Realme has not yet brought the Watch S Pro smart watch to Brazil, but has already launched the most accessible version here. Charging R $ 699, the Realme Watch S promises to be the great partner of your training, is able to monitor your health and act as an extension of your cell phone. It also has more than 100 dials, has a battery for up to 15 days and more than 10 training modes.
It seems to be an interesting option for those on a limited budget, but is it worth it? I spent the last few days evaluating Realme Watch S and I share my impressions on this thorough review.
Video review of Realme Watch S
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Design and canvas
The Realme Watch S is a smartwatch with a traditional look, it has a stripped look, round shape and, at the same time, is very light, weighing 48 grams. The aluminum case has a simple finish and has two buttons on the right side: the first gives access to the menu and the second is used exclusively for sport modes. At the front, Realme included the fixed turnstile with markings for the analog dials.
The silicone bracelet is 22 mm and can be replaced easily; the wearable does not weigh on the wrist, it was firm and very comfortable. It has water resistance of up to 1.5 meters, however the company does not recommend the use in bathing or swimming. This means that you will have to take it off during water activities, which consequently makes you more limited.
Realme runs away from the trend by not offering a better screen for Watch S. Okay, this is an entry-level watch, but other models that are in this category already offer a better panel. Its 1.3 inch LCD screen has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and has Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
I could see that the icons in the menu and the texts have a good definition, but the dials are strange, half off, and the black is gray. The difference is significant when compared to another smartwatch with AMOLED. Visualization in sunlight is only favorable when the screen brightness is close to maximum.
Features and usage experience
Altogether, Realme Watch S has 16 exercise modes, some of which are: outdoor running, walking, football, yoga, table tennis and aerobics. When setting the mode, the watch collects the duration of the workout, the number of calories burned and records the heartbeat. But the integrated GPS was missing.
In Watch S, when you slide up, you access the menu where the shortcut to the heart rate monitor is. During the measurement, he always dialed a very high number in relation to the GT 2 Pro, which was on my wrist, and then approached the record pointed by the Huawei gadget. It is important to stress that the smartwatch only analyzes BPM every five, ten, twenty or thirty minutes.
SpO2, to analyze the level of oxygenation in the blood, is also available and, in my case, it pointed out similar numbers in comparison with the GT 2 Pro, again. For those who like meditation, the wearable has a counter that helps you focus on activity without distractions. It is still possible to set reminders for the person to move the body, drink water and warn when the heart rate is high, out of the ordinary.
One feature I really like about smart watches is the automatic sleep monitor. Realme Watch S has this and can show the stages of your night, indicating periods of light, deep and REM sleep. At the same time, it tracks the user’s heart rate, but I would not trust these records, given that there are inconsistencies in nighttime monitoring. Once, on a Saturday, the clock app reported that my heart rate was 68 without any changes for 8h40min.
All of this data is saved in Realme Link, an application for Android and iPhone, which is not very stable and always took time to synchronize or, sometimes, gave pairing error. Another thing that bothered me was the information in Portuguese and English that appeared in the app even if you set the language to Portuguese.
As for the features of the smartwatch, Realme Watch S only allows you to view notifications and refuse phone calls. The music control, useful during training, worked very well and allows you to advance, pause and set the volume, all through the clock and without delays. It displays the weather forecast and shows the conditions for the next two days and not for the whole week. The camera controller is also available and works with both film and photo, and is very responsive.
In Realme Link you can find more than 100 dials for the Watch S, and even customize with a photo of yourself and set the position of the time and date. The smartwatch does not support third-party applications, but at least it is possible to connect it to Google Fit for the user to centralize all their data.
The absence of an AMOLED screen contributed to the autonomy of Realme Watch S. Its battery has 390 mAh and can last up to 15 days on a single charge. It is an excellent number and the watch can get close to that even with several monitoring features working. And, daily, I must emphasize that I didn’t notice him sucking the battery a lot.
My experience with Watch S was as follows: I left all notifications on, the heart rate monitor doing the analysis every five minutes and, finally, sleep monitoring. I arrived at the 13th day with the clock asking for food and only 10% charge. In conclusion, the Realme Watch S does a good job in this regard and the person can have even more battery according to the use.
Realme Watch S: is it worth it?
The Realme Watch S can be the gateway for those who have never had a smart watch and don’t want to spend a lot of money now. It is far from being a great advanced smartwatch, but it stands out for its lean interface, easy to navigate and the available resources can help in monitoring your health. The battery is another highlight, considering that, with a charge, it can last more than 10 days even with intense use.
However, the gadget owes itself to stress analysis and slips when not allowing use during water activities, remembering that models such as the Huawei Watch GT 2e, Mi Watch and Mi Watch Lite are water resistant up to 50 meters. Still to serve those people who are thinking of starting a walk or run, Realme could include GPS on their watch.
And the Watch S screen, however, makes me look for the competition. The Realme panel is not of quality and many displays are strange and without definition. Amazfit Verge Lite, which is cheaper at retail, has AMOLED; the battery doesn’t change much, but it loses SpO2, to measure oxygen saturation in the blood. If you do not give up this feature, with a better screen and lots of battery, it may be worth analyzing the Huawei Watch Fit, an almost complete model, more beautiful and has an excellent screen, by the way. Galaxy Watch Active may be the best option for you who want more smartwatch features.