Fossil Gen 5 Smart Watch Review – Is it worth Buying?

Seven months after Google bought part of the Fossil Wear OS watch division, the firm returns to the load with a new range of smartwatches. The company has named it as Fossil Gen 5 and, as is tradition, its new smartwatches go back to Wear OS as an operating system.

Among the novelties of the Fossil Gen 5, the extended battery mode and the speaker stand out. The first is a patented technology with various battery settings whose purpose is “to offer a more durable battery mode”, while the second is designed to answer and make calls directly from the watch. We will talk about these two functions later, but first, let’s review its technical sheet.

Fossil Gen 5 Smart Watch Review

Fossil Gen 5 Smart Watch Specifications

DIMENSIONS44 x 44 x 12 mm

SCREEN1.28 inch AMOLED
328 x 328 pixels

PROCESSORSnapdragon Wear 3100


1 GB

INTERNAL STORAGE

8 GB
OSWear OS
BATTERY36 hours
Fast charge
CONNECTIVITYBluetooth 4.2 LE
WiFi
NFC
GPS

COMPATIBILITYAndroid 4.4 or higher
iOS 9.3 or higher

SENSORSAltimeter
Ambient light
Gyroscope
Heart rate

The new Fossil Gen 5 arrives in two different styles. The first is Julianna HR, with a more feminine design and golden pink spheres. The second is Carlyle HR, with black and gray spheres, darker straps and more masculine design. A mere aesthetic issue, since the size of the strap and the spheres, is exactly the same: 44 x 44 mm, 12 mm thick and 22 mm straps.

At the top, we have a fully circular AMOLED screen of 1.28 inches and a resolution of 328 x 328 pixels. From it we can access the “Tiles”, a new feature of Wear OS that allows you to consult information and perform actions by sliding to the right or left. Through gestures we will also access the applications, highlighting Spotify or Noonlight and Cardiogram, which are preinstalled.

Battery Features of Fossil Gen 5 SmartWatches

And now that we talk about applications, let’s talk about functions. We said before that clocks have an extended battery mode and speaker, so let’s stop at them. The extended battery mode is an elegant way of referring to different battery management systems. There are four and they are the following:

  • Extended battery mode: only essential functions of the watch are left activated and, depending on the brand, “extend a single charge to several days”.
  • Daily mode: more features enabled, such as the screen always visible. Let’s say it’s the way we will use the most.
  • Custom mode: or custom mode, allows the user to configure which functions and settings are activated.
  • Time-only mode: the clock starts showing only the time to avoid unnecessary consumption.

On the other hand, we have the speaker, and that is that Fossil has implemented it to offer sound alerts of notifications, voice interactions with Google Assistant, translations through Google Translator and music playback or answer calls directly from the clock. It will be available on Android and also on iOS, something we had not seen so far.

We end up talking about performance. The new Fossil Gen 5 arrives with Snapdragon Wear 3100, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and a battery day (according to the manufacturer). It has resistance to 3 ATM (30 meters deep), NFC for mobile payments and compatibility with Android 4.4 or higher or iOS 10 or higher. Android Go terminals are excluded.

Variant and prices of this Smart Watch

The watches are available from today, August 5, in the Fossil online store and in selected establishments. There are six models in total and only aesthetics vary. They all have the same price: $ 295, which in turn is about 264 euros. The company has not commented on its availability in Spain, but we will update the body of text when we have more information.

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