Top Best 44 Android Smartwatches in November 2021

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Fossil
Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch 42mm Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel - Rose Gold
Description

Way more. Way faster. This 42mm Gen 6 touchscreen smartwatch features a rose gold-tone stainless steel bracelet, 2x faster charging speed (80% in a little over 30 minutes), Qualcomm 4100+ technology and tons of personalization options.

5 Features
  • Get Notified: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach. Optimize your battery life with a newly simplified Smart Battery Modes.
  • Multi-Day Battery Modes: 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB data cable with magnetic dock snaps to split rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. Approximately half an hour to reach 80%.
  • Customize: Always on Display now brighter with more colors. Thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Operating System: Wear OS by Google works with phones running the latest version of Android™ (excluding Go edition and phones without Google Play Store) or iOS. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries with compatibility subject to change.
  • Work. It. Out.: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level, SPO2 (blood oxygen), and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by NormanT, 10 out of 10
    Best purchase, no regrets!!

    I previously had the Fossil Sport, which was light-weight, so when I upgraded to the Fossil Gen 6, I was concerned that it would be heavy. To my pleasant surprise it isn't!! It is light-weight, not too bulky and the screen is big enough to easily navigate the screens and easy to read messages. It has a great battery life and it changes quickly. I have gotten many complements on its look and many are surprised to hear that this is a smartwatch. Best purchase!! No regrets!! Love, love, love this watch!!

    Oct 31, 2021 11:12
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    Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch 42mm Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel - Rose Gold
    Description

    Way more. Way faster. This 42mm Gen 6 touchscreen smartwatch features a rose gold-tone stainless steel bracelet, 2x faster charging speed (80% in a little over 30 minutes), Qualcomm 4100+ technology and tons of personalization options.

    5 Features
  • Get Notified: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach. Optimize your battery life with a newly simplified Smart Battery Modes.
  • Multi-Day Battery Modes: 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB data cable with magnetic dock snaps to split rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. Approximately half an hour to reach 80%.
  • Customize: Always on Display now brighter with more colors. Thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Operating System: Wear OS by Google works with phones running the latest version of Android™ (excluding Go edition and phones without Google Play Store) or iOS. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries with compatibility subject to change.
  • Work. It. Out.: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level, SPO2 (blood oxygen), and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by NormanT, 10 out of 10
    Best purchase, no regrets!!

    I previously had the Fossil Sport, which was light-weight, so when I upgraded to the Fossil Gen 6, I was concerned that it would be heavy. To my pleasant surprise it isn't!! It is light-weight, not too bulky and the screen is big enough to easily navigate the screens and easy to read messages. It has a great battery life and it changes quickly. I have gotten many complements on its look and many are surprised to hear that this is a smartwatch. Best purchase!! No regrets!! Love, love, love this watch!!

    Oct 31, 2021 11:12
  • 3
    Garmin
    Garmin - vívomove Style Hybrid Smartwatch 42mm Aluminum - Silver With Moss Silicone Band
    Description

    Carry all the smart essentials on your wrist with this moss green Garmin vívomove Style hybrid smartwatch. The traditional analog design and watch hands lend classic appeal, while the silver aluminum case and domed Corning Gorilla glass offer style and lasting durability. This Garmin vívomove Style hybrid smartwatch packs all the smart features such as fitness and health tracking, dynamic hidden display and wireless notifications.

    10 Features
  • Works with Android and iOS devices: Including iPhone, iPad models and select cell phones and tablets with Android for simple wireless communication.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with alerts for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • All-day health monitoring features: Tune in to your fitness and well-being.
  • Performance data: Collect information about training status, pool swimming, running and cycling dynamics to improve your fitness experience.
  • Hidden display: This hybrid smartwatch comes with a sophisticated analog look and advanced smart elements, such as an AMOLED touch-screen display with 240 x 240 resolution that is only visible when you need it.
  • Wrist-based Pulse Ox technology and Body Battery™ energy monitor: Let you track your menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, hydration, estimated heart rate and more.
  • Durability and style: Garmin features domed Corning® Gorilla® glass and a sleek anodized aluminum watch case with a stylish 20mm quick-release silicone band.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Connected GPS: This smartwatch connects to your compatible device's GPS to track outdoor walk or run activities and boasts additional activity profiles, such as yoga, strength, cardio and more.
  • Garmin Pay™: Allows for easy and secure contactless payments.
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by OregonianStuckInIndiana, 10 out of 10
    Great upgrade

    Our son - graduating from college - wanted to upgrade from a low/mid level fitness tracker to one that both does more and looks like a "normal" watch. (OK Boomer) This fits the bill and hopefully will last longer than all of his other fitness watches, which never made it past 18 months. Hopefully the crystal does not scratch too easily...

    May 02, 2020 12:14
  • Review by Crafar01, 10 out of 10
    Nice Watch!

    Excellent smart watch! I have a Fenix 5x and this is nice to have for a more formal, less bulky watch.

    Dec 04, 2020 17:21
  • Garmin - MARQ® Driver Smartwatch 30 mm Titanium - Titanium
    Description

    Whether you set course records or are inspired by those who do, MARQ™ Driver accelerates that passion for racing. It is the only modern tool watch with smart features and 250 preloaded global racetracks. A tachymeter bezel demonstrates your dedication to speed. Auto lap splits and live delta time show your hard-charging, unrelenting pace. And the magnificent styling of a strong yet breathable titanium bracelet keeps you cool no matter how heated the contest. Add to that an unprecedented diamond-like carbon coating with ceramic bezel inlay, and you have the first instrument crafted for the one who always resides in the pole position.

    12 Features
  • COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with iPhone® and Android™ devices
  • DISPLAY: Experience the thrill of racing with a purpose-built luxury smartwatch that delivers a domed sapphire lens, always-on display and more than 480 preloaded global racetracks.
  • LAP TIME REPEATABILITY: Measure your consistency throughout a race with your lap time repeatability score.
  • VIRTUAL PIT WALL: Hear audio reports of every lap with virtual pit wall.
  • LAST RACE: See a summary of your last race with fastest lap times, total laps and max speed — without a transponder or other equipment.
  • TRACK TIMER: The advanced tachymeter and chronograph let you time cars at the track and calculate speeds.
  • PULSE OX SENSOR: *Check with Pulse Ox to gain awareness of how well your body’s oxygen levels are adjusting to the thinner air at higher altitudes.
  • APPS AND ACTIVITIES: Preloaded favorite apps and preloaded activity profiles are provided for golfing, swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing, skiing and more.
  • SMART NOTIFICATIONS: Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with a compatible device.
  • GARMIN PAY™ PAYMENT SOLUTION: Breeze through checkout lines with Garmin Pay contactless payment solution through participating providers.
  • BATTERY: Internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, 28 hours in GPS mode, 48 hours in UltraTrac™ mode and 9 hours in GPS mode with music.
  • Disclaimer: *This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox not available in all countries.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Smart, 10 out of 10
    Garmin

    Perfect smart watch for people who love sports……..

    Oct 01, 2021 17:10
  • SUUNTO - 9 Peak Smartwatch 43mm Activity Tracker GPS Heart Rate Monitor Titanium - Granite Blue
    Description

    ULTRA THIN, ULTRA TOUGH...This is the thinnest, smallest, and toughest watch Suunto has ever made for reaching peak experiences. Designed to feel good on every arm. Battery life and full feature set of the Suunto 9 Baro, with no compromises. From 25 hours with best GPS up to 170 hours in Tour mode. Highest grade of materials, sapphire glass and grade 5 titanium for light weight. Premium quality made in Finland, tested in the toughest conditions. DESIGNED FOR ADVENTURE...Paths to getting lost and finding your way back. Experience the most amazing locations with Points of Interest from Suunto app. Plan your routes on Suunto app with sport-specific heatmaps and popular starting points. Suunto 9 Peak is waterproof to 100m, built to last every adventure. PASSIONATE ABOUT SPORTS...Enjoy the moments that fill you with energy, whether running in the roads, trails or tracks or any other of our 80 sports. Catch the virtual ghost runner to practice your pacing or just for fun. Maintain a healthy balance with training load, rest and recovery so that you’re always ready for that last minute adventure. EASY TO LOVE…Design is something that you cannot measure, but you can feel. Suunto 9 Peak suits any wardrobe and weather, with ultimate comfort you can wear day and night. Suunto 9 Peak introduces a new watch face that showcases your weekly training and inspires new routines. You can also choose from several other watch faces available for the Suunto 9 family. Enjoy the convenience of the automatic backlight and over the air update.

    10 Features
  • Intelligent Battery Modes: Four predefined battery modes – Performance, Endurance, Ultra and Tour – deliver from 25 hours to up to 170 hours of recording time with GPS tracking turned on
  • Over 80 Pre-Installed Sport Modes: Allows you to customize pre-installed sport modes and graphic displays
  • Sapphire Glass: Anti-Reflective Scratch Proof Dial
  • Grade 5 Titanium Case: lighter weight (only 54 grams) and supreme comfort. Titanium is hard, scratch resistant and hypoallergenic, the best choice for your skin.
  • Ultra-Thin Case Design: Only 10.6mm thick providing extreme comfort
  • GPS Navigation: The new ‘Snap to Route’ functionality will keep not just your GPS tracks perfectly aligned to your plan route, but also ensure that pacing and distance data matches that of the course
  • Weather Functions: Barometric altimeter featuring a storm alarm
  • Blood Oxygen: New blood oxygen/Sp02 sensor
  • Over the Air Update: Enjoy the convenience of over the air sofware update via Suuno app, so that your watch always has the latest and greatest software
  • Water Resistant to 100 Meters: Never worry about your watch during water sports
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Husky92, 10 out of 10
    Best Smart Watch Out There

    Best smart watch out there for the outdoor enthusiast. If you want to look professional and active this is the watch to buy.

    Oct 01, 2021 16:19
  • Review by Dzeinara, 10 out of 10
    Very good

    Very good this Suunto 9 peak watch, i liked, long battery life

    Aug 13, 2021 15:30
  • SUUNTO - 9 Peak Smartwatch 43mm Activity Tracker GPS Heart Rate Monitor Stainless Steel - All Black
    Description

    ULTRA THIN, ULTRA TOUGH...This is the thinnest, smallest, and toughest watch Suunto has ever made for reaching peak experiences. Designed to feel good on every arm. Battery life and full feature set of the Suunto 9 Baro, with no compromises. From 25 hours with best GPS up to 170 hours in Tour mode. Highest grade of materials, sapphire glass and grade 5 titanium for light weight. Premium quality made in Finland, tested in the toughest conditions. DESIGNED FOR ADVENTURE...Paths to getting lost and finding your way back. Experience the most amazing locations with Points of Interest from Suunto app. Plan your routes on Suunto app with sport-specific heatmaps and popular starting points. Suunto 9 Peak is waterproof to 100m, built to last every adventure. PASSIONATE ABOUT SPORTS...Enjoy the moments that fill you with energy, whether running in the roads, trails or tracks or any other of our 80 sports. Catch the virtual ghost runner to practice your pacing or just for fun. Maintain a healthy balance with training load, rest and recovery so that you’re always ready for that last minute adventure. EASY TO LOVE…Design is something that you cannot measure, but you can feel. Suunto 9 Peak suits any wardrobe and weather, with ultimate comfort you can wear day and night. Suunto 9 Peak introduces a new watch face that showcases your weekly training and inspires new routines. You can also choose from several other watch faces available for the Suunto 9 family. Enjoy the convenience of the automatic backlight and over the air update.

    10 Features
  • Intelligent Battery Modes: Four predefined battery modes – Performance, Endurance, Ultra and Tour – deliver from 25 hours to up to 170 hours of recording time with GPS tracking turned on
  • Over 80 Pre-Installed Sport Modes: Allows you to customize pre-installed sport modes and graphic displays
  • Sapphire Glass: Anti-Reflective Scratch Proof Dial
  • Stainless Steel Case: Resists wear, dents, dings and scratches
  • Ultra-Thin Case Design: Only 10.6mm thick providing extreme comfort
  • GPS Navigation: The new ‘Snap to Route’ functionality will keep not just your GPS tracks perfectly aligned to your plan route, but also ensure that pacing and distance data matches that of the course
  • Weather Functions: Barometric altimeter featuring a storm alarm
  • Blood Oxygen: New blood oxygen/Sp02 sensor
  • Over the Air Update: Enjoy the convenience of over the air sofware update via Suuno app, so that your watch always has the latest and greatest software
  • Water Resistant to 100 Meters: Never worry about your watch during water sports
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by BCRelax, 10 out of 10
    9 Peak

    The best Outdoors Watch Ever

    Has everything you need, without the add ones, you don’t need or will ever need. Fast at locking on to GPS, accurate. Long battery life. It even looks like a classy watch, not a huge piece of plastic…. I’ve been wearing it 24/7 for a month. Extremely Happy with the watch.

    Aug 12, 2021 09:17
  • SUUNTO - 9 Peak Smartwatch 43mm Activity Tracker GPS Heart Rate Monitor Titanium - Birch White
    Description

    ULTRA THIN, ULTRA TOUGH...This is the thinnest, smallest, and toughest watch Suunto has ever made for reaching peak experiences. Designed to feel good on every arm. Battery life and full feature set of the Suunto 9 Baro, with no compromises. From 25 hours with best GPS up to 170 hours in Tour mode. Highest grade of materials, sapphire glass and grade 5 titanium for light weight. Premium quality made in Finland, tested in the toughest conditions. DESIGNED FOR ADVENTURE...Paths to getting lost and finding your way back. Experience the most amazing locations with Points of Interest from Suunto app. Plan your routes on Suunto app with sport-specific heatmaps and popular starting points. Suunto 9 Peak is waterproof to 100m, built to last every adventure. PASSIONATE ABOUT SPORTS...Enjoy the moments that fill you with energy, whether running in the roads, trails or tracks or any other of our 80 sports. Catch the virtual ghost runner to practice your pacing or just for fun. Maintain a healthy balance with training load, rest and recovery so that you’re always ready for that last minute adventure. EASY TO LOVE…Design is something that you cannot measure, but you can feel. Suunto 9 Peak suits any wardrobe and weather, with ultimate comfort you can wear day and night. Suunto 9 Peak introduces a new watch face that showcases your weekly training and inspires new routines. You can also choose from several other watch faces available for the Suunto 9 family. Enjoy the convenience of the automatic backlight and over the air update.

    10 Features
  • Intelligent Battery Modes: Four predefined battery modes – Performance, Endurance, Ultra and Tour – deliver from 25 hours to up to 170 hours of recording time with GPS tracking turned on
  • Over 80 Pre-Installed Sport Modes: Allows you to customize pre-installed sport modes and graphic displays
  • Sapphire Glass: Anti-Reflective Scratch Proof Dial
  • Grade 5 Titanium Case: lighter weight (only 54 grams) and supreme comfort. Titanium is hard, scratch resistant and hypoallergenic, the best choice for your skin.
  • Ultra-Thin Case Design: Only 10.6mm thick providing extreme comfort
  • GPS Navigation: The new ‘Snap to Route’ functionality will keep not just your GPS tracks perfectly aligned to your plan route, but also ensure that pacing and distance data matches that of the course
  • Weather Functions: Barometric altimeter featuring a storm alarm
  • Blood Oxygen: New blood oxygen/Sp02 sensor
  • Over the Air Update: Enjoy the convenience of over the air sofware update via Suuno app, so that your watch always has the latest and greatest software
  • Water Resistant to 100 Meters: Never worry about your watch during water sports
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Husky92, 10 out of 10
    Best Smart Watch Out There

    Best smart watch out there for the outdoor enthusiast. If you want to look professional and active this is the watch to buy.

    Oct 01, 2021 16:19
  • Review by Dzeinara, 10 out of 10
    Very good

    Very good this Suunto 9 peak watch, i liked, long battery life

    Aug 13, 2021 15:30
  • Garmin - Legacy Hero Series Captain Marvel Smartwatch 40mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Danvers Blue With Leather Band
    Description

    Harness your inner superhero with this special edition Garmin Captain Marvel smartwatch. The Danvers blue, red and tan elements and the light gold bezel closely resemble the captain's suit and abilities, while the long battery life of up to 7 days on smartwatch mode lets you fulfill superhero duties without needing to recharge constantly. This Garmin Captain Marvel smartwatch features smart essentials such as wireless notifications and fitness tracking.

    12 Features
  • Works with select Android and iOS devices: Get all the necessary information while your phone is out of sight.
  • All-day health monitoring features: Collect the data about your body's energy levels, blood oxygen saturation, daily water intake, and sleep quality.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with alerts for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Easy navigation and clear visuals: The smartwatch features a 1.1" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) touch-screen display with 218 x 218 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with polymer rear cover along with leather and additional silicone watch bands: Garmin ensures durability and comfort for sport and everyday activities.
  • Designed in style of Legacy Hero series: The smartwatch boasts Danvers blue, light gold, red, and tan elements and a light gold bezel modeled after Captain Marvel's suit and super abilities.
  • Captain Marvel themed elements: Garmin delivers exclusive watch faces and goal animations.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Garmin Connect IQ: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay: Allows for simple and secure contactless payments.
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by LGAwesomeness, 10 out of 10
    Marvel masterful

    Bought for my daughter. Huge Marvel fan. She loves all the workouts programmed in. Very challenging

    Jan 23, 2021 12:50
  • Garmin - Venu 2S Smartwatch 28mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Light Gold Bezel with Light Sand Case
    Description

    When you live healthy, you live better. Get in tune with your mind and body with Venu® 2S. This smaller-sized GPS smartwatch has advanced health monitoring and fitness features to help you better understand what’s going on inside your body. It feels good to move. Switch up your activities with animated workouts and more than 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps. Feed your soul with your favorite music, stored right on your wrist for phone-free listening when paired with wireless headphones (sold separately). And battery life up to 5 days with rapid recharging lets you get an uninterrupted picture of your health. This is what it’s all about. Mind and body — connected by Garmin

    14 Features
  • COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with iPhone® and Android™ devices
  • DISPLAY: A beautiful AMOLED display brings this watch to life, even under bright sunlight. Try always-on mode to keep the display visible at all times
  • MADE FOR THE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE: From durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 to the sleek stainless steel bezel and comfortable silicone band, this smartwatch is ready for anything.
  • HEALTH SNAPSHOT™ FEATURE: *Log a 2-minute session to record key stats, including heart rate, heart rate variability, Pulse Ox, respiration and stress. Then generate a report with those stats via the Garmin Connect™ app on your compatible smartphone to share.
  • BODY BATTERY™ ENERGY MONITORING: See your body’s energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
  • PULSE OX SENSOR: Use the Pulse Ox sensor to spot check your blood oxygen saturation at any point during the day, or for part of the night as you sleep, to show how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
  • STRESS TRACKING: Find out if you’re having a calm, balanced or stressful day. Relax reminders will even prompt you to do a short breathing activity when the watch detects that you’re feeling stressed
  • WOMEN’S HEALTH TRACKING: Use the Garmin Connect app to track your menstrual cycle or pregnancy. Log symptoms, get exercise and nutrition education and more. Even see and log details on your wrist with the Women’s Health Tracking app.
  • SLEEP SCORE AND ADVANCED SLEEP MONITORING: Get a score for your sleep’s quality and insights on how you can do better. Even keep track of the different sleep stages as well as heart rate, stress, Pulse Ox and respiration.
  • BUILT-IN SPORTS APPS: Track all the ways you move with more than 25 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps — including walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, golf and more.
  • HIIT WORKOUTS: Use this new activity profile with different timers to track your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.
  • GARMIN PAY™: Breeze through checkout lines and select transit systems with Garmin Pay contactless payment solution1 through participating providers.
  • BATTERY LIFE WITH RAPID RECHARGING: Get an uninterrupted picture of your health with up to 11 days in smartwatch mode, up to 22 hours in GPS mode and up to 8 hours in GPS mode with music. Ten minutes of charging adds up to 1 day of smartwatch mode battery life or 1 hour of GPS with music battery life.
  • Disclaimer: *This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox not available in all countries
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LezJo, 10 out of 10
    Best watch ever.

    This is the best watch i have had. I have a different garmin watch and I liked it. But this one is a lot better and the information is alot more accurate. I have a blood pressure cuff that i keep track of my pressure for my doctor daily and i use that and look at my watch and they are the same. The sleep is right on also. Very satisfied!!!

    Sep 17, 2021 19:20
  • Review by Antonioo, 10 out of 10
    Perfect for every day

    Really good watch, my girlfriend was using a fenix 5 52mm for mountain biking and hikes on her tiny wrist so I gave her this one and she loves it, it doesn't give you all the info that the fenix does but she likes the resolution of the screen and the fact that is touch, now she uses for every day and forgot about the other, it looks really good and has plenty functions

    Jul 16, 2021 15:52
  • Review by Manoj, 10 out of 10
    Very nice

    This is very nice watch. It lasts for week once charged.

    Nov 10, 2021 19:15
  • Review by Marine4Lyf, 10 out of 10
    Best Buy, Why Shop Anywhere Else?

    What more can I say about purchasing from Best Buy. Excellent products, prices & service. Whenever i'm in need of any electrical gadgets, my first stop is ALWAYS Best Buy. Why go anywhere else?

    Jul 09, 2021 16:56
  • Review by Jstor, 10 out of 10
    Help getting healthy.

    Great fitness watch if you want something easy to use to track a lot of data points.

    Jun 05, 2021 15:46
  • Review by touahero, 10 out of 10
    Great watch

    Great watch. Definitely helps track the running and uploads to strava

    Jul 09, 2021 16:15
  • Review by EXCELLENT, 10 out of 10
    Always a pleasant experience!

    I love my new watch, and all the support given to me by Best Buy!

    Jun 18, 2021 16:01
  • Review by MaximillionPrime, 6 out of 10
    It's Descent

    It's ok. It's a Garmin 45 with some flare. I thought it would be a true step up but not so much.

    Aug 09, 2021 14:46
  • 9.8score
    Fossil - Gen 5e Smartwatch 42mm Two-Tone Stainless Steel - Silver and Gold
    Description

    Tech for real life. This 42mm Gen 5E touchscreen smartwatch features a two-tone stainless steel bracelet, speaker functionality, 4GB storage capacity and three smart battery modes to extend battery life for multiple days. Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are compatible with iPhone® and Android™ phones. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Supported features may vary between platforms. To avoid damage to your watch, only use with included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge. Product should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize potential for RF interference. See product insert for full details.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with Android™ phones and iPhone®: Use the WearOS by Google app on your phone with Android™ 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 12.0+
  • Multi-day battery mode and rapid charging: 24 Hr + multi-day Extended Battery Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Personalize your smartwatch: Always-On Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stopwatches and more. With a swimproof design, it’s perfect for all your activities.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level and more. Activity modes with tethered GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Take calls and get Calendar, SMS, email and social app notifications: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach.
  • 4 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mrodriguez, 10 out of 10
    Watch

    My husbands first smart watch. He loves it. Gets compliments on it all the time.

    Oct 20, 2021 09:23
  • Review by Bestbuyapplemaclaptop, 10 out of 10
    Fossilwomanswatch

    Nice watch. Howevef, its a womans watch. Looks great works great.

    Oct 25, 2021 10:14
  • Review by Sandy, 10 out of 10
    Great Buy

    Loving my Fossil Gen 5. The two tone goes with any jewelry I wear!

    Oct 01, 2021 15:51
  • Review by jayko, 8 out of 10
    Fossil Gen 5e

    Nice looking and lots a features. Cons - battery does die alot quicker than my Garmin.

    Jan 04, 2021 17:28
  • 9.6score
    Garmin - fēnix 6S Smartwatch 42mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Silver with Black Silicone Band
    Description

    Get performance data at your fingertips when working out with this Garmin fēnix 6S smartwatch. The in-built sensors and multiple navigation systems help you explore challenging tracks without getting lost, while the slim strap offers a comfortable fit. This silver Garmin fēnix 6S smartwatch delivers smart notifications from compatible smartphones so you can quickly check your apps.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with select Apple iOS and Android devices: Including iPad® Pro, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPhone® 7, 8, X, and XS, as well as most devices with an Android operating system.
  • Performance data at your fingertips: Collect information about training load balance, training status, and running and cycling dynamics to improve your fitness experience.
  • SMS, calendar, e-mail, and social notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • Clear viewing, even in darkness or direct sunlight: Features a 1.2" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with 240 x 240 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in more challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with metal rear cover: Along with a silicone watch band, ensures durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Garmin Connect IQ™: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay™: Allows simple and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Natandy, 10 out of 10
    I love my Fenix 6s watch

    I love my Fenix 6s watch better than Apple Watch. I don’t really listen to music on my watch even on my Apple Watch and I like the fact that I don’t have to charge it every night like I do with my Apple Watch. I don’t wear the Apple Watch very much anymore. I wear my Fenix 6s every day I even sleep with it. I like the fact that it counts your steps all the time without having to go to an app unless you’re walking or running etc. And you want to track your walking then you have to go to the App that you download on Connect app. It is not that difficult I am still learning as I go. I charge my watch at least every 7th day that’s because I use the gps in between and everything else I get notifications like WhatsApp, news, etc. when I get phone calls it will show on my watch but of course you won’t be able to answer like the Apple Watch but that is fine with me. I have the screen protector on my Fenix and it fits perfect you can’t even tell it has one unlike the Apple Watch the screen protector comes right off it doesn’t last long. Don’t get me wrong I like my Apple Watch, I love watches in general there are better than others I am a watch freak and love gadgets, and yes I do love Apple but wish it was better but I love my Fenix 6s watch better. This is my opinion.

    Feb 02, 2020 11:54
  • Review by Jjdavis0827, 10 out of 10
    Love but why so expensive

    My favorite watch from garmin. Fenix 6s is the right size. I hear a lot of people saying the basic model is not worth it, and I get it.

    However if the reason to buy this watch it's mainly for the topo map, you can download garmin nav and it connects to your watch. The lower memory is enough for downloading apps and watch faces. Don't spend more money. This watch is expensive enough. Recomend for small wrist. The band is small.

    Mar 18, 2021 22:38
  • Review by Danny, 10 out of 10
    Great watch worth the price.

    Bought this as a gift for my wife. She absolutely loves it. Battery life is at least a week even with 10-20 miles in gps mode. Even then charging only takes an hour or two. GPS map is extremely accurate. All the other features are really cool too. Learning curve not being a touch screen but she said it’s fairly easy to navigate.

    Oct 15, 2021 23:14
  • Review by Jen6, 10 out of 10
    Awesome watch!

    I had the Vivoactive 3 Music and was ready for a watch with more robust options. The Fenix 6s is top notch. My only regret is that I didn't get it sooner. It has every option for fitness and recreational activities and provides all the insights I need.

    Dec 20, 2020 18:21
  • Review by Paisandad, 10 out of 10
    Awesome watch

    Awesome watch. Pricy but worth it. So many features it's hard to master them all.

    May 01, 2021 09:02
  • Review by Friz, 10 out of 10
    Top notch watch

    This watch is top notch. There are many fitness features that have come in very useful. The pulseOx was thre deciding feature to purchase. I also like that it fits my wife's wrist perfectly.

    Dec 30, 2019 09:44
  • Review by MySays, 10 out of 10
    Nice Watch

    Excellent product with a full complement of features. Very nice watch.

    Jan 29, 2021 16:06
  • Review by Kris, 8 out of 10
    Ok basic functionality not on par with expectation

    Has a lot of functionality. GPS component though started to be off by a lot after about 4 months of use. I tried updates, restarting watch, and keeping off for a bit while on a charger - nothing seems to fix it. For price point I expected more

    Dec 11, 2020 15:49
  • 9.6score
    Garmin - fēnix 6S Pro Smartwatch 42mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Black with Black Silicone Band
    Description

    Wear smart technology on your next rugged adventure with this Garmin fēnix 6S Pro smartwatch. The multi-network navigation technology lets you track elevation and monitor ascents and descents in the wild, while built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+ technologies let you receive email notifications and stream music. This Garmin fēnix 6S Pro smartwatch comes with fitness monitoring to track your heart rate, sleep and steps.

    11 Features
  • Compatible with select Apple iOS and Android devices: Including iPad® Pro, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPhone® 7, 8, X, and XS, as well as most devices with an Android operating system.
  • Performance data at your fingertips: Collect information about training load balance, training status, and running and cycling dynamics to improve your fitness experience.
  • PacePro™ technology for advanced training: Provides pace guidance throughout your activity, plus environmentally adjusted VO2 max and training status estimates.
  • SMS, calendar, e-mail, and social notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • Clear viewing, even in darkness or direct sunlight: Features a 1.2" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with 240 x 240 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in more challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with metal rear cover: Along with a silicone watch band, ensures durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Garmin Connect IQ™: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay™: Allows simple and secure contactless payments.
  • Preloaded topo and ski maps: Enjoy at-a-glance navigation and location reference on your wrist.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Sugar, 10 out of 10
    Great Watch for athletes or fitness enthusiasts!

    My first fitness/ running watch was a garmin. I’m not an athlete but I love technology and I love tracking my fitness and health. This watch has it all. I got it to replace my Apple Watch Nike 3. I wanted something that looked good when not working out!

    Jun 12, 2020 21:16
  • Review by Noyce, 10 out of 10
    Garmin

    Absolutely love my garmin fenix 6s pro. Provides many many different options for activities. I love it!

    Dec 25, 2020 20:35
  • Review by AceVentura, 10 out of 10
    Runners Dream!

    If your a runner this is the watch to get. My like loves it. Wears it to run and workout and then can also wear it out for a night out. GPS, notifications and bright screen makes this watch have a premium feel. Awesome for all workouts including swimming.

    May 07, 2021 07:41
  • Review by Shy4, 10 out of 10
    Loving it

    I had an Apple Watch and changed to this one. I’ve only had it a month but I’m loving it.

    Jul 30, 2021 15:32
  • Review by Gngv, 10 out of 10
    Watch

    This is definitely the best watch I have bought. Will recommend it in a heart beat to any one. Would definitely buy another one this year.

    Apr 02, 2021 21:13
  • Review by Ridingfool, 8 out of 10
    Nice watch

    Its a pretty nice watch but i returned it because it is still pretty big plus i just couldnt justify spending this much. I mainly wanted it for the altitude and Blood oxygen sensor for climbing high mountains.

    Nov 06, 2020 21:34
  • Review by Estanislao, 10 out of 10
    Watch

    Great watch, I use it everyday and provides a lot of information.

    Great purchase

    Feb 26, 2021 16:32
  • Review by BestBuyconsumer, 10 out of 10
    Awesome watch

    The Garmin fénix 6s has been hands down the best garmin watch purchased yet.

    May 29, 2020 15:52
  • 9.6score
    Garmin - fēnix 6X Sapphire Smartwatch 51mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Black With Black Band
    Description

    Track body activity and metrics with this Garmin fenix 6X Sapphire smartwatch. PacePro and built-in sensors monitor the estimated wrist heart rate during training sessions, and a sunlight-readable display ensures directed outdoor navigations. This Garmin fenix 6X Sapphire smartwatch supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while 32GB of storage offer plenty of room for media.

    10 Features
  • Compatible with select Apple and Android devices: Including iPhone and iPad models and select cell phones and tablets with Android for simple wireless communication.
  • Smart connectivity: Features smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, and personalization through free watch faces and apps from Connect IQ™.
  • Backlit digital display: Assures readability in all ambient conditions. The transflective technology reflects and transmits light at the same time to make the watch face more readable under intense sunlight.
  • Wrist-based monitoring: Lets you monitor your heart rate without wearing a chest strap, along with Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturation sensing for advanced sleep monitoring.
  • Built-in navigation sensors: Include three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo capability, to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.
  • PacePro™ guidance: Along with preloaded topo maps, provides grade-adjusted guidance and quality topographic information.
  • Premium materials: This smartwatch features a fiber-reinforced polymer case and stainless steel bezel, along with a Sapphire Crystal lens, that are built for rugged adventures.
  • Garmin Pay™: Allows contactless payments with just a wave of your hand to make purchases quickly.
  • Traveling music: You can store songs right on your watch for phone-free listening on the go.
  • Vibrate mode: Quietly alerts you to a range of notifications, such as incoming e-mails, calls, and text messages, as well as upcoming calendar events.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Jones, 10 out of 10
    Read This, You Will Laugh!!

    Been studying a Fenix 5x pro and when they went on sale for $599 I pulled the trigger on one and wasn’t disappointed right? Keep reading the 6x pro sapphire is coming.....

    So, I am wearing the 5x pro sapphire for a couple days and since it was my first Garmin watch I had to learn the set up requirements and all.....no big deal and it teaches you a lot about the watch (I’m 64 yrs old) and after I start to put all this in perspective and realize what I have here I could then see the value of the 6x pro sapphire....even at full retail....so I went back to Best Buy to see if I was stuck with the 5x and the gentleman that sold it to me said heck no, we can swap....even tho I had worn it a couple days....so I did trade em and paid the $250 (significant to me) difference.

    Why? Why? Why.? Pay more?.....waited 2 yrs for it to go on sale then pay full retail.....well....because it’s worth it, worth it big time.

    Double the memory, more battery, higher res (in sunlight looks like the screen is painted on, just beautiful) bigger screen with more data fields, slightly thinner, better watch band, new cool apps some of which are exclusive to the 6x pro sapphire.....you want more reasons? PM me because I’m ready to get to the review now LOL.

    It’s probably worth noting here I wasn’t considering any other watch except a Series 5 Apple Watch. (I have a Series 3, my first ever smart watch) but do I really need to go into that decision? Right off the bat, if nothing else....Garmin’s battery life is superior and then some....as the battery ages thru use it will continue to serve me well and that’s with abuse....

    Since I’m on it now, the Garmin is superior in almost all ways I can think of that really matter....it’s made to use outdoors (or certainly indoors) and made to use hard. Made to use hard for the reason I bought it and that’s to track my activities. OMG....I pretty much consider my Apple Watch a kids toy compared to this 6x with the huge 1.4 inch screen...Folks are bragging about getting a full 13 hours out of a Apple 5....wow 13 hours now that Apple has released a slew of updates....cause folks were lucky to get 4 hours when they first released em...that’s ridicules here I’m trying to avoid and stay on topic but if you want a sports watch stay away from Apple....they are ok I guess as an extension of your IPhone but I could care less about making phone calls from a watch....never was much of a Dick Tracy fan. Isn’t the idea here to leave the goofy phone at home or do you need to take a phone call while your swimming?....don’t go too deep when you dive in cause if the crappy band the Apple Watch comes with falls off and goes to the bottom of the pool the watch might drown. Garmin won’t, nuff sed.

    You have to decide what you want to do with a smart watch first. Why you want it...If your looking for a military grade outdoor activity tracker that operates independent of your phone...totally....but still plays nice with your phone for the metrics and settings of the watch along with the standard smart watch msg and phone call stuff....then this is your watch....only a Suunto or Polar can compete but I wanted the Best....not looking for a fancy Fitbit here...Garmin is all by themselves on this. You really do get what you pay for.

    I know your gonna read some goofy 1 star reviews in here....I always read them first and considered rating one star just to be silly. If you want a watch with activity tracking you can’t beat Garmin....and they aren’t married to Google like Suunto is....Garmins apps stand on their own....and they do it well. Folks seem to ding this watch w/o merit....haters

    Are the metrics accurate....??.....well, yes....they are pretty good. Are they medically accurate....I don’t really know but they are consistent and that’s what your after in the end, to build a data base to track progress...good as it gets on your wrist and if you want medical Garmin has Bluetooth (and WiFi) built in for their line of ANT+ sensors and they have quite a few. If your training for the olympics, fine. I’m just a old guy trying to rebuild my stamina w/o over doing it....soooo....plenty accurate to build a data base to track your goals and body metrics to improve....in the 3 weeks I’ve had it I am walking twice as far as I used to....Garmin coach does not ask more of me than I can do and will of course suggest goals that are doable...if not Garmin Coach will adjust down if need be....Mine did at first but now I’m working a lil harder. LOL!

    Don’t over look the build quality and that awesome battery....not measured in hours like others....not even days, we are talking weeks here....it’s a portly Watch in size and Garmin uses that in part for the battery....the awesome battery. I keep on about the battery for a reason I’ll share here. My Apple Series 3 isn’t “awful” but I went back to my Casio because having to charge that silly thing sometimes even during the day if I used it much got old fast...I got to where I wore it to bed but not during the day because of the battery mostly but most of what I used that for....getting msgs and caller ID and such don’t happen at night so what’s the point really? Besides, the Garmin does that too. Battery life is Apples Achilles Heal and it’s even WORSE on the Series 5....Thank you Garmin for saving me from Google and Apple....

    I live out in the country (Ozarks) and get out in the woods a lot...Garmin realizes there is a difference between “walking” and “hiking” .... the latter is much harder and thankfully Garmin tracks the metrics accordingly, now with that said.....let’s say your out in the woods and your see a distant land mark your want to navigate to....how about popping up a full color ToPo map with points of interest along the way and a compass to keep you on the shortest path to that point? Just open navigate and look over the top of the watch pointing at your waypoint and click, you’re off! Maps, tracks and breadcrumbs all the way....like a man overboard function on land....”Edit: It actually has a man overboard function LOL....I should have known” Land, Sea or Air (ToPo, Dive or Jumpmaster) This thing has it all! Has the power of a iPhone just a few years back really.

    There are many many aftermarket accessories too but do your homework on that....I bought 2 wonderful charging stands “$12” and a super TI metal watch band ($55) but be careful....make sure you can return....folks like me get confused on what fits what because there are 3 sizes of the same watch and not all this stuff interchanges. This is where I ding Garmin....$300 for a metal watch band?....com’on Garmin, that’s Bull, get a clue cause it makes you look bad and some folks will be put off enough to look elsewhere...Again, some of the knockoffs are good and very reasonably priced, but do your homework first.

    Summary....I could go on for hours here but look, if you want an activity tracking device that is also a smart watch and you can fund it, it’s a no brainer to me. It’s the best getting better and I’ll never look back. If you want a Apple Watch, well I suppose there are some reasons to buy one....heck, I’ll give ya mine cause I won’t ever wear it again....I also have a Citizen Eco-Drive Analog Watch (keeping it too) I wear to church and such but I dunno, now that I have a metal band too this Garmin is looking mighty cute...I wear it 24/7 except to charge occasionally in the AM while I get cleaned up.

    If I could rate it 10 stars I would give it 11....it was a rather elaborate expense for me but I’m good with it.

    Mar 21, 2020 10:08
  • Review by Mike1111111111, 10 out of 10
    Can’t Go wrong with this purchase

    Yes it’s quite a bit of money, however you will not be disappointed. There are so many pictures built-in to the multipurpose watch that you will probably never use them all. I have the Garman Fenix 5X prior to purchasing this one. I love the 5X but I really love this 6X sapphire edition. With my aging eyes my own watch used to be a bit blurry but now with the new 6X I can actually see the screen better due to its high resolution

    Nov 24, 2019 09:31
  • Review by JDKOM1, 10 out of 10
    Size and fit

    I’ve wanted a fenix series watch for a long time and finally purchased the 6x on a rare sale from garmin through Best Buy. The only real question I had was if the 6x was too big. My local shop wasn’t an option to try one on so I went with the larger 6x and I am so extremely satisfied with the product. It was uncomfortable at first simply because I went from wearing no watch on a regular basis to the 6x. After a couple days of consistent use I don’t notice it much. The size factor is noticeable on a run for sure but primarily I use it as an everyday device and on my bike. The band could be slightly longer but it is fine.

    Jun 12, 2020 16:05
  • Review by RagingBull, 10 out of 10
    Great watch, you get what you pay for!

    After thinking about it for a while due to the price tag, I ultimately decided to pull the trigger and make the purchase. After using it for a couple of weeks, I was not disappointed. I absolutely love the watch. I have tried two types of Fitbit, various Samsung watches and now the Garmin. This watch blew all the others away. If you love data and statistics, this watch is for you. So much data to slice and dice. The watch is nice and big. I'll be wearing this watch for a long time, well worth the price.

    Jun 19, 2020 16:48
  • Review by BikerPR, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Performance instrument

    I've always used HR monitor since the last 20 years for all sports and training activities. Few Polar's and since the last6 years GARMIN. My last Garmin was the 920XT that I still have it and works great. I delay trying the Fēnix series until now. I have to said that the amount of information display on the watch, the look, performance and variations of strap to wear is amazing. SUPER happy with the investment and purchase of this watch. A+++++++

    Jun 28, 2020 08:22
  • Review by Tonahttiu777, 10 out of 10
    Great watch

    Excellent watch does great in mud runs. Sapphire glass is a must if you gonna run around in the mud etc.

    Expensive item but good item. Bought mine on sale.

    Jun 28, 2020 14:09
  • Review by DeJanga, 10 out of 10
    AWESOME MACHINE!!!

    Got to say that this watch is an AWESOME MACHINE! Already tested walking, running, hiking and swimming and it really does everything it says. I even tested while sleeping and it works incredibly well!

    Got to say it is a great machine indeed!

