When smartwatches originally appeared on the market, they seemed redundant. Why would you need another device that does only some of the things your smartphone does? We carry our phones everywhere these days, so why do you need a smartwatch? Given the clock on your cell phone, why do you need a watch at all? Turns out there’s some benefit to owning a smartwatch, and Fossil smartwatches are some of the best on the market.
Fossil watches fall in between luxury watches and mass-produced economy brands. They have a reputation for being well made and reliable. They generally have a clean simple style that makes them perfect for many occasions. If you are looking for a nice watch without spending a fortune, this American company is a good choice.
When it comes to smartwatches, Fossil holds its own with more expensive brands. It functions on Google’s Wear OS. If you are already a member of the Google multiverse, the Fossil smartwatch will fit in and play well with all your other devices. If you’re not an Android lover, don’t worry. They pair with IOS as well.
Fossil has also paired with some high-end fashion brands including Diesel, DKNY, and Marc Jacobs to name a few. These watches are made to the same standards as other Fossil timepieces, you are simply paying more for the branding.
Fossil has several different smartwatch models. They include:
- Gen 4
- Gen 5
- Hybrid HR
Fossil Smartwatch Features
Fossil smartwatches include the features you’ve come to expect from your smartwatch.
One of the best features of the Sport is the battery saving modes that can allow it to go for a few days without charging. It has Google Fit features, including heart rate tracking and activity goals. GPS functionality allows it to give directions and track how many miles you’ve walked. If you want to listen to music on your morning run, you can control the music on your phone from the watch.
Google Pay allows you to pay for in-store items with a flick of your wrist, and Google Assistant is always there to help and answer questions. If you lose your phone, Find My Phone will help you locate it quickly, even if it’s on silent.
Perhaps the most loved feature of smartwatches is receiving notifications. You can read your texts, see who’s calling you, and stay up to date on social media with your watch. Pulling your phone out of your pocket can be a hassle at times. Fossil smartwatches allow you to check your notifications and see if they are important without having to search for your cell.
Fossil Sport has a solid silicone band that’s available in many bright colors, including blue, green, orange, and pink. It’s lightweight and easy to clean, making it a good choice for those who lead an active lifestyle.
Gen 4 watches come in black stainless steel mesh with included leather replacement straps, or two-tone metal bands. Metal bands can be tortoiseshell and black or rose gold and stainless steel. You can also customize the watch face from a multitude of designs or use your favorite Instagram photo.
Gen 5 Fossil smartwatches come with updated features and a bigger style selection. Gen 5 offers a feature often lacking in smartwatches, it’s own speaker. If you want to hear your notifications or listen to your favorite songs, Gen 5 is a great option. Sometimes you need to answer a call but it’s not convenient to get out your phone.
The Gen 5 allows you to take calls on the watch itself. It also comes with an expanded 8 GB of storage so you can download all your favorite apps. You can arrange tiles so that the things you use the most are easily accessible for added convenience.
Like the Gen 4, you can change the watch face to just about anything. This adds a unique style element that can turn your watch into a fashion statement. The Gen 5 has an upgraded Snapdragon 3100 processor, and ram and better battery life than the Gen 4. If you want to avoid charging it every night, you’ll need to take advantage of the custom battery modes, but it should last an entire day of frequent use.
When it comes to style, the Gen 5 provides plenty of options. The Carlyle is geared for males but is also a good unisex option. Julianna is marketed for females, and the Garett has a rugged chunky appearance. Each comes with different material and color options.
Hybrid & Hybrid HR
The Hybrid model looks like a traditional watch, but it provides the functionality of a smartwatch. If you don’t want another device to charge, this is the option for you. The Hybrid is self-charging. The Hybrid HR can last for two-three weeks on a single charge, and provides the same features. These watches allow a simpler experience and a classic look.
What Can You Do With a Fossil Smartwatch?
Sure, all the features and style options are cool, but what can you really do with a smartwatch? Do you really need one? There are a few big benefits to having a smartwatch, but not everyone really needs one.
If you keep forgetting your Fitbit or similar device when you work out, having it on your wrist at all times is a big convenience. If you want to track your steps or heart rate frequently, a Fossil smartwatch is a simple way to do so. Consider the upgraded sensors of the Gen 5 or the Sport model if this is the main benefit you are looking for.
You Need Accessible Notifications
Who isn’t busy these days, right? However, if you find yourself in situations when it’s hard to pull your phone out of your pocket but you need to interact with technology, smartwatches might be for you. If you do any type of manual labor, you need your hands free. Why stop working to check your phone, only to realize it’s just a telemarketer call?
It’s also great for executives that are constantly getting phone calls and messages. Checking your phone while doing business calculations can easily throw you off. A quick glance at your phone can let you know if you can respond later.
Driving or Travel
If you travel frequently, smartwatches give you easy access to maps. When your driving, picking up your phone is illegal in most areas. Depending on the model, you can answer a call without ever taking your hand off the wheel, or at least learn if it’s important enough to warrant pulling over.
You Enjoy Fashion or Technology
Fossil watches have a reputation for being stylish, and their line of smartwatches has something for everyone. With a wide range of options and replacement bands, it’s easy to find the look you want. If you enjoy the latest technology and consider yourself a gadget guru, you definitely need a smartwatch if you haven’t purchased one already.
You Lose Things
If you struggle to keep up with important things like your phone, a smartwatch can be a lifesaver. Have you ever been late for work because you couldn’t find your phone and realized without your phone, you have no device to find your phone? A smartwatch can ring your phone until you find it. It even works for those occasions when in accordance with Murphy’s law, you lose your phone with the ringer turned off.
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