Fossil Sport Review: A Small, Solid Smartwatch In A Sea Of Big, Bad Ones

Fossil Sport Review: A Small, Solid Smartwatch In A Sea Of Big, Bad Ones

– This video is sponsored by Skillshare. The Fossil Sport
Smartwatch has been getting a ton of attention since
it’s December unveiling and there’s a good reason for that. If you use an android phone, it’s one of the best
smartwatches you can buy today. I’m Michael Fisher, and this
is the Mr Mobile review. (upbeat music) A careful listener will accuse me of damning this watch with faint praise, so right up front I’ll say it, yes, WearOS still has potholes to patch before anyone can call this
the best smartwatch overall. I’ll share them as we go, but the biggest is battery life. Despite the new Snapdragon 3100 processor, the Fossil Sport is still
a one day smartwatch, two days if you’re careful. You may recall I had the same complaint about the only other
watch running on the 3100 in last years Montblanc Summit 2 but that watches thousand dollar price tag brought with it a spec advantage that does give it an
edge over Fossil Sport, an extra half gig of RAM which makes it incredibly responsive. The Fossil Sport is more like the Android wear of years past, fast sometimes, very not fast at others, in particular when you get a phone call it sometimes takes up
to six or seven seconds for the caller ID info
to pop up on the screen, not ideal. But WearOS has a lot going for it too, as a frequent traveler I love the fact that the assistant feed
keeps my upcoming flights and hotel info on deck without
me having to do anything, it’s just there. I love that I can program
each of these pushers to do what I want even if
it’s just boring old shortcuts to stopwatch and timer, and the Sport includes what I consider a must-have for WearOS,
the rotating side button. It’s a little stiff, and in what I take to be a software bug it sometimes stops working forcing you to use the touchscreen, that’s frustrating but I can live with it, in the hopes that it’s
a quick software fix. From a hardware standpoint
I’m just glad it’s here, it’s rare to have a functional
crown at this price point which I’ll share in a second. First I wanna talk about the
other hardware wins though, FS doesn’t just stand for Fossil Sport, it stands for f’ing small, my 41 millimeter review unit is the more petite of two available sizes with a two layer casing that
some say makes it look thick, I say at 12 millimeters this is thinner than the last five smart
watches I’ve reviewed. A combination of aluminum and nylon means it’s the lightest one I can
remember wearing, period. Fossil sent over some dummies
along with my review sample and it’s legit hard to
tell it from the fix, it’s ridiculously light. And it doesn’t leave features
at the door to hit that weight the holy trifecta of NFC, GPS and a heart rate sensor are accounted for along with a microphone for
talking to Google Assistant and the whole thing gets a five atmosphere water
resistance rating too. About the only thing missing is a speaker which I don’t care about almost as much as I don’t care about fitness features, but Mr Mobile you rightly object, the watch is called the Sport, surely you’re gonna at least
touch on the sporty side? So okay, I will, I’ve
read from people I trust, namely the folks at that the heart rate sensor registers a few more BPM’s than
a chest monitor does, but I continue to believe that people who are serious about their fitness shouldn’t buy a smartwatch, they should buy a fitness
tracker from Fitbit or Polar or Garmin. So if you decide to buy the Fossil Sport, buy it for what it is: a WearOS watch running on
the best silicon available for the platform with
very few missing features, in a casing so light you can
barely feel it on your wrist. As for the price, when
I drafted this script, the Fossil Sport was selling for 199, that sale has since ended
and the price has reverted to the full 255 but the
next time that price drops, because they’ve done it once, they’re gonna do it again, I say buy it, because for now this is the best WearOS experience
you’re gonna get if you don’t wanna pay Montblanc prices, and if you don’t want WearOS at all stay with me through the sponsor spot and I’ll tease what I’m
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Unpacked in San Francisco where I’m hoping the company will drop it’s rumored Galaxy Watch Active. The biggest and saddest rumor on this one, according to Sam Mobile is that it might drop the rotating bezel control which will well and truly make me cry right on the show floor. To see if that comes true be sure to subscribe to theMrMobile on YouTube and follow me at the
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stay mobile my friends.

41 Replies to “Fossil Sport Review: A Small, Solid Smartwatch In A Sea Of Big, Bad Ones”

  1. Garmin is the best sportracker. Period. Their business is GPS, GPS car Navigation, Plane Navigation and sport watches !! (Go FIgure !!)

  2. I recently got the Skagen Falster 2, after updating to wear os 2.3, It works like a charm, just make sure you have wi-fi connection for some of the apps that require one, because if there is none, that's when the watch becomes slightly sluggish.

  3. OK. If you had to get a smartwatch that worked with Android….what watch would you get?

    Whatever that watch is….what's it's biggest plus and minus?

  4. No speaker? 😌 That's one of the main feature why I wanted to get a smart watch. I want to send voice messages from my watch. Why is it slow? 🤔💭💭💭

  5. Galaxy Watch, Tic Watch Pro, or Fossil Sport?
    Ready to buy my first smartwatch & all I need is responsive UI, good battery life, & replying to text messages.

  6. Buy Samsung Galaxy Watch. The optical heart RATE OHR tracking during swimming is as good as Suunto Valencell OHR without any chest straps. And I swim 2 hrs daily. Thanks Samsung & Suunto.

  7. I don't understand this.
    Sure those companies make good smartwatches. The only problem I have with them is the display. Sure they have oled this and amoled that. Amazfit bip has a 45 day battery life using a sun reflective display, how come these companies don't use a display like that watch?

  8. Great looking watch! Hope it doesn't fall apart like gen 4 smartwatch. On mine plastic backplate just fell off. 🙁

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