    Jun 22, 2020 07:32
  • Review by fenix6xSaphire, 2 out of 10
    Buy the warranty

    this rating is not for the actual performance of the watch itself. the watch is outstanding for what it does, track and inform you of your functions and activities. the 1 star is for the software. I've had this watch for 16 months and now all of a sudden it turns off, reboots, doesn't start, blue triangle of death, you name it, it does it. I've tired every YouTube fix that's out there. it does everything except reliably run well. so now im left to deal with Garmin as im out of warranty with BB. If all goes well hopefully I can update this review. wish me luck

    Nov 01, 2021 18:03
  • 9.4score
    Garmin - Venu 2 Smartwatch 33mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Slate Bezel with Black Case
    Description

    When you live healthy, you live better. Get in tune with your mind and body with Venu® 2. This GPS smartwatch has advanced health monitoring and fitness features to help you better understand what’s going on inside your body. It feels good to move. Switch up your activities with animated workouts and more than 25 built-in indoor and GPS sports apps. Feed your soul with your favorite music, stored right on your wrist for phone-free listening when paired with wireless headphones (sold separately). And battery life up to 5 days with rapid recharging lets you get an uninterrupted picture of your health. This is what it’s all about. Mind and body — connected by Garmin.

    14 Features
  • COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with iPhone® and Android™ devices
  • DISPLAY: A beautiful AMOLED display brings this watch to life, even under bright sunlight. Try always-on mode to keep the display visible at all times
  • MADE FOR THE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE: From durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 to the sleek stainless steel bezel and comfortable silicone band, this smartwatch is ready for anything.
  • HEALTH SNAPSHOT™ FEATURE: *Log a 2-minute session to record key stats, including heart rate, heart rate variability, Pulse Ox, respiration and stress. Then generate a report with those stats via the Garmin Connect™ app on your compatible smartphone to share.
  • BODY BATTERY™ ENERGY MONITORING: See your body’s energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
  • PULSE OX SENSOR: Use the Pulse Ox sensor to spot check your blood oxygen saturation at any point during the day, or for part of the night as you sleep, to show how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
  • STRESS TRACKING: Find out if you’re having a calm, balanced or stressful day. Relax reminders will even prompt you to do a short breathing activity when the watch detects that you’re feeling stressed
  • WOMEN’S HEALTH TRACKING: Use the Garmin Connect app to track your menstrual cycle or pregnancy. Log symptoms, get exercise and nutrition education and more. Even see and log details on your wrist with the Women’s Health Tracking app.
  • SLEEP SCORE AND ADVANCED SLEEP MONITORING: Get a score for your sleep’s quality and insights on how you can do better. Even keep track of the different sleep stages as well as heart rate, stress, Pulse Ox and respiration.
  • BUILT-IN SPORTS APPS: Track all the ways you move with more than 25 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps — including walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, golf and more.
  • HIIT WORKOUTS: Use this new activity profile with different timers to track your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.
  • GARMIN PAY™: Breeze through checkout lines and select transit systems with Garmin Pay contactless payment solution1 through participating providers.
  • BATTERY LIFE WITH RAPID RECHARGING: Get an uninterrupted picture of your health with up to 11 days in smartwatch mode, up to 22 hours in GPS mode and up to 8 hours in GPS mode with music. Ten minutes of charging adds up to 1 day of smartwatch mode battery life or 1 hour of GPS with music battery life.
  • Disclaimer: *This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox not available in all countries
  • 7 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Vwoodr1, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    I had been using the Fitbit versus. Switching to this has been great. I love the features and look of the watch. It has the same smart watch features I liked in the Fitbit perhaps even more. Great fitness tracking and the app was surprisingly easy to transition to. The venu has been a great watch. So far it appears durable, comfortable to wear, a great smart watch and fitness watch in one.

    Aug 02, 2021 16:48
  • Review by Soundastic, 8 out of 10
    Good watch

    I’ve had the watch for a while, and below is my honest review:

    Quality: pretty good all around. I’ve used regular watches all my life so I was actually quite surprised by how light this smart watch was.

    Interface: It’s decent, it is in fact a bit finicky navigating the watch, but I suppose that’s the biggest draw back about the watch. In terms of actual performance it seems fantastic.

    Battery life: now I’m not some olympic or gym rat but I have the watch on me all the time, including sleeping. I only take it off to shower (it’s water proof but i take it off and charge it while I shower). You could honestly go about 3 days without charging it and you’ll be fine. I am just a weirdo who likes to maintain my electronics above 50% battery. I go hiking and running a few times a week and home workouts 3 times a week so I use it quite a bit. Plus I’m using the little tracking gadgets like water drinking tracking and steps and other basic stuff so I’m very satisfied with the battery life.

    In general: just think about the purpose of the watch. For me it’s about getting a more concrete understanding of my daily fitness activity and overall health stats relating to my fitness. So this watch is honestly pretty fantastic. I would give 5 stars but like i said, the interface is low key kinda trash. I hope they fix it on the venu 3 where there’s a nice smooth satisfying interface. That being said, i recommend and approve this message.

    Oct 22, 2021 11:45
  • Review by Kaye, 10 out of 10
    Venu 2

    Great watch wish it came in more colors, too masculine for a small female.

    Nov 06, 2021 07:53
  • Review by Jpalmer, 8 out of 10
    Jp

    The venu 2 is alot easier to navigate and the pairing mode is smother. I am very pleased with my purchase. I can get 8 days on a charge! My only complaint is that the black started coming off within a couple of days.

    Aug 16, 2021 17:16
  • Review by Buzzsaw50, 10 out of 10
    This is an Awesome Fitness Watch

    I bought this to replace my Fitbit Versa . Fitbit does an OK job but has issues with heat rate accuracy and connectivity to your smartphone. The Garmin Venu 2 has an OLED display and looks awesome. The heartrate and SpO2 are very accurate. Build quality is impeccable. Garmin is much more detailed for workout information and tracking than Fitbit. GPS locks on in about 15 seconds for outdoor activities. The battery is at 22% after 5 days and that is using GPS for about 2 hours a day. (always on display is off)

    Jun 26, 2021 19:20
  • Review by DavidS, 10 out of 10
    Venu 2 Review

    The Garmin Venu 2 is a definite improvement over the original Venu:

    1. Better data and analytics

    2. Better battery life

    3. More options for exercise/activities

    Aug 06, 2021 15:38
  • Review by OldSchool, 10 out of 10
    The best

    As good as it gets has all thr functionality and great battery life.

    Aug 06, 2021 16:11
  • 9.4score
    Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch 42mm Purple Silicone - Purple, Rose Gold
    Description

    Way more. Way faster. This 42mm Gen 6 touchscreen smartwatch features a purple silicone strap, 2x faster charging speed (80% in a little over 30 minutes), Qualcomm 4100+ technology and tons of personalization options.

    5 Features
  • Get Notified: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach. Optimize your battery life with a newly simplified Smart Battery Modes.
  • Multi-Day Battery Modes: 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB data cable with magnetic dock snaps to split rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. Approximately half an hour to reach 80%.
  • Customize: Always on Display now brighter with more colors. Thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Operating System: Wear OS by Google works with phones running the latest version of Android™ (excluding Go edition and phones without Google Play Store) or iOS. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries with compatibility subject to change.
  • Work. It. Out.: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level, SPO2 (blood oxygen), and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • 3 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by nautic812, 10 out of 10
    Best Android watch that's going to get better

    I got the new Fossil watch for me and my wife. It's our first smartwatch and I've heard nothing but great reviews about the Gen 5 so we had to jump on the Gen 6. So far so good for our first watch. Definitely got to get used to small batteries on small devices. They last for about a day and a half. The main thing we use it for is texting when we can't get to our phone at work. I heard after the first of the year it's going to get the new Android operating system so I'm assuming it's only going to get better soon.

    Oct 30, 2021 08:14
  • Review by CamiloR, 10 out of 10
    It a must-buy

    Amazing watch. Allow you to enjoy all the features that wearOs offers.

    Oct 03, 2021 13:54
  • Review by Chil66, 8 out of 10
    Beautiful!

    This watch is beautiful, I wasn’t expecting it to be so pretty. The only thing I would say is that I wish it had longer battery life. It does have a lot on it though including phone calls etc. I do wesr it at night to monitor my sleep progress too. I have no regrets getting this watch. I did buy a protector for over the screen of watch just to add a bit more protection.

    Oct 08, 2021 18:23
  • 9.4score
    Garmin - Swim 2 Smartwatch 42mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Whitestone With Silicone Band
    Description

    Monitor your performance in water-based workouts with this whitestone Garmin Swim 2 fitness tracker. The smartwatch mode optimizes battery life, while synchronization with iOS and Android devices provides useful notifications. This Garmin Swim 2 fitness tracker features GPS to provide accurate data on the distance covered, and the heart rate monitor keeps tabs on your cardiac health.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with select Apple iOS and Android devices: Including iPhone® and most devices with the Android operating system.
  • Calendar, weather updates, phone and social notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • 1.04" MIP display with 208 x 208 resolution: Offers easy navigation and clear visibility in sunlight.
  • Elevate™ heart rate technology: Measures heart rate at the wrist 24/7, including during swim activities.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case and silicone strap: Ensure durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Wireless connection to your device: Bluetooth technology provides a reliable wireless connection.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Supports multiple global navigation satellite systems GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo.
  • Pool and open-water swim modes: Train in the pool and also in lakes, oceans, and rivers while recording distance, pace, stroke count, stroke rate, stroke distance, and SWOLF score to gauge swimming efficiency.
  • Garmin Connect™ mobile app: Allows you to see detailed metrics and track your progress over time. You can also share your workout data with your coaches, workout companions, or friends and family.
  • 7 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Goliath, 10 out of 10
    Garmin Swim 2

    I was looking for a watch that was for swimmers. Asking around everyone suggested Garmin - Swim 2. With some help setting it up I love it! I use this watch for indoor pool and open water. Love it

    Jun 13, 2021 13:12
  • Review by AusDen, 10 out of 10
    Keeping track!

    Received the Garmin 2 Swim Smartwatch quickly upon ordering for a bday gift for my second half who is an avid swimmer. He loves the watch and tracking his workouts! The Garmin watch is comfortable and allows him to stay on top of his efforts.

    Jun 21, 2020 11:51
  • Review by BatmanZ, 10 out of 10
    Watch this!

    Great purchase! Bought this to replace my vivoactive3 music. Definitely pleased, easy to use, smaller face, comfy band.

    May 31, 2021 09:51
  • Review by Meme, 10 out of 10
    Watch

    Love the watch. Works great especially swimming. Battery doesn’t last as long as I would like

    Jan 22, 2021 16:15
  • Review by wlee, 10 out of 10
    Great multi-feature sports watch at good price

    Compared this to the i watches and this is hands and feet superior in function and looks. Exceptional swim features, but great for other sports as well.

    Apr 03, 2020 16:19
  • Review by Matty, 10 out of 10
    Swim baby swim

    Great watch but hard for me to figure how to use .

    Dec 25, 2020 18:58
  • Review by SJH48, 6 out of 10
    Mediocre experience

    I am using the watch only to keep track of total distance and elapsed time per workout. The watch's workout function keeps showing the wrong day and time of day, despite the watch and my phone having the correct date and time of day.

    Dec 25, 2020 16:33
  • 9.4score
    Garmin - Instinct Smartwatch Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Graphite with Graphite Silicone Band
    Description

    Track your heart rate and exercise with this Garmin GPS watch. It has activity profiles installed to help you plan workouts, and it's water-resistant up to 100m for swimming. This Garmin GPS watch has a battery life of 14 days in smart watch mode so you can wait longer between charges.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with select iPhone® models and Android phones: So you can stay connected while your phone stays out of sight.
  • Missed calls, SMS, email and social apps notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case: Along with a 22mm silicone watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.
  • Water-resistant design: Constructed to U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 328').
  • Wireless connection to your device: Bluetooth 4.0 technology provides a reliable wireless connection.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Tracks distance, time, speed, calories burned, activity, sleep activity, heart rate, steps taken, floors climbed and stress level.
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery: Offers up to 14 days of use on a full charge for extended operation. Charge easily using the included charging cable.
  • GPS and compass built-in: 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo)
  • TracBack navigation: Use the TracBack® feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point; use the Garmin Explore™ website and app to plan your trips in advance.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DirtDiver101, 10 out of 10
    Excellent sports and outdoors watch

    Best watch for the money. I prefer function over appearance or fancy screens. The disply on the watch reminds me of a low-def Ti calculator screen, which I think is cool. Tou can text, email, make calls, etc. But that isnt really why I got this watch. I love the HR monitor, one of the most accurate wrist-based HRs out there. However, you can still pair this with a chest strap HR via bluetooth or ANT+. The other reason why I got this is because this also has an accurate GPS to track running and hiking on trails with a topographic map. It also has many exercise options with different training intervals and intensity cues. This watch is also rugged, and has impact, dust amd water resistant ratings that are among the best. Nothing fancy about thia watch. It just works.

    Aug 30, 2019 17:17
  • Review by Kate, 10 out of 10
    Rugged and Useful

    So far this has been the best Christmas gift my boyfriend and I have gotten for each other. The sleep and stress monitors are particularly helpful especially because I can track throughout my day what had my heart rate up. It also details the quality of sleep you are getting and how that effects you battery charge and activity level over the next day which was pretty enlightening. We haven’t used the GPS functions yet, but we are stoked to try out the trails and the compass is awesome. Also, the weather helps us immensely because it includes the wind speed and direction which is great for deciding weather we surf or paddleboard/kayak. We also love the shared challenges we can set up in the Garmin app to make sure we are holding each other accountable for our daily activity goals.

    Jan 01, 2021 16:45
  • Review by Arcanelifeforce1, 10 out of 10
    Recommended

    This watch is great for military members and non has GPS compass weather apo u can down load to track heartbeat steps sleep . Also can be linked to a phone fir message notification or calls definitely wear it every day battery last about 7 plus days without charge. I take a shower with it and I work in a freezer environment and holds up beautifully.

    Apr 11, 2020 18:05
  • Review by Mavrick, 10 out of 10
    Works great

    I just bought this watch. So far it works great tracks everything I need it to and does so much more. I would recommend it to my friends. I watched a couple of YouTube videos to understand how to change things around the directions out of the box are not much help.

    Aug 22, 2020 14:50
  • Review by Gabriel, 10 out of 10
    Excellent and does what it says

    It’s a great watch never lost connection tells me what I need to know I am a contractor I put a screen protector on it And I use it every day and no complaints no scratches ( small ones )but the watch resist so far it’s been like a month and still good like day one

    Sep 26, 2020 11:28
  • Review by Surprise, 10 out of 10
    Garmin Hulk

    Excellent watch,looks like a gshock version but with more technology and lighter weight, great design.

    I really enjoyed and highly recommend this watch for ppl who does outdoor activities or for daily errands help you to keep track of your steps,heart and many other features.

    Aug 07, 2021 08:21
  • Review by Abhay, 8 out of 10
    Happy with Instinct. Not sure if the piece I box.

    Product was good. I was happy with the overall build quality of this product, but it was not perfect option for my running needs. Many of the running features like PacePro were missing. I specially did not like one that, it does not show battery percentage.

    Belt quality super like.

    Sep 03, 2021 16:23
  • Review by Luis, 10 out of 10
    Very durable, good battery life

    Love the rugged and efficient features. Great battery life. Used the GPS feature to get back to hotels while traveling in south east Asia this year, very useful!!! Use waterproof feature to track swimming. Very good to take on hikes and for runners. Wife and I go on night hikes to take pictures of Arizona’s many national monuments, watch helps to track moon phases, we go on nights with no moon to get a better view of the night sky. I would highly recommend this watch.

    May 03, 2019 15:54
  • 9.2score
    Garmin - vívoactive 4S Smartwatch 40mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Rose Gold With White Case And Silicone Band
    Description

    Monitor your health constantly with this white and rose gold Garmin vívoactive 4S activity tracker. The Pulse Ox sensor feature measures your blood oxygen saturation levels and keeps you updated on how well your body is absorbing this life-sustaining gas. This Garmin vívoactive 4S activity tracker regularly checks your heart rate and lets you know the intensity of your workouts.

    10 Features
  • Works with select Android and iOS devices: Get all the necessary information while your phone is out of sight.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with alerts for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Clear viewing, even in darkness or direct sunlight: This smartwatch features a 1.1" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with 218 x 218 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Body Battery™ energy monitoring: See your body's energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Garmin supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with polymer rear cover and silicone watch band: Ensure durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Garmin Connect IQ: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay: Allows for simple and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mina, 10 out of 10
    Excelente tracking trainings

    It’s an amazing option if you want to track your trainings, I used to wear an iwatch definitely this is so different but is better for tracking my running trainings. Love how it looks on my wrist

    Jan 02, 2021 01:35
  • Review by 1234, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely love it

    Absolutely love this watch. I have a skinny wrist so i was kinda worried how this will fit but this 40 mm size is just perfect. The step count seems accurate. There is definitely a learning curve to get all the benefits of this but so far i'm satisfied. I'm able to get average 3 days out of the battery with pulse ox sensor turned on.

    Love it that it ha a build in gps so i don't need to have the phone with me. If you have premium spotify you can even listen to music without your phone.

    I would recommend this to others for sure.

    I bought it with a bestbuy pricematch because it was on sale on garmin website. Called bestbuy and they adjusted the price right away. Great customer service as well from bestbuy.

    Jun 19, 2020 10:32
  • Review by Ej43, 10 out of 10
    Great Watch!

    I wanted an upgrade from my Vivofit 4, that I loved. Holidays came, The price was right. Fancier, so many features, love the options even if I don't use them all. ☺ Love Garmin! We will see how long it lasts. Not used to the charging but lasts a couple of days.

    Jan 08, 2021 22:13
  • Review by Brad, 6 out of 10
    Screen cracked in Under 1 year. Garmin wants $150

    I have owned this watch for a little over 1 year and the sapphire screen has already cracked in 2 places. Granted I wear this watch 24/7, through 4-5 workouts a week but isn't that the point? The touchscreen and water resistance still function as they should, but the cracks are an obvious eyesore. I reached out to Garmin to see what it would cost for repair and they responded back at the time of $150, not including shipping. Considering the technology of these becomes obsolete in about a year when a new model rolls out, paying half of the full price for a cosmetic repair seems silly. At any rate, I will probably drive this watch into the ground and then find a suitable alternative with a competitor that builds a more durable wearable.

    Oct 23, 2021 05:54
  • Review by Becky, 10 out of 10
    Another Great Garmin Smart Watch

    This is the 3rd generation Vivoactive fitness tracker I’ve owned. The 4S is much improved over the Vivoactive 3. Longer battery life, more functions/measurements and it recognizes activities once programmed for the individual. Readability is good even with the slightly smaller face. The lower profile and smaller band make it attractive. I bought one as a gift for a family member.

    Apr 17, 2020 20:53
  • Review by Kaye, 8 out of 10
    Garmin vivoactive 4

    I have only had this watch less than a month, like the comfort and looks. Doesn't display as good as the venu 2, I'm not sure if I will keep this one.

    Nov 06, 2021 07:50
  • Review by Eric, 8 out of 10
    solid, but sleep tracking and heart rate could be

    I like this watch a lot, but I feel like the sleep tracking and heart rate monitor are better on Fitbit, which are cheaper. There are times when I'm exercising and my heart rate goes down to the 40s when I know it should be over 100. This usually doesn't last long, just not something I ever noticed with Fitbit.

    This watch can do a lot more than any Fitbit, though, and is otherwise great.

    Sep 05, 2020 14:12
  • Review by DocHoliday, 10 out of 10
    Vivoactive 4

    Great watch and easy to navigate thru the apps on it

    Oct 22, 2021 15:56
  • 9.2score
    Garmin - vívoactive 4S Smartwatch 40mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Slate With Black Case And Silicone Band
    Description

    Stay on top of your fitness goals with this black Garmin vívoactive smartwatch. Garmin Pay enables contactless payments, while the multiple power modes extend the battery life. A cardiac monitor monitors your heartbeats. This water-resistant Garmin vívoactive smartwatch has GPS for accurate distance tracking, and the adjustable silicone band provides comfortable all-day wear.

    10 Features
  • Works with select Android and iOS devices: Get all the necessary information while your phone is out of sight.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with alerts for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Clear viewing, even in darkness or direct sunlight: This smartwatch features a 1.1" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with 218 x 218 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Body Battery™ energy monitoring: See your body's energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Garmin supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with polymer rear cover and silicone watch band: Ensure durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Garmin Connect IQ: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay: Allows for simple and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mina, 10 out of 10
    Excelente tracking trainings

    It’s an amazing option if you want to track your trainings, I used to wear an iwatch definitely this is so different but is better for tracking my running trainings. Love how it looks on my wrist

    Jan 02, 2021 01:35
  • Review by 1234, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely love it

    Absolutely love this watch. I have a skinny wrist so i was kinda worried how this will fit but this 40 mm size is just perfect. The step count seems accurate. There is definitely a learning curve to get all the benefits of this but so far i'm satisfied. I'm able to get average 3 days out of the battery with pulse ox sensor turned on.

    Love it that it ha a build in gps so i don't need to have the phone with me. If you have premium spotify you can even listen to music without your phone.

    I would recommend this to others for sure.

    I bought it with a bestbuy pricematch because it was on sale on garmin website. Called bestbuy and they adjusted the price right away. Great customer service as well from bestbuy.

    Jun 19, 2020 10:32
  • Review by Ej43, 10 out of 10
    Great Watch!

    I wanted an upgrade from my Vivofit 4, that I loved. Holidays came, The price was right. Fancier, so many features, love the options even if I don't use them all. ☺ Love Garmin! We will see how long it lasts. Not used to the charging but lasts a couple of days.

    Jan 08, 2021 22:13
  • Review by Brad, 6 out of 10
    Screen cracked in Under 1 year. Garmin wants $150

    I have owned this watch for a little over 1 year and the sapphire screen has already cracked in 2 places. Granted I wear this watch 24/7, through 4-5 workouts a week but isn't that the point? The touchscreen and water resistance still function as they should, but the cracks are an obvious eyesore. I reached out to Garmin to see what it would cost for repair and they responded back at the time of $150, not including shipping. Considering the technology of these becomes obsolete in about a year when a new model rolls out, paying half of the full price for a cosmetic repair seems silly. At any rate, I will probably drive this watch into the ground and then find a suitable alternative with a competitor that builds a more durable wearable.

    Oct 23, 2021 05:54
  • Review by Becky, 10 out of 10
    Another Great Garmin Smart Watch

    This is the 3rd generation Vivoactive fitness tracker I’ve owned. The 4S is much improved over the Vivoactive 3. Longer battery life, more functions/measurements and it recognizes activities once programmed for the individual. Readability is good even with the slightly smaller face. The lower profile and smaller band make it attractive. I bought one as a gift for a family member.

    Apr 17, 2020 20:53
  • Review by Kaye, 8 out of 10
    Garmin vivoactive 4

    I have only had this watch less than a month, like the comfort and looks. Doesn't display as good as the venu 2, I'm not sure if I will keep this one.

    Nov 06, 2021 07:50
  • Review by Eric, 8 out of 10
    solid, but sleep tracking and heart rate could be

    I like this watch a lot, but I feel like the sleep tracking and heart rate monitor are better on Fitbit, which are cheaper. There are times when I'm exercising and my heart rate goes down to the 40s when I know it should be over 100. This usually doesn't last long, just not something I ever noticed with Fitbit.

    This watch can do a lot more than any Fitbit, though, and is otherwise great.

    Sep 05, 2020 14:12
  • Review by DocHoliday, 10 out of 10
    Vivoactive 4

    Great watch and easy to navigate thru the apps on it

    Oct 22, 2021 15:56
  • 9.2score
    Garmin - vívoactive 4S Smartwatch 40mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Rose Gold With White Case And Silicone Band
    Description

    Monitor your health constantly with this white and rose gold Garmin vívoactive 4S activity tracker. The Pulse Ox sensor feature measures your blood oxygen saturation levels and keeps you updated on how well your body is absorbing this life-sustaining gas. This Garmin vívoactive 4S activity tracker regularly checks your heart rate and lets you know the intensity of your workouts.

    10 Features
  • Works with select Android and iOS devices: Get all the necessary information while your phone is out of sight.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with alerts for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Clear viewing, even in darkness or direct sunlight: This smartwatch features a 1.1" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with 218 x 218 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Body Battery™ energy monitoring: See your body's energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Garmin supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with polymer rear cover and silicone watch band: Ensure durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Garmin Connect IQ: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay: Allows for simple and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mina, 10 out of 10
    Excelente tracking trainings

    It’s an amazing option if you want to track your trainings, I used to wear an iwatch definitely this is so different but is better for tracking my running trainings. Love how it looks on my wrist

    Jan 02, 2021 01:35
  • Review by 1234, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely love it

    Absolutely love this watch. I have a skinny wrist so i was kinda worried how this will fit but this 40 mm size is just perfect. The step count seems accurate. There is definitely a learning curve to get all the benefits of this but so far i'm satisfied. I'm able to get average 3 days out of the battery with pulse ox sensor turned on.

    Love it that it ha a build in gps so i don't need to have the phone with me. If you have premium spotify you can even listen to music without your phone.

    I would recommend this to others for sure.

    I bought it with a bestbuy pricematch because it was on sale on garmin website. Called bestbuy and they adjusted the price right away. Great customer service as well from bestbuy.

    Jun 19, 2020 10:32
  • Review by Ej43, 10 out of 10
    Great Watch!

    I wanted an upgrade from my Vivofit 4, that I loved. Holidays came, The price was right. Fancier, so many features, love the options even if I don't use them all. ☺ Love Garmin! We will see how long it lasts. Not used to the charging but lasts a couple of days.

    Jan 08, 2021 22:13
  • Review by Brad, 6 out of 10
    Screen cracked in Under 1 year. Garmin wants $150

    I have owned this watch for a little over 1 year and the sapphire screen has already cracked in 2 places. Granted I wear this watch 24/7, through 4-5 workouts a week but isn't that the point? The touchscreen and water resistance still function as they should, but the cracks are an obvious eyesore. I reached out to Garmin to see what it would cost for repair and they responded back at the time of $150, not including shipping. Considering the technology of these becomes obsolete in about a year when a new model rolls out, paying half of the full price for a cosmetic repair seems silly. At any rate, I will probably drive this watch into the ground and then find a suitable alternative with a competitor that builds a more durable wearable.

    Oct 23, 2021 05:54
  • Review by Becky, 10 out of 10
    Another Great Garmin Smart Watch

    This is the 3rd generation Vivoactive fitness tracker I’ve owned. The 4S is much improved over the Vivoactive 3. Longer battery life, more functions/measurements and it recognizes activities once programmed for the individual. Readability is good even with the slightly smaller face. The lower profile and smaller band make it attractive. I bought one as a gift for a family member.

    Apr 17, 2020 20:53
  • Review by Kaye, 8 out of 10
    Garmin vivoactive 4

    I have only had this watch less than a month, like the comfort and looks. Doesn't display as good as the venu 2, I'm not sure if I will keep this one.

    Nov 06, 2021 07:50
  • Review by Eric, 8 out of 10
    solid, but sleep tracking and heart rate could be

    I like this watch a lot, but I feel like the sleep tracking and heart rate monitor are better on Fitbit, which are cheaper. There are times when I'm exercising and my heart rate goes down to the 40s when I know it should be over 100. This usually doesn't last long, just not something I ever noticed with Fitbit.

    This watch can do a lot more than any Fitbit, though, and is otherwise great.

    Sep 05, 2020 14:12
  • Review by DocHoliday, 10 out of 10
    Vivoactive 4

    Great watch and easy to navigate thru the apps on it

    Oct 22, 2021 15:56
  • 9.2score
    Fitbit - Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch - Copper Rose
    Description

    Meet Fitbit versa 2 a smartwatch that elevates every moment. Use your voice to create alarms, set bedtime reminders or check the weather with amazon Alexa built-in. Take your look from the gym to the office with its modern and versatile design. See your stats with an always-on display mode. In addition, get Fitbit pay, daily sleep quality scores, apps, notifications, 24/7 heart rate and store 300+ songs for an experience that revolves around you.

    11 Features
  • Daily Readiness Score: Optimize your workout routine with a Daily Readiness Score that reveals if you’re ready to exercise or should focus on recovery (requires Fitbit Premium membership)*
  • Amazon Alexa Built-in: Use Amazon Alexa built in to get quick news and information, check the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices and more all through the sound of your voice (third party app may be required; Amazon Alexa not available in all countries).
  • Sleep Stages & Sleep Score: See your time in light, deep and REM sleep and get a daily Sleep Score in the Fitbit app and on your wrist to better understand your sleep quality each night.
  • Music Experience: Control your Spotify app, download Pandora stations and add Deezer playlists, plus store and play 300+ songs on your wrist (subscription required; Pandora is US only).
  • Always-on Display Mode: See real-time exercise stats and check the time with just a glance--even when you hands are full. Turn the mode off to be more discreet. Always-on display requires more frequent charging.
  • 24/7 Heart Rate: Use 24/7 heart rate tracking to better track calorie burn, optimize effort during workouts and see your resting heart rate trends and cardio fitness level in the Fitbit app.
  • All-day Activity Tracking: Fitbit Versa 2 tracks all-day activity like steps, distance, active minutes and calories burned to show how every part of your day gets you closer to you goals.
  • On-screen Workouts: Fit in more fitness with on-screen workouts that coach yoyu through each move and give you real-time stats on your wrist.
  • Thoughtfully Crafted Design: Wth the elegant curves, polished glass and a premium aluminum finish, Versa 2 embraces an elevated aesthetic. The velvety silicone band is lightweight and comfortable to wear all day and night.
  • Swimproof: Fitbit Versa 2 is water resistant to 50 meters, which means you're free to wear it in the pool, the shower, at the beach and beyond.
  • Notifications: Get notifications for calls, texts, calendar events and apps like Gmail and Facebook--plus send quick replies and voice replies right from your wrist. Works when your phone is nearby; quick replies and voice replies on Android only.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SmBroncoSpartan, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    I began my weight loss journey two years ago after promising my father who was in Hospice Care at the end of his life I'd lose weight... I've lost 51.5 pounds the last 2 years & could NOT of done it without Fitbit use!

    I had another Fitbit, but I LOVE the LARGE digital display in the Fitbit Versa 2!

    Very easy to read & change screens!

    Jul 03, 2020 16:10
  • Review by bret7211, 10 out of 10
    Upgraded from Charge3

    I upgraded from Charge3 because I couldn't read the emails easily. This one has proved to be very useful. I don't have to pull my phone out much anymore. My primary use is for exercise and sleep tracking. It works great for both of those. Comfortable with some interesting band options. Just don't buy anything that was originally for a Versa, the Versa 2 has a thinner area for the bands and most that were for the original do not fit or fit well in the 2.

    Aug 21, 2020 17:25
  • Review by redjessi, 10 out of 10
    I love my Fitbit

    I am obsessed with all things Fitbit. I have worn a Fitbit for atleast 6 years. Never been a day without it. My apologies, I did have to remove it during childbirth. But other than that I wear it religiously. Years ago I was all about losing weight and making my 10000 steps. Now it's all about my resting heart rate and how I can lower it. Active minutes are awesome as you get more for exerting yourself above your heart rate zones. I went from a desk rider to working out at 530 every morning. I attribute all my success to Fitbit. I can wait til my next upgrade. But for now I am in love w my versa 2. It has everything I need. I love email & text notifications too.

    Dec 11, 2020 06:23
  • Review by Peteypablo6721, 8 out of 10
    Cool Watch wish I could make some calls from it

    Love my smart watch VERSA I wish I could make some calls from it I can’t do that also it’s not compatible with the iPhone from a service standpoint and only sends me notifications for phone calls and text messages I can read my text messages but I can’t call back or answer the text from my watch but it’s great for working out and number of steps I take during the day and heart rate and all

    Mar 07, 2020 19:46
  • Review by RickG, 10 out of 10
    Best Fitbit yet!

    I’m really enjoying this purchase. The Versa 2 is really comfortable. This is very accurate on sleep tracking. I was never satisfied with any of the previous models on sleep. Step count has improved as well. I recently bought a charge 3 for my wife and I might have to upgrade to this one because in so impressed by it.

    I love the endless face possibilities.

    Nov 03, 2019 13:07
  • Review by Debrl, 10 out of 10
    This is the best watch!

    I am loving my Fitbit Watch. I use it when I’m working out and it motivates me to work out harder to burn more calories. I use it when I’m swimming and for water aerobics as well. Since I bought it in December I’ve lost 5 pounds and I feel confident that this watch has motivated me to want to workout more and lose even more weight. The best thing is the font is readable without my glasses!! I will tell you I can see who is texting me and what they are saying but I can’t respond to the text so don’t expect a smart watch, it just looks like one.

    Jan 22, 2021 18:35
  • Review by TrickyRicky, 10 out of 10
    Moving and grooving with my Versa 2

    I'm so happy to have a Fitbit again. I haven't had a functioning Fitbit since Summer 2017. As silly as it may sound, I needed this as motivation to be active. I've been wearing it for 17 days so far and out of those 17 days I've reached my 10,000 steps a day goal 15 times. If you need the motivation like I did, I highly suggest it. Fitbit's technology has improved drastically over the years (my old Fitbit was given to me secondhand, so it was from 2015). I love that it monitors your heart rate and how many floors you've climbed. I like how you can download different clocks (pictures below). I highly recommend this!

    Jan 29, 2021 16:16
  • Review by Gigi, 10 out of 10
    GREAT

    I am enjoying every minute of my Versa. It is great for tracking my activity and now when I go to the gym I can listen to Pandora hands free!!!!

    I love it

    Oct 17, 2019 17:02
  • 9.0score
    Garmin - vívoactive 4 Smartwatch 45mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Silver with Shadow Gray Case and Silicone Band
    Description

    Keep an on-the-go, smart lifestyle with this Garmin vívoactive 4 GPS smartwatch. The silver stainless steel bezel and the shadow gray silicone band offer durability and elegance, while the preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps track all aspects of your health and fitness, including blood oxygen saturation, sleep, heart rate and stress. This Garmin vívoactive 4 GPS smartwatch can last up to 8 days without recharging while on smartwatch mode.

    10 Features
  • Compatible with select Apple iOS and Android devices: You can stay connected while your phone is out of sight.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with smart notifications for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Clear viewing, even in darkness or direct sunlight: Features a 1.3" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with 260 x 260 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Body Battery™ energy monitoring: See your body's energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in more challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with polymer rear cover: Along with a silicone watch band, ensures durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Garmin Connect IQ: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay: Allows simple and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Johnny, 8 out of 10
    solid gps, shaky swim results

    I bought this device based on reviews I'd seen on YouTube. My hope was that this watch was going to be my 24-hour fitness tracker. My main exercises consist of hiking, swimming, and weight lifting at the gym. After a month with it on, I can say that this watch has an amazing GPS tracker. I use it to track how long and far I hike all the time and it really does help motivate me to continue to exercise the next day. I also enjoy seeing the breakdown of my sleep and how many calories I burn actively and passively in the day. Sadly, the same consistency with performance cannot be said with its swim tracker. It simply does not accurately keep track of how many laps I put in and I end up having to just keep count in my head. The watch is waterproof but it's still kind of a bummer that one of its "supposed competitive advantages" over the acclaimed apple smartwatch is that it had a better swimming function....and that turned out to be a dud. Overall, if you want a watch that just works to keep track of everything except for swimming laps and you don't mind charging it every 2 days, then this watch is for you.

    Aug 17, 2020 01:20
  • Review by Dbm13852, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    I put this on my wrist Father's Day 2020 and haven't taken it off since. I love this thing for all the metrics it gives me and encourages me to stay active.

    Oct 03, 2021 06:00
  • Review by Recommend, 10 out of 10
    Good purchase

    Very comfortable accurate counting except stairs climbed. Steps when completed days in a row that is counted off for you too see. This was a replacement for my older on that stopped working properly. So far so good.

    Oct 22, 2021 17:57
  • Review by Lilbobbyc, 10 out of 10
    Love this watch

    You need this. You want this. You deserve this.

    Best smartwatch I've ever owned. I've had Samsung, powerwatch and apple. Love this best. 5 to 7 day battery. You can use it for golf. Running and gps. What can't it do.... Make pizza.

    May 22, 2020 20:05
  • Review by Riverside, 10 out of 10
    nice little watch

    love this watch so far. has helped me out greatly in trying to lose weight.

    Nov 14, 2021 22:45
  • Review by Parker, 10 out of 10
    Good option to an Apple Watch

    I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband. We are an Apple family, but my husband doesn't like the look of the Apple Watch. It was easy to pair with an Apple iPhone and seems to be working well thus far.

    Jan 03, 2021 12:32
  • Review by alk1977, 8 out of 10
    Good watch that needs to add Google integration

    Love the overall build quality and responsiveness of this device. Especially when compared to other brands. However, I miss the Google experience and have been underwhelmed by the Garmin software experience. While I do get good data points from watch to the phone app (maybe even a bit busy with the amount of data) I cannot easily share this data with other tools and apps. So if I am wearing my watch but I don't have my phone during a workout, the watch will push the data to the Garmin app, but that data will not exist on my Google Fit data... and vice versa.

    Mar 12, 2021 13:53
  • Review by Excellent, 10 out of 10
    Nice watch

    Excellent device that does functions well. I recommend it to anyone in need of the functions it offers.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:07
  • 9.0score
    Garmin - vívomove Style Hybrid Smartwatch 42mm Aluminum - Graphite With Black Pepper Woven Nylon Band
    Description

    Keep a close track of your health and fitness with this Garmin vívomove hybrid smartwatch. The traditional analog design camouflages the robust smart features, while the integrated wireless technologies let you stay connected all day. This Garmin vívomove hybrid smartwatch features a graphite aluminum case with a black pepper woven band that combines style and durability.

    10 Features
  • Works with Android and iOS devices: Including iPhone, iPad models and select cell phones and tablets with Android for simple wireless communication.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with alerts for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • All-day health monitoring features: Tune in to your fitness and well-being.
  • Performance data: Collect information about training status, pool swimming, running and cycling dynamics to improve your fitness experience.
  • Hidden display: This hybrid smartwatch comes with a sophisticated analog look and advanced smart elements, such as an AMOLED touch-screen display with 240 x 240 resolution that is only visible when you need it.
  • Wrist-based Pulse Ox technology and Body Battery™ energy monitor: Let you track your menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, hydration, estimated heart rate and more.
  • Durability and style: Garmin features domed Corning® Gorilla® glass and a sleek anodized aluminum watch case with a stylish 20mm quick-release nylon band.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Connected GPS: This smartwatch connects to your compatible device's GPS to track outdoor walk or run activities and boasts additional activity profiles, such as yoga, strength, cardio and more.
  • Garmin Pay™: Allows for easy and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by STRICKEN, 6 out of 10
    Brilliant idea that needs work

    Final verdict: Better than some, worse than others. Buy when it goes on sale.

    Disclosure: I am coming from a Vivoactive 3 non music, and have previously owned a Series 3 cellular Apple Watch, a Pebble Time Steel and a Pebble Time (normal).

    Pros:

    Eye catching design

    Easy to use

    Light and comfortable

    Functions work well

    Solid battery life

    Great band out of the box (and uses universal 20mm bands)

    Garmin Connect app is fantastic

    Plenty of complications to choose from

    Cons:

    -Touch screen is the only way to operate the watch, and it can be finnicky.

    -Not as many functions or usability as the similarly priced Venu or Vivoactive 4S

    -Overpriced

    -Crystal is only Gorilla Glass 3 on the HR, and Style models (prone to scratches more than Gorilla Glass 5)

    -Battery life falls short of the quoted 5 days even with additional functions turned off (I'm getting around three and a half with auto exercise turned off, and vibration set to low)

    -Alarms need to be set using the Connect app on your phone (what the heck?)

    -No illumination of hands, night time visibility of the hands is zero.

    -Proprietary charger that is ancient

    Final verdict:

    When the hands move out of the way automatically so you can view a text message, it certainly is impressive and sure to attract oohs and ahhs of those paying attention. This watch needs work though. Just a single small pusher on the side (like the digital crown on the Apple Watch) would add much more functionality. A small spot of tritium paint on the end of the hands would allow night time visibility without needing to engage the smart features.

    At the end of the day though, this is arguably the best looking hybrid watch at the moment with the offerings from Withings and Fossil being less attractive on the wrist.

    Gorilla Glass 3 is equal parts okay scratch resistance and okay drop resistance. I dont foresee people dropping this watch in effect to crack it, so Gorilla Glass 5 with its lower drop resistance but much better scratch resistance would be a better choice.

    Though I'm disappointed, I like it enough to not return it. It does its job well enough, just 300 bucks is crazy.

    Feb 12, 2020 15:25
  • Review by Kash, 8 out of 10
    Amazing hybrid smartwatch

    I do not use this watch for the fitness tracking, but if I am wearing it during physical activity it has excellent tracking. Tapping the screen takes some getting used to but it is a great watch with a good screen. The only downside is the battery notification when it is low. I get about 3 days of battery life and whenever the battery is low the watch will vibrate to remind you whenever you get a notification, until it is charged.

    Aug 20, 2020 19:48
  • Review by AriB, 8 out of 10
    Nice but big

    I like everything about this watch but it was too big for my petite wrist. I really like the colors on the face watch. I had to returned but I got the same model but the 39mm and I love it.

    Aug 30, 2020 12:25
  • Review by Jcalde33, 10 out of 10
    Garmin sleeper

    Nice watch. It has everything I need for my daily use. Definitely recommend

    Nov 20, 2020 18:49
  • Review by Sulley, 10 out of 10
    Very Cool

    I love the watch, but wish it was bigger. That's my only complaint.

