The DIZO Watch 2 gives great value for its sub Php 2K price - premium design, great app support, and long battery life.
realme intros DIZO, its first ever sub-brand under the company's TechLife series, to expand its portfolio of devices and give its avid users the flexibility to choose the right AiOT device that suits them. One of DIZO's hero products in its grand Philippine launch is the DIZO Watch 2.
We all know that there has been a series of realme Watch releases before, and I'm sure you're eager to know what makes the DIZO Watch 2 stick out from the pack. Read this before you buy.
DIZO Watch 2 Review
The DIZO Watch 2 is neatly packaged inside a small rectangular white box. Opening the box, you'll find the Watch 2 in its cradle; underneath are the user guide and the magnetic charging cable.
- DIZO Watch 2 unit
- Magnetic charging cable
- User Manual
Design and Display
The DIZO Watch 2 sports a big rectangular 1.69-inch TFT LCD touch display, which I think is one of its strongest suits. The sizeable screen real estate makes it easier and comfortable to navigate through the watch's interface. Likewise, the Watch 2 features a 2.5D arc glass design, round edges, and a zinc alloy frame, which is quite commendable considering it's an entry-level "budget" smartwatch.
I have to say, I like the fact that it makes use of a metallic frame instead of plastic that's common to most budget smartwatches. This gives the DIZO Watch 2 a premium look and feel. However, I'm not a fan of its silicone strap design; it seems to struggle blending in with the "overall look" that the Watch 2 tries to project. But you can easily replace it with better-looking strap options out in the market since it comes with the standard 22-mm width.
Aside from the Classic Black colorway, you can also get the DIZO Watch 2 in Golden Pink, Ivory White, and Silver Grey.
You may raise an eyebrow with the watch's sizeable bezels. If it bothers you, it's less noticeable when you're wearing a watch face with black background. Despite having an aluminum case, the DIZO Watch 2 is not that heavy; it only weighs 52.5 grams with the bundled straps. Flipping the watch, you'll see the SpO2 sensor and magnetic contacts for charging.
The display could hit up to 600 nits of brightness. I had no issues with the screen when viewing the display indoors, but is not as good when viewing it outdoors. However, the panel has good contrast and color saturation. Details are also on point, as well as the viewing angles.
The DIZO Watch 2 connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 5.0. Just like any other smartwatch in this price range, it does not support GPS. This wrist computer is quite sturdy; and it also comes with 5ATM water-resistant rating. This means you can use it on water activities in the beach or pool without problems. I also don't need to remove this watch when washing my hands or sometimes when taking a shower. Moreover, the screen is dust-proof and scratch-resistant.
Navigating thru the Watch 2 Interface
The device has a clickable button situated on the right side of the display. Pressing the button will power the device. Also, it serves as a back button, which leads you back to the homescreen.
Navigating thru the device’s interface is quite simple, you just need to remember these simple gestures to access certain functionalities:
- Swiping up, leads you to Activity data (steps, Kcal, distance tracker), Heart rate, SpO2, Sleep, Workout (with 15 workout modes), Workout records, Breathe training, Female health, Weather, Music, Alarms, Settings, Find My Phone, and more.
- Swiping down shows you your notifications.
- Swiping left leads you to the control panel. e.g. controls for brightness, sleep mode, power saving mode, settings, etc.
- Swiping from the right, gives you your activity tracker, sleep record, heart rate monitor, weather, and Music.
By the way, you can either use the grid style of icons which for me looks good or the list view which is easier for new users to access functions and data points with their descriptive titles.
The DIZO Watch 2 is capable of recording your SpO2. Comparing the Watch 2 to the Apple Watch Series 6, it gets the same value as the latter almost all the time.
The activity tracker is easy to use. On the get go, you'll have 15 sports modes which include Outdoor Run, Outdoor Walk, Outdoor Cycle, Strength Training, Jump Rope, Basketball, Badminton, Swimming, Yoga, and more. The sleep monitor is also very handy to those who are eager to track their sleeping patterns.
The Watch 2 is very efficient in pushing notifications from your smartphone due to its capable vibration feature. Of course, some of the staple features like stopwatch, timer, breathing exercises, and heart rate monitoring are also here.
The Watch 2 comes with a companion app - the DIZO app. It's available both in iOS and Android devices. Linking the Watch 2 to your device is a breeze. Opening the app, you will find three menu buttons situated at the bottom of the app's interface, namely, Home, Record, and Profile.
The Home button gives a summarized view of your health reports e.g. Activity tracker, Sleep duration record, Heart rate, and SpO2. You can also customize the Watch Face here.
The Record button shows you records of your exercises (Total distance, Calories, Total Times) for any given month.
The Profile button leads you to your personal and watch details. This is also where you can update the watch's OS, once new update is available, as well as access and update certain settings and app permissions. You can also access here the Switch Center which houses the different Watch Faces, and choose your preferred Watch Face. In addition, you can customize your watch face (style, background picture, time location).
If you're the type who designs images, you can upload your original design and use it as your background for your watch face or you can use your own portrait photo from album or take a photograph instead using your paired device's camera.
Considering that DIZO is just in its early conception, the app support seems satisfactory. It has the standard features for tracking, reporting, and analysis. However, there's no denying the fact that there is still more room for improvements. But on the good side, it’s very easy to navigate and it shows a minimalist and simplistic view of your activities and data.
The DIZO Watch 2 packs a 260mAh polymer lithium battery. On paper, the watch is capable of up to 10 days battery life. In our test, it took us roughly 9 days to fully drain the device. We are using it with full brightness and push notifications. There's also a power saving mode which only displays time and battery status in case you need to squeeze more juice from your watch.
In our test, we charged the device from 0 to 100% in 90 minutes. For a smartwatch at this price point, we are impressed with the battery life and power management.
For its price, the DIZO Watch 2 is a smartwatch that offers a lot of value to potential buyers. Its design and build are in high bars and is something you don't regularly see at a Php 1,999 price. Almost all of the basic features for a smartwatch are here; that's on top of a solid battery life. This watch is definitely easy to recommend.
- Solid build quality
- Useful activity tracker
- Sizeable screen real estate
- Long battery life
DIZO Watch 2 Specs
- 1.69-inch, 2.5D curved TFT LCD touch display
- Up to 600 nits Ultra Bright
- PPG heart-rate sensor, blood-oxygen sensor
- 15 sports modes
- Bluetooth v5.0
- 20mm strap
- 52.5 grams, including the strap
- 5ATM water resistant
- 260mAh battery
- Compatibility: Android 5.0 or later, iOS 10.0 or later
- Colors: Classic Black, Ivory White, Golden Pink