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TicWatch E2 Review

This offers a great display and fitness features at a great price
TicWatch E2
Credit: Mobvoi
Best Buy Award
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Price:   $160 List | $160 at Amazon
Pros:  Great value, decent display, solid fitness tracking abilities
Cons:  Limited smart functions, so-so battery life
Manufacturer:   Mobovoi
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 6, 2019
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  • Ease of Use - 30% 5
  • Smart Functions - 20% 4
  • Display - 20% 6
  • Fitness Impact - 15% 6
  • Battery Life - 15% 5

Our Verdict

Slightly improving on the performance of its predecessor, Mobvoi's TicWatch E2 is a decent all-around smartwatch that won't break the bank. It doesn't have the most comprehensive set of smart features and function and isn't the most convenient and easy to use watch we have seen, but it gets the job done. It has a display that is quite good and a solid set of fitness tracking features, but the main reason we would recommend this watch is if you want to keep your budget intact when buying a new smartwatch, earning it the Best Buy Award.

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Pros Great value, decent display, solid fitness tracking abilitiesStylish, multitude of features, exceptional displayEasy to use, great display, impressive battery lifeLooks fantastic, easy to useStylish, great display, comprehensive fitness tracking
Cons Limited smart functions, so-so battery lifeVery pricey, essentially limited to iOSGiant bezel, could have more smart functionsShort battery lifeUnimpressive battery life, app compatibility could be better
Bottom Line If you are looking for a solid smartwatch without blowing your budget, then this product is our top recommendationWe think this is by far the best option out there when it comes to wearables for your iPhoneIf you don’t mind the rather ostentatious size, this is one of the best watches we have seen so farWhile this watch has plenty of smart functions and is very easy to use, we think this product’s middling performance in our battery life metric precluded it from claiming one of the top spotsIt’s hard to do better than the Active2 if you don’t have an iPhone, especially if you like a slimmer watch
Rating Categories TicWatch E2 Apple Watch Series 6 Samsung Galaxy Watch Samsung Galaxy... Samsung Galaxy...
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Specs TicWatch E2 Apple Watch Series 6 Samsung Galaxy Watch Samsung Galaxy... Samsung Galaxy...
Water Resistant 5 ATM 5 ATM Up to 50 meters 5 ATM 5 ATM
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NFC (Android, Apple, Samsung, or Fitbit Pay) No Yes Yes Yes Yes
HR Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display 1.39 inch AMOLED 44mm or 40mm 30mm or 33mm AMOLED 1.2-inch or 1.4-inch AMOLED 44mm (1.4") or 40mm (1.2")
Resolution 400x400 368 by 448
324 by 394
360x360 360 x 360 360 x 360
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Speaker No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other sensors Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Low latency off-body
Electrical heart sensor
Fall detection
Barometric altimeter
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Ambient light
Accelerometer
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Barometer
ECG
Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyro
Barometer
Ambient Light
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 S6 SiP with 64-bit dual-core processor Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 dual-core at 1.15GHz Exynos 9110 dual-core at 1.15GHz

Our Analysis and Test Results

While the TicWatch E2 did merit an award for its value, its performance placed it at the back of the group overall, just behind the Huawei Watch GT Classic. The E2 has a larger set of smart functions than the GT, but the GT has a significantly better battery life, earning it a few more points overall. However, the GT is also substantially more expensive.

The TicWatch E2.
The TicWatch E2.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


To find out which smart timepiece is truly superior to the rest, we researched and compared an enormous number of different watches, then bought all the most promising models on the market to test head-to-head and see which ones came out on top. We graded the performance of each watch in five different aspects, with the TicWatch E2's results elaborated on in the sections below.

You can wear the E2 while swimming.
You can wear the E2 while swimming.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


First off, we looked at how easy to use the TicWatch E2 is, which is responsible for 30% of its total score. It earned a 5 out of 10 for its middle-of-the-road performance, based on the responsiveness of the touchscreen, ease of charging and swapping wristbands, its water resistance, and user interface.


The TicWatch E2 is water resistant up to 5 ATM or 50 meters, so you can definitely wear it in the shower or in the pool without fear. It is also about average difficulty to swap wristbands on this watch, using the standard watch band release mechanism.

There isn't a crown scroll or other tactile interface to navigate through the menus but the touchscreen is fairly responsive to swipes and taps, hardly ever failing to register or misinterpret them. We also like that the screen usually wakes in less than a second when you raise your wrist to look at the E2.

The charging cradle attaches to the E2 with little to no fuss but the magnet holding it in place isn't particularly strong, so the watch will get disconnected with a relatively minor amount of force.

