Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS Smartwatch (Review)

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The TicWatch series started on a choppy note but gained momentum with the Pro series. The 2020 model being a fantastic model with plenty of power and good battery life. It absolutely proves to be a competitive option against names like Samsung.

It seems that the success continues thanks to the improvements found in the Smartwatch TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS. This model takes everything that was great with the 2020 Pro model and builds on it with improved tracking and battery life to brag about.

The latter is one of its strongest talking points, offering up to 72 hours of use or up to 45 days of essential mode. The essential mode being Wear OS is ditched and only the top screen is lit with the basics (i.e. time, date, etc.). This is due to the fact that it has two 1.4″ screens (Mobvoi’s Dual Display 2.0), including a superior low-power LCD display that is overlaid on an AMOLED screen. The AMOLED handles all the elements of Wear OS (full color and excellent resolution), while the LCD screen on top is for always-on display or the essential mode we just mentioned.

This is a boost of around 15 more days over the original Pro model (which lasted up to 30 days in essential mode). Now take into account that it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 + Mobvoi dual-processor system to drive everything (it’s very fast).

It is absolutely a sports style watch. Which means it’s not the thinnest profile when it comes to smartwatch design. At the same time, it has become a bit thinner than the 2020 and a bit lighter too. However, if you’re not a fan of sports-style watches, you might find it a little chunky. If you prefer this style, it’s no bigger than the average watch. I find it matches a number of other non-smart watches of the same style, such as the one I have from Citizen as well as a fake Rolex Submariner (I won’t mention where I got that one).

TicWatch Pro 2020 (left) / TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS (right)

Like the other TicWatch Pro models, it only has two buttons. The top is your trigger for the app list and the bottom one is customizable in settings to open the app you want. Trigger the compass, stopwatch, favorite fitness app, or anything else you commonly use.

It has a built-in speaker and microphone, so you can take calls with it. In the sense of a Bluetooth device, as it doesn’t have a SIM card slot (not this model at least). So if you get an incoming call on your phone, you can take it from the watch without ever having to reach into your pocket.

The glass is Gorilla Glass to help protect against scratches (and minor impacts) as well as fingerprints. And yes, it really does reduce most of the fingerprints you would normally find left behind from pushing on it and dragging things around all day.

It is also rated IP68 for water resistance. This means you can take it swimming without having to worry about it. As long as you don’t go deeper than 5 feet or stay submerged for more than 30 minutes (depending on the rating, at least).

Mobvoi used a fluoro rubber to design the band for this ride. There has always been some form of rubber in the straps of every model, including the leather one (because it wasn’t real leather). However, it is a beautiful. Feels great on the wrist even after wearing it for a long time.

Sensors

It has a number of sensors to track your daily activities and health, including your sleep. this is another strength of this model. Most smartwatches will track your daily fitness and sleep, but not all offer much more than that. The number of models that do this is slowly growing, but they’re all flagship options (like this one).

That being said, you also get 24-hour heart rate monitoring with IHB (irregular heartbeat) detection, SPO2 blood oxygen monitoring, and fatigue assessment. So it can also help you keep tabs on your well-being (it’s a rough window into all of that, but better than nothing).

It even has a built-in barometer to help you track your altitude. Something to help you dial in your tracking since it also has access to all five global satellite systems for GPS tracking. So daily fitness, sleep quality, heart health, and location data are all covered.

Connectivity

Like the other Pro models, this one comes with all the connectivity aside from cellular (which they have another model for). It supports Bluetooth 5.0 as well as Wi-Fi.

It also has NFC, which opens support for Google Pay. Allowing you to tap your watch (or bring it closer) to payment terminals like you would your phone (if you’ve used it on your phone before). It’s a great way to pay for purchases without having to fill your wallet with cards or take it out of your pocket – or bring one at all if you don’t have cash or other things you need. you would need a wallet (just where to put that driver’s license…).

