Realme Watch 3 Review : Answering Calls From A Watch Is Better When The Price Is Low | Tech Reviews
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.
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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150 x 230 mm
|SENSORS||Continuous heart rate
Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2)
monitoring Sleep analysis
|COMPATIBILITY||iOS 11 o superior
Android 5.1 o superior
More than 110 sports modes
More than 100 watchfaces
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.
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%.
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.
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.