Fossil Sport Smartwatch hands-on: Snapdragon Wear 3100 on a budget


Being one of the first to commercially launch using the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, the Fossil Sport Smartwatch is more intriguing due to its $255 cost, which for a brand-spanking new Wear OS running smartwatch is attractive. The first thing that strikes us is its charming design, one that’s a mixture of sporty and conventional. Constructed from a combination of nylon and aluminum, we like that it’s pretty lightweight, but it doesn’t particularly exude a premium construction. And to an extent, it can look more toyish than a high-tech gadget.

Still, we do like how there’s a wide array of brightly colored bands that are available to the Fossil Sport Smartwatch to better match your particular style. To its right side, there are three buttons with the middle one being a crown that can act as an alternative method to scrolling. With the two buttons flanking the crown, they can be programmed to launch different apps. It’s a nice option to have because it can be a little bit of a chore launching apps, especially when you have to navigate through the interface relying on its tiny 1.2-inch AMOLED display.

Yes, it’s on the smaller side, but it’s still more than usable in terms of reading stuff on screen. Add to that, it bears all the typical qualities of AMOLED technology – so you can expect that deep black color, rich colors, and wide viewing angles! Both the 41mm and 43mm versions of the Fossil Sport Smartwatch have the same 1.2-inch AMOLED screens, however, we prefer the 41mm version because of the skinnier bezel around the display.

What’s really amazing here is that we have a features rich Wear OS smartwatch that’s powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. From our quick look, there’s a fair amount of responsiveness with its performance, but the truth worth out of this chipset is the enhanced battery life it’s rated to offer. The ultra-low power co-processor should allow this smartwatch to operate more efficiently, so it’ll be interesting to see if it can really live up to the 2-days with its automatic low-power mode.

Beyond that, there’s an emphasis with work out and staying fit, as it should because of the obvious “Sport” moniker. And you know what? It’s accompanied with all of the hardware to do that job, seeing that it features an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, altimeter, and GPS! When you look at the entire package combined with its $255 cost, there’s no arguing that the Fossil Sport Smartwatch is an attractive offering!

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21 Comments

1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

You forgot to mention it also has NFC for payments as well. It's waterproof to 5 ATM as well.

17. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Fossil is really on a roll regarding smart watches. Their hybrid watches are also quite interesting given they track steps and provide notifications while not needing recharging at all. I only wish their hybrid notification system was a bit more developed, like the ability to set notification priority or keeping the watch hands in a notification position until you press a button instead of automatically dismissing them after a few seconds.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I'm not seeing the value of this when comparing the quality to the $279 series 3 Apple Watch. I know...apple and Android...but this looks like a toy in comparison

3. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah, because the Apple Watch looks like an expensive timepiece. The irony in your comment is outstanding.

6. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Apple Watch most certainly looks more expensive, has better fit, finish, and components, than this Fossil watch that looks like a cheap toy. Your fanboy sarcasm won't change that.

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Blind Apple sheep. Apple charges you more for a steel casing. Yet this smart watch from Fossil comes with steel casing as standard, and it supports more smartphones. The Apple watch 3 has an aluminum casing, and it only supports iPhones. Plus Wear OS has a number of emulators and can run stand alone. It has access to the play store directly on the watch, and has access to a lot more native apps. The Apple watch at $279 comes with a rubberized sports band.

14. tuminatr

Posts: 1164; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Apple is missing the #1 feature that most people will buy this for, Android compatibility.

4. SyCo87

Posts: 326; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I can't take the square body seriously when talking about the Apple Watch. Like most watch enthusiasts, I need a round body.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I think the round shape of a smartwatch is a "poor use of space". The round watch was good for mechanical watches with hands, but don't think it translates well into digital. I'm not arguing your reason, that's fine, just giving my view.

10. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Of course, you think this until Apple will release their round Apple Watch. You wrote "don't think" just to save a bit of dignity when that time will come :)

11. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Well.. 3 days of battery life versus "the same great 18-hour battery life"...the choice is a no-brainer.

13. OneLove123

Posts: 1258; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Let me guess, the Apple watch quality is even better than a Rolex, right? Rolex is cheap compared to your Apple watch

8. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Hmm ok then

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Development wise Wear OS is superior to Apple's Watch OS.

9. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The only expensive thing about the Apple Watch is the Apple logo. Imagine the same Fisher Price design with any other logo and you wouldn't be talking so highly about its design qualities, which are few and in-between. This is supposed to look a bit toyish because it's a watch for sports. Fossil has other dress smartwatches. And where does all this leave the -exclusively and decidedly- toyish Apple Watch?

15. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

why are smartwatch manufacturers sticking to the centuries old circular design?. The circular design became dominant in old times because clocks were analog. They showed time via 3 rotating hands. Digital clocks have no reason whatsoever to be circular! The Apple watch is a nice example of a rectangular smartwatch.

20. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Why are the majority of the watch faces on an Apple watch round? Why ask stupid questions?

18. latinojuan

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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19. latinojuan

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I want to talk about this watch, not argue about another watch. This watch is ALMOST a buy for me! I personally would prefer a slightly bigger screen and watch. Having the aluminum and nylon body is ok, but I prefer metal lugs. I compared the size to the Garmin 645 I put up to my wrist today, that's exactly the same size, right down to the screen. It's good, but I love my Moto 360's size. So... I might wait... Would love to see the Q Explorist Gen 4 get the 3100! What other companies might I wait for?

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