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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A capable but expensive smartwatch

    Posted .

    This is my second Wear OS-based smartwatch. I do have a Tizen based watch that I wear equally as often as my Fossil. This Fossil is nice looking. It has a 44mm round face, along with three buttons on the right side. The top and bottom buttons are push only buttons, while the center button can be pushed and/or rotated depending on the need. Push and hold the center button and Google Assistant is activated. The top and bottom buttons can be programmed to perform different functions depending on whether pushed once or twice. For example, I have the top button programmed to start the Timer App if pressed once and to start the Google Pay App if pressed twice. The bottom button is configured to initiate Google Fit. One thing I really like about this watch is its ability to install apps directly from the Google Play Store – a nice change from my Tizen smartwatch. The Play Store also contains a good number of watch faces, many of them available for free. It was a breeze setting the watch up and getting it to link to my Pixel 3 XL phone. I had pre-installed the Google Wear OS app on my phone prior to receiving the Fossil, an effort that only took minutes to complete. Akin to my first Fossil, a Gen 4 model, once it was linked to my smartphone, I spent hours configuring it. That accounts for why I only got 7 hours of battery usage on the first day using it before having to recharge. That’s in spite of the fact that I gave the watch a full charge before ever using it. So, 100% to under 20% in about 7 hours shows how quickly you can go through battery. That evening, I plugged it in and let it charge throughout the night. The next day was spent making more tweaks. By 7pm, I had pretty much depleted the entire battery once again. On the third day, I used the watch without making any configuration changes and ended the night with a bit over 30% battery left at bedtime. This Gen 5 version does have improvements over the Gen 4 version. First, it actually has sound. All you had on the Gen 4 version was a vibrate mode, which I found to be highly lacking. The brightness on this watch can be set to Auto, or you can set to 1 – 5, with 5 being the brightest. For me, Auto has worked just fine. For battery management, you can set the watch to one of four settings: Daily (which is the default), Extended, Custom or Time-Only. Daily mode has everything fully enabled, which means you’ll have the worse battery life from this setting. Extended mode will turn the always-on screen switched off and adjusts Bluetooth but permits you to still get your notifications and health data provided. Custom mode lets you individually tweak which features will run, thus giving you greater control over battery usage. Time-only is as the name implies, it blocks all features except for showing you the time. In Time-Only mode, the battery will run for days rather than just 12-18 hours in Daily mode. You exit out of Time-Only mode by pressing the center button until the watch restarts. Certain settings, like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Location were automatically turned on at startup, each causing a hit to battery life. Watch faces that regularly perform background functions can also affect battery life. And don’t forget about the brightness setting. And then there’s the ‘Always-On’ setting which dims the watch face but allows you to still see the time after the screen times out. I turned the Always-On option off since I don’t mind tapping the watch’s face or rotating my wrist to activate the screen. I played with Wi-Fi by turning it on and off to gauge the impact to the battery, but eventually left it on full-time. Wi-Fi can be especially handy if you and the Fossil are separated from your phone where Bluetooth connectivity is no longer possible (typically 30~ feet). If the Fossil - with Wi-Fi set to automatic - can jump on a Wi-Fi network somewhere, your phone will be able to pass data between the Fossil and phone over Wi-Fi via the Cloud – a capability that appears fundamental to Wear OS. If the watch cannot access any Wi-Fi, you will not get any updates until the watch is in closer proximity to communicate directly with your phone. The Fossil doesn’t have cellular capability like my Tizen smartwatch, so keeping Wi-Fi on is your best bet for remote access to your phone. One nice feature is Google Assistant – which is built into the Wear OS environment. I’ve been a long-time Android user and I’m accustomed to using Google Assistant extensively on my phone, in my car, and at home. It works transparently on the watch, too. Just press in the center button for a couple of seconds to kick it off, and then tell it what to do. Like sending a text or checking the weather. The watch is attractive and very readable, and it is water resistant up to 30 meters. So, wear it in the shower if you feel adventurous. It has NFC, which when combined with Google Pay you can use to pay for goods at the store if the store’s credit card kiosk permits such payments. I have a number of apps up and running on the Fossil at this writing. They include Agenda (calendar viewing), an actual calendaring app, Cardiogram for monitoring your vital signs, Messaging, Weather, Contacts, Google Fit/Workouts, Flashlight, Google Pay, Play Store, Stopwatch, Timer, Alarm, and others. Each of these will sync with their associated app on my Pixel phone when communication between phone and watch is in place. Some apps might not work if communication between phone and watch is unavailable, while other apps can run in standalone mode. This smartwatch is running the newer 3100 chipset which has improved battery longevity and GPS (Location) use. So far, I like the improvements made to the Fossil Gen 5 when compared to the Gen 4 Fossil. It’s an attractive and capable watch but does seem to be overpriced in my opinion. It will take time for new users to familiarize themselves with its capabilities, but the end results will be worth the effort.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent smart watch, with a great battery

