Let’s face it: Charging devices can be a nuance on extra busy days, especially when it comes to wearables that we need for 24/7 health tracking. For someone who has health problems (like me), a lot can already go undetected or unrecorded — like heart rate and oxygen level — within the charging hours of my fitness smartwatch. These things usually cost a fortune but luckily, affordable AIoT devices like the realme Watch 2 are now available in the market. This fitness smartwatch costs less than Php 3,000 and it’s capable of keeping up with our lifestyle needs for as long as 12 days straight.
Prior its launch in the Philippines today (July 6, 2021), I was lucky enough to put it to the test for the past five days. I haven’t even tried charging it yet but I still have 47% battery left! Really awesome, considering its price point, but like other smartwatches, the realme Watch 2 has its own pros and cons.
DISPLAY AND DESIGN
In terms of design, the first thing I noticed about the realme Watch 2 is that it looks very similar with its predecessor, the realme Watch. However, the watch band’s design is slightly different with a matte finish and “Dare to Leap” print on one side and it also has a different watch clasp. The realme Watch 2 comes with a 22mm watch band that can be changed to help users mix and match depending on their #OOTD.
This smartwatch has a 1.4″ Large Color Touchscreen with a high resolution of 320×320 pixels. The TFT-LCD display is good for its price with 600nits brightness and five levels of adjustment to make the screen visible even when under the sun. The only downside for me would be its thick bezels which could’ve been used as extra screen space. The black borders don’t look that good with white or colorful watch faces as it makes you realize how small the main display is vs the unused space.
I love the watch faces, though! Even though I see room for improvement in the overall look, I love the watch face choices that can be accessed via the realme Link App. There’s a design for those who want a formal look, an artsy background, an informative format, and even classic Realmeow designs.
As someone who makes sure to look after her health, the realme Watch 2 was able to provide data that I need on a daily basis. It records my heart rate 24/7, it measures my bloody oxygen (I’ve been monitoring this ever since I caught COVID-19 months ago), shares details about my sleep quality, and tracks my workout progress. For days when I can’t find time to properly exercise, I rely on its pedometer to track at least the the steps I’ve taken. So far, so good! The results are also close when compared with other smartwatches that I have.
I believe people with a more active lifestyle will appreciate this, too. The realme Watch 2 has over 90 sports modes such as running, cycling, strength training, football, yoga, spinning, and even not-so-popular sports like skiing, racquetball, and folk dance. The only downside for this part is that you can only add a maximum of 10 workout options in your smartwatch in one go. If you forget to add a specific workout mode that you’ll need for the day, you’ll have to remove one from the list and edit the default sports modes first via your realme Link App.
Meanwhile, this fitness watch isn’t only handy when it comes to fitness. It can also make our daily activities more convenient like pausing and playing music, reminding when you need to drink water, serving as a secondary camera shutter control, finding our phone when we misplace it, and in waking us up via its alarm option when our phone alarm fails to do so.
With 315mAh of battery that is said to last for 12 full days (via Power Saving Mode), the realme Watch 2 is indeed a steal for its price. Each box comes with a magnetic charging base which you just need to connect to any USB port to make it work. Charging will only take around two hours, according to initial tests and that is already good, considering that the device can deliver a lot of features 24/7 for 7-12 days straight. More details about its battery life can be found below.
|Appearance||Color: Black |
Size: 257.6*35.7*12.2mm (W*H*L)
|Wrist strap||Type: Removable wrist strap |
Adjustable length: 130-220mm
|Screen||Screen size: 3.5cm (1.4”) Resolution: 320*320, 323 PPI Full screen touch|
Battery life：12 days
Battery life on Power Saving Mode：20 Days
* 7 days with heart rate monitor on
* 9 days with heart rate monitor off
|Sensor||3-axis accelerometer |
Heart rate sensor
Blood oxygen sensor
IP68 Water Resistance Rating
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0 realme Link APP Android 5.0+ iOS 11+|
|Sport mode||Outdoor walking, indoor walking, outdoor running, indoor running, outdoor cycling, dynamic cycling, hiking, cricket, yoga, rowing, strength training, basketball, elliptical machine, Free training and other 90 sports modes. * More sport modes need OTA upgrade.|
|Health monitor||24-hour heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, blood oxygen, sedentary reminder, water reminder, high heart rate reminder, low heart rate reminder|
|Other Features||Music Control, Camera Control, Find Phone, Meditation, Stopwatch, Clock, Weather Forecast, Date Display, OTA Upgrade, Call Notification, Message Reminder, Alarm Reminder, Step Goal Completion Reminder, Low Battery Reminder, Brightness Adjustment, Vibration Adjustment, Wear Monitoring, Lift Wrist to Wake Screen, Power Saving Mode, Do-not-disturb Mode|
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Here comes my favorite part: The realme Watch 2 will be available for only Php 1,990 via Shopee and Lazada on July 7 as its introductory price! After July 7, it will be offered at its SRP of Php 2,990. Steal price!
Overall, I would recommend this for people who regularly workout and monitor their health. You’ll need a bit of patience to regularly tweak the settings according to your needs but it’s not a big deal considering its price range.