    Oct 24, 2020 11:52
  • Review by DJ111, 10 out of 10
    Works Great!!

    Works great, great step up from the Garmin viviofit 4!

    Sep 21, 2020 06:14
  • Review by Annlee, 10 out of 10
    Great product.

    Great watch. Very comfortable and nice looking. I love that even if I forget to charge it for the smart watch function it still works as a normal watch. I have had lots of smart watches and really love the garmin ones.

    Sep 10, 2021 16:45
  • Review by Enrique, 10 out of 10
    Great watch!

    Love my watch! Has all the features you need. It is somewhat accurate when it comes to reading vitals. Super light, comfortable and strong!

    Aug 27, 2021 16:02
  • 9.0score
    Garmin - vívomove Style Hybrid Smartwatch 42mm Aluminum - Light Gold With Blush Pink Woven Nylon Band
    Description

    Stay connected and increase productivity with this blush pink Garmin vívomove Style smartwatch. The analog design has a classic look, and the AMOLED touch screen provides crisp visuals and smooth operation. This Garmin vívomove Style smartwatch has a rechargeable battery that offers up to five days of use in smartwatch mode and up to 12 days of uptime in watch mode.

    10 Features
  • Works with Android and iOS devices: Including iPhone, iPad models and select cell phones and tablets with Android for simple wireless communication.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with alerts for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • All-day health monitoring features: Tune in to your fitness and well-being.
  • Performance data: Collect information about training status, pool swimming, running and cycling dynamics to improve your fitness experience.
  • Hidden display: This hybrid smartwatch comes with a sophisticated analog look and advanced smart elements, such as an AMOLED touch-screen display with 240 x 240 resolution that is only visible when you need it.
  • Wrist-based Pulse Ox technology and Body Battery™ energy monitor: Let you track your menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, hydration, estimated heart rate and more.
  • Durability and style: Garmin features domed Corning® Gorilla® glass and a sleek anodized aluminum watch case with a stylish 20mm quick-release nylon band.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Connected GPS: This smartwatch connects to your compatible device's GPS to track outdoor walk or run activities and boasts additional activity profiles, such as yoga, strength, cardio and more.
  • Garmin Pay™: Allows for easy and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by STRICKEN, 6 out of 10
    Brilliant idea that needs work

    Final verdict: Better than some, worse than others. Buy when it goes on sale.

    Disclosure: I am coming from a Vivoactive 3 non music, and have previously owned a Series 3 cellular Apple Watch, a Pebble Time Steel and a Pebble Time (normal).

    Pros:

    Eye catching design

    Easy to use

    Light and comfortable

    Functions work well

    Solid battery life

    Great band out of the box (and uses universal 20mm bands)

    Garmin Connect app is fantastic

    Plenty of complications to choose from

    Cons:

    -Touch screen is the only way to operate the watch, and it can be finnicky.

    -Not as many functions or usability as the similarly priced Venu or Vivoactive 4S

    -Overpriced

    -Crystal is only Gorilla Glass 3 on the HR, and Style models (prone to scratches more than Gorilla Glass 5)

    -Battery life falls short of the quoted 5 days even with additional functions turned off (I'm getting around three and a half with auto exercise turned off, and vibration set to low)

    -Alarms need to be set using the Connect app on your phone (what the heck?)

    -No illumination of hands, night time visibility of the hands is zero.

    -Proprietary charger that is ancient

    Final verdict:

    When the hands move out of the way automatically so you can view a text message, it certainly is impressive and sure to attract oohs and ahhs of those paying attention. This watch needs work though. Just a single small pusher on the side (like the digital crown on the Apple Watch) would add much more functionality. A small spot of tritium paint on the end of the hands would allow night time visibility without needing to engage the smart features.

    At the end of the day though, this is arguably the best looking hybrid watch at the moment with the offerings from Withings and Fossil being less attractive on the wrist.

    Gorilla Glass 3 is equal parts okay scratch resistance and okay drop resistance. I dont foresee people dropping this watch in effect to crack it, so Gorilla Glass 5 with its lower drop resistance but much better scratch resistance would be a better choice.

    Though I'm disappointed, I like it enough to not return it. It does its job well enough, just 300 bucks is crazy.

    Feb 12, 2020 15:25
  • Review by Kash, 8 out of 10
    Amazing hybrid smartwatch

    I do not use this watch for the fitness tracking, but if I am wearing it during physical activity it has excellent tracking. Tapping the screen takes some getting used to but it is a great watch with a good screen. The only downside is the battery notification when it is low. I get about 3 days of battery life and whenever the battery is low the watch will vibrate to remind you whenever you get a notification, until it is charged.

    Aug 20, 2020 19:48
  • Review by AriB, 8 out of 10
    Nice but big

    I like everything about this watch but it was too big for my petite wrist. I really like the colors on the face watch. I had to returned but I got the same model but the 39mm and I love it.

    Aug 30, 2020 12:25
  • Review by Jcalde33, 10 out of 10
    Garmin sleeper

    Nice watch. It has everything I need for my daily use. Definitely recommend

    Nov 20, 2020 18:49
  • Review by Sulley, 10 out of 10
    Very Cool

    I love the watch, but wish it was bigger. That's my only complaint.

    Oct 24, 2020 11:52
  • Review by DJ111, 10 out of 10
    Works Great!!

    Works great, great step up from the Garmin viviofit 4!

    Sep 21, 2020 06:14
  • Review by Annlee, 10 out of 10
    Great product.

    Great watch. Very comfortable and nice looking. I love that even if I forget to charge it for the smart watch function it still works as a normal watch. I have had lots of smart watches and really love the garmin ones.

    Sep 10, 2021 16:45
  • Review by Enrique, 10 out of 10
    Great watch!

    Love my watch! Has all the features you need. It is somewhat accurate when it comes to reading vitals. Super light, comfortable and strong!

    Aug 27, 2021 16:02
  • 9.0score
    Garmin - vívoactive 4 Smartwatch 45mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Slate with Black Case and Silicone Band
    Description

    Track your fitness and health throughout the day with this Garmin vívoactive 4 black smartwatch. The durable Corning Gorilla glass and silicone band withstand the daily stress of an on-the-go lifestyle. This Garmin vívoactive 4 black smartwatch features preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps that let you track your walks, runs and everyday physical activities.

    10 Features
  • Compatible with select Apple iOS and Android devices: You can stay connected while your phone is out of sight.
  • Smart notifications: Stay connected with smart notifications for incoming calls, text messages, and calendar view right on your watch when paired with a compatible smartphone.
  • Clear viewing, even in darkness or direct sunlight: Features a 1.3" sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with 260 x 260 resolution.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Body Battery™ energy monitoring: See your body's energy levels throughout the day so you can find the best times for activity and rest.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in more challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case with polymer rear cover: Along with a silicone watch band, ensures durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 164' of water.
  • Garmin Connect IQ: Customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay: Allows simple and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Johnny, 8 out of 10
    solid gps, shaky swim results

    I bought this device based on reviews I'd seen on YouTube. My hope was that this watch was going to be my 24-hour fitness tracker. My main exercises consist of hiking, swimming, and weight lifting at the gym. After a month with it on, I can say that this watch has an amazing GPS tracker. I use it to track how long and far I hike all the time and it really does help motivate me to continue to exercise the next day. I also enjoy seeing the breakdown of my sleep and how many calories I burn actively and passively in the day. Sadly, the same consistency with performance cannot be said with its swim tracker. It simply does not accurately keep track of how many laps I put in and I end up having to just keep count in my head. The watch is waterproof but it's still kind of a bummer that one of its "supposed competitive advantages" over the acclaimed apple smartwatch is that it had a better swimming function....and that turned out to be a dud. Overall, if you want a watch that just works to keep track of everything except for swimming laps and you don't mind charging it every 2 days, then this watch is for you.

    Aug 17, 2020 01:20
  • Review by Dbm13852, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    I put this on my wrist Father's Day 2020 and haven't taken it off since. I love this thing for all the metrics it gives me and encourages me to stay active.

    Oct 03, 2021 06:00
  • Review by Recommend, 10 out of 10
    Good purchase

    Very comfortable accurate counting except stairs climbed. Steps when completed days in a row that is counted off for you too see. This was a replacement for my older on that stopped working properly. So far so good.

    Oct 22, 2021 17:57
  • Review by Lilbobbyc, 10 out of 10
    Love this watch

    You need this. You want this. You deserve this.

    Best smartwatch I've ever owned. I've had Samsung, powerwatch and apple. Love this best. 5 to 7 day battery. You can use it for golf. Running and gps. What can't it do.... Make pizza.

    May 22, 2020 20:05
  • Review by Riverside, 10 out of 10
    nice little watch

    love this watch so far. has helped me out greatly in trying to lose weight.

    Nov 14, 2021 22:45
  • Review by Parker, 10 out of 10
    Good option to an Apple Watch

    I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband. We are an Apple family, but my husband doesn't like the look of the Apple Watch. It was easy to pair with an Apple iPhone and seems to be working well thus far.

    Jan 03, 2021 12:32
  • Review by alk1977, 8 out of 10
    Good watch that needs to add Google integration

    Love the overall build quality and responsiveness of this device. Especially when compared to other brands. However, I miss the Google experience and have been underwhelmed by the Garmin software experience. While I do get good data points from watch to the phone app (maybe even a bit busy with the amount of data) I cannot easily share this data with other tools and apps. So if I am wearing my watch but I don't have my phone during a workout, the watch will push the data to the Garmin app, but that data will not exist on my Google Fit data... and vice versa.

    Mar 12, 2021 13:53
  • Review by Excellent, 10 out of 10
    Nice watch

    Excellent device that does functions well. I recommend it to anyone in need of the functions it offers.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:07
  • 9.0score
    Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch 44mm Black Silicone - Black
    Description

    Way more. Way faster. This 44mm Gen 6 touchscreen smartwatch features a black silicone strap, 2x faster charging speed (80% in a little over 30 minutes), Qualcomm 4100+ technology and tons of personalization options.

    5 Features
  • Get Notified: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach. Optimize your battery life with a newly simplified Smart Battery Modes.
  • Multi-Day Battery Modes: 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB data cable with magnetic dock snaps to split rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. Approximately half an hour to reach 80%.
  • Customize: Always on Display now brighter with more colors. Thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Operating System: Wear OS by Google works with phones running the latest version of Android™ (excluding Go edition and phones without Google Play Store) or iOS. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries with compatibility subject to change.
  • Work. It. Out.: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level, SPO2 (blood oxygen), and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Curmudgeon1, 10 out of 10
    A SIGNFICANT UPGRADE FROM THE FOSSIL GEN 5

    The Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch (Model FTW4061V) improves on the prior Gen 5 model with a significantly superior chipset. The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ (Plus) chipset is at the core of the new Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches. The Wear 4100 and 4100+ chipsets are a vast improvement over the Gen 5s Wear 3100 chipset. The Snapdragon Wear 4100+ also has a major benefit over the standard Wear 4100 chip with an always-on QCC1110 co-processor. The co-processor supports the low-power, always-on functionality for the display and the sensors. It should help with improving battery life, as well.

    The Fossil Gen 6 is equipped with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

    The Fossil Gen 6 has a nicely fabricated 44mm diameter black stainless steel watchcase. The case is approximately 10mm thick, or slightly less than ½”. There are three large function pushbuttons on the side of the case. The center Home Button rotates to facilitate quickly and easily scrolling through menus and notifications. The two other pushbuttons are configurable, but the top button defaults to the Wellness app and the bottom button defaults to Google Pay. The back of the watch, which appears to be thermoplastic, houses the health sensors.

    This model has a soft 22mm black silicone watchband, with a black stainless steel buckle. The watchband is easily replaceable. The Fossil Gen 6 weighs only 72.6 grams (2.6 ounces).

    The display is a 1.28” (32.5mm), always-on AMOLED touchscreen, with 416x416 pixel resolution and 326 ppi. The display is smaller than that which the 44mm (1.73”) case profile can actually accommodate. Resultantly there is a rather wide bezel surrounding the round display panel. It appears that a 1.4” (35.6mm) display would be better suited to the large diameter case, and the larger screen would enhance viewing as well, particularly since some of the text/fonts on some watch faces, menus and notifications is miniscule.

    The Fossil Gen 6 display screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. This important attribute is inexplicably not listed on the website or in marketing materials.

    The Fossil Gen 6 does not claim to meet MIL-STD-810g (drop testing) or IP68 (Ingress Protection for dust, dirt, sand and liquid) as other smartwatches in this price range do. Fossil does claim that the Gen 6 is “Water Resistant to 3 ATM”. Three atmospheres is equivalent to 101.69’ of water. There is no supporting information to validate that claim.

    The Fossil Gen 6 sensors are comprised of Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Compass, Gyroscope, Off-body IR, PPG Heart Rate and SpO2.

    The notable absence is an ECG sensor that some other smartwatches have. An electrocardiogram sensor (ECG/EKG) is possibly the most valuable function that a health and fitness smartwatch can have. It can potentially save your life by detecting the life threatening cardiac electrical abnormality atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is an irregular heartbeat condition. The lack of ECG monitoring in the Gen 6 is disappointing for a new generation smartwatch which is specifically intended for health and fitness monitoring.

    The Photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor is comprised of multiple LEDs which measure volumetric changes in peripheral blood flow near the surface of the skin and measures and reports Heart Rate. The SpO2 sensor measures blood oxygen saturation.

    The imbedded sensors provide data for health and activity monitoring including tracking steps, sleep, heart rate and oxygen saturation. GPS functionality augments exercise activity monitoring by generating distance travelled data.

    The Fossil Gen 6 currently runs Google Wear OS, Version 2. According to Fossil, Wear OS 3 will be made available to the Gen 6 sometime in 2022. Wear OS 3 is already available on another company’s smartwatch. Wear OS 2 is compatible with both Android and iOS, but there is apparently some uncertainty about Wear OS 3 remaining compatible with iOS. Opting-in for Wear OS 3 will involve a factory reset of the watch requiring all user settings and preferences to be recreated.

    There are numerous apps preloaded on the Gen 6, and of course there is a panoply of apps available from the Google Play Store. There are seventeen (17) watch faces available, plus the Facer app preloaded on the Gen 6, and many more can be downloaded.

    With both a microphone and speaker imbedded in the watch, the Fossil Gen 6 supports placing and receiving phone calls, as well as voice interaction with Google Assistant. The watch menus also indicate that Alexa support will be forthcoming in the future, but no time frame or target date information is provided by Fossil.

    Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only), Bluetooth 5.0 LE (Low Energy), and NFC for Google Pay.

    The Fossil Gen 6 is equipped with a magnetic puck charger with two pairs of pin type contacts, which mate with concentric rings on the back of the watch, and a 3’ cable terminated with a USB–A connector. Fossil admonishes not to use a USB hub, splitter or y-cable to avoid damaging the Gen 6.

    One of the most significant improvements for the Gen 6 is fast-charging capability. The Gen 6 will typically charge to 80% in approximately 30+ minutes. The remaining 20% to reaching full charge requires about another 30 minutes.

    The fast-charging capability is genuinely needed. The battery life of the Gen 6, which Fossil states as being 24 hours in “Daily” battery mode, or multiple days when operating in the “Extended Mode”, may not meet expectations depending on the utilization of the watch functions and features. Screen time and sensor utilization are likely the most significant drains on battery capacity. Customization of the battery modes through selectively turning features on or off allowing the user to configure their own “optimal” power settings is not available on the Gen 6. The available Battery Modes are Daily, Extended and Time (Watch) Only. During the several days that I have been using the Fossil Gen 6 the battery performance varied, ranging between a disappointing 16 hours (much of it off-wrist/inactive) and a respectable 27 hours. The important lesson learned was to charge the watch prior to leaving home. Reverting to Time Only mode necessitates the inconvenience of manually re-enabling each of the individual smart features after recharging.

    Initial setup and configuration of the Fossil Gen 6 is straightforward. Pairing the watch to a smartphone with the Wear OS app installed is the initial step. The Wear OS app guides the setup process. Exploration of the Fossil Gen 6 menus provides access to the features, functions and settings available for configuration and operation. There is an onboard tutorial to assist in familiarization. In addition to the Wear OS app, it is necessary to install and configure the Google Fit app and the Cardiogram app on the smartphone.

    Immediately following initial setup, an available firmware update was downloaded and installed, migrating the Gen 6 from Version 2.27 to Version 2.32.

    The Fossil Gen 6 performs nicely. Phone and text notifications, including vibration alerts (if desired) have been reliable. Connectivity for cell calls has been stable and reliable, and phone call audio quality with the built-in speaker is clear. Cell phone app notifications on the watch is another great convenience.

    Google Fit, which is pre-installed on Wear OS watches, manages fitness and workout functionality nicely, and can also connect with other apps to share and aggregate data.

    In order for heart rate and pulse oximetry functions to perform well the sensors on the back of the watch must remain in good, close contact with the skin. A relatively tight fit of the watchband is therefore required, which may be uncomfortable at times (at least I find it uncomfortable). It is obviously not possible to determine the accuracy of those functions of the Gen 6 without utilizing known reliable medical devices to serve as reference standards. However, the Fossil Gen 6, like all other health and fitness smartwatches is not intended to be considered a medical device and can only be used as an aid to maintaining fitness and health.

    Sleep monitoring has several potential benefits; if data is accurate. The pre-installed Fossil Wellness app provides that functionality, and should be linked to the Google Fit app to aggregate all health and fitness data in a single repository. Ensure that both the apps on the Gen 6 and the corresponding smartphone apps are properly configured and necessary permissions are granted for apps like Google Fit to function and report properly.

    The touchscreen works well and is responsive, although because of the small screen size and the congestion of menu items it is sometimes difficult to precisely select an intended touch-target. Screen scrolling and swipes were generally fluid without annoying lag or jitter.

    One of the motivations for selecting the Fossil Gen 6 over other health and fitness watches is that the Fossil uses the Google ecosystem, rather than a closed, proprietary ecosystem as some other watches do. This is an attractive attribute since more makes and models of smartphones should theoretically be fully compatible.

    If Fossil were to inquire of me regarding suggested improvements I would offer that a larger, 1.4” display, higher capacity battery, conformance with MIL-STD-810g and IP-68 standards, adding Alexa support and Google Wear OS Version 3 as soon as possible and most significantly, adding an ECG sensor are goals worth pursuing. Additional feature and function documentation would also be beneficial and appreciated by users.

    Overall, the Fossil Gen 6 watch is a very nice smartwatch which performs well, and has an attractive appearance. It has many features and functions that are helpful in both fitness and wellness tracking as well as in daily living.

    Nov 08, 2021 07:56
  • Review by MGoose, 8 out of 10
    Well balanced smart watch

    I have owned many smart watches (Apple Watch Gen 1, Samsung Gear S & S2, Withings HR) and I am really impressed with the Fossil Gen 6. It is nice looking, light and comfortable to wear with solid performance, useful default apps and good battery life - making it my new go to. I have learned that every smart watch has compromises and the Fossil Gen 6 is very well balanced.

    Pros

    - I love the size and traditional/clean design. I have already gotten a few complements.

    - Light and comfortable to wear all day.

    - Fitness monitoring. Continuous heart rate monitoring, steps, and activity tracking (data linked to the Cardiogram app and/or Google Fit), and blood oxygen.

    - GPS for tracking work outs, apps, location-based alerts, and weather.

    - Quick charging and very good battery life. It last my entire day (5am to 10pm) with about 40% battery life remaining (using both the continuous heart rate monitoring and always on display).

    - Vibration pattern for notifications is configurable and works well to subtly receive notifications.

    - Sharp and bright display

    - 2 hardware shortcut buttons that can be set to quickly launch any app (mine are set to Google Pay and Timer).

    - Google Pay works great and is very convenient, especially when set up to launch from one of the hardware buttons. It even works without the phone.

    - Google assistant built in (I love the default inspirational quotes and quick access to bad jokes!).

    - Magnetic charger connection is easy to use.

    - Water-resistant (3 ATM) and is safe to use while swimming (per Fossil).

    Things to Consider

    - This watch is compatible with iPhone, but there are some minor issues and drawbacks. You cannot reply to messages - I would not normally try to type out a reply anyway so this is minor, but I do miss using quick replies like I could on an Apple watch. You also have to keep the WearOS app open in the background for the watch to stay connected (using a small amount of additional battery life - around 5% in my experience). I did not have any dropped connections, but I did have to restart the watch once in the past five days to get it to reconnect after being disconnected while charging overnight. I have experienced this same reconnect issue on other brands of watches with the same iPhone. Not perfect, but it has been very reliable overall.

    - Using the watch to take and make calls has been problematic. You can answer and make calls on the watch, but I experienced random disconnects and audio issues when trying to answer calls from the watch (no sound from watch). This is a minor issue for me, because I prefer to use a dedicated headset or the louder phone speaker over the watch. I have owned several watches with this feature and not used it.

    - This watch does not have the latest software (WearOS 2 vs 3). This is supposed to be supported in the future but could be a limitation for some (mostly related to new apps like Maps and offline Youtube music). The upgrade would not add much value for me as I am happy with the performance of the watch as is and the pre-installed apps, but it is worth a quick web search to look at the differences and app support.

    - No USB charger is supplied – only a charging cable. I know this is minor, but it is disappointing given the price of the watch. The charging adapter is also not inductive like some other brands - it relies on magnets to position the watch on a set of contacts. While the charger is easy to use and seems robust, the contacts could wear over time.

    - The default watch face selection could be better, but I found the included, configurable “Digital Dashboard” watch face very useful if only a bit plain. It displays digital time and data with configurable slots for other data and a background image. I prefer the default black background and I have mine set to display UV index (weather), heart rate (cardiogram), and steps (Google Fit).

    Oct 21, 2021 01:11
  • Review by Birby, 8 out of 10
    Great for My First Smartwatch

    The Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch is my first smartwatch. I was just looking for something to track my steps more accurately as I don’t always have my phone on me around the house and to have a way to track my workouts. What I didn’t expect was that I would end up liking the other features, like the Google Assistant, weather/UV and I actually like getting some notifications on the watch, which I thought I would turn off completely.

    The setup and pairing with my iPhone was easy, since I had a google account already, but time consuming since you have to download and log into the Wear OS, Google Fit and create an account for Cardiogram, so it wasn’t a simple process. There is an on-screen tutorial once setup is complete, but for me it got hung up with a “swipe another direction” on the screen and I had to reboot the watch, so not a good first impression. For an iPhone, you have to keep the Wear OS app open in the background, for me it has only taken up 1% of the battery. I have had to mess around with the watch multiple times to get it to reconnect to the watch after being disconnected overnight and event losing the connection during the day.

    The size is perfect and the weight is manageable. The hardware shortcut buttons are nice to quickly launch apps and I like that I can customize 2 out of the 3. Scrolling with the middle button is smooth and really convenient. It’s easier sometimes to scroll with the button than swiping. Swiping between tiles is smooth.

    The battery life has been good so far. At the end of the day it has been anywhere between 20-40% battery life remaining. Some of the watch faces have an alternative face when “always-on screen” is enabled. I like to always see the time but allow it to reduce the battery usage. I didn’t notice a huge difference in battery life between having “always-on screen” vs “tilt to wake”, so I have stuck with always-on. There are two battery modes: Daily and Extended. I stick with Daily and customized it a little to my liking. I expect I’ll be charging it daily.

    There are a number of watch faces that come pre-loaded. I wanted to use an analog watch face, but I didn’t like how I couldn’t see the data, like the weather or steps, at certain times because the watch hands covered the tile. I ended up with the Fossil Digital dashboard as my preferred watch face (see pictures). It’s simple and has 4 customizable data points. I prefer to have the battery, steps, weather and UV readily available.

    For activity tracking, the Workout tile allows you to track your activity and provides some really nice statistics right on the watch like a heart rate chart, heart rate zones, average speed and pace for each workout. You don’t get all that data on the watch with the Google Fit tile, you must go into the app on your phone to get it. The one downside to the Workout tile is that it always assumes it’s a run, where with Google Fit, you can choose walk, run, bike, strength training and more. I like how you can choose an indoor workout in the Workout tile so it won’t use GPS.

    The vibration and sound for notifications are subtle but effective. I can choose which apps send through a notification from the Wear OS app, so I can only get notified on my watch for the apps I care about. Controlling audio/video on the watch is a nice to have. While you are watching a youtube video or listening to music, you have audio controls, like pause, back/next and volume. Receiving calls is easy, I have it configured to accept on the watch and answer on the phone, but you can have it answer on the watch as well.

    Overall, my experience with the Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch is positive. I have had a few problems with Bluetooth connectivity and having to restart the watch or Bluetooth. If it wasn’t for those issues, I would have given it 5 stars.

    Pros:

    - Traditional watch styling on a smartwatch

    - Easy to use and navigate around

    - Activity statistics right on the watch

    - Good selection of watch faces, and even more from the Play store

    - Notifications sounds and vibrations are just right, but can also be adjusted.

    Cons

    - Issues with Bluetooth reconnecting to the phone

    - An instruction manual would have been helpful or at least a manual in the Wear OS app.

    - You don’t get all features on an iPhone, but that’s to be expected for a Google based watch

    Oct 23, 2021 20:00
  • Review by kaizen61, 10 out of 10
    A great watch now, could be epic with OS3

    I was anxious to try the new Fossil Gen 6 because I reviewed the Gen 5E and well, it had its issues. The first watch I was sent was defective and the second one, while working nominally, was nice but it was a little underwhelming. Battery life needed work, it was on slow side performance wise and wasn’t really that comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I ended up going back to my cheap little fitness band for daily wear and only put on my 5E when I was going out and needed something with apps and a little more smarts. It was nice enough, but not something I always wanted on my wrist.

    The Gen 6 changed my perspective. Firstly, the performance is way more fluid thanks to the new processor. Swiping between screens fells silky smooth, like you’d expect from a much more expensive watch. The additional controls like the two assignable buttons and the twisting crown make it much easier to navigate through lists, prompting me to wonder how I could ever buy another watch that didn’t have one. And the battery life is an order of magnitude better than any smart watch I’ve owned. This is further improved by the fast charging and a new charging base that has additional contacts for a more positive connection. (They still do not provide the charging plug though!)

    And that’s important because I’ll be wearing this one much more because it’s super comfortable, which surprised me because it’s about the same size and weight as the 5E. But somehow it feels way more comfortable on my wrist; I can even sleep with it on. Sleep tracking is an important feature for me, but my previous smartwatches (including the 5E) got in the way of my sleep. I’d ‘feel’ the watch and constantly adjust the band or have it alert me in the middle of the night. The Gen 6 ‘disappears’ on your wrist and the Do Not Disturb setting works well – better than the 5E or my old Moto 360.

    I really liked the additional Pulse Oxygen sensor; it’s fast and can be set to run in the background and in concert with the sleep tracker can help you understand why you may be waking in the middle of the night (my Dad used to have sleep apnea, so I keep an eye on my sleep) and with the current pandemic it’s a metric many have become more aware of.

    I also was impressed with the default watch face. This is one of the first things I usually change on a watch but the one that came as default with the Gen 6 was truly useful with all the data I want either on the face or a single touch away. And though it only has limited customization options, I can’t think of anything I’d want to change on it.

    This is not to say there isn’t room for improvement. Onboarding the new watch, while MUCH better than the 5E, still had some oddness to it and it took me a bit of searching and adding accounts to get my watch to connect to my Google Fit account and display data correctly. Also, while I like the Do Not Disturb feature, there’s no way to schedule it for a time range – or at least I couldn’t find it in the time I had to submit this review. It may be there, but like a couple of things in the watch, it seems to be buried in the menu system. Also, in this age it should have wireless Qi charging – I mean it’s not even an expensive or space consuming option to add it.

    In the end though, this is the first smart watch that I can see myself using as a daily driver as opposed to using a fitness tracker most of the time and a watch on ‘special occasions. Fossil has put a LOT of work into improving the Gen 6 and it shows. Best of all, this watch will get the WearOS 3 update in a couple of months and that could promote this watch from great to epic. At the time of shipping, it’s still running WearOS 2 so I’ll have to take that on faith. But the improvements that Fossil has shown in the Gen 6 have restored that faith, and I’d recommend it highly.

    Oct 20, 2021 10:56
  • Review by ebk02, 8 out of 10
    Beautiful watch - limited battery

    Watch arrived smartly boxed. Opened, charged to 100%. The charger magnetically couples to the back of the watch. Charging time is fairly quick. There are 2 tiny pins that serve as connectors. I would think these could be somewhat fragile and should be treated with care.

    Next, downloaded Google Wear OS. Took a few "do overs" to get app to pair with watch. Once that was accomplished, started in on customizing settings and watch faces. The 416 X 416, 44MM AMOLED display is awesome - sharp, bright, colorful and excellent contrast. The processor is a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 4100. Along with 1Gb ram and, 8GB Storage the watch has a snappy performance and plenty of storage for additional apps.

    For sensors, it has accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light, compass, gyroscope, heart Rate, SPO2, along with a number of exercise metrics. Keep in mind, this is not a medical device, so readings may be inaccurate. I found it measured a few "steps" while sitting down....

    Notifications include apps, text messages, receive and make calls, sync calendar and get reminders, etc. For connectivity, there is blue tooth, wi-fi, NFC.

    Has built in speaker, mic, and vibrate function. The band is a 22mm quick connect, and easily interchangeable. With all the excellent capabilities of the watch, why the lower rating you may ask....

    There are 2 things I feel detract from a 5 star rating. One, Wear OS is a bit dated, and should be upgraded to have a better user interface. And next - and most importantly - I find it disappointing that such an excellent watch has such a mediocre battery life. It looks like this will need to be charged daily. This certainly makes the sleep tracking difficult or impossible due to battery life.

    I would sum up with this is an excellent watch, if you can work with Wear OS, and deal with daily charging....

    Oct 24, 2021 18:17
  • Review by beerit, 10 out of 10
    Great Upgrade From Gen 5

    As someone who has owned three Fossil smartwatches, it has been great to see the improvements over time and additional capabilities added with each new version. This watch has everything that Gen 5 has but also adds sensors for blood oxygen level and sleep tracking, something I wasn't able to have on my Gen 5. Size wise, although I am a petite female, this watch isn't too big for me or much bigger than my Gen 5 was which is nice being that this is a larger watch face overall. The quick charge really allows me to quickly charge it after I wakeup in the morning and it's ready to go before I head out the door for work. This new watch has added really great features that the predecessor lacked and does it simply without adding extra bulk or changing the structure of the watch. My only negative is that I still can't start my car from my watch, but I'm hoping Fossil and Chevrolet figure that out in a version or two. I also miss my preferred watch face, but I'm hoping that it will be available to use in the future. I have an Android device and have had no issues every syncing or setting up any Fossil watch, they are use friendly and the process is easy to follow. Another great watch to add to their arsenal in my opinion.

    Oct 26, 2021 10:37
  • Review by Xianomama, 10 out of 10
    Works well with an Android phone

    I previously had a Fossil Gen 5e that was paired with an iPhone, which was not the most ideal pairing and Wear OS was a bit clunky on iOS. Now a Fossil Gen 6 paired with an Android phone, Wear OS works more seamlessly.

    Gen 6 has more robust features, compared to Gen 5e, and I really like the ability to track my blood oxygen and sleep.

    It's a nice looking watch in sleek jet black. I was not a fan of its wristband, so bought a silicon magnetic band from another retailer. The interchangeable wristband was easy to take off and put a new one on.

    I like having three different buttons to navigate from one screen to another. Unlike traditional watches (analog or digital), one of the fun perks of smart watches is to be able to change the face (tile) periodically. Hopefully, Fossil will add more tile options and expand its collection.

    The battery life could be short with all of its new features, especially if you leave the battery charge settings to 'Daily', but it does recharge fairly quickly.

    I'm pleased with my new Fossil Gen 6 and it's a nice smartwatch for this price range. It would make a nice holiday gift but probably better suited for Android phone users.

    Oct 23, 2021 18:53
  • Review by bzma2, 8 out of 10
    Good watch but too big for women

    The bezel is too big for my wrist. Personalization is limited, you have to download facer and pay for more designs.

    To start, you have to download WearOS to sync up your Google Account. What I really love about this watch is to be able to monitor your Saturated Oxygen level and even though it's not for medical diagnosis, it does help to know this stat in this COVID era.

    I used the extended battery life option where it only runs essential apps on the background. I have been able to get 2 days but even so it's an adjustment for me since I'm used to only charging my fitbit once a week.

    Overall, I'm happy with the watch. I just wish there are more personalization options from Fossil without having to pay more.

    Oct 25, 2021 21:10
  • 8.6score
    Garmin - Venu Smartwatch 43mm Fiber-Reinforced Polymer - Black With Silicone Band
    Description

    Track and access valuable health information hands-free with this black Garmin Venu GPS smartwatch. Wireless headphone connectivity and music storage capabilities enable phone-free listening, and Garmin Pay permits quick payments without reaching for your wallet. This Garmin Venu GPS smartwatch offers all-day health monitoring, providing continuous feedback, and preloaded programs support a wide range of exercises.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with select Apple iOS and Android devices: Including iPhone® 7, 8, X, and XS, as well as most devices with the Android operating system.
  • All-day health monitoring features: Collect information about your body's energy levels, blood oxygen saturation, daily water intake, and sleep quality.
  • SMS, calendar, e-mail, and social notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • 1.2" AMOLED touch-screen display with 390 x 390 resolution: Offers simple navigation and clear visuals.
  • Wrist-based heart rate tracking and Pulse Ox technology: Let you monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen saturation to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation at high elevations.
  • Enhanced outdoor navigation: Supports multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) and built-in sensors for three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter to track in more challenging environments.
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer case: Features a metal rear cover and silicone watch band, ensuring durability and comfort for sport activities.
  • Garmin Connect IQ™: You can customize your smartwatch with downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets, and apps.
  • Garmin Pay™: Allows simple and secure contactless payments.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Snoopy42, 8 out of 10
    Great fitness watch, but so-so smart watch For iOS

    The Venu has a great display, awesome GPS acquisition, and a ton of fitness tracking features. It looks great, and is relatively lightweight and the stock band is comfortable. Battery life is also great, I had it on for 24 hours, using only smart watch features, and the battery only went down to 81%.

    However, some seemingly simple smart watch functions do not work, such as the Weather widget. I spent two frustrating days following all of Garmin’s online suggestions for iOS users, to no avail. This is a big, recurring complaint in other online reviews. I finally had to get over the fact that I need to look at my phone for weather info. I can’t believe that so-called IT programming engineers at Garmin can’t figure this out. Come on, guys... it’s a $400 watch and it should work.

    All notifications (text messages, FB Messenger, incoming calls, etc) work fine. No ability to respond on iOS devices, though.

    I also had a hard time syncing my Amazon Music account directly to the watch, but it finally worked on attempt #7. It works fine, and is a nice feature. I can easily use the controls to play music from my phone, however. I always have my phone with me on runs, so it’s not a big deal for me. Running the music from the watch itself uses a lot of battery juice, so I’ll keep my music on the phone.

    Once I got over all of that, I do enjoy the fitness functions a lot. The watch faces are customizable, and easy to read even in direct sunlight. Way more options than even the newest Apple 5 Watch. The always- on feature is great. Overall, I’ll keep it because of the tremendous fitness tracking, but I’m a little disappointed in the lack of smart watch functionality.

    Oct 25, 2019 12:58
  • Review by Zoease1, 10 out of 10
    Round beauty

    My best smart watch yet. Steps & distance are accurate. Music control is a nice feature to have on watch & so many other features on this watch. I love it's health technology & GPS if I ever need it but for now I don't use GPS.

    Best watchI ever brought & it's round not square yay!

    Oct 20, 2021 04:32
  • Review by Jay941, 10 out of 10
    Crisp OLED Screen w/ Great Battery Life

    Garmin hit it out of the park with this watch. The overall case design is sharp, and can be worn to formal events. Personally, I prefer a traditional round watch face as opposed to Apple's design. Next, the screen is very bright and easy to read in direct sunlight. The DPI of the screen is quite high which is a big step for Garmin. As expected, all of the telemetry about my body and activities is well organized in Garmin Connect. I love the pulse ox and sleep tracking feature as well. It's a great watch that encourages me to go out and exercise.

    Mar 04, 2020 20:17
  • Review by RRGOULD, 10 out of 10
    Well Made!!

    I am very satisfied with my Venu, it performs as designed. The heart rate monitor works very well and I especially like the body battery. The original strap is very comfortable. The Venu fits very well on my medium sized wrist, I often forget I am wearing it. There are many watch faces that are free and very nice, you can also design your own watch face. I have not tried the GPS settings yet. I find the battery lasts about 4 days unless I turn on the oxygen sensor. It will drain the battery within 2 or 3 days. The Garmin is better at tracking my step then the other brands I have used. It doesn’t pick up unnecessary bumps, like when I mow the lawn. All in all I would say Garmin has put their best in an affordable smart watch that out performs the competition and should last for many years unlike their competitors. Please don’t but a Fitbit!!!!!!

    Sep 11, 2021 09:06
  • Review by Daisy, 10 out of 10
    Love this watch!

    This watch is just beautiful. I purchased the silver one and I love love love it! It's my first smartwatch. It's very simple to use use. You can customize it to fit your life style. Tracking is accurate. The Garmin connect app is always very easy to use. This will make you challenge yourself more in your workouts. See your progress and make improvements. You can store your music or connect it to your phone. You receive notifications right on your wrist. Again the watch is so beautiful, bright colors, and so comfortable.

    Jul 12, 2020 14:08
  • Review by Brian, 10 out of 10
    Great fitness watch, short on smartwatch features

    This watch does what Garmin is good at (activity tracking, fitness tracking, and battery life), and takes it up a notch. All the activity tracking features work great, and some metrics seem way more accurate on this watch than on my old Vivoactive HR (floors climbed especially). Battery lasts about five days without GPS usage, and about 3-4 with a few GPS-tracked activities. For as bright and beautiful a display as this watch has, that is impressive battery life! GPS is very accurate on outdoor activities as well, perfectly following a small walking path around my local park. Haven’t tested it out on a bike ride yet, but this stuff really is Garmin’s forte. Plus, onboard music storage is now a feature, which I love. I hate having my phone with me at the gym, but I often wish I could listen to music while working out. Problem solved!

    Smartwatch features are fairly sparse (the ones I’ve used are calendar, viewing phone notifications, and weather) which is a positive in my books. I don’t want all those extras on my wrist! But if you do, I would look at a different type of smartwatch.

    It is very comfortable to wear, and the round watch face is very smart looking. And I can’t say enough about how nice the AMOLED display is! Bright, beautiful, and clear! Tons of watch faces to choose from, most of which offer a large degree of customization, and even more are available on Garmin Connect IQ.

    To summarize, the Venu is a major step up from my old Vivoactive HR, and does everything I want it to. Activity tracking, GPS, music, and plus it looks super sharp! It doesn’t have all the extra features, but to me the lack of fluff was a selling feature. I hope my short review helps!

    Oct 26, 2019 19:06
  • Review by Ryanisrunning, 8 out of 10
    Good for runners

    I bought this to replace my applewatch that I was not using to its full capability. I wanted something good for running and I knew Garmin was a reputable brand. I still wanted to have some smartwatch capabilities so I went with the Venu. In the "smartwatch" department it was a downgrade and I was ok with that.

    Here are some pros:

    -Reliable (I've never lost any data)

    -Great exercise data and I sync mine with strava for running, walking and golf. Automatically syncs as soon as I get near my phone.

    -I decided to get spotify premium so I could listen to music while I run without my phone. I haven't had any issues with sound quality.

    Cons:

    -takes a bit to get used to its controls

    -touch screen doesn't compare with the applewatch

    -smartwatch capabilities aren't anything comparable to applewatch.

    -controls take some time to get used to.

    Apr 12, 2020 14:07
  • Review by Softy, 10 out of 10
    Venu is a must have !!

    Love my Garmin Venu watch. It stores music making it so easy to listen to your favorite tunes while working out. I love the touch screen and all the ways it measures fitness. GPS works great, color is very vivid, and battery life is pretty good. The garmin app is great too and watch syncing is fast.

    Dec 11, 2020 17:10
  • 8.6score
    Michael Kors - MKGO Gen 5E Smartwatch 43mm - Gold
    Description

    Michael Kors' 43mm Gen 5E MKGO Smartwatch offers a glamorous and sporty look in a logo-detailed black silicone strap, pavé, gold-tone aluminum topring and the latest Wear OS by Google technology. Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are compatible with iPhone® and Android™ phones. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Wear OS by Google works with phones running Android 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 12.0+. Supported features may vary across platforms and countries.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with Android™ phones and iPhone®: Use the WearOS by Google app on your phone with Android™ 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 12.0+
  • Multi-day battery mode and rapid charging: 24 Hr + multi-day Extended Battery Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Personalize your smartwatch: Always-On Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stopwatches and more. With a swimproof design, it’s perfect for all your activities.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level and more. Activity modes with tethered GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Take calls and get Calendar, SMS, email and social app notifications: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach.
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  • Review by MsVicky83, 10 out of 10
    Its better than apple watch

    I love how I can answer my calls and talk through my watch with clear reception. It is very pretty, I love the silicone strap, I work Healthcare and I wash my hands a lot so the strap is very durable. Beautiful theme faces nice ringtones and awesome battery life so far. This watch does everything from emails, text messages, and google pay. It also keeps up with heart rate, steps and sleep activity.

