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Fossil - Q Explorist Gen 3 Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel - Silver

Access texts and social media on your wrist with this Fossil Q Explorist smart watch. It has a built-in fitness tracker for the gym or outdoor adventures, and its alarm and calendar apps help organize your day. This Fossil Q Explorist smart watch has optional watch bands to mix and match for any occasion.

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    Silver

    Overview

    What's Included


    • Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel
    • Quick start guide
    • Wireless charger

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (47 out of 59)

    Features


    Compatible with select Apple and Android devices

    Including smartphones and tablets with an Android 4.4 or later (excluding go edition) and iOS 9.3 or later operating systems.

    Calendar, SMS, email and social apps notifications

    Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.

    Touch, tap, and swipe for easy menu navigation

    The smart watch features an LCD touch-screen display.

    Wear OS by Google

    Personalize your watch face to show your next appointment, your fitness stats, or your contacts. Check and respond to messages, right from your watch. So you will always see what is important.

    Stainless steel case

    Along with a 22mm stainless steel watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.

    IP67 rating

    Your watch stays protected from dust and can withstand immersion in up to 3.3' of water.

    Wireless connection to your device

    Bluetooth 4.1 LE connectivity enables simple one-touch pairing.

    Vibrate mode

    Quietly alerts you to a range of notifications, such as incoming e-mails, calls and text messages, as well as upcoming calendar events.

    Rechargeable battery

    For extended battery life. Charge easily using the included wireless charging dock.

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    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 59 reviews

    80%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Completely Unacceptable Battery Life

      Posted
      Stephen
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is not my first Android Wear smartwatch. For reference, I have been using an LG G Watch R for 2 years now. The battery life is completely unacceptable on the Gen 3 Explorist. I am used to using the 'always-on' display, also known as Ambient mode. Didn't have any problems with my previous LG model. With Ambient mode enabled, I would remove my watch from the charger at about 7:55 every morning. It would be dead by 6pm. That's about 10 hours of battery. The battery life was so terrible, compared to my 2 year old LG, that I assumed something was defective with the watch. I took it back to the Fossil store and they happily exchanged it...no problem there (points for customer service!). The store manager also recommended I try disabling Ambient mode. The battery life on the 2nd watch was identical to the first. I tried disabling Ambient mode, and that does extend the life a little. I am now routinely able to get from 7:55am to 8pm, nearly 12 hours, provided that I do not actually use the watch much. Other issues: the display is funky - it has relatively poor viewing angles. I am not able to read the watch on my hand, when my hands are on the steering wheel (left hand, 10 o'clock position). That wasn't an issue on my older LG model either. Also, I am a relatively heavy user of Google Assistant. For unknown reasons, the watch *always* fails to interpret the voice command when pressing the crown to activate the Assistant. Haven't been able to make that work even once. Interestingly enough - it works fine when you enable the Google Assistant 'Always Listening' mode. In that mode, you activate it just by saying 'OK Google.' But of course, then the watch microphone is always listening, and the battery life drops by about 40%. Both the original watch and the replacement watch have experienced screen glitches, where the screen is covered with green flickers. The only way to recover is to reboot the watch (which also takes a big chunk of battery). Also of note - the charger puck has fairly weak magnets. I found it difficult to keep the puck attached to the phone...the slightest jostle of the cable would cause the puck to fall off. The puck also has a definite 'front' and 'back' - only 1 side will charge the phone. However, the only indication which side is correct is a light gray icon on the white puck - very difficult to see in low light. The induction charging is fairly slow. A quick 1/2 hour charge (say at 6pm when the watch dies, while you're freshening up from work to go to dinner) will not get you through an evening out. I found the Fossil watchfaces to be uninspired and rather low-resolution...there are much better ones available on the Play store. Do not buy this 'name brand' watch expecting high-quality watchfaces. Build quality of the watch itself (excluding the charging puck) is very good. Metal clasp works good, haven't had any problems with it falling open. Sizing the band would be a pain if you don't have the right tool. I feel that Fossil should have offered to size it in the store. Packaging and presentation was unimpressive.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Smartwatch

