TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS review: Improving what's already great

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Android Central Verdict

Bottom line: The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra keeps everything good from the previous version and makes it better. Its refined design houses a new customizable backlight for the top display, fresh software features for the TicHealth suite, and more durability. While Wear OS 3 is lacking today, it will receive the update in 2022, making this an excellent smartwatch for your wrist — if it can handle the watch's large size.

Pros

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    Excellent battery life

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    Dual-display feature is improved

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    Great performance

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    Refined design

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    Very durable

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    Wear OS 3 coming in 2022

Cons

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    No Wear OS 3, yet

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    Sleep alarm in the TicSleep app is buggy

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    Haptic motor could be stronger

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    Might be too bulky for some people

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When it comes to current Wear OS smartwatches, picking which one to buy can be tricky unless the product's name is Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. Because Google and Samsung have partnered up to develop a new version of the wearable platform, currently, only Samsung has access to Wear OS 3. But, it doesn't mean it's the only watch worth considering. In fact, I returned my Galaxy Watch 4 for many reasons, one being that I liked my TicWatch Pro 3 so much. Still, the new TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra has me changing devices once again.

Mobvoi, the company behind the TicWatch brand, is known for making small incremental changes year over year to its product line — the Pro 3 Ultra is no different. However, just because these are small changes, doesn't mean that they aren't quality improvements. Where the Pro 3 made meaningful refinements to the overall design of the Pro 4G, the Pro 3 Ultra keeps those changes and adds some new tricks to earn its place on my wrist.

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS: Price and availability

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Mobvoi announced and launched the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra on October 13, 2021. The watch is available in one color: Shadow Black. At launch, the device is available on Amazon and through the Mobvoi website for $299.99.

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS: What's good

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While I have used many smartwatches over the years from various brands, the TicWatch Pro series is the one that I keep going back to. There are three reasons that I typically use one of these watches as my daily driver: battery life, performance, and screen visibility. With each release from this lineup of Wear OS watches, Mobvoi has found a way to add value to the product continually — and the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra keeps that going.

The Pro 3 Ultra isn't an earth-shattering departure from prior devices in the lineup, nor is it going to shake up the smartwatch space. However, it will retain a spot on the list of best Android smartwatches, thanks to the updates that have been made over the original Pro 3.

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CategoryTicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS
Dimensions47 x 48 x 12.3mm
Weight41g
MaterialsStainless steel, high-strength nylon with glass fiber
Corning Gorilla Glass
Watch band22mm Fluoro Rubber
Battery577mAh
Display1.4-inch, (454x454), 326ppi AMOLED
FSTN
ColorsShadow Black
Operating SystemWear OS 2.32
Memory1GB RAM
8GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100
Mobvoi dual processor system
Speaker✔️
Microphone✔️
Water and Dust resistanceIP68
Pool Swim
MIL-STD-810G
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n
LocationGPS
Beidou
Glonass
Galileo
QZSS
SensorsNFC
Accelerometer
Gyro Sensor
HD PPG Heart Rate Sensor
SpO2 Sensor
Low Latency Off-Body Sensor
Barometer
Compass

Comparing the specs to the TicWatch Pro 3, nearly everything is the same across the board. But, upon close inspection — there are some helpful changes. Firstly, the design of the casing has been tweaked to raise the display up ever so slightly to make it nearly flush with the top edge of the bezel. Thankfully, the watch as a whole is nice because the included 22mm rubber strap is a bit on the boring side.

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Speaking of the bezel, it's received some revisions too. It now has a two-tone finish of gloss and matte with the outer edge has a bit of knurling, making me wish I could rotate it like a Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, but I can't.

The design changes to the TicWatch Pro 3 were good over the prior version, but the Pro 3 Ultra is even better.

Sticking with the exterior of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, the watch has retained the IP68 dust and water resistance, but it has become more durable. With a new military certification of MIL-STD-810G, the Pro 3 Ultra is now capable of withstanding even more abuse when out on your adventures.

Thanks to the signature dual-display feature that all TicWatch Pro watches have, the Pro 3 Ultra can last up to 72 hours on smart mode and 45 days in Essential mode. If you're unfamiliar, Essential mode shuts down nearly all typical functions of a smartwatch in an effort to extend battery life. However, you will still get sleep tracking, step tracking, heart rate monitoring, and of course, time. This mode will utilize only the LCD top display, so you can still have great visibility while using very little battery.

Battery life is one of the best features of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra.

In the month I spent with the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, the battery life was great. I regularly got three days of use between charges with 24-hour heart rate monitoring and blood oxygen tracking, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sleep tracking, notifications, and even a workout or two. Exercises that use GPS for tracking, like a bike ride or an outdoor run, can pull that down closer to 2-2.5 days. I also leave the tilt-to-wake off since that is usually done just to check the time and the top display does that for me.

Something that makes checking the time even better is a fantastic feature introduced on the TicWatch Pro 3 — a backlight to the top display. While we still cannot customize the data that is shown on this screen, the Pro 3 Ultra does bring along the ability to pick from 18 different colors for that backlight. These colors are surprisingly vibrant and can make the visibility better in different lighting conditions on top of just being plain fun.