    Sep 05, 2021 02:14
  • Review by Yessy, 8 out of 10
    Great Product

    Love it only reason I'm giving it a 4 star review is cause I had a hard time connecting to my phone. Once connected though I love it! I specifically like being able to make and answer calls from it.

    Sep 10, 2021 16:04
  • Review by Evelyn, 10 out of 10
    Michael Kors smartwatch

    I love this watch very elegant and pretty. One thing that distinguishes the Apple Watch and this one is the style of the watch. It connects perfectly completely flawless 5 stars.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:35
  • Review by Liam, 8 out of 10
    Smart watch

    Its a very good watch i love it

    And i recommend it .

    Oct 29, 2021 19:01
  • Review by Bobby, 10 out of 10
    Better than apple watch

    Bought as a gift to my wife she was amazed with this watch it is better than her apple watch

    Nov 02, 2021 14:44
  • Review by Chapis, 6 out of 10
    Ok

    If you have iphone you will not be able to text , and disconnects all the time , it’s pretty just for a watch.

    But if you dont care about texting and making phone calls is good.

    Nov 09, 2021 14:28
  • 8.6score
    Michael Kors - MKGO Gen 5E Smartwatch 43mm - Blush
    Description

    Michael Kors' 43mm Gen 5E MKGO Smartwatch offers a glamorous and sporty look in a logo-detailed blush silicone strap, pavé, pale pink aluminum topring and the latest Wear OS by Google technology. Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are compatible with iPhone® and Android™ phones. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Wear OS by Google works with phones running Android 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 12.0+. Supported features may vary across platforms and countries.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with Android™ phones and iPhone®: Use the WearOS by Google app on your phone with Android™ 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 12.0+
  • Multi-day battery mode and rapid charging: 24 Hr + multi-day Extended Battery Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Personalize your smartwatch: Always-On Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stopwatches and more. With a swimproof design, it’s perfect for all your activities.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level and more. Activity modes with tethered GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Take calls and get Calendar, SMS, email and social app notifications: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MsVicky83, 10 out of 10
    Its better than apple watch

    I love how I can answer my calls and talk through my watch with clear reception. It is very pretty, I love the silicone strap, I work Healthcare and I wash my hands a lot so the strap is very durable. Beautiful theme faces nice ringtones and awesome battery life so far. This watch does everything from emails, text messages, and google pay. It also keeps up with heart rate, steps and sleep activity.

    Sep 05, 2021 02:14
  • Review by Yessy, 8 out of 10
    Great Product

    Love it only reason I'm giving it a 4 star review is cause I had a hard time connecting to my phone. Once connected though I love it! I specifically like being able to make and answer calls from it.

    Sep 10, 2021 16:04
  • Review by Evelyn, 10 out of 10
    Michael Kors smartwatch

    I love this watch very elegant and pretty. One thing that distinguishes the Apple Watch and this one is the style of the watch. It connects perfectly completely flawless 5 stars.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:35
  • Review by Liam, 8 out of 10
    Smart watch

    Its a very good watch i love it

    And i recommend it .

    Oct 29, 2021 19:01
  • Review by Bobby, 10 out of 10
    Better than apple watch

    Bought as a gift to my wife she was amazed with this watch it is better than her apple watch

    Nov 02, 2021 14:44
  • Review by Chapis, 6 out of 10
    Ok

    If you have iphone you will not be able to text , and disconnects all the time , it’s pretty just for a watch.

    But if you dont care about texting and making phone calls is good.

    Nov 09, 2021 14:28
  • 8.6score
    Fossil - Gen 5 Smartwatch 44mm Stainless Steel - Black with Black Silicone Band
    Description

    Increase productivity and keep time with this black Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle HR smartwatch. The voice-activated Google Assistant feature responds to instructions through the integrated microphone, and the smart battery modes offer days of uptime. This Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle HR smartwatch uses Wear OS by Google, letting you connect Android or iOS smartphones, while the water-resistant design boosts durability.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with Android phones and iPhone®: Including models with an Android 4.4 or later (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3 or later operating system for wide-ranging use.
  • Calendar, SMS, email and social apps notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • Touch-sensitive AMOLED screen: Control the smartwatch straight from the display.
  • Stainless steel case: Along with a 22mm silicone watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 98' of water.
  • Wireless connection to your device: Bluetooth connectivity and NFC technology enables simple one-touch pairing.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Tracks activity vs. inactivity, calories burned, distance traveled, heart rate, steps taken and more.
  • Microphone: Speak into the smartwatch to utilize apps that requires sound.
  • Rechargeable battery: For extended battery life. Charge easily using the included USB magnetic charger.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by bradrobster, 8 out of 10
    Comfortable, Feature Rich Smart Watch

    I must say I was skeptical because I am not much of a smartwatch person. I actually used to wear nice watches all the time but in the last few years had just stopped because I always had my phone with me. I was always looking at the other brands and got close a couple times but never went forward. I finally did that with the Fossil Gen 5.

    First, I was impressed with the size. It is very thin and fits my normal to smaller wrist even better than some of my older non-smartwatches I used to wear. The fact that it is thin, and light made this really easy to get back into the habit of wearing a watch.

    This watch runs on Google’s Wear-OS. You download the app, sync with the phone with the watch and setup was quick and easy. I was a bit disappointed in the Wear-OS options on the app. You can change the face setting, manage notifications, change tiles (you can have 5 on your rotation), I use Weather Forecast, Headlines, Heart Rate, Heart Points and Agenda.

    I really like being able to control my Pandora and Spotify from the watch. I can still not get Spotify to download music to the watch. I was however able to open Play Music and see playlists that I had previously setup. I was then able to download them to the watch and since I had paird my headset, I was able to take a walk and enjoy music from the watch without my phone. That was Great! If I could do that with Spotify, it would be amazing!

    I also setup the watch with my Galaxy S10+ and was able to answer, speak and be heard from watch but I only was able to get an echo from those that called me, and I could not hear them on the watch. I have seen posts that Fossil is preparing a fix for this. One of the cool things I like is my blink camera notifications show up on the watch and even have an image capture from it so I can see if I really need to go to the phone and see the clip or realize it was just a squirrel!

    I love the Cardiogram function and have it tracking my heartrate every 5 min. It is very accurate and comparable to my higher end home blood pressure tracking machine. It seems to accurately measure my move minutes. I wish it would automatically track my step vs. me having to go into fit and select start workout and select walking. They really should add step tracking to occur automatically.

    My hope is that Wear-OS will continue to improve because I really like the feel of this watch and getting the notifications, alarm, fitness tracking, news. Fossil has done a great job on the watch but I really want the music on my watch from my Spotify. I hope that I will not be limited to Play Music only. I did not actually use Google pay yet but was able to quickly setup my newer card.

    Battery Life is average. I like all the features so I am getting 20hrs or so. What I do is after I get settled at work in the AM, I take it off and charge it for less than an hour while I am working. Charges quickly so has not been an issue. I bought extra cables on Amazon for less than $12 bucks so I threw one in the car, perfect!

    Overall, this thing is really nice. Comfort and features are key for me. Comfort has me at a 5 while features are still lagging at a 4 but I am hopeful. I would still highly recommend this watch, it’s beautiful, comfortable and full of features and opportunity!

    Dec 05, 2019 00:46
  • Review by IndyTechGuy, 8 out of 10
    Stylish smartwatch only limited by GoogleFit

    This is a great smartwatch! Stylish! Routinely got at least a day without charging will almost all the features active except constant on screen. If you have the screen on at all times, you'll most likely be charging this for a short time at least twice a day. There are options to extend the battery life, and I was able to go just short of 3 days with the extended option on. The watch arrives with an instruction book and a magnetic charger! The charger works great! It attaches firmly and the connection is solid! The band on the Carlyle is BIG and will require shortening for most people. I actually had all of the "big guys" in the office try it on, and it wouldn't fit any of them without removing pins from the band which requires a tool that IS NOT included with the watch. I wish they included the tool since their retail cost is $5 or less in most cases. The display is great and doesn't lag! The connection to wifi and to my android phones is solid! There is no "built-in" sleep tracking since Google Fit/Wear OS doesn't support it, but you can download 3rd party apps if that's a priority. Please be aware that these apps will significantly decrease your battery life. The fitness tracking works great including the GPS! If the watch is connected to your phone it defaults to that, otherwise, it's built-in. The watch does take a minute or so to acquire satellites on its own, so I assume it doesn't store a database and there doesn't appear to be an option for GLONASS. You also can't pair external sensors to the watch like speed/cadence, but there are a variety of phone apps you can download with Wear OS counterparts so you can start/follow tracking on the watch. The display is fantastic and I I had no issues reading it outside or inside! I'm used to a fitness watch with smart features, so it was an adjustment to move to a smartwatch with fitness features. But my perceived limitations regarding fitness tracking will only improve as Google continues to refine Google Fit/Wear OS integration. For sizing comparison in the attached pictures the watch is shown on the bottom of a standard 12 oz beverage can.

    Nov 25, 2019 11:04
  • Review by Justin, 8 out of 10
    Solid first smartwatch experience

    The Fossil Gen 5 is my first smartwatch. Smartwatches are one of those devices that isn’t actually needed but can be handy if the software and features are integrated correctly in conjunction with your smartphone. The Fossil Gen 5 overall is a great companion to your current smartphone and even without it, if you are that daring to leave the phone at home.

    Setup of the Fossil Gen 5 is relatively straightforward. I was perplexed at first when trying to get through the setup process when the watch was very laggy and slow. It appears the software updates of the watch was really slowing down the watch itself and eating up battery. I would recommend setting up the watch and leaving it on the charger over the first night just to get all the updates and setup complete. After this was finished after hours of attempting to download the full update and having to restart because connectivity issues it has been working very well.

    The first couple days’ battery life does suffer to due setting up the watch how you would like to use it normally. Even while doing this I was able to get a full day with a little charge left to spare. The watch has four main battery settings you can set the watch to: Daily (which is the default), Extended, Custom or Time-Only. Daily mode enables most everything so you can pick what to turn on and off. Extended mode will turn the always-on screen off and adjust notifications but most still are turned on within the watch. Custom mode lets you tweak features, thus giving you greater control over battery usage. I found myself in custom mode as I rarely have the speaker on so turning this off put me in custom. Time-only blocks all features except for the time. In Time-Only mode, the battery is supposed to last over a period of days rather than a single day.

    The Fossil supports several dedicated apps from the Google Play store which can be downloaded from the watch itself. These are nice because many features can be done straight from the watch without having to mess with your phone at all. The Google Assistant, which is built into the Wear OS software, can be used to do tons of operations and is a must for a smartwatch. With a press of one button you can do basically everything Google Assistant can normally do like sending a text or checking the weather. The watch also has two configurable buttons on the side which can operate several preconfigured tasks.

    The Fossil Gen 5 also has all the Google Fit capabilities including a Heart Rate monitor. I have setup most to be active including the heart rate. I would say the monitor is not the most accurate on my wrist most likely to due to the iffy fit even after adjusting the watch. I have ordered a 22mm silicone band to try with this watch so hopefully I can have a better overall fit on the wrist and more accurate reading for the HR sensor.

    Overall I have really enjoyed the Fossil Gen 5 with its great performance and broad feature set. Hopefully the new band I have ordered with solve my “in between” links fitment and improve the HR sensor readings. If you are looking for a great first smartwatch I would definitely look at the Fossil Gen 5.

    Positives:

    - Modern but classy style

    - Large display (with bezel)

    - Google OS

    - One day plus worth of battery depending on user settings

    - Google Pay

    - Built in Wifi, NFC, GPS, Heart Rate monitor (HR not as good as some other devices)

    - Snapdragon Wear 3100 Processor, Built in 8GB storage

    - Built-in speaker and vibration option

    - Waterproof

    Negatives:

    - No tool proved to adjust band. I spent better part of an hour getting the pins out to size the watch. Still doesn’t fit perfect.

    - Heavy for smaller wrists

    - Swiping gestures can be hard to remember

    - Proprietary charger

    Dec 03, 2019 18:24
  • Review by RonH, 8 out of 10
    Fossil, who knew?

    The Fossil 5th generation smartwatch is a replacement for my 2014 Moto 360 model. I was excited to see the 44mm size and disappointed when I received the watch to find that there is a huge bezel around the display making my 40mm Moto face actually larger. The Fossil display is OLED vs the Moto’s LCD and it’s a lot crisper but it is smaller.

    Pairing the watch to my Pixel 4 was effortless, already having the WearOS app installed, the phone recognized the Fossil as soon as I powered it on,

    Unlike my Moto, the Fossil band was large enough to fit. I have large wrists and its difficult to find watches that fit without having to order extra links or new bands. The band on the Fossil is easily changeable without fighting with tweezers and the small band pins. There are sliders you simply squeeze together to remove the band.

    The WearOS interface on the watch is zippy and responsive and apps loaded effortlessly, much faster than my Moto.

    The Fossil is water and swim proof so you don’t have to worry about taking it off or getting it wet. Wear it continuously until the battery needs charged.

    There are four battery settings to allow you to extend the battery life from about a day to over 5 depending on the features you have on. Charging the watch is done by connecting the contact-based charger to the back of the watch. I would have preferred a wireless charging stand similar to the Moto. Charging the watch for an hour is said to give you up to an 80% charge with Rapid Charge and this was true for me.

    The watch has its own GPS sensor so you can track activities like running and bike riding without having to have your phone connected.

    There is a heart rate sensor to track your heart rate, along with a pedometer to track your steps. Both work well and integrate nicely with Google Fit.

    One of my favorite features is Google Pay. The fossil has Google Pay so I don’t have to pull my phone out to make purchased where Google Pay is available.

    Unlike my Moto 360, the Fossil has a speaker so you can hear alarms, alerts and make and receive phone calls. You can also get voice feedback from OK Google. The speaker is weak but will do in a pinch.

    OK Google seemed to be a bit of a struggle for me, not providing audio feedback as expected and having a difficult time sending texts and making appointments.

    There is 8GB of storage so you can store and play your favorite tunes directly from your watch when you are away from your phone.

    Fossil provides quite a few watch face options, several of which are similar to existing Fossil watches.

    I give the Fossil 5th generation smart watch four stars only because of the large bezel compared to the actual size of the watch and that it doesn’t have wireless charging. If these don’t matter to you, add the extra star for five. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to upgrade an older smart watch.

    Nov 29, 2019 20:20
  • Review by dustinw, 10 out of 10
    One of the nicest looking smartwatches

    In my opinion, you'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer looking watch than this. It has a very classic style and is not near as bulky as many other smartwatches. It packs many competitive features as well, with few compromises. I'll get the biggest issue out of the way first. If you're using all the features, the battery is going to need to be charged daily. If you're fine with that, then this watch will likely easily suit you. The bright side of that, is that the watch charges very quickly. They boast 80% in an hour, but I think it may be even faster than that. It also has some great options to extend battery life. For instance, you can have it shut off connections from 11 pm to 6 am to conserve battery life, and that will help it easily last two full days. You can also enter these battery saving modes very quickly from the pull down menu on the watch. It's quick to navigate between screens and applications, call quality is very good, notification management in this latest version of Wear OS is quick and easy to use. Notifications show on the watch instantaneously, which were sometimes slightly delays on other watched I've used. The knob dials on the side of the watch are very smooth, and I haven't accidentally used them unintentionally like I initially feared. The clasp is also great, I have a medium-sized wrist and had a local jeweler remove 3 links to fit me. It's not overly snug or uncomfortable, and it actually feels lighter than any of the other smartwatches I've owned. Even with the metal band, which looks very nice in my opinion. The fitness tracking actually seems to be a bit more accurate than other watched I've had as well. Including a near-continous heart rate monitor. I have mine currently set to take a reading every five minutes. I haven't seen a way to track floors though, and perhaps it's unable to do so. It also doesn't track sleep natively that I could see, but there are some third part apps that fill this need, if that's something you're looking for. The one I used (Sleep as Android) also integrated with Google Fit. Overall, I'm very happy. This is a smartwatch that gives you all the features you'd expect, and looks very classy doing so.

    Pros: Elegant, lighter than expected, quick, charges very fast

    Cons: Battery life (though this can be tweaked to last longer), some fitness features may not be available out of the box, or at all

    Nov 27, 2019 21:06
  • Review by vrs99, 8 out of 10
    Fossil - The New Generation

    When you open the Fossil box It is instantly obvious that the Fossil Gen 5 is a high-quality watch with a gorgeous wristband and clear detail to attention in the watch casing and face, stunning. This is a watch you will feel quite comfortable wearing into a boardroom or at play. Fossil has years of experience in fashion and it is displayed brilliantly in the Gen 5.

    First impression wearing the Gen 5 was that it weighs slightly more than any watch I have owned previously, though after wearing a short time it is no longer perceptible.

    Setup could not have been easier, has a pre-loaded on-screen tutorial to get you going.

    After a few days was concerned about the battery life lasting 24 hours and was charging nightly. Then my kid walks by and suggests I turn the always on (the default setting) screen off. Duh. Amazing how the battery life of the Gen 5 increased. Has a great NFC charger, just pop under the bottom of the watch case, simple. With the always on display turned off you need only simply turn your wrist over to look at the watch face to display the screen.

    Big factor for me is fitness, cardio, step count, etc. Still getting familiar with the fitness system which looks to have great potential. Would like to have the option of large on-screen Heartbeat and Steps displayed. The Cardiogram apps for the Gen 5 and phone are well thought out and executed, though feels as it needs improving. Real time syncing of steps and heartbeat on the watch and phone app would be a great addition.

    Fitness Apps on Watch:

    - Cardiogram

    - Fit

    - Fit Breath

    - Fit Workout

    OK Google Search is especially convenient, “OK Google weather” and so on is quite handy on the run. One caveat is that voice command only works once, if you want to use OK Google a second time you must tap the microphone icon. That I do not get if the function it to make searching convenient. If I am driving and want the weather and then then directions, I would have to take my hands from the wheel to do the second search.

    The Right Stuff:

    - 8GB storage 1GB memory

    - Phone calls

    - Google Assistant

    - Blue Tooth 4.2 Low Energy

    - Wi-Fi

    - Google Fit

    - Android and iPhone compatible

    - Wear OS operating system

    - Calendar, email, contacts and social media connectivity

    - Play Store – lots of apps

    - Spotify Music App pre-loaded

    - Bright vibrant display

    - Battery saving modes

    - Built in GPS

    - Powered by Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor = Fast!

    A Brilliantly conceived smartwatch that is Engineered, Designed, Built and Equipped to go the distance.

    Dec 09, 2019 19:45
  • Review by BenisJ, 8 out of 10
    Solid Smartwatch

    Good:

    - Stylish and classy

    - Nice, large display

    - Google OS

    - Easy setup (took about 10 minutes)

    - Better than a day's worth of battery (results may vary--but this was after minimal customization)

    - Supports Google Pay

    - Wifi, NFC, GPS, heart rate

    - Support for many apps

    - Good, fast processor, responsive, 8GB storage

    - Built-in speaker and vibration option

    Bad:

    - I struggled for over an hour getting the pins out to size the watch--plan on taking it to a watch shop for adjusting

    - A bit heavy

    - Text is a bit small (had to go into settings and pick LARGE over normal)

    - After a week, I am still struggling to remember which way to swipe for various features and find myself "lost" when touching the screen

    - Special charger so you will have to remember to travel with it

    How I intend to use it:

    This is my first smartwatch and, since I am all-in on Google/Android, this watch made the most sense to me. I wanted a watch that was stylish and had multiple "face" options. I really like the look of this watch and the fact that I can select different face types for the watch. Growing up a member of the Swatch generation, I like that I can select from many different looks for this watch. Unfortunately, I have found the metal band to be a bit uncomfortable and will be looking to replace it down the road.

    First and foremost, however, I wanted alerts--specifically text alerts and emails--to hit my wrist. I use 3 different Google accounts (and two personal phone numbers) all the time and needed a device that would handle multiple accounts without issue. I have had no issues receiving text/email and have been able to reliably use "suggested responses" or voice-to-text responses through the smartwatch. I also get Facebook post alerts (I need to figure out how to disable that) and Facebook Messenger "texting" to the watch.

    Second, I intend to use the watch to monitor (and incentivize) basic health functions like tracking exercise, heart rate, etc. I like the Google Fit app and have jumped on the "steps per day" bandwagon.

    Third, I like Google Pay. The watch may replace my phone for NFC payments at gas stations and the grocery store.

    And finally, I intend to use the watch (rather than my phone) as my primary source for interacting with the Google Assistant.

    I still have more to explore with this watch but it has delivered all the functionality and features I want. I don't think you can go wrong with this smartwatch.

    Nov 25, 2019 12:39
  • Review by allib, 8 out of 10
    Sleek looks, great value in a smartwatch

    The Fossil Carlyle HR Smoke Stainless Steel watch is an attractive option for IOS or Android based phone users. I really like the look of the watch and find it to be quite stylish. Rather than taking the stainless steel watchband to a jeweler to be sized I opted to order additional Fossil watchbands. Fossil has some great color and material options to change up the look of their Gen 5 watch. I opted for a black band and a gray band and prefer the leather material for lightweight comfort and ease of adjustment.

    Along with being stylish, the watch screen is also very responsive. There are a large variety of watch faces to choose from, including seasonal ones. The variety of tiles is plentiful and includes fitness, reminders, calendar, weather, social app notifications, etc... I've found Google Assistant to work quite well. Overall, the watch operating system works very well. Initially, I did experience some connection issues, but after resetting the watch the problem was eliminated and has not been an issue since. Battery life thus far has been quite good and I typically get two days of use. Recharging is quite simple with the included USB magnetic charger.

    One awesome feature of this watch is that it has a water-resistant design that is good up to 98' of water. The watch is also good for tracking other fitness activities, sleep activity and heart rate.

    If you're looking for a stylish, quality smartwatch with a lot of features then the Fossil Gen 5 is a great option. For those looking for the stainless steel watchband model it would have been great had Fossil included a tool for resizing.

    Dec 08, 2019 16:47
  • 8.4score
    Fossil - Gen 5 Smartwatch 44mm Stainless Steel - Smoke with Smoke Stainless Steel Band
    Description

    Train like a pro with this 44mm Fossil Carlyle HR smartwatch. Bluetooth functionality enables syncing with your smartphone, while the internal storage lets you work out with your favorite tunes. This swimproof Fossil Carlyle HR smartwatch features GPS to track your activity outdoors, and the heart monitor keeps tabs on your cardiac rate.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with Android phones and iPhone®: Including models with an Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later or iOS 9.3 or later operating system for wide-ranging use.
  • Calendar, SMS, email and social apps notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • Touch-sensitive LCD screen: Control the smartwatch straight from the display.
  • Stainless steel case: Along with a 22mm stainless steel watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 98' of water.
  • Wireless connection to your device: Bluetooth 4.2 LE connectivity and NFC technology enables simple one-touch pairing.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Tracks activity, sleep activity and heart rate.
  • Microphone: Speak into the smartwatch to utilize apps that requires sound.
  • Rechargeable battery: For extended battery life. Charge easily using the included USB magnetic charger.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by bradrobster, 8 out of 10
    Comfortable, Feature Rich Smart Watch

    I must say I was skeptical because I am not much of a smartwatch person. I actually used to wear nice watches all the time but in the last few years had just stopped because I always had my phone with me. I was always looking at the other brands and got close a couple times but never went forward. I finally did that with the Fossil Gen 5.

    First, I was impressed with the size. It is very thin and fits my normal to smaller wrist even better than some of my older non-smartwatches I used to wear. The fact that it is thin, and light made this really easy to get back into the habit of wearing a watch.

    This watch runs on Google’s Wear-OS. You download the app, sync with the phone with the watch and setup was quick and easy. I was a bit disappointed in the Wear-OS options on the app. You can change the face setting, manage notifications, change tiles (you can have 5 on your rotation), I use Weather Forecast, Headlines, Heart Rate, Heart Points and Agenda.

    I really like being able to control my Pandora and Spotify from the watch. I can still not get Spotify to download music to the watch. I was however able to open Play Music and see playlists that I had previously setup. I was then able to download them to the watch and since I had paird my headset, I was able to take a walk and enjoy music from the watch without my phone. That was Great! If I could do that with Spotify, it would be amazing!

    I also setup the watch with my Galaxy S10+ and was able to answer, speak and be heard from watch but I only was able to get an echo from those that called me, and I could not hear them on the watch. I have seen posts that Fossil is preparing a fix for this. One of the cool things I like is my blink camera notifications show up on the watch and even have an image capture from it so I can see if I really need to go to the phone and see the clip or realize it was just a squirrel!

    I love the Cardiogram function and have it tracking my heartrate every 5 min. It is very accurate and comparable to my higher end home blood pressure tracking machine. It seems to accurately measure my move minutes. I wish it would automatically track my step vs. me having to go into fit and select start workout and select walking. They really should add step tracking to occur automatically.

    My hope is that Wear-OS will continue to improve because I really like the feel of this watch and getting the notifications, alarm, fitness tracking, news. Fossil has done a great job on the watch but I really want the music on my watch from my Spotify. I hope that I will not be limited to Play Music only. I did not actually use Google pay yet but was able to quickly setup my newer card.

    Battery Life is average. I like all the features so I am getting 20hrs or so. What I do is after I get settled at work in the AM, I take it off and charge it for less than an hour while I am working. Charges quickly so has not been an issue. I bought extra cables on Amazon for less than $12 bucks so I threw one in the car, perfect!

    Overall, this thing is really nice. Comfort and features are key for me. Comfort has me at a 5 while features are still lagging at a 4 but I am hopeful. I would still highly recommend this watch, it’s beautiful, comfortable and full of features and opportunity!

    Dec 05, 2019 00:46
  • Review by IndyTechGuy, 8 out of 10
    Stylish smartwatch only limited by GoogleFit

    This is a great smartwatch! Stylish! Routinely got at least a day without charging will almost all the features active except constant on screen. If you have the screen on at all times, you'll most likely be charging this for a short time at least twice a day. There are options to extend the battery life, and I was able to go just short of 3 days with the extended option on. The watch arrives with an instruction book and a magnetic charger! The charger works great! It attaches firmly and the connection is solid! The band on the Carlyle is BIG and will require shortening for most people. I actually had all of the "big guys" in the office try it on, and it wouldn't fit any of them without removing pins from the band which requires a tool that IS NOT included with the watch. I wish they included the tool since their retail cost is $5 or less in most cases. The display is great and doesn't lag! The connection to wifi and to my android phones is solid! There is no "built-in" sleep tracking since Google Fit/Wear OS doesn't support it, but you can download 3rd party apps if that's a priority. Please be aware that these apps will significantly decrease your battery life. The fitness tracking works great including the GPS! If the watch is connected to your phone it defaults to that, otherwise, it's built-in. The watch does take a minute or so to acquire satellites on its own, so I assume it doesn't store a database and there doesn't appear to be an option for GLONASS. You also can't pair external sensors to the watch like speed/cadence, but there are a variety of phone apps you can download with Wear OS counterparts so you can start/follow tracking on the watch. The display is fantastic and I I had no issues reading it outside or inside! I'm used to a fitness watch with smart features, so it was an adjustment to move to a smartwatch with fitness features. But my perceived limitations regarding fitness tracking will only improve as Google continues to refine Google Fit/Wear OS integration. For sizing comparison in the attached pictures the watch is shown on the bottom of a standard 12 oz beverage can.

    Nov 25, 2019 11:04
  • Review by Justin, 8 out of 10
    Solid first smartwatch experience

    The Fossil Gen 5 is my first smartwatch. Smartwatches are one of those devices that isn’t actually needed but can be handy if the software and features are integrated correctly in conjunction with your smartphone. The Fossil Gen 5 overall is a great companion to your current smartphone and even without it, if you are that daring to leave the phone at home.

    Setup of the Fossil Gen 5 is relatively straightforward. I was perplexed at first when trying to get through the setup process when the watch was very laggy and slow. It appears the software updates of the watch was really slowing down the watch itself and eating up battery. I would recommend setting up the watch and leaving it on the charger over the first night just to get all the updates and setup complete. After this was finished after hours of attempting to download the full update and having to restart because connectivity issues it has been working very well.

    The first couple days’ battery life does suffer to due setting up the watch how you would like to use it normally. Even while doing this I was able to get a full day with a little charge left to spare. The watch has four main battery settings you can set the watch to: Daily (which is the default), Extended, Custom or Time-Only. Daily mode enables most everything so you can pick what to turn on and off. Extended mode will turn the always-on screen off and adjust notifications but most still are turned on within the watch. Custom mode lets you tweak features, thus giving you greater control over battery usage. I found myself in custom mode as I rarely have the speaker on so turning this off put me in custom. Time-only blocks all features except for the time. In Time-Only mode, the battery is supposed to last over a period of days rather than a single day.

    The Fossil supports several dedicated apps from the Google Play store which can be downloaded from the watch itself. These are nice because many features can be done straight from the watch without having to mess with your phone at all. The Google Assistant, which is built into the Wear OS software, can be used to do tons of operations and is a must for a smartwatch. With a press of one button you can do basically everything Google Assistant can normally do like sending a text or checking the weather. The watch also has two configurable buttons on the side which can operate several preconfigured tasks.

    The Fossil Gen 5 also has all the Google Fit capabilities including a Heart Rate monitor. I have setup most to be active including the heart rate. I would say the monitor is not the most accurate on my wrist most likely to due to the iffy fit even after adjusting the watch. I have ordered a 22mm silicone band to try with this watch so hopefully I can have a better overall fit on the wrist and more accurate reading for the HR sensor.

    Overall I have really enjoyed the Fossil Gen 5 with its great performance and broad feature set. Hopefully the new band I have ordered with solve my “in between” links fitment and improve the HR sensor readings. If you are looking for a great first smartwatch I would definitely look at the Fossil Gen 5.

    Positives:

    - Modern but classy style

    - Large display (with bezel)

    - Google OS

    - One day plus worth of battery depending on user settings

    - Google Pay

    - Built in Wifi, NFC, GPS, Heart Rate monitor (HR not as good as some other devices)

    - Snapdragon Wear 3100 Processor, Built in 8GB storage

    - Built-in speaker and vibration option

    - Waterproof

    Negatives:

    - No tool proved to adjust band. I spent better part of an hour getting the pins out to size the watch. Still doesn’t fit perfect.

    - Heavy for smaller wrists

    - Swiping gestures can be hard to remember

    - Proprietary charger

    Dec 03, 2019 18:24
  • Review by RonH, 8 out of 10
    Fossil, who knew?

    The Fossil 5th generation smartwatch is a replacement for my 2014 Moto 360 model. I was excited to see the 44mm size and disappointed when I received the watch to find that there is a huge bezel around the display making my 40mm Moto face actually larger. The Fossil display is OLED vs the Moto’s LCD and it’s a lot crisper but it is smaller.

    Pairing the watch to my Pixel 4 was effortless, already having the WearOS app installed, the phone recognized the Fossil as soon as I powered it on,

    Unlike my Moto, the Fossil band was large enough to fit. I have large wrists and its difficult to find watches that fit without having to order extra links or new bands. The band on the Fossil is easily changeable without fighting with tweezers and the small band pins. There are sliders you simply squeeze together to remove the band.

    The WearOS interface on the watch is zippy and responsive and apps loaded effortlessly, much faster than my Moto.

    The Fossil is water and swim proof so you don’t have to worry about taking it off or getting it wet. Wear it continuously until the battery needs charged.

    There are four battery settings to allow you to extend the battery life from about a day to over 5 depending on the features you have on. Charging the watch is done by connecting the contact-based charger to the back of the watch. I would have preferred a wireless charging stand similar to the Moto. Charging the watch for an hour is said to give you up to an 80% charge with Rapid Charge and this was true for me.

    The watch has its own GPS sensor so you can track activities like running and bike riding without having to have your phone connected.

    There is a heart rate sensor to track your heart rate, along with a pedometer to track your steps. Both work well and integrate nicely with Google Fit.

    One of my favorite features is Google Pay. The fossil has Google Pay so I don’t have to pull my phone out to make purchased where Google Pay is available.

    Unlike my Moto 360, the Fossil has a speaker so you can hear alarms, alerts and make and receive phone calls. You can also get voice feedback from OK Google. The speaker is weak but will do in a pinch.

    OK Google seemed to be a bit of a struggle for me, not providing audio feedback as expected and having a difficult time sending texts and making appointments.

    There is 8GB of storage so you can store and play your favorite tunes directly from your watch when you are away from your phone.

    Fossil provides quite a few watch face options, several of which are similar to existing Fossil watches.

    I give the Fossil 5th generation smart watch four stars only because of the large bezel compared to the actual size of the watch and that it doesn’t have wireless charging. If these don’t matter to you, add the extra star for five. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to upgrade an older smart watch.

    Nov 29, 2019 20:20
  • Review by dustinw, 10 out of 10
    One of the nicest looking smartwatches

    In my opinion, you'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer looking watch than this. It has a very classic style and is not near as bulky as many other smartwatches. It packs many competitive features as well, with few compromises. I'll get the biggest issue out of the way first. If you're using all the features, the battery is going to need to be charged daily. If you're fine with that, then this watch will likely easily suit you. The bright side of that, is that the watch charges very quickly. They boast 80% in an hour, but I think it may be even faster than that. It also has some great options to extend battery life. For instance, you can have it shut off connections from 11 pm to 6 am to conserve battery life, and that will help it easily last two full days. You can also enter these battery saving modes very quickly from the pull down menu on the watch. It's quick to navigate between screens and applications, call quality is very good, notification management in this latest version of Wear OS is quick and easy to use. Notifications show on the watch instantaneously, which were sometimes slightly delays on other watched I've used. The knob dials on the side of the watch are very smooth, and I haven't accidentally used them unintentionally like I initially feared. The clasp is also great, I have a medium-sized wrist and had a local jeweler remove 3 links to fit me. It's not overly snug or uncomfortable, and it actually feels lighter than any of the other smartwatches I've owned. Even with the metal band, which looks very nice in my opinion. The fitness tracking actually seems to be a bit more accurate than other watched I've had as well. Including a near-continous heart rate monitor. I have mine currently set to take a reading every five minutes. I haven't seen a way to track floors though, and perhaps it's unable to do so. It also doesn't track sleep natively that I could see, but there are some third part apps that fill this need, if that's something you're looking for. The one I used (Sleep as Android) also integrated with Google Fit. Overall, I'm very happy. This is a smartwatch that gives you all the features you'd expect, and looks very classy doing so.

    Pros: Elegant, lighter than expected, quick, charges very fast

    Cons: Battery life (though this can be tweaked to last longer), some fitness features may not be available out of the box, or at all

    Nov 27, 2019 21:06
  • Review by vrs99, 8 out of 10
    Fossil - The New Generation

    When you open the Fossil box It is instantly obvious that the Fossil Gen 5 is a high-quality watch with a gorgeous wristband and clear detail to attention in the watch casing and face, stunning. This is a watch you will feel quite comfortable wearing into a boardroom or at play. Fossil has years of experience in fashion and it is displayed brilliantly in the Gen 5.

    First impression wearing the Gen 5 was that it weighs slightly more than any watch I have owned previously, though after wearing a short time it is no longer perceptible.

    Setup could not have been easier, has a pre-loaded on-screen tutorial to get you going.

    After a few days was concerned about the battery life lasting 24 hours and was charging nightly. Then my kid walks by and suggests I turn the always on (the default setting) screen off. Duh. Amazing how the battery life of the Gen 5 increased. Has a great NFC charger, just pop under the bottom of the watch case, simple. With the always on display turned off you need only simply turn your wrist over to look at the watch face to display the screen.

    Big factor for me is fitness, cardio, step count, etc. Still getting familiar with the fitness system which looks to have great potential. Would like to have the option of large on-screen Heartbeat and Steps displayed. The Cardiogram apps for the Gen 5 and phone are well thought out and executed, though feels as it needs improving. Real time syncing of steps and heartbeat on the watch and phone app would be a great addition.

    Fitness Apps on Watch:

    - Cardiogram

    - Fit

    - Fit Breath

    - Fit Workout

    OK Google Search is especially convenient, “OK Google weather” and so on is quite handy on the run. One caveat is that voice command only works once, if you want to use OK Google a second time you must tap the microphone icon. That I do not get if the function it to make searching convenient. If I am driving and want the weather and then then directions, I would have to take my hands from the wheel to do the second search.

    The Right Stuff:

    - 8GB storage 1GB memory

    - Phone calls

    - Google Assistant

    - Blue Tooth 4.2 Low Energy

    - Wi-Fi

    - Google Fit

    - Android and iPhone compatible

    - Wear OS operating system

    - Calendar, email, contacts and social media connectivity

    - Play Store – lots of apps

    - Spotify Music App pre-loaded

    - Bright vibrant display

    - Battery saving modes

    - Built in GPS

    - Powered by Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor = Fast!

    A Brilliantly conceived smartwatch that is Engineered, Designed, Built and Equipped to go the distance.

    Dec 09, 2019 19:45
  • Review by BenisJ, 8 out of 10
    Solid Smartwatch

    Good:

    - Stylish and classy

    - Nice, large display

    - Google OS

    - Easy setup (took about 10 minutes)

    - Better than a day's worth of battery (results may vary--but this was after minimal customization)

    - Supports Google Pay

    - Wifi, NFC, GPS, heart rate

    - Support for many apps

    - Good, fast processor, responsive, 8GB storage

    - Built-in speaker and vibration option

    Bad:

    - I struggled for over an hour getting the pins out to size the watch--plan on taking it to a watch shop for adjusting

    - A bit heavy

    - Text is a bit small (had to go into settings and pick LARGE over normal)

    - After a week, I am still struggling to remember which way to swipe for various features and find myself "lost" when touching the screen

    - Special charger so you will have to remember to travel with it

    How I intend to use it:

    This is my first smartwatch and, since I am all-in on Google/Android, this watch made the most sense to me. I wanted a watch that was stylish and had multiple "face" options. I really like the look of this watch and the fact that I can select different face types for the watch. Growing up a member of the Swatch generation, I like that I can select from many different looks for this watch. Unfortunately, I have found the metal band to be a bit uncomfortable and will be looking to replace it down the road.

    First and foremost, however, I wanted alerts--specifically text alerts and emails--to hit my wrist. I use 3 different Google accounts (and two personal phone numbers) all the time and needed a device that would handle multiple accounts without issue. I have had no issues receiving text/email and have been able to reliably use "suggested responses" or voice-to-text responses through the smartwatch. I also get Facebook post alerts (I need to figure out how to disable that) and Facebook Messenger "texting" to the watch.

    Second, I intend to use the watch to monitor (and incentivize) basic health functions like tracking exercise, heart rate, etc. I like the Google Fit app and have jumped on the "steps per day" bandwagon.

    Third, I like Google Pay. The watch may replace my phone for NFC payments at gas stations and the grocery store.

    And finally, I intend to use the watch (rather than my phone) as my primary source for interacting with the Google Assistant.

    I still have more to explore with this watch but it has delivered all the functionality and features I want. I don't think you can go wrong with this smartwatch.

    Nov 25, 2019 12:39
  • Review by allib, 8 out of 10
    Sleek looks, great value in a smartwatch

    The Fossil Carlyle HR Smoke Stainless Steel watch is an attractive option for IOS or Android based phone users. I really like the look of the watch and find it to be quite stylish. Rather than taking the stainless steel watchband to a jeweler to be sized I opted to order additional Fossil watchbands. Fossil has some great color and material options to change up the look of their Gen 5 watch. I opted for a black band and a gray band and prefer the leather material for lightweight comfort and ease of adjustment.

    Along with being stylish, the watch screen is also very responsive. There are a large variety of watch faces to choose from, including seasonal ones. The variety of tiles is plentiful and includes fitness, reminders, calendar, weather, social app notifications, etc... I've found Google Assistant to work quite well. Overall, the watch operating system works very well. Initially, I did experience some connection issues, but after resetting the watch the problem was eliminated and has not been an issue since. Battery life thus far has been quite good and I typically get two days of use. Recharging is quite simple with the included USB magnetic charger.

    One awesome feature of this watch is that it has a water-resistant design that is good up to 98' of water. The watch is also good for tracking other fitness activities, sleep activity and heart rate.

    If you're looking for a stylish, quality smartwatch with a lot of features then the Fossil Gen 5 is a great option. For those looking for the stainless steel watchband model it would have been great had Fossil included a tool for resizing.

    Dec 08, 2019 16:47
  • 8.4score
    Fossil - Gen 5 Smartwatch 44mm Stainless Steel - Rose Gold with Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Band
    Description

    Keep time and stay connected with this rose gold Fossil Gen 5 Julianna HR smartwatch. The rechargeable battery offers up to a day of uptime, while three smart battery modes support multi-day use. This Fossil Gen 5 Julianna HR smartwatch uses Wear OS by Google, which lets you connect Android and iOS smartphones, and the voice-activated Google Assistant feature responds through the built-in speaker.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with Android phones and iPhone®: Including models with an Android 4.4 or later (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3 or later operating system for wide-ranging use.
  • Calendar, SMS, email and social apps notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • Touch-sensitive AMOLED screen: Control the smartwatch straight from the display.
  • Stainless steel case: Along with a 22mm stainless steel watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 98' of water.
  • Wireless connection to your device: Bluetooth connectivity and NFC technology enables simple one-touch pairing.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Tracks activity, sleep activity and heart rate.
  • Microphone: Speak into the smartwatch to utilize apps that requires sound.
  • Rechargeable battery: For extended battery life. Charge easily using the included USB magnetic charger.
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  • Review by Dchpra09, 10 out of 10
    Best WatchOS Smartwatch yet

    So far this is one of the easiest to use android Watch OS to use. bought this for my wife that is going from an iWatch Series 3 cellular to the Gen 5 Smartwatch. Does not have the bloatware that usually comes with the Samsung watches. Also the watch bands are more standard and very easy to replace with silicon and leather to match your style.

