Oppo is becoming bolder in our market. After many successful smartphone models and one of the best Wear OS smartwatches , it’s time for a smart band. At the outset, I can say that this is a very nice piece of equipment. Oppo entered the rapidly growing wearables market with the premiere of the Oppo Watch smartwatch . I must admit that it was a very successful opening, because the product of the Chinese giant was immediately hailed as one of the best watches using the Google system – Wear OS . We had to wait a while longer for the smart band. The question is, was it worth it? I honestly admit that I started the review without great expectations.
Just another piece of equipment that will find its users’ group without offering anything special, apart from fairly standard functions that can be found in the competition for a long time. After more than two weeks of intensive tests of the Oppo wristband, I must say that it surprised me a lot. Most importantly, this surprise is definitely a plus.
In terms of design, Oppo engineers decided on a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen. What’s most interesting, we don’t get any dedicated button on the front as well as on the side. Instead, to undo an operation, slide your finger on the screen to the left. How does this solution work? Pretty good in my opinion. Oppo Band had no problems recognizing my intentions throughout the tests.
The only criticism I have in this regard comes down to the size of the screen. Yes, 1.1 inches is quite a lot for a fitness band, but it is a pity that Oppo has not decided to reduce the rather large size of the chin that adorns the inscription with the manufacturer’s name. Only the recently announced Xiaomi Mi Band 6 can boast a larger screen , where the screen diagonal is 1.56 inches.
Why do I wish so much the screen was bigger? Because it’s one of the best displays I’ve seen in wearables so far! First of all, beautiful colors and very clear text displayed on the screen. The manufacturer declares 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 standard. In addition to the excellent maximum brightness, which allows you to read the displayed content without major problems, even in the sharpest sun, the device makes it a pleasure to look at it.
Due to the lack of any buttons, we move around the system menu by sliding our finger on the screen, which – as I mentioned – is very responsive and has never had problems with reading my intentions. There are quite a few tabs with options, and only one can be displayed on the screen at a time. Fortunately, Oppo has provided that not everyone may want to use some of them, and it is possible to both rearrange the order of tabs and disable them altogether.
The elastic sports headband, which can be found in the set, works well. It is very pleasant to the touch and does not irritate the skin even during long and intense training. The clasp of the device on the wrist uses the system known from Mi Bands by Xiaomi. So we are not dealing with a classic buckle, but with a pin system. This solution works well, the band does not detach even during intense movements, as long as we do not get caught on something while waving.
Unfortunately, there is also a drawback in all of this. Namely taking out, and especially putting the “lozenge” back into the band. The entire process is necessary to be able to charge the device. While in the case of removing the Oppo Banda from the band there is no major problem, putting the device back in the strap is a real chore. It is even more difficult due to the fact that there are special holes in the center of the band that hold the “lozenge” in place. Oppo Band has specially grooved plastic edges that must fit into the holes. I am not able to count how many times I initially trembled not to damage the tested equipment.
It is not a well-thought-out solution. Of course, over time, it is going to gain experience and inserting the Oppo Banda into the band becomes much easier, however, you also have to take into account that each removal of the device from the strap may wear out the material, so that the equipment will simply lie on our hands over time. worse. Even now, when I was fastening the wristband very tightly to increase the correctness of readings during training, with some hand movements I could hear the delicate crackling of the moving “lozenge” inside the band. Of course, this is not something that bothers me a lot, but it can irritate the sensitive ones.
To sum up this segment of the review, the Oppo Band is a very nice device. A beautiful display, a comfortable strap that can be easily put on by people with a larger and smaller wrist circumference, as well as good touch control. The only drawback is removing and inserting the device into the wristband, which is necessary to be able to charge the device. Apart from this one element, I have practically nothing to complain about Oppo Band .
Oppo Band uses the Bluetooth 5.0 protocol to connect to our phone. However, just pairing the device with a smartphone is not everything. We get the full potential after installing the application by Oppo – HeyTap Health, which brings together all the manufacturer’s devices that we can put on our wrists, and at the moment there are only two: the tested Oppo Band and the Oppo Watch smartwatch .
The process of connecting Oppo Banda with our smartphone is very simple. After removing the band from the box, connect it to the charger. In the meantime, after downloading the application to our phone from the Google Play or AppStore store and creating an account, we can proceed to pairing by selecting the plus symbol in the manage tab , and then clicking Oppo Banda on the list of available devices. The application itself will start searching for available equipment nearby and after a few seconds it should indicate the possibility of connection. By confirming the code displayed on the band and the phone, we can fully proceed.
What can we do from the application? There are several options. In the health tab , we get a kind of summary of our day. From here you can go to all measurements taken by the band – measuring sleep, heart rate, night SpO2 reading or look at the training diary, which lists all our recorded physical activities.
After adding our band in the manage tab , Oppo Band appears on the list of active devices, showing the connection status and battery level. There are three icons underneath. Going from the left, the first is the watch face. Without surprises, by going to it, we can manage the shields of our choice. Oppo gives users a choice of 46 dials from different categories. There are those that focus on our daily activities, and there are also those that should appeal to people who like law and order. Everyone should find something for themselves.
There is a chance that Oppo will be adding more proposals along with the updates. What’s coolest, however, is that the manufacturer gives us the opportunity to create your own dial, using any photo. Of course, taking into account the nature of the display, those made in a vertical position will work best. Bearing in mind the previously mentioned great and bright AMOLED screen on the Oppo Band , this is a really great option. This ensures that, in fact, we should never get bored.
