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Fossil - Gen 3 Explorist Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 65 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Completely Unacceptable Battery Life

    Posted
    Stephen
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    Jcor14
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    After a few months of use, and getting used to it, I have become so accustomed to this watch. It is really good looking, has great options, latest where OS update is fantastic. The only issue I have with the watch is that it is a little bit slow in terms of changing screens, selecting different apps, all show a small lag time. Other than that, it is the best wear OS / Android Wear watch I've owned and I have owned 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

    Posted
    Matt
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    I had the first generation of Fossil's and I must say I love this watch. My wife got it for me for our anniversary. I love that they got rid of the flat tire bottom on this generation. Watch is snappy fast, and smooth. I love a heavier watch, and this watch has a really nice weight to it. The color is great and the band is very smooth and well built. Nice job Fossil.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not what I was told

    Posted
    Alshyb
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I am very disapointed in the smart watch. I was told there would be a way to adjust the band - there wasn't. It changes faces when it wants. It is heavier than I anticipated. Sometimes when my phone rings, even after I answer it, the watch will continue ringing. I am sorry to say that it is difficult for me to say what I actually like about it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dick Tracy "Watch out"

    Posted
    Gman
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    If you are old enough to remember Dick Tracy with his wrist watch radio then you will appreciate all the fun tech packed into this watch. The only issue of course is battery life which claims up to 24 hours life. Also considering the watch face is glass and not crystal, you can get a watch face protector. I went with supershieldz online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch

    Posted
    Scoot
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    I got this watch as an update to my Gen 1 Q Founder. Getting rid of the flat tire is probably my favorite feature. The customizable buttons are great. I love the dark look of the metal. The battery life has been decent for me. Always gets me through a 12-16 hour day. I'm ok with charging it every night, along side my phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Hardware Issues

    Posted
    Sheinemann

    Loved the watch until abut 6 weeks in. Now all the center button does is access Google Assistant and reboot the watch. Cannot access the app drawer. Often it gets stuck in a boot loop until the battery dies. This is a well document problem in the web that Fossil seems to refuse to acknowledge.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

    Posted
    kala
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    The look is amazing the ease of use is incredible and set up is a synch. 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 smartwatches out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Battery low

    Posted
    BiScOiTeRaH
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    Do not buy, the watch for being great should have a huge battery charge, more support not even 1 day. The helper application does not work, and it does not notify messages from the iPhone, in addition to disconnecting from the iPhone. Get some more together and buy an Apple Watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Purchased as a gift...

    Posted
    AniaSuki
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    Purchased this smartwatch as a gift for a special guy and couldn’t have made a better choice. So much that I bought one a few days later, yes as a female I have the gold version and can easily alternate between my Note 8 or iPhone X :) It doesn’t all for me that I sold my Apple Watch (lol).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ME LIKE

    Posted
    JoseGandara
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    I got the watch during the holiday and had a lot of time playing and using this watch and I love the finish and android system all app are smooth and screen is clear and sharp. My first smartwatch but own many watches and this one is very clean and surprise to some people that it is a Smart Watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love my Fossil

    Posted
    Shooshoo
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    I love the fossil Q3. It’s stylish and brilliant. It doesn’t stand out like most plastic looking smart watches. There are a few quirks with iOS, but the software team seems to be continuously working to make it more compatible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice!

    Posted
    Jhickman
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    Stylish, fast big watch with avg battery life. Disabled wifi to almost double batty life! Not a fan of the charging puck either. Would prefer a charging dock.

    I would recommend this to a friend