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    Realme Watch review: A worthwhile companion to start that workout schedule

    Synopsis

    The smartwatch is only compatible with Android phones for now.

    On one full charge, the smartwatch can easily go on for a week with 40% display brightness, if you workout for an average of 90 minutes every day.
    GET IT FOR: Rs 3,999
    HIGHLIGHT: Battery life and display

    Lately, there has been a few firsts from Realme, a brand that has seen a lot of growth in India within two years of its launch. After its first fitness band, the company recently unveiled its first smartwatch in India, the Realme Watch. With a square dial rounded at the corners, the smartwatch has a bottom bezel that is thicker than the rest. A rubber strap helps fasten it securely to the wrist. But inserting the tail-end of the strap into the keeper or the loop can be a tough task for some. The Realme Watch comes only in black.

    The Watch carries only one physical button. The 1.4-inch touch-screen display with a 320 x 320 pixel resolution gets the rest of the job done. The screen is bright when indoors, even at low brightness levels. This makes a strong case for the aesthetics of the watch. The display has a very smooth touch that is responsive even when the fingers are perspiring. Under bright sunlight, the brightness is optimum at around 70%. It comes with six default watch faces and six more can be downloaded through the Realme Link app. You have to download the app from the Google Play Store any-way to pair your watch via Bluetooth.

    From the home screen, swipe up to find activity icons such as Work-out, SpO2, Heart Rate, Activity Records, Sleep, Music, Camera and more. There is an option to keep the continuous heart rate monitor on all the time. The workout modes include Outdoor Run, Walk, Indoor Run, Outdoor Cycle, Aerobic Capacity, Strength Training, Football, Basketball, Table Tennis and more. The Realme Watch is IP68-rated. Throwing caution to the winds, you can wash your hands wearing the watch without any stress. The smartwatch is only compatible with Android phones for now. An iOS version of the Realme Link app is under development.

    On one full charge, the smartwatch can easily go on for a week with 40% display brightness, if you workout for an average of 90 minutes every day. For a full charge via laptop, the watch takes about 2 hours. The charging base has two very fine magnetic pins that attach to the backside of the watch.

    But take care to not use the cord of the charging base to lift the watch; it will get unstuck. We didn't drop test it. For an entry-level smartwatch, the Watch has packed in some crucial features — a strong build, IP68 rating, a high-resolution display and week-long battery life. It is also lightweight with a comfortable grip. For Rs 3,999, it is a good option for those taking baby steps on their fitness journey.

    - The writer is with gadgetsnow.com

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