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Smartwatches are starting to become an important part of everyone’s lifestyle. In this latest quick bytes review, we’re taking a look at the latest smartwatch by Dizo, the Dizo Watch 2. In case you missed it, Dizo is a sub-brand of realme Tech Life. They finally launched today, February 11, and we’re here to give you a round-up of the information you need to know based from my hands-on experience.

dizo watch 2 review

Build and Display

Dizo Watch 2 borrows some of its design aspects from the Apple Watch. If you take a look at it beside the Apple Watch, you’ll know where Dizo got their design inspiration for Dizo Watch 2. It’s unapologetically an Apple-lookalike, but an economical option to those who do not have yet 18,000 or above.

dizo watch 2 review
Dizo Watch 2 (left); Apple Watch Series 7 (right)

Dizo uses zinc alloy in the middle frame; and the 2.5D curved glass has some level of protection against scratches or dents. I like the fact that they are using glass here, and not some cheap plastic found on some smartwatches. The quality of the 1.69″ display is decent; it is sharp and bright (600 nits) enough to show the details on screen.

dizo watch 2 review

Setup

When first setup the watch, it will require you to download the Dizo App, which is available on both iOS and Android. I prefer open ecosystems like this, and if there’s one company that is really doing it very will, it’s realme and Dizo. There is no software limitation whether you’re going to use an iPhone or an Android device.

Setting it up is very simple. After unboxing the device, the screen will display a QR code that you can use to pair the phone to the software. Another option is to find the Dizo Watch 2 in the list of products supported in the app. It will only take less than 2 minutes to pair and fully set it up.

dizo watch 2 review

There are functions that are fully tethered to the application, but there are some watch apps that can function by itself. The phone app acts as a conduit to maximize all the sensors in the phone.

Sensors

Dizo did not provide the full list of sensors installed on Dizo Watch 2 at the time of writing. However, judging from the available sports modes and features, I would like to think that this one has the following:

  • Ambient light sensor
  • 3 axis accelerometer
  • Altimeter
  • Optical Heart Rate sensor
  • Sp02 monitor
  • Bioimpedance
  • Proximity

There does not seem to be any GPS or direction sensors available on the watch, hence the cheaper cost. Unlike other smartwatches, it is understandable for the Dizo Watch 2 to not have all of the sensors to manage its overall cost. You’ve got to keep in mind that this one only costs PhP1,999, and if you want more features, you may want to consider other slightly more expensive options.

dizo watch 2 review

I am happy with the performance and reliability of the sensors. BPM and Sp02 results appear to be at par with the results from more expensive smartwatches. Here’s a tip: some Facebook sellers are selling Sp02 testers for more than 1,000 pesos. As the results you’re going to get from finger Sp02 testers is the same from the Dizo Watch 2, get the latter instead. Both BPM and Sp02 results are recorded, and gives you a summary of your test for further reference.

Workout presets are enough for fitness casuals like me. However, the lack of indoor biking – which I mostly do via Zwift – is a bit of disappointment. In this case, I just use outdoor biking preset as Zwift just usually simulates outdoor biking sans the actual outdoor environment.

dizo watch 2 review

What the smartwatch does is that it uses all the available sensors to track heart rate and uses an preset algorithm to compute for calorie burn.

Other features

Dizo Watch 2 alsol has additional bevy of features like Weather, Alarm Steps Counter, Stopwatch and workout records. You can also control your music via the watch, and even use it as remote trigger for camera. You can also choose to reject calls with it, and receive notifications. It has the basic stack of features you need from a smartwatch without breaking the bank.

dizo watch 2 review

10 days for typical use!

As someone who does indoor biking 5 times a day for 15 minutes, the Dizo Watch 2 managed to stay up for 5 days with still 32% battery remaining from full charge. While I don’t think that this will reach 10 days in total (as it’s only rated for typical use), this is an excellent battery life as per my standards. I don’t think there’s an affordable smartwatch in the market right now that can last for 10 days for typical use.

So…. is it a good buy?

Do it! Dizo Watch 2 is a good investment especially if you want to add a layer of bio tracking to your lifestyle. Besides, if there’s anything that we should be more aware of, it would be how our body ticks and functions.

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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