Redmi Watch Review : There is a Chink in The Armour

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In case you are out there for a fitness wearable, chances are high that you’ve taken a look at Xiaomi’s products already. The Mi Band series has helped the company build and care for its position in the fitness wearable space. As a way to diversify in this product category, Xiaomi has recently brought in the Redmi Watch, which caters to those on the lookout for a watch-like shape and in-built GPS for fitness tracking. Priced at Rs. 3,999, the Redmi Watch does seem affordable, but does it offer the most productive value? I put the Redmi Watch to the test to find out.

 

Redmi Watch price in India

The Redmi Watch is to be had in one size only and is priced at Rs. 3,999 in India. Xiaomi offers the Redmi Watch in three dial colours: Black, Blue, and Ivory. There are four strap options (Black, Blue, Ivory, and Olive). I had an all-black Redmi Watch with me for this review.

Redmi Watch design

The Xiaomi Redmi Watch has a square-shaped dial but it doesn’t in reality stand out since a large number of wearables at this price point have similar designs. The Redmi Watch has a plastic body with a matte finish and it is curved at the corners while the sides are totally flat. There is just one button on the correct while the other side is blank. The Redmi Watch has an LCD display that measures 1.4-inches, with 2.5D glass on top.

The Redmi Watch is water resistant upto 5 ATM of pressure so you’ll wear it while swimming without any fear of damaging it. Xiaomi has used proprietary connectors for the straps which will limit your strap options. Removing the strap is really easy, you just wish to press the release button on the watch body. Putting the straps back on is simple as mannered and you hear an audible click when the strap is firmly attached.

The Redmi Watch only has one multi-function button

 

Xiaomi has pre-curved the straps which makes it super easy to wear the watch. The Redmi Watch has a standard pin buckle and it never came off all over the review. On the underside of the Redmi Watch are its heart rate sensor and pins for charging. This wearable does not strengthen SpO2 tracking, a feature that might have made it more attractive provided the current pandemic situation. The included charging cradle has a full-sized USB plug at the other end. The Redmi Watch houses a 230mAh battery and claims to offer approximately 10 days’ worth of battery life. The Redmi Watch is slightly light at just 35g.

Redmi Watch software

You’ll use the Redmi Watch along side an Android or iOS device, and you can need the Xiaomi Wear or Xiaomi Wear Lite app respectively to administer it. This wearable is really easy to twosome, and it maintains a steady connection so long as the phone is inside range. The app requires you to signal into a Mi account and is identical one you’d use with a large number of other Xiaomi wearables such as the Mi Watch Revolve (Review), which I have reviewed already, and the newly launched Mi Watch Revolve Active. The app is easy to use and allows you to customise one of the most settings on the Redmi Watch. You’ll change watchfaces and make a selection which apps can send notifications to your wrist.

You’ll store upto five watchfaces on the Redmi Watch and can change them by simply long-pressing on the current one. To download fresh new watches onto the Redmi Watch, you will have to use the Xiaomi Wear app. Such a lot of are to be had that you’ll use a new one each day and still not repeat any for a couple of months. Then again, you aren’t getting the option to customise these watchfaces.

The Redmi Watch is capable of heart rate, sleep, and workout tracking

 

The Redmi Watch runs a custom OS and features heart-rate, sleep, and workout tracking. It also has a barometer, a compass, and in-built GPS, which helps you to track outside workouts without needing a smartphone. The UI on the Redmi Watch is really easy to use. You’ll swipe down from the top to see notifications and swipe up to access quick toggles. Swiping left to correct shows you different screens containing weather info, sleep duration, heart rate, calories burned, and music player controls. Urgent the button on the side takes you to a list of the entire functions of the Redmi Watch.

Redmi Watch performance and battery life

I used the Redmi Watch for two weeks and I found it to be very comfortable. For the reason that the Redmi Watch weighs just 35g, you can barely notice it when worn. This low weight and its small size also makes it easy to wear this watch to bed. The display quality is just average and I found the auto brightness to be a bit too aggressive. The raise-to-wake gesture works mannered, and the Redmi Watch is quick to switch its display off to conserve battery life.

I had set up the watch to buzz for incoming WhatsApp notifications, and I could read incoming ones on the watch itself but there is not any way to answer them. The Redmi Watch can inform you of incoming calls along side the caller name. You’ll’t take calls the use of the watch, but you’ll decline or silence them.

Heart rate tracking used to be somewhat accurate and I didn’t see a enormous deviation in comparison to readings shown by an Apple Watch SE that I used to be the use of at the same time. The default interval for heart rate tracking is 30 minutes (to save power), which you might wish to change to 5 minutes or so for more useful statistics. Sleep tracking on the Redmi Watch used to be accurate and it also gave me a breakdown of my sleep quality in the app. Whether you’ve been on the lookout for a device that can also track SpO2, mannered, that’s lacking on the Redmi Watch, and it could have been a strong selling point had Xiaomi included this.

The heart rate sensor and charging pins on the underside of the Redmi Watch

 

Step tracking worked with a negligible error rate on the Redmi Watch, I counted 1,000 steps manually, and the watch showed 1,002, which is acceptable for a device at this price. The Redmi Watch is capable of tracking 11 workouts including Cricket, but provided the current situation I could only test its fitness tracking capabilities while exercising indoors the use of the freestyle workout mode. In this mode it only showed me my heart rate and the number of calories burnt. I found the heart rate readings while working out to be inconsistent. I couldn’t test the accuracy of GPS tracking on the watch.

Battery life used to be acceptable provided the size of this wearable and its small 230mAh battery, Xiaomi claims upto 10 days of battery life but I got only approximately 7 days of use out of it with sleep tracking each night, working out on alternate days, and notifications enabled for WhatsApp. Whether you enable more app notifications or work out more often, the battery life might be even lower. The supplied charger takes approximately two hours to charge the Redmi Watch fully, and a faster charging solution would have been nice.

Judgement

The Redmi Watch does what you might expect, but does nothing extra to stand out in the sea of fitness wearables currently to be had. Xiaomi has put in the effort to make it light, but I would have been happy with a relatively heavier Redmi Watch with better battery life. Xiaomi still offers very good tracking for steps, and whether your main motivation is to log your step count on a daily basis, the Redmi Watch will do that reasonably mannered.

Xiaomi does have the scope to make stronger the Redmi Watch, and adding SpO2 tracking would be a good place to begin. Till then, if you’re on the lookout for an affordable fitness wearable that permits you to track the standard along side SpO2, the Amazfit Bip U Pro is an alternative worth considering.

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