    Jan 06, 2020 14:11
  • Review by Tpm8, 8 out of 10
    I like it

    I'm coming from a Samsung gear fit 2 and wanted a more watch-ier wearable. Still getting used to using Google fit as opposed to Samsung health. There aren't as many features in the native app. Seems the step count is significantly lower also but I may need to tighten the band. I like that I can make calls on the watch and use Google assistant. I wish it was a little smaller but all the gen 5s are 44mm.

    Nov 20, 2019 17:37
  • Review by Keith, 8 out of 10
    Stylish, functional, unnecessary

    I have been a fan of watches with extra functionality since I had a calculator watch in elementary school and one with a very inaccurate thermometer in high school, so smartwatches are right up my alley. I don't think that they are a necessary accessory for anyone, but if you choose to get one, I believe this Fossil should be on your list to check out. I use it daily, with little to no battery anxiety after charging each night, simplify checking notifications and getting quick information.

    I chose this particular model because I have always liked black watches with gold accents, and, aside from a clasp that is not foolproof and sometimes accidentally pressing the large main button just from everyday movement, I have no real complaints about the body.

    The software and functionality of the watch will be similar to any other watch running the latest version of Android/WearOS, which I find quite useful and customizable. It's easy to change watch faces, and almost every watch face can have different information added to it so that you can have weather, activity monitoring, calendar, and other info right on the main screen. You can also have more info available to swipe to simply, and in the order of your choosing. I have a large phone in a wallet case, so being able to get to simple information quickly saves me that little bit of hassle if opening it up.

    Battery life varies greatly based on how you choose to set it up and use it. There are low power modes with less functionality that can last for days, but I choose to turn on almost everything except phone call capability and "Ok Google" detection. With this setup, I go from around 8 am to 11 pm regularly with no battery concerns.

    If the battery does get low on longer days, the watch automatically switches to one of the low power modes to extend the battery. You can even switch to one that only displays the time, and only when you press it to wake it up. This is the mode that can last multiple days.

    The fitness tracking seems really nice, but I have no idea how accurate it is.

    Why not 5 stars? Little things.

    - The clasp is tough to close consistently without balancing it on something, and the first week or so it gave me false positives and then fell off quickly.

    - The new version of WearOS made Google Maps navigation notifications harder to read quickly, so it's not very useful as a replacement for a mounted phone. This was one of the biggest reasons I wanted modern smartwatches.

    - Fossil's app does not make it easy to select a simple watchface and put an image of your choosing as the background, as my Moto360 did. You have to link to your Instagram account, and then can only select photos you have posted. Why not just let me pick from any photo on my phone?

    - Proprietary charger means that I have to have the very specific cable to charge it. This seems to be most if not all smartwatches, but I would love a USB-C port on the watch itself for charging.

    Nov 03, 2019 07:13
  • Review by Sunshine, 8 out of 10
    Great watch!

    This is an awesome watch! I'm able to get all my notifications from my phone to this watch. I can make calls, receive calls and same with texts! Pretty amazing! I'm a Google user so this watch is extremely convenient for me (you can even see your Nest notifications WITH picture!!!) Wow!! One thing I will say is that is consistently loses bluetooth signal and I'm having to mess with that, which can be irritating especially if I'm out & about. Also, the "ok Google" detection has not worked since I received the watch. It worked for 1 day and now... nothing. I'm hoping this gets fixed soon with the next update bc I really love having the Google assistant function on my devices.

    Oct 04, 2020 10:25
  • Review by Gina, 8 out of 10
    Fossil - Wear OS

    Love the watch - many compliments. However, I am having issues pairing to my phone.

    Nov 16, 2020 10:06
  • Review by Will, 6 out of 10
    Not so good with IoS

    My wife loves how this watch looks. It fits nice on her wrist however does still look a little bulky.

    This watch would be great if she didn't have to download another app to send me messages. We both had to download an app to send it receive messages to her watch (both IoS users)

    Jun 15, 2020 00:38
  • Review by JohnnyP12, 10 out of 10
    Fossil

    The wife is happy with it so am I , mother's day gift

    Oct 26, 2021 04:50
  • Review by Best, 10 out of 10
    5th gen

    I give this watch an A+. The speaker is clear and the mic works well also.

    Sep 10, 2021 13:57
  • 8.2score
    Fossil - Gen 5 LTE Smartwatch (Cellular) 45mm - Blush Silicone (Verizon)
    Description

    Tech for real life. This 45mm Gen 5 LTE touchscreen smartwatch features a pink silicone strap, phone-free calling functionality, 8GB storage capacity and three smart battery modes to extend battery life for multiple days. Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatches work exclusively with Verizon branded Android phones (not unlocked phones) on the Verizon Network with qualified Numbershare data plan. NumberShare is required to activate service on LTE smartwatches. Numbershare is available with an eligible Verizon monthly plan. Adding a smartwatch to your Verizon data plan will incur additional monthly charges. Customers must have a compatible Android Smartphone (4G or 5G) active on their Verizon account. Compatible Android smartphone must have OS 6.0 or later, excluding Go edition, with an updated version of the MVS app "My Verizon Services" (v.1.0.104.2 or later) and must be HD voice capable, have HD voice turned On and be on an eligible plan. LTE smartwatches do not support a standalone activation, only activation via NumberShare is eligible. For more detailed information, please refer to your Verizon Connected Devices plan. Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are only compatible with Verizon Android™ phones on the Verizon network. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Supported features may vary between platforms. To avoid damage to your watch, only use with included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge. Product should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize potential for RF interference. See product insert for full details.

    7 Features
  • Exclusively on Verizon Wireless: Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatches work exclusively with Verizon branded Android phones (not unlocked phones) on the Verizon network with qualified Numbershare data plan. NumberShare is required to activate service on LTE smartwatches.
  • Health: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, heart rate, and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Lifestyle: Always on Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Utility: Leave your phone behind and stay connected for notifications, calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. When someone calls your phone's number, your watch will ring and you can take the call even when your phone is miles away.
  • Battery: Optimize your battery life with Smart Battery Modes. 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Preloaded Apps: Agenda, Alarm, Calendar, Cardiogram, Contacts, Enhanced Phone Dialer App, Facer, Google Assistant, Google Fit (Workout, Heart Rate, Goals, Breathe), Google Pay™, Google Play Store, Nike Run Club, Noonlight, Smart Battery Modes, Spotify, Stopwatch, Timer, Translate
  • Display: 1.28" AMOLED / 416 x 416 / 328ppi
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  • Review by SamG, 8 out of 10
    Nice Watch Limited by Wear OS

    Day-to-day I like using the Fossil Gen 5. It looks great, runs well, and has more than enough battery life to get me to the end of the day without ever having to think about it. Fossil did a good job on this watch and if I were reviewing just based on that I’d say it’s excellent, but the still limited app selection of Wear OS really holds it back, especially as an LTE watch, and that’s pretty disappointing. I still think there’s a lot to like here and if Google ever gets around to giving Wear OS the attention it deserves it could get even better.

    Getting into the box you get the watch, a black silicone strap, and a charging cable (no power brick included). The marketing photos make this look like a dark silver, but to me it’s pretty much black most of the time. It looks good though and the 45mm case fits my wrist well.

    In terms of features it ticks all the boxes. You get LTE, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, activity tracking, water resistance, and a speaker. The speaker is something I definitely missed with my previous Wear OS watch and I’m glad to have it here. The 45mm case may be big for some wrists, but it fits mine well and the display looks good (though it can be a little hard to see in direct bright sunlight). In terms of processing power you get the older Snapdragon 3100 and 1GB of RAM. My previous Wear OS watch also used the 3100, but only had 512MB of RAM and the difference is noticeable (more on that later). It’s not lacking in the spec department, but I do wish Fossil could have made the jump to the newer Snapdragon 4100 as the 3100 is already a couple years old at this point and wasn’t even that much of an upgrade of the 2100 before it.

    Wearing the watch on my wrist this past week it’s been very comfortable. It’s not overly heavy and I don’t notice it most of the time. The included silicone strap looks good and doesn’t irritate my skin. The strap can also be replaced by any 22mm watch band and I was able to swap in a brown leather strap from another Fossil watch I owned no problem. Performance has been solid and besides the occasional delay launching an app I have not noticed any delays or stutters. The 1GB of RAM seems to make all the difference here and it feels like a night and day difference from my last watch. Battery life has also been excellent and with light to moderate usage I’m usually ending the days with at least 50% battery.

    The LTE functionality is good and I was able to make and receive calls completely untethered from my phone without any problems. The built-in speaker is loud and clear and the people I called all said that I sounded good talking through the watch. Text messaging seems to work a little bit different in that it does require your phone to be on and connected to cellular to work, but you can still be physically somewhere else with your watch. This was not the case with phone calls and I could make those whether my phone was on or off. Something to be aware of.

    Wear OS is a well designed system and navigating around via the gestures or the crown makes it easy to interact with. You get most of the apps you need pre-installed in terms of fitness of tools and utilities, which is good considering the lack of additional first party apps available for Wear OS at the moment. One pretty disappointing omission for me though is Google’s own YouTube Music app, which is baffling especially when you also consider YouTube Music has an Apple Watch app. I can still play and control music via my phone, but not being able to untether from my phone if I wanted to go on a run or hike is a pretty big miss for an LTE watch. If you use Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Pandora you’re covered, but that’s it. This boils down to my issues with Wear OS in general and how I wish it wasn’t so neglected by Google and other developers. If it isn’t YouTube Music for you I’m sure it’s some other app. I knew this going in, but it’s disappointing that it’s still a problem all these years later.

    So overall I like Fossil Gen 5 LTE, but it’s held back by the same old Wear OS issues. I think Fossil made a really good watch here and most of the issues I've had aren't really anything they can remedy. I still think it’s a good value for an LTE watch and if you can utilize that dedicated cellular connection and are cognizant of Wear OS’ current limitations there is a case to be made for the Gen 5 LTE.

    Apr 27, 2021 09:38
  • Review by Grouticus, 10 out of 10
    Major upgrade to the Fossil smartwatch line

    Finally, after the Google acquisition of Fossil to have a competitor against other well-established manufacturers in the smartwatch market, they have produced a beautifully designed smart watch in the new Fossil Gen 5 LTE watch. I have been waiting years for an update to the Google Wear OS line of watches that sets itself apart from other manufacturers because, in my opinion, the competition has really been lacking in that department which, in turn, the consumer ultimately suffers. With the new Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch, I think they are finally on the right track to take on the competition.

    After charging and during the initial set up of the watch, you will be prompted to download the Google Wear OS application through the Google Play Store on your smart device (phone or tablet) and sync your Google account to the watch via a Bluetooth connection. Once the watch is set up, which only took a few minutes, it goes through a short tutorial on how to use the main functions of the watch by swiping in all direction and using the three side buttons; you can also see this tutorial through their website which was useful to see how the watch functions prior to actual use. You are prompted to set up the LTE connection through the Wear OS application which will sync to the Verizon network using number share if you have a compatible Android phone with the My Verizon Services application on the Verizon network. If you do not, you are still able to use the watch on a Bluetooth connection but not a standalone device on an LTE network.

    I have always preferred the look of a round watch face over the square face, however, I think many people, including myself, would argue the functionality of a square face smartwatch tends to function better and have more usable screen space for certain purposes including a larger viewable area and easier to type. The viewable, round and bright 1.28” AMOLED watch face is large enough to read and type, even for someone like me who has terrible up-close vision. You can adjust the brightness automatically or manually and even set it up to detect daylight to make it easier to view when the sun is out. The scrolling between screens is very responsive and fluid. You can adjust the font size to a certain point, and, for some, that might still not be large enough when trying to read text messages, emails, etc. The smartwatch screen options, mostly accessible through the watch itself and through the Wear OS app, are customizable including the faces, what is displayed on the screen, the order certain shortcuts may appear while scrolling, quick buttons for workouts, and much more.

    The notifications on the watch, including texts, emails, news, etc. is almost simultaneous to them showing up on your phone. You can customize notifications including sounds, vibration and what notifications appear on your watch. You can also password protect the watch if you prefer.

    The battery lasts more than a day with moderate to heavy use. You can adjust the battery usage using the Smart Battery Modes in settings including a multi-day extended mode and toggling the always-on display. I have always made it a habit to charge my smartwatch overnight so that has never been an issue. The battery charges using the included magnetic cable and will charge almost fully in about an hour. There is 8GB of built-in memory that you can use to store media or additional apps.

    In my opinion, one of the most impressive functions of the watch is the fitness tracking, specifically during a workout. During setup, you have the option to set fitness goals which would equate to heart points in the Google Fit app on your smartphone profile. I have done everything from running, bike riding, stationary bike and strength training using the watch. I was surprised during the strength training when the watch somehow knew, or made an inclined guess, as to which type of exercise I was performing. The watch learned from my input if the first guess was incorrect and adjust for the next time I made a certain motion. I was able to keep track of the number, weight and time of my reps during the workout and at the end it uploaded those results to my profile in the Google Fit application. You can also opt for coaching and a voice assistant through the Fit app. On top of all that, you can have the watch and app track your steps, heart rate, weight, sleep, etc.

    With the Fossil Gen 5 LTE, the first stand alone LTE watch in the Google OS market, I believe they set a strong foundation to build on and believe what they currently have going for them is a huge step in the right direction to compete with others in the smartwatch market. It takes some time to figure out everything the Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch is capable of but, in my opinion, more customizable options is typically better when it comes to technology; you can customize this watch to be as simple or as complex as you wish depending on your needs. It is also nice to know with the LTE option you have another way to communicate and get notifications if you leave your phone behind.

    Apr 27, 2021 19:01
  • Review by VangTfz, 10 out of 10
    Great sleek smart watch

    The Fossil Get 5 LTE! Out of the box, you get the watch, magnetic charger (that requires a USB A charging block) and an instruction booklet. Setting up the watch is also quite fast and will require Wear OS app. Within 10 minutes, i was up and running with the watch.

    Connecting the watch to my Verizon plan was also quite a breeze through the Wear OS app. Just follow the steps provided and you can create an additional line for the watch on your Verizon wireless plan. Once that is done, you can use Number Share feature in the verizonwireless.com web app to connect your mobile phone’s number to the watch (this way you get all calls forwarded to the phone as well). I wasn’t able to use the My Verizon app to do this part for Number Share as that feature was either missing or not easily accessible.

    Onto performance, the watch itself does not lag and all notifications come in concurrently with my phone. I haven’t noticed any lag or performance hits thus far! Battery life on the other hand is not so great… I barely manage to eek out 22 hours while in the Daily mode (probably because i get a lot of notifications throughout the day). If using the Extended mode (which limits some functionality such as always having the watch face on), then you can get more life out of your battery. Since i like having the screen on, i usually leave it in the Daily mode and charge it every night. The watch is able to make and receive calls! The microphone is quite exceptional, as people on the other end always hear me pretty crystal clear. The speaker on the watch is quite tiny and it produces enough sound when holding to your face; without it being close to your face, you won’t be able to hear people on the other end when making calls.

    So far, the watch has been great and is quite speedy! If there is anything i could change, it would be for better battery life if i want to go multiple days in the Daily mode! Highly recommend this for anyone that is looking for a stylish smart watch!

    May 08, 2021 20:26
  • Review by APFLORES413, 8 out of 10
    Great Smart Watch with not so great battery

    I wanted an Android Watch for my Samsung phone but never really felt that I needed one. I was curious with the Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smart Watch, as I used to wear regular Fossil watches in the past. I gave this a try and was pleased with most of the features of this watch. After a few weeks of trying it out, here are my thoughts.

    At first glance, the Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smart Watch is a beauty. The round face is not too large for my skinny wrist, and the band is adjustable and comfortable. There is the Dial and 2 buttons that are found on the right side, each with it’s own functionality: the top button activates the Phone Screen where you can use the dial option to input a phone number, call history, contacts and settings. The lower button brings you into the Google Fit screen where you can utilize various ways to track your fitness. You recognize immediately that this Fossil watch encourages you to stay fit and you can track Workout Goals, Metrics, Heart Rate through various activities: Walking, Running, Biking, Treadmill Running, Stationary Biking, Elliptical, Strength Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Yoga, and Other Workouts that can be added (Australian Football, Aerobics, Backcountry Skiing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Vollyball, Biathlon, Biking, Boxing, etc.) Again, so much focus on activity! The middle dial serves as the Home Button and you as you turn it, it scrolls the list on your screen. Holding down the Dial for 2 seconds activates Google Assistant.

    Setting it up was straight forward. I was required to first install Wear OS which then guides you to the installation/connection process. What was great is that you are able to connect this with your Google Home devices as well as Toyota Remote. Sadly, the Toyota Remote was very inconsistent. Going through the Google Play Store, you are limited on what apps are available to download.

    Although the Google Play Store for the watch leaves much to be desired, I was really impressed with my daily usage of this watch. As with any smart watch (my wife has the Apple Watch 6), you have different purposes when swiping in different directions. Swiping “up” gives you the latest Notifications. “Down” gives you the Watch Menu where you can adjust Volume, Battery Modes, Find my Phone, Screen Off, Night Time and Airplane Mode.You also can see the Bluetooth Connection and Battery Percentage. Swiping “Right” and you are met with a host of Google Assistant: Calendar, Ask Google, Interesting Facts, and Quote of the Day (this is really neat!). Finally, swiping “Left” brings you to your Call History, Dial phone numbers and Contact List.

    Depending on what personalized Face you are using will bring different options on the screen. For example, I enjoy using “Machine” which has a traditional looking clock, hands and 4 changeable smart tools. I like having the Phone, Battery Level, and Steps there. These are interchangeable to fit your personal wants. I even found a Magic 8 Ball face.

    Where I feel this watch exceeds any Apple Watch is the display when using as a phone call or text messaging, or receiving notifications. The screen is 1.28" AMOLED display, 416 x 416 with 328ppi and it is a beauty to the eyes. The screen area is large and I am able to see more of any message or see the notifications better. Especially if I am driving, I don’t squint my eyes when looking at my watch because the real estate is so large. When I see my wife using her watch, she brings it closer to her face to read the notifications. I’m glad I don’t have to do that with the Fossil.

    Where I noticed the main drawback is the battery life. I wake up at 6:30 in the morning, I put my watch on and then get ready for work. By the time I am downstairs at 7am the battery is already at 97%. By the time I am done with the day and put the watch back on the charger around 8pm, the watch battery is around 40%. Fossil says you can have 24hr through the Extended Mode, whereas I am using the Daily Mode.

    Overall, I am really impressed and happy with the Fossil Gen 5 LTE watch. It is a great compliment to my Samsung Smart Watch.

    May 07, 2021 13:40
  • Review by Mike, 8 out of 10
    Great option for Wear OS

    I have been using the Fossil Gen 5 LTE for about a week now after using Samsung watches for years. This is a very nice watch if you are patient, new to smartwatches, or are a huge fan of Google’s Wear OS. The craftmanship is fantastic, screen is bright and easy to read, silicone band is very comfortable, great LTE signal, and accurate GPS. The various battery modes are very convenient and include nice insights of what features will be turned off to extend the battery in smart modes well over 3 days, and a mode for “time only” that claims to extend the battery life to almost a month! Setting the watch up with Verizon Number Share was quick and easy. These pros outweigh the cons of this smartwatch, which are almost entirely the fault of Wear OS and a fairly quiet built-in speaker for calls. The speaker is still very usable in quieter areas or for quick calls on the go without your phone, but if you plan on using this watch often for phone-less calls, you will be delighted with how easy it is to connect Bluetooth headphones and earbuds! The crown is pleasant to use for navigation, but it takes a little while to stop accidently activating Google Assistant every time your hand goes flat on a surface. I found myself not relying too heavily on the on-board LTE, as I usually do have my phone with me, but the integration of it offers the option of going for runs, walks, or bike rides without needing to find a spot to tuck your phone away. In this sport capacity, this watch works great and is very handy to be able to leave your phone behind and still listen to Spotify or Pandora while Google Fit or Strava track your workout! Overall, this is a very nicely built watch, with a lot of very nicely crafted Fossil watch faces included, great battery life while using the preset extended battery mode and excellent 4G LTE signal! If you’re looking for a nicely built watch with built in LTE that integrates nicely into Google’s ecosystem of apps and service, this may be the choice for you!

    Apr 29, 2021 00:16
  • Review by rjv86, 8 out of 10
    Great watch, better if you're left handed

    This watch is very snappy and responsive and was really easy to set up with your phone. Within the Wear OS app you can jump to your carrier site and easily add an LTE plan to make calls or stream music without your phone. That being said, it's speaker is very quiet on this phone. I had my call output set to phone and maxed my volume but it was still fairly faint. My caller on the other end however, said i was quite clear, so the microphone appears to be very good. It'd be handy in an emergency, but if your phone is with you, you're better off using speaker phone from your device or some headphones

    While the screen is a good size, the watch itself isn't overly bulky, so even if you've got smaller wrists, it likely wouldn't look out of place.

    it's nice having two shortcut buttons that you can program to commonly used features. They're offset and low profile a 2 and 4 o'clock which is good placement. My issue however is with the crown dial at 3 o'clock. This is where it loses a star for me.

    Instead of using a ring around the face of the watch, the 5G LTE uses a crown button/dial to scroll and select. It's easy to use, but its size is a little too large. I'm constantly triggering the google assistant popup accidentally when the crown presses on to the back of my hand.

    When leaning on anything or lifting my hand up for any task that results in my hand being perpendicular to my arm, its keeps starting it up. I could probably just disable the launching of it, but i use it often (when i mean to)

    If you are one that wears a watch on your right hand, this would be a non issue for you.

    That being said, while I'm constantly launching voice assist, in addition to many alerts per day (social media, email, text, etc), the battery life has been fantastic and never come close to dying on me. i could forget to charge overnight and will still have enough power to get me to work where i can top up quickly while sitting at my desk. On that note, it charges really fast.

    Apr 28, 2021 12:18
  • Review by buckbabes, 8 out of 10
    Great If You Want To Make Untethered Phone Calls

    Within the last few years, I have owned 4 smart watches. With each year they keep getting better. So, when I heard the watchmaker Fossil was in the smartwatch game, I just knew I needed to get my hands on one of their watches, For the last week I was testing the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch with LTE. Overall, I think it has great hardware, but the software needs some work.

    Setup was simple. Just like with any other smartwatch, I had to install a companion app that walked me through the setup process. In this case it was the Wear OS app. The app connected my phone to the watch and synced all my accounts with just a few taps. I was also able to use the app to add the watch to my Verizon account since it also had LTE capability. The whole process took about 15 minutes.

    The hardware and watch strap are top notch. The version I have comes with a black 44mm watch body and a 22mm black silicone strap. The whole setup felt noticeably light and comfortable on my wrist. As you can see from one of my pictures it is the same size and shape as any other fossil watch. This is the first smartwatch that I have owned that feels like a normal watch.

    As for performance, the watch performs very well. There is a built-in speaker and microphone for phone calls and when I was connected via Bluetooth, the watch worked great. I received all my notifications; I was able to answer calls and reply to texts. Most times the watch would receive calls and notifications about half a second faster than my phone. When I left the phone home and connected via LTE, I was still able to send and receive phone calls and notifications, but I was not able to receive text messages. I would say 90% of my phone conversations are via text message so this was a huge let down and meant I really could not untether myself from my phone.

    As for call quality, I would say that the watch performed acceptably. If I were in a room by myself, I could clearly hear the person I called, and they could hear me. But if I were outside riding a bike or in a moving car, the ambient noise would overpower the watch microphone and speaker.

    The battery life was also acceptable. The watch was easily able to get me 24 hours of use before needing a charge and If I made use of the other battery modes, I could almost get two days of use. Charging speed was also rather good. When my battery was at 7% it only took about an hour and a half to get back to 100 percent.

    Other than the things I just mentioned, there was one stand out feature that had me amazed and one that really disappointed me. The touch sensor on the screen is the best I ever used. Whenever I used the watch to type messages the screen picked up the exact letter I was trying to press. I have not used any other smartwatch that was as accurate as this one. Then there was the one thing that highly disappointed me. Since his watch has LTE, Bluetooth and 8 gigs of storage naturally I would think it can also be used as a media player. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I can pair the watch to headphones but there is no app for streaming or downloading music. With Spotify all I can do is control the music on my phone or another device.

    With that being said, I do like this watch and would recommend it as a smart watch. However, the only upside to LTE is being able to make phone calls and receive notifications but that is about it.

    Apr 23, 2021 13:17
  • Review by jailoliv, 8 out of 10
    Good Looking, Feature Rich, and Big

    This Fossil Watch Gen5 LTE was easy to set up. It came with easy-to-follow instructions. I was easily able to connect it to my Verizon account after I downloaded the "Wear OS by Google" app. After setup, the app prompted me to connect to my Verizon account. It walked me through set up and gave a little tutorial of how to operate it.

    After playing around with the watch for a few minutes I was easily able to figure out how to use it. No learning curve whatsoever.

    Accepting and placing calls was simple and straight forward. Voice was clear on both sides of the conversation. Setting up Google fit to track steps and heart rate was also easy and I found it very accurate.

    Changing the digital watch face design was as easy as it should be and using the Google assistant to place calls and texts not only worked great but it was very handy, especially on a watch since typing on such a small device is not an easy task and is usually inconvenient. Mind you that the word small here is relative because for some wrists, this watch is too big. Although she liked it, “it does look awkwardly big on my small wrist”. My daughter’s own words. Although comfortable to me, she complained about the weight too. “Maybe with a thinner strap it might look more feminine and like it fits. It's also heavy so slides around some unless I wear it very tight.”

    Good thing here is that we both liked the overall rounded look as well as the functionality and features. Great for active people like us and the available apps are easily downloaded and the ones we tried were all useful. We both recommend it with the above notes to consider.

    Apr 25, 2021 11:58
  • 8.2score
    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel Case - Silver
    Description

    Citizen CZ Smart touchscreen smartwatch is designed for every moment. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. The sport edition features a color touchscreen dial and black anodized aluminum top ring framed and finished with a silver-tone stainless steel case and bracelet. CZ Smart features a 46mm three-piece case construction and a rugged bezel design. Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone® and Android™ phones to fit your lifestyle. Plus, the versatile menu of dials, designed exclusively for CZ Smart, gives you all the information you need at your fingertips.

    7 Features
  • Function: Steps, distance, heartrate, sleep hours tracker, fitness activity tracking, heart points, organize your day with on screen notification, Google Assistant, and scheduled meetings and events. GPS allows you to leave your phone behind and still track your distance and identify your location
  • Compatibility: Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Display: 1.28” AMOLED, 416 x 416 resolution
  • Unique Features: Heart Rate, Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Speaker, Mic, answer phone calls
  • Design: CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart features a rugged bezel design and versatile menu of customizable dials
  • Device Compatibility: CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Additional Information: Rechargeable Battery: 1-3 Day Battery life, USB cable with magnetic charger, 8 GB of Memory to load additional applications and music, 1.28” Amoled Display, 416X416 resolution, Gorilla Glass Screen for durability
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Harrkev, 8 out of 10
    A bit big, but otherwise great.

    The first thing to know is that the installed OS appears to be a pretty vanilla version of Google Wear OS, for all of the good and bad that entails. Citizen made the hardware, and Google made most of the software on it.

    First, the physical design. This thing is a chunky boy, with a 46mm diameter (not including crown and pushers), and a total thickness of 11.3mm (not including the small pulse sensor bulge on the bottom). The actual glass on the front is 38mm, and the display itself only takes up 33mm of that. Outside of the glass is a dive-style bezel that looks like it SHOULD be able to rotate, since it features a scalloped edge. However, this is fake, as it doesn't turn at all. The hour markers do help if you are using an analog watch face without markers, but the minute markers between the 12:00 and 4:00 positions are quite useless. The weight of the watch itself (minus any strap or bracelet) is 55g, which is actually not bad for a steel-cased watch this size. There are standard 20mm lugs, and the lug to lug distance is just under 52mm. It advertises 30m of water resistance -- plenty for a watch of this type. Fine in the rain or maybe the swimming pool, but not a dive watch. The watch is also sealed -- no screw-down back (not that I was expecting one), and replacing the battery (if it is ever needed) is clearly not inteded to be done by the user. The back also features the charge rings, and this is compatible with Fossil Gen 5 charging cables (cheaper than the Citizen version).

    The included bracelet is a very mixed bag. It looks a bit cheap given the price, and rattles a bit. The links are polished in the center and brushed on the edges. It has a fold-over keeper for the clasp, as well as two pushers, and also features three micro-adjust holes. It does not feature end links at all, but does at least include captive quick-release spring bars. It consists of folded steel links, and weighs in at 75 grams (with one link removed to fit me). Yes, the bracelet is heavier than the watch itself. It doesn't look bad, but I would recommend saving the bracelet for more dressy occasions. Note that if you want to use the included bracelet, you will need to have it sized to fit you. You can take it to any jewler to have it done, or can do it yourself if you have the tool (not included). I threw a canvas strap on mine, and the total watch + strap came in at 67g total -- light enough to be comfortable all day. The use of NATO or Zulu straps is not recommended, as they will cover the heart rate sensor.

    There is an agreement between Citizen and the Swatch group to cooperate in the smartwatch arena. Citizen actually makes the insides, and sells them to the Fossil group to put in a case. So if you find one of those watches that you think looks better, they likely have similar innards and features. Brands include Fossil, Diesel, Skagen, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors. So if you want a watch that has different style, the Swatch group watches should feature similar quality and specifications, giving you more choice in the looks department.

    As to the function, being a Wear OS device, it pairs nicely with an Android phone, and the app store features plenty of watch faces to download. There is a heart rate tracker and step counter built in, and Google's "Fit Heart Rate" and "Fit Workout" apps are included. At its highest power setting, the battery should last all day but will need to be charged every evening (fortunately, it charges fast). There is also a GPS and compass, allowing you to download and use the Google Maps app, but this app takes more power. There is also a tilt sensor on-board, but a "Compass Level" app showed the tilt sensor to be off by about 7 or 8 degrees.

    You can easily take or make phone calls using the built-in speaker and microphone. You can even download a podcast app and pair bluetooth speakers directly to the watch, but at the expense of greatly reduced battery life.

    So, overall, if you feel the need for a smartwatch, and are tied to the Android ecosystem, then this watch is certainly worth considering. I chose the steel version simply because it should last quite a while. I have seen black finishes wear off over time, which would seriously mar the looks, and by avoiding any type of color, that problem is eliminated. Steel fimishes also just look classy.

    Sep 29, 2021 12:40
  • Review by TheStigenator, 8 out of 10
    Timeless classic watch with modern day smarts

    I’ve been a long fan of citizen watches, having owned and collected quite a few of their models over the years. If it weren’t for the need for biometric tracking I’d still be wearing those today. Well, that changed last week when I received my Citizen CZ Smartwatch. All the looks and branding of a classy watch, with none of the missing features.

    The packaging and overall presentation of the watch in the box are very attractive (far better than the previous citizen watches I’ve owned including the eco-drive solar-powered watch). The watch is available in three colours, this one is stainless steel, but it’s also available in black and gold. The strap install is rather cumbersome due to the metal loop, but with some finesse, one can install the strap rather easily. What I did miss in the box and I wish Citizen had included one, was the link removal tool. Thankfully, one of my other watches had it, so I used that to re-size my watch to fit my wrist.

    The watch runs Google Wear OS. If you are entrenched into the Google ecosystem, this is the watch to have. Downloading the WearOS app on my phone was a breeze, but getting the phone to pair seemed to be a bit finicky at best. It took some time for the Bluetooth to be detected by the phone, but after that, the rest of the setup was quite easy. Once paired, the initial updates of the operating system and apps, the phone was ready for your wrist.

    First off, one must temper the expectations, this is not an iWatch, it’s a WearOS powered watch, with many similar features, but not all the features. It features message notification, Google assistant, on-watch speakerphone, Google pay, Google fit & fitness tracking with GPS features, and emergency ‘noonlight’ safety notification among others. If you are looking for a wide variety of apps, well you got 4GB of space to fill that up with. However, the app experience is limited and I found that aspect a bit of a downer since I was expecting more app compatibility. The google apps that you need for daily use (calendar, mail, text messaging, assistant, phone calls) all work fantastically well. You will be swiping your way to productivity in no time. Between the three buttons and a rotating centre crown, and the 4-way swiping motion, one can easily navigate the watch.

    So what is the watch like to use on a daily basis? Other than the battery life which can be improved by turning off the GPS and other screen optimizations, you will find yourself charging it every night. On average, I ran about 20 hours before it needed charging. The watch is heavy and classy, I got quite a few comments on date night for its looks. What the watch seemingly lacks in ability, it makes up for looks, however, as stated - this is no iWatch, the basics are there and they work very well, and if that is all you need, this is the watch for you. For an everyday watch, this works well and will hold up way better than any other device thanks to its rugged construction.

    Pros:

    * Gorgeous classy watch for that guy who has everything

    * Built-in GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, Google Assitant, Google Ecosystem, GPay

    * Noonlight - safety system

    Cons:

    * Heavy.. Took a bit of getting used to, not for small wrists

    * Text size is not adjustable, hard to read notifications when it pops up, even though it's clear to read.

    * Sleep monitoring isn’t as accurate as my other smartwatch, I wore both to bed to compare.

    * Loses sync with the phone - has to be re-connected often.

    Oct 04, 2021 03:33
  • Review by elitegangsta, 6 out of 10
    Nice Traditional Watch Option

    If you’re looking for a “classic” watch look and feel, but with the benefit of a smartwatch, this may be the model for you. The Citizen CZ from a visual perspective has all of the look and feel of a traditional watch. It has a completely round face, buttons and a dial on the right of the face, and a traditional band.

    Setup was straight forward and easy. I did find attaching the band a bit obnoxious as you have to line up pins to the mounting points on the face. I stripped a bit to get this connected, but eventually made it happen. This is by far the most frustrating thing about the entire watch. Citizen should revamp this design in future versions.

    Once “installed” and charged, the watch is ready to pair to your phone. This is done via the WareOS app which is available on iOS or Android. Once installed going through the prompt to pair it to the phone was simple.

    Most settings are controlled directly from the wareOS app. Watch faces, updates, app installs, etc… I found the wareOS app easy to use and navigate.

    Using this watch on iOS left many features and notifications did not working. I found 2 factor notifications did not work on my iOS device and many of the companion apps didn’t copy over (such as DUO), native iOS mail did not notify on the wareOS watch. On Android, paired to my Pixel 4, these notification worked just fine.

    I found using the watch for daily activities such as telling time, getting calendar reminders (when working on Android), getting health updates via the Google Fitness app, or making NFC payments via Google Pay when in a store were all simple and easy to use. The interface of wareOS is very simple, and swiping between apps, settings, or different watch faces was easy. There was even a nice tutorial when it first booted up walking you through the navigation features.

    I found overall performance to be really good. The wareOS was responsive and smooth, as you would expect from a modern product. The screen was plenty bright and I had no issues seeing the display in the daylight. Text was also crisp and colors were vivid. The only glaring issue I found was battery life. I got about 12 hours out of the watch with minimal use, and I found over time, the battery life got better. Initially, when setting it up, playing with many setting, checking out all the features, and constantly checking the time, I got about 6 hours out of the battery. I found when I was achieving 12 hours, it was a non-issue as it would last me through the day and did what I needed. If I happened to have a longer evening, I would have needed to charge it before going back out, which could become an issue and annoyance with having to keep a charger on hand or at the office.

    The 46mm watch face, while great to see, was very large on my small wrists. I would have preferred a slightly smaller face in order to feel like it actually fit me. The edges were wider than my wrist was so it looks a bit odd and obvious when wearing. Overall something I could live with, especially if I only use this as a “formal ware” device, which is always nice having that option when most other smart watches tend to ditch a traditional look in favor of a more futuristic one.

    Overall, this is a good wearOS watch and does what it sets out to do fairly well. If you’re in the Google ecosystem and want a traditional watch with smooth and quick performance and can live with a max of 12 hour battery, this is a great choice. For all the iOS users out there, I’d look for better suited products for that ecosystem.

    Oct 13, 2021 16:09
  • Review by Rbeck, 10 out of 10
    Nice Alternate Watch

    This Citizen smart watch is a great alternative to some of the other brand's of smart watches. It uses Google Wear OS and was very easy to connect with the Wear app on my phone. It is not as easy to choose alternate watch faces other than the ones that come with it. However it does everything you could want. it tracked my steps and heartbeat, it tracks thru Google Fit. it lets me know when I have calls and messages and shows me pictures that some one has sent me. You can choose which items you get notifications from. Over all I like this watch a lot it is not as heavy as some other brands. comfortable to wear and has long battery life. It also charges quickly once attached to the charger

    Oct 10, 2021 06:12
  • Review by movieluver, 8 out of 10
    Functional classy watch

    I want to start by saying this is a beautiful watch. Even if you don’t use all of the features, it’s a beautiful piece of jewelry. I got the silver watch and it looks very classy and upscale. It has a face that is 1.5 inches in diameter. I had to take it to a jeweler to get it sized as it had too many links and did not fit me properly.

    The watch comes in a box with a snug fitting foam for protection. It also comes with instructions and a charger. The first thing you should do is charge the watch while you go to your App Store and download the “Wear OS” app. It’s a white box with a blue, yellow, green, and red “W”. Charging the watch completely will take about 30 minutes (if the battery is completely drained, it takes about an hour). Once you have done that, you can connect your phone to your watch. This process is very easy and takes about five minutes. If you have a google account, you can sync it to your watch.

    The watch has several useful features. One of features I enjoy most is talking through my watch. It makes me feel like James Bond. When I placed my call, I was told I sounded very clear (when I had my arm down it sounded far away but as soon as I lifted my arm up towards my mouth I sounded fine). It was very easy to make calls and you can easily switch between your phone and your watch. You also have a “flashlight” feature which all it did was put a white screen on the face of the watch and brightened the screen. And it worked!!! You can also change the design of the face of the watch just by holding your finger on the face of the watch. You have a choice of 5 faces or you can go to the google store to download more. It also has the following apps already stored: hand washing timer, find my phone, agenda, alarm, contacts, fit breathe, fit goals, fit heart rate, fit workout, Google pay, reminders, Spotify, stopwatch, translate, weather, play store, and wellness. All of them are so easy to use and very convenient.

    When you receive texts it shows on the face of the watch. However, I could not figure out how to text back on the watch. I’m not sure if it is because my phone is an Apple phone and the watch is a Google watch. But they are compatible in that I can see my texts. I also tried the Google assistant and I had some issues because the watch kept displaying that I was not connected. Sometimes Google assistant worked and sometimes not.

    Overall the watch is beautiful and classy. Some of the features/apps worked great while the connectivity to the wifi was spotty. But I would still get this watch and use whatever features I can.

    Sep 28, 2021 20:17
  • Review by ERN52, 10 out of 10
    Very nice digital watch

    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel Case – Gold

    A number of years ago before smartwatches, I wanted a Citizen watch but my financial status kept me from doing so. This is my opportunity to enjoy this Citizen experience and I do love the watch.

    This Citizen Smartwatch is a wonderful timepiece that looks and feels like a conventional watch combined with smartwatch features. there are five different screens to choose from. The watch operating system is Wear OS by Google. My phone is an iPhone 12. I can’t comment on the difference but I am sure with an Android phone the options for the watch might be more extensive.

    Nonetheless, this watch is compatible with iOS 12 and newer phones. The feature I like best on this watch is that the watch face can be set to be on all the time. This setting produces a standard looking analog watch face without a second hand and simply allows me to look at the watch to know what time it is. If I want more information from the watch, I just tap the watch face to get the screen I want to see.

    The watch came with a booklet that gave instruction for the set up.

    Step 1 showed how to attach the watch band.

    Step 2 showed how to remove the watch band.

    Step 3 instructed me to connect the charging cable to the watch and to the USB power source.

    The installation then began.

    Step 4 Enable Bluetooth on my iPhone and download the Google Wear OS app from the Apple app store

    After successfully pairing the phone to the watch a tutorial displayed an interactive tutorial that would finish the installation. In just a few minutes the watch was ready to be used.

    Needless to say, the installation and maintenance of the watch is simple and straightforward.

    Installation and setup instructions are available on the Citizen website.

    The apps and functions I found on the watch include:

    Calendar From the phone

    Playstore

    Alarm From the phone

    Contacts From the phone

    Find Phone

    Breath

    Fitness Apps

    Phone

    Reminders

    Spotify

    Stopwatch

    Translate

    Timer

    Weather

    I would highly recommend this Citizen Smartwatch. Citizen is a great name in the watchmaking business and the watch is a high-quality timepiece.

    Sep 29, 2021 15:02
  • Review by TickledPink, 8 out of 10
    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm in SS. Not too bad

    First, I must admit that I’m a bit of a Citizen nerd — especially their Eco-Drive watches in titanium. I was hoping to find the CZ Smartwatch in my favorite finish, but the stainless will do…and it is attractive. I’ve been considering a smartwatch for some time, but I didn’t want some futuristic “watch” that looked like something from the Jetsons (I’m dating myself).

