The Redmi Watch is Xiaomi’s newest reasonably priced wearable. Coming in at a comparatively low worth of round $55, the Redmi Watch packs in health monitoring options like a coronary heart charge monitor, sleep tracker, and GPS all inside a conventional watch-shaped, water resistant physique. Let’s examine how nicely it performs.
The Redmi Watch in ivory is a beautiful-looking machine and one of the elegant wearables on this worth class. Each the watch physique in addition to the strap has a superbly matching shade of off-white with an identical matte end that appears beautiful.
The watch can also be obtainable in black with a alternative of black or olive strap colours or blue with an identical blue strap, however none of them look fairly as putting because the ivory model. Nonetheless, as a result of the ivory colour is so putting, it won’t at all times match your ensemble, through which case you would possibly want the extra subdued colours.
I can not talk about the design of the Redmi Watch any additional with out acknowledging the ivory elephant within the room, which is the overwhelming resemblance to the Apple Watch. Whereas hardly any element is an identical, the general silhouette remains to be remarkably comparable and from a distance, you would be hardpressed to inform the distinction. However I suppose that is the purpose.
Nonetheless, the Redmi Watch does have loads of good design parts of its personal. The strap makes use of a easy buckle design that is much less finicky than the pin and tuck technique on all of the sports activities bands on the market. Of specific be aware is the near-seamless means the strap connects to the watch with none seen lugs or any indication from the surface that the straps are removable.
When you do really feel like eradicating them, then you should merely press the button on the underside and pull. That is simpler mentioned than executed however with a bit of follow, you possibly can take away it with out an excessive amount of effort. Attaching the strap again produces a satisfying snap.
Getting again to the watch, the primary physique has easy flat sides with a single, giant button on the best. The button is probably going made out of plastic however the match and end resemble metallic, full with polished chamfered edges. It is also a neat gold colour on the ivory mannequin.
The show is roofed by a 2.5D glass that curves gently across the edges. Though a easy characteristic, the curved glass does make the watch look fairly a bit extra premium.
The again of the watch has a small bump with the optical sensor for coronary heart charge monitoring. Under are two contact factors for the pogo pin charger.
At simply 34mm large and 48mm diagonal, the Redmi Watch will not be giant, neither is there a bigger measurement obtainable. For most individuals, this measurement would doubtless be sufficient however you probably have bigger wrists or simply want large watches then you’re out of luck right here.
The Redmi Watch is water resistant for as much as 5 ATM. This implies you should utilize the watch underwater in a pool with out having to fret about damaging it.
Total, the Redmi Watch is straightforward however elegant. It isn’t made out of any fancy supplies however nonetheless manages to feel and look nice in your wrist whereas resembling one thing that prices much more.
The Redmi Watch has a 1.4-inch, 320 x 320 decision IPS LCD kind show. As a result of the show is sq., it would not take up your complete entrance floor of the watch face underneath the glass, leaving black bezels on the highest and backside, with the underside bezel being barely thicker. The show additionally lacks curved corners, though the software program typically compensates for this by curving the UI parts across the corners.
Often, the show not taking on your complete entrance floor is not an issue. The one time it is a bit bothersome is when you might have a light-colored watch face and it has noticeably chunky borders on all 4 sides.
The show has affordable picture high quality for the worth. Nonetheless, the colours aren’t as vibrant as they need to be, and that is often noticeable while you set a brand new watch face and it would not look fairly nearly as good because it did on the cellphone app. Viewing angles additionally aren’t nearly as good as OLED panels however nonetheless respectable nonetheless. The mediocre distinction and elevated black ranges are additionally typical of LCD panels, and it means watch faces with a black background do not fairly mix with the black bezels, particularly at increased brightness ranges.
The show has common brightness ranges nevertheless it does stay seen open air underneath daylight so it isn’t a problem. The show helps computerized brightness adjustment and you may even make out the sunshine sensor within the bezel above the show.
The main problem with the show presently is the shortage of an always-on mode. The watch additionally turns off the touchscreen when the show is off, which implies you possibly can’t get up the watch by tapping the display screen. This implies you need to both do the elevate to wake gesture or press the facet button to activate the show.
The elevate to wake gesture is hit and miss and often misses delicate turns of the wrist. It is going to additionally sometimes simply not flip the show off while you flip your wrist away. Typically you would simply be strolling and the show would randomly determine to activate even with out you elevating your wrist.
