charge. It has a 1.1 inch AMOLED display with a square fob and silicon rubber band with liner marking.
The band comes with an optical heart rate sensor and a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope to track your movements. In addition, there is an optical blood oxygen sensor to measure your SPO2 levels and track sleep. However, it is not a clinically proven remedy, so do not use it for accurate reading of this parameter.
There are 13 workout modes including running, walking, outdoor cycling, yoga and cricket – and you have to launch them manually. The OnePlus app focuses on four key statistics for your daily health tracking: step count, calorie burn, workout minutes, and activity sessions. Even if you are not in workout mode, the company prefers to walk at 100 steps per minute as a workout. When you go a certain unspecified distance in an hour, the app counts an activity session – something similar to the standout activity of the Apple Watch.
You can connect to the new OnePlus Health app from any phone running on Android 6.0 and above. The company said that iOS support is coming soon.
The band can do what you expect of a basic fitness device: mirror your notifications, control the music, and provide a remote camera button.
OnePlus claims that the band will last for 14 days on a single charge. To charge it again, you need to get the fob out of the band and stick it to your wired cradle. The band has an IP68 rating, so you can swim and wear it safely in the shower.
On paper, everything is set for the OnePlus band, which is in its debut to grab a good share of the market. However, the device suffers from some questionable design options.
First, there is the charger. There is nothing wrong with the cradle per sed, but other manufacturers have come around to charge the device without removing it from the band.
Now, if I am charging the battery every two weeks it will not be much inconvenience. But I had to charge it within a week – less than half of the advertised time.
The band does not have an ambient light sensor, so at default brightness, it is difficult to read statistics outside the home.
Also, when you tap on the watch face, it does not take you to the corresponding screen – for example, your activity statistics. Instead, it shows you the connection and battery percentage status. A strange UI option.
If you are syncing your notifications to your phone, you will have to swat every notification, even if you have already deleted some of them. And, you can’t really take any action on them.
However, this is not bad news for the debut fitness product of OnePlus. It does basic fitness tracking well, and if you are starting your fitness journey, it will inspire you to complete your steps and soothe burning goals. I used it to track my daily workout (it has to be categorized under freestyle), and runs in and out and the basic stats were captured well. If you are using the band for a run, you will need to take your phone along to use its GPS for greater accuracy.
If you are walking around the house or relaxing then the band does not aggressively track the calories you burn. Keep this in mind when setting your goals on the device.
The OnePlus band is lightweight and comfortable to wear, and I’ve only taken it once or twice in the past week. I usually take off the fitness band while sleeping, but while using this equipment, I did not even notice that I wore it.
I try and make sure that I get enough sleep without any equipment to bother me about it; Like, I don’t trust sleep tracking facilities much. From my basic observations, I found the OnePlus Band notes to be your bedtime very accurately. Just don’t expect it to fix your sleep cycle by the minute.
Should You Buy OnePlus Band?
The OnePlus band features feature-parity with other fitness wear in the same price range as the Mi Band 5 and Samsung Galaxy Galaxy E. However, some software design flaws and bugs prevent it from being an overall winner.
The band does not reach anywhere around its advertised battery life on a single charge. Furthermore, it offers no other visible advantage over other fitness bands.
The OnePlus Band may be a good option for you if the company fixes some issues with the firmware update, and offers a deal when someone buys a new OnePlus phone.
The OnePlus band is therefore a good performance, but it is hard to recommend it given the competition. For your basic fitness tracking needs, choose the Mi Band 5, which has a longer battery life at the same price.
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Published January 11, 2021 – 06:32 UTC