Mobvoi made his new TicWatch Pro 4G / LTE official this morning and since I spent several days with one on the wrist, I told myself that I would share some additional thoughts on whether or not your next Wear OS watch. Although it is not a complete review, as it is a re-issue of a watch from last year, there is something to talk about here.
What is the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G / LTE?
The TicWatch Pro 4G / LTE is a reissue of the TicWatch Pro from last July. The latter now features 4G LTE connectivity via Verizon, a 1GB RAM and a slightly lighter package. The rest of the specifications are the same (processor, screen, NFC, sensors, etc.) and the maximum price is $ 299. If you buy it during this first month of launch, Mobvoi reduces the price to $ 279.
The best-selling feature for this watch is the AMOLED combo and LCD display, where Mobvoi allows you to use the AMOLED when you want to experience the Wear OS smartwatch completely or switch to the LCD to extend your life. battery up to 30 days and limit the functionality.
All the rest of the specifications and launch details can be found here.
It's fast enough for what he has
The TicWatch Pro 4G / LTE uses the old Snapdragon Wear 2100, not the newest Wear 3100. It is wild to think that anyone would launch a "brand new" product in 2019 with a processor as old as this one. We complain about phones such as the Moto Z3 when they come out with a one year old chip from the Snapdragon 800 series that still works well, but a kind of shrug at the watchmakers who use fleas aged 3 years old.
That said, this watch is working pretty well and this is probably due to the increase of 1GB of RAM. I say this because if you go from a watch with 512 MB of RAM to 1 GB, you will see an instant improvement when you move through the user interface, opening applications or performing tasks. This has been the case for years, going back to the original TAG Heuer Connected, which performed better than any other, thanks to the increase in its RAM. The Montblanc Summit 2 also has 1 GB of RAM and is much faster than the Fossil Sport, which has 512 MB.
So, yes, this TicWatch Pro wakes up quickly, opens menus, runs Google Assistant commands and quickly switches to a few applications you may have. In terms of performance, this watch is going perfectly.
He does not have LTE yet
This is a strange subject to report, but Mobvoi has encountered compliance issues with the LTE connection on this new watch. Therefore, it does not have an LTE connection today. He will not have any tomorrow or next week. Instead, Mobvoi says they're hoping to have Verizon LTE on this case in about a month. I guess we'll see if that happens.
Until that happens, it's a smart watch of nearly $ 300 using a 3-year-old processor and meeting the same specifications (apart from the RAM) that it's worth. a watch they launched a year ago. It's a bit difficult to sell when you say it that way.
Display, size, battery life and other notes
- Display: The AMOLED 1.39 "widescreen of this watch is good unless you are outside. I have the impression that when you are, it is difficult to see even with a cranked luminosity. On the other hand, when the LCD is turned on to improve battery life, it's impossible to see when it's dark. It may be difficult to find a happy medium to choose the sleep mode. But the AMOLED looks good at 400 × 400 and is big enough to really display the content.
- Suitcase size: At 45mm, this watch is not small. It is both large (12.6 mm) and wide. If you have smaller wrists, it may not be for you. I do not care how it wears, though. Mobvoi did a decent job with the group and the pods included to help him not overly overhang himself or seem hugely heavy. Maybe the entire black-on-black exterior contributes to it. Anyway, it's far from being a small watch, but it was not odious to wear.
- Battery life: Unlike most Wear OS watches, the battery life on the TicWatch Pro 4G / LTE is good more than a day. I can not say if this is due to optimizations of Mobvoi or if I use less watches than these days, but I go to bed almost every night with 40% left. And today, as I write this mini-review, I still have 47% of the battery left without touching a charger in 24 hours. I also use the watch in AMOLED mode only, with permanent display and constant heart rate monitoring, but not in LCD battery saver mode. Do not forget that it is a battery exclusively Wi-Fi, because LTE is not yet activated.
- No crown in rotation: Mobvoi has been slow to adopt the rotating crown that includes watches like the Summit 2 and Fossil Sport. This is not a big problem, as they always have two buttons to open applications, but the swivel crown is a good way to navigate a watch.
- Health characteristics: Mobvoi includes access to Google Fit, but also offers its own suite of formatting apps. Their watches feature their own workout app, a more detailed heart rate tracking app that shows your areas and your history, and a general health experience. If you want a more fitness and health-oriented watch than Google's Fit Fit, it's a watch to consider.
Worth to buy?
Tell anyone to buy a Wear OS watch in 2019 is hard to do. This is not because all Wear OS watches are bullshit, but because they use technology as old and are so far behind their competitors, like the Apple Watch, that spending nearly $ 300 for a watch seems insane. .
However, the TicWatch Pro 4G / LTE is one of the most functional and aesthetically pleasing Wear OS watches available. After spending this week with a person, this watch does not displease me at all. In fact, I find this to be one of the few topics I would refer you to if you were considering a Wear OS watch today. The health features, battery life and performance are probably better than what you'll get with the Fossil Sport. Assuming you can live with the size of it, yes, it might be worth buying for those who like to have fun with Wear OS. Personally, I would only do it if a substantial discount was available.
Buy TicWatch Pro 4G / LTE: Amazon | Mobvoi store