Oppo Watch review: A great WearOS smartwatch, with a few missing pieces

Like

  • Track various sleep cycles
  • Five-minute workout suggestions
  • Cellular connectivity
  • eSIM support

Don’t Like

  • Disappointing battery life
  • Design copies Apple Watch
  • Pricey
  • Five exercise modes only

The Oppo Watch is, as the name suggests, Oppo’s flagship smartwatch and the first with Google’s Wear OS operating system. Though it still has some room for improvement in terms of battery life and fitness tracking, in my week of wearing it I’ve been impressed at how well it handles the basics. It has a bright, responsive AMOLED screen, Google Assistant support and even native sleep monitoring. 

Different prices and options to choose from

The Oppo Watch comes in two sizes: 42mm and 46mm, and three variations. The smaller WiFi only model starts at £229 in the UK (roughly US $295 or AU$400) then rises to  £329, roughly US $420 for the larger versions, which also has a WiFi-only model as well as an LTE one. The LTE version, which comes with an embedded SIM (or “eSIM”), is the one I tested out for this review. And while the Oppo Watch is technically compatible with both Android and iOS, the cellular feature only works with an Android phone and is only supported if you’re on Vodafone, Celron, and Orange networks.

An Apple Watch clone

When the Oppo Watch was first unveiled, it drew immediate comparisons to Apple’s popular timepiece. Even to someone who reviews tech for a living like myself, it’s hard to tell these two apart at first glance. Like the Apple Watch, it has a rectangle display with curved edges and removable silicone straps, and even similar packaging. But the glass on the side has a more pronounced curve, and there are two buttons on the right side in place of the digital crown. In the end, the Oppo Watch is stunning