Ticwatch Pro review

A key feature of the TicWatch Pro is the dual-display monochrome LCD over the traditional OLED color display. The LCD contrast is less than traditional LCDs, but is visible in most lighting conditions. The LCD does not compromise the OLED brightness or clarity.

Battery Bar levels

The five-segment LCD battery level indicator is currently programmed to these percentage ranges:

  • 90-100%: 5 bars
  • 70-89%: 4 bars
  • 50-69%: 3 bars
  • 30-49%: 2 bars
  • ≤ 29%: 1 bar

saving battery

The TicWatch Pro SD2100 processor seems to be underclocked or otherwise using power-saving techniques, as the TicWatch Pro is just a big more sluggish than other smartwatches with the SD2100 CPU. This smees a worthwhile trade for 2-3 day battery life. An important setting for battery life on any WearOS watch is under Settings → Gestures → Touch-to-Wake Turning Touch-to-wake off gives 10+% battery life extension by avoiding the OLED watch display turning on inadvertently or on messages–except if you tip/touch the watch within a couple seconds of the vibrate notification.

Heart rate monitor background readings

At least through March 2019, the TicWatch Pro background heartrate monitor doesn’t work with Google Fit directly. Workarounds indicated on the forums included using the Mobvoi fitness app to sync with Google Fit. Indications from Mobvoi are that this should be fixed by April 2019.

two buttons vs. three

Previously I used the LG Watch Sport W280 with three buttons. I was concerned about “downgrading” to two buttons and losing a rotatable crown. However, I soon enjoyed not having accidental screen turnons from the center button, and the double-tap and long-press button gestures give back most of the functionality of the missing third button.