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$99 buys you a useful, but plain, Android Wear watch

$99 buys you a useful, but plain, Android Wear watch
From Engadget - July 11, 2017

Of course that's only if you buy the Ticwatch E on the company's Kickstarter project before it becomes more widely available. When that happens, it will cost $159 and you will be able to get it on Amazon or Mobvoi's website. A higher-end version called Ticwatch S will cost $119 on Kickstarter, and $199 at retail. Even after the early bird period, though, that's still the cheapest Android Wear 2.0 watch around right now.

What you get for those prices is surprising; Mobvoi did not cut corners. Both models sport a bright round 1.4-inch screen with a 400x400 resolution, a heart rate monitor and a GPS sensor -- features that some more-expensive devices lack. Our demo unit of the Ticwatch E was responsive, and Google Assistant was actually faster than on competing devices I have tested. That's particularly impressive given Mobvoi uses a Mediatek processor here instead of a higher-end Qualcomm option. During our preview, Google Maps was also quick to locate us, despite being indoors.

With their bright colors (white, black and lime are available) and silicone rubber straps, the Ticwatch S and E both look and feel cheaper than the competition. While you can swap out the standard 22mm band on the S version to make it prettier, you are stuck with the default non-removeable strap on the E flavor. That's because the latter's GPS antenna is built into the band. Mobvoi figures the E model is more appropriate for a sportier crowd, so it made the entire device lighter. It also designed the E's strap to be "breathable" by carving out a hollow underneath to avoid sweat buildup.

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