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.
Who should buy this watch?
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.
Is it a good time to buy this watch?
It depends. On the one hand, this watch is running the same processor as every other Wear OS watch released in the last couple of years. We know there will be a processor refresh in the next year that will mean better optimized watches with longer battery life and more features.
On the other hand, TicWatch Pro already offers a great experience with features unlike and of its competition. A new model with an updated processor isn't going to make the things which allow this watch to stand apart any cooler. If you're excited about what makes this watch special, you're going to really enjoy this experience.
Reasons to buy
- Great build quality and design for the price
- Excellent visibility in the sun
- Good battery life
- Solid sporty strap included
Reasons not to buy
- On the thicker side for a smartwatch
- Magnetic charging dock is difficult to replace
Your smartwatch should be equal parts gadget and watch
The thing that makes a watch convenient is the ability to glance down at your wrist to get the information you need. Smartwatches take this one step further by making that information dynamic, including fitness information and notifications from your phone and sometimes even turn-by-turn navigation or phone calls. But the core feature should still be the ability to glance down and use the watch as a matter of convenience. Few smartwatches hit this mark, because most displays are easily washed out in the sun and battery life suffers when the display is on and active all the time.
If you're looking for the best Wear OS experience, even if you're an iPhone user, right now this is it.
This is what makes the TicWatch Pro so special. On top of feeling like a well made watch, it's the kind of thing you can use anywhere. The hybrid leather/silicone strap looks great under a nice dress shirt, but also works well during an intense workout. The AMOLED display looks amazing indoors, but the secondary high contrast display fills in the gaps when you need to glance down or you're in full sunlight. It's these design decisions which really make this watch stand out as something you can enjoy wearing everywhere. That is, as long as your wrist is large enough to support 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.
Alternatives to the TicWatch Pro
There's no such thing as one design for everyone. If your goal is fitness oriented, you may prefer something built with more fitness functionality and a slimmer profile. If you spend more time in a suit than you do a sweatband, you may want something a little classier on your wrist. Alternately, you may just want something a little cheaper with most of the same features. In those cases, Huawei and Misfit have some amazing options built specifically for those needs and are well worth checking out.
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 tech 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.
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