The market for smartwatches and health bands has been booming, particularly over the previous couple of years. That being mentioned, whereas the premium section is restricted to a handful of merchandise together with the Apple Watch and Samsung’s choices, most producers are competing within the inexpensive section, the likes of which embrace Realme, Xiaomi, Amazfit, and many others. Now Realme’s first try with the Realme Watch did appear a bit hurried because the machine was a bit tough across the edges. But with the brand new Watch S, Realme has addressed many of those issues and put a Rs 4,999 price ticket on the machine. There are only a few selections obtainable within the sub-Rs 5,000 bracket and the Realme Watch S might be a worthwhile choice for customers dipping their toes within the smartwatch market. Here is my full review of the Realme Watch S.
Unlike its predecessor, Realme has adopted a round design for the newer Watch S. Furthermore, the watch now ships with two buttons as an alternative of relying solely on one bodily button. Do notice that these buttons can solely be pushed and never turned. Also, there is no such thing as a Realme branding on the machine and the round bezel across the show options markers inscribed at their respective positions.
On to the consolation aspect of issues, the watch (with the straps) is comparatively mild at 48g, which will be attributed to its plastic backside. However, after extended use, I may positively really feel slight discomfort once I moved my hand. Apart from that, the Watch S retains the IP68 water resistance which ought to shield the machine in 1.5 meters of water for about half-hour. For safety, the show is roofed with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that ought to stop scratches to a point. All-in-all, the wearable’s matte-black end, together with its sturdy 22mm straps, easy aluminum body, and general fashionable design work in favour of the Watch S’ aesthetics.
Coming to the show, the Realme Watch S ships with a 1.3-inch LCD panel with a decision of 360 x 360 pixels. The touchscreen LCD panel is sufficiently big for simple viewing of notifications and generally, to navigate by way of the interface. Coming from an AMOLED show on my OPPO Watch (review), the dullness and lack of colors on Watch S’ panel had been obvious. However, given its worth vary, the viewing expertise on the Watch S is kind of good and leaps forward of its predecessor, the Realme Watch. The peak brightness has seen a noticeable enchancment from final time round and the auto-brightness sensor works extra swiftly too.
Much like most different health wearables, you will have to attach the Watch S to the Realme Link app to entry related information and tweak settings. Do notice that the app is offered for each, Android in addition to iOS. The pairing course of is fairly simple and the app’s UI is kind of user-friendly too. You get to see the variety of steps being displayed on the high alongside along with your sleep monitoring particulars, coronary heart rate, blood oxygen ranges, and train logs. There can be an additional detailed breakdown of all workout routines like the center rate at totally different factors, whole energy burnt, the trail you took tracked by your cellphone, and extra. Going deeper into the settings, it is possible for you to to see an entire number of customisation choices, together with selecting from a ton of various watch faces, toggling name reminders on or off, arrange apps which might be allowed to ship notifications to your wrist, monitor your coronary heart rate at particular time intervals, and extra. There are reminders that may be arrange for ingesting water frequently or transferring about when you find yourself sitting idle too. Almost all of those are fundamental functionalities that you would be able to count on on any smartwatch. Then there are the usual music playback controls, digital camera controller (taking selfies), Find My Phone, Weather, and software replace choices. I did discover that fairly a couple of occasions, the Watch S disconnected from my cellphone for no obvious cause however after regaining connection, all the information obtained synchronised with the app.
Coming to the meat of the matter, the Realme Watch S displays steps and energy burnt precisely, and the outcomes I obtained from the wearable had been in-line with my costlier OPPO Watch. The addition of SpO2 monitoring is a pleasant contact too, because the characteristic has turn out to be essential in these attempting occasions. While the readings from the identical weren’t as correct as a typical pulse oximeter, it did give me a tough concept of oxygen saturation ranges in my blood. There isn’t any in-built GPS contained in the watch, which is comprehensible given the value level, however it may possibly leverage the one inside your cellphone to offer a near-accurate map of the gap you lined whereas out for a jog.
The Realme Watch S additionally presents separate monitoring for quite a lot of totally different actions equivalent to Outdoor run, Walk, Cycling, Lifting Weights, Aerobic exercise in addition to for sports activities actions together with Football, Basketball, Badminton, and Cricket. Sleep monitoring additionally labored in addition to will be anticipated with there being a slight margin of error from time to time. The machine’s IP68 certification signifies that it’s water resistant however there’s nonetheless no monitoring for swimming actions. Heart rate measuring will be arrange at steady intervals and alerts will be arrange if the heart beat goes up a specified stage.
Now, given the wearable’s wallet-friendly price ticket of Rs 4,999, there are sure to be a couple of options that aren’t going to make the minimize. Answering calls in your watch is one in every of them. There isn’t any microphone on the machine however you do get a notification each time somebody’s calling you and you may select to answer or reject the decision from the watch’s interface itself. There isn’t any always-on show both, which will be anticipated because of the LCD panel on the machine. Even so, the increase to wake characteristic works completely nicely. You may view notifications in your Watch however in the mean time there is no such thing as a option to reply instantly out of your Watch S. Realme is claimed to be bringing this performance in a future software replace.
The Watch S, just like the earlier Realme Watch, runs a proprietary OS by Realme. It offers to-the-point performance and infrequently did I see any form of lag or a whole freeze of the UI. Everything runs easily and the swipes are registered accurately. For instance, right-swiping from the house display screen will take you to totally different home windows one after the opposite. Here you’ll be able to examine your exercise information, sleep cycle, coronary heart rate, climate, and settings. However, do notice that you just received’t have the ability to set up any third-party apps on the wearable.
The Watch S additionally occurs to have a superb battery life which will be accredited to a scarcity of battery consuming options and the Watch S’ even handed energy administration. While I had the smartwatch on my wrist day by day, I solely needed to cost it as soon as about two weeks, usually after a 12-day interval. During this time, I took out the Watch S day by day for jogging whereas the machine was monitoring my coronary heart rate, monitoring my sleep and the brightness was set at auto. If I had been to place the Watch S on battery saver mode, the place it is going to solely show the time and steps taken, the machine is kind of simply able to occurring for greater than a few weeks.
I can see the Realme Watch S being a success amongst customers who wish to expertise a smartwatch however have price range constraints. The watch presents all the fundamental functionalities of health monitoring after which some with blood oxygen monitoring, sleep monitoring, and extra. You do get the likes of Huami Amazfit Bip S or the NoiseFit Sport underneath Rs 5,000. Personally, if you’d like a very good battery life together with a dependable UI, quick efficiency, and a tidy app that ties the whole lot collectively, the Watch S is an choice positively price contemplating. The Amazfit Bip S will get some factors due to its considerably higher battery life and extra health monitoring options, however in my view, it lacks the aesthetics of the Realme Watch S.
Editor’s ranking: 4 / 5
- Great battery life
- Attractive design
- Smooth consumer expertise
- Sleep monitoring will be iffy
- Could have used an AMOLED panel