All main Chinese telephone producers have an accompanying health band or smartwatch to their identify. Xiaomi and Huawei have been producing these devices for years now.

Other companies corresponding to Vivo, Oppo, and Realme have joined in the previous couple of years. So, why do OnePlus need to really feel just like the man within the “They Don’t Know” meme?

The firm has lastly launched its first wearable, the OnePlus Band, in India at a value of ₹2,499 ($34). A moderately primary affair, it falls beneath the identical class and price range vary because the Mi Band 5.

I’ve been utilizing this band for greater than every week, and whereas it’s a promising product, it has some first-version jitters.

Design and options

At first look, the OnePlus Band appears to be like like a cousin of FitBit Charge. It has a sq. fob with a 1.1-inch AMOLED show and a silicone rubber band with liner markings.

The band comes with an optical coronary heart fee sensor and 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope to trace your actions. Plus, there’s an optical blood oxygen sensor to measure your SPO2 ranges and observe sleep. However, this isn’t a medically licensed measure, so don’t use it for exact studying of this parameter.

There are 13 exercise modes together with working, strolling, outside biking, yoga, and cricket — and also you’ll need to launch them manually. OnePlus‘ app concentrates on 4 key stats on your every day well being monitoring: step rely, energy burnt, exercise minutes, and exercise periods. The firm counts strolling at 100 steps per minute as a exercise even should you’re not within the exercise mode. The app counts an exercise session while you transfer a sure unspecified distance in an hour — one thing akin to Apple Watch’s Stand exercise.

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You can join the band to any telephone working Android 6.0 and above with the brand new OnePlus Health app. The firm stated that iOS help is coming quickly.

The band can just about do every little thing you anticipate a primary health system to do: mirror your notifications, management the music, and supply a distant digital camera button.

OnePlus claims that the band will final you 14 days on a single cost. To cost it once more, it’s important to pluck out the fob out of the band and stick it to its wired cradle. The band has an IP68 score so you possibly can safely put on it for swims and within the bathe.

Performance

On paper, every little thing appears to be like set for the OnePlus band to seize a very good chunk of the market upon its debut. However, the system suffers from some questionable design selections.

First, there’s the charger. There’s nothing incorrect with the cradle per se, however different producers have come round and made it potential to cost the system with out eradicating it from the band.

Now, this wouldn’t be a lot of an inconvenience if I had been charging the battery each two weeks. But I needed to put it on cost inside every week — lower than half of the marketed time.

The band doesn’t have an ambient mild sensor, so at default brightness, it’s onerous to learn stats exterior the home.