You can use Google Assistant with this model.
You can use Google Assistant with this model.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Smart Functions


Our second metric dealt with the different features and capabilities that bestow the "Smart" moniker on these watches, which constitutes 20% of its total score. In particular, we scored each watch on its compatibility with popular or common apps, if it has music or phone controls, if it can be used for mobile payments, and if it has a standalone GPS unit. The TicWatch E2 earned a 4 out of 10 for its modest set of smart functions.


The TicWatch E2 uses Google's Wear OS, which offers a decent amount of third-party app compatibility. The E2 works with Uber, Messenger, Strava, IFTTT, and Spotify, just to name a few.

The E2 doesn't have a crown to scroll through menus.
The E2 doesn't have a crown to scroll through menus.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This watch does not have an integrated speaker, so you can't take calls through the watch, though it does have a microphone for use with the Google Assistant. It does give you the option to answer the call on your wrist, but you do need to pull the phone out or be using a headset to continue the call.

The watch has rudimentary music controls right from the start for most music service and these will increase if you download the corresponding app to the watch, such as Pandora or Spotify.

The TicWatch even has an integrated GPS unit — GPS, GLONASS, Beidou — and standalone WiFi but it does lack standalone LTE or mobile payment/NFC capabilities.

The E2 has an app to help you relax.
The E2 has an app to help you relax.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Display


Next, we awarded points based on the display of each smartwatch, which is responsible for 20% of its final score. To score each smartwatch, we compared and ranked the screen quality and resolution of each watch, as well as how easy it is to adjust the amount of backlight and if you can see the screen without issue in both light and dark conditions. The E2 is slightly above average in this regard, earning it a 6 out of 10.


This TicWatch actually has quite a nice display, with specs about on par with the premium models. It has a 1.39", 400x400 AMOLED screen that displays crisp and clear.

It has a backlight that is more than bright enough to see in the dark but is definitely not bright enough to easily read in bright sunlight. This watch also lacks the ability to set the backlight to automatically adjust to ambient light but you can set it to be always-on if you don't like waiting the brief second for it to wake when you raise your wrist.

A few of the tracking profiles available on the E2.
A few of the tracking profiles available on the E2.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Fitness Impact


For our next rating metric, we had to get up and get active with the TicWatch E2 to rank and score its various fitness and workout monitoring abilities. This accounts for 15% of its total score, based on the accuracy of its step counter and heart rate monitor, as well as the different workouts it can track and the data it collects. Additionally, we also checked to see if it counts the number of stairs you climb throughout the day. The E2 again did slightly above average, earning a 6 out of 10.


Starting off, we were pleasantly surprised with the accuracy of the step counter on the E2. The step count is a little slow to update but it matches up with manual count for each of our mile walks very closely, only having an average discrepancy of 18 steps or so.

The E2 was a little slow to update step counts but was pretty...
The E2 was a little slow to update step counts but was pretty accurate.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We didn't find the heart rate monitor to be as accurate compared to our chest strap. It's usually within 10 bpm when our heart rate was at resting levels but tends to underestimate it when our heart rate was elevated. It averaged out to be fairly accurate at the higher levels but would sporadically have a huge discrepancy compared to the chest strap — on the order of 40 bpm or more!

This model has a built-in HR monitor.
This model has a built-in HR monitor.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The E2 uses the Google Fit and Fit Workout apps to track activities and workouts. The Google Fit app lets you set activity goals, such as taking 10,000 steps a day or running a certain number of times a week. This app also has an enormous number of different workout profiles, covering everything from cricket to curling. It also has some basic coaching abilities, such as a 30-day sit-up, push-up, or squat challenge.

There are a bunch of preloaded workout tracking profiles to choose...
There are a bunch of preloaded workout tracking profiles to choose from.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

You can also use Google Fit to integrate with other third-party fitness app and share data, even if that app doesn't have a standalone version that can run on the TicWatch E2.

Unfortunately, this watch doesn't track the number of flights of stairs you climb each day.

This model fits on the charger only one way.
This model fits on the charger only one way.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Battery Life


For our fourth and final metric — worth 15% of each smartwatch's final score — we compared the effective runtime of each watch and the time it takes to recharge. The E2 did alright, earning a 5 out of 10.


We used the watch normally, sending it plenty of notifications and calls throughout the day until it died, with the E2 lasting for about 25 hours before completely dying, which was slightly below average. However, it does charge quite fast for these smart wearables, only taking 75 minutes to completely recharge a dead battery to 100% and 32 minutes to recharge to 50%.

Value


Overall, the TicWatch E2 is a great value. It's a simple, bare-bones smartwatch that has most of the features you would want and won't wreck your budget.

Conclusion


If you are an Android user and looking for a simple smartwatch without breaking the bank to tide you over until Wear OS gets a full overhaul, then the TicWatch E2 is a great choice. True, it can't compete with the top-tier offerings from Samsung or Apple but it retails for less than half of the premium watches and won't disappoint — if you don't expect too much.

David Wise and Austin Palmer