News Ticwatch E: Smartwatch with Wear OS for 160$ – Amazfit competitor?
Almost everyone wears a fitness tracker. Smartwatches, on the other hand, do not seem to have the status that manufacturers expected a few years ago. Away from the big manufacturers, Mobvoi has already inspired us with the Ticwatch 2. However, the Ticwatch E now relies on the Wear OS operating system and could therefore be an Amazfit competitor.
|Display||1,4 Zoll OLED, Resolution: 400 x 400 pixel|
|Processor||MTK2601, Dual-Core @ 1,2 GHz|
|Main storage||512 MB|
|Internal memory||4 GB, not expandable|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, GLONASS|
|Operating system||Wear OS, compatible with Android, iOS|
|Features||Heart rate measurement, pedometer, notifications, phone, messages, Google Play Store, Google Maps, camera/music remote control|
|Measurements||Display: 44 mm x 13,55 mm – B|
|Scope of delivery||Ticwatch E, charging station, USB cable, operating instructions|
Ticwatch E: Straightforward Smartwatch
With the Ticwatch E, the manufacturer also adheres to the more classic watch design. A round “dial” stands here instead of a rather square design as with an Apple Watch. Of course, there is a screen where the dial would actually be. This is a touchscreen OLED display with a diameter of 1.4 inches and a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels. This results in a pixel density of 287 ppi, i.e. pixels per inch, and is thus ahead of the Amazfit Stratos in both size and resolution.
The panel is also protected with Sapphir glass. We already liked the display of the Ticwatch 2 in our review, which is why we are confident about the Ticwatch E as well.
The E in Ticwatch E stands for “Express” and also sets the route in the watch design. The design is quite simple and unadorned. It is available in black and white; more colour variations are available on the Ticwatch S. The strap is also either all black or all white and is made of silicone. Of course, this comes in handy if you also want to do sports with the watch, but on slightly finer occasions a leather bracelet like the Mijia SYB01 Smartwatch looks more elegant.
On the bottom of the IP67 protected Smartwatch is a heart rate monitor as well as a magnetic pin connector for charging the watch. At first glance, however, it is noticeable that the watch looks a little “thick”. In fact it is 13.55 mm thick, which makes the watch actually clumsier than the filigree Ticwatch 2 with a thickness of 11.95 mm, but also slightly thinner than the Stratos with a thickness of 1.5 cm.
Known hardware, no SIM card slot
In contrast to an Amazfit Bip, for example, the Ticwatch E is more like a Smartwatch. At its heart is the MediaTek MTK MT2601 dual-core processor, which has a 1.2 GHz clock frequency. It has already been used in the Ticwatch 2 and has ensured a smooth operation. This requires 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. This is also known from the Stratos, but smart watches like the Zeblaze Thor Pro simply deliver four times the capacity.
In addition, the manufacturer also uses a little more hardware. Bluetooth 4.1 LE provides the connection to the smartphone, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi brings the Smartwatch to the local Internet. Mobile Internet cannot be realized with the Ticwatch E, because Mobvoi does without a SIM slot – a pity! There are speakers and microphone, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS and various sensors. NFC is not available.
The battery is 300 mAh on average, the manufacturer states a running time of 48 hours, but that didn’t work out so well with the Ticwatch 2, but depends on the individual use.
Now with Wear OS instead of TicOS
Many Chinese smartwatches always sound great on paper, but then suffer from poorly or not at all optimized software and the corresponding app. With the Ticwatch 2, the manufacturer has still opted for the in-house TicOS, now one grabs Wear OS from Google. This gives you access to almost all Google services like Google Play Store, the Google Assistant or Gmail. Third-party apps can of course also be installed. These include, for example, Spotify, Facebook Messenger or Uber.
Accordingly, the Wear OS app is used on an Android/MIUI smartphone or an iPhone. This requires either Android 4.3 or iOS 8, but it should not fail.
I like the range of functions pretty much because of the Wear OS. First of all you have the typical fitness functions like the heart rate monitor, pedometer, sleep tracking and more. The data can be evaluated and collected, as known from a Xiaomi Mi Band 3, for example. Besides Google Fit you can probably also use Runtastic or Strava. Spotify and Google Play Music are available for listening to music, but offline use only seems to work with Google Play Music.
Through the Bluetooth connection with the smartphone there are also notifications and it is possible to receive calls. Finally, the microphone is built in, which can also be used for the Google Assistant. Text input can also be made via microphone or keyboard.
I liked the Ticwatch 2 back then, but it still suffered from teething troubles like the weak battery or the not quite optimal app. You have probably noticed that building your own ecosystem is a lot of work, so now you use the established Wear OS – in my opinion not a bad decision! Visually I don’t like the Ticwatch E as much as the Ticwatch 2 because of the minimal clumsier design, but that’s still bearable.
Overall, the first impression is definitely right for me and I would be very interested in testing the watch. Would you also like to take a test or can you even give a report of your own experiences?To the gadget