The new Oura Ring is a sleep and activity tracker, it’s one of the leading wearable tech rings – probably the leading one. The new Oura Ring has more features than the original Oura Ring and with a significant makeover both in terms of the physical appearance of the ring as well as with the app. I’m in the process now of writing up a more detailed “new Oura Ring Review“. For now, here are my first look and first impressions.
A lot has changed. Overall I would say it has changed for the better and the aesthetics will probably appeal to a wider audience.
The new Oura Ring has an entirely different aesthetic look compared to the original and is a more conventional band design. This time there are colour options and subtle design variation options. It is notably smaller and also it is lighter. It can still be worn on any finger but probably best on an index or wedding finger.
My new Oura ring is a silvered, band made from titanium with a scratch-resistant diamond-like coating (DLC).
Battery life has been significantly extended ‘up to’ 7 days and the ring itself is claimed to have a greater processor and more memory to store your sleep and activity data before a sync to the app is required.
There is a new (better) wireless, Oura Ring charger & cradle which connects to a standard USB port. BUT BUT BUT the cable for the wireless charging cradle is the newer USB-C type. USB-C is different to and incompatible with the standard micro USB connectors that you are used to.
Even though the ring is smaller, Oura have managed to squeeze in a gyroscope which should hopefully deliver improvements to activity tracking (see later review)
There is an updated body temperature sensor which sounds relatively trivial. BUT this should better enable female health tracking.
Firmware for Oura Ring Review v0.30.1 (3Sep2018)
The new Oura Ring App used in the Oura Ring Review
- NEW iOS and Android Oura Ring app – users of the original Oura ring WILL be able to use the new app although not all new features on the app are compatible with the old ring. The new app has an entirely different look and feel, although is based on a similar underlying set of data from the ring.
- Q3/Q4.2018 has plans to include live HR and HRV tracking for meditation and relaxation activities
Here is a flavour of the new Oura Ring app’s look and feel
comapred to the original version
What is the same
Like the first Oura ring, the new Oura ring tracks:
- Night-time ECG-level resting heart rate (rHR), Interbeat Interval (IBI sometimes referred to as RR) and heart rate variability (HRV);
- Sleep stages (Deep, REM, light), sleep timing, duration and quality – helps you decide how to improve your deep sleep;
- Respiratory rate, breathing variance;
- Body temperature;
- Intensity, timing and length of physical activities; and
- Inactivity and sedentary time, including alerts
Sleep improvement guidance is also given along with alignment to circadian rhythms.
Summary & Opinion
The new ring and app looks great to me from what I’ve seen so far. As always, the proof will be in the detailed insights that are delivered.
The first Oura Ring was always intended as more of a SLEEP and RECOVERY tracker. Let’s see if this new version can get an improved handle on activity as well.
Edit: October 19 2018 – I’ve been using the New Oura Ring for over a month…#AWESOME. There are some issues with syncing data with non-supported Android devices. Essentially the new Oura Ring is better in every respect to the original Oura ring.
Price, Availability & Discounts
The new Oura Ring will only be available direct from Oura and not from Amazon or eBay.
Prices start from $299 / 314 € going up to around $1000 for a diamond version.
$50 Discount using the promo code: the5krunner10
Oura are just coming to the end of an extended period of fulfilling pre-orders. As of September 2018 my understanding is that this process is now mostly complete, so the wait times from earlier in the year are now very much reduced. Looking at the iOS and Android app download you can see there have been MANY thousands of downloads which, presumably, reflect a similar number of actual sales of the rings.
Fulfillment of orders by Oura is, this time round, a little trickier as there are many more size and design/colour combinations to accommodate. #PriceOfSuccess
Here is a flavour of the 3 designs with up to 4 finishes per design. A sizing kit can be sent before you order the size.
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