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Realme Watch 3 Review : Answering Calls From A Watch Is Better When The Price Is Low | Tech Reviews

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Realme Watch 3 Review : Answering Calls From A Watch Is Better When The Price Is Low | Tech Reviews

 

 

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Just over a year has passed since the launch of Realme’s latest watch, the Realme Watch 2 Pro . The time has come to renew the catalog and that goes through the Realme Watch 3 , the new smartwatch of the company that landed just a few days ago in Spain and that we have already had the opportunity to analyze.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • One week of autonomy.
  • It allows you to make and answer calls from the watch itself.
  • It is really comfortable.
Cons
  • It does not have a built-in GPS chip.
  • The resolution is too low for such a large screen.
  • It has no mobile payments, no voice assistant and does not allow you to answer notifications.

The Realme Watch 3 is a subtle revamp of the Realme Watch 2 . It’s bigger, a little more premium, and it comes with a feature that was surprisingly missing from previous models: Bluetooth calling support . Its price, in addition, is quite attractive: 70 euros. How does he behave on a day-to-day basis? Let’s get out of doubt.

Realme Watch 3 technical sheet

REALME WATCH 3
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 45 x 37 x 11,5 mm

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40 grams with strap

SCREEN 1.8 inch TFT/LCD

Resolution 240 x 286 pixels

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500 nits

CORREA 22 millimeters

150 x 230 mm

GEOPOSITIONING Smartphone
SENSORS Continuous heart rate
Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2)
Stress
monitoring Sleep analysis
Accelerometer
BUTTONS Yes one
WATERPROOF IP68
BATTERY 340 mAh
CONNECTIVITY Bluetooth 5.3
COMPATIBILITY iOS 11 o superior

Android 5.1 o superior

EXTRAS Bluetooth calls

More than 110 sports modes

More than 100 watchfaces

PRICE 69.99 euros

 

Design: Bigger

We start the analysis talking about the design and the most obvious: the Realme Watch 3 is much larger and thicker than the Realme Watch 2. While the previous model measured 35.7 x 25.8 mm, this jumps to 45 x 37 millimeters. That, obviously, results in a larger screen (although all that glitters is not gold, as we will see later). The weight of 40 grams, which is just two grams more than the previous generation.

The watch is made of plastic, though it now has a “vacuum-coated reflective metal frame with a PC mid-frame material” (that’s the official description, mind you). The reality is that this frame gives the appearance of being metallic , it is full of fingerprints and I would not be surprised if, in the long run, the scratches of use appear.

On the right side we have a button that is used to open the application drawer and turn on the screen, as well as the microphone. On the right side, meanwhile, we have the speaker. And it is that one of the novelties of the Realme Watch 3 is that it is now compatible with Bluetooth calls , so these two components are more than necessary. All this, of course, without sacrificing IP68 resistance.

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In the lower part we have the heart rate sensor and the pulse oximeter , as well as the charging pins that we will use to fit the charging base. A very simple watch, as is obvious, and that is familiar to us after a few generations.

The watch is light and, although large, it is not uncomfortable to wear . We have worn it all day, even at night, and at no time have we had the feeling of wearing something huge on the wrist. If ergonomics is a point to consider, this Realme Watch 3 is not going to be a problem.

As for the strap, it is made of TPU and fits wrists of 150-230 millimeters . It’s a softer silicone, better than previous generations’ straps, though it’s not by far the most premium we’ve tested. That’s fine and that’s enough, but that’s it. The good thing is that it has a standard 22-millimeter coupling , so it can be changed for any other 22-millimeter strap that we have at home or buy.

In short, the Realme Watch 3 is a watch that, without being premium like others (more expensive, of course), is comfortable, solvent and does its job . The materials are not the most noble and the general aesthetics are not the most premium either, but for 70 euros the smartwatch complies without a problem.

Screen: it is touching to make the jump

And now that we know it from the outside, let’s see how its screen is. The truth is that we have been a little disappointed, since the Realme Watch 3 has the same problems as its predecessors and, to top it off, the increase in the diagonal has not led to an improvement in resolution. It is, in short, an improvable screen.

