Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Fossil Gen 6 review: The Fossil Gen 6 looks great, but is only held back by the unstable Wear OS 2.

With Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, things look promising for the Android universe. The new Wear OS 3 platform looks promising and all it takes is a variety of watches to push it. Enter Fossil Gen 6, the latest generation of Fossil’s smartwatch platforms that will spawn a number of luxury watches over the course of the year, and it’s “ready” for Wear OS 3. And right away it looks like a watch, not a watch. weird futuristic gadget.

This alone is why Fossil is so popular with smartwatch enthusiasts. The Gen 6 continues the tradition with its exquisite design, but internally there are new components to refresh the user experience. Starting at INR 23.995, this gadget is cheaper than the Apple Watch SE by some margin and almost the same price as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.

But looks aren’t everything in a smartwatch, as you’ll discover in the following paragraphs.

Fossil Gen 6 Design

Fossil draws on his experience designing conventional luxury watches and masterfully applies them to the Gen 6 smartwatch. It doesn’t look any different from the masses of round smartwatches from afar, but a closer look reveals an appreciation for the beautiful details and fine craftsmanship. Look at the crown and the buttons — no smartwatch in this category shows such class as the Gen 6.


Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

The edges are cleverly masked and so is the weight, all of which go nicely with the leather strap which gives it luxury itself.

Of course, having a great watch design also means it’s not as comfortable as Samsung and Apple’s slimmer alternatives; especially when you go to sleep.

Fossil Gen 6 Smartness

With a 1.28-inch AMOLED display, the Fossil Gen 6 brings its tasteful dials to life. Fossil undeniably creates some of the best first-party watch faces to complement the rest of the watch. Customization options are limited, but you can get third-party faces from the Google Play Store.


Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Fossil has used the Snapdragon 4100 chip which is fast and energy efficient; it shows how the watch behaves. Animations are slick and app loading times are minimal. Unfortunately, this is where the love affair with the Gen 6 ends – the Gen is based on the older Wear OS 2.

Make no mistake, Wear OS 2 is still one of the smartest watch interfaces out there, especially when compared to the dumber OnePlus Watch. You can answer text messages, read all characters from different languages ​​and emojis, download third-party apps, use the luxury of Google Assistant on your wrist and even make and receive calls clearly (via Bluetooth). This is everything we ask of a smartwatch.


Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

However, these features don’t work as cohesively as watchOS 8 on the Apple Watch, or even the newer Wear OS 3 on the Samsung Watch 4. The interface is a slow mess that often crashes and refuses certain commands. My device also kept rebooting every now and then when a lot of notifications came in, or I was on a training mode. While it works with iPhones for now (Wear OS 3 doesn’t), it’s better to stick with an Android phone with Fossil Gen 6. The companion Wear OS app is nice, but this is a watch that doesn’t need it; you need to download the Google Fit or another Health app to view your stats.

Fossil Gen 6 Fitness Monitoring

Wear OS 2 may not be fluid, but it gives you access to a plethora of fitness monitoring apps and services. The easiest to set up is Google Fit, which can track your heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, steps, calories, and sleep. Compared to an Apple Watch Series 7 and Amazfit GTS 3, the Fossil Gen 6 data lacks pinpoint accuracy, especially during the gait training mode.


Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Heart rate data were comparable and so were the measurement of oxygen saturation in the blood. Please note that this is not a medical device and therefore you should never trust the data blindly. Always consult a doctor in case of an abnormality. That said, it’s always helpful to have a global view of your cardio fitness.

The Gen 6 can also track sleep and the results are similar to the data from the Amazfit GTS 3. However, you can only see the sleep hours on a weekly, daily and monthly basis; there is insight into the quality of sleep.

Battery Life of Fossil Gen 6


Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

In every way, the Fossil Gen 6 is strictly a one-day smartwatch. Wear it all day while staying connected to your phone and do an hour of training; the watch would go into power saving modes at night. There is room for improvement here.

However, the Fossil Gen 6 has one of the fastest charging systems I’ve seen on a smartwatch. The watch is usually ready for the whole day in half an hour – the kind of convenience that even an Apple Watch Series 7 can’t offer.

verdict


Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6 (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

The Fossil Gen 6 is easily one of the most desirable, if not the most beautiful, smartwatches I’ve come across lately. From the gorgeous body to the comfy leather strap and some tasteful dials, this is easy to add to your fanciest wardrobe. It has no shortage of features, both smart and fitness features. The fast charging in particular is a tempting reason not to look elsewhere.

That said, at INR 23,995 this is definitely expensive and it’s hard to overlook the cluttered software experience that somehow spoils the overall experience. The Wear OS 3 update is due out in 2022 and that’s a long wait for stupid bug fixes.

In addition, at INR 24,000, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a more polished alternative, especially in terms of software.

Our take: The Fossil Gen 6 scores high on desirability with its looks and nice feature set; only go for it if you’re willing to live with the compromised software experience until the Wear OS 3 update drops.

product name

Fossil Gen 6

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Extremely smart
  • Fast Charging

cons

  • Buggy Wear OS 2
  • Battery life not great

Specifications:

  • Processor

    Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100

  • Connectivity

    Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

  • Sensors

    SpO2, Heart Rate, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS

  • OS

    Wear OS 2

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