For people who want to buy a smartwatch that ticks most boxes in its category, there is the new TicWatch Pro. It starts at ₹22,999 and runs Wear OS, which many Android users would already be familiar with. Navigating the watch is a breeze and swiping and tapping on the touchscreen feels more convenient and natural. The 1.39-inch AMOLED screen looks big and vibrant, and on-screen content is easily readable even outdoors.
The TicWatch Pro is built on the lines of a sports watch and has a thick metal casing with a raised bezel around the edge of the screen for extra protection. All this adds a bit of heft to it. It looks slightly bland though, compared to say an Apple Watch, though it doesn’t feel cheap. The IP68 certification adds to the ruggedness and rules out little inconveniences such as taking off the watch before washing hands.
Unlike other smartwatches, TicWatch Pro has a dual screen system, which includes an additional monochrome LCD screen on top of the AMOLED screen, which turns off the Wear OS feature to save battery, only shows the basic elements like time, steps and heart rate. While Wear OS still feels like a work in progress, access to Play Store and its vast library of apps for smartwatches gives the TicWatch Pro an upper-hand over rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Watch or Fitbit Ionic. Google Assistant adds the fun element, as it lets users do things like getting news updates, start a search, send text messages and track runs using voice commands. The smartwatch doesn’t miss out on any of the fitness-centric features such as the heart rate monitor.
While all this makes the TicWatch Pro very useful, it isn’t without hiccups. It feels a bit sluggish at times and even with full brightness and Wi-Fi turned on, the battery last about 14-16 hours. Overall, the TicWatch Pro feels wanting in many areas, but has a lot going for it, making it tough to ignore.