Realme Watch 3 review: Feature-packed affordable smartwatch

The affordable smartwatch segment is becoming increasingly popular and some of the older players in the market have already gained a foothold in it. Realme is also one of those brands that is working hard to create its own ecosystem. The company’s products have a strong presence in a variety of segments, including smartphones, audio products, and tablets. The company’s latest addition to the smart wearable segment is the Realme Watch 3, which tries to strike a balance between fitness and health tracking along with functional features and affordability.

The Realme Watch 3 price in India is Rs 3,499. This is the latest affordable smartwatch from the company. Through this, the company tries to compete with products in the same price range from Noise, Fire-Boltt and Boat. With a large screen, Bluetooth calling, and fitness tracking features, is the Realme Watch 3 the best affordable smartwatch you can buy right now? Find out in this review.

Design and specifications of the Realme Watch 3

Priced at Rs 3,499, the Realme Watch 3 competes directly with the recently launched Noise ColorFit Pro 4, which offers similar features and specifications. Here, the Realme Watch 3 sports a 1.8-inch TFT LCD screen that is slightly larger than the Noise smartwatch. But it is not as sharp as the Noise and has a resolution of 240×286 pixels. It comes with a maximum brightness of 500 nits.

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Realme Watch 3 comes in two color options including black and grey. The company sent me their gray model. The strap is grey, but the sides of the smartwatch are shiny and I think the shiny silver tone looks great. The front and back of the watch are black in color and its 22mm strap can also be replaced with aftermarket options.

Thick borders have been placed around the watch face, making it look a bit old. You can somewhat hide this shortcoming by using a black background. It has been given a microphone on the right side, which is with the main button. The main button houses the power control and some navigation options. Speakers are provided on the left side, which are useful when receiving calls. The bottom of the device houses contact points for charging, as well as optical sensors for heart rate and blood oxygen readings.

Realme Watch 3 has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. It weighs 40 grams with its strap. It uses Bluetooth 5.3 for connectivity. You also get a magnetic charging cable in the sales package.

Realme Watch 3 software and apps

The Realme Watch 3 UI is quite simple and some sticky apps have been provided. You cannot install any other apps on it or uninstall your apps. It uses Bluetooth for connectivity with a smartphone, through which it synchronizes physical activity data and displays notifications.

Swiping the wheel right or left on the watch brings up the main apps, including activity tracking, sleep tracking, heart rate tracking, weather, and music controls. Notifications appear when you swipe up from the bottom. Swiping from top to bottom toggles brightness, power saving mode, settings, and other options. By pressing the side button, you can view the entire application menu in a grid or list format.

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There are apps for the core features you’d expect from a smartwatch, including stopwatch, timer, alarm, camera shutter control, heart rate and blood oxygen tracking, workout, and heart rate logging. training, setup and more. It is very easy to access and use.

With the help of the Realme Link app, the watch and the smartphone are connected. This app is available for both Android and iOS. Physical activity data can be viewed in a detailed and organized manner in the app. With its help, you can also customize the settings and other features on the watch.

You can choose from a growing list of realme watch faces and quickly switch to any of the four saved watch faces. Here you can also choose which of your apps should send you notifications or not. Pressing the button and raising your wrist puts the watch into active mode. Touching the screen in standby mode doesn’t make any difference.

If you have other realme products like headphones or IoT devices, this app becomes very convenient and acts as a common hub for everyone. The connection to the smartwatch was stable and notification delivery was reliable during the review period.

Realme Watch 3 performance and battery life

There are plenty of features to say in an affordable smartwatch, but the actual experience is quite different. Especially in this price segment, a lot has been seen. But, when it comes to displaying the time and notifications, changing the watch face, this Realme watch does a good job here.

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Bluetooth calling is helpful in this and I used it for short calls in quiet places like my home and office. It is very fluid to receive calls and works perfectly. When it comes to health and fitness tracking, I find it lacking. But there aren’t too many options at this price that offer accurate tracking. The watch counted 1072 of the 1000 steps I took. The same figure was also seen in the Noise ColorFit Pro 4. For longer distances, the difference increased to an additional 85 steps per 1,000 steps.

Compared to the Apple Watch, it measured less distance. While the calorie measurement was displayed more. The heart rate reading was also not accurate when recorded while walking, but displayed fine when standing or sitting. The blood oxygen level is displayed accurately. He also tracked sleep correctly.

Battery life matches what the company claims and lasts up to 7 days. I did a lot of activity, health tracking, used it occasionally for calls and checking notifications.

our decision

Realme Watch 3 offers a lot for the price of Rs 3499. It looks good, is reliable for connectivity, has decent battery life and comes with Bluetooth calling. Its fitness and activity tracking doesn’t impress. But according to the price, there is no dearth of features in it. If your budget is much lower then you can think about buying it.

The Noise ColorFit Pro 4 is also hard to miss here, as it has a larger watch face and sharper screen. This is also about brand and personal preference. But it can definitely be said that the more you spend on the Realme Watch 3, you are giving a lot more than that.

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