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Ticwatch S review: Sporty smartwatch needs more battery muscle

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The Ticwatch S hits the smartwatch basics at an affordable price point, although you do have to put up with very ordinary battery life as a result.

The good

  • Light build
  • Competitive price point
  • GPS and heart rate sensor built in
  • Good OLED display

The bad

  • No NFC
  • Single-day battery life despite two-day claim
  • Doesn't use standard watch straps
  • Custom charging cable

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Mobvoi isn't a big name in the smartwatch space, with only a handful of mostly kickstarter-backed watches to its name. With the Ticwatch S and Ticwatch E, it's marking out some very solid ground in the affordable smartwatch space, however. Or at least, that's the promise.

Design

  • Just a single physical button to complement the touch screen
  • Very light
  • GPS is integrated into watch strap, so you can't use ordinary watch bands
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Performance

  • Less powerful than other Wear OS smartwatches, but it's not really noticeable
  • Wear OS means plenty of customisation options and app support
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Battery

  • All-day battery life can be a struggle
  • Proprietary charging cable makes juicing up more cumbersome than it should be
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Verdict

We're still waiting for the "killer app" use case for smartwatches.

Sports tracking and notifications are fine, but you can get that on any smartwatch, and most fitness trackers too.

The Ticwatch S doesn't change that in any real way. It's a light and easy to use smartwatch, and it's aggressively priced for its feature set. If you only need a simple smartwatch and can put up with the battery life, it's recommended.


Pricing and availability

The Ticwatch S is available in Australia for around $269.99. However, it's worth shopping around because it's not that hard to find a few bargains on both the Ticwatch S and the cheaper $219.99 Ticwatch E.

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The TicWatch S brings you Google's Wear OS with compatibility for both Android and iOS devices, along with sporty features such as embedded GPS and heart rate tracking.

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What the other reviewers say

Site Comment Score
TechRadar "A sophisticated smartwatch with a budget price tag"
4/5
Ausdroid "There’s very little around on the Android Wear landscape that comes close to the Ticwatch S in terms of hardware and price" N/A
Android Authority "The latest that the Android Wear OS can offer is here for you to try in the Ticwatch E and S, even if the experience is proportionate to the price point."
8/10
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Specifications

TicWatch S

General

Face Size
35.56mm
Colours
Black
Internal Memory
4GB
Battery Life
Up to 2 days

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.1 LE
NFC
No

Features

Accelerometer
Yes
Built In Microphone
Yes
Dustproof
Yes
Gps
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Usb Charging
Yes
Water Resistant
Yes

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2 Comments

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    Liam
    July 3, 2018

    Great review, what watch face did you use in the photos?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jeni
      July 8, 2018

      Hi Liam,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder and for the nice feedback.

      Most of the watches on this page are cronus and wear real.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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