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Realme Watch Review: An Affordable Fitness Tracker Lacking The Finesse of a Smartwatch

Realme struck gold when it launched its first true wireless earphones in the country. The Realme Buds Air became the second best selling product in its category earlier this year and ever since then, the company has been quite aggressive on expanding its product offerings.

It went on to launch its first health-tracking wearable, the Realme Band earlier this year which didn’t get a lot of attention from consumers. That was probably because it wasn’t the most accurate one when it came to tracking fitness, and Xiaomi’s Mi Band has consistently been a highly recommended and well-established name in the market.

The company has now introduced yet another wearable, only this time its a smartwatch. Judging by the history of how affordable smartwatches have not done very well globally.

Realme Watch DESIGN

Realme has gone for a square watch-dial reminiscent of the Apple Watch. This doesn’t come as a surprise as it has set the benchmark when it comes to the best and the most premium smartwatch experience.

Upon first look, you can see that the company has made an honest effort, but it is when you hold and wear it, things take a different turn. For starters, the Realme Watch is very lightweight, which is good, but the straps feel cheap and the inconsistent bezels around the display remind you that this is not a premium product.

The main watch module primarily has a glossy finish and on the right, there is a physical button with a golden accent. This button offers decent feedback and can be used for various functions like powering on/off the watch itself, waking up or turning off the display, or going back while scrolling through the watch interface.

At the bottom, there is the heart rate sensor, the SpO2 sensors, and the magnetic pogo pins for charging. The watch is also IP68 certified which means that you can wear it while swimming or taking a shower. Notably, it doesn’t offer the ability to track your swimming activity. You can wear it all day, even while you sleep, without straining your wrist. 

Realme Watch DISPLAY

The Realme Watch features a 1.4-inch touchscreen with a 320×320-pixel resolution with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The company also claims that it offers a peak brightness of 380 nits.

While that sounds pretty decent, the display is anything but. Using the watch indoors is fine, but once you move outdoors, the display looks washed out, even at full brightness. As I mentioned before, the bezels are inconsistent for some reason with a large area below the display made available for the faint Realme logo.

The touch response on the display is good though, and you can swipe around to navigate through the UI with ease. The watch comes with 12 pre-installed watch faces that are available through the Realme Link app, and the watch itself can store 6 of them. Realme has planned about 100 more watch faces that it plans to launch in upcoming updates. 

Realme Watch – SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

This brings us to the software, performance, and tracking capabilities. Now the Realme Watch is more of a simple fitness tracker rather than a full-fledged smartwatch. It runs on a basic user interface and you cannot install any third-party apps, watch faces, or even respond to notifications.

It is pretty simple to use though the interface doesn’t feel very fluid. You can swipe down for your notifications, swipe right for information like weather, sleep stats, heart rate, step count and burned calories, and swiping left takes you to some quick settings where you will also find the battery indicator.

At the bottom, there is a menu with various features and settings on the watch. It takes a while to get used to the layout but overall the user interface felt a little sluggish to me. To fully appreciate the smartwatch you need to use the dedicated Realme Link app where you can enable or disable certain features on the watch and get additional fitness tracking data.

In terms of fitness tracking and health features, there is heart rate monitoring, step counter, sleep tracking, drink reminder, sedentary reminder, blood oxygen monitor, meditation, a bunch of sport modes, and camera control. Apart from that, you can also get weather, music controls, and a phone finder feature.

BATTERY

Battery life on the Realme Watch is claimed to last seven days with heart rate monitoring turned on, and an additional two days if you turn it off. There is a 160mAh battery on the watch and in my testing, the watch easily lasted 5 days, with regular usage including a mix of numerous notifications, some small walks, and the regular walks around the house, along with heart rate monitoring.

VERDICT

The Realme Watch, in my opinion, is a decent product, but not the best among the lot. It seems that Realme has rushed into things. Their first ‘smartwatch’ doesn’t feel like a very polished product, rather it is more of a basic fitness tracker. This essentially means that it is just as good, if not better than the large variety of affordable fitness bands out there.

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