Oppo is especially generally known as a smartphone model, however the firm’s product portfolio contains wi-fi earphones, good TVs, and smartwatches as effectively. Oppo additionally launched its first smartband final 12 months, known as the Oppo Band, adopted by a facelift model known as the Oppo Band Style.
The Oppo Band Model is mainly the common Band coming with an additional strap within the field, with the remainder of its highlights together with an AMOLED panel, real-time coronary heart charge monitoring, and the standard set of options you discover on some other health band on this worth vary.
Alongside the additional strap, the characteristic that units the Band Model aside from most different wearables in its class is the continual SpO2 monitoring. However is that sufficient to make it a worthy purchase? We attempt to discover that out with this overview.
Oppo Band Model specs
- Show: 1.1″, 126×294 pixel AMOLED shade touchscreen, 2.5D Curved Glass, 100% DCI-P3 gamut
- Straps: Removable straps, 14mm width, 130-205mm adjustable size
- Processor: Apollo3
- Working System: RTOS
- Storage: 16MB
- Options: Actual-time coronary heart charge monitor, Steady blood oxygen stage measurement, 5ATM water resistance, Sleep Monitoring, Sports activities Monitoring, Step Counter, Name and App Notification alerts, Standing Reminder, Telephone Finder, Climate Forecast, Music Management, Digicam Management
- Sports activities Modes: 12 sports activities modes, together with Strolling, Out of doors Biking, Yoga, and Swimming
- Sensors: Optical coronary heart charge sensor, Optical SpO2 sensor, 3-axis acceleration sensor
- Connectivity: BLE 5.0, Appropriate with Android 6.0+ and iOS 12.0+
- Positioning: Depends on linked smartphone’s GPS
- Battery: 100mAh
- Battery Life (marketed): 12 days
- Colours: Black and Vanilla
- Dimensions: 40.4 x 17.6 x 11.45 mm (11.95 together with the center charge sensor)
- Weight: 10.3 grams (with out straps)
The Oppo Band Model has a easy and minimal design. Its display screen is roofed with a 2.5D scratch-resistant curved glass, whereas the again is made from polycarbonate. The principle module weighs 10.3 grams with out the straps, however even with these hooked up, the Band Model may be very light-weight, making it splendid for carrying throughout a exercise and sleeping.
The Oppo Band Model does not come bundled with one however two detachable straps – Sport Strap and Model Strap. The previous is made from TPU, whereas the latter is made out of fluorine rubber. The Sport strap seems like some other common band we have seen on most different smartbands, however the Model strap, as evident from its title, seems extra trendy and is more likely to attraction extra to feminine clients. It is also extra versatile, which makes for a cushty match.
Oppo Band Model with Sport strap on the left and Model strap on the appropriate
That stated, whereas each straps have completely different designs and are made of various supplies, they’re 14mm large and have an adjustable size of 130-205mm. I attempted each straps in the course of the overview interval and located them to be snug sufficient for all-day use.
The AMOLED display screen on the primary module has the Oppo emblem under, and across the again, we now have the center charge monitor and SpO2 sensor joined by the charging connector. The wearable is waterproof as much as 50 meters, permitting you to go for a swim or a bathe with out having to take it off the wrist.
The one criticism I’ve with the Oppo Band Model’s design is the charging course of. In case you are utilizing the Sport strap, you may should take away the primary module each time you cost the Band Model. With the Model strap, you do not have to do this, however in my expertise, the unit did not match snugly with the charging cradle at occasions, so having a USB-A connector just like the Realme Band would have provided a greater expertise.
Charging connectors with Coronary heart Price and SpO2 sensors
The Oppo Band Model packs a 1.1″ AMOLED shade touchscreen of 294×126 pixel decision. It is coated with a 2.5D curved glass, shows as much as 50 characters, and has 100% DCI-P3 shade gamut protection.
The AMOLED panel is colourful and vibrant and is properly responsive. I additionally did not face any legibility points indoors. Nevertheless, open air, beneath robust daylight, I needed to crank up the brightness stage to 100% to view on-screen content material.
The Oppo Band Model comes pre-installed with 5 watchfaces, and there are 40+ watchfaces you possibly can select from the HeyTap Well being app, grouped in 5 classes – Well being, Artwork, Pleasure, Easy, and Traditional.
You even have the choice to create your individual watchface by importing a photograph out of your smartphone, and the app allows you to add a watchface with the world clock. However do notice which you could solely add as much as 5 watchfaces to the Oppo Band Model at a time.
