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OnePlus Watch review: big, basic, and boring

What makes a smartwatch “smart”? Is it the ability to show you notifications from your phone? What about the ability to track your physical activity and wellness, such as step counts, workouts, and sleep? How about providing you information about your day, such as the weather and upcoming calendar events? Or perhaps it’s the inclusion of a voice assistant on your wrist that you can ask to do things without having to use your phone?

Those are the questions I’ve been asking over the past week-plus as I’ve been testing the new OnePlus Watch, a $159 smartwatch and the first wearable from the smartphone company. The OnePlus Watch has all the looks of a modern smartwatch, but as I’ve learned wearing it on my wrist day and night, it doesn’t have all the smarts.

Good Stuff

  • Long battery life
  • Nice fit and finish
  • Bright, colorful screen
  • Low price

Bad Stuff

  • No support for third-party apps or watchfaces
  • No voice assistant
  • Very limited notification options
  • Inaccurate fitness and sleep tracking
  • No always-on display
  • Only comes in one size: big

Buy for $159.00 from One Plus

The OnePlus Watch is not like a Wear OS smartwatch, such as those made by Fossil, Motorola, or Mobvoi. Nor is it like a Samsung Galaxy Watch or an Apple Watch. All of those have software platforms that integrate with other apps and services, so you can download apps or watchfaces to the watch itself, just like you might with a phone. That makes them very extensible and customizable — you can easily make the watch look unique and do the things you need it to.

The OnePlus Watch, on the other hand (or wrist?), runs its own proprietary software, based on a real-time operating system. This software is very quick and power efficient, but it is not extensible — there’s no app store or third-party watchfaces to download on the OnePlus Watch. It’s similar to the software on the budget smartwatches you can get on Amazon; if you’ve ever used an Amazfit, Umidigi, or Wyze watch, you’ve used a real-time operating system. The OnePlus Watch is not very different from those in this respect.

This choice of platform affords the OnePlus Watch its greatest strength, long battery life, and also its greatest weakness: it just doesn’t do all that much compared to other smartwatches you can buy.

OnePlus Watch software

The OnePlus Watch pairs with and is controlled by the OnePlus Health app for Android — there’s no iPhone compatibility at all. But you don’t need to own a OnePlus phone, it works with basically any modern Android device. I tested it on both OnePlus and Samsung smartphones and the experience was the same.

The app is where you can see what health and fitness metrics the watch has recorded, adjust which apps send notifications on your wrist, and view the available watchfaces. OnePlus has about 50 watchfaces so far, with some offering limited customizability in the form of selectable shortcuts or widgets, such as a weather widget, date, or shortcut to a built-in app like the timer. You can choose up to 14 faces to store on the watch and switch between them without using your phone. The company says it plans on adding more in the future, but as I mentioned earlier, there are no options for third-party watchfaces or third-party app widgets like you get with Samsung, Wear OS, or Apple smartwatches.

The watchfaces themselves are what you’d expect: there is the assortment of analog and digital styles to choose from, with some showing more information about your activity than others. I’m not a big fan of the analog options, so I settled on a digital face. Unfortunately, there’s a bug where digital watchfaces on the OnePlus Watch are stuck in 24-hour time and can’t show 12-hour time. The company tells me it is aware of this bug, and it is slated to be fixed “this month.”

The watch interface has a familiar layout: swipe down for settings, swipe up to see notifications, press the side button to see your apps. You can swipe right from the watchface to access basic widgets for music control, weather, and activity tracking, similar to Wear OS or a Samsung watch. The design of the interface all looks mostly fine, and there thankfully aren’t any stutters or lags when navigating it.

I do have a few gripes with how notifications are handled. You can’t clear notifications by just swiping them away, like you can with every other smartwatch. Instead, you have to tap into each one and then press clear or scroll to the bottom to clear them all. It’s a clumsy and fiddly process. The OnePlus Watch doesn’t always sync with the notifications I’ve cleared on my phone, either, and occasionally notifications for the same messages would get duplicated, forcing me to see the same alerts more than once.

You can’t do much with those notifications, either. There are no actions you can take other than clearing them from your wrist. OnePlus supports canned message replies in just five apps: WhatsApp, Telegram, Line, Discord, and Facebook Messenger. Notably and frustratingly, that list doesn’t include standard SMS messages. On top of that, there are only four basic replies to choose from: “OK”; “Be right there!”; “In a meeting, contact you later”; and “I’m driving, contact you later.” I frequently use a smartwatch to triage notifications, delete incoming emails, or reply to messages when I’m away from my desk, but I can’t do most of those things with the OnePlus Watch.

