TicWatch Pro Review: The Smartwatch With Two Screens

TicWatch Pro Review: The Smartwatch With Two Screens


– [Michael Fisher] The dual screen trend. On a laptop, it seems like
a usability nightmare. On a smartphone, it’s
uncomfortable and awkward. But on a smartwatch, it makes
all the sense in the world. I’m Michael Fisher, and this is theMrMobile review of the TicWatch Pro. (upbeat electronic music) If you’re thinking, what second screen? Well, get this, you’re
actually already looking at it. You just need to wait for the
primary screen to turn off. That’s when the top layer clicks to life, a segmented LCD that resembles the Timex or Casio
wristwatches of the ’90’s. Speaking of Casio, they actually
beat this one to the punch. Those big Pro Trek watches I’ve reviewed for the past couple of summers have had a very similar layered display. The TicWatch’s implementation
works just as well. The whole idea is that
this high contrast display is much easier to read
out in the sunlight, and a lot more energy efficient, too. I think I said this in one of
the Casio Pro Trek reviews: every smartwatch should use
this dual screen design. That power efficiency is the reason Mobvoi, the TicWatch Pro’s maker, can claim 30 days of
life on a single charge, but that’s only if you disable
the smartwatch features of Wear OS and basically
use it as a dumb watch. This is called a central mode, and even in this mode, though, there is a nice touch:
it continues to monitor your heart rate and step count. The Casio Pro Trek doesn’t even have a heart rate monitor at all,
so one point for the TicWatch. Underneath that fancy display, well, it’s a pretty
typical Wear OS smartwatch. That product line has sort of
languished for the past year, so that’s why I’m kind of
meh, but there are positives. The app ecosystem is huge. There are many watch faces to choose from, and the basics, like notifications and health tracking,
those are handled well. Mobvoi also ships the
watch with its own app for custom health tracking,
but there’s not much reason to use it, unless you want a clone of Apple’s Health tracking interface. There’s also support for
Mobvoi’s Smart Home products, if you own any of those. This watch doesn’t have a
rotating side crown, sad, but it does have two buttons, which means you can program one of them to a shortcut of your
choice, while the other either opens the App
Drawer or Google Assistant. This is also one of the
watches with a speaker, so you can talk directly to Assistant, or even do a call over Bluetooth, though it’s kind of tinny and quiet. Under the hood, the
silicon running the show is two years old, and
while that’s not a problem on some smartwatches, I feel like this one has just a bit more lag than I’m used to. And, I gotta be honest, the
design does nothing for me. I can get behind a big watch, obviously, but the glossy bezel with
its superfluous numerals clashes with the matte casing. And then there’s the watch
band that comes with it. Leather on the outside,
but synthetic within. I get it, it’s supposed to look nice while letting your skin breathe, but this watch obviously wasn’t meant to be worn with a suit. I mean it’s got IP68 dust
and water resistance, and a display meant to be read outdoors. Why even bother with the leather? Why not just embrace the
chunky sportiness of it all? I don’t know, maybe I’m pickin’ nits. At the end of the day, I just don’t know who this watch’s hardware
was designed for. Let’s wrap it up with battery life. In normal operation this time. The TicWatch Pro is probably the most consistent smartwatch I’ve used. For me, it lasts exactly three days, 72 hours between charges. Not quite Fitbit territory,
but it gets a lot closer than most other Wear OS watches,
which I find I usually need to charge every night or every
other night on the outside. And it’s nice to know
Essential Mode is there, if you find yourself backed into a corner. The TicWatch Pro comes in two
color ways for 249 dollars, and if you ask me, that’s
kind of a tough sell. Mobvoi’s own TikWatch S and E are between 50 and 100 dollars less
and so’s the Fitbit Versa. There are other watches
with higher price tags, but many of those are trading on the names of their designer labels, and with Wear OS rumored
to get a huge renovation later this year, I just can’t give an unqualified thumbs-up to
any Wear OS device right now. I’d say you should only consider it if you want a great outdoor
smartwatch for the summertime, and you want the heart rate
monitor and the lower profile that the Casio competition lacks, as well as the lower price tag. If that sounds like you, the TicWatch Pro will be exclusively offered to Amazon Prime members through August 15th. That’s an interesting sales
model for a smartwatch. I don’t think I’ve seen that before. If you wanna keep the
sharpest eye out for deals on this smartwatch and others, be sure to pay a visit to thrifter.com. They’re not just my sponsor, they’ve been saving me money for over a year, and they’ve got big tips
for Amazon Prime Day. And on that subject, be
sure you’re subscribed to theMrMobile on
YouTube, so you don’t miss my big Prime Day video when
it drops on Monday, July 16th. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile my friends. (upbeat electronic music)

1 Reply to “TicWatch Pro Review: The Smartwatch With Two Screens”

  1. Galaxy Watch, Tic Watch Pro, or Fossil Sport?
    Ready to buy my first smartwatch & all I need is responsive UI, good battery life, & replying to text messages.

  2. Does it ? or Does it NOT ?

    Google – Tic Watch Mobvoi Pro using Wear o/s google
    Assistant

     “Does it ?” or

    “Does it NOT ? Work with Google Home? ( Turning lights on/off ) etc..

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