Fossil Sport a stylish smartwatch

Fossil is a well-known name when it comes to watches, but for the past several years, it's also been one of the few traditional watches manufacturers to consistently launch smartwatches based on Google's Wear OS platform. The company's latest model in India is the Fossil Sport, and one of the reasons we're excited about it is that it's among the first smartwatches to feature Qualcomm's updated Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. This is the long-awaited successor to the Snapdragon Wear 2100, which was the only real option manufacturers had till now.

Now, this isn't exactly brand new tech; Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon Wear 3100 nearly a year ago, but it has only just made its way to India. The same goes for Fossil Sport. Nevertheless, it's here now and we're eager to try it out. Qualcomm's previous smartwatch SoC has long been considered a performance bottleneck for Wear OS watches, and we're hoping this new chip changes things for the better.

The Fossil Sport is priced at Rs. 17,995 and is available in a variety of colours. It's also supposed to be swim-proof and has heart-rate tracking as well as built-in GPS. Let's see if it's worth the asking price, and whether Qualcomm's new chip can make Wear OS easier to live with.

Fossil Sport design and features

The Fossil Sport uses a classic design, with a round dial and three buttons on the right, just like a traditional watch. The centre button is also a functional crown, which can be used for scrolling through menus or adjusting the volume. The other two buttons can be customised to launch any app on the watch.

The Fossil Sport is available in 43mm and 41mm sizes, with both priced the same. We have the former for review, which should be well suited for most wrists. The 41mm watch face is smaller and the straps are narrower too. The upper portion of the watch itself is made of aluminum, while the lower half is nylon plastic.

The watch is very light, and the silicone strap is also comfortable and easy to clean. However, on the whole, Fossil Sport has a toy-like quality to it, which misses out on a premium feel. We noticed some rough edges on the nylon bottom of the case, which made it feel a little crude.

The 1.2-inch OLED display on the Fossil Sport looks sharp, and brightness is automatically adjusted based on ambient light. Even under sunlight, the display is easily legible. The 22mm straps are removable and you can swap them out for different ones if you want. The bottom of the watch also has a magnetic ring for the charging pod. This makes it very easy to snap the charger on and off, without having to align the charging pins to a specific spot.

Overall, Fossil Sport is a comfortable smartwatch to wear, thanks to its low weight. It also looks smart from afar but feels a little plasticky on your wrist.

Coming to some of the specifications, the Sport runs on the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and has 4GB of internal storage. It runs Wear OS by Google, and packs in sensors such as an accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and a heart-rate sensor. It also has NFC and built-in GPS along with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy. There is a microphone for picking up voice commands, but there's no speaker.

Lastly, the Sport is compatible with Android (except for Android Go Editions) and iOS smartphones and requires the Wear OS app.

Buy Fossil Sport Smartwatch on Amazon  ₹ 17,995.00

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