This Smartwatch Gets Better With Upgrades, But It’s Still Not Enough

Smartwatches have not received the attention they deserve due to no fault of their own. Especially considering we haven’t left our house in a long time. For many people, their regular activity regimen has been drastically reduced. We’re not going to work today. We don’t go out on weekends for some alone time. So, where do you put your smartwatch on? However, the world will soon reopen. It’s only a matter of time before it happens. And the good old smartwatch on your wrist will be just as relevant as it was before.

Because you already have one. For those still on the fence about smartwatches or in the market for a new one, there’s the Apple Watch (but not for Android phone users), the highly capable Samsung Galaxy Watch. Series, and if you prefer a Google Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear) watch, it’s pretty much the Oppo Watch and nothing else. That’s where Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 2020 aims to get stuck and prove to be a viable alternative for you.

The TicWatch Pro 2020 is an update of the TicWatch Pro, which has been on the market for quite some time. The spec sheet has been improved in several ways, but the basic template remains the same. The TicWatch Pro 2020 costs Rs 23,999 (45mm), which is significantly more than the Oppo Watch, which costs between Rs 14,990 and Rs 19,990 (41mm size) (46mm size). Do the added features justify the price tag?

Design: It depends on the size of your wrists.

It’s still the bulky watch we’ve seen before in terms of design. For those of you with slim wrists, this may appear to be a little too big, but for the most part, it should suffice. Carbon fiber is also used extensively in metal bodywork. The bottom half of a watch case, for example, is composed of carbon fiber, while the bottom (the part that touches your skin) is made of metal.

There’s no denying that this is a well-made watch, and it won’t annoy you if you unintentionally brush up against a doorframe or a table edge. These are also Italian leather belts; while I am not a leather expert, they have a good quality feel. I won’t be able to comment on how well they stand the test of time because I won’t be using the TicWatch Pro 2020 for long enough to do so.

The TicWatch Pro 2020 is IP68 rated, which means it has the dust and water resistance you’d expect from a wearable designed to withstand the weather, whether it’s a dusty and scorching summer day or a severe downpour on a monsoon night.

While the TicWatch Pro 2020 has a more industrial and rugged appearance, it contrasts sharply with Oppo’s first-generation Oppo Watch, which has more refined and premium curves. It’s almost Apple Watch-like, and I mean that in the best possible manner. The TicWatch Pro 2020 is 12.6mm thick, contributing to its bulky appearance. However, it doesn’t feel heavy or difficult to wear — the key is to fasten it properly and leave some breathing area between your skin and the buckle, rather than making it overly tight.

The wonder of two screen levels in display

This is where the most significant improvements have been made. This 1.39-inch AMOLED display is now complemented with an FSTN LCD that consumes significantly less electricity. This essentially indicates that the AMOLED display is turned on by default. The default option gives you a full-range color screen that is pretty colorful and can get pretty bright. The FSTN screen is on top, and the AMOLED screen is below. You wouldn’t see two display layers on the TicWatch Pro 2020 if you looked at it regularly.

Long-pressing the lower key on the proper back of the watch and selecting the Essential mode option from the power menu will take you to this reduced-power screen. This keeps things simple: it displays the time, date, heart rate, and activity level, such as the number of steps you’ve taken. The idea is that by turning off the screen, which consumes more juice, you may significantly improve battery life and avoid having to reach for the charger. Perhaps even for days.

A battery is made up of two halves:

Mobvoi claims that the TicWatch Pro 2020 would last 2.5 days using the AMOLED display. Switching to Essential mode extends the watch’s battery life to 30 days on a single charge. When worn as a smartwatch with its plethora of health tracking and notification settings activated, the TicWatch Pro 2020 lasts slightly over a day, in my experience. Mind you, I was testing this on an Apple iPhone, which by default restricts some Wear OS capability.

However, leaving it in FTSN display mode allowed it to endure over 15 days, decreasing the battery life from 100% to 45%. According to the business, if you stick with it, you’ll get near to the 30-day milestone.

In my Oppo Watch review, I said that it allows you to get three full days of average usage from morning to night, which is fantastic news if you regularly get out of the home. It’s also not an LTE watch, relying instead on Wi-Fi or your phone for connectivity.

There’s also a power-saving mode, which disables all non-essential features and only shows the time and basic health tracking such as steps and heart rate sensor reporting.

Experience with Wear OS: Oppo may have been correct in taking the lead:

The TicWatch Pro 2020 comes with all of the typical Wear OS extras. You may switch between a variety of watch faces to keep yourself engaged. If you’re not already familiar with Wear OS, there are a slew of swipes to learn. There are a variety of apps available for the watch to download. Also worth checking out is a wide range of fitness monitoring capabilities, including the heart rate monitor that you’ve come to expect from pretty much all smartwatches these days.

The TicWatch Pro 2020’s Wear OS experience differs significantly from the Oppo Watch. As I mentioned in my Oppo Watch review, Oppo has adapted the Wear OS on the watch, ideally by expectations. This includes things like icon packs, fitness app overlays, and a breathing app, to name a few. Everything was silky smooth and rounded.

It’s puzzling that Mobvoi hasn’t upgraded to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip instead of sticking with the older Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100. The Oppo Watch has demonstrated the latter’s performance improvements, with notably faster app loading times, smoother interface transitions, and significantly longer battery life among the highlights.

Because the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 is still a work in progress, the TicWatch Pro 2020 offers the same user experience as the TicWatch Pro. Let me be clear: this isn’t gibberish, and there aren’t any pauses or delays to make you question where the world is headed. But it doesn’t feel like an upgrade in how a new smartwatch in 2020 should.

Finally, there isn’t enough of an upgrade.

We anticipated a more significant and healthier update, but the TicWatch Pro 2020 is more of an incremental improvement. We’re baffled as to why Mobvoi hasn’t been involved all along. No one can deny that the TicWatch Pro 2020 is a capable smartwatch.

The Wear OS platform is constrained much of the experience, which Google has promised to improve with subsequent upgrades, including faster app load times and better resource management. Even if none of these is essential to you, the price tag is. This is significantly more expensive than the Oppo Watch. The TicWatch Pro 2020, in my opinion, isn’t much better.

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