Oura Ring 3 review: A missed opportunity for wearable tech

Chris Becherer, product manager at Oura Health, told me the company is aware of the issue and is working on a solution. He suggested tha...


Chris Becherer, product manager at Oura Health, told me the company is aware of the issue and is working on a solution. He suggested that in the meantime I could go back and delete workouts to let the app know I wasn’t working out.

It did not work. The app had permanently recorded my movements as walking and the data could not be purged. I ride my bike regularly, including running errands around town, which means nearly a week’s worth of activity data has been ruined. Having to manually edit my data would also have thwarted the purpose of an automatic tracker.

For comparison, I also wore an Apple Watch when testing the Oura. Even after my 100 mile trip, the Apple Watch correctly reported that I only walked about a mile and didn’t get much exercise that day.

A few days later, I wore the Oura again while riding my motorcycle to the gym. The app reported that I had covered about six miles in 3,500 steps.

Some aspects of the Oura are interesting. The ring’s battery lasts about seven days, much longer than devices, like the Apple Watch, which need to be charged every other day. This longer charge means the ring can stay on your body longer, which then allows it to collect more data about you over time, including detailed information about your heart rate and sleep.

Each day, the application counts these different measures to calculate a “preparation” score. A high readiness score indicates that you have recovered well from the previous day’s activities. My readiness scores were probably inaccurate in general due to my riding a motorcycle – but for non-cyclists who are athletes, this could be a useful way to determine whether to train hard or rest for the day .

I also liked how the Oura app visualized data for sleep. It showed a chart illustrating when I was in different stages of sleep and when I was awake. It also showed my lowest heart rate while I slept – a higher heart rate could be the result of stress or a late meal. Finally, the application offered advice: as bedtime approached, the software advised against the consumption of caffeine and alcohol to sleep better at night.

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