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