TicWatch Pro review

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Specs / Features


Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date 10-July-2018
Size 5 x 1 cm (2 x 0.4 in)
Weight N/A

What's good

  • Comfortable, durable fit
  • Dual display technology
  • Accurate GPS, heart rate monitor, and step counter
  • Price
  • Exceptional battery life

What's bad

  • Dated processor
  • No 4G/LTE
  • Bezel does not rotate

While far from a household name, the Chinese manufacturer Mobvoi continues to crank out full-featured smartwatches at a fraction of the price of the bigger names in the industry. Their latest release -- the TicWatch Pro -- features an impressive spec list with an affordable price tag. But does the experience sour the value?

While many budget-conscious smartwatches use plastic and rubber to keep costs low, the TicWatch Pro includes a stainless steel bezel and rear cover. The replaceable 22mm silicon wristband is lined with Italian leather for a touch of class at an affordable price. Reviewers agreed that apart from the larger, 45mm face, the watch offers a look that is at home at both the gym or the office.

The TicWatch Pro is IP68-rated for water and dust resistance. So you need not worry about rain, sweaty workouts, or steamy showers. The bezel also includes two buttons for added control flexibility.

The only design complaint focused on the minute markers on the front bezel. Since the bezel doesn’t rotate, right-handed use would cause the markers to be upside down.

The screen itself received positive reviews. The watch uses a dual 1.39-inch screen design -- one monochrome display and one 400-by-400 pixel OLED color display. When not using the smart features, the monochrome display makes it easy to check the time, steps taken, or heart rate without requiring power to the OLED display.

Reviewers liked the feature but noted that the monochrome display lacks a backlight. So you must tap the screen to switch to the color screen at night. Some reviewers also mentioned a slight blurriness to the OLED screen when viewing it through the monochrome one.

The phone runs the same chip as a wide range of other smartwatches made in the past 2 years -- Snapdragon Wear 2100 with 512MB of RAM. But until Fall 2018, that is the only chip available. It also runs Wear OS -- previously Google Android Wear.

The processor and software allow a range of apps plus notification mirroring and SMS or email replies. Other features include GPS, heart-rate monitor, microphone, speaker, and NFC.

While it’s not the snappiest experience, it’s about as good as Wear OS devices get until the next generation of Snapdragon Wear chips release. Reviewers noted sluggishness when loading apps, but found performance respectable overall.

On the fitness tracking features, Ausdroid notes, “A comparison of step count and heart rate tracking with a Fitbit Ionic and Huawei Watch 2 saw all three giving not exactly the same, but very similar data so I’m happy with those results.”

If you’re looking to ditch your phone while working out, there’s no 4G/LTE connectivity. So you are restricted to offline apps and data collection. Reviewers also note that the GPS is slow to connect. Though once it locks, it stays locked and provides accurate locations.

The star of the watch is the 415 mAh battery with magnetic cradle charging. Capable of a full charge in 90 minutes, it offers 2 to 3 days of standard use in a single charge. Using the Essential Mode -- which restricts the phone to the monochrome screen only -- Mobvoi manufacturer claims you can reach up to 30 days between charges.

Overall, reviewers loved the watch. But some were hesitant to recommend it until the new Snapdragon Wear chips drop in the fall of 2018. If you’re not worried about features or performance increases the new hardware might bring, the TicWatch Pro offers good value in a well-designed package.

Pocket-Lint says, “Need an attractive smartwatch that you can wear to work and wear during your workouts? The TicWatch Pro is that watch. Don't need the sports stuff, but want a Wear OS watch with great battery life? TicWatch Pro is that watch too.” New Atlas says, “Wear OS is more or less the same on every Wear OS watch, but aside from that dual-layer screen, this wearable is comfortable to wear, looks good on the wrist, and is responsive in use.”


Critic Reviews


Android Guys

A great smartwatch whether you need LTE or not

from Android Guys

There are a lot of choices when looking to buy a Wear OS smartwatch these days. In my opinion, the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is one of the top contenders if you want or need cellular connectivity in your smartwatch. It might be lacking the latest generation processor but you won’t feel like that when...More

There are a lot of choices when looking to buy a Wear OS smartwatch these days. In my opinion, the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is one of the top contenders if you want or need cellular connectivity in your smartwatch. It might be lacking the latest generation processor but you won’t feel like that when you’re using it thanks to the 1GB of RAM. It also makes up for some weaknesses with Wear OS, with a superior fitness app over Google Fit, and a way to cheat the battery life woes if you don’t mind giving up some smart features.

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The Gadgeteer

A smartwatch with a lot of helpful features

from The Gadgeteer

I have not worn a watch for many years — more than a decade. After wearing the Mobvoi TikWatch Pro 4G/LTE for one month I think I will be wearing it for the foreseeable future. I like the way it looks on my wrist and some of the features are really helpful.