Like most different wearables, the Oppo Band Model comes with the Increase To Wake Display screen characteristic, which will be saved enabled all day, or you possibly can have it turned on/off routinely at particular occasions. This characteristic labored effectively in my testing and awakened the display screen instantaneously.
The Oppo Band Model works with Android and iOS units and depends on the HeyTap Well being app that you want to obtain from their respective app shops to arrange the smartband, sync information, and tinker with its settings.
The HeyTap Well being app is easy to make use of and has a minimal UI. It has three tabs – Well being, Health, and Handle. The Well being tab offers you an summary of the well being and health information, and you may faucet on one of many playing cards for detailed info.
The Health part allows you to begin an indoor or out of doors operating or strolling exercise, whereas the Handle tab allows you to tinker with the app and Band Model’s settings.
The HeyTap Well being app at all times synced the Band Model’s information rapidly, however at occasions it did not sync the SpO2 readings from the smartband. Apart from, there’s one factor concerning the app I discovered counterintuitive: the app allows you to verify your each day steps and energy information of various days of the week with left and proper swipes, but it surely does not have continuity, that means it’s a must to change the week by tapping on the exercise calendar icon within the upper-right nook of the app’s display screen after which choose the date of various week, which hampers the consumer expertise.
Whereas the HeyTap Well being app is easy and simple to make use of, the software program on the Band Model is not complicated both and has a clutter-free UI, making navigation fast. A left or proper swipe on the Band Model’s homescreen allows you to swap between the watchfaces, whereas a swipe up or down allows you to flick thru the apps.
And since Oppo has used steady scroll, you possibly can swipe up or down relying on which app you wish to entry first. Nevertheless, you do not have to stay with the default order since you possibly can rearrange it to your liking by heading to the Extra > Preferences > Band apps menu within the HeyTap Well being app’s Handle tab.
Circling again to the navigation gestures, you possibly can swipe proper to return to the earlier display screen and contact and maintain the display screen to return to the homescreen. You can even flip off the display screen by overlaying it along with your finger or hand, however do not forget that doing so takes you again to the homescreen.
And if you end up on homescreen, you possibly can swipe left or proper to vary watchfaces, which, I consider, is wasteful. Oppo may’ve as an alternative used the long-press gesture on the homescreen to modify watchfaces whereas permitting customers to rapidly entry different info with left/proper swipes.
That stated, other than being easy to make use of, the Band Model’s software program additionally offers a quick expertise, and I by no means noticed the smartband stutter even as soon as in the course of the testing interval, which is commendable.
Options and Efficiency
The Oppo Band Model comes with real-time coronary heart charge monitoring, steady blood oxygen stage measurement, step counter, sleep tracker, sedentary reminder, meditation respiratory, and 12 exercise modes.
Other than the well being and health options, the Band Model additionally comes with incoming name and app notification alerts, alarms, stopwatch and timer, climate forecast, music and digital camera controls, and cellphone finder. Nevertheless, in contrast to the Chinese language mannequin, the worldwide model does not have an NFC chip on board.
The Oppo Band Model can measure your coronary heart charge routinely each second or at intervals of two or six minutes. However you can too measure it manually once you need by navigating to the Coronary heart Price web page on the Band Model, which on common took 35 seconds in my testing.
Nevertheless, it is value mentioning that the Band Model did not report resting coronary heart charge at occasions, and plenty of occasions the wearable did not report the heart beat throughout a exercise or show it on the display screen. This not solely occurred with the primary unit I obtained, which was an engineering pattern, but additionally the retail model that was despatched later as a substitute.
That stated, you possibly can’t verify your coronary heart charge information on the Band Model, so you may want to make use of the HeyTap Well being app to see your each day, weekly, month-to-month, and yearly pulse measurements. However understand that the info introduced to you is sort of restricted in comparison with different health bands for the reason that app does not group your pulse into completely different classes equivalent to Cardio or Anaerobic, and neither does it present your each day common pulse.
Apart from, it’s a must to faucet on the center charge diagram to verify your minimal and most coronary heart charge, which is not fairly user-friendly. Maybe Oppo ought to take a clue from different manufacturers on the best way to higher current the well being information.
Shifting on to blood oxygen stage measurement, the SpO2 sensor on the Oppo Band Model took 15-30 seconds on common to manually measure the blood oxygen saturation. And like the center charge information, you want the HeyTap Well being app to verify your each day, weekly, month-to-month, and yearly blood oxygen ranges. The smartband additionally helps steady SpO2 monitoring, however that solely works if you end up sleeping.
