Oppo is principally referred to as a smartphone model, however the firm’s product portfolio consists of wi-fi earphones, sensible TVs, and smartwatches as nicely. Oppo additionally launched its first smartband final yr, referred to as the Oppo Band, adopted by a facelift model referred to as the Oppo Band Fashion.
The Oppo Band Fashion is principally 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 fee monitoring, and the standard set of options you discover on another health band on this worth vary.
Alongside the additional strap, the function that units the Band Fashion 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 assessment.
Oppo Band Fashion specs
- Show: 1.1″, 126×294 pixel AMOLED coloration 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 fee 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, Digital camera Management
- Sports activities Modes: 12 sports activities modes, together with Strolling, Outside Biking, Yoga, and Swimming
- Sensors: Optical coronary heart fee sensor, Optical SpO2 sensor, 3-axis acceleration sensor
- Connectivity: BLE 5.0, Suitable 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 fee sensor)
- Weight: 10.3 grams (with out straps)
The Oppo Band Fashion has a easy and minimal design. Its display screen is roofed with a 2.5D scratch-resistant curved glass, whereas the again is fabricated from polycarbonate. The principle module weighs 10.3 grams with out the straps, however even with these hooked up, the Band Fashion may be very light-weight, making it perfect for sporting throughout a exercise and sleeping.
The Oppo Band Fashion would not come bundled with one however two detachable straps – Sport Strap and Fashion Strap. The previous is fabricated from TPU, whereas the latter is made out of fluorine rubber. The Sport strap appears to be like like another common band we have seen on most different smartbands, however the Fashion strap, as evident from its title, appears to be like extra modern and is prone to attraction extra to feminine clients. It is also extra versatile, which makes for a cushty match.
Oppo Band Fashion with Sport strap on the left and Fashion strap on the suitable
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 throughout the assessment interval and located them to be snug sufficient for all-day use.
The AMOLED display screen on the principle module has the Oppo emblem under, and across the again, we’ve the center fee monitor and SpO2 sensor joined by the charging connector. The wearable is water resistant 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 Fashion’s design is the charging course of. If you’re utilizing the Sport strap, you may must take away the principle module each time you cost the Band Fashion. With the Fashion strap, you do not have to do this, however in my expertise, the unit did not match snugly with the charging cradle at instances, so having a USB-A connector just like the Realme Band would have provided a greater expertise.
Charging connectors with Coronary heart Charge and SpO2 sensors
The Oppo Band Fashion packs a 1.1″ AMOLED coloration 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 coloration gamut protection.
The AMOLED panel is colourful and vibrant and is properly responsive. I additionally did not face any legibility points indoors. Nevertheless, outside, underneath robust daylight, I needed to crank up the brightness stage to 100% to view on-screen content material.
The Oppo Band Fashion comes pre-installed with 5 watchfaces, and there are 40+ watchfaces you’ll be able to select from the HeyTap Well being app, grouped in 5 classes – Well being, Artwork, Pleasure, Easy, and Basic.
You even have the choice to create your personal watchface by importing a photograph out of your smartphone, and the app permits you to add a watchface with the world clock. However do word you can solely add as much as 5 watchfaces to the Oppo Band Fashion at a time.
Like most different wearables, the Oppo Band Fashion comes with the Increase To Wake Display function, which could be saved enabled all day, or you’ll be able to have it turned on/off mechanically at particular instances. This function labored nicely in my testing and wakened the display screen instantaneously.
The Oppo Band Fashion works with Android and iOS gadgets and depends on the HeyTap Well being app that it’s good 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 outline of the well being and health information, and you may faucet on one of many playing cards for detailed info.
The Health part permits you to begin an indoor or out of doors operating or strolling exercise, whereas the Handle tab permits you to tinker with the app and Band Fashion’s settings.
The HeyTap Well being app all the time synced the Band Fashion’s information rapidly, however at instances it did not sync the SpO2 readings from the smartband. Apart from, there’s one factor concerning the app I discovered counterintuitive: the app permits you to examine your each day steps and energy information of various days of the week with left and proper swipes, nevertheless it would not have continuity, which 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 straightforward to make use of, the software program on the Band Fashion is not complicated both and has a clutter-free UI, making navigation fast. A left or proper swipe on the Band Fashion’s homescreen permits you to swap between the watchfaces, whereas a swipe up or down permits you to flick through the apps.
And since Oppo has used steady scroll, you’ll be able to swipe up or down relying on which app you need to entry first. Nevertheless, you do not have to stay with the default order since you’ll be able to 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’ll be able to swipe proper to return to the earlier display screen and contact and maintain the display screen to return to the homescreen. You can too flip off the display screen by overlaying it together with your finger or hand, however keep in mind that doing so takes you again to the homescreen.
And when you’re on homescreen, you’ll be able to swipe left or proper to vary watchfaces, which, I imagine, 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, apart from being easy to make use of, the Band Fashion’s software program additionally gives a handy guide a rough expertise, and I by no means noticed the smartband stutter even as soon as throughout the testing interval, which is commendable.
