Fossil Gen 5 Full Review

Shahriar Siam

Fossil is no more peculiar to watches, including brilliant models like its new Gen 5 Smartwatch. Controlled by Qualcomm's Wear 3100 chip and running Google's Wear OS, the watch packs a pulse screen, GPS, and NFC into a wonderful structure. An implicit speaker lets you accept calls, associate with Google Assistant, and play music from the watch itself.

It's a strong decision in case you're in the market for a Wear OS smartwatch, however it's on the expensive side at $295, and anybody with little wrists will probably discover the Gen 5 excessively enormous.


Screen 1.28in AMOLED (328ppi)
Case size 44mm
Case thickness 12mm
Band size standard 22mm
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
Storage 8GB
Operating system Wear OS
Water resistance 30 metres (3ATM)
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2, wifi

Display and Design

The Fossil Gen 5 is accessible in two unique variants. There's the Julianna HR, intended for ladies, which arrives in a rose gold tempered steel case with a coordinating treated steel band, a rose gold hardened steel case with a redden cowhide band, or a dark tempered steel with an aluminum top ring and a dark work band. The Carlyle, intended for men, accompanies a dim tempered steel case and a coordinating band, or a dark hardened steel case with either a dark silicone or earthy colored cowhide band. The groups are compatible with any of Fossil's 22mm contributions. The completions look very good quality and befitting of the cost, and the watch is waterproof to 3ATM, so you can wear it in the shower and pool.

Regardless of the style, in any case, the watch just comes in one 44mm case size, which isn't perfect for little wrists like mine. It takes up a critical part of my lower arm, and even with the band affixed on the last indent, it feels free and overwhelming.

The correct side of the case houses fastens above and beneath the turning crown. Notwithstanding contacting the presentation, you can utilize the crown to look through menus and warnings; it likewise goes about as the home catch. The top and base catches are adaptable and can be set to dispatch your preferred application. The amplifier is likewise situated on this side, while the left side houses the speaker.

The 1.28-inch round showcase includes a sharp 328 pixels for every inch. It's exceptionally receptive to contact and substance looks brilliant inside and outside.

Battery Life and Features

In the engine, the Gen 5 highlights an accelerometer, an altimeter, an encompassing light sensor, GPS, a gyrator, a pulse screen, and NFC. With Qualcomm's new Wear 3100 processor, execution feels smooth when utilizing applications and looking through menus.

The watch runs Google's Wear OS 2.0, which falls a long ways behind Apple's watchOS. Contact route is sufficiently simple: swipe up to see warnings, swipe down for the alternate ways menu, swipe left for tiles, and swipe directly for Google Assistant. You can likewise revise the request wherein tiles show up and include or expel explicit ones. Spotify and Noonlight (a crisis administrations application) are preinstalled, and you can download extra outsider applications from the Google Play Store including Pandora, Uber, The Washington Post, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. However, the library isn't close to as broad as watchOS, which highlights unquestionably more choices, including ones that I use every day like Bank of America and Facebook Messenger.

Not surprisingly, Android clients can react to instant messages and accept calls directly from the watch utilizing the mouthpiece and speaker. Just because on a WearOS watch, iPhone clients can make and get calls from the watch also. Utilizing the speaker, you can likewise play music, hear reactions from Google Assistant and interpretations from Google Translate, and turn on sound alarms for warnings. In Google Assistant reactions sounded fresh and clear.

Fossil says the Gen 5 can last more than 24 hours relying upon utilization. There are four diverse battery modes including Daily, Extended, Custom, and Time. In testing, I utilized Custom mode to kill explicit highlights when the battery was coming up short, similar to Wi-Fi, area, and tilt-to-wake. Similarly as with the Fossil Sport, I had the option to crush out around 12 hours of intensity before arriving at low battery, yet that is with the consistently in plain view mode and programmed pulse readings turned on. Turn these off, and you may have the option to draw nearer to Fossil's 24-hour gauge.

Accuracy and Fitness Features

The watch accompanies Google Fit and Fit Workout. It additionally accompanies a Cardiogram application, which gives you more profound understanding into what adds to an expansion in pulse for the duration of the day, and can help recognize possible indications of rest apnea, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

To test step-tallying exactness, I estimated the Gen 5 against a 3DTriMax pedometer and found the outcomes were genuinely precise. During a one-mile stroll on the treadmill, the watch logged 2,370 stages to the pedometer's 2,510, for a distinction of 140. During a one-mile run on the treadmill, the Gen 5 logged 1,854 stages to the pedometer's 2,008. Results were considerably nearer during a half-mile outside run, where the watch logged 867 stages to the pedometer's 947.

For separation following, I wore a Stryd footpod and an Apple Watch Series 5 nearby the Fossil Gen 5. During a one-mile stroll on the treadmill, the Gen 5 logged 0.99 miles to the Stryd's 1.10 and the Apple Watch's 0.98. During a one-mile run on the treadmill, the Gen 5 logged 1.0 mile to the Stryd's 0.86 and the Apple Watch's 0.87. It fared better during a half-mile run outside, logging 0.53 miles to the Stryd's 0.47 and the Apple Watch's 0.55 miles.

For pulse, I contrasted results from the Gen 5 and the Apple Watch Series 5 and a Polar H10 chest lash. During a one-mile stroll on the treadmill, the watch recorded 130bpm to the Polar's 134bpm, and during a one-mile run on the treadmill, the Gen 5 recorded 141bpm to the Polar's 151bpm. With respect to my open air run, the watch logged 139bpm to the Apple Watch's 144bpm.


Typically for any Wear OS watch, the Fossil Gen 5 works preferred with Android telephones over iPhones. It's an issue that is presumably going to proceed uncertainly, in spite of the fact that things like Fossil's presentation of an application that permits iOS clients to utilize the Fossil Gen 5 to step forward here.

Something else, iOS clients will in any case need to keep the Wear OS application running out of sight to get notices, and they shouldn't hope to collaborate with iMessage or SMS through it.

The Google Fit application for iOS is significantly better as of late however, and keeping in mind that we'd in any case suggest an outsider application rather, Google Fit is a nice enough beginning spot for intermittent wellness fans.

Google Pay works for everybody, and there's help for both Apple and Google Calendar, so in the event that you are an iOS client, you won't pass up a major opportunity to an extreme.


Pros Cons

Stylish design

So-so battery

Good performance

Wear OS

Built-in speaker

Plenty of great watch faces preinstalled


The $295 Gen 5 Fossil Smartwatch is one of the better Wear OS gadgets available, however that isn't stating a lot of nowadays. iPhone clients ought to consider the $399 Apple Watch Series 5, which offers better wellness highlights and an altogether further developed application experience. On the off chance that you needn't bother with its heart wellbeing highlights, you can set aside cash by settling on the $199 Apple Watch Series 3. In case you're centered around wellness, the $199 Fitbit Versa 2 is another solid choice that includes a SPO2 sensor and rest following capacities, alongside as long as five days of battery life. At long last, $280 Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 ($279.99) offers a comparative plan and experience to the Gen 5, however it's more qualified to little wrists, and Samsung offers a LTE model, so you can utilize it without requiring your telephone close by.