Each January, we make new years’ resolutions yearly and attempt to follow them until the following yr. Given how 2020 was, I am certain lots of us are taking our well being extra significantly and want to be a bit extra lively in 2021, so it appears to be simply the suitable time for OnePlus to launch its first health band, conveniently referred to 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 scenario. 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 assist 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 won’t 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 but it surely has a touchscreen similar to the Mi Sensible Band 5 (Evaluate), with a OnePlus emblem beneath 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 gentle sufficient to not trouble you if worn on a regular basis. The strap design is just like what we’ve got seen on the Mi Band collection thus far and I can say that it’s unlikely to come back off your hand with out you noticing it.
OnePlus has made just a few modifications 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 preferred 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 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 could have the choice to set display brightness at 5 totally different ranges. There is a toggle within the app to decrease the display brightness at evening. There’s help for Bluetooth 5, and this gadget 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 might deal with as much as 5ATM of stress, so you’ll be able to put on it whereas swimming.
You’ll be able to 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 (Evaluate). You’re going to get detailed details about your steps, coronary heart charge, SpO2 ranges, and sleep with this app.
It is vitally straightforward 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 will be configured solely by way of 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 that you may obtain by way of 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 degree, and the climate. It additionally has a Breathe app for guided respiration workout routines. Swiping left or proper from the house display modifications the watch face, whereas swiping from backside to prime brings up the menu. You may also swipe from prime to backside, simply how you’ll on a smartphone, to rapidly entry the notifications. The OnePlus Band works as a notifier to point out notifications out of your smartphone. You’ll be able to learn incoming messages, but it surely 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 commonly for every week to observe the way it performs. I discovered its interface very straightforward to make use of. The OnePlus Band presents a number of exercise modes, most of that are generally used, equivalent to out of doors strolling, biking, working, 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 at the least as soon as a day. The studying was often 99-100 %, which it ought to be for a wholesome particular person, and the readings had been consistent with what I obtained from the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’ coronary heart charge sensor. The OnePlus Band takes SpO2 readings solely once you specify, and requires you to remain nonetheless. It’s also able to monitoring SpO2 when you are asleep, both at intervals or in actual time. Nevertheless, OnePlus states that it will result in fast battery drain and outcomes won’t be correct should you transfer.
I discovered coronary heart charge monitoring to be in the identical vary as what was reported on the Apple Watch SE (Evaluate) 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 may also 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 if you’re trying to maintain observe of your exercise ranges, this gadget is not as correct because the Mi Band 5. I encountered the identical situation when measuring distance as effectively. I took 5 laps of a 700m strolling observe, and the band measured 3.17km regardless that the space coated was really 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 intervals of wakefulness precisely throughout 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 fluctuate vastly relying on the way you arrange the OnePlus Band. In case you do not use SpO2 monitoring commonly, cut back the frequency of coronary heart charge monitoring, and do not allow notifications for busy apps, you need to be capable of get 8-10 days of battery life per cost. I had set my display 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 day by day, the battery degree was right down to 40 %. The band finally 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 quite 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 obtained from zero to 51 % in 30 minutes and was charged fully 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 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 charge monitoring, however not a lot in the case of step and distance monitoring. For these on iOS, you may need to attend slightly longer. In case you are searching for a health band primarily to trace the variety of steps you’re taking and the space you cowl, the Mi Band 5 can be a greater decide at roughly the identical value.