First of all, thanks to OPPO Malaysia for the review unit.
I have many and have used a lot of smartwatches in the past few years. I’ve reviewed some nice smartwatches from a very well known brand and some are from the lesser known ones. There are tons of varieties out there and you just have to find one that suits you.
And then comes the OPPO Watch Free. It is made for health and fitness in mind but at the same time, it has a really appealing premium look to it. Just to make it clear, the colour variant that I receive is called Vanilla, which I think is suitable with the overall look. The other colour variant is Black, which I think is pretty standard. However, the build is really good with high quality leather textured silicone strap that made it look premium.
To know what I really think of the OPPO Watch Free, you have to read on.
The OPPO Watch Free came in a long box, just like many other smartwatches out there. Once the box is opened, you will immediately get a glance of the beautifully designed OPPO Watch Free. Yes. To me it looked really good. The essence of the aluminium gold frame elevates the status of the watch. Paired with an equally good looking watch strap, I was in awe of the overall look.
It has a larger rectangular display than some other watches that I’ve used. Not forgetting the gorgeous 1.64” AMOLED screen with 2.5D scratch resistant glass that ticks all the right boxes. The display is a 280×456 resolution, so anything shown on the display looks really sharp and vibrant.
Some other things that came in the box are the magnetic charger that snaps onto the back of the watch along with some documentations like Quick Guide and warranty card. Keep in mind that the OPPO Watch Free does not come with a charger brick, only with the charging cable.
Speaking of charging, the OPPO Watch Free has a 230mAh battery capacity that can last up to 10 days on a single charge based on my usage (14 days on paper). I get less days probably due to me having the SpO2 monitor turned on all the time even when I’m sleeping. But I wouldn’t worry about that because I can get it back up to 100% in less than an hour.
Around the back, there’s a sensor that illuminates green light to monitor your vital signs when you have it on your wrist. This is pretty much a normal thing for any smartwatch that has the capabilities to monitor your heart rate and so on. And above the sensor, there’s the two pin charging connection to charge up the watch.
If you notice, there are no buttons on any side of the watch. To switch it on, you only have to pair it with your phone via the HeyTap Health app that’s available to download from Apple App Store or Google Playstore. I use it on my iPhone and it works too. Once the watch is detected by the app, it will switch the screen on and you can start pairing it. It’s that easy.
Now I do want to say something about the watch strap. The textured leather feel on the strap feels so soft and is really comfortable to wear. I often forget that I have a watch on my wrist. I have it on me almost all the time, even when I’m in the shower. It’s good to note that the OPPO Watch Free is water resistant up to 5 ATM – that means it can withstand up to 50m underwater.
Usage and Functions
Once the OPPO Watch Free has been paired and synced with the HeyTap Health app, I only have to do some minor setup on the app to customise the functions that I need. On the obvious side, I turned on all the notifications in order for me to receive them from my phone on the watch. And then I turned on the SpO2 to monitor my blood oxygen level periodically even when I’m sleeping. And lastly, I downloaded some cool watch faces that suit my taste to show it off.
Some of the functions available OPPO Watch Free are made for fitness in mind. If you’re a fitness freak, this is for you. It has over 100 exercise modes that you can choose from. It includes running courses including jogging, fat-burning running, endurance running, interval running, indoor/outdoor running, indoor/outdoor walking, elliptical machine exercise, and rowing machine exercise to name a few.
It also comes with a smart exercise recognition whereby you don’t need to set it up before you start. You can simply start jogging and it will detect the motion and turn on the jogging mode. I’ve only managed to use the fitness function once, just once.
I went to the park and did a (very) quick walking exercise. I turned the brisk walking mode on and just walked around the park. Once I’m done, I took a look at the status and results. It shows the distance, estimated burned calories, heart rate and step counts. Those are the data shown on the watch itself. To view more detailed data, you can view it on the phone app.
I do need the exercise anyway. I will try to go for a jog soon. Emphasis on the word “try”.
Now, the OPPO Watch Free is made to monitor your sleeping patterns with the OPPO’s OSleep function. It works best when you wear it to sleep and turn on all the vital monitoring functions for best results. As I mentioned earlier, I have the SpO2 function on to monitor my blood oxygen level when I’m sleeping. It even has a sleep reminder to remind you to go to sleep at any time you set. The OPPO Watch Free is soon to be your new sleeping buddy.
Other functions that’s available are music playback controls, a “flashlight”, weather, timer, incoming call notification and call rejection, alarm clock and Find My Phone function.
I said it once and I’ll say it again. The new OPPO Watch Free is one heck of a good looking watch. It has all the usual functions that you can find on any smartwatch or fitness band but it elevates the status from a normal fitness smartwatch combination to a premium fashionable watch that won’t break your wallet.
The OPPO Watch Free has now become my favourite fitness smartwatch. I never expected for it to be this way but it is what it is. Of course, it still has a lot to catch up with some of the premium ones out there in terms of build and functions. But you can be sure it is on the right track.
Good news is, the OPPO Watch Free is now available for purchase from OPPO’s office site and priced at RRP RM449.00. Told you it’s affordable.