The TicWatch Pro 3 is one of the best Wear OS smartwatches we’ve tested hands down: with a large display, a large battery, and a design that streamlines its large size to avoid feeling chunky, it ticks all the boxes for anyone who want a stylish smart wear.
While Wear OS lacks the device ecosystem compatibility of watchOS or Tizen wearables, it covers the essentials, from phone call instructions and email/notification previews to fitness tracking.
Rather than software, the TicWatch Pro 3’s main strength is in its physical features: the 1.4-inch OLED display is bright, vibrant, and responsive to touch controls. There are heart rate and oxygen saturation sensors and it’s the overall design with a matte black case and a glossy dial with thin bezels – that sets it apart from chunkier competitors.
Ticwatch 3 pro’s appearance is the most noticeable enhancement over its predecessor, the original TicWatch Pro android (no, there was no TicWatch 2 Pro), which is only 0.4mm thicker but appears substantially bulkier due to broader bezels on the dial.
Ticwatch 3 pro’s 8GB of storage is quite common, and given that the majority of apps will be less than 3 or 4MB in size, it’s not a big deal, but it’s far from the vast 32GB of storage on the Apple Watch 6, for example. Its app suite is adequate, albeit a few dubious UI decisions prevent it from being as intuitive as rival products.
In general, the TicWatch Pro 3 is a reliable watch with a premium price tag that is still less than the competitors. It’s a competent smart wear that excels in terms of speed and aesthetics, but not in terms of intuitive or original software.
TICWATCH PRO 3 REVIEW (PROS AND CONS):
- Large battery lasts up to three days without recharging.
- Snapdragon 4100 chipset with high performance.
- Display that is crisp and high-resolution.
- Occasionally, the interface is somewhat unintuitive.
- Sleep tracking is not very precise.
TICWATCH PRO 3 REVIEW
PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The Tic Pro watch android was scheduled to launch on September 24, 2020, for $299.
That is slightly more expensive than the $249.99 launch price of the original TicWatch Pro, but the increased price reflects the additional features and enhancements included in the TicWatch Pro 3, such as a SpO2 sensor and a slimmer casing.
Among smart wear, the TicWatch Pro 3 android is appealing with its stylish aesthetic that contrasts with the futuristic ‘bulbous’ design of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. It has a conventional appearance plus, if desired, several exquisite digital faces that look fantastic on the sharp display.
While it is a large wearable at 48mm broad, it appears to be far sleeker than its predecessor and other smart wears of the past. Its 42g weight makes it lighter than today’s most expensive smart wear, including the Apple smart wear 6 (47.1g) and the smaller Galaxy Watch 3 (48.2g) – and even the latter’s titanium-clad 43g model. And with such a large case, it sits comfortably on the wrist.
The android TicWatch Pro 3 has synthetic straps that are stitched to resemble the leather bands used on more expensive watches. This not only makes it more ideal for workouts – or shallow swimming, given it’s IP68 dust- and water-resistance classification – but also gives it a more premium appearance from a distance.
The TicExercise software works well enough, with 13 programs to pick from, albeit its UI makes some odd, unintuitive decisions, such as not having a ‘stop exercise’ button; instead, you must press and hold the ‘lap’ command (or the lower-right hardware button on it’s side). There is also no instruction. If you want additional fitness and health alternatives, you can install Google’s Fit suite of apps.
The TicWatch Pro 3 does include GPS, which tracks and displays your journey during a workout.
You can also monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen level, as well as track your sleep, using the other Tic-suite apps. The heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensors located on the bottom to provide accurate data as long as the casing is flush against the skin. Simply keep in mind that it can monitor your heart rate but cannot do an electrocardiogram (ECG) like other leading smart wears can.
DURABILITY OF THE BATTERY
The 577mAh battery is another noteworthy feature of the TicWatch Pro 3 android, as it often lasted us beyond two days and into a third. You can eke out further battery life by switching to Essential mode – which, according to Mobvoi, lasts up to 45 days on a single charge – which looks identical to the bare-bones monochrome digital style always-on display.
With a battery life of up to three days between charges, the TicWatch Pro 3 matches the Samsung Galaxy handwear 3‘s battery life, which is remarkable given the latter’s smaller 340mAh battery.
YOU SHOULD PURCHASE THIS TIC PRO WATCH IF:
YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A LARGE, SLEEK SMART WEAR.
The TicWatch Pro 3 android is a large watch that doesn’t feel large: it’s substantially slimmer than its predecessor and priced similarly to the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. Purchasing it solely for aesthetic purposes is perfectly acceptable.
YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A HEALTH MONITORING WATCH AT A REASONABLE PRICE.
While the tic pro watch is not inexpensive, it is less expensive than the Galaxy Watch 3 and comes equipped with a heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensors.
YOU WANT A BATTERY THAT WILL LAST A LONG TIME.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch was once the king of the battery hill, lasting up to five days, but it’s now out of date, and the android TicWatch Pro 3 is one of the longest-lasting watches available.
WHICH ONE IS BETTER TICWATCH PRO VS SAMSUNG GEAR 3?
Samsung Gear 3 is better when you compare Ticwatch Pro Vs Samsung Gear 3 because of its:
- wireless charging
- wifi support
- route tracker
- and many more additional features
BETWEEN TICWATCH PRO VS GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3 WHICH ONE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Between Ticwatch Pro Vs Garmin Vivoactive 3, Ticwatch Pro is the clear winner with an average battery life of one day that is 9 hours more than that of Garmin Vivoactive 3.