We are coming up on the time of year when many start to look around for some higher price tag items for their loved ones. Perhaps you are trying to find the perfect gift for your tech-savvy spouse or trying to find a new toy for your oldest child. Maybe you’re just looking for the perfect gift for yourself. Regardless of the reason – you’re looking for the best new smartwatch of 2018 and you’ve narrowed it down to the top two contenders: the Galaxy Watch and the TicWatch Pro.
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Let’s dive into the reviews of each.
Specifically designed to function with the Google OS, the TicWatch Pro has been set up to be one of the most sophisticated and useful smartwatches on the market. Whether you need a smartwatch for communicating on the go, monitoring your health and wellness, or just plain finding directions and knowing where to go, the TicWatch Pro has you covered.
The health and wellness tools on the TicWatch monitor your heart rate, your steps walked, and your calories burned. If you’re looking for a simple device to help you lose weight or just stay healthy, the TicWatch Pro has no problem with keeping you informed.
One of the two advantages the TicWatch Pro capitalizes on well is the speed and convenience of syncing the device up to Google Play. Google Pay allows you to make your payments and purchases with a wave of your wrist. No longer will you have to shuffle through your purse or fumble with your wallet to find your debit or credit cards in the grocery line. A simple wave of the TicWatch Pro and your order is paid for in a fraction of the time.
The second area where the TicWatch Pro tries to separate itself from the competition is the extended battery life. Now obviously the life of your battery will be tied directly to how you use your smartwatch – but under light use, in the Essential Mode, the TicWatch Pro can last for 30 days on a single charge. The Smart Mode of the TicWatch is designed for heavier use and lasts two days on a single charge. Ideal users will find an auto-switch feature that balances the two usage modes and find a five-day battery life – significantly better than much of the competition on the market.
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Perhaps the Cadillac of the Smartwatch market in 2018, the Galaxy Watch combines a beautiful LED watch face with all the features and quality of life improvements we have come to expect from a Galaxy product. Designed with both Android and iOS users in mind, this watch can pair with both operating systems via its wireless Bluetooth connection. While the three to four days of battery life isn’t quite as long as its TicWatch rival, it outpaces its competitors in almost every other regard.
The Galaxy Watch sports a health & wellness suite that counts steps monitors heart rate and celebrates those burned calories with you, but it takes your health a step further by showing your sleep cycle analysis, reminding you when you have been sitting too long, and offering breathing exercises specially designed to help you relieve stress.
Most other watches are designed to initiate calls or accept a call but reroute you back to your phone to talk. The Galaxy Watch can make and receive calls independent of your actual phone or hands-free devices in your car. The speaker quality on the Galaxy watch is so high that the other end can’t know you’re not using your actual phone.
In addition to the quality of the applications – the Galaxy Watch uses Gorilla Glass (made by Corning) to prevent scratches to the face of the watch and has put the entire device through military-grade testing and saw it pass through falling, dust, water, and extreme temperatures and altitudes. Additionally, the Galaxy Watch is more resilient to both fresh and saltwater and able to withstand depths of up to 150 ft.
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The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the best smartwatch of 2018 based on several metrics we have already discussed; that is not to say that the TicWatch Pro is a poor product or that anyone would be unhappy with it. The added durability, the ability to make and take calls directly on the watch, and extra features regarding the health and wellness feature certainly justify the price differential and for something that will see heavy, daily use for a long time, it is definitely worth the additional investment.