Mobvoi has introduced an updated version of the smartwatch called TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS. In fact, when I first got hold of the device, I had associations with a smartwatch from Huawei.
Yes, I have already tested the Huawei Watch 3 before, so in this review I will sometimes think about this model and compare between the two.
In addition, in this article you can get acquainted not only with the design features of the device, but also find out information about ergonomics and wearability. I will also share with you about the performance of all functions and check how each feature is handled in practice.
In terms of price, you can now buy the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch for $336.99 during the 11.11 Fall Sale. But after that the cost will rise and will slightly exceed the above.
One of the main features I can highlight is the presence of a 1.4 inch AMOLED and FSTN screen. That is, this is a new screen technology using two layers, but I will talk about it in more detail a little later. Also, the watch was equipped with a Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory.
In addition, the device runs under Google’s operating system, namely Wear OS. Also, smartwatches from Mobvoi received full protection from water under the IP68 standard with the ability to swim in the pool. The device also stands out for the presence of a built-in speaker and microphone.
As you can see, the functionality of the TicWatch smartwatch is very extensive and I think each of my readers would like to know their real performance. Therefore, I propose to start my in-depth and detailed review right now.
TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS: Specifications
|TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS:||Specs|
|Screen:||1.4 inch AMOLED and FSTN screen with 454 x 454 pixels|
|Sensor:||Heart-rate monitor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|Standby time:||up to 3 to 45 days|
|Size:||47 x 48 x 13.7 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
A small square package in black with a picture of a watch on the front and their name came to my test. But on the back of the package is a list of the main features and functions of the new smartwatch model. The list is really long, but I’ll tell you more about each feature in this detailed review.
At the same time, I will emphasize that the quality of the cardboard packaging was very good. That is, the box was made of thick cardboard material. Therefore, the device came to me for a test without any damage.
After unpacking, I found the following components, such as the device itself with a strap, instructions and a charging cable with a magnetic connection. In general, the equipment was standard. Okay, let’s move on and let’s take a closer look at the smartwatch from TicWatch.
Design, build quality and materials
Unfortunately, the new model of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch came in only one color option and that is only black. The choice was not very extensive. In addition, the watch itself was not ultra compact compared to its competitors, for example from the Amazfit brand. Therefore, most likely this model of the device will be useful only for the male sex.
The appearance of the smartwatch was also made in a minimalist style, but it looked pretty brutal on the wrist. This once again proves to us that the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS watch model is suitable only for men, but not for women.
If we talk about dimensions, then they made up the following parameters – these are 47 x 48 x 13.7 mm, and the weight was about 41 grams, but this is the weight without taking into account the weight of the strap. On my wrist, the watch sat down well, and the insignificant weight indicates a possible easy wearing throughout the whole day, without severe discomfort and fatigue.
The body of the device itself was made of stainless steel with a combination of high-strength nylon and fiberglass. Yes, the materials of manufacture are not even familiar, but do not forget that the price of the device is quite high. If we talk about the build quality, then during my testing, I did not find any special comments. That is, the buttons were pressed with good responsiveness and had no other problems.
In addition, the smartwatch received full protection from water under the IP68 standard. Therefore, you can easily swim with the device in the pool. The manufacturer also indicates the military protection standard MIL-STD 810G. This means that the watch is shockproof and is not afraid of drops, dust, sand and even high or low temperatures.
On the right side of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch, there are two active buttons. In this case, the upper button performs functions such as turning on, turning off, going backward, entering the main menu and calling the voice assistant. But the bottom button is customizable, but out of the box it opens a list of sports training modes. There is also a microphone hole between the buttons.
On the back of the device, in addition to the four-pin magnetic connector for charging, there is also a sensor for measuring the health indicators of the PPG module. Also on the left side there is a speaker through which you can listen to music or talk on the phone. But I want to talk about this function a little later.
On the front side of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS device, there is a 1.4-inch screen using two layers: AMOLED and FSTN matrices. The picture quality of the screen was very good and had only positive impressions from its use. The screen resolution was 454 x 454 pixels.
I liked the screen, especially how it renders colors and the colors were not distorted at different angles. I can also highlight that it was a pleasure to use the screen outdoors, as the readability was at a high level. That is, the screen brightness was sufficient both outdoors and indoors. There is also an Always-On Display function that can be configured for both the reflective layer of the FSTN screen and the standard layer of the AMOLED screen. And the last option will drain the battery much harder.
I also want to talk about the strap, which was made from premium fluorocarbon rubber. It was quite pleasant to the touch and this material is able to withstand both high and low ambient temperatures. At the same time, the width of the strap was standard – 22mm, and I could easily remove and replace the strap with any other option without any problems.
