realme Band review – Smart everyday companion but not suitable for sports

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The running and walking activities are recognized by the realme Band if the corresponding option is activated. For specific tracking, you can select exactly three out of a total of nine sports profiles and transfer them to the watch. You can choose between walking, running, cycling, spinning, yoga, hiking and climbing, a fitness workout, and the uncommon choice of cricket.

During stationary workouts such as spinning and yoga, the tracker shows the elapsed time, the current and average heart rate, and the calories burned as well. But the display is small, on one hand, and, on the other hand, also barely bright enough to be able to read something on it while in movement. 

When running or hiking, the tracker also records the number, width, and frequency of steps as well as the distance traveled and the pace. However, the realme Band doesn’t have GPS and doesn’t support assisted GPS via the smartphone either; and the values determined with the help of the 3D accelerometer are far from reality. Specifically, we used the Band for three 5-km runs in the test, and it tracked well over 6 km for each run, which drastically embellished the average pace and calories burned. The average heart rate was up to about 10 beats below the measurement taken by a Polar watch at the same time. In addition, the recording of the heart rate resulted in issues with the workout log. 

The following screenshots show the results of a run compared with the measurements tracked by the Komoot app and a Polar Unite watch. The latter supports A-GPS, but in this case, it also only used the 3D sensor for distance analysis, which it repeatedly succeeded in doing well in our review of the Polar Unite.

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