Ticwatch E Most Comfortable Smartwatch-Shadow,1.4 inch OLED Display, Android Wear 2.0,Compatible with iOS and Android, Google Assistant
- Android Wear 2.0. Get your favorite apps and watch faces. Request a car ride. Perfect your golf swing. Explore a new neighborhood. With thousands of Android Wear apps, there's no limit to what you can do with your Ticwatch E.
- Follow your fitness.Track walks, runs, rides, heart rate and strength training with Google Fit and your favorite fitness apps. Get coaching, measure your heart rate, and even stream music, right from your wrist.
- Your personal voice assistant. Meet Your Google Assistant. Bring Google Assistant to your wrist. Find answers and get things done even when your hands are full. Reply to a friend that you’re running late, remind yourself to call mom, or ask for directions. Just hold the power button or say "Ok Google”.Phone calls only compatible for android device now.
- If you meet abnormal battery capacity, like sudden drop or short battery life etc. It is not the quality issue. Please charge the watch more 2hrs before you start to use it. And use the watch till battery empty and charge it up to full for 1-3cycles, the battery capacity indicator will be on right status.
- 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason, 12-month warranty for quality-related issues.
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Regardless, it's full WearOS, and has a couple battery-life options, but don't expect to get more than a day/day-and-a-half out of it.
Doesn't have a crown or any other control hardware, besides the single home button, so it's touch-screen heavy. You can expect too much from the budget end of the market though. The contrast is dismal too, so it's unreadable if sunny weather.
Overall it's fine - does the job, but there's a lot I miss about the Pebble.
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My reasoning for making the purchase was to see which camp I fall under. Am I someone that wants a basic fitness tracker or do I want something that has the functionality of a smartphone on my wrist? After having the watch for a couple of weeks, I can see there's a lot of promise, but there are a few problems I've found with the Ticwatch S.
1st problem I noticed is the battery life. Battery life is short enough if the screen is set to "always on," but even with it switched in the other mode where the screen only comes on when you lift your wrist isn't enough to really justify the battery life. I've heard of some people getting over 24 hours on one charge, but the average for me has been closer to 14- 16 hours. Obviously, the battery life drastically shortens (8- 10 hours) when using any of the fitness or gps tracking features.
EDIT TO PROBLEM 1: I started to return the watch, but I decided to do some tinkering around with the help of Mobvoi's customer service reps. There are 3 things you can do to vastly improve battery life.
SOLUTION 1: Disable wifi on the watch. If you're connected via bluetooth to your phone, you honestly don't need wifi enabled on the watch.
SOLUTION 2: Keep the watch face simple (I think this applies to any smartwatch). If you have a watch face that has an animated background, this can slowly suck the life from your watch.
SOLUTION 3: Turn off "always listening" for ok google. Yeah, saying "ok google" to launch the google assistant can be handy, but it's just as quick if not quicker to just hold the side button to launch google assistant.
Since I've done all of those things, my battery easily makes it more than a day and a half (big improvement from the 12- 18 hours I was originally getting.
2nd problem is the amount of time it takes for the screen to display the time when bringing your wrist up. Most basic trackers (I own a virgin pulse max buzz) almost instantly display the time when raising your wrist, but with the Ticwatch S it feels like it takes around 1.50- 2.00 seconds for the time to display. It doesn't seem bad, but when comparing how quickly other devices are able to display the time or notifications, the latency in the display coming to life can feel like an eternity.
3rd problem involves random hiccups with the smartwatch making or receiving calls. I tried calling my wife using my smartwatch and when she didn't answer the phone on the 1st try, I promptly tried calling her with the smartwatch again. Except this time, there was no audio coming through the watch (except for this rapid fire static sound) and there was no indication a call was being made. I tried using my LG v20 to make a call instead, but suddenly my smartphone wasn't working. Come to find out, my Ticwatch S was constantly redialing my wife's number and her phone would not stop ringing until I switched off the watch.
