In this realme Watch 3 review, we find out if the new smartwatch is truly the ultimate health and fitness companion.
What it comes with out-of-the-box
Before I start my realme Watch 3 review, let’s first see what we get in the box. First off, the device now comes with a smaller box compared to its predecessor. This is good because you really don’t need a big box for a small device. The box now also comes in white, kind of similar to the DIZO TechLife products.
Out-of-box, it’s pretty standard. It contains the device itself, some paperworks (Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card), and the charging cable. The proprietary charging cable is now more portable, similar to the charging cable for the realme Band. I personally prefer this over the previous charging pucks because it is more portable and easy to carry when traveling.
Design and Build Quality
realme’s new smartwatch features a stylish, minimalist design. It has a reflecting metallic frame that looks amazing with the glass display. The screen also boasts to be scratch-resistant. It seems to be true since it haven’t had any scratches yet being as clumsy as I am. It also has an IP68 rating, so it is water-resistant. I also tested it getting wet on the rain with no issues. But I wouldn’t recommend wearing it when swimming though.
Much like its predecessor, it has a square shape with rounded corners. It’s a bit bigger than the previous Watch 2, with dimensions at around 45 x 37 mm. It’s also a bit thicker and a bit heavier, at around 12 mm and 40 g respectively. Personally, I like the Watch 3 better than the Watch 2 simply because it is bigger in size and also has a larger screen.
Comfort and Ergonomics
Even though it’s a bit heavier than the previous model, it actually feels comfortable. Its silicon strap is thin, lightweight, and has rounded edges which also improves comfort. For easier swiping, the screen also has a curved surface. Its large screen also helps make swiping and tapping apps more comfortable, even with my huge fingers. Its rear cover is also curved, making wrist movement unobstructed. I doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all even on workouts.
Health and Fitness
Speaking of fitness, the realme Watch 3 features 110+ sport modes that cover a wide variety of activities, including jumping rope, skateboarding, HIIT, and even tai chi. I tested a few of them, namely indoor running and outdoor ride. It works perfectly and was able to record data to help you analyze your workout. The watch also features 24/4 heart rate monitoring to optimize your exercise.
The heart rate monitoring also alerts you for any abnormalities on your heart rate. Its comprehensive health monitoring also includes continuous SpO2 monitoring, continuous stress monitoring, as well as sleep quality monitoring. Stress Monitoring makes sure that your stress levels are normal. The watch also feature alerts to improve your habits, such as water drinking reminder and stand up alerts. This particularly helpful for me since I normally work at home and just sits all day on front of the computer. Its sleep monitoring also help with breaking down sleep statistics
Lastly, the Watch 3 also feature Women Health where you can keep track of your menstrual cycle. I haven’t really tested this feature for obvious reason, but I imagine this would be helpful for women.
On a normal everyday use, the watch functions as typical smartwatch. Aside from keeping the time and date, it also alerts and display messages and notifications. It’ll also show the weather and your calendar, as long as it’s connected via the realme Link app. Other functions include a camera remote for your phone, and find my phone.
One feature that I haven’t seen in the former models of the realme Watch is Bluetooth Calling. You can basically accept and even dial calls through the Watch 3. Now this feature is definitely a pro, but it does come with a bit of a con. I found that accepting calls through the watch to be convenient, especially when your phone is out of reach. In my case, I was cycling when I accepted a call. I never had to reach my phone since the watch has a built-in mic and speaker, and just proceeded with the call there. The only problem is, the feature only support SIM calls, meaning calls only directed to your mobile number. Calls from messenger apps are not forwarded to the watch.
Battery Life and Charging
Now, in my opinion, a long battery life is one of the most important aspect of a great smartwatch. And the realme Watch 3 certainly has a long battery life. During my normal use, with 24hr monitoring on and a few workouts here and there, it lasted around 4 days. That’s actually pretty good considering the heavy load.
Charging the watch is also just as important. The device actually charges fast, and I was able to start my day right away. Its included charging cable is also portable, not like its predecessor’s charging puck. This cable is similar to the realme Band’s which is easy to pack when travelling.
This realme Watch 3 review was actually fun to do. I was pleasantly surprised with the new addition to its features. I liked that it is now bigger (since I prefer bigger watches), with a large screen as well. The device is available for only PhP 3,499 SRP. It is definitely a welcomed upgrade from the previous model, and definitely a must-have when you’re looking for a smartwatch and fitness companion in this price range.
realme Watch 3 Specifications
|Dimensions||45 x 37 x 11.5 mm|
240 x 286
|Sensors||Optical Heart Rate|
|Compatibility||iOS 11 and up, or Android 5.2 and up|
|Price||PhP 3,499 SRP|