At first appearance, the Mobvoi TicWatch GTH resembles an Apple Watch, but that’s about it. If you’re on a tight budget, this is a good choice. It has a few useful tools. Its sleep monitoring is adequate, allowing you to keep track of your sleep patterns throughout the night by recording intervals of light and deep sleep.
Unfortunately, its ability to monitor fitness is woefully lacking. It doesn’t have its GPS receiver, so you’ll need to bring your phone with you on runs, bike rides, and walks for the TicWatch to use it. When it occurs, our pre-measured 5km route may be shaved short by half a kilometer. If you’re training for a mid-distance race, that margin of error is a genuine issue.
In addition, heart rate monitoring was erratic. Although the Mobvoi TicWatch GTH’s readings were generally constant, we saw some worrying surges during our post-workout cooling. Also, the calorie burn estimate was far too low. This is a lot lower than we anticipated for a half-hour interval exercise, even if it’s common to overestimate how much energy you use throughout your workouts.
The 43.2 x 35.2 x 10.5mm rectangular casing of the Mobvoi TicWatch GTH has a clean, straightforward design. A 44 x 38 x 10.5 mm version of the Apple Watch 6 is extremely close in size. While the 44mm Apple Watch has a 1.78in AMOLED display, the TicWatch GTH’s LCD is at 1.55in, it has a much bigger bezel.
There is an optical heart rate monitor on the back, as well as a skin temperature sensor. An on-screen controller is used in conjunction with a single physical button that may be pushed or held to conduct various actions.
When it comes to the Mobvoi TicWatch GTH, the band is 20mm broad and sports a traditional stainless steel buckle instead of a post-style clasp. If you’re looking for a color other than black, you’re out of luck. A USB cable with two tiny contacts attached to the rear of the watch is used to charge the watch. In our testing, it got separated from the eye rather quickly if it wasn’t positioned appropriately.
The TicWatch GTH is a simple smartwatch with just the most basic functionality. You won’t be able to stream your Spotify playlist using this app, but you can use it to manage your phone’s music player, which is great during workouts. This is third-party software.
Even though it’s always convenient for you to get alerts from your smartphone on your wrist, tapping on them doesn’t launch the app on your phone. It’s a minor gripe, but Mobvoi’s usage of a typeface sans anti-aliasing for alerts makes the screen seem sloppy and brings attention to its low resolution, which is a little annoying. To avoid being woken up by a barrage of vibrations when WhatsApp backs up your communications, visit the watch’s settings menu and choose ‘do not disturb’ (with a new alert for each 1MB of data transferred). Even though this isn’t an issue specific to this watch, it isn’t something you’d anticipate from a night-time gadget.
When you drop off to sleep, a sleep monitoring device is a great way to keep track of how much time you spend awake, sleeping light, and sleeping deeply. However, the Mobvoi TicWatch GTH does not monitor this. Therefore the Mobvoi app displays REM sleep as well. When you wake up in the morning, Fitbit will give you a sleep score and an emoji to go along with it. However, you won’t get the detailed recommendations that Fitbit provides to help you improve your sleeping habits.
Although the Mobvoi TicWatch GTH also measures your skin temperature and blood oxygen saturation, we can’t help but feel that this is too’ given the popularity of similar features in other fitness trackers and smartwatches.
The Mobvoi TicWatch GTH does not provide you with much information about what your reading truly signifies, although fluctuations in skin temperature may be a signal of illness. Temperature and a message that “your skin temperature is maintained properly” will be supplied when measured. Neither here nor in the Mobvoi app is there any more explanation.
Blood oxygen saturation (TicOxygen on the watch’s interface) seems to be improving. An explanation of what it signifies and what typical levels are is provided here; however, there is no extra material supplied in the app to assist you in understanding it.
In addition to running, swimming, jumping rope, and yoga, the TicWatch GTH features a variety of sports modes, including basketball, gymnastics, and soccer. However, these modes only monitor time, heart rate, and calories. Expected at this price range, the TicWatch GTH does not offer onboard GPS. Instead, it relies on your phone’s GPS. Unfortunately, the findings weren’t all that great; the TicWatch fell short by about a kilometer in our 5-kilometer run test.
This isn’t a problem if you’re starting with some bit of exercise, but it is if you’re preparing for a big event. As a result, runners and bikers may be dismayed to realize that the Mobvoi app does not allow you to see a map of your exercise afterward.
It’s a pity, but the heart rate monitor was the main issue with this watch’s fitness monitoring. During a series of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) spin sessions, we put the TicWatch GTS through its paces. A Garmin Venu 2 on our other wrist had similar findings, although the TicWatch took a few seconds longer to recognize heart rate changes.
During our relaxation on our spin cycle, our TicWatch recorded a heart rate of 180 beats per minute, which was a significant increase from our last training session. The findings were incorrect, but we’re sure we hadn’t entered tachycardia.
Despite this, the watch constantly reported minimal calorie burn. For a half-hour workout, we were surprised to see that our Garmin gadget had us consuming more than 70 calls, which is less than half of what we had predicted.