However what bothered me probably the most was simply the delay in turning the show on. Even while you do the gesture completely, there’s nearly a second-long delay earlier than the show activates. Urgent the facet button as a substitute does flip the show on faster nevertheless it’s nonetheless not on the spot. It isn’t the tip of the world nevertheless it’s simply salt within the wound when you’re already lacking an always-on show.
Software program and UI
The Redmi Watch has a easy, easy-to-navigate UI. From the watch face homescreen, you possibly can swipe all the way down to entry your current notifications and swipe as much as entry a management heart of kinds with some fast entry buttons. Swiping sideways on the homescreen permits you to cycle by way of the center charge monitor, sleep tracker, climate, exercise monitor, and music participant capabilities.
Urgent the facet buttons opens up the ‘app’ launcher, the place you possibly can entry all of the capabilities of the watch. Apart from those talked about above, you could find issues like respiration workout routines, compass, barometer, alarm, countdown timer, stopwatch, flashlight (turns the display screen white), and discover my cellphone (makes your paired cellphone ring if nonetheless linked). Navigating by way of the UI is dealt with with easy faucets and swipe again gestures, with the facet button at all times taking you again to the watch face.
The UI is not very fluid and more often than not it would not even really feel like there’s any scrolling or transition animation because it simply snaps backwards and forwards between the present and subsequent record of things. Nonetheless, the UI is pretty snappy and responsive, so it would not really feel like a chore to make use of like on a number of the health bands.
As you’d anticipate, you possibly can have your cellphone’s notifications present up on the watch. You need to manually allow which apps can ship notifications earlier than you begin seeing them. As we discover with most of those implementations, the Redmi Watch does get notifications from the cellphone nevertheless it’s only a one-way avenue. Because of this should you work together or dismiss the notification on the cellphone, the watch has no concept about it. The notifications on the watch need to be dismissed manually. Additionally, since there are not any apps on the Redmi Watch, you possibly can’t work together with any of the notifications on the watch itself in any means apart from merely studying them.
Talking of apps, the Redmi Watch makes no claims about being a smartwatch so the shortage of any kind of third-party app help right here is not a giant problem. However at this worth level, that is not a serious disadvantage.
To make use of the watch, you’ll need to put in the Xiaomi Put on app in your cellphone, obtainable on Android and iOS. The app handles all of the watch duties, in addition to collating all of your health knowledge. You’ll be able to preserve observe of your step depend, energy burnt, exercise historical past, sleep monitoring, coronary heart charge, and likewise how lengthy you have been standing. It’s also possible to select to start out exercises from throughout the app.
The Put on app can also be the place you possibly can set up extra watch faces from on the Redmi Watch. That is one space the place Xiaomi has executed some nice work because the Redmi Watch comes with dozens upon dozens of watch faces. There are tons of implausible trying choices in right here and that is simply top-of-the-line units of watch faces I’ve seen on any wearable to date.
Sadly, the watch can solely retailer 5 of them in reminiscence, of which two can’t be deleted, so that you’re down to simply three customized slots. For most individuals, this will likely nonetheless be sufficient and while you’re simply within the temper to check out all of the watch faces, the Redmi Watch lets you preserve putting in them whereas silently deleting older ones from the reminiscence within the background moderately than telling you you possibly can’t set up any extra with out manually deleting previous ones first. This can be a good method and allows you to fiddle to your coronary heart’s content material earlier than lastly deciding on to the design of your alternative.
The watch faces may also help issues. Nonetheless, it appears solely one of many two everlasting watch faces can do that. Not one of the different ones I attempted allowed me to alter any of the issues.
One main drag with altering watch faces is simply how lengthy it takes to switch one to the watch. Most watch faces are underneath a megabyte however to switch that one megabyte takes practically 80 seconds. And through this time, the watch is unusable.
Getting again to the Xiaomi Put on app, I discovered it to be fairly well-designed and straightforward to make use of. The app helps many extra options than seen right here nevertheless it’s restricted by what the Redmi Watch helps.
The Redmi Watch is a fundamental health tracker that may observe sure exercises and likewise preserve a observe of fundamental vitals.
Beginning with exercises, the Redmi Watch can be utilized to trace outside operating, treadmill operating, outside biking, indoor biking, strolling, trekking, path run, pool swimming, open water swimming, cricket, and freestyle. Apart from simply counting your steps routinely, the watch can’t really detect a exercise, so you need to activate it manually.
