Titan has always been a big name in the watch industry for its analog and digital timekeepers. Recently, they have ventured into the smart wearable territory’s avenues and successfully launched a handful of smartwatches and fitness bands. Their newest addition to this line-up is the Titan Talk smartwatch.
The Titan Talk smartwatch features a classic watch design with an AMOLED display as the dial. Its main feature is the ability to make and receive calls directly through the watch using Bluetooth. We have been using the Titan Talk as our main smartwatch for over a week. In this review, we will discuss our experience after using the Titan Talk smartwatch and whether you should get it.
Let’s dive into the review of the Titan Talk.
Titan Talk: Design, Build and Fit
If we talk about the design, the Titan Talk looks like a regular watch due to its round shape factor. It has an all-aluminum case with the Titan brand name engraved on the left side. The left side also houses the speaker. The two interactive buttons and the primary microphone are on the right side of the watch. The crown takes you to your application menu, and it also serves as the back button. The second button takes you to the workout menu. Overall, the watch feels very sturdy and durable when worn.
The Titan Talk features a 46mm dial on the front, which is covered with a protective glass that curves on the sides for a comfortable feel. The back of the dial, however, is plastic. All the sensors, from the heart rate to the SPO2 sensor, are on the back of the dial. It sticks out a bit from the base, so it leaves marks on the wrist if the watch is worn a bit too tight. That’s not necessarily a good thing, but the same problem exists with most smartwatches.
The straps on the Titan Talk are standard 22mm silicone straps with a simple clip mechanism. This allows you to easily replace the included wristband with a third-party wristband of your choice. The standard wristband is overall quite comfortable to wear and has not resulted in any skin infections so far. The strap is also pretty secure. So you do not have to worry about the watch falling out while working out or commuting. It is also IP68 certified, which means that it is sweat and water-resistant to a certain degree.
Overall, the design of the Titan Talk does not disappoint. The silver case with the black strap looks good on our wrists. Depending on your preferences, you can also choose between different cases and wristband colors.
Titan Talk: Display
The Titan Talk features a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen that is bright and luminous. The display is quite sharp with a pixel density of 462 PPI, and is easy to see even in bright light. What is disappointing is the large bezel that surrounds the dial. Considering the price of this watch, the bezel should have been much smaller. The promotional material provided by Titan shows that the bezels are very thin, but in reality, they are not. Also, the watch does not have an automatic brightness sensor, which is a must at this price. Therefore, I have to manually adjust the brightness when I am in different lighting conditions.
The display itself is quite good for a watch. Everything is sharp, the UI is colorful, and all the included watch faces look really good. The touch response is fast and makes the watch easy to use. Although the refresh rate gives the impression that the display is lagging a bit, the responsiveness of the display itself is not a problem. It is mainly the software and performance that lag behind. If only the edges were a bit thinner and the display had an automatic brightness setting, it would be an ideal choice.
Titan Talk: Performance and Connectivity
The Titan Talk uses Bluetooth 5.1 to connect to your smartphone. You will need to download the Titan Smart World application to your device to pair the watch. The connection is seamless, and the watch is quickly set up with your phone, but you will not see the paired watch in the Bluetooth settings unless you have the calling feature enabled.
The watch has decent performance overall. It uses the custom titanium watch UI, and everything runs smoothly overall. But you will definitely see some frame dropouts and delayed responses to UI. It’s not the fastest or most responsive smartwatch we have used in this price range. All of my notifications were delivered regularly, but unfortunately, you can not reply to any of them. Even if you remove all notifications from the watch, they all remain in your phone’s notification panel until you uncheck them separately.
The calling feature of the Titan Talk is very useful and works quite well too. The watch basically acts as a Bluetooth receiver for your phone. You can make or receive calls directly on the watch using Bluetooth. You can activate or deactivate the call function of the watch via the smartphone application by pairing it with your smartphone again.
After successful pairing, you can dial a number directly on the watch and make the call. This also triggers a call on the phone, and the watch acts as the receiver. The microphone could have been better, as callers on the other end of the watch had trouble understanding my voice. The speaker is quite loud in quieter environments, but it’s not really possible to take a call outside or in noisy environments. Overall, the call experience with the Titan Talk is not the best.