The Realme Watch 3 mounts a 1.8-inch TFT/LCD panel . This means that the blacks are not pure, but due to the backlighting, the black areas are actually gray. The resolution, meanwhile, is 240 x 286 pixels and the maximum brightness is 500 nits. If we compare it with the Realme Watch 2, the screen of the new model loses out.

Why? Because bigger is not always better. The Realme Watch 3 has a 1.8-inch screen with 240 x 286 pixels of resolution, while the Realme Watch 2 had a 1.4-inch screen with 320 x 320 pixels and more brightness (100 nits more). The increase in diagonal and the decrease in resolution results in a screen in which it is possible to see the pixels with the naked eye from a reasonable distance.

The use of the front could also be better. Realme talks about a 67.5% screen / front ratio , which means having generous frames on the top and sides and a fairly pronounced lower chin. In the renders it is hidden much more, but with the naked eye it is noticeable that the screen does not occupy as much.

That said, and despite the drop in brightness level, the watch looks good in broad daylight and at night. The maximum brightness is enough, as is the minimum. The problem is that for some reason Realme has forgotten to put an automatic brightness system . At this point, it is something almost inexcusable, since it forces us to adjust the brightness manually all the time. For interiors I recommend 40% and for exteriors 60-80%.

It is a pity that the watch does not have automatic brightness

For the rest, the screen represents the colors correctly and responds well to our gestures, although it lacks an Always On mode (something that makes sense being a TFT screen). To turn it on, we can make the gesture of looking at the time or pressing the side button. To turn it off, just cover the screen. Personal recommendation: program the “Do not disturb” mode from the settings and disable the gesture to wake the screen when you go to sleep (for some reason, the DND mode and the gesture are not linked).

Finally, and regarding customization, we can choose one of the many watchfaces available through Realme Link . Some are interactive and customizable, others animated, others static… There is something for all tastes and colors, so feel free to take a look and choose the one you like best.

Seen what has been seen, the screen is a section that needs improvements. It looks good and it’s enough, but at this point it’s lame. Not having automatic brightness, having that size with such a low resolution, a TFT panel instead of an AMOLED, having less brightness than the previous generation… These are things to take into account.

Performance: as expected

So we go on to talk about performance and the first thing is to talk about compatibility. The Realme Watch 3 uses Bluetooth 5.3 and is compatible with iOS and Android . It is linked to the mobile through the Realme Link app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play and the App Store . For this analysis, we have used the watch connected to an Android mobile.

Like the previous Realme devices, the Realme Watch 3 uses an RTOS (Real Time Operating System) operating system, which means that it is a closed operating system, with limited functions and that it does not support, among other things, third-party applications, eSIM or payments via NFC. It also doesn’t have a voice assistant.

The operating system has changed with respect to previous generations, being somewhat cleaner and more versatile. The fluidity of scrolling between screens and menus is correct , although we will see that the animations take time to complete if we make the gestures faster than necessary. It’s easy to check by swiping quickly sideways.

If we slide down we will display the quick settings menu, where we can activate the DND mode and deactivate the wake up gesture, as well as access the rest of the settings. Sliding up we will open the notification curtain and sliding to the sides we will scroll through the different widgets, such as the weather, music control or a summary of physical activity.

Among the available applications we have, in addition to those related to health, a remote control for the mobile camera , a music control (for the music that is playing on the smartphone) and an app to find the phone. Other than that, it’s a pretty basic smartwatch.

We can see the notifications that we receive on the mobile and consult the content (in a WhatsApp message you can see the message, while in an email you only see the subject), but they cannot be answered in any way, something that is a real pity. What is good is the compatibility with Bluetooth calls.

Basically, the watch works like a TWS headset. As long as we have the watch connected to the mobile, we can start a call to any number or favorite contact and make the call from the watch. Speaker quality is good. The voice sounds somewhat canned, but enough for a punctual call. The one on the microphone is correct, but it has that small metallic effect typical of wearables.

