Fossil has a good reputation for smartwatches, so it’s a good place to start if you’re looking for a Wear OS watch. The Fossil Gen 5 is the most recent addition to the lineup.
That doesn’t mean it’s flawless; it’s missing a few minor features that would make it an absolute must-have, but for basic all-purpose use, it’s a compelling option for Android users.
The Fossil Gen 5 fits in excellently with anything you’re wearing or doing. Because the display is entirely round and measures 44mm in diameter, it appears big on tiny wrists, but it allows you to view the display at all times with minimum effort.
The watch we received came with a black silicone band that, to be honest, seems a little cheap and plain. It performs, nevertheless, the job adequately.
You could purchase a stainless steel strap or a leather version for the same price, both of which we think the average user would prefer. There are also two more buttons on either side of it that may be used as shortcuts. One opens the Fossil app by default, while the other enables Fossil’s Category option, which allows you to change the design and look of your watch at the touch of a button.
The Fossil Gen 5’s display is its most appealing feature. With a resolution of 416 × 416 pixels and a pixel density of 328ppi, it’s larger than most at 1.28 inches. It’s dependably sharp to look at, however we did notice that harsh outdoor light made it more difficult to view due to glare.
It’s not just larger than some smartwatches at 44mm (the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is available in a 40mm version), but it’s also thicker at 12mm. This makes a significant difference on a small wrist and therefore the Fossil Gen 5 isn’t suitable for more sensitive fashion needs.It’s also extremely hefty, weighing in at little under 100 grams.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor is used in the Fossil Gen 5, which is a unique option among Wear OS watches but a good one because it implies extra capabilities you won’t find anywhere else. More energy modes (which really enhance battery life) are included, as well as increased processing capability, aided by a hefty 1GB of RAM.
This is evident in everyday use. Swiping through the available choices in Wear OS is quick. There’s no evidence of the lag or slowness that earlier smartwatches are known for.
Its heart rate sensor measures your heart rate on a regular basis and may be manually activated via Google Fit. There are minor differences when compared to the Apple Watch 4, but we didn’t find them to be significant. It’s more of a stern warning that nothing beats a chest strap monitor.
Google Fit is the most popular app for tracking fitness, and it works well on both Android and iOS. It tracks your performance using Move Minutes and Heart Points, which is perfect if you don’t want to get mired down in technical details. If you want to follow the finer metrics, using a third-party software is always a good idea.
The Fossil Gen 5 has a normal battery, but owing to its many power saving modes, it gets a lot more life out of it.While the average Wear OS watch lasts approximately a day under normal conditions, the Fossil Gen 5 lasts just over a full day.
There are a total of four. There’s Daily Mode, which keeps all of the features turned on and, predictably, consumes the battery the most. Then there’s Extended Battery Mode, which allows you to schedule Bluetooth for specific times of the day (for example, turning it off while you sleep). A few additional features are also disabled as a result of this.