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Despite the numerous complaints of the battery life on this watch I've found it be the best I've used to date. I can get up go to sleep with the watch on at 100% and wake up after 6 hours with 90%-95% battery life to start the day. A full charge will get me 36 hours of under moderate use and 48 hours under light use. The watch looks great on and off the wrist. It does not look bulky or like today's generation of the calculator watch. I use it as a smartwatch, not a fitness watch, so I do not have an opinion on the fitness features. The smartwatch features that I use work great, especially Google Assistant, and speak to text. Things to note... (1) The battery life sucked for the first several days. I feel this was caused by 2 main reasons. First, The software was constantly updating and my screen time was excessive as I was personalizing the features. Second, there are some tricks that I needed to learn in order to not waste battery life, which I will get into next. (2) There are some features that will drain the battery very fast. I will just explain the features I have on or use frequently and the ones I have off or no longer use. Hopefully, this will help those who are not getting the same experience as I am. --On/Use frequently - Custom battery mode, Tilt to wake, Wi-Fi (connected to my phone's hotspot), Google Assistant, weather, alarms, messages app, timer, stopwatch. Do not disturb when off wrist --Off/Don't use - Always on, touch to wake, maps app, notification previews, fitness apps. -If I am working out, or working in the yard/shed I sometimes manually turn off the screen by scrolling up and touching the icon under the speaker on/off icon. This will turn off the tilt to wake feature until I use the manual button to turn the watch back on. Overall, I love the look, feel, and features of this watch.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A VERY nice watch with excellent build quality…

    Posted .