    I like the way it looks, similar to a classically designed divers watch. Just don’t jump in the pool with it. Maybe that’s something Citizen could work on — its underwater rating. The different face styles from which you can choose are a nice touch. I even downloaded an off brand face that looks good. There are a few on Google Play. (*By the way, before doing any setup, no matter how you interpret the manual, make sure the watch is fully charged. I tried setup at about 40% while connected with the charger and ran into a few do-overs.) The control functions are fairly simple and allow for a rather large amount of customization, depending upon your needs. For me, there’s a bit of a learning curve, especially when dealing with Google’s Fit software/selections. I think that’s one of the things that makes this watch so versatile — its customizabilitude. There, that’s now a word.

    Downfalls? I mentioned that it really isn’t waterproof to any reasonable depth. There is a difference between being waterproof and water resistant. Don’t risk it with a watch at this price point. That being said, if you forget and wear it in the shower, you’re probably fine. Another ding would be the battery life. For any reasonable use other than just as a watch, you can expect barely a day before needing a charge. Multiple days would be nice, Citizen. If used as a watch and not much else, you may get 2 days. On the bright side, it does charge quickly. It went from 8% to 90% while charging during a 20 minute shower and shave.

    Would I take this with me while traveling? Probably not. Just another device to worry about where I last put the charging cable. At home, not a problem. It’s easy to get into the routine of charging at night while sleeping. Of course when you do that, you miss out on any of the sleep monitoring features. Oh, well.

    The overall feel and the watch’s fit-and-finish — especially compared to my other Citizens — close, but not quite there. I’m not sure how to explain this, so take this comment with a grain of salt. That being said, I think Citizen can do better. I know they can. This is their first jump into the market of smartwatches. Also, if it helps, there are a number of YouTube videos that Citizen has produced about the functioning of this watch. Check ‘em out.

    Would I recommend this watch to a friend? Only if it went on a big sale (maybe Christmas?)

    Sep 29, 2021 13:03
  • Review by ebk02, 4 out of 10
    Lots of potential, but misses the mark

    This was extremely well packaged, and upon opening it, I had high expectations for the watch. The construction is impeccable, and the watch looked good. The included bands must be attached, but they have the quick release tabs, so a simple task. This has 8Gb storage, so you have room for additional apps, snapdragon 3100 processor, a 1.28-inch AMOLED display with 416x416 pixels resolution.

    For connectivity, you get GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Sensors on board include heart rate monitor, barometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope. The AMOLED display is gorgeous, bright, colorful and sharp. Keep in mind, this is a large watch, and may overwhelm someone with a smaller wrist. The center knob uses both a push and rotate function. Rotating can "scroll" menu's.

    Charged the watch and installed the Google Wear OS. After watch was fully charged, went on with setting up the watch, personalizing it, etc. I found the operation was excellent, wi-fi connection and pairing perfect.

    Then the "cons" of the watch started to creep in. After only a couple hours of working with the watch, the battery had already dropped to 60%. It is apparent this watch will need to be charged daily, so any night time tracking might be out of the question. Next, trying to find a watch face was disappointing. There are only a few preinstalled faces, and trying to find one on Google became a nightmare.

    These are only a few of the misses, and to some, maybe very minor. However, in this price range, I would expect far more. There are similar watches with similar specs available at about half the cost of this one. Sadly, cannot recommend.

    Sep 29, 2021 12:59
  • 8.2score
    Fossil - Gen 5 Smartwatch 44mm Stainless Steel - Rose Gold with Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Band
    Description

    Keep time and stay connected with this rose gold Fossil Gen 5 Julianna HR smartwatch. The rechargeable battery offers up to a day of uptime, while three smart battery modes support multi-day use. This Fossil Gen 5 Julianna HR smartwatch uses Wear OS by Google, which lets you connect Android and iOS smartphones, and the voice-activated Google Assistant feature responds through the built-in speaker.

    9 Features
  • Compatible with Android phones and iPhone®: Including models with an Android 4.4 or later (excluding Go edition) or iOS 9.3 or later operating system for wide-ranging use.
  • Calendar, SMS, email and social apps notifications: Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
  • Touch-sensitive AMOLED screen: Control the smartwatch straight from the display.
  • Stainless steel case: Along with a 22mm stainless steel watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.
  • Water-resistant design: Defends your smartwatch against submersion in up to 98' of water.
  • Wireless connection to your device: Bluetooth connectivity and NFC technology enables simple one-touch pairing.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Tracks activity, sleep activity and heart rate.
  • Microphone: Speak into the smartwatch to utilize apps that requires sound.
  • Rechargeable battery: For extended battery life. Charge easily using the included USB magnetic charger.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Dchpra09, 10 out of 10
    Best WatchOS Smartwatch yet

    So far this is one of the easiest to use android Watch OS to use. bought this for my wife that is going from an iWatch Series 3 cellular to the Gen 5 Smartwatch. Does not have the bloatware that usually comes with the Samsung watches. Also the watch bands are more standard and very easy to replace with silicon and leather to match your style.

    Jan 06, 2020 14:11
  • Review by Tpm8, 8 out of 10
    I like it

    I'm coming from a Samsung gear fit 2 and wanted a more watch-ier wearable. Still getting used to using Google fit as opposed to Samsung health. There aren't as many features in the native app. Seems the step count is significantly lower also but I may need to tighten the band. I like that I can make calls on the watch and use Google assistant. I wish it was a little smaller but all the gen 5s are 44mm.

    Nov 20, 2019 17:37
  • Review by Keith, 8 out of 10
    Stylish, functional, unnecessary

    I have been a fan of watches with extra functionality since I had a calculator watch in elementary school and one with a very inaccurate thermometer in high school, so smartwatches are right up my alley. I don't think that they are a necessary accessory for anyone, but if you choose to get one, I believe this Fossil should be on your list to check out. I use it daily, with little to no battery anxiety after charging each night, simplify checking notifications and getting quick information.

    I chose this particular model because I have always liked black watches with gold accents, and, aside from a clasp that is not foolproof and sometimes accidentally pressing the large main button just from everyday movement, I have no real complaints about the body.

    The software and functionality of the watch will be similar to any other watch running the latest version of Android/WearOS, which I find quite useful and customizable. It's easy to change watch faces, and almost every watch face can have different information added to it so that you can have weather, activity monitoring, calendar, and other info right on the main screen. You can also have more info available to swipe to simply, and in the order of your choosing. I have a large phone in a wallet case, so being able to get to simple information quickly saves me that little bit of hassle if opening it up.

    Battery life varies greatly based on how you choose to set it up and use it. There are low power modes with less functionality that can last for days, but I choose to turn on almost everything except phone call capability and "Ok Google" detection. With this setup, I go from around 8 am to 11 pm regularly with no battery concerns.

    If the battery does get low on longer days, the watch automatically switches to one of the low power modes to extend the battery. You can even switch to one that only displays the time, and only when you press it to wake it up. This is the mode that can last multiple days.

    The fitness tracking seems really nice, but I have no idea how accurate it is.

    Why not 5 stars? Little things.

    - The clasp is tough to close consistently without balancing it on something, and the first week or so it gave me false positives and then fell off quickly.

    - The new version of WearOS made Google Maps navigation notifications harder to read quickly, so it's not very useful as a replacement for a mounted phone. This was one of the biggest reasons I wanted modern smartwatches.

    - Fossil's app does not make it easy to select a simple watchface and put an image of your choosing as the background, as my Moto360 did. You have to link to your Instagram account, and then can only select photos you have posted. Why not just let me pick from any photo on my phone?

    - Proprietary charger means that I have to have the very specific cable to charge it. This seems to be most if not all smartwatches, but I would love a USB-C port on the watch itself for charging.

    Nov 03, 2019 07:13
  • Review by Sunshine, 8 out of 10
    Great watch!

    This is an awesome watch! I'm able to get all my notifications from my phone to this watch. I can make calls, receive calls and same with texts! Pretty amazing! I'm a Google user so this watch is extremely convenient for me (you can even see your Nest notifications WITH picture!!!) Wow!! One thing I will say is that is consistently loses bluetooth signal and I'm having to mess with that, which can be irritating especially if I'm out & about. Also, the "ok Google" detection has not worked since I received the watch. It worked for 1 day and now... nothing. I'm hoping this gets fixed soon with the next update bc I really love having the Google assistant function on my devices.

    Oct 04, 2020 10:25
  • Review by Gina, 8 out of 10
    Fossil - Wear OS

    Love the watch - many compliments. However, I am having issues pairing to my phone.

    Nov 16, 2020 10:06
  • Review by Will, 6 out of 10
    Not so good with IoS

    My wife loves how this watch looks. It fits nice on her wrist however does still look a little bulky.

    This watch would be great if she didn't have to download another app to send me messages. We both had to download an app to send it receive messages to her watch (both IoS users)

    Jun 15, 2020 00:38
  • Review by JohnnyP12, 10 out of 10
    Fossil

    The wife is happy with it so am I , mother's day gift

    Oct 26, 2021 04:50
  • Review by Best, 10 out of 10
    5th gen

    I give this watch an A+. The speaker is clear and the mic works well also.

    Sep 10, 2021 13:57
  • 8.2score
    Fossil - Gen 5 LTE Smartwatch (Cellular) 45mm - Blush Silicone (Verizon)
    Description

    Tech for real life. This 45mm Gen 5 LTE touchscreen smartwatch features a pink silicone strap, phone-free calling functionality, 8GB storage capacity and three smart battery modes to extend battery life for multiple days. Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatches work exclusively with Verizon branded Android phones (not unlocked phones) on the Verizon Network with qualified Numbershare data plan. NumberShare is required to activate service on LTE smartwatches. Numbershare is available with an eligible Verizon monthly plan. Adding a smartwatch to your Verizon data plan will incur additional monthly charges. Customers must have a compatible Android Smartphone (4G or 5G) active on their Verizon account. Compatible Android smartphone must have OS 6.0 or later, excluding Go edition, with an updated version of the MVS app "My Verizon Services" (v.1.0.104.2 or later) and must be HD voice capable, have HD voice turned On and be on an eligible plan. LTE smartwatches do not support a standalone activation, only activation via NumberShare is eligible. For more detailed information, please refer to your Verizon Connected Devices plan. Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are only compatible with Verizon Android™ phones on the Verizon network. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Supported features may vary between platforms. To avoid damage to your watch, only use with included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge. Product should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize potential for RF interference. See product insert for full details.

    7 Features
  • Exclusively on Verizon Wireless: Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatches work exclusively with Verizon branded Android phones (not unlocked phones) on the Verizon network with qualified Numbershare data plan. NumberShare is required to activate service on LTE smartwatches.
  • Health: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, heart rate, and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Lifestyle: Always on Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Utility: Leave your phone behind and stay connected for notifications, calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. When someone calls your phone's number, your watch will ring and you can take the call even when your phone is miles away.
  • Battery: Optimize your battery life with Smart Battery Modes. 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Preloaded Apps: Agenda, Alarm, Calendar, Cardiogram, Contacts, Enhanced Phone Dialer App, Facer, Google Assistant, Google Fit (Workout, Heart Rate, Goals, Breathe), Google Pay™, Google Play Store, Nike Run Club, Noonlight, Smart Battery Modes, Spotify, Stopwatch, Timer, Translate
  • Display: 1.28" AMOLED / 416 x 416 / 328ppi
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  • Review by SamG, 8 out of 10
    Nice Watch Limited by Wear OS

    Day-to-day I like using the Fossil Gen 5. It looks great, runs well, and has more than enough battery life to get me to the end of the day without ever having to think about it. Fossil did a good job on this watch and if I were reviewing just based on that I’d say it’s excellent, but the still limited app selection of Wear OS really holds it back, especially as an LTE watch, and that’s pretty disappointing. I still think there’s a lot to like here and if Google ever gets around to giving Wear OS the attention it deserves it could get even better.

    Getting into the box you get the watch, a black silicone strap, and a charging cable (no power brick included). The marketing photos make this look like a dark silver, but to me it’s pretty much black most of the time. It looks good though and the 45mm case fits my wrist well.

    In terms of features it ticks all the boxes. You get LTE, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, activity tracking, water resistance, and a speaker. The speaker is something I definitely missed with my previous Wear OS watch and I’m glad to have it here. The 45mm case may be big for some wrists, but it fits mine well and the display looks good (though it can be a little hard to see in direct bright sunlight). In terms of processing power you get the older Snapdragon 3100 and 1GB of RAM. My previous Wear OS watch also used the 3100, but only had 512MB of RAM and the difference is noticeable (more on that later). It’s not lacking in the spec department, but I do wish Fossil could have made the jump to the newer Snapdragon 4100 as the 3100 is already a couple years old at this point and wasn’t even that much of an upgrade of the 2100 before it.

    Wearing the watch on my wrist this past week it’s been very comfortable. It’s not overly heavy and I don’t notice it most of the time. The included silicone strap looks good and doesn’t irritate my skin. The strap can also be replaced by any 22mm watch band and I was able to swap in a brown leather strap from another Fossil watch I owned no problem. Performance has been solid and besides the occasional delay launching an app I have not noticed any delays or stutters. The 1GB of RAM seems to make all the difference here and it feels like a night and day difference from my last watch. Battery life has also been excellent and with light to moderate usage I’m usually ending the days with at least 50% battery.

    The LTE functionality is good and I was able to make and receive calls completely untethered from my phone without any problems. The built-in speaker is loud and clear and the people I called all said that I sounded good talking through the watch. Text messaging seems to work a little bit different in that it does require your phone to be on and connected to cellular to work, but you can still be physically somewhere else with your watch. This was not the case with phone calls and I could make those whether my phone was on or off. Something to be aware of.

    Wear OS is a well designed system and navigating around via the gestures or the crown makes it easy to interact with. You get most of the apps you need pre-installed in terms of fitness of tools and utilities, which is good considering the lack of additional first party apps available for Wear OS at the moment. One pretty disappointing omission for me though is Google’s own YouTube Music app, which is baffling especially when you also consider YouTube Music has an Apple Watch app. I can still play and control music via my phone, but not being able to untether from my phone if I wanted to go on a run or hike is a pretty big miss for an LTE watch. If you use Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Pandora you’re covered, but that’s it. This boils down to my issues with Wear OS in general and how I wish it wasn’t so neglected by Google and other developers. If it isn’t YouTube Music for you I’m sure it’s some other app. I knew this going in, but it’s disappointing that it’s still a problem all these years later.

    So overall I like Fossil Gen 5 LTE, but it’s held back by the same old Wear OS issues. I think Fossil made a really good watch here and most of the issues I've had aren't really anything they can remedy. I still think it’s a good value for an LTE watch and if you can utilize that dedicated cellular connection and are cognizant of Wear OS’ current limitations there is a case to be made for the Gen 5 LTE.

    Apr 27, 2021 09:38
  • Review by Grouticus, 10 out of 10
    Major upgrade to the Fossil smartwatch line

    Finally, after the Google acquisition of Fossil to have a competitor against other well-established manufacturers in the smartwatch market, they have produced a beautifully designed smart watch in the new Fossil Gen 5 LTE watch. I have been waiting years for an update to the Google Wear OS line of watches that sets itself apart from other manufacturers because, in my opinion, the competition has really been lacking in that department which, in turn, the consumer ultimately suffers. With the new Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch, I think they are finally on the right track to take on the competition.

    After charging and during the initial set up of the watch, you will be prompted to download the Google Wear OS application through the Google Play Store on your smart device (phone or tablet) and sync your Google account to the watch via a Bluetooth connection. Once the watch is set up, which only took a few minutes, it goes through a short tutorial on how to use the main functions of the watch by swiping in all direction and using the three side buttons; you can also see this tutorial through their website which was useful to see how the watch functions prior to actual use. You are prompted to set up the LTE connection through the Wear OS application which will sync to the Verizon network using number share if you have a compatible Android phone with the My Verizon Services application on the Verizon network. If you do not, you are still able to use the watch on a Bluetooth connection but not a standalone device on an LTE network.

    I have always preferred the look of a round watch face over the square face, however, I think many people, including myself, would argue the functionality of a square face smartwatch tends to function better and have more usable screen space for certain purposes including a larger viewable area and easier to type. The viewable, round and bright 1.28” AMOLED watch face is large enough to read and type, even for someone like me who has terrible up-close vision. You can adjust the brightness automatically or manually and even set it up to detect daylight to make it easier to view when the sun is out. The scrolling between screens is very responsive and fluid. You can adjust the font size to a certain point, and, for some, that might still not be large enough when trying to read text messages, emails, etc. The smartwatch screen options, mostly accessible through the watch itself and through the Wear OS app, are customizable including the faces, what is displayed on the screen, the order certain shortcuts may appear while scrolling, quick buttons for workouts, and much more.

    The notifications on the watch, including texts, emails, news, etc. is almost simultaneous to them showing up on your phone. You can customize notifications including sounds, vibration and what notifications appear on your watch. You can also password protect the watch if you prefer.

    The battery lasts more than a day with moderate to heavy use. You can adjust the battery usage using the Smart Battery Modes in settings including a multi-day extended mode and toggling the always-on display. I have always made it a habit to charge my smartwatch overnight so that has never been an issue. The battery charges using the included magnetic cable and will charge almost fully in about an hour. There is 8GB of built-in memory that you can use to store media or additional apps.

    In my opinion, one of the most impressive functions of the watch is the fitness tracking, specifically during a workout. During setup, you have the option to set fitness goals which would equate to heart points in the Google Fit app on your smartphone profile. I have done everything from running, bike riding, stationary bike and strength training using the watch. I was surprised during the strength training when the watch somehow knew, or made an inclined guess, as to which type of exercise I was performing. The watch learned from my input if the first guess was incorrect and adjust for the next time I made a certain motion. I was able to keep track of the number, weight and time of my reps during the workout and at the end it uploaded those results to my profile in the Google Fit application. You can also opt for coaching and a voice assistant through the Fit app. On top of all that, you can have the watch and app track your steps, heart rate, weight, sleep, etc.

    With the Fossil Gen 5 LTE, the first stand alone LTE watch in the Google OS market, I believe they set a strong foundation to build on and believe what they currently have going for them is a huge step in the right direction to compete with others in the smartwatch market. It takes some time to figure out everything the Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch is capable of but, in my opinion, more customizable options is typically better when it comes to technology; you can customize this watch to be as simple or as complex as you wish depending on your needs. It is also nice to know with the LTE option you have another way to communicate and get notifications if you leave your phone behind.

    Apr 27, 2021 19:01
  • Review by VangTfz, 10 out of 10
    Great sleek smart watch

    The Fossil Get 5 LTE! Out of the box, you get the watch, magnetic charger (that requires a USB A charging block) and an instruction booklet. Setting up the watch is also quite fast and will require Wear OS app. Within 10 minutes, i was up and running with the watch.

    Connecting the watch to my Verizon plan was also quite a breeze through the Wear OS app. Just follow the steps provided and you can create an additional line for the watch on your Verizon wireless plan. Once that is done, you can use Number Share feature in the verizonwireless.com web app to connect your mobile phone’s number to the watch (this way you get all calls forwarded to the phone as well). I wasn’t able to use the My Verizon app to do this part for Number Share as that feature was either missing or not easily accessible.

    Onto performance, the watch itself does not lag and all notifications come in concurrently with my phone. I haven’t noticed any lag or performance hits thus far! Battery life on the other hand is not so great… I barely manage to eek out 22 hours while in the Daily mode (probably because i get a lot of notifications throughout the day). If using the Extended mode (which limits some functionality such as always having the watch face on), then you can get more life out of your battery. Since i like having the screen on, i usually leave it in the Daily mode and charge it every night. The watch is able to make and receive calls! The microphone is quite exceptional, as people on the other end always hear me pretty crystal clear. The speaker on the watch is quite tiny and it produces enough sound when holding to your face; without it being close to your face, you won’t be able to hear people on the other end when making calls.

    So far, the watch has been great and is quite speedy! If there is anything i could change, it would be for better battery life if i want to go multiple days in the Daily mode! Highly recommend this for anyone that is looking for a stylish smart watch!

    May 08, 2021 20:26
  • Review by APFLORES413, 8 out of 10
    Great Smart Watch with not so great battery

    I wanted an Android Watch for my Samsung phone but never really felt that I needed one. I was curious with the Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smart Watch, as I used to wear regular Fossil watches in the past. I gave this a try and was pleased with most of the features of this watch. After a few weeks of trying it out, here are my thoughts.

    At first glance, the Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smart Watch is a beauty. The round face is not too large for my skinny wrist, and the band is adjustable and comfortable. There is the Dial and 2 buttons that are found on the right side, each with it’s own functionality: the top button activates the Phone Screen where you can use the dial option to input a phone number, call history, contacts and settings. The lower button brings you into the Google Fit screen where you can utilize various ways to track your fitness. You recognize immediately that this Fossil watch encourages you to stay fit and you can track Workout Goals, Metrics, Heart Rate through various activities: Walking, Running, Biking, Treadmill Running, Stationary Biking, Elliptical, Strength Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Yoga, and Other Workouts that can be added (Australian Football, Aerobics, Backcountry Skiing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Vollyball, Biathlon, Biking, Boxing, etc.) Again, so much focus on activity! The middle dial serves as the Home Button and you as you turn it, it scrolls the list on your screen. Holding down the Dial for 2 seconds activates Google Assistant.

    Setting it up was straight forward. I was required to first install Wear OS which then guides you to the installation/connection process. What was great is that you are able to connect this with your Google Home devices as well as Toyota Remote. Sadly, the Toyota Remote was very inconsistent. Going through the Google Play Store, you are limited on what apps are available to download.

    Although the Google Play Store for the watch leaves much to be desired, I was really impressed with my daily usage of this watch. As with any smart watch (my wife has the Apple Watch 6), you have different purposes when swiping in different directions. Swiping “up” gives you the latest Notifications. “Down” gives you the Watch Menu where you can adjust Volume, Battery Modes, Find my Phone, Screen Off, Night Time and Airplane Mode.You also can see the Bluetooth Connection and Battery Percentage. Swiping “Right” and you are met with a host of Google Assistant: Calendar, Ask Google, Interesting Facts, and Quote of the Day (this is really neat!). Finally, swiping “Left” brings you to your Call History, Dial phone numbers and Contact List.

    Depending on what personalized Face you are using will bring different options on the screen. For example, I enjoy using “Machine” which has a traditional looking clock, hands and 4 changeable smart tools. I like having the Phone, Battery Level, and Steps there. These are interchangeable to fit your personal wants. I even found a Magic 8 Ball face.

    Where I feel this watch exceeds any Apple Watch is the display when using as a phone call or text messaging, or receiving notifications. The screen is 1.28" AMOLED display, 416 x 416 with 328ppi and it is a beauty to the eyes. The screen area is large and I am able to see more of any message or see the notifications better. Especially if I am driving, I don’t squint my eyes when looking at my watch because the real estate is so large. When I see my wife using her watch, she brings it closer to her face to read the notifications. I’m glad I don’t have to do that with the Fossil.

    Where I noticed the main drawback is the battery life. I wake up at 6:30 in the morning, I put my watch on and then get ready for work. By the time I am downstairs at 7am the battery is already at 97%. By the time I am done with the day and put the watch back on the charger around 8pm, the watch battery is around 40%. Fossil says you can have 24hr through the Extended Mode, whereas I am using the Daily Mode.

    Overall, I am really impressed and happy with the Fossil Gen 5 LTE watch. It is a great compliment to my Samsung Smart Watch.

    May 07, 2021 13:40
  • Review by Mike, 8 out of 10
    Great option for Wear OS

    I have been using the Fossil Gen 5 LTE for about a week now after using Samsung watches for years. This is a very nice watch if you are patient, new to smartwatches, or are a huge fan of Google’s Wear OS. The craftmanship is fantastic, screen is bright and easy to read, silicone band is very comfortable, great LTE signal, and accurate GPS. The various battery modes are very convenient and include nice insights of what features will be turned off to extend the battery in smart modes well over 3 days, and a mode for “time only” that claims to extend the battery life to almost a month! Setting the watch up with Verizon Number Share was quick and easy. These pros outweigh the cons of this smartwatch, which are almost entirely the fault of Wear OS and a fairly quiet built-in speaker for calls. The speaker is still very usable in quieter areas or for quick calls on the go without your phone, but if you plan on using this watch often for phone-less calls, you will be delighted with how easy it is to connect Bluetooth headphones and earbuds! The crown is pleasant to use for navigation, but it takes a little while to stop accidently activating Google Assistant every time your hand goes flat on a surface. I found myself not relying too heavily on the on-board LTE, as I usually do have my phone with me, but the integration of it offers the option of going for runs, walks, or bike rides without needing to find a spot to tuck your phone away. In this sport capacity, this watch works great and is very handy to be able to leave your phone behind and still listen to Spotify or Pandora while Google Fit or Strava track your workout! Overall, this is a very nicely built watch, with a lot of very nicely crafted Fossil watch faces included, great battery life while using the preset extended battery mode and excellent 4G LTE signal! If you’re looking for a nicely built watch with built in LTE that integrates nicely into Google’s ecosystem of apps and service, this may be the choice for you!

    Apr 29, 2021 00:16
  • Review by rjv86, 8 out of 10
    Great watch, better if you're left handed

    This watch is very snappy and responsive and was really easy to set up with your phone. Within the Wear OS app you can jump to your carrier site and easily add an LTE plan to make calls or stream music without your phone. That being said, it's speaker is very quiet on this phone. I had my call output set to phone and maxed my volume but it was still fairly faint. My caller on the other end however, said i was quite clear, so the microphone appears to be very good. It'd be handy in an emergency, but if your phone is with you, you're better off using speaker phone from your device or some headphones

    While the screen is a good size, the watch itself isn't overly bulky, so even if you've got smaller wrists, it likely wouldn't look out of place.

    it's nice having two shortcut buttons that you can program to commonly used features. They're offset and low profile a 2 and 4 o'clock which is good placement. My issue however is with the crown dial at 3 o'clock. This is where it loses a star for me.

    Instead of using a ring around the face of the watch, the 5G LTE uses a crown button/dial to scroll and select. It's easy to use, but its size is a little too large. I'm constantly triggering the google assistant popup accidentally when the crown presses on to the back of my hand.

    When leaning on anything or lifting my hand up for any task that results in my hand being perpendicular to my arm, its keeps starting it up. I could probably just disable the launching of it, but i use it often (when i mean to)

    If you are one that wears a watch on your right hand, this would be a non issue for you.

    That being said, while I'm constantly launching voice assist, in addition to many alerts per day (social media, email, text, etc), the battery life has been fantastic and never come close to dying on me. i could forget to charge overnight and will still have enough power to get me to work where i can top up quickly while sitting at my desk. On that note, it charges really fast.

    Apr 28, 2021 12:18
  • Review by buckbabes, 8 out of 10
    Great If You Want To Make Untethered Phone Calls

    Within the last few years, I have owned 4 smart watches. With each year they keep getting better. So, when I heard the watchmaker Fossil was in the smartwatch game, I just knew I needed to get my hands on one of their watches, For the last week I was testing the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch with LTE. Overall, I think it has great hardware, but the software needs some work.

    Setup was simple. Just like with any other smartwatch, I had to install a companion app that walked me through the setup process. In this case it was the Wear OS app. The app connected my phone to the watch and synced all my accounts with just a few taps. I was also able to use the app to add the watch to my Verizon account since it also had LTE capability. The whole process took about 15 minutes.

    The hardware and watch strap are top notch. The version I have comes with a black 44mm watch body and a 22mm black silicone strap. The whole setup felt noticeably light and comfortable on my wrist. As you can see from one of my pictures it is the same size and shape as any other fossil watch. This is the first smartwatch that I have owned that feels like a normal watch.

    As for performance, the watch performs very well. There is a built-in speaker and microphone for phone calls and when I was connected via Bluetooth, the watch worked great. I received all my notifications; I was able to answer calls and reply to texts. Most times the watch would receive calls and notifications about half a second faster than my phone. When I left the phone home and connected via LTE, I was still able to send and receive phone calls and notifications, but I was not able to receive text messages. I would say 90% of my phone conversations are via text message so this was a huge let down and meant I really could not untether myself from my phone.

    As for call quality, I would say that the watch performed acceptably. If I were in a room by myself, I could clearly hear the person I called, and they could hear me. But if I were outside riding a bike or in a moving car, the ambient noise would overpower the watch microphone and speaker.

    The battery life was also acceptable. The watch was easily able to get me 24 hours of use before needing a charge and If I made use of the other battery modes, I could almost get two days of use. Charging speed was also rather good. When my battery was at 7% it only took about an hour and a half to get back to 100 percent.

    Other than the things I just mentioned, there was one stand out feature that had me amazed and one that really disappointed me. The touch sensor on the screen is the best I ever used. Whenever I used the watch to type messages the screen picked up the exact letter I was trying to press. I have not used any other smartwatch that was as accurate as this one. Then there was the one thing that highly disappointed me. Since his watch has LTE, Bluetooth and 8 gigs of storage naturally I would think it can also be used as a media player. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I can pair the watch to headphones but there is no app for streaming or downloading music. With Spotify all I can do is control the music on my phone or another device.

    With that being said, I do like this watch and would recommend it as a smart watch. However, the only upside to LTE is being able to make phone calls and receive notifications but that is about it.

    Apr 23, 2021 13:17
  • Review by jailoliv, 8 out of 10
    Good Looking, Feature Rich, and Big

    This Fossil Watch Gen5 LTE was easy to set up. It came with easy-to-follow instructions. I was easily able to connect it to my Verizon account after I downloaded the "Wear OS by Google" app. After setup, the app prompted me to connect to my Verizon account. It walked me through set up and gave a little tutorial of how to operate it.

    After playing around with the watch for a few minutes I was easily able to figure out how to use it. No learning curve whatsoever.

    Accepting and placing calls was simple and straight forward. Voice was clear on both sides of the conversation. Setting up Google fit to track steps and heart rate was also easy and I found it very accurate.

    Changing the digital watch face design was as easy as it should be and using the Google assistant to place calls and texts not only worked great but it was very handy, especially on a watch since typing on such a small device is not an easy task and is usually inconvenient. Mind you that the word small here is relative because for some wrists, this watch is too big. Although she liked it, “it does look awkwardly big on my small wrist”. My daughter’s own words. Although comfortable to me, she complained about the weight too. “Maybe with a thinner strap it might look more feminine and like it fits. It's also heavy so slides around some unless I wear it very tight.”

    Good thing here is that we both liked the overall rounded look as well as the functionality and features. Great for active people like us and the available apps are easily downloaded and the ones we tried were all useful. We both recommend it with the above notes to consider.

    Apr 25, 2021 11:58
  • 8.2score
    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel Case - Gold
    Description

    Citizen CZ Smart touchscreen smartwatch is designed for every moment. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. The sport edition features a color touchscreen dial and black anodized aluminum top ring, framed and finished with a gold, ion-plated stainless steel case and bracelet. CZ Smart features a 46mm three-piece case construction and a rugged bezel design. Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone® and Android™ phones to fit your lifestyle. Plus, the versatile menu of dials, designed exclusively for CZ Smart, gives you all the information you need at your fingertips.

    7 Features
  • Function: Steps, distance, heartrate, sleep hours tracker, fitness activity tracking, heart points, organize your day with on screen notification, Google Assistant, and scheduled meetings and events. GPS allows you to leave your phone behind and still track your distance and identify your location
  • Compatibility: Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Display: 1.28” AMOLED, 416 x 416 resolution
  • Unique Features: Heart Rate, Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Speaker, Mic, answer phone calls
  • Design: CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart features a rugged bezel design and versatile menu of customizable dials
  • Device Compatibility: CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Additional Information: Rechargeable Battery: 1-3 Day Battery life, USB cable with magnetic charger, 8 GB of Memory to load additional applications and music, 1.28” Amoled Display, 416X416 resolution, Gorilla Glass Screen for durability
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Harrkev, 8 out of 10
    A bit big, but otherwise great.

    The first thing to know is that the installed OS appears to be a pretty vanilla version of Google Wear OS, for all of the good and bad that entails. Citizen made the hardware, and Google made most of the software on it.

    First, the physical design. This thing is a chunky boy, with a 46mm diameter (not including crown and pushers), and a total thickness of 11.3mm (not including the small pulse sensor bulge on the bottom). The actual glass on the front is 38mm, and the display itself only takes up 33mm of that. Outside of the glass is a dive-style bezel that looks like it SHOULD be able to rotate, since it features a scalloped edge. However, this is fake, as it doesn't turn at all. The hour markers do help if you are using an analog watch face without markers, but the minute markers between the 12:00 and 4:00 positions are quite useless. The weight of the watch itself (minus any strap or bracelet) is 55g, which is actually not bad for a steel-cased watch this size. There are standard 20mm lugs, and the lug to lug distance is just under 52mm. It advertises 30m of water resistance -- plenty for a watch of this type. Fine in the rain or maybe the swimming pool, but not a dive watch. The watch is also sealed -- no screw-down back (not that I was expecting one), and replacing the battery (if it is ever needed) is clearly not inteded to be done by the user. The back also features the charge rings, and this is compatible with Fossil Gen 5 charging cables (cheaper than the Citizen version).

    The included bracelet is a very mixed bag. It looks a bit cheap given the price, and rattles a bit. The links are polished in the center and brushed on the edges. It has a fold-over keeper for the clasp, as well as two pushers, and also features three micro-adjust holes. It does not feature end links at all, but does at least include captive quick-release spring bars. It consists of folded steel links, and weighs in at 75 grams (with one link removed to fit me). Yes, the bracelet is heavier than the watch itself. It doesn't look bad, but I would recommend saving the bracelet for more dressy occasions. Note that if you want to use the included bracelet, you will need to have it sized to fit you. You can take it to any jewler to have it done, or can do it yourself if you have the tool (not included). I threw a canvas strap on mine, and the total watch + strap came in at 67g total -- light enough to be comfortable all day. The use of NATO or Zulu straps is not recommended, as they will cover the heart rate sensor.

    There is an agreement between Citizen and the Swatch group to cooperate in the smartwatch arena. Citizen actually makes the insides, and sells them to the Fossil group to put in a case. So if you find one of those watches that you think looks better, they likely have similar innards and features. Brands include Fossil, Diesel, Skagen, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors. So if you want a watch that has different style, the Swatch group watches should feature similar quality and specifications, giving you more choice in the looks department.

    As to the function, being a Wear OS device, it pairs nicely with an Android phone, and the app store features plenty of watch faces to download. There is a heart rate tracker and step counter built in, and Google's "Fit Heart Rate" and "Fit Workout" apps are included. At its highest power setting, the battery should last all day but will need to be charged every evening (fortunately, it charges fast). There is also a GPS and compass, allowing you to download and use the Google Maps app, but this app takes more power. There is also a tilt sensor on-board, but a "Compass Level" app showed the tilt sensor to be off by about 7 or 8 degrees.

    You can easily take or make phone calls using the built-in speaker and microphone. You can even download a podcast app and pair bluetooth speakers directly to the watch, but at the expense of greatly reduced battery life.

    So, overall, if you feel the need for a smartwatch, and are tied to the Android ecosystem, then this watch is certainly worth considering. I chose the steel version simply because it should last quite a while. I have seen black finishes wear off over time, which would seriously mar the looks, and by avoiding any type of color, that problem is eliminated. Steel fimishes also just look classy.

    Sep 29, 2021 12:40
  • Review by TheStigenator, 8 out of 10
    Timeless classic watch with modern day smarts

    I’ve been a long fan of citizen watches, having owned and collected quite a few of their models over the years. If it weren’t for the need for biometric tracking I’d still be wearing those today. Well, that changed last week when I received my Citizen CZ Smartwatch. All the looks and branding of a classy watch, with none of the missing features.

    The packaging and overall presentation of the watch in the box are very attractive (far better than the previous citizen watches I’ve owned including the eco-drive solar-powered watch). The watch is available in three colours, this one is stainless steel, but it’s also available in black and gold. The strap install is rather cumbersome due to the metal loop, but with some finesse, one can install the strap rather easily. What I did miss in the box and I wish Citizen had included one, was the link removal tool. Thankfully, one of my other watches had it, so I used that to re-size my watch to fit my wrist.

    The watch runs Google Wear OS. If you are entrenched into the Google ecosystem, this is the watch to have. Downloading the WearOS app on my phone was a breeze, but getting the phone to pair seemed to be a bit finicky at best. It took some time for the Bluetooth to be detected by the phone, but after that, the rest of the setup was quite easy. Once paired, the initial updates of the operating system and apps, the phone was ready for your wrist.

    First off, one must temper the expectations, this is not an iWatch, it’s a WearOS powered watch, with many similar features, but not all the features. It features message notification, Google assistant, on-watch speakerphone, Google pay, Google fit & fitness tracking with GPS features, and emergency ‘noonlight’ safety notification among others. If you are looking for a wide variety of apps, well you got 4GB of space to fill that up with. However, the app experience is limited and I found that aspect a bit of a downer since I was expecting more app compatibility. The google apps that you need for daily use (calendar, mail, text messaging, assistant, phone calls) all work fantastically well. You will be swiping your way to productivity in no time. Between the three buttons and a rotating centre crown, and the 4-way swiping motion, one can easily navigate the watch.

    So what is the watch like to use on a daily basis? Other than the battery life which can be improved by turning off the GPS and other screen optimizations, you will find yourself charging it every night. On average, I ran about 20 hours before it needed charging. The watch is heavy and classy, I got quite a few comments on date night for its looks. What the watch seemingly lacks in ability, it makes up for looks, however, as stated - this is no iWatch, the basics are there and they work very well, and if that is all you need, this is the watch for you. For an everyday watch, this works well and will hold up way better than any other device thanks to its rugged construction.

    Pros:

    * Gorgeous classy watch for that guy who has everything

    * Built-in GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, Google Assitant, Google Ecosystem, GPay

    * Noonlight - safety system

    Cons:

    * Heavy.. Took a bit of getting used to, not for small wrists

    * Text size is not adjustable, hard to read notifications when it pops up, even though it's clear to read.

    * Sleep monitoring isn’t as accurate as my other smartwatch, I wore both to bed to compare.

    * Loses sync with the phone - has to be re-connected often.

    Oct 04, 2021 03:33
  • Review by elitegangsta, 6 out of 10
    Nice Traditional Watch Option

    If you’re looking for a “classic” watch look and feel, but with the benefit of a smartwatch, this may be the model for you. The Citizen CZ from a visual perspective has all of the look and feel of a traditional watch. It has a completely round face, buttons and a dial on the right of the face, and a traditional band.

    Setup was straight forward and easy. I did find attaching the band a bit obnoxious as you have to line up pins to the mounting points on the face. I stripped a bit to get this connected, but eventually made it happen. This is by far the most frustrating thing about the entire watch. Citizen should revamp this design in future versions.

    Once “installed” and charged, the watch is ready to pair to your phone. This is done via the WareOS app which is available on iOS or Android. Once installed going through the prompt to pair it to the phone was simple.

    Most settings are controlled directly from the wareOS app. Watch faces, updates, app installs, etc… I found the wareOS app easy to use and navigate.

    Using this watch on iOS left many features and notifications did not working. I found 2 factor notifications did not work on my iOS device and many of the companion apps didn’t copy over (such as DUO), native iOS mail did not notify on the wareOS watch. On Android, paired to my Pixel 4, these notification worked just fine.

    I found using the watch for daily activities such as telling time, getting calendar reminders (when working on Android), getting health updates via the Google Fitness app, or making NFC payments via Google Pay when in a store were all simple and easy to use. The interface of wareOS is very simple, and swiping between apps, settings, or different watch faces was easy. There was even a nice tutorial when it first booted up walking you through the navigation features.

    I found overall performance to be really good. The wareOS was responsive and smooth, as you would expect from a modern product. The screen was plenty bright and I had no issues seeing the display in the daylight. Text was also crisp and colors were vivid. The only glaring issue I found was battery life. I got about 12 hours out of the watch with minimal use, and I found over time, the battery life got better. Initially, when setting it up, playing with many setting, checking out all the features, and constantly checking the time, I got about 6 hours out of the battery. I found when I was achieving 12 hours, it was a non-issue as it would last me through the day and did what I needed. If I happened to have a longer evening, I would have needed to charge it before going back out, which could become an issue and annoyance with having to keep a charger on hand or at the office.

    The 46mm watch face, while great to see, was very large on my small wrists. I would have preferred a slightly smaller face in order to feel like it actually fit me. The edges were wider than my wrist was so it looks a bit odd and obvious when wearing. Overall something I could live with, especially if I only use this as a “formal ware” device, which is always nice having that option when most other smart watches tend to ditch a traditional look in favor of a more futuristic one.

    Overall, this is a good wearOS watch and does what it sets out to do fairly well. If you’re in the Google ecosystem and want a traditional watch with smooth and quick performance and can live with a max of 12 hour battery, this is a great choice. For all the iOS users out there, I’d look for better suited products for that ecosystem.

    Oct 13, 2021 16:09
  • Review by Rbeck, 10 out of 10
    Nice Alternate Watch

    This Citizen smart watch is a great alternative to some of the other brand's of smart watches. It uses Google Wear OS and was very easy to connect with the Wear app on my phone. It is not as easy to choose alternate watch faces other than the ones that come with it. However it does everything you could want. it tracked my steps and heartbeat, it tracks thru Google Fit. it lets me know when I have calls and messages and shows me pictures that some one has sent me. You can choose which items you get notifications from. Over all I like this watch a lot it is not as heavy as some other brands. comfortable to wear and has long battery life. It also charges quickly once attached to the charger

    Oct 10, 2021 06:12
  • Review by movieluver, 8 out of 10
    Functional classy watch

    I want to start by saying this is a beautiful watch. Even if you don’t use all of the features, it’s a beautiful piece of jewelry. I got the silver watch and it looks very classy and upscale. It has a face that is 1.5 inches in diameter. I had to take it to a jeweler to get it sized as it had too many links and did not fit me properly.