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

The OnePlus Watch comes with a basic set of apps: weather, timer, stopwatch, alarm, workout, sleep tracking, etc. Oddly, it doesn’t have a calculator or a calendar app, so I can’t easily see my next meeting or appointment, something I do a lot with other smartwatches. There’s no way to get your next appointment on your watchface, either. And since there isn’t an app store, I can’t add any apps to that list.

You can forget about streaming music from Spotify or playing podcasts through your favorite app — the only thing you can do with the OnePlus Watch is control what’s playing on your phone or transfer MP3 files from your phone to the watch’s 4GB of storage. Want to track your runs with Strava or MapMyFitness instead of OnePlus’ app? Sorry, no dice. If you want to control smart home devices from your wrist, the OnePlus Watch is entirely useless unless you have a OnePlus TV, where you can use it as a remote. The OnePlus TV is only available in India.

The OnePlus Watch also lacks a voice assistant. I can’t ask it to start a timer when I’m in the kitchen and my hands are dirty, I can’t ask it to turn the lights off or open my garage door, and I can’t dictate a reply to an incoming message. How well voice assistants work varies greatly between smartwatches (Siri on the Apple Watch, pretty good! Bixby on a Samsung watch, less so), but OnePlus isn’t even trying here and I’ve missed having one available.

Lastly, even though the OnePlus Watch has an NFC radio, it does not support mobile payments. You can’t tap your wrist to pay for something like you can with an Apple Watch, Samsung watch, or Wear OS smartwatch.

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

OnePlus Watch fitness tracking

The fitness tracking features are quite basic. It will track your steps throughout the day; the watch will nudge you to get up and move when you’ve been sitting for too long; you can choose between 14 different workouts for the watch to track; and if you wear the OnePlus Watch to bed, it will make an attempt to track your sleep.

I’m not a gym rat, but I did wear the OnePlus Watch on my left wrist with a Fitbit Inspire HR on my right wrist throughout this review and the OnePlus counted thousands fewer steps than the Fitbit every day. None of these devices are perfect with their step tracking, but that kind of discrepancy is going to make tracking a longer-distance run or other intense workout inaccurate or just plain hard to do. I asked a few other reviewers I know who are also testing the OnePlus Watch and each one has had the same issues with inaccurate step counting. OnePlus says a bug fix for GPS optimization and to add more workout modes will be available sometime in mid-April.

Sleep tracking, oddly enough, has the opposite problem. The OnePlus Watch consistently overestimates how long I slept each night compared to the Fitbit and Google’s Nest Hub. A bug has also prevented the Watch from syncing its sleep data with the OnePlus Health app, even though other activity synced over fine. The company says this bug should also be fixed sometime this month.

As mentioned earlier, you can’t use other fitness apps on the OnePlus Watch. The OnePlus Health app provides syncing with the Google Fit platform, so it’s possible you could cobble together a syncing solution between other apps using Fit as glue, but I did not test this. In general, the OnePlus Watch’s fitness tracking is fine for basic activity trends, but any fitness enthusiasts will want something more capable and reliable.

OnePlus Watch hardware and design

In terms of design, the OnePlus Watch is generic-looking — it reminds me a lot of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active line. It’s got a round face, there are two buttons on the side, and the body is made of polished stainless steel, which is nice to see at this price point. It comes in silver, black, or a gold-colored special edition — I’ve got the black model and it’s a little boring to look at. Either way, the hardware is solid and put together well — it’s not creaky or plasticky, and there are no rough edges to worry about.

OnePlus is only offering the watch in one size, 46mm, and frankly, it’s big. It’s bigger than I like watches to be on my wrist, and if you have smaller wrists than me you’re not going to have a fun time with this. On the plus side, it’s not the thickest smartwatch I’ve ever worn. Just one size band comes in the box — OnePlus says that customers who need a shorter band will be able to get one by contacting customer service.

The touchscreen is a 1.39-inch 454 x 454 OLED that’s easy to see both indoors and out. It’s colorful, like you’d expect an OLED to be, but there’s no always-on display option, which nearly every other smartwatch has now. That makes it that much more annoying to check the time, though the wrist turn gesture does work well to wake it up.

On the underside are the sensors for heart rate and blood oxygen. As usual, you should not use these sensors for medical purposes — and blood oxygen monitors on even the best smartwatches notoriously struggle with giving accurate readings. Inside the watch are the accelerometers and gyroscopes necessary to track your activity and workouts, plus GPS and Bluetooth radios. There’s no Wi-Fi or LTE here — if you leave your phone behind, you’re going to miss notifications and alerts until the watch is back in Bluetooth range of your phone.