Functions, features and mobile app
I have tested many different smartwatch models lately. Therefore, as my practice has shown, each first activation was accompanied by a connection to a mobile device. Of course, the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch is no exception. Thus, after a simple and quick pairing of the device with the mobile application, I could use all the available functions.
But before I start talking about each feature and how it works, let’s talk about the technical stuffing of smartwatches. For example, inside the body of the device is used a good performance chipset, the Snapdragon Wear 4100. The watch also received 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The watch is controlled under the Wear OS operating system from Google.
Okay, now let’s take a look at the home screen of the smartwatch. In fact, the choice of different watch faces is very extensive. Therefore, in order to change the dial, you need to hold your finger on the watch screen for a few seconds and then you will be taken to the menu of various dials.
In addition, through the mobile application, it is possible to additionally install even more watch faces on smartwatches. It is also possible to set your own picture or photo on the watch screen.
Now I propose to talk about the management and main functions of the device. For example, when I swipe down from the home screen, I get into the quick settings menu. Here I found icons such as general settings, airplane mode, adjusting the screen brightness level, finding a smartphone, NFC, turning on the screen when you raise your hand, and do not disturb mode.
The following sections are located in the general settings of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS. These are screen, sound, app and notification settings, gestures, connectivity, accessibility, general, personalization, storage, and system.
When you swipe up from the main screen, you will get to the section of recent notifications. Here you can monitor missed calls, messages, both on social networks and through a mobile operator. But a swipe to the right of the screen displays a section of voice messages, weather and other features.
As with any smartwatch, the new TicWatch also has useful widgets. To see the widgets, you need to swap to the left of the main dial. Here I discovered widgets such as activities, weather, heart rate, sleep, sports training, SpO2, and more. Also, any of the available widgets can be removed or, on the contrary, added, and there is still the ability to change the order of the widgets’ arrangements.
Now let’s talk about the main menu of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch. To enter this menu, you must once press the top button, which is located on the right side. In the main menu, I found the following features: Health Tic, Sports Exercise, Heart Rate, Sleep, SpO2, Zen, Breathing, Compass, Noise, Google Pay, Play Store, Stopwatch, Timer, Phone, Alarm, Voice Recorder, Translator, Flashlight and much more.
That is, the number of functions and features is very extensive. In addition, you can additionally install various applications through the Play Store.
Now let’s talk about the different types of activities, that is, sports training. More than 20 sports are used on the watch. This can be running, walking, cycling, swimming, and more. From the name of the smartwatch, it is clear that the device from the TicWatch brand has received a built-in GPS module. As for his work, he worked very accurately and without unnecessary complaints. That is, the route was built accurately and from the picture below you can look at my results.
During my testing, I also tested every aspect of the health measurement. For example, heart rate was displayed accurately and did not measure inanimate objects or air. The same goes for other measurements as well, as the SpO2 showed realistic and believable readings. Therefore, I had no complaints about measuring health indicators.
As for the mobile app, the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS is able to connect to two different apps, the Wear App or the Mobvoi App. In the first version, the connection was very simple and easy, but the functionality of the features also did not cause much effect. But already in the Mobvoi application there are many useful modes, features, settings, adjustments and many other useful chips.
For example, in the application you can monitor the indicators of your physical activity. There is also a large list of both paid and free watch faces. In addition, various reminder functions, NFC contactless payment settings, Bluetooth calling functions and much more were not spared here.
Battery and run time
In fact, the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch is almost a full-fledged smartphone with many interesting features. Therefore, do not forget that the battery life will depend on the degree of workload of the device.
During my testing, the smartwatch lasted about two and a half days with active testing. The result is not the most impressive, but if you want more battery life, then you should give up all the useful functions and features. After that, the operating time will increase to one month without recharging.
But the full charging cycle took me only 40 minutes, which is very good.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After several days of active testing on an ongoing basis of the new model of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch, I had quite positive emotions.
To my dignity, I can single out such features – first of all, the quality of workmanship and the materials used. I also liked the performance of the device thanks to the Qualcomm chipset and the Wear OS controls. That is, all the processes were very smooth and fast.
As for other features, I liked the screen with two layers: AMOLED and FSTN. This is an unusual solution that will help you to use the device in different operating conditions.
In addition, the functionality of the features has remained very broad. For example, here you can find features such as Bluetooth calling, NFC for terminal payments, Play Store for installing third-party applications, and much more.
But the disadvantages are typical, as in most other smartwatches. First of all, the battery life will not be high due to the wide range of functions and features. Also, I can attribute the presence of a rather high cost to the minus, and let’s talk about it in more detail.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
During the 11.11 Fall Sale, you can buy the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch at the best price for only $336.99.
That is, as you can see, the price tag for the device is not budgetary, but the functionality will correspond to every cent spent. Therefore, if your family budget allows you, then I can easily recommend this watch model from Mobvoi for purchase.