TicWatch S Smartwatch

Last updated date: July 1, 2019

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7.9

TicWatch S Smartwatch

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We looked at the top Smartwatches and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Smartwatch you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 188 expert reviews, the TicWatch S Smartwatch placed 16th when we looked at the top 26 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Download top-rated fitness Wear OS apps like Google Fit, Strava etc. Discover endless possibilities in one place. Sleep monitoring, call an Uber, music on watch, multi-language support, news, watch faces and much more. IP67 water and dust resistant. Never worry about sweating it out. (Not suitable for complete submersion). Map out your jog with Glonass and GPS sensor. TicWatch S also provides independent navigation while running and cycling. Accurately track your performance with stats like steps, speed, distance, calories burned and much more. Accurately track your heart rate in real-time with the built-in PPG sensor. Get training mentor with six heart-rate intervals data. Unplug and run. With Google Play Music on TicWatch S, enjoy music without your phone. Perfect for those on a run. Be notified of incoming calls, messages, emails and news with just a glance. For Android users, the TicWatch S enables you to receive calls, make calls and reply to messages right from your wrist. Personalize your display options with a variety of customized watch faces available on the Google Play Store. OS: Wear OS by Google Compatible Devices: Android 4.3+ and iOS 9.0 Bluetooth:Bluetooth v4.1/BLE Sensor: HR Monitor,Accelerometer,e-Compass,etc.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.6
6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

6.6
439 user reviews

What experts liked

Phone calls made from the watch are crisp and clear. The wrist band is smooth and comfortable to wear. Water resistant technology means you don't need to remove the watch to do the dishes or shower. There are a vast amount of customized watch faces to chose from. Apps run quickly and without any lag. Easily track your fitness journey with both pre-installed and downloadable apps.
- BestReviews
Highlights include a comfortable, fairly slimline design, super sharp 1.4-inch OLED display and surprisingly smooth performance (for the price).
- Trusted Reviews
March 15, 2019 | Full review
There is a good balance here of affordability and quality.
- Tech Aeris
June 16, 2018 | Full review
This provides for a very good hands-free experience, and the speaker sounds good.
- ZD Net
December 18, 2016 | Full review
The connection between the watch and the charger is surprisingly easy and uncomplicated.
- Make Use Of
January 12, 2018 | Full review
The GPS signaling is of the best performances with this smartwatch. A heart rate monitor is also present.
- Gadget Detected

What experts didn't like

The included wrist band is on the smaller side.
- BestReviews
The only minor downsides are its so-so battery life and complete lack of NFC.
- Trusted Reviews
March 15, 2019 | Full review
The Wear app has far more functionality on the Android platform than iOS, but you will need to have it for the watch to work with either phone.
- Tech Aeris
June 16, 2018 | Full review
There is about a gigabyte of available space on the Ticwatch 2 for music storage, and you can only transfer music to the watch via an Android device.
- ZD Net
December 18, 2016 | Full review
The watch head is undeniably bulky. It sits quite far above the wrist, and, on occasion, I even had trouble fitting it under coat sleeves.
- Make Use Of
January 12, 2018 | Full review

Overall Product Rankings

An Overview On Smartwatches

Watches have gone well beyond merely telling the time. You can read incoming texts and emails, monitor your health stats and even make and receive phone calls, all from the device on your wrist. But there’s more than one smartwatch player in town, and the choices can be overwhelming.

Chances are, one of the top deciding factors when choosing a smartwatch is the type of smartphone you own. If you have an iPhone, you’ll find the best compatibility in an Apple product. If, on the other hand, you own an Android-based smartphone, you’ll want to go with an Android-based watch. While most watches can pair with other operating systems, you’ll get the most out of one with the same operating system as your phone.

Then there’s the Fitbit line of fitness trackers. Once merely designed to measure the steps you take each day, these wearables have gotten much more sophisticated over time. Many models have a few of the same features as the iOS- and Android-based watches, offering functions like texting and contactless payment.

Your choice of smartwatch will probably be driven by your needs. If you just need health tracking, for instance, you may not get enough out of the other features to make it worth the extra expense. However, the price variations are minimal — especially if you’re open to an older model rather than needing to have the latest and greatest.

With smartwatches, many features are driven by the available apps. You can play games on many watches, for instance, but you may be limited by the apps that have been created for those versions. Before you buy, make sure the apps you want are available for whichever watch you’re considering.

After searching the app store, you’ll also want to consider the look and feel of each of the watches. Some models have a more traditional watch look, but you may find more bands you like in others. Since the faces of both types of watches are customizable, you’re sure to find a look that works with your own unique tastes.

The Smartwatch Buying Guide

  • You’ll be wearing your watch every day, so appearance is important. Taste plays a big part in this, but some watches have a more basic look. With some models, you can change out the digital watch face to suit your mood — or to match your outfit.
  • Some models build in advanced fitness tracking.
  • If you choose a watch with cellular built-in, you’ll be able to accept and make calls and texts even when you’re away from your phone. You’ll have to pay an additional monthly fee for that, though, in addition to paying more for the watch. To use this phone capability, you’ll need to have a device that’s compatible with the watch you choose.
  • In addition to phone functionality, you’ll also need the right smartphone to take full advantage of the watch’s features. Consider whether the smartwatch can sync with iOS or Android.
  • When you put your smartwatch on, you want it to run on battery power for at least the entire workday. Some watches will run for up to 18 hours on a charge. Some even promise battery life of up to four days, but this will vary depending on use.
  • If you own a smartphone, you’re probably already aware of the apps that are available for your operating system. The same situation will apply to your smartwatch. Some brands offer more apps than others.
  • Since you’re wearing it on your wrist every day, it’s important to find a band that won’t weigh you down. Some watches are as light as 1.12 ounces. Others weigh slightly more, at 2.88 ounces, while still others weigh closer to 5.1 ounces.
  • In addition to weight, it’s also important to consider how much real estate the watch will take up on your wrist. Some watches are available in two sizes, 40 mm and 44 mm, so you can choose the size that works best with your wrist. The display area of other brands is often smaller, totaling only 33 mm, or 1.3 inches.
  • One popular feature of today’s smartwatches is the ability to pay at the register without taking out your wallet. Most watches have payment built-in. You’ll just need to add your credit card before you start shopping.
  • With limited screen space, voice control is essential in a smartwatch. Consider the importance of voice control to you when making your smartwatch decision, as not all are equipped with this functionality.
  • Previously, active smartwatch wearers were disappointed that they couldn’t track their activity while swimming. Newer watch models correct that, but you’ll need to keep an eye on their limits. Some brands are designed to be submerged in up to 1.5 meters for only 30 minutes or less. Others are limited to up to 50 meters with no time constraint.
  • No matter which band you choose, you’ll still have to charge it at least every few days. Some watches use a magnetic charging cable that’s easy to connect. Others use a charging dock that you rest your watch on when you’re ready to charge.
  • Sleep tracking can provide valuable information, and some watches excels in this area. Some watches show how long you slept, as well as how many hours you spent in light, deep and REM sleep.
  • When you’re tracking your heart rate and sleep, you likely don’t want to be without your watch for long. Some watches take up to two hours to charge to 100 percent, while others are just over that at 127 minutes.
  • The band is an important part of the look and feel of your watch. Each smartwatch comes with a similar-looking plain black band. But there’s no shortage of bands available for purchase for each watch type, both from the manufacturer and third-party resellers. Look around at your options before you make a decision.
  • If you plan to stream music from your watch, some brands of watches will make that easier than others.
  • Though smartwatches can range widely in price, you’re sure to find a model that fits your specific needs and your budget.