Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch Review – Wear OS At Its Finest

Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch Review

In November 2019, Fossil launched the Gen 5 smartwatch with a brand new Snapdragon 3100 processor in India and I must say, the company has addressed a lot of issues faced by the users with their previous models.  In this review, we discuss how Fossil Gen 5 performed during our tests!

Fossil Gen 5 SmartWatch Key Specifications:-

  • Compatibility: Android™ 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10.0+
  • Operating System: Powered with Wear OS by Google
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Water Resistance: 3 ATM
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 3100
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Microphone, NFC, Untethered GPS
  • Companion App: Google Fit
  • Notifications: Alarm Clock, App Alerts, Calendar Alerts, Email, Multiple Time Zones, Social Media, Text
  • Functions: Activity Tracker, Control Your Music, Google Pay™, GPS, Heart Rate Tracking, Interchangeable Watch Band, Notifications, Personalize Your Dial, Swimproof

Fossil Gen 5 Review: Here’s What We Have To Say

Fossil Gen 5 is truly a premium-looking smartwatch. It has a classic round watch look to offer. It features extremely thin bezels surrounding its bright AMOLED display. One thing we liked the most about the watch was the display brightness and quality.

The display is bright and clear. Even in direct sunlight, we had no trouble reading the content on the screen whatsoever. As far as button placements are concerned, on the right side, it houses three buttons. While the top and bottom ones are programmable, the middle one is reserved for navigation.

The left side of the watch houses a smaller speaker grill to receive responses from Google Assistant. Meanwhile,  the heart rate sensor sits on the back.

Powering the smartwatch is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor. Inside is 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM that helps accelerate the performance to a significant extent.

Moving on, the watch is equipped with GPS, Accelerometer, Altimeter, Gyroscope, and everything else that you would expect in a watch like this.

Since it has NFC support, it can also be used for making payments. Fossil Gen 5 is water-resistant but up to three atmospheres. We had absolutely nothing to worry about some minor splashes here and there and even though it can record your swimming activities, we would recommend not taking it into deep waters, especially salt waters, for far too long.

The Fossil Gen 5 runs the latest version of Wear OS version __ and for me, it was a smooth, flawless experience. It did not slow down for us throughout our continuous usage.

There is a bunch of stuff you can do with this watch. For instance, you can track your steps, your calories, your heart rate, among others. It supports sleep activity tracking only via third-party apps.

Additionally, we could track a bunch of workout activities, thanks to Google Fit. Since Fossil Gen 5 supports in-built GPS, you need not tether it with your smartphone for GPS based tracking.

Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch Google Fit

As you would expect, Fossil Gen 5 comes with loads of watch faces. You can also download more from Google Play Store if you want.

Now, let’s discuss the battery life on the Fossil Gen 5. Well, the battery is the only part of this smartwatch that I found a bit disappointing. The Fossil Gen 5 barely lasted a full day on one complete battery recharge cycle. Now, Fossil has integrated certain software elements that allow users to use the Gen 5 as a regular watch instead of a smartwatch, in order to save battery. But we doubt how useful that is going to be. So you have to charge it every day.

The battery performance could very well be a software issue. So, keep an eye on software updates.

Fossil Gen 5 ReviewOur Final Verdict For Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch

Overall, Fossil has created a fantastic device. The hardware and design are pretty amazing! The Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch is well-built and offers some solid functions. The only limitations we faced were with the Wear OS, which needs a bit of tweaking here and there. The battery performance can be increased with the help of a bit of software optimization.

Our Review
  • Overall
4.5

Summary

Fossil Gen 5 is truly a premium-looking smartwatch. The hardware and design of the smartwatch are pretty amazing! The smartwatch is well-built and offers some solid functions. The only limitations we faced were with the Wear OS, which needs a bit of tweaking here and there.

About the author

Tanmay Patange

Tanmay loves writing about Technology, Internet, Apps, Social Media, and Cybersecurity. He also tracks OTT video content streaming space and likes to spend his weekends watching plays. You can contact him on Twitter @techtsp.

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