Fossil Sport Watch : The best wear OS
The Fossil Sport Smartwatch has been getting a ton of attention since. It’s December unveiling and there’s a good reason for that. If you use an android phone, it’s one of the best smartwatches you can buy today. Hello, I’m Emej Ck Founder of Emejtech.com, and this is the Emej tech Smartwatch review.
A careful listener will accuse me of damning this watch with faint praise. So right up front, I’ll say it, yes, Wear OS still has potholes to patch before anyone can call this the best smartwatch overall. I’ll share them as we go, but the biggest is battery life.
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Despite the new Snapdragon 3100 processor, the Fossil Sport is still a one-day smartwatch, two days if you’re careful. You may recall I had the same complaint about the only other watch running on the 3100 in last years Montblanc Summit 2. But that watches thousand dollar price tag brought with it a spec advantage. That does give it an edge over Fossil Sport, an extra half gig of RAM which makes it incredibly responsive.
The Fossil Sport is more like the Android wear of years past, fast sometimes, very not fast at others, in particular. When you get a phone call it sometimes takes up to six or seven seconds for the caller ID info to pop up on the screen, not ideal.
But Wear OS has a lot going for it too, as a frequent traveler. I love the fact that the assistant feed keeps upcoming flights and hotel info on deck without having to do anything, it’s just there. I love that I can program each of these pushers to do what I want. Even if it’s just boring old shortcuts to stopwatch and timer, and the Sport includes. What I consider a must-have for WearOS, the rotating side button.
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It’s a little stiff, and in what I take to be a software bug. It sometimes stops working force. You to use the touchscreen, that’s frustrating. But I can live with it, in the hopes that it’s a quick software fix. From a hardware standpoint, I’m just glad it’s here. It’s rare to have a functional crown at this price point. Which I’ll share in a second.
First I wanna talk about the other hardware wins though, FS doesn’t just stand for Fossil Sport. It stands for FN small, I review 41-millimeter unit. Is the more petite of two available sizes with a two-layer casing. That some say makes it look thick, I say at 12 millimeters this is thinner then the other smartwatches I’ve reviewed. A combination of aluminum and nylon. Means it’s the lightest one I can remember wearing, period. It’s legit hard to tell it from the fix, it’s ridiculously light.
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And it doesn’t leave features at the door to hit that weight the holy trifecta of NFC, GPS, and a heart rate sensor. Heart rate sensor is accounted for along with a microphone for talking to Google Assistant. and the whole thing gets a five-atmosphere water resistance rating too. About the only thing missing is a speaker. Which I don’t care about almost as much as. I don’t care about fitness features, the watch is called the Sportwatch.
Surely you’re gonna at least touch on the sporty side?
So okay, I will, I’ve read from people I trust, namely the folks at wearble.com. That the heart rate sensor registers a few more BPM’s than a chest monitor does. But I continue to believe that people who are serious about their fitness shouldn’t buy a smartwatch. They should buy a fitness tracker from Fitbit or Polar or Garmin.
So if you decide to buy Fossil Sport, buy it for what it is
A Wear OS watch running on the best silicon available for the platform with very few missing features. In a casing so light you can barely feel it on your wrist. As for the price, when I drafted this script, the Fossil Sport was selling for 199, that sale has since ended and the price has reverted to the full 255 but the next time that price drops, because they’ve done it once, they’re gonna do it again, I say buy it. Because for now this is the best WearOS experience you’re gonna get if you don’t wanna pay Montblanc prices, and if you don’t want WearOS at all stay with me through the next smartwatch review.