REALME WATCH AND BAND : Affordable, Elegant, and Efficient

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REALME WATCH AND BAND : Affordable, Elegant, and Efficient

The Chinese manufacturer, that has taken the smartphone world by storm in recent years, has now dipped into the smart wearables market, and with promising results.

Targeted at the many health and fitness conscious individuals in the country, the Realme watch has an enticing look. Priced at Rs 7,799 the Realme Watch comes with a 1.4-inch colour touchscreen, app and call notifications, activity tracking, IP68 dust and water resistance, and 24-hour heart rate monitoring. It also features a SpO2 monitor that measures your blood oxygen level.

In terms of design, the watch has a familiar look and feel. However, there is a sturdiness to it that is lacking in many affordable smart watches available in Nepal. Our review unit came in Black, and in that evergreen colour, the watch appears classy and refined – suitable for either a night out into town or a run around your neighbourhood.

Considering this is product that is going to be adorned on your wrists throughout the day, functionality is just as important, if not more, than style. And fortunately, the Realme Watch delivers on this front in spades - its detachable silicon straps are also quite comfortable and durable.

In terms of display, the Realme Watch has a 1.4-inch colour touchscreen with 320x320-pixel resolution. It has a peak brightness of 380 nits and comes with the protection of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The screen looks vibrant, even at low brightness levels, particularly indoors. As for outdoor use, while the clarity and vibrancy are still present, the brightness needs to be turned up several notches.  Further, users can select their preferred watch face through the ‘Realme Link’ app on their smartphones.

In terms of its software and performance, the Realme watch offers crisp functionality. The minimal UI is clean and efficient and easy to navigate through. As for the Realme Watch’s suite of functions; it offers practically everything and more that one could expect from a smart watch – whether that is tracking a plethora of exercises, monitoring heart rate, blood oxygen and sleep, notification alerts, weather etc. The watch has an impressive swathe of features.

As a package, particularly considering the price point, the Realme Watch offers an excellent proposition – it looks unquestionably stylish, it is comfortable, and has an impressive array of features.

The very first thing that struck me about the Realme Band is the charging method. Usually, fitness bands come with a rather small charging device, which is easy to misplace. The Realme Band works around that problem by having the band charge directly by plugging it into any USB slot – it’s the little things that matter.

On first glance, the Realme Band doesn't necessarily break the mould as far as looks are concerned. And yet while the band may not be doing anything drastically different in the design department, it certainly looks appealing and crucially, is comfortable to wear.

In terms of functionality, the band comes with The Realme Band comes with heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, step counter and nine sports modes, which include Run, Walk, Bike, Hiking, Fitness, Climbing, Spinning, Yoga and Cricket. There are also features like Idle Alert, Drink Reminder, and Smart Notifications. While smart bands typically offer impressive battery life, the Realme Band goes above and beyond in this capacity. The battery life on offer here is nothing short of fantastic. That, coupled with the ease of charging, makes the band highly convenient to use.  All the standard smart band features are on offer here, along with a few neat extras. The aesthetics are sharp, the strap is comfortable on the skin and the battery life is outstanding. The Realme Band is a winner on all counts, particularly when one considers that it is priced at Rs 2,999.

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