We can see and consult the notifications, but not respond to them

Simply put, Bluetooth calling is versatile enough to answer occasional calls without having to take out your phone. We are not going to have the best sound quality, much less, but it can be useful in certain situations.

We thus move on to talk about health, but not without first making a note: the Realme Watch 3 is not a medical device . That means that the metrics, whether more or less precise, are strictly indicative. When in doubt, it is best to see a doctor.

That said, cheers. The first section is about heart rate . The clock allows us to monitor it in sections of five, ten or 30 minutes, but not in real time. In the same way, we can configure notifications so that the smartwatch notifies us when it passes or falls below a certain heart rate. The sensor is relatively accurate, although the heart rate tends to be higher than expected.

Regarding SpO2 , aka blood oxygen level, the smartwatch allows you to monitor it in real time, as long as we are still (we already know that an SpO2 test requires us to be as still as possible). The metric seems accurate and can be useful for high altitude sports.

The Realme Watch 3 also tracks sleep , offering an accurate breakdown of sleep and wake times as well as phases. This is a little more complicated to analyze, since we are asleep, but the app’s metrics match our physical state the next day. We can also see the heart rate during sleep, but not the level of oxygen in the blood.

Finally, the watch analyzes our stress in real time. It does this by analyzing heart rate variability and, like so many other watches, the metrics can be confusing. To me, personally, it is something that does not tell me much, neither in this watch nor in any other.

In addition to all these things, we can set notifications to exercise and to drink water. Drink water, it is important to be hydrated and more so now in summer.

Play sports with the Realme Watch 3

We are approaching the end, but not without first talking about the sport. Because yes, the Realme Watch 3 has more than a hundred sports modes available , of which we can only carry a few on the watch. The rest must be added from the app. In case anyone is wondering, yes, the translation of “cricket” to “cricket” has already been corrected. Now it comes out as “cricket”.

When starting a sport, we can set the goals, for example, duration, calories, etc. The GPS will also be connected in the appropriate sports, but be careful, the GPS of the mobile, not of the smartwatch , since, for some reason, the Realme Watch 3 does not have an integrated GPS chip when the Realme Watch 2 Pro, which came out for five euros more than it is, yes I had it.

When starting the sport we can see the metrics in real time, as well as control the music that is playing on the mobile . To end the session, just swipe to the right and press the red button. That will generate a report like the one you can see above. The data, by the way, can be synced with Google Fit, but not with other apps like Strava.

The watch behaves well during exercise, it is comfortable and the report is quite intuitive. For a punctual runner or someone who wants to keep track of their walks, it’s not bad, but if we want more complete reports, more precise metrics and, of course, GPS geolocation, we will have to look for other smartwatches.

Battery: a week without going through the charger

We close the analysis talking about the battery. The Realme Watch 3 has 340 mAh that are capable of offering, according to Realme, seven days of autonomy. Having tested the watch, we can conclude that Realme does not lie . With typical use and all the functions activated, we have been able to reach the week without problem.

However, this will depend on many factors, such as the number of calls we make, the notifications we receive, the brightness, whether we do more or less sports, etc. But in any case, the battery should not be a problem on a day-to-day basis .

Battery is not a matter to worry about on the Realme Watch 3

For charging, the watch uses a base with pins that we will have to place in the correct position, and only in that position. It is not the most comfortable system, but it works. To complete the charge we will need about two hours . It’s not the fastest charging, but it makes up for it with decent battery life.

Realme Watch 3, Conclusion

At this point, we are left wanting a little more . The general feeling with the device is that it does not offer anything really striking, beyond Bluetooth calls and its price, and that a quantifying bracelet would be able to replace this smartwatch without any problem.

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It is time for Realme to make the leap and launch a smartwatch to match. The TFT screen with the resolution it has falls short. Not being able to pay with your mobile, using an assistant and not being able to respond to notifications are things that, at this point, are beginning to be common functions and that begin to weigh when the watch lacks them.

It is true that it is an affordable watch , that it offers all the basic functions of a smartwatch, that it has good autonomy and that, for that price, it is difficult to ask for more, but that does not mean that the watch is a little lame when we want to ask for a a little more.

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