Nubia’s RedMagic sub-brand has an association with gaming smartphones in most people. But today’s hero of mine was not a gaming mobile device, but a smart wearable watch called the Nubia RedMagic Watch.
Earlier, the company RedMagic introduced wireless earbuds, but so far I have not been able to test them at the present time. Perhaps in the future I will also talk about wireless TWS earbuds from RedMagic.
In this article, I will share with you my experience of using smartwatches from the Nubia RedMagic brand. You can also find out the main features of the device, its functionality and, of course, the convenience while wearing.
If we touch on the subject of cost, then right now you can buy a smartwatch Nubia RedMagic Watch for about $86 with a good discount. It may not be the most expensive smartwatch, but let’s take a look at its functionality before judging the watch.
The front of the device uses a 1.39-inch high-resolution AMOLED screen. Also, the watch can monitor the state of the pulse 24 hours continuously and there is a function of monitoring the level of oxygen in the blood SpO2. In addition, the new watch model has full protection against water under the 5ATM standard.
Other features I can highlight are lightweight and ergonomic fit, 16 different sports modes and good battery life up to 2 weeks without recharging. Okay, I figured out the main features, but let’s check each function in the real world and I planned to start my full review with unboxing.
Nubia RedMagic Watch: Specifications
|Nubia RedMagic Watch:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.39 inch AMOLED screen with 454 x 454 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|Standby time:||up to 15 days|
|Size:||46 x 46 x 12.4 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
Like most smartwatches in the premium segment, the new version of the Nubia RedMagic Watch comes in a long white package. On the front, you can see only a bright red company logo, but on the back, there is a sticker with information about the company and the device.
At the same time, the quality of the box itself was very good, that is, the thickness of the cardboard was dense and came to my review intact and without damage.
Inside the package itself, I found the following components – this is the watch itself, which was completed at full height. Below is the instruction in English, but I did not find any other language options. Although I note that my version of the watch was with a global firmware.
In addition, the package included a magnetic charging cable with a docking station. That’s all, you won’t find anything else here, so now let’s take the watch in hand and talk about it more closely.
Design, build quality and materials
You can choose from two colors of smart watches Nubia RedMagic Watch in gray or black. But the manufacturer also offers a selection of different strap options. It can be white, black, orange from silicone material and black and brown from the leatherette.
That is, the choice of colors is pretty good, but in fact, if you look at the watch, I do not see any elements of play style in it. As for me, this is the most typical sports watch that can also be used in a business style. I want to say that in the case of the Nubia RedMagic Watch you will not find any RGB lighting or other bright elements of appearance.
As for the materials used, the watch case was made of an aluminum alloy. But the back of the case was made of matte plastic. In addition, the buttons were also made of metal.
But the build quality was not the most perfect, as during my testing I found a slight backlash in the buttons on the right side of the watch case. I think that this backlash will only get stronger over time. Therefore, it is small, but no matter how negative.
On the other hand, the Nubia RedMagic watch has received full water protection under the 5ATM standard. This means that you can dive underwater to a depth of 50 meters or a pressure of 5 atmospheres without any problems. I checked the watch for water resistance and after my tests, the device worked properly and without any questions.
On the face of the Nubia RedMagic Watch, I found a round 1.39-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels. During my testing, I did not see individual pixels on the watch screen, which is already good. In the watch settings, I identified a five-level brightness control with automatic brightness control.
Outdoors, the readability of the screen was good, so the maximum brightness will allow you to use the watch even in bright sunny weather. In addition, I liked the high contrast of the image with deep blacks. There is also an Always-On Display function in the settings, but it works for the first 20 minutes and only five different watch faces are available. Of the minuses, I will single out the screen shim, which will be noticeable in photographs during shooting.
On the back of the case, there are familiar sensors such as heart rate and much more. There is also a two-pin magnetic charging connection.
I would also like to talk about the strap. As I already mentioned, a large number of colors are available to choose from, including materials of manufacture. My watch had a silicone strap, but you can also order a leatherette strap. At the same time, the strap itself can be easily removed from the watch case and I note that its width was 22 mm.
If we talk about dimensions, then the Nubia RedMagic Watch received the following dimensions: 46 mm in diameter and 12.4 mm thick together with sensors. At the same time, the weight of the device was about 52 grams, taking into account the weight of the strap.
