TicWatch E2 review

A great value smartwatch for casual fitness fans

TicWatch E2
Great Value
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The TicWatch E2 picks up where its predecessor left off, offering a solid smartwatch experience with all the core features you'd expect while also enhancing its fitness tracking and battery life.

Few smartwatches can boast a four day battery life, but on the TicWatch E2 it's (almost) a reality - so long as you don't do any intensive GPS tracking workouts and disable the always-on display and heart rate monitor. Its sturdy, if slightly bland, build ensures it'll survive your runs, swims and gym sessions.

The addition of 5 ATM support is a big boost for swimmers, allowing you to take to the pool and track your swim, however those looking for more detailed tracking will need to look elsewhere. 

The TicWatch E2 is great for casual fitness fans, but enthusiasts may find it lacking in the data department. 

Who's it for?

The TicWatch E2 is a great smartwatch for anyone in the market for a smart wearable but doesn't want to spend the amount asked for by the likes of Samsung and Apple.

For general fitness tracking, handy notifications updates and on-wrist music control - as well as an easy way to check the time and date - the E2 offers exactly what you need.

Should I buy it?

The TicWatch E2 is a solid buy, with an affordable price tag getting you a solid, dependable smartwatch which can last multiple days on a single charge. 

It doesn't have some of the more advanced features, so if NFC payments or 4G connectivity on your wearable is key, it's one to avoid.

First reviewed: January 2019

The competition

Not sold on the TicWatch E2, or want to see what else is available before making up your mind? We’ve got three alternatives below that are worth considering.

TicWatch S2

If you fancy parting with just a little bit more cash for US military-grade durability, the TicWatch S2 offers up exactly the same specs and features with a slightly different look.

For those who are into extreme sports, open water swimming or more strenuous outdoor activities the TicWatch S2 is a better option as it’s capable of taking more of a beating.

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa is another equally cheap offering, although the focus here is less smartwatch and more fitness tracker.

It doesn't use Google's Wear OS platform, instead opting for Fitbit's own offering which means fewer apps and interactive notifications, but one big benefit is the inclusion of NFC for Fitbit Pay - allowing you to make contactless payments with the watch.

Huawei Watch 2

The Huawei Watch 2 is an all-singing, all-dancing smartwatch which is packed to the rafters with features. It’s got GPS for tracking your runs, NFC allowing you to make contactless payments and 4G connectivity which lets you leave your phone at home and still stream Spotify and make and receive calls.

Its screen is smaller than the E2’s though, which can make it a little tricky to use, and battery life isn’t as good - but it is doing more.

At launch, back in April 2017, it was one of the pricier options on the market, but its price has dropped significantly since. It’s still more expensive than the TicWatch E2, but not overly so.

John McCann
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