Five Things I Like About The Realme 3 and Two That Not So Much


I have been using the Realme 3 for almost a month now and in this post let me share with you the top 5 features I like about this smartphone. So in case you have been planning on getting your own Realme 3 soon, I hope this post will help you further in cementing your final decision.

In case you missed my unboxing and initial impressions post about this smartphone, you can check it out in the link provided below. There I also included a few sample photos taken with the device.

READ: Realme 3 Unboxing, Initial Impressions, and Sample Photos

DESIGN 

Let us start with the design of the Realme 3. The one I got is in Radiant Blue color. There is another one though in Dynamic Black, but I liked this color and its subtle gradient design implementation on the back more than the other one. Then of course the back panel is one of this phone's most outstanding features, it has a glossy finish that appears to be glass from a distant. You will know that its made of plastic when you hold it, but from the design standpoint, it really rocks whether I use the free clear case that it comes with or not.

This device is quite big at 6.2" screen size, thanks to its rounded corners, the phone makes a lot easier to hold even with one hand. The front panel sports a waterdrop-like not which of course holds the 13MP selfie camera. Unlike in the C1 phone, this type of cutout implementation is much more tolerable and less invasive, and it looks nice at the same time.

CHROMA BOOST and NIGHTSCAPE

One of the reasons why I decided to buy this one for myself is the camera, most especially the Nightscape mode. This particular camera mode is something that is usually found on higher midrange and up smartphones let alone the sub Php10K mark category. So knowing that this kind of camera tech is here with the Realme 3 together with the Chroma Boost, and after seeing tons of night photos on the social media being captured on this, it made me decide even more to finally get this one as soon as it came out on pre-order. The Chroma Boost performs really good as well and it does really provide more dynamic range in a photo taken in this mode. The overall camera experience so far with this phone, has been nothing but great. And because of that, I am a very satisfied Realme 3 user.



Did I mention that this phone is running on the latest Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 software? Yes it is.

PROCESSOR, STORAGE and RAM

Did you know that this Realme 3 is powered by the same processor found on the likes of OPPO F9, F7 and Nokia 5.2? Yes, it's the octa-core MediaTek P60. That makes this device one of the most affordable phones using that processor. Now paired that with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, what else can you ask for?

The one I got is the 3GB RAM and 64GB storage for just Php7,990. In case you wonder, I purchased my unit from 8Telcom gadget store here in Davao City. I chose this one because I think, of the three different configurations, this variant has the most value-for-buck deal.

So performance wise, everything has been buttery smooth so far. Though not as lighting fast as many other high-end Android smartphones out there, still a very satisfying one especially for casual gaming and day-to-day tasks such as streaming and browsing the internet.

BATTERY

The Realme 3 is packed with 4230mAh battery. That is a huge one. For people who are always on the go, this is a good news for them and is a recommended one. The phone can game too, so if you are a type of user who games a lot on mobile phones, this one is to consider seriously. I liked the battery on this device as I can really feel its long-lasting life. On a single charge, the smartphone usually lasts me more than 24 hours and then when I am a bit busy with other stuff such as work then it can go as long as two days or 48 hours before needing to charge the phone again.

PRICING

Of course, those I mentioned above will be less exciting and interesting if not because of its affordable price tags.  The 3GB + 32GB version, which is currently an online-only release, is priced at Php6,990 while the 3GB RAM + 64GB storage is at Php7,990 and Php9,990 for the 4GB+64GB variant.

A real value for money smartphone today, if you ask me.


The Realme 3 is not a perfect smartphone, obviously. Actually the perfect phone does not exist at all. Each of the smartphones that we have on the market sports and lacks something better than the competitions whether that's a flagship, entry level, or midrange device. However, if I am to discuss the two things I like the least about the Realme 3, those would be the following.

Here is the not so much part

Technically considering its features, specs, and design, and most of all the pricing, there is really nothing to complain about the Realme 3. But if we are to mention something about it and are willing to pay a little extra to make the overall smartphone experience greater that it already is, I guess the two below would be on my list.  

SLOW CHARGING TIME

I am of course very glad that this monster packs a huge 4230mAh battery right out of the box. That means long lasting battery life, very recommendable for users who are always on the go most of the day as I already mentioned above. But it comes with a tiny price, if you may, and that is the charging time. From 0% to a full 100% charge, even without using the phone while connected to a power outlet, it's always close to three hours of charging time.

NO REALME BUDS IN THE BOX

Like in the case with the C1, there is still no realme buds in the Realme 3 packaging. Though it is understandable, price point-wise, I guess it would still be a lot more exciting if each realme device comes with the company's very own realme buds in-ear headphones. I heard that this realme buds, which can be purchased separately, sound very good.

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