To give this some reference, I''m mid 30''s and a Backend Web developer. So while I know very little about Wear OS and the entire smartwatch market, I''m pretty techy and can figure stuff out. I also care a lot more about...
To give this some reference, I''m mid 30''s and a Backend Web developer. So while I know very little about Wear OS and the entire smartwatch market, I''m pretty techy and can figure stuff out. I also care a lot more about functionality than design.
After I got the itch to finally buy a smartwatch I was really lost as to which way to go. I was torn between Wear OS or Tizen, sporty watch or classic business casual type watch (I''ve also owned your typical silver watch, blue face, etc), did I need a microphone/speaker in a watch, etc etc?
Thanks to Reddit Wear OS, I discovered a lot of comments about the Ticwatch Pro. It seemed like it had everything I wanted and at a great price. So of course I was worried :) . I dug through reviews, specs, comments, and videos and finally decided to pull the trigger. There''s a couple great videos out there comparing the Ticwatch Pro with the Galaxy watch, that really show how much a value this watch is.
I''ve had it for a few days and am really pleased with it. Battery easily gets me through a day. First day I had it, it was down to 13% after 30hrs post full charge (and that was with me playing with it a lot that day). After it got to 13% I switched to the "essential mode" while I went to play tennis. Played tennis with it in essential mode (still tracks steps, heartbeat, etc), switched it back to the regular mode a few hours late and it hadn''t gone down a single percentage point. Today it''s at 75% after 12hrs of normal usage.
What I like:
- More versatile than I thought. It''s a big watch so I didn''t think I''d want to wear it while being real active. But I''ve played tennis in it several times and the band was really comfortable (leather outside, rubber inside). I think I have a med-large wrist and it doesn''t feel really big at all.
- Wear OS. Though I''m no expert in smartwatches, I''m really glad I went with Wear OS. Everything synced great out of the box with my Samsung s9 phone. I''m also able to sync TicHealth with Google Fit so I can use either app.
- Speed. I think it''s easy to compare watches or what I could have over what I do have, but I like to look at what''s in front of me and if I have any issues. I don''t have any issues with the speed of this watch. Supposedly some of the other watches are faster or have less lag, but honestly, there''s nothing I''ve done where I sat there feeling like I wish this would go faster.
- screen. It''s big and I like it. again, I have no problem with the resolution. I''m not sitting here comparing it to anything else, but just looking at it, it seems great to me. I''ve attached a video. if you notice any smudges or clarity issues, it''s probably more due to my screen protector than the watch itself (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D9J35S7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
- essential mode. one thing I always worried about with a smartwatch is battery life when on the go all day or if I would ever take it backpacking and camping. I''m still not sure about backpacking, but with essential mode, I know that I''ll never have to worry about the battery dying on me. In the video I''ve attached I switched to essential mode and back over since some people complain about how long it takes. To me I don''t expect that to be a quick process as it''s basically rebooting the watch.
What I don''t like so much:
- the case. The only issue I really have with this watch is that the silver case seems to scrape easily. I really don''t have issue with this since I think it gives the watch some character (all my watches get scraped up over time). I did get a case cover which came in today and seems like that will be a great solution for when I''m out being active or such vs sitting in the office (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H2BWH8C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
- I wish essential mode had some low level light or something. I understand that it''s all about saving battery, but I wish that there was some low level light that would allow me to see the lcd screen in the dark.
Hope this helps. I''ll definitely update this if anything changes over the coming months.