Android Central Verdict
The one-of-a-kind cardiovascular health features on the TicWatch GTH Pro, along with great battery life and low price, make this a compelling fitness tracker. However, the poor notification system and usability quirks could be a turn-off for some.
Great battery life
Lots of watch faces to choose from
Advanced heart health monitoring features
Comfortable to wear
Taking an Arty reading can be finicky
Alarms are frustrating
Poor notification support
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People have many reasons why they might want to have a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Aside from checking the time, one of the most popular reasons is monitoring various health metrics. Mobvoi, the company behind the TicWatch lineup, which runs Wear OS, has updated its fitness tracker from last year, running custom RTOS software with a new sensor for the TicWatch GTH Pro that aims to give even further insight into your health.
While the new TicWatch GTH Pro has a similar name to the other wearables in Mobvoi's catalog, nearly nothing about this watch resembles those devices. But that's okay, because this watch has a different goal and audience in mind — not to mention a much lower price than many competitors and more advanced health features. I've spent the better part of a month with the TicWatch GTH Pro, and I'm ready to let you know if it's worth getting your heart set on it or not.
TicWatch GTH Pro: Price and availability
Mobvoi released the new TicWatch GTH Pro on March 1, 2022, with a $100 price tag. The wearable is available in a single color — Meteorite Black — and only one size, a 20mm black rubber strap. You can purchase the TicWatch GTH Pro at Amazon or directly from Mobvoi for the same $100 launch price.
TicWatch GTH Pro: What's good
At first glance, the TicWatch GTH Pro is identical to the original TicWatch GTH from last year. The same Apple Watch-like design has a single button on the side and a standard 20mm watchband. The sensor layout looks slightly different on the backside, with the heart rate, SpO2, and skin temperature sensors all still there but in a redesigned enclosure. The only way to tell them apart when the watches are on is by looking at the side with the button on it.
Here, the most significant change becomes apparent — the side photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor. This is the second PPG sensor on the TicWatch GTH Pro, with the first residing on the back where other excellent fitness trackers traditionally place one. The two PPG sensors work in tandem with algorithms based on cardiovascular expert ATCOR's proprietary SphygmoCor technology.
The unique TicWatch GTH Pro feature is called Arty, and it even has a cute heart character to accompany it. Arty, the dual PPG sensors, and the specialized algorithms are designed to provide more in-depth information about your cardiovascular health. Taking a reading with the GTH Pro is easy enough: Launch Arty on the watch, put your index finger over the side sensor, and wait while the 10-second countdown finishes.
|Header Cell - Column 0||TicWatch GTH Pro|
|Dimensions||43.2 x 35.2 x 10.5mm|
|Display||1.55in (360 x 320 px)|
|Battery||260mAh, up to 10 days of use, 2hrs to recharge|
|Sensors||Side PPG Sensor, Accelerometer, PPG Sensor (measure heart rate, SpO2 levels, respiration rate over wrist), Skin Temperature Sensor|
|Water resistance||Swim, 5ATM|
The watch will analyze the information and give you an Arty Score, ArtyAge, eCAP (Exercise Capacity), HSX (Heart Stress Index), and TruHR. The goal of the results is to give you helpful information to help you better understand your heart health. Mobvoi and ATCOR recommend testing twice daily at the same time of day, generally first thing in the morning and right before bed.
The Arty Score combines various arterial parameters into a comprehensive score that is easy to understand and track over time. TruHR aims to provide you with a very accurate heart rate measurement calculated similarly to an electrocardiogram (ECG) that you might get on a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. The HSX score measures the load placed on your heart due to stiffening arteries. Your eCAP score measures blood flow to your heart's inner muscle. Finally, the ArtyAge conveys your arteries' health compared to your biological age.
The Arty feature isn't an automatic reading but rather one you'll need to initiate if you want to take advantage of it. All measurements taken on the TicWatch GTH Pro, from Arty to the other fitness tracking sensors, sync to the Mobvoi app to see how you are progressing over time.
Results from Arty are interesting. Now, I didn't go to a doctor to verify the data or scores, but I did see a change in the measurements over time. From starting my testing in early March until now, I can see improvements in the numbers that coincide with changes I made to my diet and fitness regimen. It can be encouraging to see the score getting better over time. But maybe my favorite motivator was seeing my arterial age remain lower than my actual age.
Other health-tracking features available on the watch are heart rate, sleep, blood oxygen, and steps. You can view your daily progress from the watch, but you'll need to hop into the Mobvoi app on your phone to see your past readings. This data can also sync with Google Fit, Runkeeper, Strava, and Arty if you'd like.
On the TicWatch GTH Pro itself, you can use the quick toggles to change the 1.55-inch display's brightness; turn on the flashlight, DND, or power-saving mode; find your phone; or go to the settings page. The latter only lets you adjust display brightness, reset, power, and see the device information. You'll have to open the mobile app for other settings adjustments or viewing your tracking history.
The app has toggles to enable automatic heart rate, blood oxygen, skin temperature, and respirate rate monitoring. It also has the setting to enable or disable tilt-to-wake for the display, as there is no always-on display option. It's also how you set the alarm, but I'll get more into that in the next section.
Other options in the Mobvoi app are to enable sedentary reminders and notifications. Mobvoi has also added a section in the app with lots of watch face options. On the TicWatch GTH Pro, there are only a few options to choose from, but the app currently has 121 different options. Ranging from seasonal to basic and silly to serene, there will be an option for everybody. Some even have moving elements, like the live wallpapers you'll find on some Android phones.