Last summer’s TicWatch Pro is back with some minor adjustments, but not the greatest one we needed.

The size of this TicWatch Guru 4G is the same as the regular Guru, using the same size display , same button placement, and the exact same ring width, allowing me to switch over to some better fitting ring . Because of the form of the bezel around the screen, the 4G feels like it has a bigger screen than the TicWatch Guru, but they’re the exact same 1.4-inch dual-layer screen. This rugged watch remains IP68 water resistant and can be graded for swimming, which means you might rely on the Pro for calls at a water park or through a day of river tubing.

I tolerate the large size of the Pro and Pro 4G so that I can get a larger screen for reading alarms, fitness monitoring, and for larger touch targets when using the media controls — the best reason to own a smartwatch. The LCD layer of the hybrid screen is easy to read in the harsh glare of the Florida sunshine and sips battery such as a nice, fine cognac. I need all smartwatches had screens like the TicWatch Guru, and it’s a standout feature on the TicWatch Guru 4G, also.

Everything but the kitchen sink

TicWatch Pro 4G

The watch’s inner storage remains only 4GB, so you can possibly save a playlist or 2 for working out on the go, but you do not have a lot of wiggle room here. The RAM has been doubled on the 4G, and it does help the watch react a little bit faster, even though it’s still using last year’s use 2100 chip. My fondest hope for the Pro’s successor was that it would be packaging the Snapdragon Wear 3100 which attracted a plethora of improvements for battery use and physical fitness workouts.

Mobvoi has updated the past year’s kaiju of a smartwatch using double the RAM and also LTE connectivity on Verizon. The general performance is a little quicker than before, however the battery can take a beating against the brand new LTE radios once you ditch your phone.
This awkward watch can do it all.

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Since the original Pro came out, it’s been a year, and Mobvoi has the follow-up model: the Guru 4G. Eliminating double the RAM and new LTE radios, the model looks to beef up an already beefy watch with some extra bells and whistles, however there are a number of upgrades this view is quite clearly lacking.

When I assessed the TicWatch Pro past summer, I was enchanted by its hybrid screen, but on my scrawny wrist, it seemed like I had stolen an Omnitrix or was hiding some superhero weapon within . It was a major watch with battery thanks to the LCD always-on mode, but it wasn’t exceptionally fast or powerful.

It’s disappointing to find that the TicWatch Pro 4G update the RAM but not the processor, especially when the battery improvements of the 3100 could have helped counter some of those battery woes brought on by hammering LTE radios about the exact same 415mAh battery as the regular Guru. On Desktop Computer, the battery is about on par with the original Pro, but as soon as you flip on LTE, things can go downhill quickly. Like losing 35 percent in one day bike ride fairly fast.

I have not been able to check the LTE capabilities on the TicWatch Pro only yet, but I will be back to update this just once I do.