A short time again, we reviewed the Ticwatch E and S, two of essentially the most reasonably priced Android Wear gadgets round. For $159, the extra reasonably priced Ticwatch E suffered a somewhat unlucky setback although — for what appeared like no motive, the watch bugged out and the display screen started flickering with the underside portion flashing white. Although solely our unit (to our information) exhibited this conduct, we nonetheless took it as a small cautionary story.
Instead, our review focused on the $199 Ticwatch S, which was undoubtedly the sportier of the two. With a bright neon green-yellow color, it definitely didn’t blend in with many outfits.
All things considered though, the core functions of the Android Wear experience were there — even down to things like GPS and heart rate monitoring. We just had to deal with the look of the S, while the more stylish and more accessible matte black Ticwatch E had to sit that review out.
We reached out to Mobvoi and they replaced the Ticwatch E, which I then used for the week after CES. I have to admit — while I might not be the biggest proponent of fully touchscreen smartwatches anymore, the E is probably the best entry point for anyone looking to dip their toes in the Android Wear ocean.
The Ticwatch E is probably the best entry point for anyone looking to dip their toes in the Android Wear ocean
We already made the assertion in the full review that design matters in the case of S vs E. Despite knowing the Ticwatch S was plenty capable, the look and feel left a lot to be desired. That is mostly remedied by the Ticwatch E — our unit is a matte black body with a black silicone band that will not get dirty under normal wear and tear like our S unit did. Though scuffs and dents might occur over time on this completely plastic body, at least they will not be glaring flaws on the black finish.
Where the Ticwatch S, as David Imel put it within the full assessment, screams “I WORK OUT” to simply about everybody, the E is extra refined. It labored with just about any wardrobe, even those who had been extra health oriented. It isn’t such as you’re lacking out on a lot within the health realm both — Mobvoi’s app for monitoring health is sweet and somewhat Apple-esque, although most customers most likely have their very own health ecosystems they like to put in through the Android Put on Play Retailer.
I made an effort to make use of the look ahead to my present obsession: sleep monitoring. My favourite Android sleep app, Sleep as Android, works completely with this watch however takes up a number of the battery life when monitoring sleep with steady coronary heart price readings. On common, I misplaced about 50 % in a single day, although I obtained detailed graphs of my sleep within the app. Battery life from the 350 mAh hasn’t modified — it’s going to barely make it to a day and a half when commonly taking in notifications. For my sleep monitoring to work, I had to verify to cost it up earlier than I went to mattress. If I wished to comfortably get via the next day then it required a recharge within the morning too.
The sleeping instance jogged my memory one of many explanation why Android Put on might be an asset. Its look and operation is due for a whole overhaul, however with the fitting instruments and apps the wrist-mounted OS might be extremely helpful.
There are additionally different higher trying variations of the Ticwatch E than this matted black on black. If you’re attempting to go for a selected look, there are decisions for across the identical low cost value. However this black version is one I can advocate to anybody attempting to get into smartwatches that doesn’t need something too massive or cumbersome or flashy. Our assessment scores and ideas stay the identical, however not less than we had been capable of get the complete expertise with the Ticwatch E this time.
Right here’s the underside line: in case you are on the lookout for a starter smartwatch and don’t thoughts Android Put on or that the construct high quality might someday replicate the value, the Ticwatch E is a compelling providing.
Now, let’s get cracking on that Ticwatch three.