Each January, we make new years’ resolutions yearly and attempt to persist with them until the subsequent 12 months. Given how 2020 was, I am certain loads of us are taking our well being extra critically and want to be a bit extra energetic in 2021, so it appears to be simply the correct time for OnePlus to launch its first health band, conveniently known as the OnePlus Band. One factor about it that caught my consideration instantly is the presence of SpO2 monitoring. This can be a useful well being metric to trace, particularly with the present world state of affairs. The OnePlus Band is priced at Rs. 2,499, which pits it towards the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. So can the OnePlus Band enable you to together with your resolutions? I put it to the check to search out out.
OnePlus Band design
That is the primary health band from OnePlus, and it appears to be like like the corporate has taken some assist from its mates over at sister model Oppo. The OnePlus Band appears to be like equivalent to the Oppo Band which was launched in China again in June 2020. The Oppo Band hasn’t gone on sale in India, so the similarity may not be recognised by many individuals.
The OnePlus Band, like most health bands, has two parts: a strap and a capsule. There are not any buttons on the capsule however it has a touchscreen similar to the Mi Good Band 5 (Review), with a OnePlus emblem under it. Powering up the OnePlus Band requires you to clip the capsule onto the included charger.
You possibly can simply pop the capsule into and out of the strap. The mixed weight of the 2 is about 23g, which is mild sufficient to not hassle you if worn on a regular basis. The strap design is just like what we now have seen on the Mi Band sequence up to now and I can say that it’s unlikely to return off your hand with out you noticing it.
OnePlus has made just a few adjustments in comparison with the Oppo Band. The OnePlus Band comes with a Black band however you do have Navy, and Tangerine Grey strap equipment to select from with the latter being the flashiest. I appreciated the stealthy look of the Black band I had. The strap materials is not harsh on the pores and skin and I didn’t face any discomfort throughout per week of use.
On the underside of the capsule are pins for charging, and sensors for heart-rate and SpO2 monitoring. The OnePlus Band doesn’t include a magnetic charger just like the Mi Band 5, so you’ll have to take away the capsule from the band for charging, which may very well be inconvenient for some folks.
OnePlus Band options and software program
The OnePlus Band has a 1.1-inch AMOLED show with a decision of 126 x 294 pixels. You’ve the choice to set display screen brightness at 5 totally different ranges. There is a toggle within the app to decrease the display screen brightness at evening. There may be help for Bluetooth 5, and this machine runs on a 100mAh battery, which OnePlus claims is sufficient for 14 days of battery life. The OnePlus Band is IP68 licensed for mud and water resistance and may deal with as much as 5ATM of strain, so you may put on it whereas swimming.
You possibly can pair the OnePlus Band with Android gadgets working Android 6 and above. OnePlus didn’t have an app for iOS once I began testing the band, the corporate has talked about launching one sooner or later. The OnePlus Well being App is just like Oppo’s HeyTap Well being app, which I used once I reviewed the Oppo Watch (Review). You’re going to get detailed details about your steps, coronary heart price, SpO2 ranges, and sleep with this app.
It is rather straightforward to pair the band with the app. You possibly can rearrange the menu on the OnePlus Band, however I did not fiddle with this selection. Sure settings such because the frequency of coronary heart price and SpO2 measurement may be configured solely by means of the app. I may additionally determine which apps have been allowed to inform me on the band. The app is simple to make use of and has a persistent notification on Android to stop the system from shutting it down.
The OnePlus Band can retailer upto 5 watch faces at a time, which you’ll be able to then select by swiping on the homescreen. There are extra that you could obtain by means of the OnePlus Well being app.
On the band itself, it is possible for you to to examine your each day exercise, coronary heart price, sleep length, SpO2 stage, and the climate. It additionally has a Breathe app for guided respiration workouts. Swiping left or proper from the house display screen adjustments the watch face, whereas swiping from backside to high brings up the menu. You can even swipe from high to backside, simply how you’d on a smartphone, to rapidly entry the notifications. The OnePlus Band works as a notifier to indicate notifications out of your smartphone. You possibly can learn incoming messages, however it is not handy to learn on the small show. It additionally buzzes to inform you of incoming calls, however I may solely silence the band or reject incoming calls from the band.
OnePlus Band efficiency and battery life
I used the OnePlus Band recurrently for per week to observe the way it performs. I discovered its interface very straightforward to make use of. The OnePlus Band gives a number of exercise modes, most of that are generally used, resembling out of doors strolling, biking, working, cricket, badminton, and swimming.
The OnePlus Band can also be able to SpO2 monitoring, a characteristic that is not widespread in reasonably priced health bands in the mean time. I discovered the SpO2 monitoring to be correct, and I measured it a minimum of as soon as a day. The studying was normally 99-100 %, which it must be for a wholesome particular person, and the readings have been according to what I bought from the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’ coronary heart price sensor. The OnePlus Band takes SpO2 readings solely while you specify, and requires you to remain nonetheless. Additionally it is able to monitoring SpO2 while you’re asleep, both at intervals or in actual time. Nonetheless, OnePlus states that it will result in fast battery drain and outcomes may not be correct when you transfer.
I discovered coronary heart price monitoring to be in the identical vary as what was reported on the Apple Watch SE (Review) I examined this towards. Steady coronary heart price monitoring is disabled by default, similar to on loads of different health merchandise. I set this to continuous monitoring at two-minute intervals. You can even select to set it to take readings at six-minute intervals and even each second, which is prone to drain the battery in a short time.
Step monitoring was a bit off on the OnePlus Band. It measured solely 910 steps for the 1,000 steps I counted manually. This can be a massive margin, so in case you are seeking to maintain observe of your exercise ranges, this machine is not as correct because the Mi Band 5. I encountered the identical difficulty when measuring distance as effectively. I took 5 laps of a 700m strolling observe, and the band measured 3.17km though the gap lined was truly 3.5km. I didn’t face any points with notifications, because the OnePlus Band buzzing on my wrist was efficient sufficient.
Sleep monitoring with the OnePlus Band was correct, and it may additionally detect durations of wakefulness precisely in the course of the evening. Utilizing the OnePlus Well being app, I may see the breakup of sleep levels, marked as Gentle sleep, Deep sleep, and Awake
Battery life will differ vastly relying on the way you arrange the OnePlus Band. If you happen to do not use SpO2 monitoring recurrently, scale back the frequency of coronary heart price monitoring, and do not allow notifications for busy apps, it’s best to have the ability to get 8-10 days of battery life per cost. I had set my display screen brightness to 60 % and had notifications enabled for WhatsApp and Slack, which stored the band buzzing all through the day. After 4 days of utilization, which included monitoring my walks each day, the battery stage was right down to 40 %. The band ultimately lasted for just a little over six full days with my utilization earlier than needing to be plugged in. It might have lasted longer if the heart-rate monitoring interval had been set to 6 minutes fairly than two.
Charging the OnePlus Band requires you to take away the capsule from the strap. This capsule sits snugly within the included proprietary charger with an audible click on. Charging was fast; the band bought from zero to 51 % in 30 minutes and was charged utterly in about an hour.
The OnePlus Band is among the many few health bands out there to supply SpO2 monitoring. If you’re searching for a wearable particularly to trace this, the OnePlus Band does it fairly effectively. I additionally discovered it to be good at sleep and coronary heart price monitoring, however not a lot relating to step and distance monitoring. For these on iOS, you might need to attend just a little longer. If you’re searching for a health band primarily to trace the variety of steps you’re taking and the gap you cowl, the Mi Band 5 could be a greater choose at roughly the identical worth.