Reviewing the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch, a Wear OS watch boasting premium features including NFC, GPS, fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring and more, for 289 UK. I’ve been testing the Generation 5 for a week now, using it as my full-time smartwatch, and here’s my final on this Galaxy Watch rival.
As far as performance goes, the Fossil Gen 5 is one of the greatest I’ve reviewed in 2019 and beyond. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform keeps Wear OS running beautifully, although sadly the battery life isn’t quite as strong. Even with the new Extended mode on offer, you won’t make it through two full days – and that’s with an awful lot of feature culling.
You now have a built-in speaker for Google Assistant voice feedback, as well as taking calls on the smartwatch itself. That doesn’t impact the Fossil Gen 5’s water resistance thankfully, while the fitness features are plentiful and well implemented. Good news for you joggers and gym enthusiasts.
And with full Google Play support via the built-in WiFi, you can grab new apps without tethering to your Android/iOS phone.