Fossil Smart Watches for Men | Top 2

Fossil Smart Watches for Men | Top 2

July 3, 2018 6 By Marvin

I think we can all agree that the smart watch industry isn’t where we thought it would be in 2018. Rather than being a must have, well performing and essential wearable, the smart watch is a forgettable and expensive luxury item. Every company seems to be pumping out new smart watches daily and the only one that seems to be getting a fair bit of market share is the Apple Watch.

That being said, in 2018 there are a lot of big brand watchmakers that now have a decent catalog of good-looking smart watches, Fossil is one of those. At the early stages of the smart watch industry the watches were clearly made by tech companies, you could see that from a mile away, there was no sense of style. One thing that always appealed to me about a nice quality watch, is the way it looks and feels.

Today I will be going through a few Fossil smart watches for men and seeing if they are any good and worth the money.


Gen 3 Q Explorist

The first thing you notice when you see any watch is its looks, this watch is gorgeous and one of the better-looking options out there for sure. Fossils non smart watch design carries over to its smart models very well. The Q Explorist is a very rugged design and is for sure a watch for men, It comes in several band and case finishes.

If you are familiar with the likes of a Samsung Gear or Moto 360, you will find a familiar circular display. Unlike the Moto 360 you won’t find a flat tyre display here, instead, you will find a full 360 touchscreen with a thin bezel around the outside that contains all the sensors.

The watch comes loaded with WearOS 2.0 and 4GB of RAM, this allows this watch to be very snappy and responsive. On the watch itself, it has a rotating crown that you can use to navigate through the UI and 2 remappable buttons you can take advantage of. You also get the standard smartwatch features like, Smart Watch notifications, Activity Tracking, Customisable Watch Faces (Fossil has some unique faces that look amazing), Music Control, Alarm Clock, Touchscreen Functionality, Microphone, Wireless Charging, Speaker, LED flashlight and Google Assistant.

This watch isn’t without its flaws, no NFC to be found which is a biggie for me and no GPS to be found which doesn’t bother me much. Its safe to say that if you are in the market for a Smart Watch that looks like this one does, you aren’t going to be using it at the gym much or taking it on your runs, this eliminates the usefulness of GPS. The battery is pretty average and you will have to charge this watch every night.

Pros

  • Rugged Design and Build Quality
  • Clear Display
  • Wear OS 2.0
  • Connects to Android and Apple

Cons

  • Crown can be accidentally pressed
  • Has to be charged daily
  • No NFC
  • No GPS

Price – $255 USD

Cheapest Place to Buy – Amazon.com

With a rugged design and quality build the Gen 3 Q Explorist is the perfect platform to allow Android WearOS 2.0 to shine. If you are looking for something a little bit different to the standard Samsung Gears and Apple Watches this is a good alternative.


Q Grant Hybrid Smart Watch

If you have been paying attention to the smart watch landscape, you will have noticed that Fossil is taking it very seriously. Fossil has tried to capitalize on every category of Smart Watch including the Hybrid Watch/Fitness Tracker one. The Q Grant is an analog watch with, smartphone notifications and basic fitness tracking capabilities.

This watch truly is a beautiful piece and its elegant design is the first stand out feature. The Grant is clearly well-made and feels bulky and substantial on your wrist. Compatible with both Android and Apple this watch doesn’t discriminate and Fossil have managed to cram a boatload of smart features into it. You get Phone Notifications, Activity Tracking, Music Controls, Camera Control, Sleep Tracking and Wireless Syncing.

The Grant displays all the information above via the partnering phone app, various hand movements, vibrations and notification lights. It has built-in fitness tracking on board that is catered more towards the office worker or sedentary lifestyle, unfortunately, it can’t compare to the likes of Fitbit but it doesn’t really have to.

There are a few drawbacks with the Q Grant, the lack of backlighting really doesn’t help at night, I wouldn’t mind a small LCD screen like the Withings Hybrid Watch and the Android pairing experience could be better. That being said, the Pros far outweigh the Cons and the biggest Pro is the fact that the battery lasts a factory quoted 6 MONTHS!!

Pros

  • 6 Month Battery Life
  • Stylish Design
  • Personalised Notifications
  • Sleep Tracking
  • Connects to Android and Apple

Cons

  • Lack of Backlighting
  • No LCD notification screen
  • Average Fitness Tracking

Price – $155 USD

Cheapest Place to Buy – Amazon.com

If you really are looking for something different that looks great and won’t break the bank then the Q Grant is for you. Hybrid smart watches are becoming more and more popular and I can see why…. 6 Month Battery Life


Have you tried these Fossil watches? What is your favorite Hybrid Smart Watch ? Comment below and let me know