The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro is a great smartwatch with a pretty silly name. But that's OK, because once you put it on your wrist you won't care what it's called. Instead, you'll care that it has a great screen, long battery life, and all the features you'd expect from a high-end smartwatch, including NFC for payments, and a heart rate monitor for tracking your workouts.
Why the TicWatch Pro is the best
It's not easy to find a Wear OS watch that ticks all the boxes. Some are great for fitness and the outdoor life, while others pack NFC payment tech and offer quality microphones for good Google Assistant functionality. TicWatch Pro is, in my opinion, the first Wear OS watch I've wanted to wear everywhere. It looks nice in every environment, comes with a leather strap you can wear while working out due to its textured silicone backing, and its two-stage display means you get phenomenal visibility everywhere.
And I'm far from alone. Here's what Ara Wagoner had to say in her review of the watch:
You can glance down at your watch as you type, cook, drive, or go about your day and instantly, easily read the LCD display, and with tilt-to-wake, you can still see your flashy, fabulous custom watch face and notifications when you pull your wrist up to engage it. The handoff between the two modes is just as quick as the normal tilt-to-wake on any other watch, but it saves so much more battery. In short, I freaking love it.
This watch is a little on the bigger side, but the overall design makes it very comfortable to use despite this, and it's honestly just a nice looking watch at the end of the day. If you're looking for the best Wear OS experience, even if you're an iPhone user, right now this is it.
If you're looking for something in a small package, this is for you
A gorgeous, sharp 1.2-inch OLED panel and a comfortable leather wristband make for plenty of enjoyment, plus the heart rate monitor and GPS let the Watch 2 Classic live on its own, sans phone, when you want to go on a run.
The TicWatch Pro is not just a good watch, it's the best Wear OS watch you can currently buy. While that may change in the coming months with new wearables from big names like LG, Sony and others, no other Wear OS device right now does as much, and so well, as the TicWatch Pro.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Russell Holly is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He lives for the shiniest new thing, and loves explaining its potential to improve your life. Whatever you do, don't tell his spouse about the drawer full of wearables under the bed.
Daniel Bader is the Managing Editor of Android Central. As he's writing this, a mountain of old Android phones is about to fall on his head, but his Great Dane will protect him. He drinks way too much coffee and sleeps too little. He wonders if there's a correlation.
Update, August 2018: The TicWatch Pro is now the best Wear OS smartwatch you can buy right now. We've removed the Asus Zen Watch because it has been discontinued and replaced it with the Huawei Watch 2 Classic.