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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro review: Good to go

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This is an apt smartwatch to gauge your lifestyle and fitness...plus it comes with some extra bells and whistles

It has become almost an existential question now: do you really need a smartwatch? The short answer is yes. The long answer is that even if you are not fartlek-ing (interval training) it is best to have an exercise routine, and a device helps you to get excited about, say, doing a 4k in 30 minutes, to push yourself to do more, or to checking with your doc if your resting heart rate is always in the 90s (it should be between 50 and 100). Now to the TicWatch Pro from Mobvoi, a smartwatch (launched last year abroad) that took me time to get used to its bulk. On the bright side, it has a large screen, so it is easily readable if you’re on the verge of long-sightedness.

The strap is leather on the outside and silicone on the inside, so sweat doesn’t ruin the leather. It has also got an IP68 rating i.e. the highest possible Ingress Protection against dust (the first number) and water (the second number). Drop the device into water up to 1.5 metres deep for half an hour and it should come out okay.

Powered by Wear OS by Google, it syncs easily with an Android device, so you get mobile notifications and can see messages and take calls. I didn’t find I needed to take a call on the device, because I used it for fitness and to keep a track of my lifestyle: to measure steps (generally set to target 10,000), exercise (at least 30 minutes) and check heart rate (should be between 60 and 100 at rest). It is helpful that it has GPS, so on a walk or run, you don’t need to carry your phone. You can also download Spotify or Google Play Music. The problem like in most of these devices, is that it measures steps even when you’re driving, so if you’re going long distance, best to take the watch off.

Specifications
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear
  • Operating System: Wear OS by Google
  • Battery capacity: 415mAh
  • Display: 1.39” AMOLED 400 x 400 + FSTN display

One of the good things about the device is that even when the battery dies, it converts into a regular watch, so you can check on the time. There is also an essential mode which helps you save battery life. In this mode, it will only tell you the time and give you footsteps. On regular smartphone mode though, you will get a day-and-a-half of juice, especially if you are constantly waking up the phone with a flick of the wrist (yes, there is gesture control) .

I enjoyed that the watch detects a workout, so begins recording a run without you having to programme it. It also has a walking, freestyle workout, and cycling mode, though it once recorded that I’d cycled 60 miles in 60 minutes, which made me think I was The Flash. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an interval workout mode, nor can you swim with it. But it will tell you what distance you’ve walked, your active hours and calories burnt.

The Find My Phone, Flashlight, TicSleep (that tracks sleep), and FitBreathe (you take a break and just breathe) options are useful. It’s a useful device, but at something over ₹20k, I’d have hoped to be able to take it into the pool too.

Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro is priced at ₹22,999 and can be purchased from major online retailers

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