    The watch comes in a box with a snug fitting foam for protection. It also comes with instructions and a charger. The first thing you should do is charge the watch while you go to your App Store and download the “Wear OS” app. It’s a white box with a blue, yellow, green, and red “W”. Charging the watch completely will take about 30 minutes (if the battery is completely drained, it takes about an hour). Once you have done that, you can connect your phone to your watch. This process is very easy and takes about five minutes. If you have a google account, you can sync it to your watch.

    The watch has several useful features. One of features I enjoy most is talking through my watch. It makes me feel like James Bond. When I placed my call, I was told I sounded very clear (when I had my arm down it sounded far away but as soon as I lifted my arm up towards my mouth I sounded fine). It was very easy to make calls and you can easily switch between your phone and your watch. You also have a “flashlight” feature which all it did was put a white screen on the face of the watch and brightened the screen. And it worked!!! You can also change the design of the face of the watch just by holding your finger on the face of the watch. You have a choice of 5 faces or you can go to the google store to download more. It also has the following apps already stored: hand washing timer, find my phone, agenda, alarm, contacts, fit breathe, fit goals, fit heart rate, fit workout, Google pay, reminders, Spotify, stopwatch, translate, weather, play store, and wellness. All of them are so easy to use and very convenient.

    When you receive texts it shows on the face of the watch. However, I could not figure out how to text back on the watch. I’m not sure if it is because my phone is an Apple phone and the watch is a Google watch. But they are compatible in that I can see my texts. I also tried the Google assistant and I had some issues because the watch kept displaying that I was not connected. Sometimes Google assistant worked and sometimes not.

    Overall the watch is beautiful and classy. Some of the features/apps worked great while the connectivity to the wifi was spotty. But I would still get this watch and use whatever features I can.

    Sep 28, 2021 20:17
  • Review by ERN52, 10 out of 10
    Very nice digital watch

    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel Case – Gold

    A number of years ago before smartwatches, I wanted a Citizen watch but my financial status kept me from doing so. This is my opportunity to enjoy this Citizen experience and I do love the watch.

    This Citizen Smartwatch is a wonderful timepiece that looks and feels like a conventional watch combined with smartwatch features. there are five different screens to choose from. The watch operating system is Wear OS by Google. My phone is an iPhone 12. I can’t comment on the difference but I am sure with an Android phone the options for the watch might be more extensive.

    Nonetheless, this watch is compatible with iOS 12 and newer phones. The feature I like best on this watch is that the watch face can be set to be on all the time. This setting produces a standard looking analog watch face without a second hand and simply allows me to look at the watch to know what time it is. If I want more information from the watch, I just tap the watch face to get the screen I want to see.

    The watch came with a booklet that gave instruction for the set up.

    Step 1 showed how to attach the watch band.

    Step 2 showed how to remove the watch band.

    Step 3 instructed me to connect the charging cable to the watch and to the USB power source.

    The installation then began.

    Step 4 Enable Bluetooth on my iPhone and download the Google Wear OS app from the Apple app store

    After successfully pairing the phone to the watch a tutorial displayed an interactive tutorial that would finish the installation. In just a few minutes the watch was ready to be used.

    Needless to say, the installation and maintenance of the watch is simple and straightforward.

    Installation and setup instructions are available on the Citizen website.

    The apps and functions I found on the watch include:

    Calendar From the phone

    Playstore

    Alarm From the phone

    Contacts From the phone

    Find Phone

    Breath

    Fitness Apps

    Phone

    Reminders

    Spotify

    Stopwatch

    Translate

    Timer

    Weather

    I would highly recommend this Citizen Smartwatch. Citizen is a great name in the watchmaking business and the watch is a high-quality timepiece.

    Sep 29, 2021 15:02
  • Review by TickledPink, 8 out of 10
    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm in SS. Not too bad

    First, I must admit that I’m a bit of a Citizen nerd — especially their Eco-Drive watches in titanium. I was hoping to find the CZ Smartwatch in my favorite finish, but the stainless will do…and it is attractive. I’ve been considering a smartwatch for some time, but I didn’t want some futuristic “watch” that looked like something from the Jetsons (I’m dating myself).

    I like the way it looks, similar to a classically designed divers watch. Just don’t jump in the pool with it. Maybe that’s something Citizen could work on — its underwater rating. The different face styles from which you can choose are a nice touch. I even downloaded an off brand face that looks good. There are a few on Google Play. (*By the way, before doing any setup, no matter how you interpret the manual, make sure the watch is fully charged. I tried setup at about 40% while connected with the charger and ran into a few do-overs.) The control functions are fairly simple and allow for a rather large amount of customization, depending upon your needs. For me, there’s a bit of a learning curve, especially when dealing with Google’s Fit software/selections. I think that’s one of the things that makes this watch so versatile — its customizabilitude. There, that’s now a word.

    Downfalls? I mentioned that it really isn’t waterproof to any reasonable depth. There is a difference between being waterproof and water resistant. Don’t risk it with a watch at this price point. That being said, if you forget and wear it in the shower, you’re probably fine. Another ding would be the battery life. For any reasonable use other than just as a watch, you can expect barely a day before needing a charge. Multiple days would be nice, Citizen. If used as a watch and not much else, you may get 2 days. On the bright side, it does charge quickly. It went from 8% to 90% while charging during a 20 minute shower and shave.

    Would I take this with me while traveling? Probably not. Just another device to worry about where I last put the charging cable. At home, not a problem. It’s easy to get into the routine of charging at night while sleeping. Of course when you do that, you miss out on any of the sleep monitoring features. Oh, well.

    The overall feel and the watch’s fit-and-finish — especially compared to my other Citizens — close, but not quite there. I’m not sure how to explain this, so take this comment with a grain of salt. That being said, I think Citizen can do better. I know they can. This is their first jump into the market of smartwatches. Also, if it helps, there are a number of YouTube videos that Citizen has produced about the functioning of this watch. Check ‘em out.

    Would I recommend this watch to a friend? Only if it went on a big sale (maybe Christmas?)

    Sep 29, 2021 13:03
  • Review by ebk02, 4 out of 10
    Lots of potential, but misses the mark

    This was extremely well packaged, and upon opening it, I had high expectations for the watch. The construction is impeccable, and the watch looked good. The included bands must be attached, but they have the quick release tabs, so a simple task. This has 8Gb storage, so you have room for additional apps, snapdragon 3100 processor, a 1.28-inch AMOLED display with 416x416 pixels resolution.

    For connectivity, you get GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Sensors on board include heart rate monitor, barometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope. The AMOLED display is gorgeous, bright, colorful and sharp. Keep in mind, this is a large watch, and may overwhelm someone with a smaller wrist. The center knob uses both a push and rotate function. Rotating can "scroll" menu's.

    Charged the watch and installed the Google Wear OS. After watch was fully charged, went on with setting up the watch, personalizing it, etc. I found the operation was excellent, wi-fi connection and pairing perfect.

    Then the "cons" of the watch started to creep in. After only a couple hours of working with the watch, the battery had already dropped to 60%. It is apparent this watch will need to be charged daily, so any night time tracking might be out of the question. Next, trying to find a watch face was disappointing. There are only a few preinstalled faces, and trying to find one on Google became a nightmare.

    These are only a few of the misses, and to some, maybe very minor. However, in this price range, I would expect far more. There are similar watches with similar specs available at about half the cost of this one. Sadly, cannot recommend.

    Sep 29, 2021 12:59
  • 8.2score
    Fossil - Gen 5 LTE Smartwatch (Cellular) 45mm - Black Silicone (Verizon)
    Description

    Tech for real life. This 45mm Gen 5 LTE touchscreen smartwatch features a black silicone strap, phone-free calling functionality, 8GB storage capacity and three smart battery modes to extend battery life for multiple days. Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatches work exclusively with Verizon branded Android phones (not unlocked phones) on the Verizon Network with qualified Numbershare data plan. NumberShare is required to activate service on LTE smartwatches. Numbershare is available with an eligible Verizon monthly plan. Adding a smartwatch to your Verizon data plan will incur additional monthly charges. Customers must have a compatible Android Smartphone (4G or 5G) active on their Verizon account. Compatible Android smartphone must have OS 6.0 or later, excluding Go edition, with an updated version of the MVS app "My Verizon Services" (v.1.0.104.2 or later) and must be HD voice capable, have HD voice turned On and be on an eligible plan. LTE smartwatches do not support a standalone activation, only activation via NumberShare is eligible. For more detailed information, please refer to your Verizon Connected Devices plan. Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are only compatible with Verizon Android™ phones on the Verizon network. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Supported features may vary between platforms. To avoid damage to your watch, only use with included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge. Product should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize potential for RF interference. See product insert for full details.

    7 Features
  • Exclusively on Verizon Wireless: Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatches work exclusively with Verizon branded Android phones (not unlocked phones) on the Verizon network with qualified Numbershare data plan. NumberShare is required to activate service on LTE smartwatches.
  • Health: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, heart rate, and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Lifestyle: Always on Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Utility: Leave your phone behind and stay connected for notifications, calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. When someone calls your phone's number, your watch will ring and you can take the call even when your phone is miles away.
  • Battery: Optimize your battery life with Smart Battery Modes. 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Preloaded Apps: Agenda, Alarm, Calendar, Cardiogram, Contacts, Enhanced Phone Dialer App, Facer, Google Assistant, Google Fit (Workout, Heart Rate, Goals, Breathe), Google Pay™, Google Play Store, Nike Run Club, Noonlight, Smart Battery Modes, Spotify, Stopwatch, Timer, Translate
  • Display: 1.28" AMOLED / 416 x 416 / 328ppi
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SamG, 8 out of 10
    Nice Watch Limited by Wear OS

    Day-to-day I like using the Fossil Gen 5. It looks great, runs well, and has more than enough battery life to get me to the end of the day without ever having to think about it. Fossil did a good job on this watch and if I were reviewing just based on that I’d say it’s excellent, but the still limited app selection of Wear OS really holds it back, especially as an LTE watch, and that’s pretty disappointing. I still think there’s a lot to like here and if Google ever gets around to giving Wear OS the attention it deserves it could get even better.

    Getting into the box you get the watch, a black silicone strap, and a charging cable (no power brick included). The marketing photos make this look like a dark silver, but to me it’s pretty much black most of the time. It looks good though and the 45mm case fits my wrist well.

    In terms of features it ticks all the boxes. You get LTE, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, activity tracking, water resistance, and a speaker. The speaker is something I definitely missed with my previous Wear OS watch and I’m glad to have it here. The 45mm case may be big for some wrists, but it fits mine well and the display looks good (though it can be a little hard to see in direct bright sunlight). In terms of processing power you get the older Snapdragon 3100 and 1GB of RAM. My previous Wear OS watch also used the 3100, but only had 512MB of RAM and the difference is noticeable (more on that later). It’s not lacking in the spec department, but I do wish Fossil could have made the jump to the newer Snapdragon 4100 as the 3100 is already a couple years old at this point and wasn’t even that much of an upgrade of the 2100 before it.

    Wearing the watch on my wrist this past week it’s been very comfortable. It’s not overly heavy and I don’t notice it most of the time. The included silicone strap looks good and doesn’t irritate my skin. The strap can also be replaced by any 22mm watch band and I was able to swap in a brown leather strap from another Fossil watch I owned no problem. Performance has been solid and besides the occasional delay launching an app I have not noticed any delays or stutters. The 1GB of RAM seems to make all the difference here and it feels like a night and day difference from my last watch. Battery life has also been excellent and with light to moderate usage I’m usually ending the days with at least 50% battery.

    The LTE functionality is good and I was able to make and receive calls completely untethered from my phone without any problems. The built-in speaker is loud and clear and the people I called all said that I sounded good talking through the watch. Text messaging seems to work a little bit different in that it does require your phone to be on and connected to cellular to work, but you can still be physically somewhere else with your watch. This was not the case with phone calls and I could make those whether my phone was on or off. Something to be aware of.

    Wear OS is a well designed system and navigating around via the gestures or the crown makes it easy to interact with. You get most of the apps you need pre-installed in terms of fitness of tools and utilities, which is good considering the lack of additional first party apps available for Wear OS at the moment. One pretty disappointing omission for me though is Google’s own YouTube Music app, which is baffling especially when you also consider YouTube Music has an Apple Watch app. I can still play and control music via my phone, but not being able to untether from my phone if I wanted to go on a run or hike is a pretty big miss for an LTE watch. If you use Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Pandora you’re covered, but that’s it. This boils down to my issues with Wear OS in general and how I wish it wasn’t so neglected by Google and other developers. If it isn’t YouTube Music for you I’m sure it’s some other app. I knew this going in, but it’s disappointing that it’s still a problem all these years later.

    So overall I like Fossil Gen 5 LTE, but it’s held back by the same old Wear OS issues. I think Fossil made a really good watch here and most of the issues I've had aren't really anything they can remedy. I still think it’s a good value for an LTE watch and if you can utilize that dedicated cellular connection and are cognizant of Wear OS’ current limitations there is a case to be made for the Gen 5 LTE.

    Apr 27, 2021 09:38
  • Review by Grouticus, 10 out of 10
    Major upgrade to the Fossil smartwatch line

    Finally, after the Google acquisition of Fossil to have a competitor against other well-established manufacturers in the smartwatch market, they have produced a beautifully designed smart watch in the new Fossil Gen 5 LTE watch. I have been waiting years for an update to the Google Wear OS line of watches that sets itself apart from other manufacturers because, in my opinion, the competition has really been lacking in that department which, in turn, the consumer ultimately suffers. With the new Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch, I think they are finally on the right track to take on the competition.

    After charging and during the initial set up of the watch, you will be prompted to download the Google Wear OS application through the Google Play Store on your smart device (phone or tablet) and sync your Google account to the watch via a Bluetooth connection. Once the watch is set up, which only took a few minutes, it goes through a short tutorial on how to use the main functions of the watch by swiping in all direction and using the three side buttons; you can also see this tutorial through their website which was useful to see how the watch functions prior to actual use. You are prompted to set up the LTE connection through the Wear OS application which will sync to the Verizon network using number share if you have a compatible Android phone with the My Verizon Services application on the Verizon network. If you do not, you are still able to use the watch on a Bluetooth connection but not a standalone device on an LTE network.

    I have always preferred the look of a round watch face over the square face, however, I think many people, including myself, would argue the functionality of a square face smartwatch tends to function better and have more usable screen space for certain purposes including a larger viewable area and easier to type. The viewable, round and bright 1.28” AMOLED watch face is large enough to read and type, even for someone like me who has terrible up-close vision. You can adjust the brightness automatically or manually and even set it up to detect daylight to make it easier to view when the sun is out. The scrolling between screens is very responsive and fluid. You can adjust the font size to a certain point, and, for some, that might still not be large enough when trying to read text messages, emails, etc. The smartwatch screen options, mostly accessible through the watch itself and through the Wear OS app, are customizable including the faces, what is displayed on the screen, the order certain shortcuts may appear while scrolling, quick buttons for workouts, and much more.

    The notifications on the watch, including texts, emails, news, etc. is almost simultaneous to them showing up on your phone. You can customize notifications including sounds, vibration and what notifications appear on your watch. You can also password protect the watch if you prefer.

    The battery lasts more than a day with moderate to heavy use. You can adjust the battery usage using the Smart Battery Modes in settings including a multi-day extended mode and toggling the always-on display. I have always made it a habit to charge my smartwatch overnight so that has never been an issue. The battery charges using the included magnetic cable and will charge almost fully in about an hour. There is 8GB of built-in memory that you can use to store media or additional apps.

    In my opinion, one of the most impressive functions of the watch is the fitness tracking, specifically during a workout. During setup, you have the option to set fitness goals which would equate to heart points in the Google Fit app on your smartphone profile. I have done everything from running, bike riding, stationary bike and strength training using the watch. I was surprised during the strength training when the watch somehow knew, or made an inclined guess, as to which type of exercise I was performing. The watch learned from my input if the first guess was incorrect and adjust for the next time I made a certain motion. I was able to keep track of the number, weight and time of my reps during the workout and at the end it uploaded those results to my profile in the Google Fit application. You can also opt for coaching and a voice assistant through the Fit app. On top of all that, you can have the watch and app track your steps, heart rate, weight, sleep, etc.

    With the Fossil Gen 5 LTE, the first stand alone LTE watch in the Google OS market, I believe they set a strong foundation to build on and believe what they currently have going for them is a huge step in the right direction to compete with others in the smartwatch market. It takes some time to figure out everything the Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch is capable of but, in my opinion, more customizable options is typically better when it comes to technology; you can customize this watch to be as simple or as complex as you wish depending on your needs. It is also nice to know with the LTE option you have another way to communicate and get notifications if you leave your phone behind.

    Apr 27, 2021 19:01
  • Review by VangTfz, 10 out of 10
    Great sleek smart watch

    The Fossil Get 5 LTE! Out of the box, you get the watch, magnetic charger (that requires a USB A charging block) and an instruction booklet. Setting up the watch is also quite fast and will require Wear OS app. Within 10 minutes, i was up and running with the watch.

    Connecting the watch to my Verizon plan was also quite a breeze through the Wear OS app. Just follow the steps provided and you can create an additional line for the watch on your Verizon wireless plan. Once that is done, you can use Number Share feature in the verizonwireless.com web app to connect your mobile phone’s number to the watch (this way you get all calls forwarded to the phone as well). I wasn’t able to use the My Verizon app to do this part for Number Share as that feature was either missing or not easily accessible.

    Onto performance, the watch itself does not lag and all notifications come in concurrently with my phone. I haven’t noticed any lag or performance hits thus far! Battery life on the other hand is not so great… I barely manage to eek out 22 hours while in the Daily mode (probably because i get a lot of notifications throughout the day). If using the Extended mode (which limits some functionality such as always having the watch face on), then you can get more life out of your battery. Since i like having the screen on, i usually leave it in the Daily mode and charge it every night. The watch is able to make and receive calls! The microphone is quite exceptional, as people on the other end always hear me pretty crystal clear. The speaker on the watch is quite tiny and it produces enough sound when holding to your face; without it being close to your face, you won’t be able to hear people on the other end when making calls.

    So far, the watch has been great and is quite speedy! If there is anything i could change, it would be for better battery life if i want to go multiple days in the Daily mode! Highly recommend this for anyone that is looking for a stylish smart watch!

    May 08, 2021 20:26
  • Review by APFLORES413, 8 out of 10
    Great Smart Watch with not so great battery

    I wanted an Android Watch for my Samsung phone but never really felt that I needed one. I was curious with the Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smart Watch, as I used to wear regular Fossil watches in the past. I gave this a try and was pleased with most of the features of this watch. After a few weeks of trying it out, here are my thoughts.

    At first glance, the Fossil Gen 5 LTE Smart Watch is a beauty. The round face is not too large for my skinny wrist, and the band is adjustable and comfortable. There is the Dial and 2 buttons that are found on the right side, each with it’s own functionality: the top button activates the Phone Screen where you can use the dial option to input a phone number, call history, contacts and settings. The lower button brings you into the Google Fit screen where you can utilize various ways to track your fitness. You recognize immediately that this Fossil watch encourages you to stay fit and you can track Workout Goals, Metrics, Heart Rate through various activities: Walking, Running, Biking, Treadmill Running, Stationary Biking, Elliptical, Strength Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Yoga, and Other Workouts that can be added (Australian Football, Aerobics, Backcountry Skiing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Vollyball, Biathlon, Biking, Boxing, etc.) Again, so much focus on activity! The middle dial serves as the Home Button and you as you turn it, it scrolls the list on your screen. Holding down the Dial for 2 seconds activates Google Assistant.

    Setting it up was straight forward. I was required to first install Wear OS which then guides you to the installation/connection process. What was great is that you are able to connect this with your Google Home devices as well as Toyota Remote. Sadly, the Toyota Remote was very inconsistent. Going through the Google Play Store, you are limited on what apps are available to download.

    Although the Google Play Store for the watch leaves much to be desired, I was really impressed with my daily usage of this watch. As with any smart watch (my wife has the Apple Watch 6), you have different purposes when swiping in different directions. Swiping “up” gives you the latest Notifications. “Down” gives you the Watch Menu where you can adjust Volume, Battery Modes, Find my Phone, Screen Off, Night Time and Airplane Mode.You also can see the Bluetooth Connection and Battery Percentage. Swiping “Right” and you are met with a host of Google Assistant: Calendar, Ask Google, Interesting Facts, and Quote of the Day (this is really neat!). Finally, swiping “Left” brings you to your Call History, Dial phone numbers and Contact List.

    Depending on what personalized Face you are using will bring different options on the screen. For example, I enjoy using “Machine” which has a traditional looking clock, hands and 4 changeable smart tools. I like having the Phone, Battery Level, and Steps there. These are interchangeable to fit your personal wants. I even found a Magic 8 Ball face.

    Where I feel this watch exceeds any Apple Watch is the display when using as a phone call or text messaging, or receiving notifications. The screen is 1.28" AMOLED display, 416 x 416 with 328ppi and it is a beauty to the eyes. The screen area is large and I am able to see more of any message or see the notifications better. Especially if I am driving, I don’t squint my eyes when looking at my watch because the real estate is so large. When I see my wife using her watch, she brings it closer to her face to read the notifications. I’m glad I don’t have to do that with the Fossil.

    Where I noticed the main drawback is the battery life. I wake up at 6:30 in the morning, I put my watch on and then get ready for work. By the time I am downstairs at 7am the battery is already at 97%. By the time I am done with the day and put the watch back on the charger around 8pm, the watch battery is around 40%. Fossil says you can have 24hr through the Extended Mode, whereas I am using the Daily Mode.

    Overall, I am really impressed and happy with the Fossil Gen 5 LTE watch. It is a great compliment to my Samsung Smart Watch.

    May 07, 2021 13:40
  • Review by Mike, 8 out of 10
    Great option for Wear OS

    I have been using the Fossil Gen 5 LTE for about a week now after using Samsung watches for years. This is a very nice watch if you are patient, new to smartwatches, or are a huge fan of Google’s Wear OS. The craftmanship is fantastic, screen is bright and easy to read, silicone band is very comfortable, great LTE signal, and accurate GPS. The various battery modes are very convenient and include nice insights of what features will be turned off to extend the battery in smart modes well over 3 days, and a mode for “time only” that claims to extend the battery life to almost a month! Setting the watch up with Verizon Number Share was quick and easy. These pros outweigh the cons of this smartwatch, which are almost entirely the fault of Wear OS and a fairly quiet built-in speaker for calls. The speaker is still very usable in quieter areas or for quick calls on the go without your phone, but if you plan on using this watch often for phone-less calls, you will be delighted with how easy it is to connect Bluetooth headphones and earbuds! The crown is pleasant to use for navigation, but it takes a little while to stop accidently activating Google Assistant every time your hand goes flat on a surface. I found myself not relying too heavily on the on-board LTE, as I usually do have my phone with me, but the integration of it offers the option of going for runs, walks, or bike rides without needing to find a spot to tuck your phone away. In this sport capacity, this watch works great and is very handy to be able to leave your phone behind and still listen to Spotify or Pandora while Google Fit or Strava track your workout! Overall, this is a very nicely built watch, with a lot of very nicely crafted Fossil watch faces included, great battery life while using the preset extended battery mode and excellent 4G LTE signal! If you’re looking for a nicely built watch with built in LTE that integrates nicely into Google’s ecosystem of apps and service, this may be the choice for you!

    Apr 29, 2021 00:16
  • Review by rjv86, 8 out of 10
    Great watch, better if you're left handed

    This watch is very snappy and responsive and was really easy to set up with your phone. Within the Wear OS app you can jump to your carrier site and easily add an LTE plan to make calls or stream music without your phone. That being said, it's speaker is very quiet on this phone. I had my call output set to phone and maxed my volume but it was still fairly faint. My caller on the other end however, said i was quite clear, so the microphone appears to be very good. It'd be handy in an emergency, but if your phone is with you, you're better off using speaker phone from your device or some headphones

    While the screen is a good size, the watch itself isn't overly bulky, so even if you've got smaller wrists, it likely wouldn't look out of place.

    it's nice having two shortcut buttons that you can program to commonly used features. They're offset and low profile a 2 and 4 o'clock which is good placement. My issue however is with the crown dial at 3 o'clock. This is where it loses a star for me.

    Instead of using a ring around the face of the watch, the 5G LTE uses a crown button/dial to scroll and select. It's easy to use, but its size is a little too large. I'm constantly triggering the google assistant popup accidentally when the crown presses on to the back of my hand.

    When leaning on anything or lifting my hand up for any task that results in my hand being perpendicular to my arm, its keeps starting it up. I could probably just disable the launching of it, but i use it often (when i mean to)

    If you are one that wears a watch on your right hand, this would be a non issue for you.

    That being said, while I'm constantly launching voice assist, in addition to many alerts per day (social media, email, text, etc), the battery life has been fantastic and never come close to dying on me. i could forget to charge overnight and will still have enough power to get me to work where i can top up quickly while sitting at my desk. On that note, it charges really fast.

    Apr 28, 2021 12:18
  • Review by buckbabes, 8 out of 10
    Great If You Want To Make Untethered Phone Calls

    Within the last few years, I have owned 4 smart watches. With each year they keep getting better. So, when I heard the watchmaker Fossil was in the smartwatch game, I just knew I needed to get my hands on one of their watches, For the last week I was testing the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch with LTE. Overall, I think it has great hardware, but the software needs some work.

    Setup was simple. Just like with any other smartwatch, I had to install a companion app that walked me through the setup process. In this case it was the Wear OS app. The app connected my phone to the watch and synced all my accounts with just a few taps. I was also able to use the app to add the watch to my Verizon account since it also had LTE capability. The whole process took about 15 minutes.

    The hardware and watch strap are top notch. The version I have comes with a black 44mm watch body and a 22mm black silicone strap. The whole setup felt noticeably light and comfortable on my wrist. As you can see from one of my pictures it is the same size and shape as any other fossil watch. This is the first smartwatch that I have owned that feels like a normal watch.

    As for performance, the watch performs very well. There is a built-in speaker and microphone for phone calls and when I was connected via Bluetooth, the watch worked great. I received all my notifications; I was able to answer calls and reply to texts. Most times the watch would receive calls and notifications about half a second faster than my phone. When I left the phone home and connected via LTE, I was still able to send and receive phone calls and notifications, but I was not able to receive text messages. I would say 90% of my phone conversations are via text message so this was a huge let down and meant I really could not untether myself from my phone.

    As for call quality, I would say that the watch performed acceptably. If I were in a room by myself, I could clearly hear the person I called, and they could hear me. But if I were outside riding a bike or in a moving car, the ambient noise would overpower the watch microphone and speaker.

    The battery life was also acceptable. The watch was easily able to get me 24 hours of use before needing a charge and If I made use of the other battery modes, I could almost get two days of use. Charging speed was also rather good. When my battery was at 7% it only took about an hour and a half to get back to 100 percent.

    Other than the things I just mentioned, there was one stand out feature that had me amazed and one that really disappointed me. The touch sensor on the screen is the best I ever used. Whenever I used the watch to type messages the screen picked up the exact letter I was trying to press. I have not used any other smartwatch that was as accurate as this one. Then there was the one thing that highly disappointed me. Since his watch has LTE, Bluetooth and 8 gigs of storage naturally I would think it can also be used as a media player. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I can pair the watch to headphones but there is no app for streaming or downloading music. With Spotify all I can do is control the music on my phone or another device.

    With that being said, I do like this watch and would recommend it as a smart watch. However, the only upside to LTE is being able to make phone calls and receive notifications but that is about it.

    Apr 23, 2021 13:17
  • Review by jailoliv, 8 out of 10
    Good Looking, Feature Rich, and Big

    This Fossil Watch Gen5 LTE was easy to set up. It came with easy-to-follow instructions. I was easily able to connect it to my Verizon account after I downloaded the "Wear OS by Google" app. After setup, the app prompted me to connect to my Verizon account. It walked me through set up and gave a little tutorial of how to operate it.

    After playing around with the watch for a few minutes I was easily able to figure out how to use it. No learning curve whatsoever.

    Accepting and placing calls was simple and straight forward. Voice was clear on both sides of the conversation. Setting up Google fit to track steps and heart rate was also easy and I found it very accurate.

    Changing the digital watch face design was as easy as it should be and using the Google assistant to place calls and texts not only worked great but it was very handy, especially on a watch since typing on such a small device is not an easy task and is usually inconvenient. Mind you that the word small here is relative because for some wrists, this watch is too big. Although she liked it, “it does look awkwardly big on my small wrist”. My daughter’s own words. Although comfortable to me, she complained about the weight too. “Maybe with a thinner strap it might look more feminine and like it fits. It's also heavy so slides around some unless I wear it very tight.”

    Good thing here is that we both liked the overall rounded look as well as the functionality and features. Great for active people like us and the available apps are easily downloaded and the ones we tried were all useful. We both recommend it with the above notes to consider.

    Apr 25, 2021 11:58
  • 8.2score
    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel Case - Black
    Description

    Citizen CZ Smart smartwatch is designed for every moment. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. The sport edition features a color touchscreen dial and black anodized aluminum top ring, framed and finished with a gunmetal, ion-plated stainless steel case and black silicone strap. CZ Smart also features a 46mm three-piece case construction and a rugged bezel design. Powered with Wear OS by Google, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones to fit your lifestyle. Plus, the customizable menu of dials and technology that provides the information you need at your fingertips.

    7 Features
  • Function: Steps, distance, heartrate, sleep hours tracker, fitness activity tracking, heart points, organize your day with on screen notification, Google Assistant, and scheduled meetings and events. GPS allows you to leave your phone behind and still track your distance and identify your location
  • Compatibility: Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Display: 1.28” AMOLED, 416 x 416 resolution
  • Unique Features: Heart Rate, Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Speaker, Mic, answer phone calls
  • Design: CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart features a rugged bezel design and versatile menu of customizable dials
  • Device Compatibility: CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Additional Information: Rechargeable Battery: 1-3 Day Battery life, USB cable with magnetic charger, 8 GB of Memory to load additional applications and music, 1.28” Amoled Display, 416X416 resolution, Gorilla Glass Screen for durability
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Harrkev, 8 out of 10
    A bit big, but otherwise great.

    The first thing to know is that the installed OS appears to be a pretty vanilla version of Google Wear OS, for all of the good and bad that entails. Citizen made the hardware, and Google made most of the software on it.

    First, the physical design. This thing is a chunky boy, with a 46mm diameter (not including crown and pushers), and a total thickness of 11.3mm (not including the small pulse sensor bulge on the bottom). The actual glass on the front is 38mm, and the display itself only takes up 33mm of that. Outside of the glass is a dive-style bezel that looks like it SHOULD be able to rotate, since it features a scalloped edge. However, this is fake, as it doesn't turn at all. The hour markers do help if you are using an analog watch face without markers, but the minute markers between the 12:00 and 4:00 positions are quite useless. The weight of the watch itself (minus any strap or bracelet) is 55g, which is actually not bad for a steel-cased watch this size. There are standard 20mm lugs, and the lug to lug distance is just under 52mm. It advertises 30m of water resistance -- plenty for a watch of this type. Fine in the rain or maybe the swimming pool, but not a dive watch. The watch is also sealed -- no screw-down back (not that I was expecting one), and replacing the battery (if it is ever needed) is clearly not inteded to be done by the user. The back also features the charge rings, and this is compatible with Fossil Gen 5 charging cables (cheaper than the Citizen version).

    The included bracelet is a very mixed bag. It looks a bit cheap given the price, and rattles a bit. The links are polished in the center and brushed on the edges. It has a fold-over keeper for the clasp, as well as two pushers, and also features three micro-adjust holes. It does not feature end links at all, but does at least include captive quick-release spring bars. It consists of folded steel links, and weighs in at 75 grams (with one link removed to fit me). Yes, the bracelet is heavier than the watch itself. It doesn't look bad, but I would recommend saving the bracelet for more dressy occasions. Note that if you want to use the included bracelet, you will need to have it sized to fit you. You can take it to any jewler to have it done, or can do it yourself if you have the tool (not included). I threw a canvas strap on mine, and the total watch + strap came in at 67g total -- light enough to be comfortable all day. The use of NATO or Zulu straps is not recommended, as they will cover the heart rate sensor.

    There is an agreement between Citizen and the Swatch group to cooperate in the smartwatch arena. Citizen actually makes the insides, and sells them to the Fossil group to put in a case. So if you find one of those watches that you think looks better, they likely have similar innards and features. Brands include Fossil, Diesel, Skagen, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors. So if you want a watch that has different style, the Swatch group watches should feature similar quality and specifications, giving you more choice in the looks department.

    As to the function, being a Wear OS device, it pairs nicely with an Android phone, and the app store features plenty of watch faces to download. There is a heart rate tracker and step counter built in, and Google's "Fit Heart Rate" and "Fit Workout" apps are included. At its highest power setting, the battery should last all day but will need to be charged every evening (fortunately, it charges fast). There is also a GPS and compass, allowing you to download and use the Google Maps app, but this app takes more power. There is also a tilt sensor on-board, but a "Compass Level" app showed the tilt sensor to be off by about 7 or 8 degrees.

    You can easily take or make phone calls using the built-in speaker and microphone. You can even download a podcast app and pair bluetooth speakers directly to the watch, but at the expense of greatly reduced battery life.

    So, overall, if you feel the need for a smartwatch, and are tied to the Android ecosystem, then this watch is certainly worth considering. I chose the steel version simply because it should last quite a while. I have seen black finishes wear off over time, which would seriously mar the looks, and by avoiding any type of color, that problem is eliminated. Steel fimishes also just look classy.

    Sep 29, 2021 12:40
  • Review by TheStigenator, 8 out of 10
    Timeless classic watch with modern day smarts

    I’ve been a long fan of citizen watches, having owned and collected quite a few of their models over the years. If it weren’t for the need for biometric tracking I’d still be wearing those today. Well, that changed last week when I received my Citizen CZ Smartwatch. All the looks and branding of a classy watch, with none of the missing features.

    The packaging and overall presentation of the watch in the box are very attractive (far better than the previous citizen watches I’ve owned including the eco-drive solar-powered watch). The watch is available in three colours, this one is stainless steel, but it’s also available in black and gold. The strap install is rather cumbersome due to the metal loop, but with some finesse, one can install the strap rather easily. What I did miss in the box and I wish Citizen had included one, was the link removal tool. Thankfully, one of my other watches had it, so I used that to re-size my watch to fit my wrist.

    The watch runs Google Wear OS. If you are entrenched into the Google ecosystem, this is the watch to have. Downloading the WearOS app on my phone was a breeze, but getting the phone to pair seemed to be a bit finicky at best. It took some time for the Bluetooth to be detected by the phone, but after that, the rest of the setup was quite easy. Once paired, the initial updates of the operating system and apps, the phone was ready for your wrist.

    First off, one must temper the expectations, this is not an iWatch, it’s a WearOS powered watch, with many similar features, but not all the features. It features message notification, Google assistant, on-watch speakerphone, Google pay, Google fit & fitness tracking with GPS features, and emergency ‘noonlight’ safety notification among others. If you are looking for a wide variety of apps, well you got 4GB of space to fill that up with. However, the app experience is limited and I found that aspect a bit of a downer since I was expecting more app compatibility. The google apps that you need for daily use (calendar, mail, text messaging, assistant, phone calls) all work fantastically well. You will be swiping your way to productivity in no time. Between the three buttons and a rotating centre crown, and the 4-way swiping motion, one can easily navigate the watch.

    So what is the watch like to use on a daily basis? Other than the battery life which can be improved by turning off the GPS and other screen optimizations, you will find yourself charging it every night. On average, I ran about 20 hours before it needed charging. The watch is heavy and classy, I got quite a few comments on date night for its looks. What the watch seemingly lacks in ability, it makes up for looks, however, as stated - this is no iWatch, the basics are there and they work very well, and if that is all you need, this is the watch for you. For an everyday watch, this works well and will hold up way better than any other device thanks to its rugged construction.

    Pros:

    * Gorgeous classy watch for that guy who has everything

    * Built-in GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, Google Assitant, Google Ecosystem, GPay

    * Noonlight - safety system

    Cons:

    * Heavy.. Took a bit of getting used to, not for small wrists

    * Text size is not adjustable, hard to read notifications when it pops up, even though it's clear to read.

    * Sleep monitoring isn’t as accurate as my other smartwatch, I wore both to bed to compare.

    * Loses sync with the phone - has to be re-connected often.

    Oct 04, 2021 03:33
  • Review by elitegangsta, 6 out of 10
    Nice Traditional Watch Option

    If you’re looking for a “classic” watch look and feel, but with the benefit of a smartwatch, this may be the model for you. The Citizen CZ from a visual perspective has all of the look and feel of a traditional watch. It has a completely round face, buttons and a dial on the right of the face, and a traditional band.

    Setup was straight forward and easy. I did find attaching the band a bit obnoxious as you have to line up pins to the mounting points on the face. I stripped a bit to get this connected, but eventually made it happen. This is by far the most frustrating thing about the entire watch. Citizen should revamp this design in future versions.

    Once “installed” and charged, the watch is ready to pair to your phone. This is done via the WareOS app which is available on iOS or Android. Once installed going through the prompt to pair it to the phone was simple.

    Most settings are controlled directly from the wareOS app. Watch faces, updates, app installs, etc… I found the wareOS app easy to use and navigate.

    Using this watch on iOS left many features and notifications did not working. I found 2 factor notifications did not work on my iOS device and many of the companion apps didn’t copy over (such as DUO), native iOS mail did not notify on the wareOS watch. On Android, paired to my Pixel 4, these notification worked just fine.

    I found using the watch for daily activities such as telling time, getting calendar reminders (when working on Android), getting health updates via the Google Fitness app, or making NFC payments via Google Pay when in a store were all simple and easy to use. The interface of wareOS is very simple, and swiping between apps, settings, or different watch faces was easy. There was even a nice tutorial when it first booted up walking you through the navigation features.

    I found overall performance to be really good. The wareOS was responsive and smooth, as you would expect from a modern product. The screen was plenty bright and I had no issues seeing the display in the daylight. Text was also crisp and colors were vivid. The only glaring issue I found was battery life. I got about 12 hours out of the watch with minimal use, and I found over time, the battery life got better. Initially, when setting it up, playing with many setting, checking out all the features, and constantly checking the time, I got about 6 hours out of the battery. I found when I was achieving 12 hours, it was a non-issue as it would last me through the day and did what I needed. If I happened to have a longer evening, I would have needed to charge it before going back out, which could become an issue and annoyance with having to keep a charger on hand or at the office.

    The 46mm watch face, while great to see, was very large on my small wrists. I would have preferred a slightly smaller face in order to feel like it actually fit me. The edges were wider than my wrist was so it looks a bit odd and obvious when wearing. Overall something I could live with, especially if I only use this as a “formal ware” device, which is always nice having that option when most other smart watches tend to ditch a traditional look in favor of a more futuristic one.

    Overall, this is a good wearOS watch and does what it sets out to do fairly well. If you’re in the Google ecosystem and want a traditional watch with smooth and quick performance and can live with a max of 12 hour battery, this is a great choice. For all the iOS users out there, I’d look for better suited products for that ecosystem.

    Oct 13, 2021 16:09
  • Review by Rbeck, 10 out of 10
    Nice Alternate Watch

    This Citizen smart watch is a great alternative to some of the other brand's of smart watches. It uses Google Wear OS and was very easy to connect with the Wear app on my phone. It is not as easy to choose alternate watch faces other than the ones that come with it. However it does everything you could want. it tracked my steps and heartbeat, it tracks thru Google Fit. it lets me know when I have calls and messages and shows me pictures that some one has sent me. You can choose which items you get notifications from. Over all I like this watch a lot it is not as heavy as some other brands. comfortable to wear and has long battery life. It also charges quickly once attached to the charger

    Oct 10, 2021 06:12
  • Review by movieluver, 8 out of 10
    Functional classy watch

    I want to start by saying this is a beautiful watch. Even if you don’t use all of the features, it’s a beautiful piece of jewelry. I got the silver watch and it looks very classy and upscale. It has a face that is 1.5 inches in diameter. I had to take it to a jeweler to get it sized as it had too many links and did not fit me properly.

    The watch comes in a box with a snug fitting foam for protection. It also comes with instructions and a charger. The first thing you should do is charge the watch while you go to your App Store and download the “Wear OS” app. It’s a white box with a blue, yellow, green, and red “W”. Charging the watch completely will take about 30 minutes (if the battery is completely drained, it takes about an hour). Once you have done that, you can connect your phone to your watch. This process is very easy and takes about five minutes. If you have a google account, you can sync it to your watch.

    The watch has several useful features. One of features I enjoy most is talking through my watch. It makes me feel like James Bond. When I placed my call, I was told I sounded very clear (when I had my arm down it sounded far away but as soon as I lifted my arm up towards my mouth I sounded fine). It was very easy to make calls and you can easily switch between your phone and your watch. You also have a “flashlight” feature which all it did was put a white screen on the face of the watch and brightened the screen. And it worked!!! You can also change the design of the face of the watch just by holding your finger on the face of the watch. You have a choice of 5 faces or you can go to the google store to download more. It also has the following apps already stored: hand washing timer, find my phone, agenda, alarm, contacts, fit breathe, fit goals, fit heart rate, fit workout, Google pay, reminders, Spotify, stopwatch, translate, weather, play store, and wellness. All of them are so easy to use and very convenient.

