It’s been a couple of weeks since I purchased the Fossil Watch Sport smartwatch which I would put down as the Android equivalent of the Apple Watch.
My comparison will be based against my use of an Apple Watch, which was the mainstay on my wrist for a number of years before my jump from Apple to Android. When comparing the two, the Fossil Watch Sport has all the same bells and whistles, minus some of the ‘health benefits’.
Let’s start with the pros of the Fossil Watch Sport. I went for the 43mm size and it fits nice and snug on my wrist. The strap is stretchable and looks like an everyday watch strap. Like the Apple watch, these are interchangeable. The watch itself is waterproof, scratch resistant and dust resistant too.
It’s extremely light at 44g, there are times when I forget I have it on my wrist and when held in your hand, it feels very Fisher Price, but the internals are not that at all, this is a powerful, lightweight watch that does exactly what I want it to do.
I watched countless videos on YouTube about this watch and every single person commented on the battery life and how it doesn’t last even a day. I have to say, I’ve not experienced any issues with the battery at all. I take it off charge at around 06:40 and by 23:30, it’s still got 40% of battery remaining.
Notifications pop on my wrist throughout the day, the Spotify controls help me use the app on my mobile whilst that’s in my pocket and Google Fit runs in the background, tracking my steps, heart rate and other fitness trends. I also use Google Fit regularly on my morning walk to work, as well as it tracking my progress in the background. These are the apps that reviewers said drained the battery, they do no such thing.
The ability to install and update apps directly to the watch are a nice bonus and the always on display is equally handy. There are a handful of watch displays to choose from, but these aren’t entirely customisable like the Apple Watch equivalent.
Now we get to the cons and there are a few, but for me, these don’t play into my overall thoughts on the watch and these are often the last thing on my mind.
Occasionally the middle dial that allows you to scroll up and down freezes, meaning I occasionally have to use the screen of the watch to do this. The same can be said for some of the apps – if I want to scroll through a notification whilst listening to Global Player on my mobile, the watch turns up the volume of Global Player instead of scrolling the notification. This is a small bug which I’m sure will be fixed with future wearOS updates.
wearOS itself is a pretty decent operating system. The Google Assistant works seamlessly, though on this model of watch, can’t talk back as there are no inbuilt speakers. There is a little bit of lag occasionally, but I’m hoping the OS improves since Google acquired Fitbit last year.
This watch really matches up with the Apple Watch on around 90% of its functionality and wearability. Whilst there are still a few kinks with the operating system and some of the functionality, I’ve really had no real cause for concern over any issues.
If you’re looking for a smartwatch that’s the Android equivalent of Apple, then this could well be the one for you.