    WearOS has finally arrived! What a difference a few years can make. Do yourself a favor, be sure your watch has all the updates before starting to install apps. Do yourself another favor, install and set up ONE app at a time to avoid buggy apps and conflicts. Not a complaint, just some advice to save you from having to go back and start all over if you cram a bunch of apps on the phone before checking them out. Patience with updating and installing apps will keep you smiling and give you something to do. I am comfortable with setting up apps and watches, and “knowing what I want on my watch” led me to doing too much at once and having to purge the system and start over with setting up the watch. Take your time and update first. Nuff said. This watch is replacing a Tizen-based watch I have had for about 3 years. Of course it is going to be a little different and have a learning curve, as with most smart watches – but once all the updates are installed (plan to spend a few hours going through this process) and desired apps installed, I can say that the Wear OS system is as good, if not better, than the Tizen system. Getting used to the button (or swipe) system as opposed to the rotating crown (or swipe) system is a learning curve, but that is a result of what I am used to doing and not a complaint about the Fossil watch. In daily use, I actually resort to the screen swipe more than rotating bezels or pushing buttons except for the button push to clear the screen and go back to the watch face – which works the same way on both my old phone and the new Fossil. No problems, either one just takes some practice and getting-used-to time on the wrist. The appearance and style of this watch are very nice – definitely masculine size and the watch itself is about the same weight as others I have used or tried on. I thought this would be a little heavy for the ladies, but several female friends have tried it on and most don’t seem to mind the size and weight. One said she actually liked the size as the screen was easier to read than her A**le and the watch felt more durable. Your mileage may vary and I would suggest trying one on from the display cabinet if you are concerned about have a smart watch that is “too big” for your comfort. Personally, I am used to the size and weight from my previous watch and find that the Fossil is a step up in style and appearance. The Wear OS has come a long way since earlier days when I first had a look at it before getting my first smart watch, and being able to directly access Google Play without having to go to a separate site for apps is definitely a time-saver. Do yourself a favor and read the app reviews and install/setup one app at a time, as some of the available apps are a little buggy and don’t work as well as they could. This is advice that I give having learned the “hard way” by loading up several apps that look interesting and then having to go back and do a factory reset to clean the slate – one or two of the apps were messing up the whole system and if you don’t set them up and try them out one at a time you might end up spending more time than you would like troubleshooting some buggy apps. Although this is not a designed “fitness” watch, there are most of the monitors such as heart rate and GPS that are needed for keeping track of daily activity, walking, jogging, and light workouts. I would suggest that you don’t want to use this watch in the weight room when you are hanging and banging, mostly to preserve the stylish appearance and avoid scratches. If you are dead set on using this for regular fitness tracking, then a flexible steel mesh or silicone band may be more suited than the metal link band that comes with it. A recent update to WearOS also has added sleep tracking through the Google Fit app, but personally I have a lighter and more “sleep comfortable” watch that I wear at night while my daytime watch is charging. On a personal note, the band that comes with the watch is very nice, but I may replace it with a Milanese Loop band with magnetic clasp, which I absolutely love on my old Tizen. Probably a case of preferring what I am used to, but I love those magnetic clasps as they are so easy to make a quick adjustment if my wrists puff up a little or get a little “touchy” during the day. The display is a definite improvement over my older Tizen watch and is easy to read in all but direct sunlight. Colors are bright and crisp, which allows for some really nice choices for watch faces – again available from Google Play directly without having to install a series of separate apps on your phone and watch to get a new watch face that catches your eye. The availability of Google Assistant is also a nice feature, as the B*xby function on my older watch got used (and crashed) a few times before I had to give up on voice prompts through my watch. This Fossil is actually functional with Google Assistant, and allows me to send texts, make and receive calls, and get a quick weather report while driving without having to get a ticket for violating the “hands free” law in my state. I am used to a built-in speaker for alarm tones and notifications, and have been OK with the quality of voices when making phone calls (good, not great) on the older Tizen watch. The Fossil is a definite improvement in speaker quality for voice messages and phone calls, but I would not get too excited about being able to play music on your watch, as none that I have tried are much good for more than carrying a tune in general or listening to a podcast in a pinch. Battery life seems sufficient to get me through the day, with the recommendation that “always on” is not running to pull the battery down. The wrist-action activation is nicely responsive when you raise your hand to check the time, about the same as what I am used to with my Tizen watch, so whoever is using “always on” and complaining about the battery life would have the same problem no matter what watch they are using. Battery life for daily use (other than the first days of massive fiddling around to get the phone set up) is sufficient to go through a 6AM to 5PM day with not problems, and plenty of battery to spare for evening hours. I charge my watch overnight, since I have a lighter fitness watch for evening and sleeping, so don’t anticipate any issues with getting a good full day out of the Fossil. If I need the watch to take me into the wee hours of the evening, a quick 30 minute connection to the charger takes care of going through an 18 hour day with plenty of reserve. Again, there are those that will be constantly fiddling with their watch and making phone calls and texting and using the weather radar and playing a game or two, and that might be problematic for battery life. If you are a moderate user of the watch and make a few calls and send a few texts and check the weather from time to time, you should be just fine with the battery. Keep the brightness set to “automatic” or dim it down a little and that will make the difference if your battery time is on the edge of acceptable. Also want to mention there are several battery modes that can be pretty quickly changed to conserve battery power if you see that you are getting in a pinch. My older Tizen watch goes to “saver mode” from time to time on a long day or after heavy usage, but not very often and when you need it on the Fossil, it is there to use. Personally I have a watch face installed that displays both phone and watch battery charge, which makes it easy to keep track of battery drain to drop the watch to lower power consumption if it’s going to be a long day with no charger nearby. Bluetooth and wireless setup are very smooth and no problems connecting to the phone, home wireless, open wireless (if needed), or Bluetooth headsets (if your phone is nearby why would you do this but thought I would mention that my headsets connect OK). Some folks recommend leaving the wireless off to conserve battery life, but I haven’t found this necessary with my daily usage pattern. Your mileage may vary and if you are concerned about battery life you can always turn off the wireless and location functions to save some juice when needed. Pricing on the top-end Tizen and WearOS watches are about the same. I have used Tizen for several years and admittedly once you get it set up, it works pretty well except for the poor voice recognition. WearOS struggled along for several years but with the Fossil Gen5 seems to have closed the gap and offers the advantages of direct access to Google Play (admittedly with less choice of apps but gaining ground quickly) and excellent voice recognition. Both are about the same price, and both work about equally as well. The tipping point for me comes with having several “Google Voice” devices around the house, and the comfort and familiarity with interacting with the Google ecosystem. Having a watch that ties right in with both my phone and the smart home system is the clincher for me. Another way to put it would be that the few things that disappointed me about the Tizen system are well satisfied with the WearOS system. These are nice benefits for me personally, and other than that either the Tizen or the WearOS are competing against each other hard enough to provide similar functions for their smart watches. Again, if you are looking for a hard-core fitness watch, keep looking, but for daily fitness and health tracking, the Fossil will not disappoint, and the “missing” features of the Tizen (if you want them) are well met by the WearOS. All in all, if you want to have a stylish watch that keeps good track of basic fitness functions, makes good use of the Google ecosystem, and allows you to keep your phone tucked away when you want to send a text message or make a call, this Fossil will satisfy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice watch.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Overall I am satisfied with this watch. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles you would expect from a more premium watch, but it gets the job done.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good smart watch.

