The smartwatch market is even more bipartisan than the mobile market, with Apple and Samsung far above any third party that wants to storm the skies. However, proposals such as that of the Chinese company Mobvoi, with its TicWatch Pro 3 Ultraallow us to believe in a sector with exciting alternatives, a League in which Atlético, Sevilla, or Real Sociedad can scare the omnipresence of their particular Real Madrid and Barça.
The company relies on the operating system for Google smartwatches, Android Wear, which unites a device that has little to envy its rivals. TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is an alternative, and not many watches can say that. Its price (299 euros for the GPS version and 359 for the 4G model) may seem high but not exaggerated.
Android Wear contributes with an exciting catalog of applications and spheres, intuitive and straightforward gesture control (by default, with direct access to its assistant, which contributes something), and, above all, some hope in terms of updates and support.
It is an elegant watch that manages to solve the visual oxymoron of combining a classic body with a full-color screen. The materials are generally entirely noble, and even the plastic – which, it is true, would look better if it were a metal – seems of quality. Despite its size, the weight – about 41 grams– It’s perfect: neither high nor does it look like a toy.
The screen is 1.4 inches, which gives space for a lot of information, presented in a more or less orderly way depending on the sphere. The two buttons (open, respectively, the applications menu and sports activity modes) are located on the right, and the bezel, with its small notches, gives another touch that adds personality. The strap, made of imitation leather in the unit we tested, varies depending on the model and, in any case, can be easily replaced.
All in all, its appearance is that of a smartwatch that tries to find your way. He neither drinks too much from other models nor does he seem particularly concerned about passing for a classic watch, but, at the same time, he does not break with the regular canons of circumference, horse, and king.
The screen’s resolution has little to envy that of a phone. It stands out, especially in the most modern spheres (those that imitate a traditional clock only give the hit from afar) or when displaying information from some applications. It is also remarkable that it is not necessary, far from it, to put the battery at risk with an exaggerated brightness to see the time clearly in full sun. The tactile aspect is well resolved and responds perfectly to the commands entered at the touch of a finger.
In this sense, another of the successes of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra is its ‘double’ screen. It’s not that it’s foldable – let’s not give ideas. Stranger things have happened-but in addition to its full-color AMOLED panel. Mount another FSTN shield above this one. This allows the clock to display information without turning on the main panel (i.e., minimal battery consumption,) which looks like a calculator. In addition, it has a customizable color backlight that gives it another touch of personality.
Thanks in part to this double screen, the battery achieves a very considerable autonomy, with two days of easy use, up to three with some moderation, and the possibility of reaching a fourth if the measurement of sports activities and time is limited. The screen is used. In primary mode (as if it were a Casio of a lifetime, go), it reaches 45 days.
The downside is the absence of fast charging to save those who forget to replace the battery at night. The base, by the way, does not cover the entire back of the watch and uses, as is often the case, its connector that should not be lost.
All this, of course, depends on the use to which it is put. And it can be a lot. It will have a classic body, but the insides are a product-focused on sports or, at least, monitoring: heart rate sensor (capable of detecting irregular heartbeats and variability), blood oxygen meter, step counter (actually, the joint work of the motion sensor, the accelerometer, and the gyroscope), barometer, fatigue evaluation or sleep monitoring.
It has 100 training modes and can be used for swimming or any sport. Usually, the measurement is correct, although not as much as in a 100% sports device. Mobvoi’s apps naturally complement what the watch does, though visually, it leaves something to be desired and requires creating an additional account. Between what Google offers with Wear OS and what the manufacturer provides, the needs are covered -with some redundancy- without problems.
When it comes to exercise, your body helps again. On the one hand, it is not annoying thanks to its weight; on the other, it can withstand sessions without having to fear for its integrity in the event of falls, balls, or small bumps. Of course, it is also bulky enough so that in any sport, contact or not, it is seen with evil eyes by the rival and ends up on the bench.
The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, especially in the 4G/LTE version, will convince those who want a connected device for sports and are in an Android environment or reject the visual proposal that usually accompanies smartwatches.