      Posted
      Sebastian
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is my first smartwatch. I looked for days and found this to be the most sophisticated and sleek looking smartwach of 2017. I was debating with this and the Samsung Gear S3 Classic. Ultimately the aesthetic of the Fossil is superior in my opinion. If you use Google Assisntant then you will get more out of Android Wear, I can even use it to control my smart home from my watch. Answering calls is still the coolest thing ever, it is what I always dreamed of as a nerdy kid. Speaker is good in most cases, when you are in a crowded place it is a bit harder to hear but still usable (not at a club though). Battery life is not great, not bad but not stellar, can get through a 12 hour day with 10-20% battery left. Every once in a while the watch is just the slightest bit sluggish, but it doesn't happen often, it's just Android wear that is still not a perfect OS. Feels like we are still early adopters and that there is a lot left to do with Android wear.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful Watch

      Posted
      mgoodelite9
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had been looking for a smart watch that looked like a conventional watch with the flexibility to switch out the watch face with a variety of options. This watch is beautiful and has a variety of faces that offer a lot of flexibility to customize them. You can also download apps to get many options beyond those provided by Fossil. I've had conventional Fossil watches for over 15 years which are both very comfortable and well built, and this watch has that same Fossil build quality and comfort. I also have an iPhone and have found this watch to be satisfactory when it comes to receiving a variety of notifications on the watch (calls, texts, Viber messages, Outlook email, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). I wasn't really planning to take calls or return texts from my watch, so I'm not going to comment on that functionality as I haven't tried it. All in all, I am very happy with it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Watch

      Posted
      Wing1
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Don't believe the negative reviews. Most of them are either trolls or don't know how to use an android watch. This watch is both beautiful and complete. I find the battery life to be compatible with an iwatch in that if I use it a bunch, I can get a full day. Just make sure the alwasy-on Wi-Fi setting is off. This will suck your battery dry for no viable reason. I love the screen. The resolution is fantastic and the watch face looks as good as my Gear S3. And the steel band is amazing. To summarize...this is one of the best looking smart watches out there.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      No Complaints

      Posted
      ckillmonger
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I searched for months for the right smartwatch that would best fit me. I settled on the Fossil Q Explorist and I am not sad I did. The look is amazing the ease of use is incredible and set up is a synch. I read reviews about battery life being terrible but this isn't the case. As with any electronic device, use determines its battery life. I keep wi-fi off and the screen dimmed and it gives me more than 24 hours easy. Great watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Pretty Decent Smartwatch

      Posted
      BGrag
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this after moving from iPhone to Android. I have to say the Android Wear is different than the Apple Watch. The watch did not lag and ran fairly well. Some downsides... the buttons on the side are positioned in such a way that when you bend your wrist you always hit the buttons. This has no Heart Rate sensor, so if you want to see your workout process this watch won't do it. Finally, and this is why I no longer wear the watch. It's incredibly difficult. There is no crown around the screen. I accidentally dropped mine once, and it stopped working. If you're careful, this might be a good watch for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Nice watch, battery deal breaker

      Posted
      Prometheus

      I bought this watch thinking the reviews about battery life might have been exaggerated... Unfortunately there was no exaggeration. The watch itself is beautiful and functionality is great. The battery only lasted about 12 hours though... And this was with very minimal use. In fact, I left the watch at home to go mountain biking this morning with a full charge. When I got back about 3 hours later it was already at 70% remaining. Going to return the watch and may give the Huawei a try... It's a bummer because looks and functionality of this watch are great!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Horrible

      Posted
      Matt

      Terrible. Doesn't work well with a Samsung S8. Battery life is less than 6 hours with always on turned off. Randomly changed watch faces during the day to some crazy circus colors. Can't answer a phone call. The text feature worked well. Doesn't seem to have real health reminders, depends on the phone and then randomly does notifications. Charger works poorly, and it takes 3 hours to fully charge the watch which then worked for 6 hours.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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