The first generation of TicWatch is one of the few real smartwatches on the market based on WearOS, so I used TicWatch to install a bunch of small software, and I took all kinds of classes to feel the fish, and TicWatch also cultivated my interest in smart wearable devices.
The latter TicWatch is increasingly developing towards high-end, and the eSIM function is a major feature of high-end smartwatches. Because carrying this feature means to design the watch as a small phone, all kinds of baseband, antenna, microphone and speaker have to be arranged, so the price will be out of control. But TicWatch, a veteran smartwatch maker, says: No! You can get a real eSIM watch within $1000! It is our main character today: TicWatch GTW eSIM!
TicWatch GTW eSIM is a lightweight smartwatch built on TicWear GT OS system, keeping only some common software. The advantage of this is that the body can be made very light and quite senseless to wear. The whole machine weighs only 38.6g, so for someone like me who has finished my student days and entered the working world, there is no need to touch the fish with the watch anymore. So such a leathery and durable lightweight smartwatch would be perfect for me.
The TicWatch GTW eSIM has a 1.39-inch 454 x 454 resolution AMOLED retina screen with a large viewing angle and high brightness, which is clearly visible under strong sunlight.
And to my surprise, such a low-priced smartwatch also provides a constant screen light function! The settings provide several sets of AOD dials similar to the rest screen of a cell phone, so you can see the current time without lifting your wrist, which is really rare at this price point.
The upper layer of the dial is a circle of metal bezel, commonly used on traditional watches, embellished with a second hand scale, which gives this watch a strong decorative attribute. On the right side are 2 multifunction buttons with a small hole in the center for resetting. The overall design is uncomplicated, much like a tough sports watch.
The back of the watch is made of non-allergenic skin-like plastic, and in the middle is the heart rate sensor that all smartwatches have. But this 5 lens-like device of TicWatch GTW eSIM is not simple, it is a multi-channel PPG heart rate sensor with an optical blood oxygen sensor that can measure a variety of body values.
The four metal contacts on the outside are used for USB charging, and can be automatically adsorbed using the magnetic charging cable inside the package.
The strap supports removal and replacement, and the universal clasp can meet more users' individual needs. After I ran with it for 2 kilometers, I did not feel hot and uncomfortable. In addition, it also supports iP68 water resistance, rain and wash your hands and swim a small swim is not a problem.
eSIM experience: a surprise beyond the price point, no need to bring your cell phone when you go out
After finishing the appearance, we will talk about its most important function - eSIM. eSIM is an electronic SIM card that allows users to communicate without inserting a physical SIM card. It's very suitable for smart watches and other products with an inch of space.
The TicWatch GTW eSIM is also very easy to open the eSIM. Both mobile and Unicom phones can be opened step by step according to the tips in the software, the monthly fee is 10 yuan a month, and it is the same number for both the phone and the watch. I am using a Unicom cell phone with the same number, so the watch can share the same traffic package with the phone and there is basically no additional cost of use except for the 10 yuan monthly fee.
After opening the eSIM function, you can not only listen to NetEase cloud music and watch the weather without your cell phone, but also receive information from major platforms such as WeChat, QQ, SMS, Nail, Fishu and Enterprise WeChat independently. Even if you don't bring your phone, you won't miss a single message.
Why would I want to buy an eSIM-enabled watch? It's to ensure that I don't lose touch with society even when I don't want to bring my phone, and to enjoy some simple Internet services. The TicWatch GTW eSIM meets my needs. If someone calls my phone at this time, I can answer the call directly on the watch.
I simply go out for a run or something, no longer have to worry about me not receiving information from my phone, want to listen to songs, just use the Bluetooth headset to connect, and then you can listen to the songs in my NetEase cloud music song list.
In my opinion, one of the most suitable scenarios for TicWatch GTW eSIM is to go out for a run without my phone. Let's assume a scenario like this: I'm going out for a run in the evening, I don't need to bring my phone at this time, I can just take my watch out with me.
Before exercising I can open his little ask sports function, which can monitor my steps, frequency, distance, heart rate, blood oxygen and a series of other parameters. In addition it can also call GPS to record our movement track.
I continue to run and run, found that running a little far, and then walk back a little tired, you want to take the bus back, then you can use its NFC traffic card function, directly swipe the card on board.
Finally, when we arrive at the entrance of the neighborhood, our neighborhood is gated, and this time I can use the analog NFC card I stored before to swipe it to enter the neighborhood. From such a process, TicWatch GTW eSIM is really suitable for sports, it takes care of every process that we may need to use electronic products in sports.
In my week-long experience, and it has no hard feelings in all aspects, the battery life is also very long, half a week for frequent use, and can be a week for occasional use. In addition, it also provides a persistent mode, after opening only the basic functions, but the battery life can be up to 30 days.
Summary: A light smartwatch with features that far exceed the price point
I really didn't expect that an eSIM-enabled smartwatch had been pulled down to a price point of less than $1,000! In my opinion, the overall experience of the TicWatch GTW eSIM is outstanding at this price point, and if you're looking for a light smartwatch that can be connected anywhere, anytime, then it would be a great choice for you.