India’s wearables market has been blessed with the arrival of Apple Watch Series 5. Now, Fossil is trying to break the rule. The Fossil Gen 5 has been launched in India with all 5 variants. Carlye HR Black Silicone, Julianna HR Black Stainless steel, Julianna HR Blush Leather, Carlye HR Smoke Stainless Steel, and Carlye HR Rose-Gold tone Stainless Steel are all 5 variants that come with the same price point.
Fossil Gen 5 Carlye HR Black Silicone version Review
Its specifications include Stainless steel case, 44 mm size of dial case, 1.3 inches of touchscreen digital display, swim-proof nearly 3 ATM, over 24 hours of battery life depending on the usage, extended battery mode, interchangeable straps, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, Heart Rate sensor, NFC, Microphone, Powered with Google’s Wear OS, Compatible with iOS 10+ or Android 4.4+ without Go edition, Bluetooth connectivity, Wireless sync, Magnetic charging.
The Fossil Gen 5 Carlye HR Black Silicone variant the one we picked up for the review looks great and classy. Getting bored with the strap easily can let you change the strap even more easily with the tiny hook. The design is so clean that it matches all ethnic wear and casual wear too. The watch fits great and the weight is good.
The best thing about the watch is its circular AMOLED screen. The screen is another add on to the overall design of the smartwatch. The display is what most of the watches are worsely affected by this Gen 5 manages everything as expected. The screen is big and bright to read messages and write an email. The display is bright for almost all lighting conditions. This brightness can be controlled over the watch settings or from the wearOS app. The wearOS app is also available for iPhone users.
The brightness level ranges from 1-5 of which a user can select the preferred level. The best feature for me was the always-on display and sunlight boost. The sunlight boost gets activated automatically when getting exposed to the direct sunlight.
This watch do come with various beautiful watch faces and also users can download more from the Play Store. These watch faces can either be changed from the watch itself or from the wearOS app available on the phone.
Simple and easy for the use
The watch has been given three buttons to the right of which the middle one is the rotatable crown. The below one is the shortcut for fitness features like running, walking, swimming and etc. The top button is for the Fossil’s customization app. All the buttons are easy to use. Switching from one option to the other was smooth and seamless.
Connects to the phone
Establishing a connection to the phone with the smartwatch is easy. For the same, the phone’s Bluetooth should be turned on and the watch too. Open a wear OS app on the phone and select ‘Setup a new watch’. The app will search for the watch and select the one you’ll be having and everything will be all set after that. Users can also choose the apps to notify. All this can be controlled from the wear OS app.
Great working with Android phone
The watch runs seamless and butter smooth with the Android phone as it runs on wearOS. The watch having Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor gives a smooth user experience. The switch screen and apps are lag-free and quick.
This watch let users to attend to the calls directly and establish a conversation without the phone. During this the audio quality could have been much better. The watch has smart and fitness features and also it has got a heart rate sensor. On clicking just once all of your activities like walking, running swimming and other physical activities can be measured. The users can also schedule getting the daily weather forecast, latest headlines, put a timer or a reminder too.
The battery on the smartwatch could have been better as it lasted only a single day on a complete charge. For which, I have to charge the watch every night. It has got a good charging speed. The wireless charger in the box charges the watch completely in 90 mins. Fact knowingly, the company for the same must have put the extended battery and time only features to extract more battery backup.
At a price point of ₹22,995, the watch is a great deal to be considered, on looking for a watch under ₹25,000 The watch seems to be great with a bundle of smart and fitness gestures. If you are an Android phone user and wishing to have a smartwatch powered with the wearOS then this is for you.