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    As with many devices these days (e.g. Tesla, Pixel phones, Stadia etc...) over the air updates can dramatically change the experience of the hardware. Wear OS is fine. The Fossil software is fine. Both are better than they were 6 months ago. I can now do sleep tracking. Battery life is better. I had an issue with my first Gen 5 and I had to get it replaced under warranty. No problem working with Fossil to get this taken care of and while I was without my watch, I noticed how much I missed it. I rarely need to use my watch in the absence of my phone being near so it is simply a matter of convenience to be able to quickly view any notifications on my wrist rather than digging out my phone from my pocket or looking around for it somewhere else. The watch performance is good. There are a few things I'd like to have, but are not at all a problem for me now: - GPS should register my location much faster when not tethered to my phone - During workouts where my arms are facing down (pushups), the center button pushes into the top of my hand and activates Google Assistant - minor inconvenience, but maybe button could be redesigned - YouTube Music should be a WearOS app (this has nothing to do with Fossil) - Battery life should be better overall - but there are work arounds and I understand the limitations. Next gen will likely have much better battery life. Also - it appears Wear OS can improve efficiency with new releases, so there's hope for this gen as well! I wear this for any of my fitness activities and I've found it to be comfortable and effective. I'm committed to the Google ecosystem so Wear OS was a given for me and this watch was the best combination of form and function I found. Well worth the purchase.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this watch.

