Fossil Sport Watch
The latest technology is a combination of style, performance and value. Fossil Sport watches offer this with an easily affordable price. The Fossil Sport watch is aimed in the fitness niche and is undoubtedly built for its purpose! The watch is light and comfortable to wear with a unique, attractive quality and a durable silicone strap.
Features and Design
When looking for a smartwatch, consumers want something that will last with a good quality design. For those in the fitness world, a smartwatch needs to be both lightweight and able to withstand a more active lifestyle. The Fossil Sport watch meets both requirements. The strap of the watch is made from thin silicone that doesn’t absorb, and perspiration and the body of the Fossil Sport are made entirely from aluminium, one of the ‘lightest metals.’ The watch has a water-resistance of 5 ATM, considerably higher than other smartwatch manufacturers.
On the side of the body, the watch features a dial with customizable buttons above and below. At purchase, the bottom button opens Google Fit, and the top button is programmed for Fossil’s software. This software is the default standard for the watch. It allows the user to save different styles for the home screen and configurations. The buttons are durable and hard, reducing the likelihood of accidentally initiating programmes on the watch during a workout or in everyday wear. Unlike many watches, the Fossil Sport features a heart rate monitor underneath the body of the watch. Perfect for those people who monitor their BPM’s during fitness sessions.
Specifications – Strap and Display
The watch has a 1.19-inch 390×390 OLED display for both the 41mm or 43mm casing, and while the display itself is vibrant in colour, the brightness could be improved. Users may find it difficult to read the screen in bright sunlight.
The strap of the watch is undoubtedly a hot selling point. The Fossil Sport body is swappable and compatible with any 18mm or 22mm wristband variant on the size of the casing. Not only will this allow for more customizability, but it also provides the user with fewer restrictions when choosing a watch strap, meaning they can purchase a strap for a much lower price and choose a design they want to wear.
The Fossil watch has the latest chipset, the Snapdragon Wear 3100 from Qualcomm. The applications are responsive and efficient for use and compared to other designs; this watch has a significantly improved battery life. The watch has 512MB of RAM, and even with multiple apps loaded or downloading, the device is fast and smooth to use. Also, with 4GB of storage, users will be able to download various apps and even their favourite workout playlists without risking the inevitable damage of dropping a mobile phone while on the treadmill! Users don’t need their mobile phone in their work-out sessions! Thanks to the NFC software allowing contactless pay through Google Pay.
The Fossil watch is primarily suited for Android devices. There is a broader selection of apps that are suitable for the watch through Android software. However, the watch can be supported by IOS users with basic functionality, but this is considerably limited in comparison to Android users.
Smartwatches with OLED displays have a much-improved battery life than those designs with LED screens. When tested the Fossil Sport watch had an incredible two-day battery life! The watch has the option to activate an ‘Always on’ display. Allowing the users to have access to the watch all day without having to make awkward wrist movements or poking continuously at their device. Even with this setting activated, the battery life lasted the whole day. As a bonus, like smartphones, the Fossil watch has a setting for low power mode. The device has a swift charging period. Even when the device is ultimately out of juice, leaving it to charge for 30 minutes was an adequate amount of time before being able to use the device at full capacity.
The Fossil Sport watch is aimed entirely at the fitness marker and for those users with active lifestyles. It is a significant improvement compared to other smartwatch designers with its lightweight and durable structure. The built-in heart-rate monitor at the back of the watch allows users to have an accurate measurement for their workout sessions and can be used throughout the day to monitor the health of a person’s heart continuously. The watch also has an accelerometer and GPS software to allow accurate distance measurements for those with a keen interest in running.
With the water resistance of 5 ATM (depths of up to 50 metres), users can go swimming without any worry about damage to the watch. The silicone strap also provides comfort in this activity, without worrying about the state of the strap after coming out of the pool.
The device has enough pre-configured workouts available for relaxed workout sessions and is accessible to both IOS and Android users, but for more rigorous options the device is better suited to Android users with access to the Google Play store.
In comparison to other expensive smartwatch manufacturers, the Fossil Sport watch is not the best in terms of features or display. However, when compared to fitness watches, this watch is an excellent device. It makes the perfect companion for the gym with its lightweight design and apps specifically designed for fitness. The price is high compared to other fitness watches, but in terms of general smartwatches the budget is a reasonable expectation with the average selling cost of $275/£219
Users who are into fitness and health would be best suited to this watch. The Fossil Sport watch is a fantastic accessory for the gym, but it would not fall into the category of luxury accessories or smartwatches. It is an attractive watch with reasonable features, but it is not as stylish as other brands and may not be suitable for every occasion.