Judg­ing by reviews from the for­eign press and blog­gers, the Mob­voi TicWatch Pro 5 mod­el cre­at­ed a seri­ous stir and earned the title of the best watch on WearOS 3 from Google. Let’s fig­ure out what is the rea­son for such enthu­si­asm.

Classic design

The body is made of stain­less steel, 7000 series alu­minum and high-strength nylon with fiber­glass. This should ensure resis­tance to acci­den­tal scratch­es and allow the gad­get to main­tain its excel­lent appear­ance for a long time. So the watch looks strict, but will fit into the over­all style with both a busi­ness suit and a sports suit. The over­all design is rem­i­nis­cent of the Pix­el Watch, but with a larg­er but­ton and crown.

The watch weighs 44 grams and the dis­play size is 1.43 inch­es. Some may find them too large, but if you are used to large gad­gets, there should be no dis­com­fort. The strap is com­fort­able and made of hard sil­i­ca gel. The qual­i­ty is good, but traces of flash are vis­i­ble around the edges, which does not inter­fere with con­ve­nience. The strap is long enough for most users. Prob­lems may only arise in peo­ple with very large wrists.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5

If you want to change the black includ­ed strap, prob­lems may arise. The mount­ing itself is stan­dard, but the width is not. Due to the case size, a 24mm strap is used rather than the more pop­u­lar 22mm stan­dard. There­fore, find­ing a replace­ment in one well-known online store will require some effort.

Display and features

A spe­cial fea­ture of Mob­voi smart­watch­es is the Essen­tial Mode, which has made the brand’s cur­rent mod­els so pop­u­lar. TicWatch Pro 5 allows you to switch to it man­u­al­ly or sched­ule its acti­va­tion. But as soon as the watch is so dis­charged that it can­not pow­er the main AMOLED screen, Essen­tial Mode will start auto­mat­i­cal­ly. It turns off most of the smart fea­tures, leav­ing only the black-and-white screen active, but the watch will still count steps and mea­sure your heart rate, and its bat­tery life will increase up to 45 days.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5

The new prod­uct has two dis­plays: OLED is active only dur­ing inter­ac­tion, and the sec­ond lay­er, mono­chrome, has low pow­er con­sump­tion and ensures con­stant dis­play of infor­ma­tion. The screen is cov­ered with Corn­ing Goril­la Anti-fin­ger­print Cov­er Glass, so there will be no scratch­es or per­ma­nent marks from oily fin­gers.

The watch shows time, date, heart rate, steps, bat­tery infor­ma­tion and noti­fi­ca­tions. When you turn your wrist, the gad­get instant­ly lights up with a blue back­light. Turn the crown to reveal health data on the dis­play, includ­ing calo­ries burned, blood oxy­gen lev­els and a com­pass. This helps reduce the load on the bat­tery.

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Also, the advan­tages of an always active black and white dis­play include the fact that on your hand you do not have a gad­get with a black screen, but a device that always shows the time, that is, it real­ly is a watch.

TicWatch Pro 5 is built on the lat­est Qual­comm plat­form. Inside is a Snap­drag­on W5+ proces­sor with excel­lent per­for­mance, which was ful­ly real­ized by Mob­voi engi­neers. The inter­face works very smooth­ly; through­out test­ing there were no slow­downs, glitch­es or sud­den switch­ing. And due to the 4nm process tech­nol­o­gy, the chip is extreme­ly ener­gy effi­cient and, togeth­er with oth­er solu­tions, allows the watch to oper­ate for such a long time.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5

Mobile application and features

To ini­tial­ly set up the watch, you need to install the pro­pri­etary Mob­voi Health appli­ca­tion. This can be done either from the watch menu or through the soft­ware store. It is best to fine-tune the gad­get through the appli­ca­tion, because despite the excel­lent respon­sive­ness and con­ve­nience of WearOS 3, the watch dis­play is not com­pa­ra­ble in size to the screen of a smart­phone. The pro­gram inter­face does not raise any ques­tions — every­thing is sim­ple and acces­si­ble. There are small flaws in the trans­la­tion into Euro­pean, but this is rather an excep­tion.

But you need to tin­ker with noti­fi­ca­tions. The fact is that the appli­ca­tion dis­plays in the cor­re­spond­ing sec­tion only the most recent­ly used pro­grams, and even divid­ed into watch­es and smart­phones. To get to the entire list of soft­ware from a smart­phone and set the nec­es­sary para­me­ters, you need to open a not-so-obvi­ous menu item. In addi­tion, you can­not set the set­tings for the entire list at once — only indi­vid­u­al­ly for each appli­ca­tion.