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    Super easy set up. Looks great. Tracks everything I need. Integrates wonderfully with my Google Pixel 5 phone.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but not the first days

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    If I was reviewing this smart watch the first few days I received it, I'd not give it more than 1 star and absolutely would not recommend buying it... But after doing all the updates, the Fossil started to behave good. It looks really nice. The design is really high scale. The watch is more on the heavy side with very nice looking shape. The hardware is pretty good as well. Phone calls from the watch are very clear voice (on both sides) the screen is very good in any light condition. The water resistance rate is amazing. For the hardware and manufacturing, I'd give it 6 stars easily. It is just the perfect watch (but also big face 44mm). The downside really is the Wear OS from google. It looks like it is still in development phase or something. The Fossil had to go through a lot of updates that took long time as wifi would drop whenever watch go to sleep mode. The connectivity was terrible before doing all the updates. The watch would even get very hot while updating and the battery life would go very very short. Like 60% less in just 4 hours. I remember I just put it on charger till 100% put it on the side over night (5 hours) and came in the morning for 44% battery only. Luckily all got better after done with those updates. Charging speed is ok. Not as fast as claimed but still, from 0 to 80% in like 50 minutes... I'd appreciate it more if the charger was wireless... It would just complete the luxury of the Fossil. The touch screen is pretty good. It gave me troubles only once and was fixed after restarting the watch. I think now that it was something related to the updates... Connectivity seems to be more stable now. Didn't have any BT or WiFi drops for a while now (intensive use as well). Battery life is ok. I have 87%, charged at 9AM to 100% and now it is almost 4PM. Did some voice calls with it. I received a lot of notifications (sound and vibration) usually, heart rate monitoring is set for every 5 min. I think that's ok for battery life. The play store is not that WOW... I had bad luck with several applications... They just didn't work properly. Main apps are fine. NFC is good. Google pay works very good sometimes better than the NFC on my phone. I just wish that Fossil added a wrist band adjustment tool in the box (4 stars for that)... I found a complete kit for $10 on Amazon... Think about it. I am also changing the band to a leather one. I have hairy hands and they get caught sometimes in the metal of the wrist band. Also, rubber/leather bands are more sporty. Google Assistant is not very well on the watch. Maybe I am not that familiar using it yet. On the phone it is acting smarter indeed... Maybe something to do with a coming update. Now one thing I was not aware of: This is not a fitness, sleep, life tracker. This is really a smart watch that has some health functions. If you are looking for a sleep tracker or a fitness tracker, you might get something else... I'd recommend it for a friend (or any body) who is looking to have a nice luxurious looking watch with nice features that will let you keep your phone in your pocket for longer time. All notifications and calls are manageable from the watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    The watch for middle class folks.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    It would have been 5 stars but the software is a bit frustrating. Once it's all updated and made to your liking it's actually a pretty good watch.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value option for iPhone

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    Posted .

    i was trying to avoid paying for an apple watch. while this does the trick its still not as intuitive as the apple product

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Classy, customizable hardware buttons, Google Pay.

    Posted .

    The good: - The build quality on this excellent. - The watch looks and feels so classy. - Beautiful display, - The in-watch speaker is surprisingly loud and clear -- I was impressed. - Two customizable hardware buttons. - Easily customizable software links on the default watch face. - Supports Google Pay. - Cardiogram reports, and Noonlight personal safety software. The not so good: - Watches like this should include a simple tool for removing links to adjust the size. I ended up being able to do so with a very small nail and a pair of pliers but it was more of a hassle than it should’ve been. - In common outdoor lighting notification text is washed-out and can be a challenge to read. Highlights: - The watch needed several updates out of the box, I’d advise installing ALL updates first before doing any customization to the watch. This may be why I initially had some clock/alarm sync issues the first couple of days (see last point) - I’m replacing an older 1st Gen Huawei Watch and this Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle makes a really nice upgrade. The watch face is large and easy to read almost everywhere except outdoors in some cases. I love the Google Pay integration, that I can often pay without even taking my phone out of my pocket. - There are 2 customizable hardware buttons that can be set to pretty much any application to which you want speedy access. I personally set one to Google Pay and the other to Flashlight as those are the things I found myself wanting to get to in a pinch without having to fiddle with any other menus. - The only issue I had is that for the first 2-days this watch was out of sync with my phone alarms. Meaning, the alarm I set on my phone (default Google Clock, nothing special) would go off but the watch didn’t react at all, so I had to keep reaching for my phone to snooze/dismiss alarms. All other apps were triggering on the watch as expected, just not Clock (even though it was notification-enabled). I can’t be certain exactly what fixed it but the steps I took were (on the watch) to clear the Clock app data and cache, and (on my phone) I toggled Clock notifications off/on in Wear OS, and deleted/recreated all my alarms in Clock. At some point on the 3rd day the watch finally started triggering alongside the phone alarms so that I could snooze/dismiss them from either device.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Design, Ease of use