The Titan Talk can also be used as a fitness tracker. There are quite a few fitness tracking modes on the Titan Talk, but we mainly use them to track our steps, heart rate, SPO2, and sleep. For the most part, the readings were pretty accurate. The step count had a large discrepancy, as it even counted steps while I sat in my bed and moved my arms a bit. The other readings were surprisingly accurate, especially the heart rate and sleep records. We would not recommend trusting the SPO2 rating so much, as it consistently deviated greatly compared to our actual SPO2 monitor.
Titan Talk: Software and Features
Titan uses its own operating system on the Titan Talk. It’s the same software used on previous smartwatches. The icons look childish, but the overall look UI is clean. Swiping down takes you to quick toggles, swiping up takes you to notifications, swiping right takes you to apps, and swiping right takes you to tiles.
There are multiple brightness and haptic settings but no automatic brightness, a flashlight (which turns the screen into a bright light source), a phone finder, and a wide selection of watch faces in the Titan Smart World application. The haptic vibration is not the best on the watch; it rattles a lot instead of being gentle.
Titan includes a number of apps with the Titan Talk, including a timer, reminders, music, and a camera app, so you can get more done right on your wrist. Of these apps, the Reminders app is very useful. It allows you to set up to 10 reminders, including a custom reminder, and you can even set daily reminders for the entire week to avoid missing anything important.
Equally handy is the camera control app on the smartwatch, which lets you take photos on your device without having to press the shutter button on your phone. This is very useful for self-portraits and group selfies.
Even though these apps add to the usability of the Titan Talk, we still find it quite basic when it comes to being a true smartwatch. It has internal memory to store songs on the watch itself. You can also pair Bluetooth headphones with the watch to listen to music directly from the watch. This is especially useful for people who do not want to take their phones with them while working out.
Aside from the pre-installed apps, Titan Talk also does not allow you to install third-party apps. Titan has packed a game of Whack-A-Mole on the watch that you can play when you are bored. There’s also a switch to enable the smart assistant on your phone.
Speaking of health and fitness data: Titan Talk’s companion app is also very spartan. While it offers basic features and displays fitness and activity data, it does not provide any insight into that data. For this reason, you will probably be dissatisfied if you want to use the watch to monitor your health and activities.
Titan Talk: Battery
The Titan Talk is equipped with a 310 mAh battery. According to Titan, the watch lasts up to five days with all measurements turned on. In our test, the watch was connected to the smartphone, Bluetooth calls were enabled, and continuous heart rate measurement was turned on. We also used the watch for sleep monitoring on all test days. The watch’s charge level dropped from 100% to 54% over the seven days we used it. Considering that, it should last about 2 weeks with similar usage and even a bit less with the function turned on.
For charging, Titan includes a proprietary charger with the Titan Talk that can charge the watch from empty to full in about 2 hours. It attaches to the watch with the pogo pins and charging points.
Titan Talk Smartwatch Review: Verdict
At the price of Rs 9995, the Titan Talk is an expensive smartwatch considering the features on offer. There are far better options available for the same price range that offer much more features.
The Titan Talk isn’t even a proper smartwatch. The UI is slow, the tracking is not accurate, and the calling feature is overrated.
If you have a budget of around Rs 10,000, you can check out the Amazfit GTS 2/GTR 2, which features a good screen and has a built-in GPS, 24×7 fitness tracking, and support for third-party apps like Strava. Another good option is the Mi Watch Revolve Active, which gives you up to two weeks of battery life with a good display, built-in GPS, and a bunch of activity modes.
If you are willing to spend around the Rs 15,000 – Rs 20,000 mark, you can also get a proper smartwatch with WearOS, such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
Buy Titan Talk Smartwatch
- AMOLED display
- Sleek and good-looking design
- Good connectivity
- Removable wrist straps
- Good battery life
- Basic OS
- Limited smartwatch features
- Inconsistent step counting
- Lack of third-party app support
- No Built-in GPS
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The Titan Talk is a new smartwatch launched by Titan. Its unique feature is the option to make or receive calls on the watch using Bluetooth. Although this feature is tempting, there are way better options available for the same price or even at a lower price point.
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