Oppo Watch Free was announced together with the Oppo Enco Air2 earbuds recently. Many Oppo fans out there might be familiar with wearables from Oppo throughout these years. With the Oppo Watch Free, would this be the next fitness companion that fits everyone’s needs and budget?
|Size||46.0 mm x 29.7 mm x 10.6 mm|
|Weight||20.9 g (without strap), 32.6 g (entire watch)|
|Display||Screen type: AMOLED screen|
Screen size: 1.64
Resolution: 280 x 456Pixels: 16.7 M
|Sensors||Six-axis acceleration & gyroscope sensor, optical heart rate sensor, optical blood oxygen sensor, and ambient light sensor|
|Charging||Required power adapter: Higher than 5V and 500mA|
Charging method: Magnetic charging
|System Requirements||Required OS: Android 6.0 or later, iOS 10.0 or later.|
|Waterproof Level||5 ATM water-resistant|
|Other Features||Exercise functionality:|
Over 100 exercise modes
Running courses including jogging, fat-burning running, endurance running and interval running
Smart exercise recognition
Indoor/outdoor running, indoor/outdoor walking, elliptical machine exercise, and rowing machine exercise
Five-minute stand-up relaxation exercise
AI Smart Watch Face
Incoming Call Notification
Music Playback Control
Find My Phone
What’s In The Box?
The Oppo Watch Free went in on a slim watch face design very much like the Huawei Band and Xiao Mi band. However, they took away the buttons that you would usually find on fitness bands that helps you navigate.
The bands itself is made of Silicon and is slightly textured compared to other fitness bands. As much as it has the classic buckle strap, it has a tuck in hole to tuck in the excess band strap so that it won’t be flinging around when you work out. However, the textured band has a slight problem where it is easy to collect sweat or dust in between its textures and you would have to clean it often. The good thing about it is that with the textured surface, you would not feel that it is sticking towards your skin when sweating.
As most fitness bands are, the straps are easily removable with the tuck of the lock joining the watch face and the straps. At the back of the watch face, we have the usual health monitoring sensors and the magnetic charging nodes.
Features and Performance
The Oppo Watch Free had a 1.64-inch AMOLED screen which has curves sides. You just need to swipe on the screen to navigate around the watch UI. For many users that had a fitness band before this, you might find that not having a button might be quite weird as you are used to using the button to either return to the main menu, light up the screen or to restart the band. So instead of pressing on a button, the only way to start up the OPPO Watch Free is to connect it to it’s charger. Of course, you are able to change or customized the watch face to your choice by long pressing on the watch face or via the mobile app (Hey Health).
The Oppo Watch Free has a very comprehensive all-day sleep monitoring with blood oxygen and snoring monitoring. All-day sleep monitoring detects your sleep duration, sleep phases and blood oxygen level when you are asleep. While the snoring monitoring would analyze your sleep score and give you tips on how to avoid sleep apnea. However, do note that the snoring monitoring is done by using the app on your phone and not through the band itself.
Apart from these, it has over 100 exercise mode that covers majority of the exercises that is common among fitness communities. You can start your exercise session by selecting the exercise mode that you are going to do or if you forget to do so, the watch would detect that your are exercising and would automatically start your recording your exercise session.
The watch has a 50-meter water resistance which has no problem for swimming or shallow diving activities. Apart from all these health and fitness features, the OPPO Watch Free is able to control music playback on your phone, act as a phone camera remote button, and the other basic notification functions. One of the convenient function I find lack on other smartwatches or fitness bands out there is that there is not water drinking tracker which is available on the OPPO Watch Free. It is quite common for people to forget how much water they are suppose to drink a day and with this new feature, it not only let you record how much you drink but also reminds you to drink water from time to time.
It took around and hour and 15 mins to fully charge the Oppo Watch Free from 0 to full battery. It surprised us that the battery life is rather long. Using it to check notifications, track sleep and exercise lightly for a week and it still has battery life to carry on for a few more days without charging.
Charging the Oppo Watch Free is easy just like any other fitness bands out there. Just connect the charger to a USB port and connect the magnetic node of the charger to the watch body and it would start charging immediately. If you forget to charge, by charging it for just 5 mins would give you enough battery to last for the entire day.
The Oppo Watch Free is currently priced at RM 499. For the price and the extensive features it offers, I personally think its quite a catch if your are looking for a fitness companion. It amazes me especially for its long lasting battery life while supporting so many features. The only thing I dislike was the lack for button to navigate around as if any problem occur, it is hard to know that the device is not charging or responding as you do not really know if it detect your touch.