Resources

We mentioned the dual-CPU setup using the snappy Snapdragon 4100, which helps it speed up and keep up with you all day. To go along with that, there’s 16GB of RAM on board. I still know a few people who don’t have much on their desks (although that number is decreasing every year). This helps it balance your multitasking needs.

There is 8 GB of space/capacity to store everything including the operating system. So you have enough for most apps you install (which normally aren’t too many). That’s 2x the capacity of the TicWatch Pro 2020 which is good because we actually filled up the storage (4GB) on this one relatively quickly thanks to all the garbage some of the popular apps install (i.e. i.e. Messenger, contacts, etc.).

To install

It doesn’t take long to get up and go as long as you already have a Google account/login. When you first turn on the watch, it asks you to pull out your phone to add it using the Wear OS app. The app finds the watch and walks you through a few screens to connect it to your Wi-Fi and add the Google accounts you want to it.

From there, you can already call it done and start using it for your daily needs. Unless, of course, you want to install additional apps on the watch, such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, WeChat, or whatever else you want to use to communicate.

Between Google’s apps and Mobvoi’s own fitness/tracking apps, you don’t really need much else. However, you might want to play around with other sleep tracking options, as Mobvoi isn’t reliable at all for that. We’re a bit up in the air about this one, which means our opinion may change as we continue to use it.

You may prefer to use other tracking apps for everything else. In that case, you can find all sorts of fun things in the Play Store to download to the watch. You can also download your favorite music apps here (and store tracks offline using services like Spotify).

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We’re not a big fan of proprietary connections. We will therefore almost always complain about them when they exist. This is the case of the charging cable. In his defense, it’s a waterproof watch and the cable is, at least, magnetic. So it’s easy to connect or disconnect.

It would have been nice to have wireless charging. It would make it easier to buy a stand to hang it up instead of laying it flat somewhere.

3D printed stand for the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch

We recommend using a 3D printer (or finding someone who has one) to print a stand for the watch. This allows you to slide/integrate the charging cable into it so that the watch snaps on and off easily using the cable’s magnets, while still allowing the watch to be seen as a small clock. Taking advantage of this always-on screen.

The one in the image above was printed by us using a design that was already created by someone else (it can be found here on Thingiverse).

Our conclusion

So far, the watch has been one of the best in the area of ​​battery life. You can use it all day and then sleep with it, allowing you to track your sleep patterns overnight without having to worry about it dying. After a few nights you’ll finally have to put it on a charger, but it’s fantastic.

A lot of analytical data can be collected using this watch, including some data that can help you see your heart health better. It has all the sensors (accelerometer, gyro sensor, HD PPG heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, low latency out-of-body sensor and barometer) and iIt’s very fast thanks to the chipset.

It will receive the new Wear OS 3.0 update this year. Wear OS 3.0 is currently available but has not yet rolled out to most manufacturers and models. This model is one of only two that Mobvoi has confirmed will be getting. No exact date has yet been confirmed (as of this writing), but it should happen no later than mid-2022. We can’t wait to see how well it will perform with the new OS update when the time comes.

*Average price is based on when this item was published

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Characteristics:

  • Model: TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS
  • Dimensions (mm): 47x48x12.3
  • Weight: 41g
  • Color: shadow black
  • Watch case: Stainless steel and high strength nylon with fiberglass
  • Screen: Corning Gorilla anti-fingerprint protection glass
  • Watch strap: Fluoro rubber (interchangeable), 22 mm
  • Operating system: Port OS by Google
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform and Mobvoi dual-processor system
  • Memory: RAM: 1 GB / ROM: 8 GB
  • Display: 1.4″ 454*454 326ppi Full Color Always On AMOLED Display + FSTN
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi: 802.11b/g/n
  • GNSS: GPS+Beidou+Glonass+Galileo+QZSS
  • NFC payments: Google Pay
  • Speaker: Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Vibrator: Yes
  • PGP: Yes
  • Barometer: Yes
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro sensor, HD PPG heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, low latency out-of-body sensor, barometer
  • Battery capacity: 577mAh
  • Durability: IP68, pool swimming/MIL-STD-810G

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