OnePlus Band review: Style and health

The current health crisis has generated a new wave of fitness trends. Manufacturers are not behind in taking advantage of these trends and capitalising on them. Smartphone major OnePlus has launched its first fitness band in India. Simply called the OnePlus Band, it comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED coloured touch screen. The fitness band boasts of features like 24×7 heath rate monitor, SpO2 tracker and 13 different exercise modes. We used the device for some time and here’s our review about it

OnePlus Band: Design and display

OnePlus Band has an oval-shaped design paired with a silicon band. It is very similar to the design on existing bands from Xiaomi and Realme. The band has a removable tracker and a uniform silicon band.

One major difference in the design can be seen is how the OnePlus Band is charged. Unlike other fitness bands that require one to remove the strap from one end to charge the device, OnePlus Band users will need to remove the tracker altogether. This, then, needs to be placed on a wired cradle.

The fitness band is lightweight and sits comfortably on your wrist. It will not bother you while you wear it when sleeping. It has a 1.1-inch all-touch display with no physical buttons. One thing we liked about the band is the responsiveness of the display. While it is challenging to work on a small screen, the difficulty increases when the touch is not smooth and one has to tap and re-tap to get things done. Compared to other products in this price segment, OnePlus has done a fairly better job with its band. The touch display is faster and more efficient.

The band features an AMOLED screen. The display is bright and offers legibility even in sunlight at 100{50531db320f8e8a316d79d6a285e47c71b6e4f6739df32858cb86474d7e720e9} threshold. The fitness band comes with over 5 different band faces to choose from.

OnePlus Band: Performance

Setting up the device is easy and a few minutes’ task. One needs to install the OnePlus Health app on their smartphone and follow the on-screen instructions to start using the band. The UI is neat, clean and easy to use. There are four primary actions — swiping up, down, right and left — to get things done on the band. Swiping up or down the screen will open the pre-loaded apps on the band. While swiping right and left allows you to choose from the watch faces. The gestures can also be used as back and forth buttons as well.

OnePlus Band boasts of several health and fitness features. There’s a 24×7 heart rate tracker. The feature can be accessed easily in the band. The smart band comes with a built-in vibration alarm for higher pulse rates. Another health feature available on the device is the SpO2 level monitor that helps one track the oxygen level in blood. The sensor is reliable as we cross-checked the data with a medical oximeter. And it did offer accurate levels of SpO2.

The smart band also boasts a sleep tracking feature. One can adjust personal routines and set goals to improve sleep from the OnePlus Health app.

There are 13 exercise modes on the smart band. These include Cricket mode and Yoga mode tailored for users in India. The breath feature on the band allows one to practice relaxed breathing. However, the smart band lacks an indoor walk mode which is simply added as part of daily activity. Period tracking alerts to take a quick stroll and stress tracking are other features that the company could have introduced with the device.

The fitness band also displays notifications like calls and messages. Though the band offers music controls, one can not reply back or answer calls using the device. The band is water-resistant and has an IP68 rating.

OnePlus Band: Battery

As we said before, one needs to remove the tracker capsuled between the straps and place it on the wired cable that comes within the box. OnePlus claims that the band can last up to 14 days. But the smart band fell short of the claimed battery life. It lasted only a week and a couple of days more.


Fitness bands offer a smart and affordable solution to monitor key health indicators like heart rate, SpO2 levels and more. OnePlus Band too has an affordable price. It comes for Rs 2,499 and can be purchased via online as well as offline channels. It is also the company’s first smart wearable device. The fitness band is water-resistant, has a faster response and is equipped with SpO2 level tracker. What may not work in its favour is the average battery life.