Realme Watch 2 Pro Review: Budget Smartwatch with GPS
It isn’t uncommon to see high-end features such as GPS tracking on expensive smartwatches and fitness trackers; if anything, it’s expected. This is a must-have feature for fitness-focused users, since it allows for accurate statistics regarding distance, pace, and location during workouts. Many people even like to share their workout maps on social media. That said, budget smartwatches are usually short on premium features such as this, and instead rely on basic hardware such as a pedometer to track activity, and then estimate the distance covered.
Realme’s latest smartwatch, the Realme Watch 2 Pro, is among the most affordable devices of its kind to come with GPS tracking built-in. Priced at Rs. 4,999, the Watch 2 Pro also has a 1.75-inch colour touch screen, and supports heart rate and SpO2 monitoring. It even gives you over 100 watch faces to customise the look of your device. Is this the best budget smartwatch you can buy right now? Find out in this review.
Realme Watch 2 Pro design
The Realme Watch 2 Pro has a 1.75-inch rectangular screen that’s curved at the corners. The chin is slightly thicker than the bezels around the rest of the screen. The casing of the watch is plastic all around, and has a reflective finish that looks quite nice.
On the right side is a single physical button that controls the power and standby, and is also used to go back when navigating through the watch interface. You can wake the screen with a lift-to-wake gesture, by pressing the button, or tapping the screen once. There are two colour variants of the Realme Watch 2 Pro, Space Grey and Metallic Silver. The watch casing is different, and so is the included strap. This wearable is compatible with standard 22mm watch straps.
The bottom of the watch has sensors to detect heart rate and SpO2 levels, and the contact points for charging. I found the watch very comfortable to wear over long periods of time. IP68 dust and water resistance meant that I could wear it all the time and didn’t need to worry about getting it wet.
The Realme Watch 2 Pro has a 320×285-pixel 1.75-inch screen with a refresh rate of 30fps and a rated peak brightness of 600 nits. Indeed, the screen is considerably sharper than those on any of the other budget smartwatches I’ve reviewed recently; text, animations, and watch faces look sharp and detailed. The device weighs 40g with the strap, has a 390mAh battery, and uses Bluetooth 5 for connectivity.
Charging the Realme Watch 2 Pro is much like charging any other budget smartwatch. The included magnetic charger has a round, heavy ‘dock’-like design, and stays in place very securely. The other end is a USB Type-A plug that will connect to most adapters or USB ports.
Realme Watch 2 Pro software, interface, and app
Realme’s UI and interface for the Watch 2 Pro is about as simple as it gets for a smartwatch, with changeable watch faces, a notification shade, an app drawer, a quick settings shade, and a quick overview of fitness stats for the day. All of this can be navigated through using taps and swipes, with the button on the right used to go back a step, or put the device in standby from the home screen. It’s easy enough to use once you’re accustomed to where everything is.
Depending on the watch face you select, it will have information on screen or some tappable areas which will open apps or menus. You can have a total of seven watch faces on the Realme Watch 2 Pro at any time (of which four are fixed and three are changeable), and switch between them directly from the device itself. The notification shade gives you quick previews of notifications you’ve received, while the quick settings panel lets you control brightness, battery saver mode, and wrist detection, among others.
There are a few apps and tools built into the smartwatch, covering most key functions such as activity, sleep and workout tracking, heart rate and SpO2 monitoring, plus alarms, weather, a stopwatch and timer, and music and camera controls for your smartphone. Realme Link lets you quickly control compatible smart appliances from the watch, which I found quite useful. You can’t install any additional apps on the Realme Watch 2 Pro.
The Realme Watch 2 Pro connects with a smartphone using the Realme Link app, and works with both Android and iOS. This app also works with other Realme and Dizo devices such as wireless earphones and smart appliances. It lets you customise various settings on the watch, view fitness data, and update the firmware, among other things…Read more>>