Also missing from the OnePlus Watch are any rotating bezels or crowns — the only way to interact with it is to tap and swipe on the screen itself or push the buttons on the side.

Even though it doesn’t have a voice assistant, the OnePlus Watch does have a microphone and speaker, so you can answer calls from your wrist via Bluetooth. It worked fine in my tests; callers said I sounded clear to them, but the speaker on the watch is a bit crackly at full volume. It works in a pinch.

The best thing about the OnePlus Watch is its battery life. OnePlus claims up to 14 days of usage between charges — it lasted about 10 days for me, wearing it day and night. Charging the watch is also quick and easy: just 20 minutes on the charger adds half a charge, which translates to literal days of usage. No Apple, Samsung, or Wear OS watch can last this long or charge this quickly.

But at the same time, the OnePlus Watch has such great battery life because, frankly, it just does less than those other smartwatches. The best comparison I can make is that the OnePlus Watch is a fitness tracker in a smartwatch body, which would be an acceptable premise if it were a better fitness tracker.

The OnePlus Watch may look like a lot of other smartwatches, but I can’t say it compares well to them. It’s limited in features, only comes in one size, and as I’ve gone over, there are several bugs with it that make it feel like an unfinished product. Aside from its long battery life, the OnePlus Watch’s bestselling point is its low price, which is half that of a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 and over $100 less than the comparably sized Galaxy Watch Active 2. But if you’re looking for a smartwatch for your Android phone, it’s not that hard to find Wear OS models on sale, often for less than the cost of the OnePlus Watch.

For me, a good smartwatch is a lot like a personal assistant on my wrist. It tells me the time, when my next calendar appointment is, what the weather is like, and how active I’ve been throughout the day. I can quickly ask it to set a timer when I’m making a cup of tea or use it to reply to a message from my spouse when I’m running an errand. It also lets me customize its appearance and capabilities through third-party apps, watchfaces, or both. For others, it’s a way to track workouts and keep on top of their personal health.

In that framing, the OnePlus Watch isn’t really a smartwatch and based on my experience, it isn’t a great fitness tracker either. Instead, it’s just a clever watch, and it can be useful if your expectations of it are low. But if a smartwatch is going to take up real estate on my wrist, it has to be more useful than the OnePlus Watch.

Photography by Dan Seifert / The Verge


OnePlus Watch review, two months later: Time to let go (of the hope this will ever be a good watch)

By Taylor KernsUpdated


It's been updated, but it still ain't good

If you want a smartwatch to pair with your Android phone, you've got a lot of options. There are Wear OS watches from a billion different manufacturers, plus Fitbits, Samsung's Galaxy Watch devices, and plenty more niche picks. This month, OnePlus tossed its hat in the ring with the creatively named OnePlus Watch. For $159, it offers quality hardware and great battery life — but crappy custom software makes using it a miserable experience.


Fit and finish The OnePlus Watch's stainless steel case and Apple Watch-style band are very nice.
Battery life Really exceptional. Expect to go a week or more between charges (or half that with always-on display).


Step tracking Pretty accurate, except when it's not.
Unpolished software Feels like a rough draft.

Design, hardware, what's in the box

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The OnePlus Watch makes a great first impression. Its round, 1.39-inch, 454 by 454 OLED screen is bright and colorful, and it's nestled in a stainless steel case, which gives the watch a nice weight. The included band is textured silicone with a clasp that's pretty obviously inspired by the Apple Watch's Sport Bands — if you're not into it, you can swap it out for any standard watch band that'll fit. Overall, the watch is a touch bigger than I'd like, but it presents as surprisingly high-quality for its price, and it feels very nice on the wrist.

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There are two buttons on the side: one featuring a debossed OnePlus wordmark that functions as a power and home key, and another that can be programmed to perform a number of functions. The lack of a rotating crown is a bummer, but even without it, the OnePlus Watch sports some of the nicer hardware you can get in an Android-compatible wearable.

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In the OnePlus Watch's very red, very long box, you get the watch itself, the necessary literature, and a magnetic charger.

Software, features, and battery

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Unfortunately, the software here is not nearly as well formed as the hardware. The OnePlus Watch is running a custom OS that actually looks and acts a whole lot like Google's Wear OS: from the home screen, you can swipe down to access quick settings, up to see notifications, and left to get to a series of customizable tiles (swiping right, which would open the Google Assistant panel on Wear OS, doesn't do anything). Long pressing on the home screen will bring up your installed watch faces.

The selection of watch faces is, I think, fine. There are plenty to choose from in a variety of styles, and a lot of them provide easy access to additional information, like your watch's battery level and how many steps it's recorded. My biggest problem with OnePlus's faces is that all of the digital options are only viewable in 24-hour format. I know most of the world reads digital time that way, but some places don't. OnePlus says it aims to add a 12-hour option sometime this month, but that's really a feature that should have been ready before launch — a 12-hour toggle seems like it ought to be trivial to implement.

