It’s been a while since we’ve done any smartwatch reviews. We’ve done a few different fitness bands that have some smartwatch features, but no real smartwatches. A big part of that was just my overall boredom with Android smartwatches in general. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of good smartwatches out there. There weren’t any that were good enough for me to spend several hundred dollars on them. I’m here today to talk about the Mobvoi Ticwatch S. Yes, it came out nearly a year ago. But the Ticwatch S is still a great watch and it’s worth talking about it today.
The Ticwatch S is one of the successors to the original Ticwatch. Mobvoi made waves when they released the original Ticwatch because it supposedly packed a lot of punch in its little body and did it with a surprisingly low price tag. I, unfortunately, didn’t get the chance to try the Ticwatch, but when the Ticwatch S came out on Kickstarter, I figured that for $140 I was willing to give it a try. My watch arrived in November of 2017 and I have been using it ever since.
Before the Ticwatch S, I tried several different watches. The thing was that even though they were all good watches, none of them were what I would call well-rounded. This one was super cheap, this one had a transflective display (meaning you can see the screen outside), or this one looked super awesome, this one was waterproof, or this one came with a speaker. They all had a few stand-out features but the reality was that they all had horrible battery life. Each one did one or two things really well but failed in a lot of other areas. The Ticwatch S is a well-rounded device that doesn’t necessarily stand out in any particular category, but it is good in a lot of them.
The Ticwatch S is Mobvoi’s sporty watch. It comes with a 45mm body, a 1.6-inch OLED display and a resolution of 400×400. It comes with built-in GPS with the band doubling as the GPS antennae, a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, an IP67 waterproof rating, and wireless charging. The watch comes with several pre-built watch faces. Many of these are customizable and take advantage of various aspects of the watch. Personally, I like to see my steps for the day, the weather, and the current battery levels.
As I’ve tried all the different smartwatches I’ve tried, I’ve come to the sad realization that none of them are going to deliver the type of battery life that I really want. Mobvoi says that the Ticwatch S should last a full 48 hours. I’ve only gotten it to do that one time, and that was when I was up in the mountains with the watch in airplane mode and with the Always On feature disabled. But I do typically average at least a full day or a day and a half of battery life. And even if the battery gets a little bit low, I can attach it to the charger and it charges insanely fast. I haven’t done any actual speed tests, but I would anecdotally say that it is the fastest charging smartwatch I’ve ever used!
The biggest stand out feature of the Ticwatch S is the price. The regular price is $199, but I’ve seen several different sales where you can get it for 10 to 20% off. That $199 gets you a balanced watch with all the basic features you need and a little bit more.
Before we sign off, I need to give a shout out to Mobvoi for their awesome customer service. This is actually my second Ticwatch S. My first one had an issue with the band and needed to have some work done on it. Rather than having me jump through a bunch of hoops and hurdles, Mobvoi had me ship them my original watch and they sent me a full replacement, no questions asked! It was one of the easiest warranty processes I’ve ever gone through!
So long story short? Yes, I recommend the Ticwatch S. It is a great entry level watch with many features you won’t find on much more expensive watches. I have loved my Ticwatch S and plan on keeping it around for a while!
If you’d like to order the Ticwatch S for yourself you can get it here: Amazon.com
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Roy likes to dabble in all things Android and contributes everywhere he can. He owns the site rwilco12.com and its accompanying forum, he develops his own apps and ROM’s, is a Moderator and Recognized Developer on XDA-Developers.com and is the VP of Public Relations for AndroidFileHost.com.