The Oppo Watch has taken us by surprise, not only by being a delightful and competent debut from Oppo, but also a breath of fresh air for Wear OS.
Yes it’s an unashamed Apple Watch clone, but if you look beyond design there’s a lot to like.
Oppo has added its own skin and UI to the Wear OS experience, and replaced some of Google’s bland fitness apps with its own. That makes for a much nicer wearable experience, with a better balance of key features, including fitness tracking.
The Oppo Watch comes in 41mm and 46mm sizes, with the larger device adding LTE and longer battery.
Front and center is a 1.6-inch, 320 x 360 resolution AMOLED screen that offers bright, sharp surroundings plus good visibility in bright light and when we took it for a dip in the pool.
It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage. While this is clearly a Wear OS watch, it feels unlike any we’ve used before and that’s actually a good thing.
It features GPS, swim tracking and plenty of workout modes, although again, heart rate data wasn’t too accurate so it’s not one for serious athletes.
Battery life of the smaller 41mm Oppo Watch also came in at 24 hours.
At $299 it’s pricey for what it delivers, and best suited for Android smartphone users that have been coveting the Apple Watch, but want to keep it in the Google family.