Like any smartwatch, the OnePlus Watch delivers notifications — but the way it does so is just not good. Dismissing a notification on your watch won't dismiss it on your phone, and vice versa. If you get multiple notifications from a single app (texts from two different people, for example), you sometimes can't read their contents. Replying to notifications is limited to certain apps, and you can only send canned responses. The Watch doesn't make any attempt to provide relevant options — you're limited to the same four auto-replies for every incoming message. You can't dictate or type your own, either.

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The OnePlus Watch also tracks a number of health metrics, like activity and sleep duration and quality. Every edge of this functionality is rough.

To test the accuracy of the OnePlus Watch's step tracking, I wore the Watch on one arm and a Fitbit on the other for a couple of days. It seemed like it was reasonably close, as I ended the day with just a couple hundred steps more on one arm than the other. Then, as I was sleeping, the OnePlus Watch completely made up that I'd walked 4,000 steps in the span of a single hour. I asked OnePlus about this, and it's yet to provide any explanation.

OnePlus Health recommends getting 11 to 14 hours of sleep per night.

The Watch can track a number of different physical activities (just a handful for now, but a promised update next month will bring many more). It's also supposed to be able to automatically detect some activity, like walking or running, but that doesn't really work right, either. My watch consistently didn't detect that I was walking until I'd been doing it for 20 to 30 minutes, at which point it gave me a broken-English notification that read "The watch recognizes that you are walking, Select the power walking to record." My options were "Outdoor walk," "No more reminder," and "Close." After selecting that I was walking outdoors, the watch showed, among other stats, how far I'd traveled — in kilometers, despite the fact that I'd set it to display distance in miles.

One bright spot in activity tracking: you can set OnePlus Health to share your data with Google Fit, which is convenient if you're already using that platform to log your exercise.

This part of the app doesn't do anything.

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If you wear the OnePlus Watch to bed, it'll track your sleep — but, at launch, all it can do with that data is show you on the watch itself how you slept the previous night. You can't view past nights on your wrist, and data isn't imported to the OnePlus Health app, despite there being a section for historical sleep data. With these limitations, sleep tracking is effectively useless. The app also recommends getting 11 to 14 hours of sleep per night, which I think is hilarious.

The watch generated stress data during periods I wasn't even wearing it.

Similarly useless: stress monitoring. OnePlus says the watch reads variations in your heart rate (which it automatically measures throughout the day) and "other physiological factors" to gauge how stressed you are. During my time with the watch, my stress rating has never gone above the "normal" range, which might be true, I guess, but the whole thing smacks of pseudoscience to me. It doesn't help that it generated stress data during periods I wasn't even wearing it.

Worse than all these quirks, though, is that the OnePlus Watch doesn't have an always-on display option. I can't wrap my head around this decision — not being able to consistently display the time is a pretty big flub for a watch. The functionality is "coming in a future update," according to OnePlus. But every competing product in this price range has it. Why on earth was the Watch launched without it? It's certainly got the battery to support AOD: most days, the battery level falls by less than 10 percent. You'd have to put in serious work to try to kill this thing in a week. Even cutting that longevity in half, battery life would still be great.

Should you buy it? Rating 5/10

OnePlus Watch

No. I don't understand how the OnePlus Watch made it to market in its current state. It's a bad product.

Nothing works the way you'd expect it to: notifications are weird, activity tracking is buggy, and sleep tracking is broken. Table stakes features like 12-hour watch faces and always-on display functionality are coming in post-launch updates. There are also no third-party apps and no voice assistant.

Everything about using the OnePlus Watch makes it clear that development was either rushed, careless, or both. And that's an incredible shame, because if it worked the way it ought to, I'd love the thing: a $159 smartwatch with great hardware, great battery life, and functional software would be a definite win. But this is not that.

The OnePlus Watch experience feels like what you'd expect from one of those $30 fitness trackers sold on Amazon by brands you've never heard of: it works, mostly, but so poorly that I'd almost rather go without a smartwatch at all than use this one. After my time with OnePlus's wearable, I'm actually eager to get back to Wear OS.

Buy it if:

  • Hardware quality and battery life are literally all you care about in a smartwatch.
  • You have faith that OnePlus will fix the litany of issues the Watch has with software updates.

Don't buy it if:

  • You have any other smartwatch options (and you definitely do).
  • You expect a good experience out of the box.
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UPDATE: 2021/07/06 8:57am PDT BY TAYLOR KERNS

Two months later

OnePlus has made good on its promises to add features like an always-on display, additional watch faces, and tracking for more activities. But the OnePlus Watch still sucks.

