Phones. TVs. Wireless Earbuds. OnePlus has been keen on expanding its universe of devices and their latest device continues this mission — the OnePlus Watch.
OnePlus says it’s made sure to give it a more timeless aesthetic and I’ve gotta agree it’s a pretty good looking watch. It feels solid and premium.
The company says the case of each watch sold is hand polished — so that the arc of the case is as smooth as can be. It’s a 46mm round watch face — with 2.5D glass — for a more seamless transition onto its frame.
It’s an AMOLED Panel. The material is stainless steel with a gossy greyish finish. On its underside, what feels like plastic, is cool to the touch.
The watch comes with only one watch band — black silicone. You fasten with this hook and tuck under to secure. But the straps follow the standard quick release system so you can easily replace them with something third party.
First impressions: It feels well built, is comfy when worn, and doesn’t feel too big even with my small wrists.
OnePlus custom Watch OS
The OnePlus Watch runs OnePlus’ own custom watch OS, not Google’s Wear OS.
Navigation is pretty basic. There’s a button that brings up all the available apps. Another press brings you home.
Another button is the customizable function key. Set to workouts by default but can be set to another app — like the stop watch. To go back you swipe to the right just like on Android.
From the home screen you swipe up to view recent notifications and down to view some quick settings. It’s pretty basic in its current state. But hopefully it gets better over time.
What can it do?
On the most basic level the OnePlus Watch is an optional way to keep track of notifications without having to look at your phone.
So for example if a text message comes in, you can have a notification it show up on your watch too. From there you can decide if you need to pull out your phone to reply.
You can also use the watch to make and answer phone calls as long as your phone is nearby. And nope the watch does not come with a cellular model.
Listening to music
The OnePlus watch comes with 4GB of storage — 2GB of which is actually usable.
Getting music on your phone is a manual process. You’ll need an MP3 on your device. Then from the Health App click add music — it’s a long process. I wish there were a quicker way to do this. Once the music is your watch you can just pair most Bluetooth earbuds and listen to your mp3 from your watch without your phone.
I used my OnePlus Buds Z — but had to pair them manually. Hopefully in the future, if the interest here is an ecosystem of devices that works together, you shouldn’t have to pair them if they’re already paired with your smartphone.
Control your TV
In markets where the OnePlus TV is sold, you can also use the OnePlus Watch as a remote for your OnePlus TV.I don’t have one so I can’t really show that to you. But I’m told that 30 minutes after your watch detects that you’re asleep it turns the TV off also.
The OnePlus Watch can automatically detect and track up to 110+ workout types. To manually start a workout you can just press on this button over here and pick your desired workout. It’s got built-in GPS to track your walks or runs.
It’s also IP68 water and dust resistant, so not only can you sweat with it, run in the rain or and rinse it off. You can also use it to track your swims.
In terms of health related features — this is no Apple Watch. The OnePlus Watch provides merely the basics: Sleep and Stress Tracking, a Heart Rate Monitor, and Blood Oxygen Sensor.
Here is a complete list of sensors on the watch:
- Geomagnetic sensor
- Blood oxygen sensor
- Optical heart rate sensor
- Ambient light sensor
- Capacitance sensor
The OnePlus Watch comes with a 402mAh battery that’s rated to last up to 14 days on a single charge with average use and a week with heavier use.
If you were to go for a long run with GPS on continuously you’d have to run for a full day for the battery to die on you. This cradle comes in the box but no AC adapter is included.
OnePlus recommends a 5V=1A adapter so most chargers you have lying around will be more than enough. Speaking of the cradle — charging is via these two POGO pins. And not via the Qi wireless charging standard.
So is the OnePlus Watch your GadgetMatch?
Well, first let’s take a look at pricing — the watch will retail for US$ 159 dollars and will be available online starting April 14th.
Considering what else is in the market today, that’s a really competitive price. That said, while it’s already a good looking, solidly built watch that can do all the basics well.
I think in its current iteration the OnePlus Watch needs further refining. I feel like navigation could be better, haptics definitely needs some work, and things like having to manually sync your contacts and music is a chore.
If you’re a OnePlus user looking for a great companion smartwatch, for its asking price, it might be worth a look see.
Stylish leather accessories: His and Hers
Accessories to help complement your look ✨
More and more manufacturers are designing gadgets as a fashion statement. Depending on how you style it, a device can make or break a look.
If you haven’t tried it before, you can build outfits around a device and make it a focal point. These stylish accessories can help complement the look you’re going for.
His: Rugged Case for Pixel Buds A-Series in Rustic Brown
Give your wireless earbuds case a rugged makeover with a sleek leather cover. The raw, vegetable tanned leather is sourced from one of America’s oldest tanneries and the case has an optical light pipe to allow the Pixel Bud’s LED charging indicator to shine through.
Hers: Native Union Clic Heritage Case in Sapin
A premium phone deserves an elegant case that lasts, not a clear jelly case that will turn yellow in a few months. The Native Union Clic Heritage is made with a blend of smooth and cross-grained Italian leather and finished with gold accents to match even your favorite pair of earrings.
His: AirTag Leather Loop in Rustic Brown
Upgrade your everyday carry with a leather loop for your AirTag. Track your keys, camera, umbrella, or your bag with this minimal and sleek accessory. It’s designed to beautifully patina with time creating a MagSafe charging experience unique to you.