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very stylish, feature rich watch!

    Posted .

    The watch not only looks great but functions great too!The watch band is light, but still feels pretty strong. The metal itself doesn't twist or warp, when bending or pushing on the wrist band, but the links provide just enough maneuverability for everything to feel comfortable. The band can easily be removed from the watch, with the quick release pins located at both ends of the band. They are hidden well enough, so as they are not accidentally hit. Yet can easily be pinched together, to detach the band. There are a lot of different options through BestBuy or Fossil, for watch straps, and metal bands, if you wanted it to be more of a matching accessory for outfits. To shorten or lengthen the band, it is a little more difficult. The best option is to either take it to a watch repair store, or order a watch link removal kit. Otherwise it can be a pain in the buns to find the right width piece of metal to gently hammer through the links without slipping and damaging something. The link pins can be removed from either side, and re-assemble much easier than it is to get them out. Just as a side note, after the pin is removed, there is a tiny sleeve that will also fall out of the links, so make sure you keep track of both pieces.If you do decide to buy additional straps or bands, the watch faces can be changed by the included settings, or by downloading any watch face app from the google store.Because this watch is universal for both Android and iPhone, some additional apps may be needed to customize the features for looks, or functionality.I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, that most everything worked perfectly out of the box, except for my phone's alarm clock notifications. It just would not give me the option to cancel or snooze the alarms from my watch. After checking several different settings on the watch, and my phone, I confirmed that all the possible permissions were allowed, leaving no reason this should not work. However, it still did not work. The fix for this was simple enough, I had to download to my Note 8 the "Alarm Clock, by Google Inc.", once I did, and re-entered my alarms, everything worked perfectly.This smartwatch has pretty much every feature available, except a camera.It has it's own built in GPS, WIFI card, Bluetooth, speaker, microphone,heart beat sensor, fit tracker and high definition display.  The watch is water resistant to about 30 meters (3 ATM), so it should be fine for light swimming, and washing. One of the cooler features of the watch is it's NFC technology, giving you Google Pay, directly from your wrist. This watch pretty much does it all, giving you almost no reason to ever take your phone out of your pocket. Google assistant can be triggered easily through the microphone or one of the buttons. You can send texts and call contacts directly from the assistant, as well as search google for anything you need.The touch screen is pretty accurate and responsive. The watch face glass itself is a mineral crystal like most traditional watches. While mineral crystal is fairly good with impacts, it is still pretty easy to scratch, so one more recommendation would be to get a good screen protector (44mm).During my use, I kept the always on display (active), and set the heart beat tracker to activate every 5 minutes. On a full charge the watch was able to last all day. It even has three built in battery saver modes, that could extend the life of the watch for a few days. It will even fast charge to 80% in an hour, if you forget to plug it in before you go to bed.The music controls work pretty good, especially with Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, Google Play, iTunes or Apple Music. Plus, the watch even has it's own storage(8GB), for downloading music, or other data. The watch can be used to make calls, directly from the dial, using it's built in speakers and microphone. The audio actually comes through very clear on both ends of the call. I have been able to use the watch's speakers for calls that I make or answer directly from the watch dial, but so far, not from the phone. I have been unable to transfer the audio to the watch after using the actual phone to initiate or answer calls, I'm not sure if this a Samsung issue, or not, but it would be nice to see this feature in an upcoming software upgrade. So far the watch has been very fun, and extremely convenient to use. I love reading and answering all my texts, from my wrist. It's also another huge plus, to have a hands free speakerphone for calls available all the time.  Google assistant helps fill in some of the blanks while using the watch. The keyboard works well on the watch, but I do have man hands, and sometimes press the wrong letters. With the assistant, you can dictate what you would like typed instead of actually typing it. Google Assistant also makes it easier to find contacts, dial numbers , get directions, set alarms, reminders, and calendar events. 