The always-on display feature does, in fact, keep the display awake while you’re wearing the watch, which makes it easier to tell the time — a pretty important function for a timepiece. The options are stylish, too, and although battery life takes a significant hit with AOD enabled, the OnePlus Watch still clears three days between charges without much trouble.

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But with always-on mode active, the screen stays on as long as you’re wearing the watch — and I mean always. There’s no way to turn the display off when you go to bed without digging into the settings to turn AOD off — even though there’s an option called “Do Not Disturb for Bedtime,” whose toggle is a moon icon — further rendering OnePlus’s sleep tracking features useless. Baffling.

The OnePlus Watch maintains a completely separate list of notifications from your phone, meaning you have to dismiss every notification you receive twice — your phone doesn’t care if you dismissed a text on the watch, for example, and vice versa. The watch also has a habit of buzzing for the same notification multiple times: I was alerted to the same text message no fewer than six times earlier this week. I hoped that behavior would’ve been sorted out by now, but it hasn’t been.

It’s frustrating because I love OnePlus’s hardware here; this is easily one of the nicest smartwatches I’ve ever used when it comes to fit and finish. But the software is unequivocally bad, and OnePlus seems either disinterested in or incapable of fixing it. I’ve reached a point where I firmly believe the OnePlus Watch will never mature into a good product — and what’s more, I don’t care if it does. I’ve given up on it, and if you haven’t already, you probably should too.

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OnePlus Watch User Guide

Power on /off

Power- on: press and   hold the function key 1.5 seconds to power on, and vibration feedback; 3S plays the power-on logo animation.

Power-off: Press and hold the function key for 1.5 seconds to enter the shutdown interface. The page has: shut down, restart; Or go to Settings -> system operation to choose to restart or shut down.

Status bar

Slide down on the   watch display screen to open the status bar panel:

Ⅰ- Status Information:
a. bluetooth connection status with the paired phone "health" APP, two states: unwired status Connection status .
b. GPS: GPS is enabled to display GPS pictures.
c. NFC: Open an account NFC (binding bus card, access card) after displaying NFC pictures.
d. battery: battery volume icon more than 20% show white, less than or equal to 20% red. The charging icon appears on the right when charging.  

II- Fast switch sleep do not disturb the switch, Adjust the brightness, Find phone, Alarm clock entrance, Flashlight entrance,  option of the entrance.

Language setting

1. If the first time   boot up, after powering on will first enter the language settings interface.  

2. Setting-> language, enter the language settings interface.

Bluetooth headset connection

By applying list-> set -> bluetooth headset, the bluetooth headset device can be searched for for paired connection.

Communicate by telephone

When the watch and the phone are connected through the health APP:

1. through the app list -> phone to initiate a call.

2. the call interface, can answer/hang up the call.


1. You can add music to the watch through the health APP and watch, connect to the phone, enter the health APP[more Settings -- Music management -- Add music -- select the mobile phone local music -- add music immediately], enter the music transmission to the watch.

2.  After successful transmission, you can enter the application list -> music for playing.


The upper key is Navigation key, the lower key is function key and power key.

Find the phone

Press the up button on the dial interface to enter the list of apps -> to find the phone (the phone needs to be connected to the watch through the Oneplus Health App).

Reset factory data

Press the up key on the dial interface to enter the application list -> setting -> operation factory -> restoration factory.


When the watch received the new version, it can be updated online through the mobile phone, connected to the mobile phone, and enter the health APP[More Settings -- Device Update -- Update Settings in the upper right corner -- automatic download installation package under WLAN].When the watch is downloaded, it will be updated online OTA.

Adaptation scope

1. Support the mainstream Android smartphones on the market and install health APP.

2. Support the mainstream Bluetooth headset devices in the market.

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Connect without limits

Bluetooth 5.0 and powerful call features keep you notified of incoming calls.

Smartphone-free music

Take a moment of silence. It’s time to cut the cord with your phone.

Dive in for your workout

Push your personal performance with metrics such as pulse, distance, calories, speed and SWOLF efficiency.

It’s time to gear up and go

For those who love to gear up and go, satellite positioning for walking and running ensures fast, accurate data - with every step.


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OnePlus Watch buyer's guide: Everything you need to know

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OnePlus fans and wearable enthusiasts have been clamoring for a OnePlus smartwatch ever since rumors of such a device first popped up years ago. After dipping its toe in the water with the limited-release OnePlus Band, the company follows up with its first globally available smartwatch, the aptly named OnePlus Watch. OnePlus makes some lofty promises here, but does it deliver in an increasingly competitive space? Here’s everything you need to know.