The watch sat very well on the wrist and was practically not felt while wearing. Therefore, I assume that this model is suitable for both men and women.
Functions, controls and mobile app
The home screen of the Nubia RedMagic Watch features a wide variety of watch faces. For example, holding your finger for a few seconds on the watch screen will open a menu with different watch faces. In addition, it is possible to install other dial styles through the mobile application.
The controls are standard here, like most other smartwatches. That is, swipes to the left, to the right will display various functions of the device in the form of widgets. The main widgets I can include are a music player, weather, heart rate, activities during the day, and others.
If you swipe from top to bottom, you will get to the quick settings menu or the so-called quick features curtain. Here I found features such as power saving mode, flashlight, brightness control, do not disturb mode, and basic settings. But the menu of recent notifications will be displayed from the bottom up. At the same time, it is not possible to see the full message, but only the name of the sender is displayed without the icons of social networks.
In addition, during a call, the watch from Nubia RedMagic is not able to receive a call. Therefore, you can only reject or mute the sound. I was a little upset that the Bluetooth calling function was not available on the new watch from the RedMagic brand.
To go to the main menu of the smartwatch, you must press the button on the right side of the device case. I saw a lot of different functions here. For example, these are activities, heart rate, blood oxygen level SpO2, breathing workout, sleep, compass, weather, music, stopwatch, timer, alarm clock, camera and settings.
The main settings have the following sections such as Always-On Display, Screen Off, Do Not Disturb, and System Settings. Of the shortcomings, I can note that the watch screen did not work on raising your hand. Perhaps it was only my marriage, if this is not the case, write your feedback in the comments, whether this feature works for you or not.
Other features include the presence of 16 different types of workouts. These are walking, running, cycling, swimming and others. It is also worth noting that the device was equipped with a GPS module. But its accuracy was not very correct, as you can see from the map that there are small deviations. Another device Nubia RedMagic Watch is able to control music and the volume control function is also on board the watch.
The mobile application was named RedMagic Sports, which will be available for both Android and iOS devices. After easily synchronizing your smartwatch with a mobile application via Bluetooth 5.0 connection, you will be able to monitor the latest indicators of your activity. For example, the main menu of the application shows the indicators of the walked step, distance and calories. In addition, you will be able to track sleep, health indicators, namely heart rate and SpO2 level.
Through the mobile application, you can also monitor the training records. There are also a large number of different dials and your picture or photo on the main screen of the watch can be installed without any problems. Further, there are standard smart watch settings: notifications about messages, calls, music control, weather control, camera and many others.
Battery and run time
Inside the case of the Nubia RedMagic Watch smartwatch, a 420 mAh battery was built in. According to the manufacturer, this capacity will be enough for up to two weeks of use.
But everything will depend on your usage load. For example, if you do not often use the heart rate tracking functions and use sports modes with the GPS module turned on, then it is possible to achieve a result of 2 weeks, as the manufacturer assures.
During my testing, the watch was 70% discharged in four days. But during my review, I used the watch at full capacity. In addition, it is worth noting that if the watch will work with the always-on GPS module, then the battery life will be about 50 hours.
But the Nubia RedMagic watch takes a long time to charge. For example, in my case, in 1.5 hours, the device was charged only 40%. A full charge took about 3.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
I can’t call the new smartwatch Nubia RedMagic Watch very unique, since they received typical features, like most devices of this class.
Although, I liked this watch model because of some good features. For example, on the positive side, I can attribute the good materials used and the comfortable fit on the wrist. There is also a good selection of colors, both watch cases and straps.
I also liked the bright and color-rich AMOLED screen, but during my testing, I noticed quite a significant amount of PWM. I can also highlight the smooth and good operation of the user interface with full 5ATM water protection.
If we talk about the shortcomings, then they also exist, and to them I can attribute this lack of the function of answering phone calls. Also, the work of the GPS module was not very accurate and the assembly, especially of the control buttons, could be a little better.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Considering its main features and disadvantages, it is difficult for me to recommend this particular watch for purchase. But if you are a true fan of the RedMagic brand, then buying a smartwatch from this company will not be in vain.
In terms of cost, you can currently get the Nubia RedMagic Watch for $86.62 with a 29% discount.