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Hamstrung by WearOS

    Posted .

    I think this is a great watch, it's comfortable, stylish, beautiful screen, etc... I love that it basically has everything (GPS, Wifi, NFC) but this is at the end of the day a WearOS watch. Not that WearOS is all bad; the notifications are great, the apps that do work, work fine. The battery controls are nice, so you can decide if you want all the features available all the time, or if you prefer the watch to last as long as possible. With everything turned on (GPS, Wifi, NFC), the battery struggled to last all day. If you leave it to default "all day" wear, it will last all day, but may not last through the night. Then you have extended mode, which will help it last a couple of days. Or you can set a custom mode, which will let you balance the features you want with battery life. The one thing that keeps me from wanting to replace my Fitbit Versa 2 with this watch is the lack of good fitness tracking. Google Fit is almost laughable, there is no native sleep tracking, and the workout detection is a bit unreliable. I also found the heartrate tracking to often disagree with Fitbit (usually would give me a higher heartrate), but it also doesn't have continuous HR detection (default is every 5 mins, but I think you can set it to every 1 min, at the cost of battery life). If you want a good companion to your smartphone, and not too concerned with accurate fitness tracking, this is a great watch. If you want something more Fitness focused, and less smartphone oriented, go for a Fitbit.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Stylish and comfortable

    Posted .

    I love the look and feel of this watch. It's more like an traditional watch rather than a brick on my wrist. I synced it with both an Iphone and a Google Pixel. No surprise I did have a better experience with the Pixel. The three buttons on the side stick out a little further than I like. But if you wear it on your right wrist this won't be an issue. Downloading the app and setup was easy. The thing that I didn't like was switching between phone you have to do a factory reset on the watch. Taking about 8 to 10 minutes to pair it with my other phone. It can only be paired with one phone at a time. This won't be a problem for most I'm sure. After set up you have many options on watch faces to pick from. And it's nice getting notifications at a glance so you can decide if you need to pick up your phone or not. I wish I could use my other wireless charging docks but so far it only works with the charger it came with that I have find. I feel the battery life could be better. I got just under 10 hours with the always on display. But after turning this off I could make it through one whole day. You can answer phone calls from the watch also but the sound quality isn't the best. And when paired with my Iphone it drooped calls, But I didn't see this when paired with my Pixel. Over all I just like the looks and feel of this smart watch over my iwatch and I find my self using this one more.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Design, Ease of use
    Cons mentioned:
    For phone calls, Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Stainless Steel Smart Watch That Does What You Wan

    Posted .