Our verdict:OnePlus Watch review — Don’t settle for this one

OnePlus Watch at a glance

The highly anticipated OnePlus Watch launched alongside the OnePlus 9 series earlier this year. It’s technically the company’s second entry into the wearable space and follows the OnePlus Band. However, it is the first smartwatch from OnePlus and sees a far wider release than the fitness tracker. The OnePlus Watch is available in the US and various European markets this time, along with India, China, and other Asian countries.

On paper, the OnePlus Watch ticks all the right boxes. It offers all the features you’d expect from a smartwatch with a focus on fitness, including heart rate tracking and SpO2 monitoring, and comes with other sensors like a barometer and compass. You can take advantage of up to 110 fitness modes, with the caveat that most will be available with upcoming software updates. The watch also has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

OnePlus aims to deliver on a couple of key factors that make for an excellent smartwatch — affordability and battery life. OnePlus claims a 14-day battery life, and it is certainly one of the cheapest smartwatches you can get right now, considering everything it brings to the table.

Is the OnePlus Watch worth buying?

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After reading the “at a glance” section, I wouldn’t be surprised if you expected an enthusiastic “YES” regarding whether the OnePlus Watch is worth buying. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to recommend it in its current form. As good as the OnePlus Watch is on paper, it doesn’t deliver in areas that would make a smartwatch “smart.”

We can see what OnePlus was attempting to do here, but the Watch falls short. Its smart features are ultimately quite basic and no better than what you’d get with a generic fitness tracker that’s a third of the price. The OnePlus Health app needs a lot of work and provides an inconsistent experience. That’s a shame because the OnePlus Watch is a good fitness tracker. Step tracking, calorie counts, heart rate tracking, and SpO2 monitoring are all fairly accurate, sleep tracking is solid, and its GPS capabilities are strong.

But there are plenty of fitness trackers that are excellent for, well, tracking fitness, and most of them are cheaper. The OnePlus Watch is an affordable smartwatch but doesn’t do nearly enough to be considered one. Yet.

OnePlus has been great with updating its phones to add features and fix problems, and the OnePlus Watch will likely receive the same attention. The OnePlus Health app will continue to improve. Many fitness modes will be available soon, and the basic watch OS will hopefully see major upgrades quickly. There’s a lot of potential here, but it’s not worth buying, for now, even though its price tag is particularly enticing.

The OnePlus Watch series is ideal for:

  • Anyone looking for an inexpensive smartwatch (even though it’s more of an expensive fitness tracker in its current form)
  • Those willing to deal with first-generation issues and wait for future software updates
  • Anyone who wants good health and fitness tracking features
  • Anyone who has a OnePlus smartphone

The OnePlus Watch may not be for you if:

  • You’re looking for full-fledged smartwatch features
  • You have an iPhone — the watch is currently only compatible with Android devices

See also:The best smartwatches you can get in 2021

What reviewers are saying about the OnePlus Watch

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In his review, Android Authority’s Dhruv Bhutani says there’s certainly potential here. The design is simple, but the build quality is solid, the battery life is impressive, and “there’s scope for excellent fitness tracking.” However, the app feels unfinished, and the software completely diminishes the experience.

As good as the fitness tracking will eventually be, there’s already a sea of established alternatives available that are similarly priced or cheaper. The OnePlus Watch isn’t yet a worthy alternative to expensive smartwatches, and as Dhruv puts it, “OnePlus is charging far too much money for its glorified fitness tracker.”

What other reviewers from around the web think

Here’s what reviewers from other publications have to say about the OnePlus Watch.

  • The Verge’s Dan Seifert says “OnePlus’ first smartwatch is missing a lot of what makes a smartwatch smart.” He says OnePlus’ decision to opt for proprietary software based on RTOS gives the watch a huge advantage in battery life but results in a lackluster software experience otherwise. There’s not much you can do with notifications, there’s no third-party app support, and the watch also lacks a voice assistant. He says “the OnePlus Watch may look like a lot of other smartwatches, but I can’t say it compares well to them.”
  • CNET’s Vanessa Hand Orellana says that while the OnePlus Watch checks the right boxes in terms of looks, battery life, and features, she found the health tracking unreliable and faced issues with maintaining a connection with the mobile app. Orellana says, “If you’re already in the OnePlus ecosystem, the price alone should be reason enough to consider it once the company has had more time to iron out the kinks.” She adds that while sync and software issues can be addressed with software updates, fixing unreliable health tracking might be harder.
  • On the other hand, TechRadar’s David Lumb says, “the OnePlus Watch is a great first smartwatch from OnePlus, blowing pricier rivals away in a couple of key areas, with sleek looks and week-long battery life.” He says that while its functionality is limited compared to Wear OS devices, the Galaxy Watch 3, and the Apple Watch, it’s up to the task as far as the basics are concerned. He adds that it’s a well-built watch that is similar to the far more expensive competition, offers “some of the best battery life we’ve seen in a smartwatch,” and is an all-around good option for the price.