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I have not worn a watch for many years — more than a decade. After wearing the Mobvoi TikWatch Pro 4G/LTE for one month I think I will be wearing it for the foreseeable future. I like the way it looks on my wrist and some of the features are really helpful.

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Tom's Guide

One of the better Wear OS watches to date

from Tom's Guide

Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is a solid smartwatch with decent performance, 4G LTE connectivity (on Verizon) and a clever layered display that conserves battery life. Although it's an improvement over its predecessor, the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE adopts too many of the original's shortcomings, includi...More

Mobvoi's TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is a solid smartwatch with decent performance, 4G LTE connectivity (on Verizon) and a clever layered display that conserves battery life. Although it's an improvement over its predecessor, the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE adopts too many of the original's shortcomings, including its bulky watch housing and outdated processor.

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Fossbytes

Go wireless with amazing battery life

from Fossbytes

The new TicWatch 4G has a list of refinements that are all very welcome. It has built on the original in a way that distinguishes it but does not betray the design language of the original. I wouldn’t say that it warrants an upgrade from the original, not unless you really need that phone-less...More

The new TicWatch 4G has a list of refinements that are all very welcome. It has built on the original in a way that distinguishes it but does not betray the design language of the original. I wouldn’t say that it warrants an upgrade from the original, not unless you really need that phone-less connectivity. But the TicWatch Pro 4G offers an excellent and competitive array of features at a price point that is hard to argue with when faced with the alternatives.

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GSMArena

A great all-around smartwatch

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is a well-built smartwatch with attractive looks, a big display with power efficient standby feature, and decent battery life. Wear OS is surprisingly smooth despite its aging chipset, and TicWatch's health features offer a nice set of features. Where the TicWatch Pro 4G...More

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is a well-built smartwatch with attractive looks, a big display with power efficient standby feature, and decent battery life. Wear OS is surprisingly smooth despite its aging chipset, and TicWatch's health features offer a nice set of features. Where the TicWatch Pro 4G can improve is by adding support for sleep tracking.

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Android Authority

Stuck in time

from Android Authority

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is an iterative upgrade that sticks tightly to the blueprint established by the original TicWatch Pro. It may well become the best Wear OS smartwatch with LTE support out there (when Verizon switches on cellular support), but it's still lagging well behind non-Wear OS rivals.

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The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is an iterative upgrade that sticks tightly to the blueprint established by the original TicWatch Pro. It may well become the best Wear OS smartwatch with LTE support out there (when Verizon switches on cellular support), but it's still lagging well behind non-Wear OS rivals.

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Digital Trends

The most feature-packed Wear OS smartwatch to date

from Digital Trends

There are a plethora of activities you can track — whether you’re using Google Fit Workout or TicExercise — including swim tracking thanks to the watch’s IP68 water resistance rating. You’ll be satisfied with the fitness features the TicWatch Pro offers, particularly if you’re a casua...More

There are a plethora of activities you can track — whether you’re using Google Fit Workout or TicExercise — including swim tracking thanks to the watch’s IP68 water resistance rating. You’ll be satisfied with the fitness features the TicWatch Pro offers, particularly if you’re a casual athlete, and it will be even better if you add LTE connectivity as then you can leave your phone at home or in the car.

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Android Authority

An affordable smartwatch with next-level battery life

Android Authority

This smartwatch is not only stylish and affordable, but it also has a battery life that outclasses most competitors. For us, this is one of the best smartwatches on the market. It may have been around for a little while now, but it still ranked very high on our recent best Wear OS watches list, and for good reason.

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This smartwatch is not only stylish and affordable, but it also has a battery life that outclasses most competitors. For us, this is one of the best smartwatches on the market. It may have been around for a little while now, but it still ranked very high on our recent best Wear OS watches list, and for good reason.

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KnowTechie

A solid Wear OS option

from KnowTechie

The dual-screen makes me wish that every smartwatch had the same setup, with the LCD screen to let me see the time without having to wake up the power-hungry OLED screen. The only real drawback isn’t even anything Mobvoi can do about, in that Google needs to stop breaking older devices when they update Wear OS.

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The dual-screen makes me wish that every smartwatch had the same setup, with the LCD screen to let me see the time without having to wake up the power-hungry OLED screen. The only real drawback isn’t even anything Mobvoi can do about, in that Google needs to stop breaking older devices when they update Wear OS.

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G Style Magazine

A really good, affordable smartwatch

from G Style Magazine

If you want to spend money on a smartwatch but not a lot of money, you can’t do much better than the Ticwatch. The two watches that they offer give you everything you need from an Android smartwatch. The battery life combined with a simple look make for an unconventional watch. I recommend gett...More

If you want to spend money on a smartwatch but not a lot of money, you can’t do much better than the Ticwatch. The two watches that they offer give you everything you need from an Android smartwatch. The battery life combined with a simple look make for an unconventional watch. I recommend getting one if you’re in the market for an inexpensive but capable smartwatch.

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