realme Band review: Back to the basics

realme Band

After its consistent stellar performance in the smartphone category, realme is now adding wearables to its product line with the launch of the realme Band smartwatch and fitness tracker.

The realme Band retails for P1,390 in Realme’s official Lazada and Shopee store. But if you want to know if it’s worth the buy, check out our quick review of this new fitness tracker from realme. Read on.

Design & Construction

The realme Band looks similar in form factor to many fitness bands available right now: a slim, curved, rectangular module with colored screen and detachable rubber straps made of TPU material. realme offers three strap options: black (which my review unit came in), green, and realme’s signature yellow.

realme Band

Though it weighs only 20g, the realme Band looks and feels solid to use, plus it fits my wrist comfortably. One nifty design feature of the realme Band is its plug-and-play form factor; the USB charger comes built-in into the tracker, so all you need to do is to detach the strap on one side and plug the device to a USB port to juice up.

realme Band

If you want to have fun with water sports and activities or just really enjoy sweating it out in the gym, the realme Band can still accompany you as it comes with IP68 rating.

Display & Multimedia

The 0.96-inch color screen is not the biggest I have seen on a fitness band, nor is  it the brightest out there. According to realme, the display offers a vast range of more than 65,000 colors and can display 64 letters at most. It supports five-level brightness adjustment via the companion app, but personally, I think realme can still improve on the screen readability in the next iterations.

In reality, the screen is okay–nothing fancy or remarkable, but certainly delivers the necessary information and features you need on a smartwatch. If you’re meticulous with style, the realme Band comes with five special dial faces you can choose from. The selection is a little scarce, but realme hints on more designs coming with the next over-the-air upgrades.

The singular touch button below the display is intuitive and responsive; a simple swipe/click quickly turns the page to the next one, while a long press is needed for confirmation or selection. It also comes equipped with a gravity sensor that enables a lift-to-wake motion; no need to tap on the screen to activate the realme Band and check your stats.

realme link smart app

If you want to see more detailed data on your health and performance, the realme Band pairs with the realme Link Smart App (free to download on Android devices). Aside from seeing stats and personal data, the app also lets you adjust the settings of the band. Pairing is a pretty straight-forward, hitch-free process.

Performance

In terms of features, the realme Band sticks to the essentials. The fitness tracker comes with a real-time heart monitor and 3-axis accelerometer. Plus, it has a heart rate alarm that warns you if your heart rate exceeds a certain value. The band also supports nine sport modes. However, you can only store four out of the nine sport modes in the Band. Speaking of sport modes, realme included Cricket in the selection in consideration of its Indian market. I, however, prefer to have swimming in the list given that the band is already IP68 certified.

realme band

Other features that are useful for the health conscious are the Sleep Quality Monitor and Idle Alert. The Sleep Quality Monitor tracks your movement and heart rate while sleeping to give you better insight on your sleeping patterns. Meanwhile, the Idle Alert keeps you on your toes by reminding you to move or take a walk when it detects that you’ve been sitting for a long time. This feature can also give you reminders to drink water at regular intervals to keep you hydrated.

Alongside fitness and health functions, the realme Band also caters to your mobile device needs. The smartwatch can receive notifications and show corresponding icons for apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and more. You can also read message content directly on the band.

Battery-wise, the realme Band lasts long enough. From 100% charge, it went down to 59% after two days of use, that already includes constant tinkering and pairing with my smartphone.

realme Band specs

  • 0.96″ 80 x 160 screen; single virtual button
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, USB Direct Charge
  • Pairs with realme Link Smart app
  • Compatible with phones runnign Android 5.0 and up
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, heart rate sensor, rotor vibration motor
  • Real-time Heart Rate Monitor, Smart Notifications, Intelligent Sports Tracker, Personalized Dial Face, Sleep Quality Monitor
  • 90mAh battery; 7-10 days working time
  • IP68 water resistance; up to 1.5m
  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 11.9 x 240mm, 20g
  • Removable wrist straps (16mm width, 152-227 adjustable length)
  • Colors: Black, Green, Yellow

Speed says

For its price, the realme Band delivers all the essential features and specs of a reliable fitness tracker/smartwatch. realme may need to fine tune more its design and other features, but overall the realme Band is already a solid, affordable choice for fitness enthusiasts and beginners out there.

Words and photos Pat Calica

Read more: realme Band launches in PH for P1,390

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