Hers: Stow Slim for MacBook in Sage
Your laptop doesn’t have to go into a clunky black bag. Truth be told, it deserves better than that. The Stow Slim protects your laptop from anything that might scratch it in your tote, but it looks just like a casual clutch that you wear with a flirty top and wide leg trousers.
His: Nomad Card Wallet in Rustic Brown
Keep your cards and cash secure in this slim card wallet from Nomad. It can fit up to 10 cards, including the Card for AirTag that will launch in September. Now the two essentials in your pockets match, too!
Hers: Heritage Card Holder in Sapin
Carry your cards and a little bit of cash in a matching card holder as your iPhone case. You would instantly look more put together when you want to walk into a cafe for a cup of joe.
realme launches MagDart, fast magnetic wireless charging tech
The fastest of its kind to date
More people are slowly adapting to wireless charging but realme takes it a step further with MagDart. It’s their first fast magnetic wireless charging technology.
To showcase its fancy new tech, realme showed off four different devices: the 50W MagDart Charger (fastest), 15W MagDart Charger (thinnest), 2-in-1 MagDart Power Bank, and the realme Flash — a concept smartphone that supports MagDart.
50W MagDart Charger
This cube-ish contraption works as you might expect. You snap it onto a supported smartphone and promises to get a 4,500mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in less than an hour.
realme applied its active air cooling system on the 50W MagDart Charger so things don’t go boom or uncomfortably hot. It has powerful but compact fan that keeps things cool as it juices up the phone.
15W MagDart Charger
The 15W MagDart Charger sacrifices speed in favor of a thinner frame — 3.9mm to be exact. That’s 26 percent thinner than the 50W MagDart Charger according to realme.
However, just because it isn’t as fast as its beefier counterpart, it doesn’t mean it goes at a snail’s pace. This thing takes a 4,500mAh battery from zero to 100 in 90 mins. That’s about a feature length film or about three full repeats of TWICE’s Perfect World Album which you should totally listen to.
2-in-1 MagDart Power Bank
Again, this one functions as it names suggests. It’s a MagDart Power Bank that comes with a base so you can prop it up as if it’s a wireless charger. This appears to be the handiest and most versatile of the bunch.
realme didn’t share the expected charging times but based on its size and make, it’s likely closer to 15W than 50W. We’re speculating that’s about an hour of zero to 100 percent for something with a 4,500mAh battery.
There really isn’t much to say about this concept phone for now as it appears to have been made specifically to showcase MagDart. That said, it means realme is close to really ready to launch a market version of a phone that supports MagDart.
We reckon it’s sooner rather than later since it would be shame to have all these MagDart tech and accessories without a smartphone to use them on. Speaking of accessories, realme also went out of their way to make the following:
MagDart Beauty Light
Designed for portrait photography and gives an extra light for selfies.
Has a kickstand and can hold three standard credit cards.
Turns the realme GT into something that’s compatible with MagDart tech. Convenient.
3 accessories that should be inside your gym bag
Forget trackers and sports watches
Working out has been a holy grail in my daily life. Even though gyms are closed, I made it a habit to use my gym bag. It made it easier to keep my stuff organized, and it helps with compartmentalizing. I can focus on my workout when I dedicate a space for everything related to fitness.
By now, you probably know the usual essentials that should be inside your bag. Smartphones, smartwatch, resistance band, hand wraps, water bottles, extra clothes, and more.
But I’ll let you in on my little world: I have three mainstay accessories inside my gym bag which I deem essential for my workouts — whether it’s at the gym or at home.
A portable Bluetooth speaker isn’t something I would use at the gym. But on my outdoor workouts and the social distancing imposed in almost every location, I need entertainment that allows me to still be in tune with my surroundings.
This is why the Soundcore 3 has been a great companion that I bring in my routines, especially when I decided not to use my pair of wireless earbuds.
It pumps up the bass even at low volumes, making my cardio exercises a bit more fun. And its dual drivers with pure titanium diaphragms minimize distortion for clearer audio.
The Soundcore 3 also has easy controls and carries a massive battery that gives you 24-hour playtime. Yes, my dear friend. You can listen to more than 400 songs on a single charge.
But what I like about it the most is its IPX7 rating. It gives me peace of mind when I hold the speakers with my sweaty hands or when I work out in the rain. And because I can bring it to the shower whenever I practice my dance moves.
Another mainstay in my gym bag is an ultra-compact power bank from Anker. Called Powercore 5000, this power bank slides easily in your pocket (or your bag’s pockets). With 5000mAh capacity, it can recharge either my phone or my Soundcore 3 whenever I take a rest.
It does not support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, but it still sports an exclusive PowerIQ technology so you can still experience high-speed charging for your gadgets.
Nonetheless, it comes with a travel pouch so you can keep your power bank safe, a MicroUSB cable for connectivity, a welcome guide, and a worry-free 18-month warranty.
Anker Powerline 3-in-1
I like being prepared and ready at all times. This is why even a cable was able to count as a mainstay in my bag. Anker’s Powerline 3-in-1 is a handy accessory since it has interchangeable connectors — Lightning, Micro USB, and USB-C.
It makes it easier to charge several devices that have different ports, without carrying multiple cables that would probably populate my organizers. Luckily, the Powerline 3-in-1 keeps the internal wiring protected so I don’t have to worry about replacing cables anytime soon.
Plus, it has an MFi certification from Apple so it charges fast and safe — which I lend to my friends that use an iPhone, who for some reason, always forget to carry their own cables.
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