Each January, we make new years’ resolutions yearly and attempt to persist with them until the subsequent yr. Given how 2020 was, I am positive lots 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 fitting 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 international state of affairs. The OnePlus Band is priced at Rs. 2,499, which pits it in opposition to the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. So can the OnePlus Band enable you to together with your resolutions? I put it to the take a look at to seek out out.
OnePlus Band design
That is the primary health band from OnePlus, and it appears like the corporate has taken some assist from its buddies over at sister model Oppo. The OnePlus Band appears an identical 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 elements: a strap and a capsule. There are not any buttons on the capsule nevertheless it has a touchscreen similar to the Mi Sensible Band 5 (Overview), with a OnePlus emblem under it. Powering up the OnePlus Band requires you to clip the capsule onto the included charger.
You’ll be able to 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 have now seen on the Mi Band sequence to this point and I can say that it’s unlikely to come back off your hand with out you noticing it.
OnePlus has made a number of 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 favored 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 every 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 might be inconvenient for some individuals.
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 got the choice to set display screen brightness at 5 completely different ranges. There is a toggle within the app to decrease the display screen brightness at evening. There may be assist 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 stress, so you may put on it whereas swimming.
You’ll be able to pair the OnePlus Band with Android units operating 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 (Overview). You’ll get detailed details about your steps, coronary heart charge, SpO2 ranges, and sleep with this app.
It is extremely simple to pair the band with the app. You’ll be able to rearrange the menu on the OnePlus Band, however I did not fiddle with this selection. Sure settings such because the frequency of coronary heart charge and SpO2 measurement may be configured solely via the app. I may additionally determine which apps had been allowed to inform me on the band. The app is simple to make use of and has a persistent notification on Android to forestall 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 which you can obtain via the OnePlus Well being app.
On the band itself, it is possible for you to to test your day by day exercise, coronary heart charge, sleep period, SpO2 stage, and the climate. It additionally has a Breathe app for guided respiratory workout routines. 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 too swipe from high to backside, simply how you’d on a smartphone, to shortly entry the notifications. The OnePlus Band works as a notifier to indicate notifications out of your smartphone. You’ll be able to learn incoming messages, nevertheless 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 often for every week to observe the way it performs. I discovered its interface very simple to make use of. The OnePlus Band presents a number of exercise modes, most of that are generally used, akin to outside strolling, biking, operating, cricket, badminton, and swimming.
The OnePlus Band can be able to SpO2 monitoring, a function that is not widespread in reasonably priced health bands in the intervening time. I discovered the SpO2 monitoring to be correct, and I measured it not less than as soon as a day. The studying was normally 99-One hundred pc, which it needs to be for a wholesome particular person, and the readings had been in step with what I bought from the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’ coronary heart charge sensor. The OnePlus Band takes SpO2 readings solely while you specify, and requires you to remain nonetheless. Additionally it is able to monitoring SpO2 if you are asleep, both at intervals or in actual time. Nonetheless, OnePlus states that this can result in speedy battery drain and outcomes may not be correct if you happen to transfer.
I discovered coronary heart charge monitoring to be in the identical vary as what was reported on the Apple Watch SE (Overview) I examined this in opposition to. Steady coronary heart charge monitoring is disabled by default, similar to on lots of different health merchandise. I set this to continuous monitoring at two-minute intervals. You can too 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 large margin, so in case you are seeking to preserve monitor of your exercise ranges, this machine is not as correct because the Mi Band 5. I encountered the identical challenge when measuring distance as properly. I took 5 laps of a 700m strolling monitor, and the band measured 3.17km regardless that the space 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 throughout the evening. Utilizing the OnePlus Well being app, I may see the breakup of sleep phases, marked as Mild sleep, Deep sleep, and Awake
Battery life will fluctuate vastly relying on the way you arrange the OnePlus Band. For those who do not use SpO2 monitoring often, cut back the frequency of coronary heart charge monitoring, and do not allow notifications for busy apps, it’s best to be capable of get 8-10 days of battery life per cost. I had set my display screen brightness to 60 p.c and had notifications enabled for WhatsApp and Slack, which saved the band buzzing all through the day. After 4 days of utilization, which included monitoring my walks day by day, the battery stage was all the way down to 40 p.c. The band ultimately lasted for slightly over six full days with my utilization earlier than needing to be plugged in. It will have lasted longer if the heart-rate monitoring interval had been set to 6 minutes somewhat 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 p.c in half-hour and was charged utterly in about an hour.
The OnePlus Band is among the many few health bands available in the market to supply SpO2 monitoring. In case you are on the lookout for a wearable particularly to trace this, the OnePlus Band does it fairly properly. I additionally discovered it to be good at sleep and coronary heart charge monitoring, however not a lot on the subject of step and distance monitoring. For these on iOS, you might need to attend slightly longer. In case you are on the lookout for a health band primarily to trace the variety of steps you are taking and the space you cowl, the Mi Band 5 can be a greater choose at roughly the identical worth.