Most of us have been stuck indoors for the past year, and as a result, there has been a new movement towards fitness and keeping tabs on our health. And what better way to do that than with the help of a fitness band. OPPO, one of the leading global smart device makers has added to its arsenal of fitness wearables with the much-anticipated OPPO Band Style priced at just Rs 2,999.
The Amazon special device, which joins the OPPO Watch in the company’s growing wearables portfolio, signals OPPO’s joining of the fitness mission with full gusto. Not only is this device equipped with amazing, state-of-the-art features like continuous SpO2 monitoring, it also makes no compromises on style. To tell you how the OPPO Band Style fares in real life usage, we tested it extensively for a few days. We can now safely say that this is a fitness band that ticks all the boxes. Read on to know why we say so.
Stylish looks, durable design
The OPPO Band Style guarantees second looks with its attractive design. In the box, you get two straps – something which no other fitness band in this price segment offers. There’s a choice of a black sport strap and a vanilla color strap, with the former ideal for workouts and daily wear, and the latter suitable for social gatherings and outings with its stylish metal buckle.
We found the OPPO Band Style extremely comfortable to wear, both day and night. The band is also ultra-lightweight, tipping the scales at just over 10g. More importantly, the straps don’t cause any itching or rashes even when you sweat – this is something we verified after taking the OPPO Band Style out for an 18km cycle ride.
Adding to the OPPO Band Style’s durability is its 50-metre water resistance. This means the fitness tracker can not only survive in the rain, but also be used while swimming. The dedicated swimming mode can even record your laps and calories burned.
Coming to the display, the OPPO Band Style’s industry-leading 2.79cm (1.1-inch) screen is not only larger than what most fitness bands offer, but the use of an AMOLED panel also translated to richer colors and deeper blacks. It’s also fitted with 2.5D scratch-resistant tempered glass, which ensured there were no scratches during our usage period.
We found the touch response of the OPPO Band Style to be excellent, with the display responding instantly to swipes and taps. The sunlight legibility is also worth highlighting – we had the brightness set to 60 percent for the most part and could easily view the display in bright sunlight. Bumping up the brightness to 100 percent will ensure the display is clearly visible even in the harshest of lighting conditions.
An array of health and fitness features
Leading the list of health features onthe OPPO Band Style is support for continuous SpO2 monitoring. During these uncertain times that have been brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, having an oximeter present right on wrist is incredibly assuring. The SpO2 sensor gave us results in the range of 98-100, which was accurate when compared with medical-grade pulse oximeters.
The band also lets you monitor your blood oxygen levels non-stop at night, giving you an idea of how well you’re breathing when asleep. This is especially useful if you have sleep apnea. After enabling this feature, we received a breathing analysis rating which even showed us the lowest sleep SpO2 levels.
While we’re on the topic of sleep, you should know that the OPPO Band Style also supports advanced sleep monitoring. The companion app shows you light sleep, deep sleep and awake time, and even gives you an overall sleep assessment, telling you what you can improve to get a higher score next time. These were useful insights which helped us make positive changes to our sleeping cycles after using the Band Style.
No fitness band is complete without a heart rate sensor, and the OPPO Band Style uses an extremely accurate optical heart rate monitor that can track your heart rate continuously. Yes – you read that right. With the OPPO Band Style, we were able to track our heart rate in real time, since the band can measure it every second. If you want to conserve your battery life though, you can choose to measure heart rate every 2 minutes or 6 minutes as well. Not just that, but we were also able to set up alerts to notify us if our heart rate was irregular.
If you like to track out workouts, the OPPO Band Style won’t disappoint you. There are 12 workout modes on offer, which include Outdoor Run, Indoor Run, Fat Burn Run, Outdoor Walk, Outdoor Cycling, Indoor Cycling, Elliptical, Rowing, Cricket, Badminton, Swimming and Yoga. We tested the outdoor cycling mode, syncing the band to our phone’s GPS. At the end of the workout, we got information on distance covered, calories burned, workout duration, average speed and even a real-time heart rate graph. This enabled us to get a detailed view of our workout at just a glance.
There’s also a Fat Burn mode on offer, which helps users run more efficiently by providing real-time guidance and evaluating fat-burn efficiency. You can also set up daily goals for steps walked, calories burned, exercise duration and more.
When it comes to battery life, the OPPO Band Style has got you covered. Its 100mAh battery offers up to 12 days of battery life, which means you don’t have to worry about running out of juice when working out, or even if you’re taking a short trip out of town for a few days. The band also comes with fast charging, topping up the battery completely in just 1.5 hours.
Intuitive, personalized interface
The performance isn’t the only aspect of the OPPO Band Style that impressed us. The band offers a choice of 40 different watch faces, giving you plenty of choices to flaunt your style.You can save 5 watch faces on the band at a time, enabling you to quickly change the look of your band without having to open the app. In addition, the band comes with a very cool feature, letting you use an image from your phone gallery as a watch face. Now that’s what we call personalized!
The OPPO Band Style connects to your smartphone using the HeyTap Health app. It lets you configure plenty of additional features like alerts for incoming calls and notifications, the ability to control media playback, set alarms, timers and more.
That’s not all, as the OPPO Band Style also comes with a few other cool convenience features, like breathing exercises to help you stay calm when you’re stressed, get up reminders to tell you when you need to move, remote shutter functionality, find your phone alerts, weather reports and more.
After having used the OPPO Band Style for a few days, we can safely say that the device provides insightful health and fitness benefits, without compromising on style. From accurate SpO2 and heart rate sensors to sleep monitoring to multiple workout modes, the OPPO Band Style has everything you need to track your health. Add to it the excellent battery life, easy to navigate UI and last but not least the flaunt-worthy design and you have pretty much the perfect fitness band.
And all this at a price of just Rs 2,999 makes the OPPO Band Style get a 5-star rating from us!
The OPPO Band Style is already available to purchase with a string of attractive offers. As this is an Amazon Special device, customers can buy it online at a special price of Rs 2,799 for one week starting March 8th, 2021. To make the offer more lucrative, OPPO is offering a bundled discount under which the OPPO Band Style will be available for Rs 2,499 when purchased with the OPPO F19Pro+ 5G or OPPO F19 Pro.
So go ahead and #ActivateYourHealth with the OPPO Band Style.