TicWatch C2

A RE­WORK­ING OF THE ORIG­I­NAL TICWATCH.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ JAMES PECK­HAM ]

THE TICWATCH C2 feels more premium than the first gen­er­a­tion of this line of watches, and it’s cer­tainly more premium than the TicWatch E or S. All of that said, it doesn’t feel as high-end as the TicWatch Pro and it doesn’t have as many fea­tures ei­ther.

There’s a 1.3-inch AMOLED dis­play at the heart of the watch with a res­o­lu­tion of 360 x 360, which is what you’ll use to nav­i­gate around the UI. There are also two pro­nounced hard­ware but­tons on the right hand edge of the watch to help you move around the in­ter­face.

The top but­ton has an odd in­dent that’s an or­ange color, but it gives it a unique look much like how the crown on the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3 and Ap­ple Watch 4 has been a dif­fer­ent color.

There’s no in­ter­est­ing sec­ond screen tech here like you’ll get on the TicWatch Pro, which is a bit of a shame, but it has al­lowed the com­pany to make this watch both thin­ner and lighter.

The watch it­self is made of stain­less steel and comes in sil­ver, black or rose gold. The rose gold vari­ant sports 18mm straps and is a touch thin­ner at 12.8mm, while the black and sil­ver ones are 13.1mm thick and sport 20mm straps.

It’s ac­tu­ally just the front of the watch that is made of stain­less steel. That en­sures the most vis­i­ble part looks premium, but it’s a lit­tle less good look­ing on the rear as that’s plas­tic. But if you want you’ll be able to keep that a hid­den se­cret next to your wrist.

It’s an odd choice from Mob­voi to ini­tially alien­ate those who don’t want leather. For any­one who wants to avoid leather or to use this for ex­er­cise, you may want to buy a sep­a­rate third-party sil­i­cone strap to put with this.

Back to the thin­ness, the rose gold vari­ant is par­tic­u­larly thin as there isn’t a lip over the top of the bezel around the dis­play. You can see that clearly in the photo above, and it’s just one way the com­pany has made this ver­sion more suitable for smaller wrists.

All ver­sions of the TicWatch C2 are also IP68 wa­ter and dust re­sis­tant. That means it will be able to sur­vive a jog in the rain, but Mob­voi has con­firmed this watch isn’t de­signed for use in a pool, so you won’t be able to track your swim­ming stats with this.

PER­FOR­MANCE

How does the TicWatch C2 per­form on the in­side? The good news is it’s okay, but the bad news is this isn’t go­ing to im­press you with its speed.

Speed on a smart­watch isn’t al­ways the most nec­es­sary thing, but it’s an odd choice from Mob­voi to in­clude the Qual­comm Snap­dragon Wear 2100 chipset to power the TicWatch C2. That’s a bit of a shame as Qual­comm has now re­leased a new re­worked ver­sion called the Snap­dragon Wear 3100, which of­fers ex­tra power and bet­ter bat­tery life.

We found in our re­view pe­riod that the watch would work as quickly as we needed it to, but it would have been nicer to get that slight speed boost from the newer chipset.

Mob­voi claims the 400mAh cell in the TicWatch C2 is able to last for 1-2 days, and we found that to be about right, with it reach­ing around two days when you’re not in­ten­sively us­ing the watch.

SOFT­WARE

The lat­est Wear OS soft­ware is on board here, so you’ll im­me­di­ately no­tice the user in­ter­face

de­sign changes if you’re used to the orig­i­nal ver­sion of Wear OS. The new ver­sion makes nav­i­gat­ing around smart­watches that bit eas­ier.

Wear OS works much bet­ter than An­droid Wear did at launch, and this de­vice will pair with both iPhones and An­droid de­vices as long as they have rel­a­tively re­cent soft­ware run­ning on them.

An­droid users will get a slightly bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence thanks to bet­ter in­te­grated Google ser­vices, but it’s largely the same as what you’d get if you paired the watch with an iPhone in­stead.

Wear OS is smooth, and while it may not sport the largest ar­ray of apps it does have the ne­ces­si­ties cov­ered.

You can down­load any Wear OS apps di­rectly from the Google Play Store, or you can use the ones that are al­ready loaded onto the watch. A lot of the fit­ness fea­tures – some­thing we’ll get into below – are us­ing Mob­voi’s own apps here.

FIT­NESS

Ev­ery­thing we’ve come to ex­pect from Mob­voi’s range of Wear OS watches is here, in­clud­ing a heart rate mon­i­tor, GPS and nor­mal fit­ness track­ing fea­tures that will keep an eye on your step count and track gen­eral ex­er­cise.

Don’t ex­pect a sport watch ex­pe­ri­ence here though. Al­though it can do some good nor­mal track­ing, this isn’t wa­ter­proof so it can’t be taken in a pool and we didn’t find the de­sign to be par­tic­u­larly sport friendly.

The thicker de­sign than some other smart­watches means this isn’t en­tirely suited to tak­ing out run­ning with you, and the leather-only straps mean you prob­a­bly won’t want to sweat in this.

You may want to hold off and see if Mob­voi will pro­vide sil­i­cone straps for this de­vice, or buy your­self a third-party strap that will fit it.

If you do still want to ex­er­cise with the watch, we found the heart rate tracker to be ac­cu­rate if a lit­tle slow to work. It will en­cour­age you to be still to get the most ac­cu­rate read­ing, so don’t ex­pect to get the best re­sults when you’re out mid-stride on a run.

VER­DICT

It’s dif­fi­cult to get ex­cited about the Mob­voi TicWatch C2 as it doesn’t do much that’s all that dif­fer­ent to other smart­watches on the mar­ket.

Where it gets ex­cit­ing is the price, and the fact that this is a sig­nif­i­cant dis­count on a lot of other Wear OS watches on the mar­ket is a big deal.

A lot of what most peo­ple will want from a smart­watch is on of­fer here, so you can ex­pect the TicWatch C2 to suit you if you want to be able to use Google Pay or just get no­ti­fi­ca­tions di­rectly to your wrist.

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