The OnePlus Band packs essential features, but lacks stamina

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.

Display

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.