Are you planning to buy the new Realme Watch? Read our detailed review.
Product: real watch
Key specs: 1.4-inch display, 160mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0, 14 sport modes, heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor.
Realme is gradually expanding its non-smartphone portfolio. It has already launched wireless earbuds and a smart TV. The latest offering is a smartwatch. The device, called Realme Watch, is aimed at entry-level smartwatches.
As you can see in the image, Realme Watch is very similar to the popular Apple Watch, but without the crown. Having used several smartwatches and fitness bands, Realme Watch doesn’t seem like a disruptive product that the non-Apple smartwatch segment has been craving. But it does one thing well: the job of a simple smartwatch gets done.
That said, Realme Watch isn’t the only smartwatch to be an Apple Watch clone. Lately we’ve seen similar designs from Amazfit and Noise. It has a smaller 1.4-inch display that is colored and supports touchscreen. But you have to press the side button if you want to turn on the screen. Colors on the screen look nicely toned down and you can also adjust the brightness. Even outside with strong sunlight it was clearly visible.
The touchscreen is quite responsive and the menu is quite easy to navigate. It doesn’t take long to get used to it. You need the Realme Link to connect the smartwatch and adjust additional controls. There is a set of 12 watch faces to choose from and honestly I didn’t like any of them. Hopefully Realme will add better watch faces in the future or allow users to add their own watch faces.
The Realme Link app is also only available on Android, so the Realme Watch will not work with an iPhone.
The smartwatch supports notifications for apps and calls. There is a read option that appears when a new notification pops up, but you can’t actually read it. You can’t answer calls on the smartwatch either because it doesn’t have a speaker.
One major issue I had with the Realme Watch was with WhatsApp notifications. If you have unread chats, the smartwatch will repeatedly notify you when there is a new WhatsApp notification. It got so annoying that I had to turn off WhatsApp notifications on the Realme Watch.
More so because the vibration on the Realme Watch is insanely strong. You can pick a low vibration mode which I chose to avoid those premature shocks on my wrist.
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The connectivity of the Realme Watch is quite good. There was no delay in receiving notifications and it is also responsive for music playback controls. The Realme Watch ran on a full charge for about 7 days. It can theoretically take up to 9 days.
The smartwatch has a heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor to monitor your blood oxygen level. This feature is very useful especially now with the pandemic. It also supports 14 sports modes such as cycling, football, basketball, yoga, badminton and table tennis. These are mostly outdoor sports, so you probably won’t be able to try them out right now.
The battery life on the Realme Watch is also very reliable. With regular use, it lasts about a week. It is claimed that the Realme Watch can last up to 9 days.
In short, Realme Watch gets the job done. I had my qualms with notifications, but otherwise it’s doing well in the rest of the areas. And it’s quite affordable at ₹3.999. The Realme Watch does not have a built-in GPS. So if you’re someone who likes to keep up with your pace and distance, you might want to go for something more premium.