What AA readers think of the OnePlus Watch

After the device was announced, we asked our readers if they would consider buying the OnePlus Watch. The majority answered with “Yes” with close to 40% of the total vote, while another 35% were undecided.

OnePlus Watch specs

OnePlus Watch
1.39-inch AMOLED
454 x 454 resolution
Dimensions and weight
46.4 x 46.4 x 10.9mm (without sensor base)

20mm strap
316L stainless steel
Cobalt alloy (only for limited edition)
Midnight Black, Moonlight Silver
Water resistance
Air pressure sensor (Barometer)
Blood oxygen
Optical heart rate
Ambient light
Fitness tracking
100+ workout modes
Sleep tracking
Stress tracking
Heart rate
Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
Android 5.0 and above
No iOS support

Design and hardware

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OnePlus plays it safe when it comes to the OnePlus Watch’s design. It has a round display with a bezel around it and a couple of buttons on the side. It’s a design we’ve seen plenty of times. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a well-built watch. It looks the part of a premium smartwatch but at half the price of its smartwatch competition.

The 1.39-inch AMOLED display is a highlight of the watch. The 2.5D curved glass on top looks and feels great, and the screen is bright enough for comfortable outdoor viewing. You get a wide selection of watch faces to choose from, but you’re out of luck if you’re hoping for third-party watch face support. A bigger miss is the lack of an always-on display, which didn’t roll out to the watch until weeks after its announcement.

Also read:Wear OS buyer’s guide — What you need to know about Google’s smartwatch platform

There are two buttons on the side — one for the menu and the other serving as a quick access key that defaults to the workout modes. Most other navigation is done by swiping on the display, and that works well. You get a straightforward silicon band with the OnePlus Watch. The rubber is soft and doesn’t attract much grime. The watch also uses a standard 22mm strap size, so you can easily switch out the strap for another one with the universal fitting.

Other features include IP68 and 5ATM ratings. This means you can submerge the OnePlus Watch by as much as 50 meters for up to 10 minutes. Suffice it to say, you can take it for a swim.

Overall, the OnePlus Watch’s design is neat and clean, if maybe a bit boring. In his review, Dhruv also liked the weight of the watch. He says, “it feels more like a well-built analog watch than a fitness tracker.”

How does the OnePlus Watch perform?

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The OnePlus Watch works well and does everything it’s supposed to do. Unfortunately, that’s not a whole lot just yet. In his review, Dhruv mentions the OnePlus Watch is “really just a fitness watch with some “smart” features tacked on.” It makes sense, given OnePlus’ choice to opt for an RTOS software platform. Google’s Wear OS is far from flawless. It’s packed with features and enough app support to provide a solid standalone experience, though. That’s far from the case with the OnePlus Watch.

There’s no smart assistant support, and the most you can do with notifications is swipe them away. A handful of apps come with the option for canned responses, but that’s about it. The available apps — there’s no third-party app support — work as expected. The weather, alarm, stopwatch, timer, and flashlight apps are good, and additions like the barometer and compass will be useful once we’re actually allowed to go outside. You can also take advantage of a “find my phone” app, answer calls on the watch, and use it to control a OnePlus TV if you have one.

4GB of built-in storage, of which 2GB is available to users, lets you add your favorite songs to the watch using the OnePlus Health app. These are Bluetooth transfers, though, so be prepared for a long wait if you have many tracks to add. You can’t play the music through the built-in speaker either.

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The watch connects to your phone using Bluetooth, and you’ll need to be connected to receive notifications. The strength of the connection has been a mixed bag across the board. While Dhruv was impressed with the robustness of the Bluetooth connection, quite a few reviewers have faced issues with keeping the watch connected to the phone.

Related:The best fitness trackers — Fitbit, Garmin, Xiaomi, and more

Fitness tracking is the OnePlus Watch’s biggest selling point, at least in Dhruv’s experience during his review. The watch is packed with sensors. It does a good job of tracking the basics like steps, daily caloric burn, and distance, and is also excellent at heart rate monitoring and blood oxygen saturation monitoring. With more than a hundred fitness modes to choose from, you’ll undoubtedly be covered regardless of the type of activity. It’s also a fantastic option when it comes to sleep tracking. Sleeping with a big and bulky watch on your wrist can be uncomfortable, though.