    The Fossil Gen 5 smart watch is a watch that serves whatever purpose you need from a smart watch. You can get notifications from emails to text messages. Receive phone calls. Track activity and heart rate. You can even tell time with it with it's always on display. Right out of the box I knew I had to make an adjustment to the band. I had a small precision driver kit that I used to remove some links. All in all, I took out 5 links which wasn’t hard to do as long as you have something small enough to punch out the pins. After putting it back together the watch fits perfectly. Setup was quick and with little effort. I, like many, already had a google account so that made things a bit easier and syncing to my iPhone through the WearOS app was painless. Just a few swipes and allowing access to contacts and apps on my phone, I was in. The software is mostly based on swiping and the use of the crown. I didn’t find myself really using the other two buttons that often, although they can be assigned to open apps you use frequently. The touch controls are pretty easy to use and get used to. The screen colors are bright and sharp enough to see in bright daylight. Notifications work really well on this device. I noticed they were very timely and easy to see at a glance. A few lines of an email or text message gave me just enough information to decide whether I needed to pull my phone out a for a full-blown conversation, or if it needed to wait until a more appropriate setting to respond. One of my favorite things about the watch is the power modes you can choose from. If your going out and you just want a stylish time piece, you can turn on the time only power mode where the watch will only show the time when you press the digital crown. The battery life on the time only mode is easily a couple days and I use more often on the weekends when I’m more social and just want a nice-looking watch when going out. The few downsides to this device are battery life when using the full suite of features and Bluetooth interference when making phone calls. I noticed when using my headset in the car I get a lot of interference and static sound when I’m wearing the Fossil watch and it’s connected to my phone. When I place the watch in airplane mode, the interference goes away. This could be just my unique setup or headset that has this issue but may cause a problem for some. Also, the battery life is nearly all day when using all the features on the phone such as sound, notifications, heart rate monitor, always on display, etc. Switching to extended battery, time only, or custom settings is easy enough, and I do feel like it “Should” be low on battery by the end of the day, I do find myself throwing it on time only mode towards the end of the day just to keep it from going dead. All in all, the Fossil Gen 5 is a very nice looking smart watch. If you like google assistant, tracking heart rate and work outs, getting notifications and phone calls, or just enjoy a nice looking wrist piece that tells time, this checks all the boxes and does it while looking like a luxury item and not an electronic. You may just need to keep the charger close by if you plan on wearing it all day and being out late.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    still workin

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    Posted .
    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

    sometimes it glitches out if i charge it overnight so don’t charge it too long, and always wipe off the sweat so its not mosti when you put it on the charger, and don’t wear it in the shower or the ocean, workouts sure, but make sure you have a screen protector, andmake sure you don’t get any apps that will mess up the watch or brick it anyway its changed my life helps me track my sleep heart rate excersice steps pulse...makes me feel liek im going something with my life and not just vegging out at home

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Gary

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    A little hard to get it linked to phone but works good.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect, would give 4.5 if I could

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    So I initially got this watch back in May but I broke it and did an exchange which is why it now has a date of 8/15/20. In the 6 months that I've had it I can say that this is a pretty amazing watch, I don't have any complaints just some suggestions. The battery is enough to get me through two days of wearing it, roughly 16 hours total before it gets down to 5%. In the next version putting a slightly bigger battery and giving the watch the ability to wirelessly charge like the Apple watch instead of using charging rings as well as fix the issues I've had with turning on the Google Assistant for "ok Google" detection.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Battery Life
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    Durability
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Great price, works perfectly. Bought it for my wife, uses it daily, synced with her phone easily and alerts her to all incoming emails and calls.

    Features

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    Comfort
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Durability
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent smartwatch.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    It is a great device. I bought this for an awesome price deal. Pros: you can sync it with your phone. You will get all type of notifications on it. Also YOU CAN answer phone calls from it, yes! Weather, steps, heart rate, step counting, control your music. Even answer your texts back from it. You can change the clock faces with several models from Fossil. It actually looks like a really cool watch. If you like watches this is a really good option for you. Cons: maybe to "fancy" if you wanna go and run with it or just do some excersie. It's more like a casual smartwatch. The battery doesn't last that long BUT it charges really fast! So you're good to go.

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    Ease of Use
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Features

    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Okay smart watch.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

    Still waiting for Google to decide if they are actually gonna get serious with wear os. Definitely wouldn't get ANY wear os watch with less than 1GB memory. I had an older Tic Watch Pro with 500mb and that was a very unpleasant experience. This fossil is much smoother. My only gripe is getting the watchband property fit. I got a kit on Amazon to fit it myself. I see a few people seeing their backs fall off after months of use, I got the replacement geek squad plan for peace of mind vs this.

    Features

    Ease of Use
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    Quality
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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