Serving to with the outside monitoring is the built-in GPS. The GPS takes about 30 seconds or so to attach underneath an open sky however as soon as linked it stays locked except you progress indoors. The built-in GPS additionally means you possibly can simply exit for a exercise with out your cellphone, assuming you are able to do with none cell connectivity and even audio playback means because the Redmi Watch has neither of these.
Additionally serving to with the monitoring is the center charge monitor. The Redmi Watch doesn’t have steady HR monitoring however you possibly can select from totally different intervals, the bottom one being one minute.
I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the exercise monitoring options on the Redmi Watch, as that is tougher to do than simply strapping on one other smartwatch. Nonetheless, for my use case of simply retaining an informal document of going out for a stroll or a run, the Redmi Watch appeared to just do nice.
Nonetheless, I can say with certainty that the sleep tracker on the Redmi Watch is simply plain inaccurate. On most nights, I’ve one prolonged, steady bout of sleep adopted by a sequence of brief naps till I lastly get up 7-8 hours later. The Redmi Watch routinely would simply cease counting after I had my first steady stretch, which meant it could often simply depend about 4-5 hours of sleep each evening and ignore the remaining. It will then go on to present me a low rating for my sleep, though I used to be typically well-rested.
I had the watch on for a number of days at evening throughout testing and it did this each evening. There was additionally one evening the place it merely did not observe my sleep in any respect as there was no knowledge the following day. This meant that I merely can’t depend on the Redmi Watch to do any significant sleep monitoring and I am not even certain if that is simply a problem with the watch or a YMMV state of affairs.
One notable characteristic lacking from the Redmi Watch is a blood oxygen saturation monitor. An awfully helpful factor to have today as a result of unlucky circumstances surrounding us, the characteristic is conspicuous in its absence on the Redmi Watch, particularly since even the cheaper OnePlus Band and Realme Watch have it.
The Redmi Watch has a claimed battery lifetime of ten days, which was achieved with a reasonably conservative utilization on the default settings. I had my unit bumped as much as examine coronary heart charge each 5 minutes, have the next handbook brightness degree, longer display screen on time, and used the GPS for about an hour every single day. With these settings, I received about 5 days of battery life.
In comparison with a correct smartwatch that requires nearly every day charging, 5 days will not be too dangerous with comparatively heavy use. It’s also possible to simply enhance on that determine by turning down a number of the settings. As such, I believe the battery life is respectable if unspectacular.
The charger that comes within the field can also be properly designed just like the watch. It stands sideways and the watch face is then perpendicular to the floor, making it splendid to be used on the bedside. There’s even a particular display screen that kicks in, which reveals the time and battery in giant font and sideways. Sadly, since there isn’t any always-on show, this mode is considerably ineffective except you press the button on the facet each time to see it.
The Redmi Watch is a gorgeous, well-designed watch with good materials high quality and end. The massive show, though not particular on a technical degree, helps it stand out among the many sea of capsule-sized health band shows and likewise makes the Redmi Watch appear to be an everyday watch, which can be essential to some. The software program can also be easy and straightforward to navigate and comes with a ton of wonderful watch faces.
What the Redmi Watch is not is an effective health tracker. The exercises it might observe are restricted, there is no steady coronary heart charge monitoring, and there is additionally no blood oxygen saturation monitor. The sleep monitoring can also be a joke and never as soon as did it work appropriately for me.
Past that, the one actual problem with the Redmi Look ahead to me is the shortage of an always-on show or perhaps a show that may be tapped to be woken up. It will have been good to swap a few of that battery life for an always-on show, no less than as an choice.
At INR 3,999 ($55), the Redmi Watch is an reasonably priced approach to get into the smart-ish watch section. Nonetheless, it’s under no circumstances the most cost effective providing available on the market, with the Realme Watch providing a number of extra options at a cheaper price. When you want the aesthetics or simply need one thing tremendous reasonably priced that works with an iPhone, then the Redmi Watch is sensible. In any other case, the Realme Watch looks like the higher choice total.
- Engaging design
- Light-weight, snug strap
- Easy, straightforward to make use of UI
- Tons of nice watch faces
- Constructed-in GPS
- iOS help
- Cleverly designed charger
- Show lacks always-on mode; can’t be woken up by contact
- Increase to wake gesture is gradual and considerably unreliable
- Restricted exercises supported
- Inaccurate sleep monitoring
- No steady coronary heart charge monitoring choice
- No blood oxygen saturation monitoring
- Watch faces take ages to switch; can solely be saved three at a time