OnePlus’ first fitness wearable is a solid device, but comes with an app that still needs some shaping up
The timing of OnePlus Band’s release was well-judged — just 10 days into January. It is that time of the year when resolutions, especially fitness-related ones, blossom. It had been over three months since Xiaomi launched Mi Smart Band 5, which, like OnePlus Band, falls under the ₹2500-₹3000 price range. There were no major releases in between. And, OnePlus, especially in India, are highly regarded for their smartphones.
The band was OnePlus’ first wearable device. And, going by their lofty standards, it was a slightly disappointing début.
OnePlus talk a lot about their products’ aesthetics. Most of them, are, indeed elegant. The ribbed black and grey strap (also available in orange-grey and Navy blue colours) and the rounded rectangular display were pleasing at first sight.
As with most fitness bands, there aren’t any physical buttons for navigation. You can tap and swipe on the 1.1-inch AMOLED display. The display also comes alive when you twist the wrist towards your face. You can turn on/off the screen by covering and uncovering the screen with your palm — this, however, did not work all the time. I also wished for more user interfaces with numbers of calories burnt, steps covered, etcetera.
Otherwise, there is not much to complain about the device per se. It offers to track 13 different activities, including cricket and badminton (clearly aimed at the Indian market). Apart from steps and distance, it also measures your heart rate, sleep and SpO2 (oxygen saturation level). There is also a feature for deep-breathing prompts. Unlike most other fitness trackers in its price range, the device uses red and green flashing LED lights for measurements.