Realme Watch review – A good looking affordable smartwatch
A few weeks back, Realme also launched its first smartwatch in the Indian market. This watch comes in the affordable segment, so it isn’t a Wear OS watch but feels like a fitness band in a watch body. If you are planning to buy this affordable smartwatch, you should read this Realme Watch review to know about it in detail.
Realme Watch seems to be highly inspired by Apple Watch. It feels like an Apple Watch from a distance. Due to this premium feel, the watch looks an attractive deal for this price point.
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It features a 1.4-inch display in a shiny plastic frame. The thick bezels will certainly disappoint several people but that’s acceptable considering the price. There’s a button on the right side that acts as the power switch and back key for the UI. Charging pins, heart rate sensor, and SpO2 sensors are on the backside. It is shipped with a black color 20mm strap but other color options could come soon.
The good thing is that it features an IP68 water resistance rating. So, you can keep wearing it throughout the day and wash your hands while wearing the watch. The watch is available on two designs and four colors.
The display has an IPS LCD panel offering 320 x 320 pixels resolution and 323 PPI pixel density. The panel is bright enough to work fine at indoors and outdoors. There are 12 built-in watch faces to change the look of watch as per your interest. The watch can only store six watch faces at a time. Long press on the watch display to get available watch faces and select one. You can also change the watch face directly from the realme Link app.
The watch has a simple and friendly user interface. Swipe down to see your messages, swipe right or left to see different home screens to check the weather, sleep data, heart rate counter, activity records, and a quick settings panel. Swipe up to access workout, Spo2, heart rate, activity records, sleep music, camera, and find my phone alert, weather, alarm, stopwatch, and settings options. Settings lets you control brightness, vibration intensity, time format, power saving mode, DND, and more options.
This watch has several health-related features. It counts steps and calories burnt. Steps counter seems accurate. There are also 14 Sports Modes to track your activity data smartly. The watch can identify whether you are walking or running to accurately count steps and calorie data. It can also use the phone’s GPS to map your jogging or cycling routes.
You will also get calls and message notifications. If I talk about notifications, the watch shows only the latest message or email that you receive. But you need your phone to read them. I also feel that notifications management could have been better. When you receive a phone call, the watch shows notifications with an option to disconnect the call.
It comes with a Real-time Heart Rate monitor that keeps checking your heart rate on a regular interval and sends you alerts if your heart rate is too high or too low. You can select the interval using the companion app. The SpO2 sensor is also there to monitor your blood oxygen saturation level. This is helpful for those who perform high-intensity physical or mental workouts.
The watch also has sleep monitoring. It shows data on the watch or realme Link app. Other notable features include hydration reminders, idle alerts, and mediation. You can also use the watch to control the music player or as a remote camera shutter of your phone. All of these features work well.
It packs 160mAh battery that can easily last for a week or more depending on the usage. If you use it with 24-hour heart rate monitoring, battery life could be of around 6 days while it goes up to 9 days without 24-hour heart rate monitoring. The watch takes around an hour to charge from 0 to 100 percent.
Realme Watch looks really good and doesn’t cost much. That’s the reason most people are interested in this watch. This is basically a fitness band with the body of a watch. It certainly feels premium and bigger display makes it better than fitness bands. If you just want an affordable smartwatch to check notifications on the wrist and fitness data tracking, this could be the choice.
I personally feel that you should consider buying Amazfit Bip Lite in place of Realme Watch for a better experience. You will get similar features, better tracking, and up to 45 days of battery life.
"Realme Watch feels premium and is value for money watch with features of a fitness band."
- Good Design
- Comprehensive fitness tracking
- Good battery backup
- Doesn't support iOS
- Cannot reply to notifications
- Poor outdoor display visibility
- Design and build 80%
- Display 70%
- Features 65%
- Battery 70%
- Value for money 80%