The Mobvoi TicWatch Professional needs to unravel the one drawback Put on OS doesn’t actually have: battery life. Whereas some older LTE-enabled Wear OS watches would possibly battle to get by way of a day of regular use, most of them are loads able to dealing with a full day of step monitoring, Lyft hailing, and message sending. The TicWatch Professional is not any totally different in that regard. Use it as a smartwatch and also you’ll most likely must plug it in earlier than hitting the sack.

Somewhat, Mobvoi’s battery innovation is the addition of a second, low-power show on prime of the usual 1.Four-inch OLED. Activate it, and it shuts down most capabilities and lets the watch eke out each final drop of energy earlier than shutting down.

The outcomes are spectacular. Even with lower than 10 p.c of its battery remaining, the TicWatch Professional will simply final for a number of extra days—however there’s a catch: It’s essential sacrifice a lot of the watch’s smarts to reap the advantages.

So in a nutshell, the TicWatch Professional is a smartwatch that’s at its smartest when most of its smarts are switched off.

Small wrists could have a giant drawback

I’ve seen Mobvoi’s different Put on OS watches—notably the the TicWatch Express, with its smooth, Swatch-like retro really feel—however the TicWatch Professional falls into a well-recognized lure. As is the pattern with Android Put on 2.zero/Put on OS watches, it’s a thick, hulking affair, with a carbon fiber physique and a silver or black wannabe directional bezel (it doesn’t rotate) and a pair of bulbous buttons. The AMOLED display is a fairly commonplace 1.Four-inch (45mm) 400×400 affair, although the aggressive lugs and bezel make the entire bundle seem a lot larger than it ought to.

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The buttons and lugs on the TicWatch Professional make it look even larger than it’s.

Heft apart, the TicWatch Professional is definitely Mobvoi’s thinnest watch, and at 12.6mm it’s solely a few millimeter thicker than the Apple Watch. However whereas the Apple Watch’s curved edges and sq. form will contour all however the smallest of wrists, Mobvoi’s aggressive design and large display requires a hefty quantity of arm area. The hybrid leather-based band has a rubber underside that may get uncomfortable after a pair days’ put on, however it could simply be swapped with any 20mm Fast Launch strap.

However irrespective of which band you select, the TicWatch Professional received’t shake its decidedly macho aesthetic. Just like the LG Watch Sport and Huawei Watch 2, the TicWatch Professional is one other Put on OS watch seemingly made for tall males, and I fail to spot the technique of shutting out greater than half of the market. Put on OS has firmly established itself because the round different to Apple Watch, which ought to deliver an array of traditional watch types, however there isn’t a Put on OS watch obtainable that compares to the 38mm Apple Watch. Backside line: The TicWatch Professional is simply too rattling large.

Superior battery at a worth

The TicWatch Professional’s premier characteristic is its battery life, however you will not see a lot of a distinction below regular circumstances. Its 415mAh capability is common for a watch of this dimension, however I didn’t have any issues plowing by way of a day of heavy use and far of a second, with a hearty dose of train, notifications, calls, and app downloads. Almost each Put on OS watch can get by way of a day now, and for many customers that’s ok.

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