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OURA Ring Review

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At the beginning of this year, I purchased the so-called "best wellness tracker on the market". After almost 6 months of daily use, I think it's safe to give my opinion on it.

Very quickly, before my review, what exactly is an OURA ring? In short, it's a tiny piece of technology that you wear on your finger. Using body temperature sensors, infrared LEDs, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope, the OURA ring gives its user insights and practical advice on their health. You can read more about it here. I've divided this review into the three most important aspects of the product (in my opinion). Without further ado, here's my review.

Build / Durability

Throughout its use, my ring has definitely picked up a few scratches here and there. Most of these are very subtle and can only be noticed upon close inspection, but larger scratches can sometimes be noticed when light shines over it. The fact that I chose the silver option may be why some of the scratches are noticeable, so if you're worried about that, you may want to look into darker colors. It's a bit hard to notice, but I tried my best to capture a picture of the side of the ring with the most scatches.

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The overall durability of the product is great. It's waterproof up to 100 meters, so you don't have to worry about it getting wet when washing your hands, showering, swimming, etc. Since it's quite light (even when compared to normal rings), dropping it seems to have no effect on the actual hardware.

Battery

The battery life for the OURA ring is quite impressive. I wear it 24/7 (airplane mode at night) and only have to charge it about once a week. The wireless charger is extremely convenient and fast. I can't remember ever having to charge my ring for longer than 30 minutes.

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When the ring is running low on battery, it will conveniently send a notification to your phone, letting you know that it's time to charge.

The Actual App

The most important part of the OURA experience is the phone application (available for both iOS and Android). The OURA app's home screen displays your Readiness Score, which is based on last nights sleep. Most of the useful insights can be found in the sleep overview section, which contains your sleep history and stats from each night. Here are a few screenshots from my sleep last night.

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As you can see, there are a lot of factors that play into OURA's Readiness Score. Tapping on any of these gives a brief explanation of what it means, and what is the normal range. By comparing your own stats to healthy recommendations, you can make adjustments to your sleep habits to improve your own health. Although I rarely use it, there is also an Activity section for viewing your stats during the day.

Overall, the app is alright. This might be unique to the Android version, but there are a few minor bugs that I've experienced throughout my time using the app. As far as I'm aware, the only way to view full sleep stats from previous nights is by manually scrolling through a poorly made (laggy) graph. I've only been using the ring for 5 months, but I can imagine how annoying it would be to look for stats from a specific day in the past for someone who has had the ring for years.

Luckily, the software is the one part of the OURA experience that can (and will continue to) improve over time. The developers are clearly active judging by the major update they released last week. Although there are flaws, nothing is completely broken, which seems to be a rarity with smaller Android apps nowadays.


Final Thoughts

Although I'm not really into health and wellness, the OURA ring impressed me, mainly because of its technology. Because of how convenient and non-intrusive it is, I wouldn't be surprised if the OURA ring (or a similar product) becomes a normal tech accessory in the future. It was expensive, but I'm still happy with my purchase. Truly an amazing product.