Many users have already ordered a large number of the latest generation fitness bracelets from Xiaomi, namely Mi Band 5. But recently an absolutely interesting device from Oppo came to me for a test, and this is a smart bracelet called Oppo Band.
In this review, I will tell you all the main differences between the new version of Oppo Band and the most popular Mi Band 5 today. Should you pay attention to the manufacturer from Oppo? You will find out my opinion in conclusion.
The first thing that many users look for when choosing any new gadget is the price. Currently, you can get the Oppo Band smart bracelet with an attractive price tag up to $ 30. If we compare the price tag on the Mi Band 5, then the basic version will cost you half a dollar more. But I don’t think the difference in price will play a big role when choosing these two models since the difference is very small.
I would also like to mention that just the other day the global version of Mi Band 5 was released, but the expected features did not appear on the device. I assumed that the manufacturer would add an NFC module in the global version, but unfortunately, it will only be available in China.
In terms of basic functions, the Oppo Band is very similar to its main rival from Xiaomi. For example, the Oppo bracelet has a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen, a 100 mAh battery, 5 ATM water resistance, and a lot of interesting features.
I was very much interested in this smart bracelet and today I will talk about its advantages and disadvantages. In addition, you can find out if it is worth buying if you have not ordered Mi Band 5 yet.
Oppo Band: Specifications
|Screen:||1.1 inch AMOLED screen with 126 by 294 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, NFC|
|IP standart:||5ATM waterproof|
|Standby time:||up to 14 days|
|Size:||40.4 x 17.6 x 11.45 mm|
Naturally, like the Mi Band 5, the new first-generation Oppo Band comes in a Chinese version. But online retailers have already started selling the global version of Oppo, although it has not yet been officially presented.
I have a Chinese version on the test, so all designations and features are in Chinese, respectively. On the front of the box, you can see a drawing of a fitness bracelet, brand name and model. On the back of the box, there is a list of the main features of the bracelet, but it is rather problematic to understand what they are.
Inside the box, the bracelet itself lay neatly in a silicone strap. I also found instructions for use and a charging dock. Immediately, I note the instructions you will need right away to activate the bracelet.
But the charging dock is built on the principle of Mi Band 4. And the capsule itself is rather tightly removed from the strap of the Oppo Band. Therefore, here I would like to see a principle like the new generation Mi Band 5, which uses a magnetic connection to charge the device.
I can also note that the manufacturer Oppo offers the highest quality box when compared to other brands such as Xiaomi and Huawei. The box itself is much stronger and the packaging quality is slightly better.
If you compare the appearance of the Oppo Band and Mi Band 5, then the differences can be found immediately. But it’s hard for me to call them very great. Both bracelets are perfectly assembled and have a combination of high-quality plastic and a silicone bracelet, pleasant to the touch.
The first difference is found in the Oppo fitness bracelet on the front. There is the name of the company under the screen so that other users do not confuse the bracelet with more famous and popular brands.
I also want to note that the width of the bracelet is slightly larger for Oppo, but the length for Xiaomi is superior. Thus, the Oppo Band looks like a barrel, but maybe this is my personal opinion.
Also, the screen is covered with a 2.5D curved protective glass on the new bracelet from Oppo. But you should not expect great magic from the protective glass, and most likely, with a strong fall on the asphalt, the glass itself will be broken. I have already seen a lot of videos of the Mi Band 5 crash test and its glass itself is very fragile. Therefore, the Oppo bracelet presumably has the same situation. But I haven’t done any strength tests, so I can’t say for sure.
As I said, both bracelets received an identical screen size – this is 1.1 inches and a similar resolution – 126 x 294 pixels. Also, the bracelets use an AMOLED matrix with high brightness.
According to my observations, the Oppo bracelet has a slightly better screen quality than Xiaomi. It is much brighter and more contrasting, even in sunny weather, reading information from the Oppo Band was more comfortable.