4th issue I had noticed is that the default fitness tracker doesn't hold up when its checking your heart rate (if you're sitting at a desk using the heart rate function provided by Mobvoi or Google Fit, it takes around 90 seconds for it to display your heart rate). It's massively inconsistent in the gym, but that could be due to my heart rate changing too quickly for the Ticwatch S to properly keep up. But I will admit the GPS tracking feature (the one by Mobvoi, not Google Fit) works remarkably well. I've used it for a couple of hikes and it did a near perfect job tracking my mileage and pace (heart rate did better since it was constant vs. varied).
EDIT TO 4TH PROBLEM: Just like a fitbit, I figured that it works better to move the watch slightly up on your wrist. Since I had done this, the watch does a much better job at tracking my heart rate. And my heart rate seems to be spot on with the heart rate tracker on any cardio equipment I've used.
After a lot of research I decided to go with the Ticwatch E. Mobvoi previously had created the Ticwatch 2 which was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and received great reviews. It featured a unique touchbar on the right side of the watch that allowed users to effortlessly scroll through content. Unfortunately, that bar didn't make it into the Ticwatch E but instead Mobvoi listened to the userfeedback and switched their previously proprietary operating system over to Google's Android Wear 2.0. This was a great decision, imho, as it allows us users to now install apps from the appstore (like 2 factor authentication apps, for instance).
The Ticwatch E comes with a 1.2Ghz dual core processor from MTK. It's not a Snapdragon Wear 2100, but so far it has been zippy and worked well for me. It has a bright 1.4" OLED display with 400x400 pixels (that's 287 dpi) in resolution.
Even though the watch is an entry level model priced at $159 for the express version, it features a heart rate monitor, a proximity sensor, an acceleropmeter, a gyroscope, wifi, and onboard GPS. It's also IP67 rated which allows you go under water up to 3 feet for up to 30 min. I wouldn't go for a swim, but you technically don't have to take off the watch when you take a shower or wash your dishes.
One of the great advantages of Android Wear over Apple Watch OS is the sheer unlimited amount of watch faces. While the Apple Watch only has a couple that come preinstalled, on Android you have literally hundreds of options to choose from. Many of these feature complications like the calendar app, weather, step count, or your heart rate.
The watch is an entry level watch, but the materials feel like they are good quality. The processor is zippy and the display is bright with beautiful colors. Android Wear 2.0 is a great operating system.
Personally, I love that they put the button of the watch on the left side, easy to reach for my right thumb. It also prevents me from accidently triggering the button when I bend my wrist, something that happened many times with my Apple Watch.
The watch has a speaker and a microphone, should you want to make phone calls on your wrist. I've only used this feature 4 times in two years of wearing a smart watch, but if this is something you care about - you have that option. The battery has 300mah - a bit less than an apple watch 2. In my experience you'll have to charge the watch every night - but I'm ok with that and hope that future generations will have longer battery life.
The watch weights 41.5g and is 13.55mm thick - it's very comparable to my Casio G-shock I've been wearing for years. For the price I'm quite happy with the watch. It's an entry level Android Wear 2.0 device that will serve you well. Is it the same built-quality as an Apple Watch Series 2 or 3? Of course not, but it's also about a third of the price while having almost the same feature set (except for ip68 water proof rating and lack of sim card slot which would cost you an additional $10/month with your phone provider).
One more thing: Ticwatch also offers the Ticwatch S for Sport. The only difference is that the GPS antenna is in the wristband which increases accurracy. It costs $199 isntead of $159 and also means you can't change your wristband. To me personally, I prefer the E over the S, but if you run around in the city or woods a lot, you might consider the S over the E.
I hope this was useful to many of you. I'll update my review in the coming days after having tried out the watch a bit more. If you feel like you want to buy a Ticwatch through mobvoi's website, feel free to use my referral code, which will save you an additional $20: BUSRRA
While on Mobvoi's forum, I went ahead and signed up and posted an inquiry of my own. The system indicated that the post must be approved by a moderator before it would actually post. The moderator has never approved my post. In fact, the only recent posts that appear are from someone selling fake passports. Those posts, amazingly, passed the moderator's check while my legitimate post discussing one of their products apparently did not pass.
I haven't yet shipped my watch to Mobvoi, and at this point I think it's more likely that I'll just return it for a refund and buy a different brand.