Latest Fossil Q Wander Smartwatch Review

Fossil Q Wander Smartwatch Review

Nowadays, everything is getting the “smart” tag. Phones, cars, TVs and a lot of other conventional devices have embraced this title a long time ago or are currently on a road to get that title. Watches are a century old invention which are being redesigned to fit the 21st century. A lot of brands are releasing smart watches. We have got companies like Apple and Motorola which have started the trend of smart watches and more conventional companies that are shifting to the smart watch generation.

Fossil is one of the most famous brands in the watch making industry. It is also one of those few conventional watchmaking brands who have also embraced the digital watches. The first Fossil smart watch was released back in the fall of 2015 and since then Fossil has become quite popular in the smart watch industry and is rivalling the companies associated with the smart watches thanks to over 300 watches released over 16 different categories.

Specifications

  • The Fossil Q Wanderer is slightly larger than the Moto 360. It has got a 45mm case with a thickness of 13.5mm and weighs around 100 gm.
  • The watch has got the Snapdragon Wear 2100 and runs on Android Wear OS.
  • It has got a 1.5-inch display with a resolution of 360 x 360.
  • It has 300 mAh battery.
  • The watch comes with a 4 GB of inbuilt storage and 512 MB of RAM.
  • It has got a gyroscope and a G-Sensor.

Design

Fossil Q Wander is the second watch in the Q series of watches. It was released back in 2016 as an option for women, and men who thought that the Q Marshal was too bulky for them. The primary difference between the two being the straps. The Marshal has a rugged metallic design both for the watch case and the straps, whereas the Wander offers strap designs ranging from leather, silicone in different colours such as purple and pink.

The watch has a metallic design as well, which is sleek and elegant and not as imposing as that of the Marshal. The Q Wander doesn’t have the rugged ridges of the Marshal and is instead smooth, rounded off and has different style lugs.The best part about the Wander is that it allows the users to replace the bands as well.

Price: The watch is priced at ₹ 13900on various online stores. One might get a better dealwith the help ofAmazon app offers and grab this watch at best price possible.

Features

  • The watch runs the Android Wear 2.0 out of the box. It is compatible with both the Android device, running the OS version 4.4 and above, and the iOS devices which are running iOS version 9.3 and above.
  • The watch connects to the devices easily using the built-in Bluetooth® Smart Enabled / 4.1 Low Energy, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
  • It has got a built-in fitness tracker to help the users keep track of their daily activities such as steps, distance and calories burned.
  • The watch provides notification alerts such as messages on Social Media, Text messages, Emails, App Alerts, Alarm Clock,and Calendar Alerts.
  • The device allows you to Personalize Your Dial with many pre-built options available.
  • The ability to control the music along with Voice Activated Google, LED Flashlight and comes with the Google Maps Enabled.
  • It has got a nice selection of interchangeable watch bands to choose from. The choices are silver stainless-steel case and/or strap. A burgundy case with leather strap and other three designs include a tan leather strap and black/white silicone straps with rose gold cases.
  • The watch is certified to be water resistant thanks to the IPS67 certification and works up to the depth of 30 metres.

 

User Experience

The watch runs the Android Wear OS which lets you download a wide variety of apps to run directly on your watch. It works great without any lags or glitches. The swiping is smooth and the touch screen is responsive. The screen is bright and clear, making it easy to read. It isn’t as good as that on the Marshal and sometimes the colours look a little dull.

The watch comes with a dedicated Fossil App which can be downloaded from either the Android Play Store or the Apple App Store. You wouldn’t need to download the dedicated app as the watch runs the Android wear, and the Android wear app would fulfil all the needs. There might be some problems on the iPhones as they aren’t fully compatible with the android wear.

The Wanderer features a tracker to help track the users’ daily activities like steps taken, distance covered and the calories burn. Sadly, it doesn’t feature a heart-rate monitor which is a major let down from its price point of view. There isn’t asleep monitoring feature as well. These are the things which are present on the budget-oriented Alcatel One Touch watch which costs half as much as the Fossil Q Wanderer.

The 300 mAh battery is slightly less than that of Moto 360 (400 mAh) but it lasts for up to 24 hours on moderate usage. Fossil uses the charging technique similar to that of the Apple Watch which uses a magnetic disk at the back of the watch. This means that the watch is charged wirelessly. The watch is water resistant up to 30 meters, it means that the user could go into the water while wearing the watch.

Pros

  • The watch is designed for the women, primarily but can be worn by anyone thanks to it’s sleek and attractive design.
  • The watch costs a lot less than the other high-end smart watches.
  • The magnetic charger is a great feature. You need to place the watch on the charger instead of plugging it in.
  • It had the latest Snapdragon Chipset at the time of its release.
  • The ability to swap out the bands is also a great feature.

Cons

  • The watch doesn’t feature a heart rate monitor which means it isn’t suitable for fitness freaks.
  • The display is good but not as sharp and bright as the one on the marshal.
  • Despite appearing round, the watch isn’t exactly round. It is more like a flat tyre. This is possibly done to accommodate the sensors.

 

Final Thoughts

The Fossil Q Wanderer was a good watch back when it was released. It looks and feels the premium quality and looks better than the higher end Apple Watch or the Moto 360. It is smaller than the Marshal but, still bigger than the Moto 360. In 2018 there are other watches which offer similar or better features at a lower price. The lack of sleep tracking and heart rate monitor is an issue. These features are available on most of the watches nowadays. So, it wouldn’t be the best option available right now.

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