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The appli­ca­tion inter­face does not raise any ques­tions. Here is a stan­dard sys­tem divid­ed into three large blocks: “Sta­tis­tics”, “Device” and “Account”. It’s imme­di­ate­ly clear which sec­tion is respon­si­ble for what. For exam­ple, the first con­tains every­thing about your work­outs and health, the sec­ond con­tains the sta­tus of the watch, its charge and set­tings, as well as the abil­i­ty to go to the store and change dials. And in the third — set­ting up an account and con­nect­ing third-par­ty appli­ca­tions like Stra­va.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5

The mode for con­trol­ling music using the clock is inter­est­ing. It’s dif­fi­cult to find it through the menu, but if a stream­ing ser­vice is run­ning on your smart­phone (“Yan­dex Music” in our case), then a small icon appears at the bot­tom of the screen, and when you click on it, a con­trol wid­get appears. When you acti­vate a work­out, you also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to man­age com­po­si­tions — a nice touch.

With sports in life

The watch is posi­tioned not only as a device for every day, but also as a sports acces­so­ry. About 200 dif­fer­ent exer­cis­es are pre­set, so you can choose an option for any load. But for advanced ath­letes, the dis­ad­van­tage may be the lack of oppor­tu­ni­ty to design their own exer­cis­es.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5

The exer­cis­es them­selves are avail­able on a sep­a­rate card, which shows the sta­tus of your week­ly activ­i­ty and progress towards your goals. Your favorite types of activ­i­ties are shown first, and through the More sec­tion you can add oth­ers, sort­ed alpha­bet­i­cal­ly, such as eques­tri­an sports. By going to the exer­cise set­tings, you can spec­i­fy the pur­pose of play­ing sports, review the sort­ing and indi­cate the required num­ber of loads per week.

A cool solu­tion was the back­light mode dur­ing train­ing, which changes col­or depend­ing on the heart rate range. And instead of the stan­dard blue, you can, for exam­ple, see red. A very con­ve­nient heart rate indi­ca­tor and noti­fi­ca­tion when to increase and when to stop.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5

To test the TicWatch Pro 5 as a sports acces­so­ry, we turned on the “Open Area Run­ning” and “Open Area Walk­ing” modes. The watch imme­di­ate­ly starts record­ing the track. There are no sur­pris­es, the main para­me­ters are con­sid­ered, the time of aer­o­bic and anaer­o­bic train­ing, dis­tance and time. The data is then trans­ferred to the appli­ca­tion, where you can view the results. The track is writ­ten smooth­ly, which direct­ly indi­cates the accu­rate oper­a­tion of the posi­tion­ing sys­tem even in dif­fi­cult for­est con­di­tions.

It was inter­est­ing to eval­u­ate how long the watch holds a charge in inten­sive use. With two hour-long work­outs per day, active noti­fi­ca­tions, con­stant phone sync, and sleep track­ing, the watch, tak­en off charge with a full bat­tery at 6 a.m. Sat­ur­day, went into Essen­tial Mode around 9 p.m. Mon­day. Total — three full work­ing days.

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5

Charg­ing is car­ried out using a pro­pri­etary cable. It takes an hour to ful­ly replen­ish ener­gy, and 65% is achieved in 30 min­utes — this is enough for almost any activ­i­ty dur­ing the day.

Specifications

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
50.1 x 48 x 12.2 mm
44.3 years
DISPLAY
AMOLED,1.43”, 466×466, 326 PPI + b/w LCD screen with ultra-low pow­er con­sump­tion and col­or back­light
BATTERY
628 mAh
up to 80 hours in smart­watch mode
up to 45 days in spe­cial mode
WIRELESS
INTERFACES
Blue­tooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, TV, Bei­dou, Galileo, QZSS
SENSORS
accelerom­e­ter, gyro­scope, HD PPG heart rate sen­sor, pulse oxime­ter, skin tem­per­a­ture sen­sor, barom­e­ter, com­pass, low laten­cy body detec­tion sen­sor
PECULIARITIES
water­proof 5 ATM, MIL-STD-810H, micro­phone, speak­er, vibra­tion motor
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Results

After a week of active use of Mob­voi TicWatch Pro 5, we can say with con­fi­dence that the gad­get is very inter­est­ing. Due to its tru­ly unique auton­o­my, it does not require dai­ly charg­ing, even if you use sports func­tions. Con­sid­er­ing the eco­nom­i­cal ener­gy con­sump­tion, design and ease of use, the watch can claim lead­er­ship in its class. They are a great choice for users who want a good look­ing every­day acces­so­ry with a great range of fea­tures.