Options and Efficiency
The Oppo Band Fashion comes with real-time coronary heart fee monitoring, steady blood oxygen stage measurement, step counter, sleep tracker, sedentary reminder, meditation respiration, and 12 exercise modes.
Except for the well being and health options, the Band Fashion additionally comes with incoming name and app notification alerts, alarms, stopwatch and timer, climate forecast, music and digicam controls, and telephone finder. Nevertheless, in contrast to the Chinese language mannequin, the worldwide model would not have an NFC chip on board.
The Oppo Band Fashion can measure your coronary heart fee mechanically each second or at intervals of two or six minutes. However you may as well measure it manually whenever you need by navigating to the Coronary heart Charge web page on the Band Fashion, which on common took 35 seconds in my testing.
Nevertheless, it is value mentioning that the Band Fashion did not document resting coronary heart fee at instances, and lots of instances the wearable did not document the heartbeat throughout a exercise or show it on the display screen. This not solely occurred with the primary unit I acquired, which was an engineering pattern, but additionally the retail model that was despatched later as a substitute.
That stated, you’ll be able to’t examine your coronary heart fee information on the Band Fashion, 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 remember the fact that the info introduced to you is kind of restricted in comparison with different health bands for the reason that app would not group your pulse into completely different classes akin 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 fee diagram to examine your minimal and most coronary heart fee, 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 Fashion took 15-30 seconds on common to manually measure the blood oxygen saturation. And like the center fee information, you want the HeyTap Well being app to examine your each day, weekly, month-to-month, and yearly blood oxygen ranges. The smartband additionally helps steady SpO2 monitoring, however that solely works when you’re sleeping.
Talking of sleep monitoring, the Oppo Band Fashion would not document REM sleep, nevertheless it does monitor afternoon naps and displays your SpO2 ranges for daytime sleep as nicely, which is sweet. You additionally get an outline of your nighttime and daytime sleep underneath the Sleep web page on the Band Fashion, and a extra detailed evaluation could be discovered on the HeyTap Well being app.
It is also value mentioning that in the event you take a nap throughout the day, you will note the daytime sleep document on the Band Fashion as an alternative of final evening’s, and the wearable additionally replaces the wake-up time of final evening’s sleep with afternoon nap’s, which is not perfect for the reason that general document for that day then says you wakened late.
One other subject I confronted on each the Band Fashion items was inaccurate sleep monitoring. The wearable did monitor the autumn asleep and wake-up instances appropriately for nighttime sleep, however usually added the awake instances to the document once I was sleeping.
Subsequent up, we’ve sports activities monitoring, which incorporates 12 exercise modes – Outside Run, Indoor Run, Outside Stroll, Outside Biking, Indoor Biking, Elliptical, Rowing, Cricket, Badminton, Swimming, Yoga, and Fats Burn Run. The final one is specifically designed to offer real-time steerage primarily based in your coronary heart fee 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 advantageous, however the app notifications function wants enchancment for the reason that Band Fashion would 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 middle. They will solely be deleted suddenly through the use of the delete button supplied on the backside of the notification middle.
The Oppo Band Fashion ships with a 100mAh battery, which is marketed to go for as much as 12 days between prices if “real-time coronary heart fee monitoring and Display Turning on upon Lifting Wrist are off, the consumer checks the time 30 instances and receives 30 message notifications and two incoming name notifications per day, and two alarms go off per day.”
In my testing, I obtained eight days of endurance on common with the next utilization and settings:
- Default watchface
- Elevate-to-wake display screen enabled
- Show brightness at 40%
- Display timeout set to 5 seconds
- Vibration energy set to Sturdy
- Automated coronary heart fee 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 Fashion’s battery is drained, you’ll be able to cost it with the bundled adapter that snaps onto the rear facet of the wearable magnetically. Oppo says it could possibly 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 Fashion has minimal design, snappy efficiency, and a easy, clutter-free UI. It additionally sports activities a vibrant display screen and has 50-meter water resistant, permitting you to put on it when swimming.
The Band Fashion can also be a kind of uncommon wearables that include steady SpO2 monitoring and multiple strap included within the field – a daily strap with a sporty look and a Fashion strap for many who need to make a vogue assertion. However that is about it.
The notifications administration on the Oppo Band Fashion is not on top of things, and each the items of the sensible band I acquired did a not-so-stellar job at sleep monitoring and did not document the center fee throughout exercises at instances – primary features a health gadget is predicted to be good at regardless of its worth.
I hope Oppo fixes this by way of firmware updates quickly. Nevertheless, the Band Fashion already picked up a number of software program updates throughout the assessment interval, and that did not assist a lot.
The Oppo Band Fashion 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 assessment.
If you happen to dwell in India, for that quantity, you will get the Xiaomi Mi Good 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 Fashion. You possibly can learn our Mi Good Band 5 assessment right here to be taught extra about it.
That stated, in case you are keen to spend extra, you would possibly need to take a look at the Redmi Watch or Amazfit’s Bip S (assessment), Bip S Lite (assessment), and Bip U (assessment) – all out there for underneath INR4,000 ($55/€45) proper now.
- Light-weight and comfy
- 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
- Would not document REM sleep
- HeyTap Well being app wants sharpening