On the back of the bracelet, there are sensors that read heart rate and other features. There are also contacts for charging via the docking station.
Oppo’s smart bracelet comes in two versions – a sports version and an NFC version. Both options have slightly different looks. For example, the sports version has a fully silicone strap, while the NFC version has a metal ring along the contour of the capsule.
It is worth mentioning that the Oppo Band received the same water protection as the Mi Band 5 – this is 5 ATM. Therefore, the watch is not afraid of water and you can swim with it in the pool, in the sea or take a shower.
Okay, we’ve figured out the look, but now let’s check what the new smart bracelet model from Oppo is capable of.
Features and Connectivity
The first difference between the two bracelets is the dial with its functionality. From my point of view, the watch face of the Xiaomi bracelet looks much more interesting with high-quality animation and a lot of functions. But the Oppo bracelet offers the standard look of the dials, without any animation.
Of course, the Oppo Band has received a large number of different watch faces that can be downloaded and installed via the mobile app.
As I said, the first thing to do is to activate the bracelet. To do this, you need to scan the QR code from the instructions and install the application on your smartphone. Then go through authorization. But like most users, registering through the phone number will not work, but through email, I had no problems.
After pairing the bracelet with your smartphone, your Oppo Band will be activated. Now let me go over the main functions and controls.
If you swipe up from the main dial, you will get to the quick settings menu. Here I see icons such as day of the week, do not disturb mode, connected Bluetooth and battery level.
If you swipe down from the main screen, you will get to the main menu. What I discovered here is a daily activity, sports modes, notifications, heart rate, sleep, blood oxygen levels, tools, and settings.
In the tools section, I saw features such as music player controls, stopwatch, timer, alarm, weather, and find a smartphone.
Of the differences, I can highlight that the Oppo Band did not receive the camera control function, but the Mi Band 5 does. Also, Mi Band 5 received the functions of determining PAI, breathing, relaxation, and the female cycle. But the Oppo bracelet has the function of detecting the oxygen level in the blood. All other features and functionality of the bracelets are the same.
I want to note that the Oppo smart bracelet works an order of magnitude faster than the popular Xiaomi bracelet. The user interface opens applications instantly and quickly.
In addition, I found that the heart rate and sleep indicators of the Oppo Band are much more accurate than the Mi Band 5. Also, the Oppo bracelet cannot measure the reading of an inanimate object or air, as the Mi Band 5 does.
The sports modes of the Oppo fitness bracelet have 12 different workouts, while the latest Xiaomi model has 11 types of workouts.
The manufacturer promises that the Oppo Band will be able to work for about 14 days or two weeks. But as my practice has shown, a 100 mAh battery capacity will only be enough for 5 days of active work.
From the point of view of a smart bracelet from Xiaomi, here the battery level is slightly better and in my tests, it was about 8 days.
As I said before, the Oppo bracelet received an inconvenient charging method, as was the case in previous generations of bracelets in the Mi Band line. Therefore, in terms of charging comfort, the new Mi Band 5 will be better. Full charging time through the docking station will be about 1.5 hours for the fitness tracker from Oppo.
Conclusion and Reviews
The Oppo Band is an amazing bracelet that got me thinking if I were choosing between these two.
On the one hand, the Oppo bracelet has a large number of shortcomings – it is not as wide functionality, less battery life, and not a comfortable charging method.
But I liked the Oppo Band better than the Mi Band 5. Since it has a slightly brighter and juicier screen quality. Also, the user interface is much faster. In addition, the heart rate and sleep readings are more reliable than the Xiaomi bracelet.
Price and Where to buy cheaper?
As I said, the price tag for both bracelets is almost identical, and now you can purchase the Oppo Band at the same price as the Mi Band 5 – $29.99.
Of course, I can recommend a smart bracelet from Oppo if you do not need such a large functionality as the Mi Band 5, and more reliable heart rate readings will be more important to you.