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.

LTE

It’s important to distinguish between the slower 2018 TicWatch Pro (without LTE) with 512MB of RAM, and the significantly faster TicWatch Pro LTE with 1GB RAM. It’s not yet known if the TicWatch Pro will be carrier-agnostic as the eSIM should allow. The LTE bands supported by the TicWatch Pro LTE are 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 17 that include TMobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint among others.

  • TicWatch Pro LTE FCCID: 2AP42-WF11026

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 2-3 day battery life is the “killer” feature of the TicWatch Pro. An important setting for battery life on any Wear OS 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

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. Despite indications from Mobvoi that this would be fixed by April 2019, Google Fit still doesn’t automatically monitor heartrate on the TicWatch Pro.

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.