The company Mobvoi seems to offer with its Smartwatch Ticwatch 2 an alternative to the now no longer produced Pebble Time. In addition, it proves: Good can also be comparatively cheap.
Admittedly, the watch has been a bit longer on the market. However, since it seems quite interesting and we have not yet reported on it, I would like to briefly present it to those of you who do not yet know it.
I discovered the Ticwatch because Pebble was sold to Fitbit some time ago. The time 2 had actually done to me because it looked good and was simple in its functions as well as the interface was. In addition, the battery life thanks to the E-Ink display promised to be very good.
But since this watch was not the light of the world, I rummaged a few weeks ago for a cheap alternative and came across the Ticwatch. Although this does not have a display with electronic ink, it also looks good, seems to bring useful features and above all an acceptable price. In addition, the community seems to play a role in Mobvoi, similar to Pebble.
Simple design and thought-out functions: Ticwatch 2
The Kickstarter success comes in the classic watch look: Round case, round 1.4-inch display, and standard 20mm bracelets. Among the functions is first and foremost the tickle feature, which is probably also responsible for the name of the clock.
The user simply has to “stroke” the side of the case to control the clock and the small display disappears, for example when scrolling, not behind the finger (even better is probably the “rotating” of the Samsung Gear).
In addition, cool: thanks to the GPS module and the integrated memory for music, the smartphone can stay at home during sporting activities. Naturally, a pulse meter is also on board for such activities.
All other Ticwatch 2 specifications can be found in the following list:
|OS:||Ticwear 4.0 (the basis of Android)|
|Display:||Sensitive 1.4-inch OLED screen with a round shape, resolution 400 x 400 pixels|
|Processor:||MediaTek MT2601 (two processor cores Cortex-A7 with frequency up to 1.2 GHz and video accelerator ARM Mali-400MP)|
|Memory:||4 GB internal memory|
|Built-in 3G module||Yes|
|Battery:||300 mAh battery with fast charging and wireless|
|Protection standard IP65||Yes|
If you want to get a Ticwatch you can choose between a sporty and a classic variant. The only difference is the corresponding bracelets and the housing material: The Ticwatch Active is made of aluminum and the Classic made of stainless steel, otherwise both soft and hardware are identical.
The price of the sporty variant, available in the colors Charcoal and Snow, is about 185 euros. There is a color-matching silicone bracelet in each case. The premium version costs about 230 euros and comes in the colors Oak (silver with brown leather strap) and onyx (black with matching metal bracelet and sapphire glass).
Conclusion: Ticwatch 2
Finally, I would like to point out to you three drops of vermouth: the watch is protected with the protection class ip65 and thus only protected against the light “water jets” (eg hand washing, probably also showers). Swimming will be just as little in there as contactless payment because no NFC chip is installed. On my demand with the developer team, I was also confirmed that the clock (unlike various reports) does not have access to the Android Wear App Store.
What do you think of the Ticwatch 2? Is she a possible candidate for your wrist?