Watch 2 is Realme’s new entry-level smartwatch that can be an alternative to the popular Mi Watch Lite, Amazfit Bip U and Huawei Band 6. Like its competitors, Realme Watch 2 brings you many features to monitor your health and fitness. physical conditioning. They promise to deliver 90 workout modes, the device can track your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, night sleep and more.
Realme Watch S, the company’s first smart watch launched in Brazil, didn’t please me because of several problems, but is Watch 2 a good bet? I’ve had the opportunity to test the gadget over the past few weeks and share my impressions on this review.
Realme Watch 2 Review on Video
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Design and fabric
In the promotional images it may not look like it — and they are very deceiving — but the Realme Watch 2 is a watch with a basic look and has cheap materials that reinforce this characteristic. There’s plastic everywhere and on the sides it’s shiny, which helps to enhance the look. The smartwatch box has only one physical button, which operation is anything but smooth and the noise it makes when pressed soon caught my attention. It’s a curious detail that I was expecting to find on a basic device like this.
For those who suffer from adaptation when wearing a watch for the first time, I believe the Realme Watch 2 shouldn’t cause any inconveniences because the device is extremely lightweight and comfortable. Compared to the first Realme Watch, this new version was a little heavier, going from 31 to 38 grams. Still, I emphasize that the current watch did not cause discomfort and the same goes for the 22 mm silicone strap. The other good news is that it is IP68 certified, protection that gives a good relief to the slackers.
Watch 2’s screen is good, but I didn’t like it 100% for two reasons. The company opted for an unusual layout and added thick edges that hurt the look; the panel isn’t OLED either, which automatically leaves me intrigued, as smartbands already deliver a superior display. In numbers, the smartwatch has a 1.4-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels.
Even with these two negatives, this screen has some highlights. Brightness is bright, viewing in sunlight is good, and definition is also pleasing. Compared to Realme Watch S, Watch 2 has a better display, but it would be even better without the borders. Who knows in the next generation?
Health and fitness tracking resources
Realme sells Watch 2 with the promise of delivering 90 training modes. But when you turn on the device for the first time, you’ll find only ten options: indoor and outdoor running, walking, treadmill, cycling, strength training, football, track cycling, yoga and cricket. Why just these? The company explains in fine print that the other modes should appear after updates. It remains to be seen when these updates will arrive.
In terms of health features, the device has a sensor to monitor heartbeat, blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and can analyze the quality of your sleep. The BPM reader can be configured to do follow-ups every five, ten, twenty or thirty minutes. During my tests, the sensor proved to be reliable and, for the most part, the numbers were in line with those presented by the Apple Watch Series 6, which I like to use for comparison, as it turns out to be very accurate.
The oximeter, a feature that is increasingly present in smart watches and smartbands, also performed well. And at various times when I tested the measurement, I didn’t notice inconsistent numbers and they, again, were matching the Apple Watch’s.
The sleep tracking algorithm is not as objective and the Realme Link app, which concentrates all the metrics extracted by the watch, does not provide detailed data and only basic information such as periods of light sleep, deep sleep and awakening. Regarding performance, Watch 2 can automatically detect when you sleep and wake up, however, the numbers, in most cases, do not match reality.
In training follow-up, unlike Realme Watch 2 Pro, the conventional Watch 2 does not have a built-in GPS, but you can take advantage of your cell phone’s GPS to record routes. During a run, for example, the gadget monitors heart rate, pace, distance, duration, cadence and calories burned. In cycling, it can analyze speed, distance, duration and calories.
All this data is automatically saved in Realme Link. The app even has a clean interface that makes it easy to navigate, but it’s very simple. Huawei and Xiaomi deliver a more complete system, with numbers that even help the user to change some habits. Realme Link only shows number of steps, exercise time, sleep, heart rate and SpO2. Also, I had some problems doing the integration, because at different times the app lost its connection with the watch. It’s an experience that needs to be improved and the competition is currently doing better.
Smartwatch and Battery Features
Under smartwatch features you will find the basics. Realme Watch 2 mirrors cell phone notifications, but does not allow you to respond to them, sends you reminders to drink water and get up from your chair, shows the detailed temperature and there is the music controller, which allows you to fast forward, rewind and adjust the volume of a track on Spotify, for example. All of these features worked very well during my review.
The watch also has a remote shutter so you can take a picture with the phone, but controlling everything by Watch 2. It does, however, have a curious bug: when your phone’s camera app is closed and you click the shutter, the functionality starts to increase the volume of the smartphone. At least when the camera is activated it works correctly, taking the picture.
The device also delivers other useful everyday features such as find my phone, meditation and alarm. The list of dials is not that extensive, but there are options for all tastes: digital, analog and other artistic.
Now the icing on the cake is autonomy. The company talks about 12 days of battery life and, as it has basic settings and a screen that consumes less energy, it’s natural to have a satisfactory performance here. After it was fully charged, on my fifth day of use it was still 71% charged; on the sixth day, 59% and on the eighth day, they still had 45% — excellent! During this period, the device is monitoring heart rate, SpO2 and sleep.
Realme Watch 2: is it worth it?
Realme Watch 2 is an extremely basic smart watch and the person considering purchasing the device needs to keep this in mind in order not to get frustrated. I say this because the main smartbands on the market today, Xiaomi Mi Band 6 and Huawei Band 6, can deliver a better user experience and these companies have proven to understand what their consumers want to see in a device like this and they were right to improve it.
It has a suggested price of R$ 599 and, for those looking for a basic smartwatch with an affordable price, the Watch 2 can be a solution. But it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice, as we found Mi Watch Lite on the market, for example, at the same price or even cheaper, with a friendlier design and even an integrated GPS.
Another thing that intrigued me was the limitation in the training modes menu that says it offers 90, but it only delivers 10. In my opinion it’s a somewhat strange and even dangerous strategy, as many people can buy the gadget with the expectation of use the other “promised” modes. At least Realme gets the software right, which is pretty good; the clock’s autonomy is decent; it has IP68; and there are good health resources. It is a basic device for basic users.