    When you receive texts it shows on the face of the watch. However, I could not figure out how to text back on the watch. I’m not sure if it is because my phone is an Apple phone and the watch is a Google watch. But they are compatible in that I can see my texts. I also tried the Google assistant and I had some issues because the watch kept displaying that I was not connected. Sometimes Google assistant worked and sometimes not.

    Overall the watch is beautiful and classy. Some of the features/apps worked great while the connectivity to the wifi was spotty. But I would still get this watch and use whatever features I can.

    Sep 28, 2021 20:17
  • Review by ERN52, 10 out of 10
    Very nice digital watch

    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm Stainless Steel Case – Gold

    A number of years ago before smartwatches, I wanted a Citizen watch but my financial status kept me from doing so. This is my opportunity to enjoy this Citizen experience and I do love the watch.

    This Citizen Smartwatch is a wonderful timepiece that looks and feels like a conventional watch combined with smartwatch features. there are five different screens to choose from. The watch operating system is Wear OS by Google. My phone is an iPhone 12. I can’t comment on the difference but I am sure with an Android phone the options for the watch might be more extensive.

    Nonetheless, this watch is compatible with iOS 12 and newer phones. The feature I like best on this watch is that the watch face can be set to be on all the time. This setting produces a standard looking analog watch face without a second hand and simply allows me to look at the watch to know what time it is. If I want more information from the watch, I just tap the watch face to get the screen I want to see.

    The watch came with a booklet that gave instruction for the set up.

    Step 1 showed how to attach the watch band.

    Step 2 showed how to remove the watch band.

    Step 3 instructed me to connect the charging cable to the watch and to the USB power source.

    The installation then began.

    Step 4 Enable Bluetooth on my iPhone and download the Google Wear OS app from the Apple app store

    After successfully pairing the phone to the watch a tutorial displayed an interactive tutorial that would finish the installation. In just a few minutes the watch was ready to be used.

    Needless to say, the installation and maintenance of the watch is simple and straightforward.

    Installation and setup instructions are available on the Citizen website.

    The apps and functions I found on the watch include:

    Calendar From the phone

    Playstore

    Alarm From the phone

    Contacts From the phone

    Find Phone

    Breath

    Fitness Apps

    Phone

    Reminders

    Spotify

    Stopwatch

    Translate

    Timer

    Weather

    I would highly recommend this Citizen Smartwatch. Citizen is a great name in the watchmaking business and the watch is a high-quality timepiece.

    Sep 29, 2021 15:02
  • Review by TickledPink, 8 out of 10
    Citizen - CZ Smartwatch 46mm in SS. Not too bad

    First, I must admit that I’m a bit of a Citizen nerd — especially their Eco-Drive watches in titanium. I was hoping to find the CZ Smartwatch in my favorite finish, but the stainless will do…and it is attractive. I’ve been considering a smartwatch for some time, but I didn’t want some futuristic “watch” that looked like something from the Jetsons (I’m dating myself).

    I like the way it looks, similar to a classically designed divers watch. Just don’t jump in the pool with it. Maybe that’s something Citizen could work on — its underwater rating. The different face styles from which you can choose are a nice touch. I even downloaded an off brand face that looks good. There are a few on Google Play. (*By the way, before doing any setup, no matter how you interpret the manual, make sure the watch is fully charged. I tried setup at about 40% while connected with the charger and ran into a few do-overs.) The control functions are fairly simple and allow for a rather large amount of customization, depending upon your needs. For me, there’s a bit of a learning curve, especially when dealing with Google’s Fit software/selections. I think that’s one of the things that makes this watch so versatile — its customizabilitude. There, that’s now a word.

    Downfalls? I mentioned that it really isn’t waterproof to any reasonable depth. There is a difference between being waterproof and water resistant. Don’t risk it with a watch at this price point. That being said, if you forget and wear it in the shower, you’re probably fine. Another ding would be the battery life. For any reasonable use other than just as a watch, you can expect barely a day before needing a charge. Multiple days would be nice, Citizen. If used as a watch and not much else, you may get 2 days. On the bright side, it does charge quickly. It went from 8% to 90% while charging during a 20 minute shower and shave.

    Would I take this with me while traveling? Probably not. Just another device to worry about where I last put the charging cable. At home, not a problem. It’s easy to get into the routine of charging at night while sleeping. Of course when you do that, you miss out on any of the sleep monitoring features. Oh, well.

    The overall feel and the watch’s fit-and-finish — especially compared to my other Citizens — close, but not quite there. I’m not sure how to explain this, so take this comment with a grain of salt. That being said, I think Citizen can do better. I know they can. This is their first jump into the market of smartwatches. Also, if it helps, there are a number of YouTube videos that Citizen has produced about the functioning of this watch. Check ‘em out.

    Would I recommend this watch to a friend? Only if it went on a big sale (maybe Christmas?)

    Sep 29, 2021 13:03
  • Review by ebk02, 4 out of 10
    Lots of potential, but misses the mark

    This was extremely well packaged, and upon opening it, I had high expectations for the watch. The construction is impeccable, and the watch looked good. The included bands must be attached, but they have the quick release tabs, so a simple task. This has 8Gb storage, so you have room for additional apps, snapdragon 3100 processor, a 1.28-inch AMOLED display with 416x416 pixels resolution.

    For connectivity, you get GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Sensors on board include heart rate monitor, barometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope. The AMOLED display is gorgeous, bright, colorful and sharp. Keep in mind, this is a large watch, and may overwhelm someone with a smaller wrist. The center knob uses both a push and rotate function. Rotating can "scroll" menu's.

    Charged the watch and installed the Google Wear OS. After watch was fully charged, went on with setting up the watch, personalizing it, etc. I found the operation was excellent, wi-fi connection and pairing perfect.

    Then the "cons" of the watch started to creep in. After only a couple hours of working with the watch, the battery had already dropped to 60%. It is apparent this watch will need to be charged daily, so any night time tracking might be out of the question. Next, trying to find a watch face was disappointing. There are only a few preinstalled faces, and trying to find one on Google became a nightmare.

    These are only a few of the misses, and to some, maybe very minor. However, in this price range, I would expect far more. There are similar watches with similar specs available at about half the cost of this one. Sadly, cannot recommend.

    Sep 29, 2021 12:59
  • 8.2score
    Fossil - Gen 5e Smartwatch 44mm Leather - Brown
    Description

    Tech for real life. This 44mm Gen 5E touchscreen smartwatch features a smoke case and brown leather strap, speaker functionality, 4GB storage capacity and three smart battery modes to extend battery life for multiple days. Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are compatible with iPhone® and Android™ phones. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Supported features may vary between platforms. To avoid damage to your watch, only use with included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge. Product should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize potential for RF interference. See product insert for full details.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with Android™ phones and iPhone®: Use the WearOS by Google app on your phone with Android™ 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 12.0+
  • Multi-day battery mode and rapid charging: 24 Hr + multi-day Extended Battery Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Personalize your smartwatch: Always-On Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stopwatches and more. With a swimproof design, it’s perfect for all your activities.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level and more. Activity modes with tethered GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Take calls and get Calendar, SMS, email and social app notifications: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by UofMWolverine, 8 out of 10
    Love this watch but the battery could be better.

    Love this watch but the battery could still be better. This watch replaces a 1st gen Fossil. I love the updated look. I get a lot of compliments. And it works smoother than the watch it replaces. But it still has to be charged every night. I wish they would use a larger battery. The extra size would be worth it.

    Jan 01, 2021 17:10
  • Review by Omar, 10 out of 10
    Great watch for android

    This watch works great with Android. A good buy. Highly recommended.

    Sep 18, 2021 09:48
  • Review by Abid, 10 out of 10
    Nice

    I like the look. Worth buying it. Plus I got it on sale

    Aug 20, 2021 17:02
  • Review by Mlittle, 2 out of 10
    Not happy

    This watch only lasted for about 4 months. Best Buy would not stand behind the watch but the maker will allow me to send to them (Texas) to investigate the issue and I may possibly need to pay to repair. Not happy with this purchase so switched to an APPLE watch 6.0

    Aug 11, 2021 12:44
  • Review by hdtravel, 8 out of 10
    Decent Watch

    Looks nice and works good - gives you the essentials. A nice watch for Android folks that can't get an Apple watch. I take mine in the hot tub and pool all the time with no issues and it does the job for telling time - fitness tracking - notifications.

    Jul 21, 2021 18:14
  • Review by Rashed, 10 out of 10
    One of the bests smartwatch option

    Defiantly one of the best option to buy smartwatch for the beginners. With Google watch OS it aquires universal compatibility. Very easy to navigate and with interchangable straps covers both sporty and executive looks.

    Comes with good packaging. Best Buy delivery service was excellent !!

    Recommended with a 5 star review !!!!

    May 19, 2021 23:39
  • Review by Brangina, 6 out of 10
    Bad battery, low quality gen 5

    Has better default watch faces than the gen 5, but the 5e really sucks on battery life

    Jul 22, 2021 12:12
  • Review by Kayla, 10 out of 10
    Great watch

    Got this as a Christmas gift for my husband. It is a great addition to use with his google pixel. Looks great too!

    Mar 20, 2021 15:00
  • 8.0score
    Fossil Gen 6 Smartwatch 44mm Smoke Stainless Steel - Smoke
    Description

    Way more. Way faster. This 44mm Gen 6 touchscreen smartwatch features a smoke-tone stainless steel bracelet, 2x faster charging speed (80% in a little over 30 minutes), Qualcomm 4100+ technology and tons of personalization options.

    5 Features
  • Get Notified: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach. Optimize your battery life with a newly simplified Smart Battery Modes.
  • Multi-Day Battery Modes: 24 Hr + multi day Extended Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB data cable with magnetic dock snaps to split rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. Approximately half an hour to reach 80%.
  • Customize: Always on Display now brighter with more colors. Thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stop watches, and more.
  • Operating System: Wear OS by Google works with phones running the latest version of Android™ (excluding Go edition and phones without Google Play Store) or iOS. Supported features may vary between platforms and countries with compatibility subject to change.
  • Work. It. Out.: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level, SPO2 (blood oxygen), and more. Activity modes with GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by brewce, 8 out of 10
    Feels amazing, mediocre battery life.

    im a pretty big guy and the watch was still one slab too big. I was scared that it might be too small for a big wrist but it was fine. it does not come with any tools to remove a slab but theres tones of videos online about it. although the screen is 40 Hz the animations are smooth and it doesnt feel any slower than my old iwatch gen 3.

    The reason why not 5 star is battery life. Ive had iphone since iphone 4 and iwatch since gen one and iphone did spoil me with their battery both charging and discharging. I now have a OnePlus8 and this watch and both devices are noticebly worse with battery life. With this watch im getting about 12 hours with 8 hours of moderate usage and walking about 5k steps. with the iwatch i could easily get more than double that.

    other than that the watch is heavier than the iwatch but i love that it feels like an expensive traditional watch.

    with the different face apps available its impossible to just chose one watch face

    Oct 30, 2021 09:56
  • Review by AnthonyV, 8 out of 10
    Good watch. Will be GREAT watch when update arrive

    Fossil Gen 6 is a good watch. Charges fast and is stylish. Would like to have a second charger so one at home and when for on the go. If you are a power user like myself and use the watch as a speaker phone. Battery drains pretty fast.

    Since this still is running Wear 2.0 it is behind in the game. Paying 320 for this watch now was a bad call for me. Since the update wont come out for at least another 8 months and we all know this watch will drop in price as all watches do. I have a Gen 5 that looks almost the same and could have waited.

    If you can hold off till either A) Update arrives to Wear 3.

    B) Price drop. I think then you will have best value for your money.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:51
  • Review by Brady0109, 10 out of 10
    Fossil Gen 6

    Great watch! Worth the money and works well with my android phone.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:43
  • Review by Chase, 2 out of 10
    Weak Battery

    The battery life on this device is completely unacceptable. For a brand new 2021 smart watch that costs $320, having an always on display that'll get through at least one day is expected. It didn't even last an 8 hour work shift.

    Oct 04, 2021 20:12
  • Review by Reviewer, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful watch

    This watch is a huge improvement over the Fossil Gen 5. The watch is very fast and lag-free thanks to the new processor. Battery life is significantly better and it chargers extremely fast compared to then Gen 5. The new blood oxygen sensor is really cool and useful to have. It's also just a beautiful watch - I've only been wearing it a few days and I've already gotten a bunch of compliments on it.

    Sep 30, 2021 20:31
  • Review by BarefootBoh, 10 out of 10
    So far, so good

    First smartwatch in years - battery life has been solid, and the sleep, heart, and oxygen sensors are a great feature. The stainless steel band looks fantastic, but was a little heavy for me. I swapped it out with a 22mm leather band with no issues.

    Oct 04, 2021 19:43
  • 8.0score
    Fossil - Gen 5e Smartwatch 42mm Stainless Steel Mesh - Rose Gold
    Description

    Tech for real life. This 42mm Gen 5E touchscreen smartwatch features a rose gold-tone stainless steel mesh bracelet, speaker functionality, 4GB storage capacity and three smart battery modes to extend battery life for multiple days. Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are compatible with iPhone® and Android™ phones. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Supported features may vary between platforms. To avoid damage to your watch, only use with included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge. Product should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize potential for RF interference. See product insert for full details.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with Android™ phones and iPhone®: Use the WearOS by Google app on your phone with Android™ 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 12.0+
  • Multi-day battery mode and rapid charging: 24 Hr + multi-day Extended Battery Mode **Varies based on usage and after updates install**. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch caseback and spins 360 degrees for ease of use. 50 minutes to reach 80%.
  • Personalize your smartwatch: Always-On Display with thousands of watch faces to personalize your look and always see the time. Hundreds of apps from assistant to fitness, payments, music, social, news, games, stopwatches and more. With a swimproof design, it’s perfect for all your activities.
  • Comprehensive monitoring: Automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level and more. Activity modes with tethered GPS keep you on track with your distance and path. Advanced sensors provide the data to power all your health and fitness apps.
  • Take calls and get Calendar, SMS, email and social app notifications: Stay connected with notifications for calls, texts, apps and automatic time, time zone and calendar syncing. Never miss a call - answer and make calls directly on your watch when your phone is out of reach.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Chiloco1982, 10 out of 10
    Cool

    Excellent watch my sister loves it Definitely recommended. All the apps that I need.

    Sep 24, 2021 17:30
  • Review by Summer, 10 out of 10
    Useful!

    I got this and I was concerned that I wouldnt use it. But it has definitely come in handy. It helps me keep up with my alerts while I'm busy. The battery does die by the end of the day.

    Jan 22, 2021 16:21
  • Review by Vinny, 10 out of 10
    Really nice design

    Also far great product. I gave this to my wife for Christmas and the setup was quick and easy. The design is great and my wife loves the comfort and the appearance of the watch.

    Dec 25, 2020 20:05
  • Review by Sean, 6 out of 10
    Nice but would not buy again

    Bought this as a Christmas present for my wife. She works in emergency medicine. Great price. Nice look. No problems with the order. Got it working. Now, here's why I wouldn't buy it again.

    Being in 911 medicine, she needs a seconds hand. No problem, this watch has hundreds of faces, right? Problem: every 2-3 seconds it dims, the custom face with the seconds hand goes away, and you get stuck with the dimmed standard clock with no seconds hand. No way to take a pulse, respiratory rate, or anything. Next, music. Got Spotify. Won't play on the watch. This watch only acts as a remote control for your phone. So if you jog, bring your phone. These usability points are important. For these reasons I wouldn't buy this again. However, if these aren't important to you, this is a decent price for an attractive smartwatch.

    Jan 02, 2021 21:10
  • Review by unhappycustomer, 2 out of 10
    I would not recommend this product

    I have had nothing but issues since the day i bought this watch. The battery life was an issue since day 1. I sent it in to get looked at and they said there was nothing wrong with watch or charger. I continued to have battery issues but just dealt with it, it lasted about 10-12 hours a day. At times i needed to restart the watch bc it was not functioning properly. I have had it less than 1 year and now it wont even turn on. I am still waiting to hear from customer service and it has been 4 days. For the cost of this watch is should function appropriately and the battery should be able to last for the whole day. There were also plenty of times i had the watch on the charger and it wouldn't charge and i woke up to a dead watch.

    Oct 26, 2021 10:30
  • Review by LuVB, 10 out of 10
    Great smart watch

    I have always loved Fossil. This is the 2nd one. I had the first for about week and it kept restarting, killing the battery in just a few hours. I really enjoyed the features before the issue so I returned it and ordered it again. This time it is great! I love it!!

    Feb 05, 2021 18:18
  • 8.0score
    Citizen - CZ Smart HR Heart Rate Smartwatch 46mm Gray IP Stainless Steel bracelet Watch, Powered by Google Wear OS - Gray
    Description

    The new CZ Smart smartwatch is designed for every moment. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. The sport edition features a color touchscreen dial and black anodized aluminum top ring, framed and finished with a gunmetal, ion-plated stainless steel case and bracelet. CZ Smart also features a 46mm three-piece case construction and a rugged bezel design. Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone® and Android™ phones to fit your lifestyle. Plus, the customizable menu of dials and technology that provides the information you need at your fingertips.

    7 Features
  • Function: Steps, distance, heartrate, sleep hours tracker, fitness activity tracking, heart points, organize your day with on screen notification, Google Assistant, and scheduled meetings and events. GPS allows you to leave your phone behind and still track your distance and identify your location
  • Compatibility: Powered with Wear OS by Google™, CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Display: 1.28” AMOLED, 416 x 416 resolution
  • Unique Features: Heart Rate, Barometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Speaker, Mic, answer phone calls
  • Design: CZ Smart marries modern technologies with the style and quality you expect from Citizen. Inspired by the rich design of Citizen’s iconic sport technical timepieces, CZ Smart features a rugged bezel design and versatile menu of customizable dials
  • Device Compatibility: CZ Smart is compatible with both iPhone ® and Android ™ phones
  • Additional Information: Rechargeable Battery: 1-3 Day Battery life, USB cable with magnetic charger, 8 GB of Memory to load additional applications and music, 1.28” Amoled Display, 416X416 resolution, Gorilla Glass Screen for durability
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SteveC, 8 out of 10
    Great smart watch with minor flaws.

    Wanted to pick up a Google Wear OS watch to see how it compared to my Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2. When Citizen came out with the CZ Smart watch I had to try it as I already had a Echo Drive watch from years ago and wore it up to where I started using smart watches.

    Unboxing and first impressions:

    The CZ came in nicely boxed and cradled in a high density foam insert. Inside is the Watch, bands, charging cable, quick start guide, and manual, “a power adapter is was not included”. The bands aren’t are just loose in the box but they are very simple to attach, you just take and insert one end of the spring bar into the hole on the frame and then press the lever on the underside of the band to retract the pin, align it with the hole and release. Just give it a tug to make sure the band is attached “it popped off my first try”, but it’s pretty much the same as my Active2.

    The watch itself if pretty substantial and feels very well built. It does weigh more than my Active2, and the dial is a good bit bigger than the 40mm size of the Active2. Weight wise the Active2 comes in at 47.6 g and the CZ is 77.6, that’s a 30g difference. I have to say though, I’ve been wearing the CZ for a few days now and the weight really isn’t that noticeable.

    There are three buttons on the right side of the watch with the Middle “Crown” button that pushing that in brings up the apps list, or returning back to the main screen, it also rotates so you can scroll through items, “really liking that feature”. The two other top/bottom buttons are configurable and is a big welcome. There’s a microphone slit on the left side and back on the right side almost unnoticeable on one of the crown ears is a microphone hole. The bottom side has three small windows for sensors.

    The CZ comes with 8gb of memory compared to the 1.4gb for the Active2, that’s a pretty big jump there.

    The display is 1.28” compared to 1.2” for the Active2, they are both bright and very clear, but that little bit extra size does seem to make a difference to me. The watch also has a barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope, and hear rate monitor. It doesn’t have the ECG sensor of the Active2 but honestly I never used it after trying it out a few times.

    Setting up and first use:

    To start the setup you just plug the charging cable in your phone charging adapter, attach the phone “the charger is held on magnetically”, “this charging adapter uses pogo pins to charge so I’m hoping this holds up compared to the Samsung wireless Qi charging. As soon as the watch started to get power the startup screen came up and I went through the setup “including installing Google Fit”. There was also an update to the watch so I had to wait for that to finish downloading and installing.

    Next I went to work getting the watch set up to my liking and initially I was pretty disappointed that there were only 5 watch faces available, even when checking the download option, just those 5 were available. While I did find that the included faces could be somewhat customized I really wanted more, especially for what this watch costs, “the Active2 has 100s of watch faces available for download, some paid and some free. What I did find is there’s an app in the Google Play Store called “Watchmaker” and they have a lot of faces available there that work perfectly with this CZ. I ended up using the Watchmaker app and making a watch face I wanted, so now I’m really getting to like this watch, especially designing my own watch face. I never bothered with the Samsung since they had so many available.

    I have paired this with my Pixel 5 phone and S21 it connected flawlessly with either one. I’m able to answer calls and they are clearer / louder than the Active 2 which is a big plus. I’ve also had some problems getting email and message notifications on my S21 in a timely manner and sometimes are 10-15 minutes late “I like being prompt”, but with the Pixel 5 and the CZ the alerts come in the instant I get them.

    Now for battery life, it’s not as good as the Active2 but I have it set on normal which according to the Citizen website is a 24hr mode and I am definitely getting that. The other power modes are supposed to extend the life a good bit but as long as it lasts just over a day I’m good with that as I can charge it while getting ready in the AM. I try to charge around the same time every day and it’s right around 20% when I put it on the charge, it takes about 40 minutes to get to 100%.

    There are a couple irritating things I don’t get, like how the watch cannot sync DND “do not disturb” with my phone, the Active2 does this and it’s an extra step to remember when needing to silence everything. Also the “what looks like a movable bezel” isn’t moveable at all, it’s pretty much just decoration “and probably a good bit of protection too”.

    I really am liking Wear OS, it’s quite a bit different from Tizen and I just read that Google and Samsung are merging the two creating one OS called “Wear”, hopefully that will merge the best of both systems. But accessing the play store on the CZ is simple and there are plenty of apps that I will use “most duplicating apps on my phone already” I also tried Google Maps on it and it was very accurate, equal to my phone when walking down to our mail cluster box and around the neighborhood. Was even surprised my weather radar app is on there, and it works perfectly “just small :) “.

    The heartrate monitoring is on par with my Active2, close enough for me not to worry about accuracy. The step counter seems very sensitive and is higher than the Active2 but I don’t count my steps personally and have no idea which one is more accurate. I did notice the CZ picks up more arm movement and counts it towards steps over the Active2 but I really don’t count that much. When I’m using my seated elliptical the calorie and distance between the two are very close, again they aren’t so far apart that I’m concerned with accuracy.

    Conclusion:

    I’ve found that I really don’t notice the extra weight that much, and the size “while larger” is ok. I don’t have large wrists and didn’t want something that was overly large. The band is every bit as comfortable as the Active2, it also feels a heavier duty that the Active 2 “will see how it holds up over time”.

    I’ve only been using this this new CZ Smart watch a few days and am getting used to the Wear OS and it’s growing on me. The CZ is doing everything my Active2 does “with a couple small exceptions”, it’s not perfect but I’m very impressed with it, and hopefully Citizen will upgrade the OS to the new “Wear”. Overall if you are looking for a new smart watch and want something that looks like a premium piece then this one is a good one to put at the top of your list.

    May 25, 2021 12:58
  • Review by Frank, 8 out of 10
    Nice watch

    Very nice looking watch it took some convincing from wife to get a smart watch manly because I like watches and not the look of most smart watches so as I own a couple of Citizen Watches already this was the perfect fit it has all the functionality of a smart watch but it’s nice look I purchased the sport band as well and it’s great for every day and the linked band for more dressy functions it taking me a little bit to get all the settings just right but I love it so far!

    Oct 01, 2021 16:33
  • Review by dsjjfgrn, 6 out of 10
    Full of surprises

    Beyond nice, secure packaging, I was stunned by how carefully protected the watch and stainless steel band were. In addition to the stiff foam around everything, the watch itself had a watchface sticker protecing the actual face. The band was in a separate compartment in the box, and every surface of the stainless steel band, no matter how small, had a clear plastic protecive piece on it. Some might find removing all the protective film painstaking, but I found it fun and kind of exciting, as it made the whole unwrapping experience seem more "serious" than an item poorly or cheaply packaged.

    Per the setup guide, the first things to do were to attach the band (not sure why this wasn't already done at the factory), download the Google WearOS mobile app, and charge the watch. It had a substantial charge on it out of the box, so it didn't take very long to reach 100%. Once charged, I paired with with my iPhone. Like many Bluetooth devices, it didn’t pair the first time. It worked the second time, but then lost the connection. I got them re-paired after several tries, then a system update began, so I waited. It wasn't a terribly long wait (about ten minutes or so), but then I had to re-pair them yet again. I finally told my phone to foget the device and pair again from scratch, but then it appeared *twice* in my device list. I won't belabor the point any more other than to say that it was a problem that consumed almost an hour by itself.

    Customization is fairly easy and straightforward, as the menus are pretty logical.

    There weren't a lot of watch faces to choose from, and not a lot of customizations. I guess my Apple watch spoiled me.

    I downloaded the Facer app (for my phone as well as the watch - they seem to need to work together). This offers more watch faces, but was difficult to set up. Lucky for me (and you), that app is not being reviewed here.

    The charger is similar to that used by my ancient Apple watch, including the magnet keeping it in place.

    What I really like is how much like an actual, physical watch face the display appears. (picture)

    What's annoying is that I can't change the length of time the watch displays to a useful time. Since I work in healthcare (direct patient care), I need to be able to time things for up to a full minute. My Apple watch was perfect for that as I could set my it to (as I recall) ten seconds, 70 seconds, or "on always." 70 seconds is perfect. The CZ limits me to ten seconds or "on always."

    The watch hangs up quite a bit, usually when I'm going through a bunch of menus, changing settings.

    The most frustrating thing to date is a band that I can't take links out of. Seriously? I have fairly small wrists, so I need to take three of the links out (just like my other Citizen watch with identical band dimensions). No can do. I checked with Citizen's support, and happened to find this question and answer:

    Q: Where can I find instructions for adjusting the band?

    A: We do not include instructions for adjusting the band on a watch because we typically recommend that we, a watch specialist, or professional jeweler do the adjustment to avoid any inadvertent or accidental damage.

    Well, that's not insulting at all.

    Because the band is so huge, the entire watch flops around on my wrist. Translation: until I go to a jeweler to have the links removed, I am UNABLE TO WEAR THE WATCH.

    I realize that some of the issues I had may be the phone I am using (will an Android pair better?) and that I have small wrists. But other issues keep me from recommending it, and from giving more than three stars.

    May 30, 2021 02:24
  • Review by stoptheclocks, 8 out of 10
    Top Class, Top Tech

    The Citizen’s CZ Smartwatch blends high class style with a plethora of function/features.

    When I received the Citizen CZ Smartwatch I put on the silicone wrist bands. The bands locked into the ends of the watch face with a small sliding metal arm (if you have ever put wrist bands on a watch, this is the same way). The Gorilla glass face provided durability and added a nice level of weight to the watch. I prefer heavier watches and the Citizen CZ Smartwatch is no lightweight. The silicone bands and 46mm face was very comfortable the moment I put the watch on.

    I found the Citizen CZ Smartwatch easy to read with selectable faces. Press and hold till the face gets small. Then you can choose 3 main combinations of colors for each face style. While this is not a lot of faces, I am okay with it because of the different colors available that displays all the info. This is huge for me because I have readers (which I don’t wear when working out). The screen has an AMOLED 1.28” which is vivid and really elevates the style. The size of the face with casing is 46mm that favors my eyes.

    I placed the watch on the special flat charger and it prompted me to setup with my cellphone. I downloaded the Wear OS by Google App. Following the instructions I was able to setup the watch and cellphone in a very short time. During the installation you can choose how to customize how the watch is used – Heart Rate, Distance, GPS, Texts, emails, face changes, Bluetooth, “Okay Google”, speaker/microphone for calls and health wellness, just to name a few! You can also add other apps to the Citizen CZ Smartwatch with its 8GB storage with Android and Apple compatibility. I downloaded a 3rd party app with fitness stats for info on how my workout went. It is all about how you customize the watch to your liking. Spotify can also be downloaded to use, as well as Google Pay!

    After completing the initial setup between the watch and cellphone, I charged the Citizen CZ Smartwatch on the special plate that’s included. I charged the watch for 40 mins and the battery filled up around 80% of capacity. At night I put the watch on the my dresser and lost about 15% of battery life. I think is pretty good, but not great. The real test of the battery power is the face changes, apps, Bluetooth and a number of other features you can run at once. The problem with all those features running, the battery depletes quickly. By quickly I mean less than 12 hrs, in my case.

    “Hey Google!” Yes, you can talk to your Citizen CZ Smartwatch enabled with Google Asst. Whether it checking on facts or just providing the weather, what a great feature. The speaker was plenty loud when Google Asst. provided the information.

    I did find out a way to shorten the learning curve with this feature rich Smartwatch. After swiping (any direction) I noticed the small lines at the top of the face or side edge. This really makes a difference. It shows you how to navigate around all the options you would like to customize. Once I figured that out, the task of learning how the Citizen CZ Smartwatch was clearer to me and more helpful with using features and options.

    Another way to really unwrap using the Citizen CZ Smartwatch is the scrolling from up, down, right and left. Each direction gives you control over your different content. Whether you are working out, receiving phone calls, Emails, selecting battery power, and useable apps, the direction you slide displays your info. Moving your finger on the dial will unlock the potential of the Citizen CZ Smartwatch and make it more user friendly.

    1. Sliding your finger to the Right will open up access to info using Google Assistant, times for travel schedules and general help.

    2. Sliding your finger to the Left will show you your health and wellness monitors. As well as the weather and customization of how you want to lay out your tiles (the order on the watch face of activities).

    3. Sliding your finger Up allows you to go through any notifications.

    4. Sliding your finger Down shows you settings/menus related to features like battery mode (which is great to customize), phone calls and other vital features.

    Using the Citizen CZ Smartwatch at the gym, I swiped to the Left. This opened up the steps to start a workout. I got to chose from Biking, Running and Walking. I continued to swipe Left until the watch face displayed those options. I clicked on the icon for biking and began the workout. I scrolled to see what my vitals were on the Smartwatch. It was continuing to add up the numbers with easy to read circular, numbers graphs. It was very motivational. When I was done working out, I swiped Down and pause was available. Holding the pause icon gives you the option to stop your workout or continue your workout. Pressing stop let me see how I did with distance, HR, steps, time in the “zone” and other vital stats. I also decided to use the Smartwatch on the treadmill. I set up everything the same as biking except I chose walking this time. The Citizen CZ Smartwatch didn’t let me down. When I was finished with the walk I was able to view the health stats as before. Everything was easy to read and to understand. I had a great couple of sessions and liked how well the Smartwatch worked with my vitals.

    As with any new tech, there is a learning curve. Using the Citizen CZ Smartwatch is no different. I decided to choose a particular option and practiced by using some of the features. For example, battery life goes rather quickly with this Smartwatch. I swiped Down and chose the Battery Icon. Numerous choices on how to save battery life and still use the features on the Smartwatch were available. I prioritized what I need the most and I was able to save battery life.

    The 3 main settings for battery life are Daily, Extended and Custom. The fewer features you use, the more battery life you will have. I found that the battery settings were the most important part of the Citizen CZ for me. The battery settings helped me with wearing the Smartwatch longer and providing stats on my health/wellness from Apps.

    The Citizen CZ Smartwatch is a great workout companion. It provides the vital features that help you stay fit and analyze your health/wellness. Overall I am impressed with the Citizen CZ Smartwatch. I would definitely recommend this watch with all of its beneficial features, but I would check the battery life so I had enough juice to make it through the day. 4 out of 5

    May 27, 2021 08:17
  • Review by dstracker, 8 out of 10
    NICE WATCH, NEEDS TWEAKING

    The Citizen CZ Smartwatch is Citizen’s first venture into the Smartwatch scene. The watch is rather heavy (heavier than other men’s watches its size), the silicone band is extremely thick (thicker than necessary for the size of the watch). The setting buttons on the side of the watch are not protected much and stick out from the watch face. Unusual for even a Citizen Smartwatch. I have to be careful taking off jackets that I don’t pull on them. It’s water resistant up to 3 ATM (30 meters) and has a storage of 8GB.

    Battery – the battery charges quickly with the included magnetic USB charging. It took a few days of wearing and charging to really get the benefit of the long-lasting battery when put on extended life. On the regular setting, the battery only lasted about 6 hours. On the extended setting it lasted a little over 24 hours of minimal use (minimum activity and time). Multi-Day Modes (Not Eco-Drive). Varies based on use. USB cable with magnetic charger snaps to rings on watch case back. 40 minutes to charge 80%. At 25% it only took about 30 min to charge to 100%.

    The CZ Smartwatch comes with the charging cable, watch, silicone watch band, quick start guide and user guide pamphlet. The user guide is very general. There more detailed tips and guides on YouTube and the Citizen watch website.

    The Citizen CZ Smartwatch does have interchangeable watch bands, which some other smartwatches don’t have. If you don’t like the Silicone band, you can purchase a leather band or stainless-steel band online. The bands are easy to switch as the pins are spring type.

    FEATUES – Wellness and Activity

    The features work well and are accurate.

    - Track steps, exercise, distance

    - Health – monitors Heartbeat and Breathing.

    - Monitors progress on all activities IE: Cycling, running, etc.

    Navigating the CZ Smartwatch is done by simply swiping left, right, up, or down. Each direction provides different information and settings.

    -UP – Scrolls through notifications

    - DOWN – Brings up quick settings-sounds, battery, phone, theater mode (Turns off screen), Do Not Disturb and Airplane mode.

    - LEFT – Health and wellness features and activities-heart rate, steps, phone calls, events, weather.

    - RIGHT – Accesses Google Assistant, account settings, reminders

    To access the CZ Smartwatch apps, simply push the large middle button in 2x and it brings up all the apps that are installed on the watch.

    There is a built-in speaker and microphone for incoming calls and both are clear for speaking and listening.

    The Citizen CZ Smartwatch also uses Google Pay and NFC Technology for convenience.

    There is a Google Play app on the watch that allows you to add, delete and update installed apps.

    The Quick Start guide is easy to follow to get the watch ready for use. To finish the setup, you have to install the Wear OS by Google app on either your Android or iOS cell phone. The Smartphone app helps to complete the connectivity and synching between the CZ Smartwatch and phone.

    WEAR OS BY GOOGLE APP – SMART PHONE

    The CZ Smartwatch is powered with Wear OS by Google App and is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones. The app connects the CZ Smartwatch via WiFi or Bluetooth which is indicated on the watch itself. To connect the watch the first time, use Bluetooth and can connect through Wi-Fi. The CZ Smartwatch can also be connected to GPS and NFC.

    There are several watch faces available through the Wear OS by Google app but you can get a lot more variations using the Google Play Store app on the CZ Smartwatch.

    EXTRA HELP – using the Wear OS by Google app. By clicking on the 3 vertical dots at the top of the app and clicking on Help & Feedback, you can access more information on features as well as tips for using the CZ Smartwatch.

    There is also a support/community on the Citizen Watch website where you can find specific questions and answers from other users.

    For Citizen’s first attempt at a Smartwatch, it’s not bad, but could be better. Both the Wear OS by Google app and watch features could be more refined including a more detailed user guide explaining all the features in more detail and how to use them.

    I recommend the Citizen CZ Smartwatch for those that are already familiar with using smart watches. For those that have never used one before, I can’t recommend this until Citizen and publish a much more detailed user guide explaining all the different features and the Wear OS by Google app itself.

    Jun 09, 2021 17:08
  • Review by Patrick, 8 out of 10
    Very Happy With This Watch!

    The very first watch I ever owned back in the 70's was a Citizen watch given to me by my grandfather. It was an automatic watch (self-winding) that was here long before smart watches. It was a great quality watch.

    The Citizen CZ Smart HR Heart Rate Smartwatch (with the 46mm gray stainless band) is also a great quality watch. As I unpacked it from its box, I was immediately impressed by its weight. I know most people prefer a lighter watch, but like the first Citizen I owned, this watch actually FEELS like a quality watch...very substantial.

    Putting the watch together was a bit frustrating. The band is...well... complicated. Trying to figure out which way the bracelet should go ended up being a guessing game for me, and I chose the wrong direction. Because of this, to open and close the clasp is quite difficult to get used to. So why not simply switch it around? Because it is a very well-made watch, you can't just slip your fingernail in and depress the spring. It is going to take a trip to the jewelers to have this done because I am not about to scratch up a beautiful watch bracelet trying to remove it. The watch band itself is quite large, and appears as though it would fit almost any-sized wrist.

    Setup was quite simple and easy. I already own an android watch that uses the Wear OS, so after adjusting a few settings and giving a few permissions, the watch was ready to test out.

    Now, in all fairness and honesty, other than the obvious higher quality of the time piece, it is pretty much just like any other high-quality smart watch. It is GPS enabled for running purposes. Has several watch functions such as stop watch, timer, alarms, etc. It has a hand-washing timer which was a bit faddish, but there may actually be people out there who need a timer to wash their hands by.

    The watch also has a heart rate monitor. This requires the band to be tight against the wrist...which I don't like. I like my watches to be a bit loose. So, in order to get an accurate pulse rate, I have to actually press the watch against my wrist to ensure good contact. And as well, it has all the other boilerplate functions and apps included, and they all seemed to work quite well.

    There does seem to be an issue with the bluetooth connectivity. I use Spotify, but the watch just doesn't do well with the app. If, for example, I receive a notification, it stops the app from working on my watch. When I try to reconnect, I get the standard, "Something went wrong, Try again." I followed the reconnect protocol, it connects and works great, but only until another notification. Hmpf....

    All in all, like I stated at the beginning, I am very happy with this watch. It is an elegant looking watch, and is quite suitable for casual and light-formal wear. I cannot say for certain whether it is a shortcoming on Citizen's part or Apple's, but it would be great to get the connectivity issues resolved. I just stopped and read several other reviews, and this doesn't seem to be an issue with any of them, so it seems apparent it must be a fluke with mine.

    This is truly one of those watches anyone would be proud to own. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a good, solid quality smart watch.

    May 29, 2021 15:14
  • Review by JayDubsFL, 10 out of 10
    I should have tried one of these a LONG time ago!

    I've always been curious about these smart watches. I got it not knowing what I was missing - now I know I should have gotten one a long time ago!

    Imagine having all the most common things you would pull your phone out of your pocket/purse for and put it on your wrist! It stays in communication with your watch via bluetooth. All the most common tasks - including phone calls can now be handled from your wrist. Additionally, all notifications that come to your phone now also show up on your watch, and not only do you get the notification, you can read most messages that get delivered as well (email/sms/text).

    The display is beautiful, but I must admit the default brightness setting was murder on my eyes - way too dim. I had to go into settings and make an adjustment there.

    The band on the model I got is stainless and I had to remove a couple of links to fit my wrist properly (this is pretty common for me with any metal-banded watch).

    It does appear to be a pretty vanilla build of Wear OS on the watch along with Citizen's faces. I love the ability though to change the faces to any one of the thousands upon thousands available online - never get bored with you watch again!

    Using the extended setting I've been able to get 2 days of life out of the battery, but I'm venturing to believe that life will get long as I stop fiddling with it so much and the newness wears off :-)

    It was extremely easy to setup and sync with my phone using the included quick-start guide. There are Youtube videos though showing the process should you need additional help.

    Great watch - I definitely should have gotten one sooner , I was shocked how much I use it!

    May 28, 2021 08:48
  • Review by Analex, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Perfect gift for Father’s Day! My husband wanted a wrist wash I got on your web page saw the citizen smart watch he absolutely love it! Thank you Bestbuy super fast delivery on store I now have your credit card can wait for his bday to get him his go pro!!

    Jul 09, 2021 15:54
  • 8.0score
    kate spade new york - Sport Smartwatch - Black Silicone
    Description

    kate spade new york's smartwatch gets a sporty twist with a comfortable pink silicone strap and lightweight nylon and aluminum 41mm case. it keeps you wise to the time and comes equipped with stylish tools (you can match the watch face to your outfit) and ones to stay organized on-the-go or on the couch. powered with Wear OS by Google, it lets you download apps, track activities, monitor your heart rate, access Google assistant, make payments and set personal goals. you can also get calls, message and app alerts, toggle between function-centric screens and control music. the device is voice-activated (hello!) and pairs wirelessly with both iPhones® and Android phones. Wear OS by Google is a trademark of Google LLC. touchscreen smartwatches require a phone running Android 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 10.0+. supported features may vary between platforms and countries. To avoid damage to your watch, only use with included charger. Do not use a USB hub, USB splitter, USB y-cable, battery pack or other peripheral device to charge. Product should be kept more than 20cm away from implanted medical devices to minimize potential for RF interference. See product insert for full details.

    5 Features
  • Compatible with Android™ phones and iPhone®: Use the WearOS by Google app on your phone with Android™ 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 12.0+