Talking of sleep monitoring, the Oppo Band Model does not report REM sleep, but it surely does monitor afternoon naps and screens your SpO2 ranges for daytime sleep as effectively, which is good. You additionally get an summary of your nighttime and daytime sleep beneath the Sleep web page on the Band Model, and a extra detailed evaluation will be discovered on the HeyTap Well being app.
It is also value mentioning that when you take a nap in the course of the day, you will notice the daytime sleep report on the Band Model as an alternative of final night time’s, and the wearable additionally replaces the wake-up time of final night time’s sleep with afternoon nap’s, which is not splendid for the reason that total report for that day then says you awakened late.
One other difficulty I confronted on each the Band Model models was inaccurate sleep monitoring. The wearable did monitor the autumn asleep and wake-up occasions appropriately for nighttime sleep, however usually added the awake occasions to the report after I was sleeping.
Subsequent up, we now have sports activities monitoring, which incorporates 12 exercise modes – Out of doors Run, Indoor Run, Out of doors Stroll, Out of doors Biking, Indoor Biking, Elliptical, Rowing, Cricket, Badminton, Swimming, Yoga, and Fats Burn Run. The final one is specifically designed to offer real-time steering based mostly in your coronary heart charge that can assist you get in a greater form.
The remainder of the options talked about at first of this part are self-explanatory and labored tremendous, however the app notifications characteristic wants enchancment for the reason that Band Model does not present the icons of all of the corresponding apps, and you may’t delete the notifications after they first pop-up on the display screen or individually from the notification heart. They will solely be deleted all of sudden through the use of the delete button offered on the backside of the notification heart.
The Oppo Band Model ships with a 100mAh battery, which is marketed to go for as much as 12 days between costs if “real-time coronary heart charge monitoring and Display screen Turning on upon Lifting Wrist are off, the consumer checks the time 30 occasions and receives 30 message notifications and two incoming name notifications per day, and two alarms go off per day.”
In my testing, I received eight days of endurance on common with the next utilization and settings:
- Default watchface
- Raise-to-wake display screen enabled
- Show brightness at 40%
- Display screen timeout set to 5 seconds
- Vibration power set to Sturdy
- Computerized coronary heart charge measurement interval set to 2 minutes
- Sleep monitoring enabled
- Sleep SpO2 measurement enabled
- Receiving over 100 notifications all through the day which vibrate the smartband and lightweight up its display screen, leading to extra energy consumption
- Round 20 minutes of strolling each day
As soon as the Band Model’s battery is drained, you possibly can cost it with the bundled adapter that snaps onto the rear facet of the wearable magnetically. Oppo says it could actually juice up the cell in 1.5 hours, however the cell took about 1 hour and 20 minutes on common for a full cost in my testing.
The Oppo Band Model has minimal design, snappy efficiency, and a easy, clutter-free UI. It additionally sports activities a vibrant display screen and has 50-meter waterproof, permitting you to put on it when swimming.
The Band Model can also be a kind of uncommon wearables that include steady SpO2 monitoring and multiple strap included within the field – an everyday strap with a sporty look and a Model strap for many who wish to make a style assertion. However that is about it.
The notifications administration on the Oppo Band Model is not on top of things, and each the models of the good band I obtained did a not-so-stellar job at sleep monitoring and did not report the center charge throughout exercises at occasions – primary features a health system is anticipated to be good at regardless of its worth.
I hope Oppo fixes this by way of firmware updates quickly. Nevertheless, the Band Model already picked up a couple of software program updates in the course of the overview interval, and that did not assist a lot.
The Oppo Band Model was launched in India with a price ticket of INR2,999 ($40/€35) and prices INR2,499 ($35/€30) on the time of penning this overview.
For those who stay in India, for that quantity, you may get the Xiaomi Mi Sensible Band 5, which does not come bundled with an additional strap and SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen stage measurement, however you do get stress monitoring and REM sleep monitoring – options that are not current on the Band Model. You possibly can read our Mi Smart Band 5 review here to be taught extra about it.
That stated, in case you are prepared to spend extra, you may wish to take a look at the Redmi Watch or Amazfit’s Bip S (review), Bip S Lite (review), and Bip U (review) – all accessible for beneath INR4,000 ($55/€45) proper now.
- Light-weight and cozy
- Vibrant display screen with good contact response
- Comes bundled with two straps
- 5ATM water resistance
- Snappy efficiency
- Easy, clutter-free UI
- Notification administration wants enchancment
- Inaccurate sleep monitoring
- Does not report REM sleep
- HeyTap Well being app wants sharpening