The memory of the band can contain 5 dials at the same time, which can be freely changed either from the application level or directly on the band by moving the finger to the left or right. Importantly, it can be 5 dials with our photos, so Oppo leaves full freedom in this matter.
Another option in the manage tab are tips. In this case, short animations allow you to quickly learn how to use the band. This card is displayed earlier, when pairing the band with our device.
The last tab “More” hides the other options for customizing our band. It is here that we can choose what notifications we want to receive on the wristband or set alarm clocks (you can do it directly from the wristband). Under the preferences, we can set which hand we wear the armband on, manage the wake-up gesture, set the night mode (there is a schedule), and change the order of the options displayed on the armband or disable some of them.
There is also the ability to manage media from the wristband and this is a really great feature. We can freely stop, resume or skip the currently listened songs, and even turn up or down the music, whether in Spotify or the system application for listening to music. It worked lightning fast each time. I was surprised to find that the control also works on video. All the options I mentioned also worked when watching a movie on Netflix. Really cool stuff.
The most important thing, however, is the set of training and health settings. This is where we can set our daily step count, enable or disable the reminder to get up, manage alerts or set the frequency of tracking heart rate or SpO2 while sleeping. Heart rate can be checked every second, every 2 minutes, or every 6 minutes. Quite a big shot.
If your blood is saturated with oxygen while you sleep, there are only two choices. In increments or on a regular basis. How big are the gaps? The producer does not reveal this. It is worth adding that the frequency of measurements significantly affects the working time of the wristband on a single charge. More on this, however, later in the review.
Oppo Band – functions and Tracking
Well, I told you a bit about the band itself, about the possibilities of its application, and how is it with training recording? Let’s start with the fact that Oppo Band does not have a built-in GPS module, so it is fully dependent on our smartphone in this matter. As a consolation, I am in a hurry to add that the band immediately connected to the module in the phone and the long waiting, walking around waiting for a “fix” did not take place.
Oppo Band offers recording of 12 types of workout modes. These are:
- outdoor run,
- running indoors,
- fat burning run,
- walk in the fresh air,
- outdoor cycling,
- riding a stationary bike,
- elliptical bike,
The cross-section is quite large and probably most of them will find the disciplines they have contact with in this set. I personally focused mainly on running, walking and cycling. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to check the swimming. The band guarantees water resistance to a depth of 50 meters. In this matter, I can at best say that washing the band under running water after training did not hurt her.
What people interested in Oppo Band must be aware of from the beginning is the fact that the measurements provided by the band are a kind of minimum. After recording any activity, it appears in the aforementioned activity log, which groups all recorded activities. After entering it, we get the distance traveled, duration, average pace, and the number of calories burned based on our height, weight and training intensity.
We can also view all these data during training by scrolling the currently displayed card on our band. Leaving the screen on the selected statistics, when we re-call the band at the time of exercise, it will remain on the ones we selected earlier. Importantly, throughout the tests, the gesture of swiping and looking at the watch always activated the screen. It never happened to me that the band did not light up. But a huge plus, because once, having a Samsung Galaxy Watcha Active 2 , which is now almost 3-4 times more expensive, this gesture could not work properly (interestingly, Kasia, in turn, claims that she never had a problem with it ;)).
In addition to the basic numerical statistics, we get two graphs with real-time heart rate and cadence in the exercise diary. In addition, we have the opportunity to check the route that we managed to cover during the training and that’s it. There is nothing else. While people who are interested in basic measurements will probably be enough, in the case of those who are more aware or just want to learn more about their health or training, it will be definitely not enough.
In my adventure with this type of devices, I have already encountered many models from different manufacturers and, in fact, each of them had a unique approach to them. Fitbit paid attention to every little aspect of our training, sprinkling it with very detailed and extensive data (especially with a premium account). In the case of Huawei bands and watches, there is less data, but there are still nice, colorful charts. Is it bad that the Oppo Band has so little of it? Well, not necessarily.
It all depends on who wants to really use the band. If this is the first device of this type for someone, or if only basic training data is enough, the choice of Oppo Band is justified. However, if someone needs something more or is focused on large amounts of data and nice charts, they have to look elsewhere.
It is difficult for me to say the accuracy of the measurements that Oppo offers. I do not have any special equipment for this. At best, I can compare the results with other devices of this type. I happened to train and fall asleep with Oppo Band on one hand, and on the other with Huawei Band 4 or Oppo Watchem .
Let’s start with training. When it comes to the distance traveled or the average speed, here we are heavily dependent on GPS, and this Oppo Band – as I said before – do not offer. As a chronicler, however, I will mention that when comparing the Oppo Watcha distance measurement , which this GPS has built-in, with the Oppo Band , the differences in distances were minimal and at a distance of 5 km it was usually + – 50-70 meters.
But what is the matter of the measured heart rate? This in static measurement is almost identical to a variation of 2-3 beats per minute. During training, the fluctuations can be higher and reach up to 10, however, analyzing the charts after the exercises, you can see that after a minute or two the trend is maintained on both devices.
The manufacturer in his promotional materials indicates that the 100 mAh battery in the Oppo Band can last up to 12 days of work. What’s the reality? Well, in short: it’s not that colorful. It should be noted right away that it all depends on how we set our band. In this case, the reading frequency parameters seem to be of key importance. I am one of the people who, if they already get some functions, want to use them to the maximum.