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This time around, these two TicWatch are definitely more than just an interesting curiosity.
Today we will talk about two products. The TicWatch E (aka Express) (Check on Amazon.com) and the TicWatch S (aka Sport) (Check on Amazon.com). They are two almost identical smartwatches but each one aims at a different audience. In addition to the watch, both packages include the magnetic USB charger.
These watches have one big difference (in addition to the price): the looks. The TicWatch E is simpler, youthful and modern, with a minimalist design and a hipster vibe. The black one is opaque, while the yellow and white ones are semitransparent. The strap is made of silicone and is interchangeable. On the wrist, it is very comfortable and the only drawback is that the strap gets dirty very easily and it will force you to clean it every now and then. On the left side, we find the only button that’s slightly protruding from the shell and it is easy to press.
The Ticwatch S has the button in the same position but is more flush with the shell, making it a little more difficult to press. This one has a much more sporty design, and it’s larger than the model E. The strap isn’t interchangeable. However, it is made of TPU, which is more suitable for sport. Both are water and dust resistant according to the IP67 standard.
The hardware is identical. We have a Mediatek MT2601 dual-core 1.2GHz processor specifically designed for a smartwatch, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. We also find a heart rate sensor, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and even GPS. The only thing missing is NFC. Last but not least they both sport a microphone and a speaker.
Both watches come with a beautiful 1.4-inch screen. The OLED technology guarantees excellent viewing angles, good brightness, beautiful contrasts and low consumption with the always-on display. The only thing missing is the automatic brightness.
Both TicWatch S and E are based on Android Wear 2.0. We find a pretty basic fitness app from TicWatch. Unfortunately, the data doesn’t synchronize with other services and therefore it is more convenient to use the Google Fit app. The watch will notify you if you do not achieve your step goal every hour. The rest of the functions are those classics of Android Wear: notifications directly on the wrist with the ability to respond, Google search and the possibility to install more dedicated standalone apps. The system runs smoothly on most occasions but isn’t as fast as more premium devices.
Both smartwatches have a 300mAh battery, which is average for devices of this type. It lasts for a full working day but you won’t be able to take advantage of the sleep tracking function without an additional charge. If you install more demanding standalone apps or make extensive use of the GPS it won’t last a full day.
These two TicWatch smartwatches are solid budget devices. Battery life is the main drawback, but they come equipped with an OLED screen, GPS and a speaker. You won’t find a better device in this price range.