Because the competition in the budget smartwatch segment is fierce this year, Oppo has been gradually expanding its offering. Last year, we reviewed the Oppo Watch, which was a great smartwatch for its price ( even if it was similar to the Apple Watch while not being an Apple Watch). For a little over a month, we have been using its lite variant, the Oppo Watch Free, and here is a detailed review of the new Oppo watch.
Oppo Watch Free Review: Design and Performance
The Oppo Watch Free has the appearance of a classic fitness tracker. It has a rectangular display and a black silicone strap. It has a 1.64-inch AMOLED touch display with 2.5D curved glass for added protection. The screen also has a DCI-P3 colour gamut and a resolution of 280456 pixels. The Oppo Watch Free is 5ATM water-resistant (50 metres). The wristwatch also has an ambient light sensor.
The strap’s material finish is good, comes with a matte finish that provides a good grip and can be easily removed. The smartwatch now has all of the sensors for heart rate monitoring on the back, as well as a charging port. Overall, the display quality is excellent. The touch response is very smooth, and the display is vibrant and crisp.
The colours are vibrant, and the blacks are deep, thanks to the AMOLED display. Even when walking or running, the watch is very comfortable to wear. We also had no skin irritation or allergic reactions while wearing it, which is fantastic.
There is no pixelation, and the content on the screen appears to be sharp. The colours and contrast are also outstanding. Even in direct sunlight, the Oppo Watch Free had no issues with visibility. The wristwatch also has an ambient light sensor. It comes with a limited number of watch faces by default, but it can be expanded to a maximum of seven. As a result, in order to add new, you must first remove some.
To pair the Oppo Watch Free with your phone via Bluetooth, you’ll need the Oppo HeyTap Health app. The smartwatch’s user interface is standard. To see notifications, swipe down and up to go to settings. Swiping left brings up the main features such as health, fitness, alarms, camera control, and more while swiping right brings up sleep, activities, and SpO2.
It’s worth noting that the sleep monitor only works if you sleep with your phone by your side. Using the phone’s microphone, the device will be able to detect snoring. Additionally, a SpO2 monitor is included to keep track of your blood oxygen level.
Furthermore, the fitness tracker includes over 100 workout modes, ranging from badminton to dog walking. However, the device automatically detects common modes such as running, walking, and rowing machines. The smartwatch is also great at keeping track of sleep.
Aside from that, the fitness band provides message notifications such as call notifications, call rejection, timers, and find my phone, among other things.
The best part is that even after a full day of use, the battery only dropped by a few percentage points. According to the manufacturer, the 230mAh battery can last up to 14 days depending on usage. The battery life on this watch is around 14 days, so it will last you two weeks.
While casual users can get 12 to 14 days of battery life, moderate users can get about 10 days, and heavy users who do a lot of workouts and notifications can get around five days of battery life, which is pretty good.
The battery will last for about four weeks when not in use. The snore monitoring feature will quickly drain the battery of your smartphone, so make sure it’s fully charged before using it. Using the magnetic adapter, the device takes 2 hours to fully charge.
Steps counting is accurate and one of the most important things that most of us keep track of. We actually counted steps while doing this and discovered that it was extremely accurate. This is one of the best smartwatches on the market, with extremely accurate step tracking. So, if you’re looking for a smartwatch with fairly accurate tracking, this is one of the options in this price range.
Another feature is the availability of drinking water. This is especially important for people who forget to drink water, as it is one of the most important things they should do. So this is an important feature, and you can set a goal for how many litres you want to drink per day, as well as for each time it reminds you to drink water.
This is an important feature for me because I frequently forget to drink water, and after I started wearing this watch, it kept reminding me to do so. This feature is not available in many smartwatches, and the Oppo Watch Free has it, so it’s very useful.
You can now control the camera and use the flashlight. There is a screen display option in settings as well; if you want to raise it to lit up, double-tap the auto screen option; auto-brightness is also available. Other options, such as do not disturb mode, are also available.
This watch also comes with an app called HeyTap Health, which, once connected to your device, allows you to see your heart rate monitoring data over the course of a week, month, or even year, providing you with all the necessary details.
Sleep tracking is another important feature that allows you to see the overall assessment quality. So the watch measures your sleep and assigns a score based on your sleep patterns and tracking. Based on your sleep pattern, you can also set sleep schedules and check for breathing problems.
You can also track your SpO2 levels and workouts. Then you can set notifications for WhatsApp, Facebook, and other services.
The Oppo Watch Free fits perfectly on the wrist, and the watch’s overall quality is excellent. The finish, as well as the comfort factor, are excellent. The battery life on this device is superior, too. Over that, the display quality is one of the best in this price range.
If you want a watch that doesn’t skimp on features and offers extremely accurate measurements, the Oppo Watch Free is a great choice. The only drawback we found was the lack of GPS; otherwise, it’s a good smartwatch overall.
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