Featured in today’s comparison are two outstanding smartwatches, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Ticwatch Pro 3 – Which is the best for Android users? We will try to do justice to this question. I have only used Galaxy Watch 3 which I think is a really cool smartwatch even though the $429 price tag is quite bogus. The Ticwatch Pro 3, on the other hand, is cheaper and also a remarkable timepiece, it has the same appearance as its predecessor, Ticwatch Pro, but houses the Snapdragon 4100 chip has a 12nm process while the Exynos 9110 powering Galaxy Watch 3 is a 10nm chip. So in terms of performance, I can say each of these leaves up to expectations. We will discuss the differences between these two to find out which is a better smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Ticwatch Pro 3 Specifications Compared
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price
Ticwatch Pro 3 Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (Bluetooth)||Ticwatch Pro 3|
|Device type||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Fitness/Classic smartwatch|
|Release date||August, 2020||September, 2020|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy Watch||Ticwatch Pro 2020|
|Versions||Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium||—|
|Dimension||46.2 x 45 x 11.1 mm||47 x 48 x 12.2 mm|
|Weight||53.8g (excluding straps)||41.9g|
|Case material||Stainless steel 316L||Stainless steel, Thermoplastic|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel 316L||Stainless steel|
|Strap size||22 mm||22 mm|
|Interchangeable strap||22 mm, Yes||22 mm, Yes|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla glass DX+||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||IP68|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Not recommended|
|Color||Mystic black, Mystic silver||Black|
|Display size||1.4 inches||1.4 inches|
|Display type||Super AMOLED, Full color||AMOLED, FSTN, Full color|
|Display resolution||360 x 360 pixel||400 x 400 px|
|Pixel density||364 ppi||—|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen||2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE|
|Bluetooth calling||Yes||(Android only), Yes|
|GPS||Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU||A-GPS, GPS|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||Yes||Yes|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||Yes||No|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||—||No|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||non-removable Lithium-polymer|
|Battery capacity||340mAh||577mAh (minimum), 595mAh (Nominal)|
|Battery life||Regular: 2 days+||Regular: 3 – 45 days|
|Charging type||Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging||Charging dock|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Chipset||Exynos 9110||Snapdragon 4100|
|CPU||Dual core 1.15GHz||1.7GHz dual core|
|GPU||Mali™-T720 MP1||Adreno 504|
|Operating system||Tizen 5.5||Wear OS|
|Companion app||Samsung Health App||Ticwatch App|
|Compatibility||Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+||Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+|
|Payment system||Samsung Pay||Google Pay|
|Voice command||Yes, Bixby||Yes, Google Assistant|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Straps||Charger, Manual, Straps, Ticwatch Pro 3|
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Ticwatch Pro 3 – Which is Better?
Honestly, I can’t outrightly say which is a better smartwatch between these two because these are some of the best on the market, but going head-to-head in different aspects we may be able to come to a winner.
I must say that the design of each of these two is outstanding in any aspect you want to look at it from. Galaxy Watch 3 has improved in size from its predecessor, and the Ticwatch Pro 3 is also not so bulky. Both smartwatches are certified MIL-STD-810G which means any of these two is very durable and rugged.
Navigation is also awesome on both smartwatches, but the physical rotating bezel on Galaxy Watch 3 brings more easiness in accessing the device. You also get lots of watch faces to customize the look of any of these two. So in terms of design, I will say each of these has an outstanding design.
Media and Storage
Talking about storage, both smartwatches offer 1GB RAM of memory and 8GB storage capacity. Both smartwatches also have a microphone and a loudspeaker that enable you to make and receive calls directly from the watch via Bluetooth calling.
There is a cellular model of the Galaxy Watch 3 that can make and receive calls independent of a smartphone, but this comparison is between the Bluetooth model of the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Ticwatch Pro 3. So as far as storage is concerned, it’s square between these two.
I think this is where the Galaxy Watch 3 gets the upper hand over Ticwatch Pro 3. It features ECG tracking, incidental fall detection, blood pressure monitoring, and has more preset workout modes than Ticwatch Pro 3.
Although Ticwatch Pro 3 is still a decent fitness smartwatch with blood oxygen tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and step counting. And just like Galaxy Watch 3 it also has an inbuilt GPS that enables tracking for outdoor activities such as routes, pace, and locations..
So in terms of fitness tracking, Galaxy Watch 3 is clearly a more comprehensive fitness tracker.
Tizen OS vs Wear OS
Google has been doing a lot of recent to bring the Wear OS to per with other platforms like Tizen OS and WatchOS, but in terms of ease of use, Tizen OS still holds sway as a better and more refined platform than Wear OS. It has a beter UI, I can install and uninstall apps on Galaxy Watch 3, and there are a lot more things I can do on the watch which I doubt is possible with a Wear OS smartwatch. However, Wear OS will give you access to many of your favorite apps which you will not find on the Tizen platform.
Both Galaxy Watch 3 and Ticwatch Pro 3 will let you go beyond one day from a single charge. Both smartwatches also feature battery saver modes that extend battery life significantly. I get an average of 2-3 days with my Galaxy Watch 3 on mixed usage which is about the same with Ticwatch Pro 3 as stated in this review.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 vs Ticwatch Pro 3 – Verdict
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is the winner, it’s a more comprehensive fitness tracker and has a more sophisticated design. On the other hand, Ticwatch Pro 3 is no doubt the best Wear OS smartwatch right now, it’s cheaper and loaded with lots of features.