We recently got our hands on TicWatch E2 e TicWatch S2, the two new wearables registered Mobvoi. Compared to the previous model tested by our staff, TicWatch C2, in this case we are in the presence of two "cheap" products. Among the devices equipped with Wear OS these are certainly the least expensive, while offering an interface identical to all the other products characterized by this type of software. Like the other years, however, will they have convinced from the point of view of performance? Are they still the smartwatches of reference in the market segment below the 200 euro? Let's find out better together, within ours review.
Review TicWatch S2 & E2
From the packaging point of view, the two packages are identical. Inside we find:
- TicWatch E2 / S2;
- brief instruction manual;
- charging base.
As for the aesthetic aspect, these two new smartwatches do not differ much from their previous versions. TicWatch E2 it is slightly larger than TicWatch E, presenting itself with a design very similar to the latter. Let's talk about a diameter equal to 52.2 mm and a thickness di 12.9 mm. On TicWatch S2 the thickness is the same, while the diameter is attested on 51.8 mm.
Both devices are built completely in plastic, not showing a particularly noteworthy design. On the sportier variant, TicWatch S2, there is also one ferrule purely ornamental running around the central display. If at first glance they could seem to be fragile, in reality they have a very good one strength and resistance. During the whole test period I used them a lot and didn't have scratches, imperfections or other cosmetic damages.
Both models gain certification IP68 and on the sport variant we also find a military certification called MIL-STD-810G, which should make the product almost indestructible. Of course, there are also silicone straps that do not differ much in these two TicWatches. The length shown by these units is good and also the holes are in the right position, making it easier to put on any type of wrist. I believe it is necessary, however, to make only one criticism. TicWatch S2 deserved, in my opinion, a different variant of the strap, perhaps with different holes to allow better transpiration of the skin during physical activity or intense heat. It must also be admitted that the central case is really light, making the smartwatch very comfortable in all conditions.
Turning to 180 ° products, we note the presence of a heartbeat sensor e 4 magnetic pins, suitable for recharging the devices on the appropriate base. On the right side, however, both wearables have the main microphone and a physical button, through which to perform some quick functions. Mainly the latter is used for access the various applications and to return directly to the Home from any menu.
TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 have the same display. So we have a panel AMOLED da 1.39 diagonal inches, with resolution 400 400 pixels x. We are talking about a unit almost identical to that seen last year on TicWatch E.
Mobvoi from this point of view it does not disappoint the expectations and presents a really good quality on screen. All colors are well reproduced and offer great liveliness. Since it is an AMOLED display, it is natural that i neri they are really very deep, thus making the new mode always-on really effective and not very energy intensive. Unfortunately, a brightness sensor is missing in both models, but in any case, under direct sunlight the panel is clearly visible. During nighttime, however, it is necessary to manually set a lower brightness level, thus avoiding the torch effect.
Fortunately, I also found the oleophobic treatment on the display, which does not retain too many fingerprints even after a full day of use.
Treating the hardware sector for a moment, it is necessary to specify how the company has decided to completely change course. If last year we found a MediaTek chipset, this year Mobvoi decided to use a CPU developed by Qualcomm, thus adopting the Snapdragon Wear 2100. TicWatch S2 and TicWatch E2 can therefore count on a different platform, which does not however bring higher quality in terms of performance. Also using TicWatch E, I noticed how the system is always a bit cumbersome and not very snappy, especially in certain menus. This behavior could derive, however, from an imperfect optimization of the system. To accompany this processor we find, then, 512 GB of RAM e 4 GB of internal storage.
On the two tested TicWatches we find a software solution developed by Google, that is Wear OS. By now we have learned to know well the interface offered by this system, in which we can also install various third-party applications including Spotify, Telegram and much more. Thanks to the connection Bluetooth with our smartphone, we have the ability to manage the songs being listened to or to respond quickly to incoming messages, not only on Telegram but also on all other messaging platforms. If you want it, you can also respond to telephone calls but later you will be forced to pick up the smartphone to talk to your caller.
I found the integration with Google Assistant, even if the management of the system is not really optimal. Google's assistant is famous, in fact, for offering various links between the topics addressed, without having to repeat the initial instruction. However, by using these two TicWatches, you will be able to recall the assistant only once via your voice. On the second attempt, saying "Ok Google", the device will not hear any commands and you will be forced to click on the microphone icon to continue interacting with it.
Within the two wearables in question there are, besides all the Google applications, the typical ones TicWatch app. These mainly refer to the wing health and at the sport, for which they show detailed graphics in this regard. Obviously most of the information is reported on the smartphone, where the graphics do not enjoy great health. Unfortunately, the company still takes little care of this aspect, showing incorrect translations, overlapping of the elements and an often confusing basic approach.
Despite all the problems, there is a lot of information and there is space for a truly complete monitoring of your activity. In case you are not satisfied with these applications, you could try Google Fit. When both devices are turned on, it is pre-installed in the system and it is possible to perform various activities using its platform.
Both TicWatches reviewed in this review come with Bluetooth 4.1 LE, 802.11 Wi-Fi b / g / n, accelerometer, GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS, gyroscope, compass e heartbeat sensor. Unfortunately the NFC is missing, which would have been convenient at the payment stage.
How do the two devices behave in monitoring our activities? We can answer this question, making clear initially that both models show no difference in this respect. I can therefore consider myself satisfied with regard to the step detection, which is in line with what was calculated by other wearables in circulation.
With other activities, such as the swimming, the situation is different. In the main menu there is a special item dedicated to this sport, also given the presence of an IP68 certification that allows you to use the watch up to 50 meters of depth. All the parameters calculated by the product, however, are unpacked and do not reflect at all the movements performed by the user. In the pictures below you can appreciate how Google Fit, although showing almost nothing, indicates a length traveled that is very similar to reality. On TicWatch, on the other hand, the values shown are higher than the real ones, calculating a path length that is doubly higher than that actually applied.
By means of the new artificial intelligence system, called TicWatch 1.0, the smartwatch should automatically understand what kind of activity we are doing. Unfortunately this algorithm is not yet so accurate and reliable. He often arrives late in the activity survey, showing very little data on the matter. Sometimes it does not completely record the user's movements, completely ignoring that they are in a particular environment. A couple of times I did not manually set the swim but the wearable did not detect any data after an hour of activity.
Letting work on heart rate monitor 24 hours on 24 I found a good precision, even during the most agitated moments. In any case, I recommend keeping the watch on your wrist so that the measurement does not suffer too much interference. The performance shown by the GPS is also good, always quite responsive and fast in signal hooking.
It is never easy to comment on theautonomy of such a product. TicWatch S2 and TicWatch E2 have a battery from 415 mAh which allows you to safely pass a common working day. In the event that you receive few notifications and occasionally activate the screen, you could also cover a day and a half of autonomy without any particular problems. In any case, the full recharge it happens in little more than 1 now.
Price & Conclusions
I do not agree with all those who have promoted these products at 100%, although the value for money is still good. In my opinion, there are still too many uncertainties, especially with regard to data relating to physical activities. There are few features that show precision and reliability. So I am convinced that Mobvoi still has to work a lot on the software side, to bridge the gap with devices that do better in the same price range. In fact, smartbands generally offer higher quality data in this price range.
All users eager to understand how these devices work are strongly encouraged to try TicWatch E2 or TicWatch S2. In most cases, users do not take advantage of the multitude of activities present in the system, so it may be the right compromise for them.