The OnePlus Watch isn’t lacking in hardware, and the watch OS works well for what it is. The main issue is the OnePlus Health app. It’s too basic. There are plenty of pretty graphs and numbers, but the app doesn’t explain how it reaches those scores. The good news is that the app will continue to see improvements as we go along, so it’s not all bad. Sleep tracking is particularly impressive, with a detailed explanation of your sleep score and sleep cycles and important information about blood oxygen levels and how to improve your sleep.

What are some good OnePlus alternatives?

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Fitbit Versa 3

The OnePlus Watch falls short in terms of smart features compared to some of the best smartwatches out there and isn’t as feature-packed as the best fitness trackers you can get. There are plenty of great alternatives, but none match the OnePlus Watch’s price point. Here are a few options worth considering.

  • Fitbit Versa 3: The latest Fitbit smartwatch is unsurprisingly a good OnePlus Watch alternative. It’s a touch more expensive than the OnePlus Watch but is one of the best fitness tracking smartwatches you can get. It’s not feature-packed as far as “smart” features are concerned, but with a built-in voice assistant and better app support, the Versa has a leg up on the OnePlus Watch. Learn more in our full review.
  • Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3: The TicWatch Pro 3 is the best Wear OS watch you can buy. Its long-lasting battery life and smooth performance make this a great buy. It’s also almost double the price of the OnePlus Watch but brings a lot more to the table as well. Learn more in our full review.
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: If you’re willing to splurge, the Galaxy Watch 4 is a more well-rounded smartwatch. However, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is in direct competition with the OnePlus Watch when it comes to price and features. It’s quite similar on paper, actually, but the Watch Active 2 offers a better experience for now. It’s also available in multiple sizes and colors to properly your needs. Learn more in our full review.
  • Apple Watch Series 6: If you have an iPhone, the OnePlus Watch isn’t for you. Your best bet as an iPhone user is going to be the Apple Watch. It trounces most watches with its third-party app support, fitness, and smart features. It’s a seriously great wearable. It’s also far more expensive than the OnePlus Watch. Learn more in our full review.

OnePlus Watch Cobalt Limited Edition


The OnePlus Watch Cobalt Limited Edition is as self-descriptive as they come. This special edition of the OnePlus Watch swaps the stainless steel body with a cobalt alloy that is twice as durable and more resistant to corrosion. Durability gets another boost with a sapphire crystal display which is incredibly scratch-resistant and allows for a brighter screen experience too. The cobalt alloy gives the watch a gold tinge, and OnePlus also replaces the standard silicone band with a green leather strap. Everything else, from the internal hardware to the software experience, remains the same though.

The Limited Edition, given the “limited” in its name, is hard to come by. It’s only available in China, priced at 1,599 yuan (~$250), and customers in Europe had a brief chance to get their wrists on one in early June 2021.

OnePlus Watch Cobalt Limited Edition

Interested in the OnePlus Watch, but want something a bit more exclusive? The OnePlus Watch Cobalt Limited Edition smartwatch features a stainless steel case with cobalt alloy, as well as a sapphire crystal display.

Rs19,999.00 at OnePlus

Where to buy the OnePlus Watch

The OnePlus Watch is available at $159 in the US, starting at Rs 14,999 (~$203) in India, and £149 (~$204) in the UK. As far as the price is concerned, it’s one of the cheapest smartwatches you can get. Given its current capabilities, though, it’s an overpriced fitness tracker. If you’re in the long haul, the OnePlus Watch is a good option for the price point alone. Just be prepared for a variety of growing pains.

If you want to get your hands on the limited edition OnePlus Watch Cobalt, you’ll have to jump through some hoops to get your hands on in Europe. Find out more in the OnePlus Watch Cobalt Limited Edition section above.

Top OnePlus Watch questions and answers

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Q: Does the OnePlus Watch support mobile payments?
A: Not yet. While the watch comes with NFC, mobile payments aren’t an option for now. It’s a feature that OnePlus might add down the road.

Q: What watch straps work with the OnePlus Watch?
A: The OnePlus Watch offers universal compatibility with any standard 22mm watch strap.

Q: Will the OnePlus Watch work with my iPhone?
A: No. For now, the OnePlus Watch is limited to Android-only compatibility.

Q: Can I use a SIM card with the OnePlus Watch?
A: No. The OnePlus Watch doesn’t offer LTE or Wi-Fi support. So your only option to stay connected is through your phone via Bluetooth. It does come with built-in GPS tracking, so you can take it on a run without carrying your phone. You won’t receive any notifications on the watch in this case.

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