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Oppo Watch Review With Pros and Cons - An Apple Watch Alternative?


 Oppo Watch Review With Pros and Cons 

 

Oppo Watch Specification:

  • SOC : Snapdragon 3100
  • RAM : 1GB
  • Storage : 8GB
  • Display : 191 inch AMOLED
  • Battery : 430mAh
  • IP : 5ATm
  • Connectivity: LTE, WIFI, BT, GPS+
  • Sensors: Accel, Heart Rate, Ambient light

 

Oppo Watch Review With Pros and Cons
oppo Watch Vs Apple Watch
 

Let's be real, okay? You can't talk about this product without acknowledging that it was made to look almost exactly like Apple Watch.

Down to the watch faces, band design, even the retail packaging, the OPPO Watch is just the kind of copycat that the trademark standard likelihood of confusion was meant to curtail. 

What's more, copying the look of the Apple Watch doesn't even make much sense. I mean, think about it, the Apple Watch isn't the best smartwatch on the market because of its looks.

What makes it great is a combination of features, ecosystem, and operational consistency that Google's competition has never managed to match.

So the notion of taking Google's software and putting it inside an Apple Watch look alike, to me, it sounds like the worst of all worlds. And when I agreed to review it, I expected to hate it.

So imagine my surprise when after a week of using the thing, it actually won me over.

OPPO provided no compensation for this coverage and was offered no copy approval or early preview of this content.

 

Oppo Watch : So what kicked off my unexpected affection?

Well, it started with how smoothly Wear OS runs on this watch, both in a tactical and virtual sense.

The curved glass edges and soft coating on this stunning AMOLED screen, combined with the gigabyte of RAM to make swipes surprisingly slick.

That's doubly surprising when you realize the spec sheet is anchored by a processor released over two years ago. One originally intended for kids smartwatches. 

And it's just another reminder that when it comes to Wear OS it's the RAM more than the CPU that governs how responsive your smartwatch will be.


Oppo Watch Review With Pros and Cons


If this were Reddit and I were 17 years old, I might propose this axiom, on Wear OS watches, gig or GTFO. And that hardware competency continues throughout the watch.

 

Oppo Watch Specs:

Packed into the very slim 4 1/2 millimeter 5 ATM case are eight gigs of storage for music and apps, and NFC and Google Pay for mobile payments, an eSIM for cellular connectivity, a heart rate sensor, and a monster 430 milliamp power battery. 

21% larger than the battery in my usual go-to, the Moto 360. Though you wouldn't necessarily know it. Stay tuned on that one.

 

First, we've got to talk software: Oppo Watch

Which in and of itself is kind of a surprise because all Wear OS are the same aren't they? Well not anymore. Some background. OPPO launched this watch in its home market of China, running a custom version of Android 8.1, with a top-level interface built on OPPO's ColorOS.

You saw that software if you watched my hands-on of the OPPO Find X2. For the European market, it smartly replaced the Android foundation with Google's Wear OS, but over the top, it built a similar ColorOS style skin.

And you know what's crazy? It's actually good. I like the custom app tray. I like the preloaded health apps and custom widgets.



Oppo Watch face generator

And while the AI watch face generator doesn't quite know what to do with my particular brand of wardrobe, it's still a really cool idea.


Oppo Watch UI

Most importantly, the UI doesn't interfere with the things Wear OS gets right. Notifications, the Google feed, the system toggles, they're all where you expect them to be, and they all work well.

The last pro I wanna cover is yet another surprise to hear myself saying. You see, I've always been an advocate for the circular smartwatch. I guess I'm a timepiece traditionalist.

But using Wear OS on a square screen has shown me some of the benefits of living in a box.


Oppo Watch Apps:

Text gets more space to spread out. Typing is marginally easier. And most importantly of all, that Casio calculator watch face just wouldn't look right in a circle. Facer hooked me up with a free premium account a while back and I've had fun figuring out which watch faces look right on a rhombus.

That's the chillout app from Google Fit, one of many preloaded health apps, including sleep tracking. And that, unfortunately, is where we start getting to the downsides. 


Oppo Watch battery:

To slip some sense into my segue from before, t's not the sleep tracking that's a downside of the OPPO Watch. It's the battery life that never quite lives up to it.

Yeah, as big as the battery is, Wear OS has always had a thirst for current. Pair that with the older Snapdragon and coprocessor are not, you get a watch that's gonna need to be charged every night.

OPPO did its best to ease the sting, bringing over its VOOC charging technology to get you from zero to about half a charge in just 15 minutes and a full charge in 75.


Oppo Watch Bands

Another shortcoming OPPO inherited from the Apple Watch? These bands are swappable, yes, but you can only use those made for this specific watch, which shuts out basically the entire aftermarket band catalog. 

And while we're back on the Apple Watch, OPPO decided not to copy the one thing that makes every smartwatch better. There's no rotating crown, just two side buttons with only one of them programmable with a shortcut.

 

Oppo Watch : vibration motor and speakerphone

Also, don't expect the magic haptic taps you get from the Apple product, this vibration motor is nothing special. And the same goes for the speakerphone. 

 

Verdict:

And for me, those downsides are enough to torpedo the OPPO Watch, mainly because of my aforementioned antipathy toward remorseless ripoffs. 

But at the end of the day, the thing I love most about Wear OS is choice. For too long, that ecosystem has been without a proper non-circular selection. 

And while exact release details weren't final by press time, if it's European prices anywhere close to it's China pricing, man, this thing might just sell itself. If what you want is a square smartwatch that runs Wear OS legitimately better than any other wearable, you should seriously consider strapping the OPPO Watch to your wrist.


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